It was Dr. Sid who created the barrier within Aki that contains the phantom, and helps her survive. Hein continues to fire the Zeus cannon despite overheating warnings and unintentionally destroys the cannon and himself. English: Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within [25] Lee compared The Spirits Within, the first full-length photorealistic animated film, to Walt Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, the first full-length cel animated film. [41] Director Hironobu Sakaguchi opted for the acclaimed Goldenthal instead of Nobuo Uematsu, the composer of the Final Fantasy games' soundtracks, a decision met with mixed opinions as the former was completely unknown to many of the games' fans. FINAL FANTASY: THE SPIRITS WITHIN . [17] $45 million alone was spent on the construction of Square's studio in Hawaii. [81] Two weeks before it was released the DVD version was listed on Amazon.com as one of the most-anticipated releases, and it was expected to recoup some of the money lost on the film's disappointing box office performance. Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within. Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within is a 2001 computer animated drama about a scientist who makes a last stand on Earth with the help of a ragtag team of soldiers against an invasion of alien phantoms. The year is 2065 and Earth has been taken over by phantom alien forms. [19] The screenplay was written by Al Reinert and Jeff Vintar. VOICES OF: Ming-Na, Alec Baldwin, Ving Rhames, Steve Buscemi, Peri Gilpin, Donald Sutherland, James Woods 2001, 105 Minutes, Directed by: Hironobu Sakaguchi Description: Earth is a desolate wasteland in Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within. "[45] Dan Goldwasser from Soundtrack.net also gave the soundtrack 4 out of 5, calling it a "must have". The concept of artificial life and resurrection was also discussed, and compared to similar themes in the 1914 book Locus Solus; the Phantoms in The Spirits Within were considered to be brought to life by various forces: by the alien planet's red Gaia and then by human spiritual energy. Square intended to make the character of Aki Ross into the world's first photorealistic computer-animated actress, with plans for appearances in multiple films in different roles. A group of artists, aptly named "The Phantom Team", created and animated all of the phantom creatures. [70][71] In 2011, BioWare art director Derek Watts cited The Spirits Within as a major influence on the successful Mass Effect series of action role-playing games. They also contained a version of the film in its basic CGI and sketch form, with the option of pop-up comments on the film. Her dream reveals to her that the Phantoms are the spirits of dead aliens brought to Earth on a fragment of their destroyed planet. If the ambitious mix of East–West, movie-game and anime-action doesn't pay off, we may still remember this as the moment true CG actors were born. The Spirits Within premiered in Los Angeles on July 2, 2001, and was theatrically released in the United States on July 11. In one of the incarnations, there was a small child named Meg, who had a much larger part in the … [63] Entertainment Weekly named Aki an "it girl", stating that "Calling this action heroine a cartoon would be like calling a Rembrandt a doodle. [66] Ruth La Ferla from The New York Times described her as having the "sinewy efficiency" of Alien franchise character Ellen Ripley and visual appeal of Julia Roberts' portrayal of Erin Brockovich. Take your favorite fandoms with you and never miss a beat. If Aki is not as real as a human actress, she's about as human as a Playmate who has been retouched to glossy perfection. In the year 2065, Earth has been overrun by an alien infestation. It was the first photorealistic computer-animated feature film and was the most expensive video game-inspired film until the release of Prince of Persia in 2010. An easter egg shows the cast of the film re-enacting the dance from Michael Jackson's Thriller. [11], Square accumulated four SGI Origin 2000 series servers, four Onyx2 systems, and 167 Octane workstations for the film's production. [18] It is estimated that over the film's four-year production, approximately 200 people put in a combined 120 years of work on it. Upon returning to her barrier city, Aki joins Sid and appears before the leadership council along with General Hein (James Woods), who is determined to use the powerful Zeus space cannon to destroy the Phantoms. [10], While the near lifelike appearance of the characters in the film was well received, some commentators felt the character renderings fell into the trap that many robotics scientists refer to as the "uncanny valley". Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within, directed by Hironobu Sakaguchi and Moto Sakakibara, premiered in the United States on June 11, 2001. Add to Wishlist. [74] The Making of Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within, a companion book, was published by BradyGames in August 2001. A scientist makes a last stand on Earth with the help of a ragtag team of soldiers against an invasion of alien phantoms. [22] A novelization was written by Dean Wesley Smith and published by Pocket Books in June 2001. [78] Conversely, the film was also nominated in the worst screenplay category at the 2001 Stinkers Bad Movie Awards, but lost to Pearl Harbor. [15][16] The basic film was rendered at a custom render farm created by Square in Hawaii. It features the voices of Ming-Na Wen, Alec Baldwin, Donald Sutherland, James Woods, Ving Rhames, Peri Gilpin and Steve Buscemi. Though Hein intended that only a few Phantoms enter, his plan goes awry and legions of Phantoms invade the entire city. [22] The film's final cost of $137 million,[5] which included about $30 million spent on marketing by the film's distributor Columbia Pictures,[27] escalated from an original budget rumored to be around $70 million. By comparison, Final Fantasy video games are set in fictional worlds. There was no motion capture used for the Phantom animations. "[12], While Square ruled out any chance of a sequel to The Spirits Within before it was even completed, Sakaguchi intended to position Aki as being the "main star" for Square Pictures, using her in later games and films by Square, and including the flexibility of being able to modify aspects such as her age for such appearances. [23] The film was co-directed by Motonori Sakakibara,[24] with Jun Aida and Chris Lee both serving as producers. Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within is a 2001 American computer-animated science fiction film directed by Hironobu Sakaguchi, creator of the Final Fantasy series of role-playing video games. [67] In contrast, Livia Monnet criticized her character as an example of the constantly kidnapped female in Japanese cinema, further "diluted" by her existence solely as a computer-generated character representing "an ideal, cinematic female character that has no real referent. Aki and the Deep Eyes squad succeed in finding the seventh spirit as Aki's infection begins to worsen and she slips into unconsciousness. Manusia yang tersisa hidup di dalam “kota-kota pelindung” di penjuru dunia dan berusaha membebaskan planet mereka dari para Phantom, sebuah ras alien. $3.99 Rent HD. [6] It was Columbia Pictures' first animated feature film since Care Bears Movie II: A New Generation in 1986. [10] The film's CGI effects have been compared favourably with later CGI films such as James Cameron's 2009 film Avatar. [83] Dustin Somner from Blu-ray.com gave the Blu-ray version 5 out of 5 stars for video quality and special features, and 4½ stars for audio quality. Hand and facial movements were all done manually. [83][84] Peter Bracke from High-Def Digest stated the DVD was "so packed with extras it was almost overwhelming", stating that Sony went "all-out" on the extra features in a likely attempt to boost DVD sales and recover losses. Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within is a 2001 computer-animated Science Fiction film directed by Hironobu Sakaguchi, the creator of the pimple-poppingly popular Final Fantasy series of role-playing games. [36][37] This concept describes when a robot or animated character becomes very realistic, but subtly different enough from reality to feel "creepy". Aki Ross's voice actor, Ming-Na Wen, was selected for a perceived fit between her personality and Aki's. Video vi715587865. [84] Peter Bracke gave the Blu-ray version 4 out of 5 stars overall.[82]. FINAL FANTASY: THE SPIRITS WITHIN is an animated New Age pagan science fiction fantasy with alien ghosts and demonic possession. [18] By the end of production Square had a total of 15 terabytes of artwork for the film. [11] The workload was so light it did not interfere with her acting commitments in the television series ER. [79] The film's trailer was nominated for the "Golden Fleece" award at the 3rd Golden Trailer Awards. At first it was very lonely sitting in that booth and eerie to see (Aki's) lips move and my words coming out, but slowly I began to enjoy my time with Aki, and I became attuned to her. During preproduction the script went through fifty incarnations. Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within. [39], The soundtrack to the film was released on July 3, 2001 by Sony Music. "[30] Writing in the book Robot Ghosts and Wired Dreams, Livia Monnet stated the film remediated "the notion of life in the neovitalistic, evolutionary biology of Lynn Margulis and in contemporary theories on artificial life", going on to state that the film's exploration of the Gaia hypothesis raised interesting questions regarding the life and death process of both cinema and digital media, as well as contemporary life sciences, cybernetics, philosophy and science fiction. [69] Square Pictures announced in late January 2002 that they were closing down, largely due to the commercial failure of The Spirits Within. A scientist makes a last stand on Earth with the help of a ragtag team of soldiers against an invasion of alien phantoms. [22] The film had high cost overruns towards the end of filming. See Phantom Ghost! Aki is searching for the sixth spirit in the ruins of New York City when she is cornered by Phantoms but is rescued by Gray Edwards (Alec Baldwin) and his squad "Deep Eyes", consisting of Ryan Whittaker (Ving Rhames), Neil Fleming (Steve Buscemi) and Jane Proudfoot (Peri Gilpin). Sakaguchi indicated the reason for this was the lack of powerful gaming hardware at the time, feeling the graphics in any game adaptation would be far too much of a step down from the graphics in the film itself. [60] Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian gave a more negative review, stating that while the animation was brilliant, the "solemnly realist human faces look shriekingly phoney precisely because they're almost there but not quite", concluding "The story is adequate, if familiar, but after half an hour relapses into cliche. After being infected by a Phantom during one of her experiments, Aki Ross (Ming-Na) and her mentor, Doctor Sid (Donald Sutherland), uncover a means of defeating the Phantoms by gathering eight spirit signatures that, when joined, can negate the Phantoms. Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within is an Adventure, Action, Animation, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Thriller, Romance movie that was released in 2001 and has a run time of 1 hr 46 min. The website's critical consensus reads, "The movie raises the bar for computer animated movies, but the story is dull and emotionally removed. Early incarnations included a New York City divided in an \"upper city\" and \"lower city\", riot police, oxygen salesmen, and dispensing machines, and even French Foreign Legion desert troops and European biohazard soldiers. [41], The film's score was performed by the London Symphony Orchestra[19] with Belgian composer Dirk Brossé conducting. [19] He later explained that the theme he wanted to convey was "more of a complex idea of life and death and spirit", believing that the best way to portray this would be to set the film on Earth. It isn’t the story, that’s for sure. [28], Director Sakaguchi named the main character after his mother, Aki, who died in an accident several years prior to the production of the film. Humanity has been decimated by an invasion of Phantoms, insubstantial aliens that extract and devour the spirits of … In 2006, Boston.com regarded it as the 4th biggest box office bomb, estimating the film's losses at the end of its cinema run at over $94 million. New funds had to be sourced to cover the increasing production costs while maintaining staff salaries. [11] Aki only made one appearance outside of the film; in 2002 she appeared in a demonstration video that Square Pictures made to present to The Wachowskis before developing Final Flight of the Osiris for The Animatrix. 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