I'm planning on working as a filmmaker for Walt Disney pictures when I graduate from college, and I decided I would come up with an idea that I had in mind when I go work for Disney. The project would be called Robot Fox Archy: Super-Interesting Cosmonaut, and due to the Russian science fiction themes/Star Wars-type elements included in the project, I would call it "Russian Star Wars". Note that the Walt Disney Company officially owns the rights to the entire Star Wars franchise. Unlike Star Wars, however, this would take place in the same universe as we live in.
Here's the whole story behind why I came up with the project:
One time in 2013, I was walking at a Wal-Mart store in Riverside, California, where I once lived. When I was looking at what DVD's they had, there was a high-budget-looking CGI film made by a Russian animation studio. The film was called Wings, and it was similar to Walt Disney's 2013 classic/Cars spin-off Planes. The film had stars such as Josh Duhamel and Rob Schneider, and was released just before Planes was released (I also thought that this was made a year or so before Planes was released as well). A year after, I wanted to come up with a Disney cartoon about a singing and dancing robot similar to that of Michael Jackson (called Robot Spazzjackson), but I thought I got over it after a while. I was also looking up mockbusters, films made with a similar plot or theme to a more popular film that has the purpose of capitalizing on the exact films, and a science fiction/martial arts/adventure film from Turkey in 1982 known as Dünyayı Kurtaran Adam (translated: The Man who Saved the World) caught my eye. I noticed it because it was nicknamed "Turkish Star Wars" by many, due to its infamous use of bootlegged footage from the first Star Wars movie that was spliced into the film. I remember seeing the full movie on YouTube. The film had gained an immense cult following over the years. When I was looking up mockbusters again, I noticed that there was a South Korean science fiction film from 1982, whose title is roughly translated as Computer Nuclear Warship Bombing Operation. It was better known as "Korean TRON" by many, due to its heavy similarities to that of Disney's 1982 science fiction classic TRON. It was animated in the style of a Japanese anime cartoon. I was also looking up Robot Taekwon V, a 1976 South Korean cult science fiction/Super Robot anime film that was based off of the Japanese robot anime Mazinger Z. The robot in the film was both a robot controlled by a teenage boy and a robotic taekwon-do practitioner. Turkish Star Wars also features elements of martial arts, mostly focusing on old-school Japanese karate. Not long after, I went to the same Wal-Mart store, and there was a sequel to Wings in the DVD section. When I noticed it, it immediately got me thinking of the first movie from a year ago. When I was about to leave the store, I was immediately thinking of an idea that was influenced from all those movies, and it got me thinking "Russian Star Wars!" I also remembered about my future career for Disney, so I wanted to put this idea to practice. I even drew the concept art for Robot Fox Archy, as you see in the picture above. I would count artists like Jhonen Vasquez as a heavy influence for the character's design, since he worked on a show on the Disney Channel called Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja.
I'll post more details in the next upcoming article, so be patient!