According to an update on their Facebook page, the shadows in Dreamworks Animation’s Me And My Shadow are to be hand drawn, while the characters they belong to, and the world they fall onto, are to be created with traditional CG.
Here’s how that will look.
Alessandro Carloni is making his directorial debut here, having animated on several previous Dreamworks toons. His chief cast are Josh Gad, Bill Hader and Kate Hudson. Hader is playing the shadow, Gad the man it belongs to.
Here’s the official blurb for the film:
Me & My Shadow reveals the once secret world of shadows and their human counterparts. Stan, our hero’s shadow, yearns for a more exciting life but happens to be stuck with Stanley Grubb, a timid guy with an extreme aversion to adventure. When a crime in the shadow world puts both of their lives in danger, Stan is forced to take control of Stanley. They go on a madcap adventure to investigate the crime and stop the shadow villain from leading a rebellion where shadows take over the human world. During this adventure, Stan empowers Stanley to let go of his fears and embrace life. Through their adventure, they both learn that one cannot be whole without a true friend.
The film is along in the spring of 2014 – there are plenty of other Dreamworks pictures to come first.