By Kevin Mahadeo
John Griffith always wanted to animate the 12-page "Puny Little Man" story by writer Jeph Loeb and artist Ed McGuinness from WOLVERINE #50 (2007)-He just never expected to take home the Grand Prize in the Aniboom/Marvel Motion Comics Competition for doing so.
An employee of 20th Century Fox, Griffith creates pre-visualizations for films, and while working on "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" two years ago, he discovered the comic issue and immediately knew he wanted to one day animate the brutal brawl. When Griffith came across the contest while surfing the web, he knew his chance had arrived.
"It's like battle of the gods right there with two of my favorite characters of all time," says Griffith. "You've got the Hulk, who represents extreme strength and power, and Wolverine on other side, who is just completely feral and wild. It's just great to see those two characters put together."
"We're just starting to scratch the surface," he says. "I think adding a cinematic quality is the key to me; and interjecting the personality and character that each hero needs when you're telling the story as far as voice acting. I think there's so much more room to grow it into something that still pays tribute to the comic book and doesn't steer away and become purely animation."
As for the future, Griffith says he doesn't plan on leaving the world of motion comics any time soon. And despite already animating one earth-shattering showdown between the green goliath and the clawed Canuck, the contest winner says there's another version of the fight he can't wait to someday turn into a full-fledged motion comic.
"I'd like to get more into the anime qualities of what motion comics could be-a little more violent," says Griffith. "The one I did for the Aniboom contest was paying homage to the original fight when Wolverine was first introduced in INCREDIBLE HULK. It has the 60's-70's vibe of dialogue and is kind of poking fun at it, which is fun. But I think the ULTIMATE WOLVERINE VS HULK [series] is where it's at. You can get more vicious and a little more violent with it. That's on my agenda at some point."
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