I love it when a promotional plan comes together. Warner Brothers is coming up with a variety of interesting materials for Zack Snyder’s film Sucker Punch. The more they show, the more they entice, both with action, graphics and creative ideas — their latest, a series of animated shorts that allow you to experience the world in a different way. Who says only Pixar gets to make short films to go with their features? I personally love it when they show shorts before films, if done right they’re the perfect palate cleanser to get your prepared for what you’re about to experience, especially when you may need an emotional or visual go-between, between the real world and complete fantasy.

Be prepared for your cinematic amuse bouche “The Trenches”…

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“The Trenches” is one a numerous animated short films made by animator Ben Hibon in collaboration with Splastk that were inspired by Snyder’s upcoming film, Sucker Punch.

“It made sense to me to not only approach the worlds from an original direction in terms of story and focus,” says Snyder, “but also to really push the visual style in a different direction as well. Having seen his contribution to the latest Harry Potter film and looking at some of his other recent work, Ben’s talent was obvious and his aesthetic felt like a perfect fit. His work is graphic and visually arresting.”

Though this is obviously a part of the film and not a separate animation entirely (like Pixar would do), I love that they took the time to make such a well thought out, interesting piece and their use of animations and effects are stunning.

The style is simple and yet widely detailed. The dirty haze effect that is over the entire piece takes it away from feeling “mainstream” and more raw — if this is a taste of what the film has to offer, they’ve definitely wet my appetite. Apparently Hibon’s had no trouble drawing inspiration from the film…

“Zack is one of the most exciting and original directors working in Hollywood today. Sucker Punch is nothing short of pure visual madness.”

What do you think of the short film?