Pennywise from It gets a chilling anime makeover
We'll all float, too — even in anime
Since releasing an initial image earlier this month of Pennywise the clown, based on his boat scene with little Georgie, the art has taken off online and prompted Kevin Duran, a freelance graphic designer, to add voiceover. Now it’s transformed into a spine-tingling scene.
“Besides the fact that I thought the new Pennywise design already had a very ‘anime’ feel to it, I thought the concepts and subject matter of Stephen King’s book would be perfect for anime,” Anderson writes to EW in an email. “There seem to be fewer limits in anime. Crazy concepts and unique storytelling are almost expected. The King novel delves into mythologies and settings that a live-action movie may not have the time or budget to fully realize. And even if they could, it may not appeal to mass audiences. Taking It to an anime series would ground the story in a genre where traveling between dimensions and giant monsters are more accepted.”
While he thought Duran’s animation was “impressive,” Anderson writes that he “was pretty upset that he didn’t ask me to use the artwork at all.” They have since talked it out over Twitter, but Anderson still has “mixed emotions on the whole thing,” he writes.
See Duran’s animation and Anderson’s original art below.
Since It‘s debut, the film has broken records to become the highest-grossing horror film of all time in the U.S. To date, the earnings have risen to $278.8 million domestic and $505.6 million global. Pennywise, played in the film by Bill Skarsgard, also inspired some terrifying food and video mashups, as well as its own love story with newly minted LGBTQ icon the Babadook. But this anime is perhaps the freakiest of the lot.