‘Portal’s’ Upcoming Animated Film Looks Absolutely Thrilling

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Portal Companionship Animated Film

What happens when film takes the beloved characters and settings of Portal’s platforming paradise and enthuses them with a flavorful, invigorating style of animation often found in a Pixar production? Thanks to professional artist and CG animator Alex Zemke, we may be set to find out.

Zemke – whose resume of animation work includes several Sony ventures like Uncharted 2 and 3, SOCOM 4, and The Smurfs movie – is in the midst of creating the animated Portal short, Companionship. He doesn’t seem to be aligned with Valve, his former employers at Sony, or anyone else considered a power player in the entrainment biz, but the stills posted on his DeviantArt page have spurred the attention of  more than a few fellow users.

Regarding Companionship’s story, Zemke would only impart that the film tells the “tale of  love, loss and cubes.” The highly stylized look of Portal protagonist Chell – fighting-stanced, bear-your-teeth-expressioned, and sporting a physique not unlike those in Disney/Pixar’s The Incredibles – seems to suggest that it won’t skimp on action, either.

We can’t fathom a guess as to when we’ll be seeing the short – the project may very well have several portals to jump through before it reaches completion – only we’re pretty sure that the eventual date won’t be soon enough. Portal fans who followed our coverage (or literally stalked us in person) at last year’s Comic-Con no doubt caught the short film Portal: No Escape, its rousing reception punctuating the Totally Rad Show panel. It will be interesting to see what distinctions we can draw between these two vastly different (though likely just as passionate) works of art once Companionship is ready for the limelight.

Portal Animated Short Film Companionship

For a series that owes much of its clout to its fans’ goodwill, the discussion of an independent labor of love couldn’t be more timely. Valve’s free “Perpetual Testing Initiative” DLC for Portal 2 was just recently dated for May 8, 2012, and looks to provide players with an even more enhanced level editing interface – sharable via the Steam Workshop. Perhaps Zemke’s auspicious work will someday be playable with the click of a download button.

Ranters, does the unique aesthetic of the Portal animated film have you hooked? How do you envision the final cut to turn out?

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Source: DeviantArt [via Game Informer]

TAGS: Movies, Portal, Portal 2, Valve

  • Ken J

    Looks cool, but it really all depends on the writing and if he can nail the same level of funny dialog as Valve. :-)

    • Caspica

      Well there will be no dialogue in this short film.

      • Ken J

        So GlaDOS or Cave Johnson will have nothing to say the entire time? That’ll be odd…

        • Cyryl

          A little off-putting, really.

          It’ll be very interesting to see how this ends up going down.

          The character seems to have plenty of…well…character. Just looking at her you can see she portrays plenty of expression.

          I’ll be waitin’ on this.

        • Androol

          Does seem to sort of defeat the purpose, but then again, the physics of Portal are also pretty cool, and I guess they could make for a good movie even without dialogue. But are we sure there’ll be no dialogue in this? I don’t see any reason to think that, except for it being an indie production, and that doesn’t necessarily rule-out getting Ellen McLain or J.K. Simmons to contribute.

  • Conner

    Looks a little bit like he’s trying to copy the Pixar style.

  • Luger83

    At least he made Chell look attractive. First time i saw her face in game I was like OH HELL NO.

    • Ari

      Her face in Portal 2 looks WAY better than in Portal 1 tho…

  • Heather

    How can you complain about something without even seeing it? All you get is a picture here! He** I don’t see any of the people complaining here coming up with anything let a lone something as cool as this. So I say probably the same thing as all your mothers, or first grade teachers said to you “If you don’t have something nice to say don’t say anything at all!” I think its going to be big and awsome and even if it isn’t atleast he put himself out there and tried.

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