If there was ever a doubt in your mind why Adult Swim would ask Universal, "Scott Pilgrim" writer Bryan Lee O'Malley and film director Edgar Wright for permission to make an animated short based on material from the novels that was left out of the live-action film, all you have to do is watch a new commercial promoting the short that confesses "Adult Swim wants to marry ['Scott Pilgrim']."
Adult Swim producer Jason DeMarco spoke with /Film about how he and his coworkers came up with the idea to animate a flashback from volume two of "Scott Pilgrim" that will air on the network separately between two commercial breaks on August 12 between 12 and 12:30 AM.
"Being huge fans of the comic, and very excited about the film, we asked if we could produce an animated short in the style of the comic," DeMarco said. "The filmmakers and Bryan Lee O’Malley were into the idea, so we actually made it!"
"Scott Pilgrim vs. The Animation" was animated by Titmouse, Inc. and Wright was able to enlist the help of the live action film's cast to do the voiceover work for the short. Michael Cera and Allison Pill voice their characters from the film (Scott Pilgrim and Kim Pine, respectively), and Mae Whitman and Jason Schwartzman voice two characters that didn't make it into the films. Whitman is Lisa Miller, a friend of Scott and Kim's, and Schwartzman is Simon Lee, a villain who has the hots for Kim.
The four-minute short shows the beginning of the friendship between Scott and Kim, who ends up becoming the drummer in Scott's band, Sex Bob-Omb. /Film received an exclusive first look at the beginning of the short, which shows Scott and Lisa meeting for the first time outside of the principal's office. The animation takes a lot of influence from the O'Malley's art style, and a lot of care seemed to be taken for there to be continuity between the novels, the film and the short.
If you miss "Scott Pilgrim vs. The Animation" when it premieres on Adult Swim (most likely because you'll be at a "Scott Pilgrim vs. The World" midnight screening), it will be available online at the Adult Swim website and "Scott Pilgrim" and Adult Swim Facebook pages.
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