As evidenced by its constantly-moving release date (from September 2005, to March 31, 2006, to the current target of July 7, 2006), there have been a lot of problems with the practical side of Richard Linklater's A Scanner Darkly. Because the internet exists and leaks occur, there have been copious rumors about what exactly happened behind the scenes but now, thanks to an article in this month's Wired, we don't have to guess any more.

Robert La Franco's fascinating piece, written with the participation of Linklater, is a chronological examination of the excruciating process of finishing the film. Though the shoot took only six weeks in May and June of 2004, the animation phase has been endless and fraught with conflict. With crises ranging from animators who took months to learn to use the rotoscoping program to others with no experience whatsoever and, ultimately, an usurped lead animator and changed studio locks, the experience comes across as an absolute nightmare. And, though Linklater idealistically hopes that Scanner "will be the first of a new wave of animated feature films made specifically for adults," he simultaneously calls making an animated film "torture," and vows never to do it again. Gee, with recommendations like these, how can American, adult animation fail to take off like a rocket?

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