Rian Johnson’s Looper opens this weekend. To give audiences a better idea of the bizarre narrative and tone the film has to offer, Johnson and Sony have released a surreal animated version of Looper’s theatrical trailer. Check out the trailer below:
Animators Zachary Johnson and Noah Fisher created the trailer and have given it a unique spin. It has a dream-like tone, which is beautifully illustrated in the trailer’s music-driven non-dialogue presentation. By combining pencil and oil paint, the visual style and signatures add an extra level of strange to the film’s premise and execution.
The style of the trailer is reminiscent of pop art of the mid-80s, popularized by the music videos of Beastie Boys and Norwegian pop band A-Ha. It seems like the work of American artist LeRoy Neiman also plays a factor of the influence of the fluidity of the surreal animated Looper trailer. Neiman’s work can be seen at the end of Rocky III and the commercial art for the 1984 Summer Olympics, which took place in Los Angeles, California.
In the movie Looper, time travel is outlawed but it is still used by criminal organizations to get rid of their victims. The targets are sent back 30 years in the past, where skilled hit men called Loopers kill and dispose of their bodies. But when Joe (Bruce Willis) is sent back and escapes, his younger version (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) must track him down to “close his loop.”
Check out the similarities between the Beastie Boys “Shadrach” music video and compare it to the surreal animated Looper trailer: