The story concept behind Tarik Saleh’s Metropia isn’t exactly the newest thing out there. In the near future (stop me if you’ve heard it), the world is experiencing a crisis in the form of oil shortage, and has taken safeguards by connecting all the cities of the world through underground tunnels. When Roger, a lower-level worker, finds out that he’s not in control of his own life, he tries to escape the system with the help of a beautiful woman.
Basically, it’s 1984 with subways. Plus, Roger might be crazy because he hears voices all the time.
However, the visual concept behind Metropia is a different story. The character and world designs are all reminiscent of what might happen if several characters from Waltz With Bashir were rendered in 3D and dropped into a noir fantasy.
Luckily, thanks to those intrepid folks over at Twitch, you can check out the teaser for the film and a new clip:
Those giant, sunken-in eyes are really getting to me. This whole look reminds me of a few of the shorts that have played on The Animation Show throughout the years or maybe what Gollum would look like if he was given a suit, full head of hair, and a smoking habit.
And you say you want more? Of course you do:
The flick stars the vocal talents of Vincent Gallo, Juliette Lewis, Alexander Skarsgard and Stellan Skarsgard. It drops in Novemeber in Sweden, but a release date for the U.S. hasn’t been announced yet.
What do you think?