Congratulations to Rosa! 👑
CinemaBlend, SausageRoll, and Bounding Into Comics are just the first of – hopefully – many media sites to give the “#AlitaSequel Banner over the Oscars” campaign some publicity. Even if the worst-case-scenario happens (bad weather grounds the plane towing the banner), we are still raising money for a good cause, so it won’t be a total loss. Here is some of what CinemaBlend had to say:
“While there’s a pretty vocal fanbase dedicated to getting Warner Bros to #ReleaseTheSnyderCut, another fan base has been keeping pace with the devotion of that Justice League focused group of concerned citizens: The Alita Army.
Those inspired fans of director Robert Rodriguez’s Alita: Battle Angel have just started raising funds to take a page out of the DC Comics’ loyalists, and fly a banner over this year’s Oscars ceremony to inspire the folks at Disney to make a sequel. Not only have their efforts met their original metrics of success, but they’ve been pursuing another goal of more philanthropic means.”
For more information on the campaign and on how to donate, follow the link below:
by Max D, #AlitaSequel Banner Campaign Team Member
A lot has happened in the last 20 hours!
We launched yesterday around 7PM EST. About three hours later (around 10:00PM EST) we had already raised $2,366 blowing past our goal to fund a banner to fly #AlitaSequel #AlitaArmy over the Oscars, and well into our stretch goal of assisting amputees get Hero Arms from Open Bionics.
Just shy of 12 hours after we went public, we hit our stretch goal of $4000! (and still climbing—all funds beyond the plane and banner go to Open Bionics so the more we raise, the more we can help!)
We are stunned with gratitude and thanks for your support and will be providing additional updates on the progress of the banner and more about Open Bionics.
Rotten Tomatoes Editorial: “For our selections… we leant into the most groundbreaking technical achievements for visual effects in 2019… with Alita: Battle Angel serving as our choice for a surprise nomination.” https://editorial.rottentomatoes.com/article/rotten-tomatoes-predicts-the-2020-oscar-nominations/
Rotten Tomatoes hasn’t been keen on acknowledging Alita: Battle Angel all year, much less admitting that it’s a good movie. Perhaps we should take this as another sign that the tide truly is turning in Alita’s favor.
The pre-order starts January 15, 2020. Limited editions available here: https://queenstudios.shop/collections/alita-battle-angel
See more images of the bust below.
Please read carefully: To show how passionate the Alita: Battle Angel fan base is and to give the film studios faith that an Alita sequel will be successful, we want to fly a banner with “#AlitaSequel #AlitaArmy” over the red carpet at the Academy Awards for three hours. The quote we have for the banner to fly is $1,810. Our deadline is Wednesday, January 29, 2020.
But we don’t want to stop there. We also want to raise money that will benefit amputees. Our stretch goal is $4,000. Money funded over $1,810 will be donated to Open Bionics. If we fail to meet our first financial goal of $1,810, all of the donations that we received will be given to Open Bionics. Open Bionics develops affordable prosthetic limbs for amputees. Their mission is “to make beautiful bionic limbs more accessible.”
Why we chose Open Bionics: When thinking of a good cause to work for, we remembered the partnership that the Alita: Battle Angel movie design team had made with Open Bionics. Together, they designed an affordable Alita: Battle Angel themed cover for prosthetic arms. One of these designs were modeled by Tilly Lockey at the premier of the Alita film where she met lead actress Rosa Salazar, whom she took many photos with.
This was our first exposure to both Tilly Lockey and Open Bionics. Her story warmed our hearts and we became fans of not just Alita, but also of Tilly who in an inspirational way we see as a real “battle angel”.
See Tilly Lockey’s story in the following video:
We would love to help other young people like Tilly be able to receive cool prosthetic arms. So we have decided to give all funds beyond what we need to fly the banner to Open Bionics so that they can bring some much needed assistance and joy to the world.
Update: The plane on it’s way to the Oscars and Disney HQ:
Why are we so passionate about Alita?
It’s because we don’t stand by in the absence of a sequel. This is the voice of the Badlands. Radio K.A.O.S
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Rosa Salazar is nominated for Best Voice or Motion Capture Performance.
Alita: Battle Angel is nominated for Best VFX. (The link 404’d so screenshots are provided)
Austin Film Critics Association Announces 2019 Award Finalists
#AlitaBattleAngel is nominated for Best Motion Capture/Special Effects Performance. https://austinchronicle.com/daily/screens/2020-01-03/austin-film-critics-association-announces-2019-award-finalists/
Reel Anarchy Staff Pick Their Top 10 Best Movies Of 2019
#AlitaBattleAngel comes in at #2 overall on this list. https://reelanarchy.com/reel-anarchy-staff-pick-their-top-10-best-movies-of-2019/amp/?__twitter_impression=true…
Forbes: ‘Alita,’ ‘Cats’ And The Most Underrated Movies Of 2019
Scott Mendelson says of Alita: “The dialogue is 90% exposition and the film’s idea of feminism is straight out of the 1990’s, but the damn movie works because Alita herself is such an entertaining character.” https://forbes.com/sites/scottmendelson/2020/12/31/alita-battle-angel-cats-stuber-maleficent-brightburn-underrated-movies-of-2019/amp/
The Film Stage: Jason Ooi’s Top 10 Films of 2019
Alita: Battle Angel: “With her innocence and unbridled sense of duty, the heroine at the center is a strong mascot for self-actualization in such socially stratified times.” https://thefilmstage.com/jason-oois-top-10-films-of-2019/
Indiewire reports on the Oscar VFX Bake-Off that took place Saturday:
NOTE: The article indicates that The Lion King (an animated film) will be favored to win the Oscar for Best VFX.
‘The Lion King’ and ‘Alita: Battle Angel’ Lead VES Awards with Five VFX Nominations
The VES Awards will be held January 29th at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
The Hollywood Reporter: “Alita: Battle Angel, Avengers: Endgame, Gemini Man, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker and The Lion King are the nominees in the Visual Effects Society’s top category of outstanding visual effects in a photoreal feature.” https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/amp/lists/2020-visual-effects-society-awards-nominations-full-list-1265672
Hong Kong box office down by 2% in year of protests. Alita: Battle Angel is among the top 10 non-Hong Kong films in 2019. https://www.screendaily.com/news/hong-kong-box-office-down-by-2-in-year-of-protests/5145988.article
Cinemablend: Cameron responded to criticisms of Alita’s big eyes saying, “Fuck the haters… We’re going to go bigger on the eyes, and that’s how we’re going to do it.”
It’s been almost a full year since Alita: Battle Angel released in theaters (February 2019) and this community of Alita fans came together. While there still hasn’t been a sequel announcement yet, we’re remaining positive and motivated. We have some big plans coming up for 2020. Stay tuned, Hunter Warriors.
“I’m calling on you now, my Hunter Warrior brothers.” – Alita
Do these petitions help? Here’s what Cinemablend says:
“The petition started by Phillip Grube was created when Alita was in its second weekend in theaters with the express goal of demonstrating to the powers that be like James Cameron and Robert Rodriguez that there was enough fan interest and desire to make a sequel film.
Petitions like these don’t do much as far as affecting change in a direct way, but what they can do is symbolize public interest in a particular cause. This is a way for Alita fans to demonstrate that they want to see Alita 2, with the idea being that the people and corporate entities with the power to greenlight the sequel see this petition and get the message that another movie is a viable proposition.”Cinemablend
See the Alita: Battle Angel trailer below: