Thought the trailers for the live action Edgar Wright-directed Scott Pilgrim vs. The World looked like Bryan Lee O’Malley‘s comics coming to life? How about a cartoon?
As part of the film’s massive promotional push, Adult Swim is ready to unveil a four-minute animated short, dubbed Scott Pilgrim vs. the Animation and based on scenes from the comics but not in the movies, specifically high school stuff between Scott and Lisa Miller (as seen above) and Scott and Kim Pine. The animation is heavily influenced by O’Malley’s art, as you’ve no doubt already surmised from the above image.
This article on /Film says it debuts on midnight Thursday, August 12 — the day before the film is out in theaters — which would presumably put it in competition with midnight screenings of the movie. O’Malley said that’s not the case on his Twitter, so it looks like it’s this Thursday, between midnight and 12:30 (set DVRs accordingly), split up into two parts and airing during commercial breaks. It’ll be online in full the next day.
EDIT: OK, a little confusing here. The O’Malley tweet saying it’s airing this week has since been deleted, so we’ll go with this information, straight from /Film’s post: “Scott Pilgrim vs the Animation airs Thursday August 12th in two parts between 12 and 12:30 am, inside commercial breaks on [adult swim]. It will also be available in full on adultswim.com, and on the [adult swim] and Scott Pilgrim FaceBook pages the day after it airs. (I.e. the day of the movie’s release.)” Presumably, that means Wednesday going into Thursday, but it’s not totally clear. Working on clarification and will update when we know for sure.
EDIT NUMERO DOS: According to a Twitter reply from an Adult Swim employee, it’s midnight on Thursday going into Friday, which would indeed pit it against midnight screenings of the film.
Michael Cera and Alison Pill reprise their movie roles and voice Scott Pilgrim and Kim Pine; Mae Whitman (who plays evil ex #4, Roxy Richter) plays Lisa Miller and Jason Schwartzman (the movie’s Gideon Graves) voices Simon Lee. Cera, of course, was the voice of Brother in the Berenstain Bears animated series, finally fully cementing that link between indie comics influenced by video games and wholesome bear families.