Two Animated Shorts from Zack Snyder’s ‘Sucker Punch’


There a few things to be said about the trailers and posters we’ve seen for Zach Snyder’s “Sucker Punch.” First, they are visually spectacular. They really draw you in and I must admit they have impressed me.

The main character “Baby Doll” is played by Emily Browning, who I loved in “Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events.” I can see this movie really pushing her over the top.

Now, some people say the movie looks like a video game, and I won’t be the one to argue that. But, visually speaking, I have never seen a movie display such a large scale of details and movement since the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy battle sequences.

Also, I love the series of posters they have been releasing for this movie since the last San-Diego Comic-con. And that brings me to my second point: this movie has definitely not been hurting in the promotional department. With so many posters, TV spots and trailers, some actually think this is a cause for worry. Are they trying to push this movie down our throats? Or are they just trying to get our attention from all the huge movies we will be witnessing this summer?

My third point of interest for this movie is that it is directed by Zach Snyder, and as you may know, all eyes are on him, since he is directing the next Superman movie, currently titled “Man of Steel.” Sure, I’ve seen his previous movies, but this will be his latest artistic inspiration, the one that might give us an idea of what to expect from him.

To add to the grand promotional campaign for “Sucker Punch,” we are now given two animated shorts (embedded below) to enjoy. “The Trenches” and “Dragon” re two of numerous animated short films made by animator Ben Hibon.

The art and 3D animation is nothing less spectacular. I can see these short films winning some kind of awards. Check them out, they are based on the “Sucker Punch” universe but they won’t spoil the movies, instead they will prepare you for it.

“The Trenches”

In Sucker Punch, the girls face off against an army of mechanized WWI soldiers. Through the use of clockwork and steam technology, human soldiers who die in battle are reanimated and sent back to the front lines. Although seemingly indistinguishable and soulless, the zombie army is not just made of gears and steam, but also of human flesh, bone, and memory. In “The Trenches,” there is a tragic tale behind each lifeless mask.


“In Sucker Punch, the girls drop into a castle courtyard and find themselves in the middle of a chaotic battle between a hoard of gruesome Orcs and an army of Black Knights. The original cause of the massive conflict is hopelessly lost amidst the death and destruction. ‘Dragon’ is a tale of religious persecution exploring the origin of this conflict. Who is the righteous and who is the heathen?”

“Sucker Punch” — which also stars Vanessa Hudgens, Jon Hamm, Abbie Cornish and Carla Gugino (pictured at top) — will be released March 25.

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  1. Gooch #

    I wish the movie itself was as good as these are.