Genndy Tartakovsky-animated PRIEST prologue bound to be a billion times better than the film

Joshua Brunsting

by: Joshua Brunsting
April 7th, 2011

If you are like me, nothing says “must-see” like the words “new Genndy Tartakovsky short.”

Best known for his work on shows like Samurai Jack and Dexter’s Laboratory, Genndy Tartakovsky is coming off the heels of the first season of his fantastic new series, Sym-bionic Titan, and is now the man behind one of the coolest pieces of promotional material in quite a while.

In promotion of the upcoming film, PRIEST, Tartakovsky has directed a brand new short prologue for the film, explaining a bit of the world’s history, and things like the rise of the “Priests” and vampires that make up the film’s narrative.

The short only clocks in at about three minutes long (only about two and a half of which is actually animated), but it’s absolutely gorgeous. Tartakovsky is one of today’s best animators, and this is just yet another piece proving that. Personally, I’m still shocked that Hollywood hasn’t given this guy a chance to direct an animated feature. Look at the action animation here - it’s really well directed and animated, and looks to be far cooler than anything the upcoming Scott Stewart-directed action/horror film could possibly give us.

But enough of me. Check out the video below the film’s synopsis:

"Priest is set in a world ravaged by centuries of war between man and vampires. Paul Bettany is Priest, a legendary warrior priest during the last Vampire War, who now lives in obscurity among the other human inhabitants in walled-in dystopian cities controlled by the Church. But when his 18-year-old niece is abducted by a murderous pack of vampires in the desolate wastelands outside, Priest breaks his sacred vows and ventures out to find her and seek vengeance upon those responsible, especially their brutal leader (Karl Urban). Priest is joined on his crusade by his niece’s boyfriend, Hicks (Cam Gigandet), a local outpost sheriff, and Priestess (Maggie Q), a member of his former legion of vampire-killers who has otherworldly fighting skills."

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