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#1 glen


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Posted 11 July 2006 - 06:44 PM

The latest Johnny Depp movie called PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MAN'S CHEST stars the mythical Kraken (a Giant Squid) that attacks ships and generally scares people while trying to get a feed :th

I saw the first movie in this series the other night on TV and it was very entertaining (if you like pirate movies of course). So i am looking forward to seeing this second film. See below some photos of the kraken in the movie and also some information from the Disney press kit.

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The Kraken is inspired by a thousand years of seagoing mythology, with, perhaps, a tip of the hat to
the famed giant squid in Walt Disney Pictures' own 1954 classic "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea." The
word "Kraken" was first heard in 12th-century Norwegian legends, referring to a creature the size of an
island, and usually depicted as a giant squid. In these legends the Kraken's many arms or tentacles could
reach to the top of a ship's mainmast and could without any great effort capsize a full-rig vessel. So great
was the creature's fame that it was even immortalized in British poet Alfred, Lord Tennyson's "The
Kraken," scribed in 1830. In the 20th century, stamp collectors could find the Kraken's image on postages
from such diverse countries as Canada and even the Commonwealth of Dominica, one of the DEAD
MAN'S CHEST host countries.

For the Kraken attacks on both the Edinburgh Trader and Black Pearl, stunt coordinator George Marshall Ruge and his team of stuntplayers and riggers had to create multiple ratchets which simulated people getting whacked or pulled into the air by the monster's tentacles. "The reality of doing the stunt rigging on these ships is that there's a mast here, or ropes hanging down there, or grates in the middle of the deck. So we built an overhead system on both of the ships that ran their full lengths in between the yardarms, with travelers on the cables which allowed us to move pick point virtually anywhere in between the masts. We were on water, so everything was moving, but the multilayered system gave us the ability to move things around pretty freely."


The Kraken is masterfully brought to life in DEAD MAN'S CHEST by a phalanx of visual effects
artists at Industrial Light & Magic, the live-action elements meticulously calibrated with the visual effects
plans. "The Kraken sequences were extensively pre-visualized," notes visual effects supervisor John
Knoll, "and we were literally shooting specific pieces to conform to that animatic blueprint. The Kraken
scenes are technically very complex, because there's a lot of interaction with water and we see shots
looking down the whole of the ship, with a dozen tentacles swarming around, picking characters off the
deck. Putting the composites together are very difficult…every shot takes months of effort."


Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley reunite in Walt Disney Pictures', in association with Jerry Bruckheimer Films, PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MAN'S CHEST, an all new epic tale chronicling the further mis-adventures of Captain Jack Sparrow.

Produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and directed by Gore Verbinski from a screenplay written by Ted Elliott & Terry Rossio, Captain Jack sets sail on an all new adventure – filled with more intrigue, more spectacular special effects and more comedy – in July 2006.


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Posted 12 July 2006 - 09:51 AM

Hi glen, I am planning to see the new Pirates of the Carribean movie with my girlfriend tonight, so I can't wait to see the Kraken. :th

I guess since it is a mythical creature it is allowed to have "a dozen tentacles swarming around" (a real squid only has 10 :) )
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Posted 12 July 2006 - 08:38 PM

The kraken is awesome!! I highly recommend anyone who likes squid to see the new Pirates of the Carribean movie, the effects are amazing. :) :)

Seeing the movie makes me wonder what a giant squid could do if it was in a bad mood :th
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