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The original poster for the film. It was originally 2D, and had a very different plot - much more to be explained.

Seal Team is a comedy adventure drama film that was released on Netflix worldwide on December 31, 2021. However, according to director Greig Cameron, there was an early scrapped version of the film that was discarded. Some early concept arts and an early poster were leaked on the South African News website when the film was first announced as a pitch back in 2013.

Information[]

In 2013, it was announced that Triggerfish Animation Studios (Adventures in Zambezia, The Rat Pirate, Khumba) have purchased a pitch for an unnamed 2D marine animal film, which would later become Seal Team itself.

In May 2018, it was then announced that Triggerfish would produce Seal Team as their third feature film. The film was being financed by South Africa's Industrial Development Corporation, the Dept. of Trade and Industry (DTI), and Cinema Management Group (CMG). Which leaded to them deciding that they originally scheduled the film for a theatrical December 2018 release.[1]

Dolph Lundgren (Sanjay and Craig, The Expendables 2) and Matthew Rhys (The Owl House, Infinity Train) joined the voice cast in May 2021[2]. Rhys once mentioned that why he wanted to voice the villain Grimes is because he has a 4-year-old son that is obsessed with sharks.

Plot[]

The plot was very different from the 2021 film we know today. The plot for the original version involved Quinn escaping from the Cape Town aquarium and finding a way to return to Seal Island, as he was originally supposed to be an acrobat.

Cast[]

  • ? as Quinn
  • ? as Claggart
  • ? as Geraldo
  • ? as Beth
  • ? as Switch
  • ? as Jing

Why It Was Cancelled[]

  1. The film's original and planned traditionally-drawn 2D style was discarded by Triggerfish because, at the time, it was too expensive to produce 2D films exclusively for both African and American audiences.
  2. Greig Cameron himself thought that the film worked better with less-realistic designs to make their company seem more detailed. He also wanted to expand the long-running saga of the category and history of stop-motion films.

Results[]

  • The original version was permanently cancelled.
  • SEAL Team was finally released on December 31, 2021 on Netflix to the public. It received mixed-to-positive reviews and was high-ranked at No. 10 on Netflix's Top 10 Today slate. It soon grew a small fanbase over the months, and it was since shifted from a 2D film to a stop-motion film at the end.

Notes[]

  • It was said the the original version was more darker and had more death scenes, meanwhile still aimed at a PG rating.
  • There are some notable changes prior to the original version;
    • Quinn's former acrobatic self (mentioned in the plot) was later carried over to Geraldo; who was a former circus (or aquarium, at the least, for that matter) performer and a clumsy Cape Fur Seal who is currently in love with Jing.
    • All of the SEAL TEAM had more Military-like gear/tools inspired by David Boreanaz's action character, Jason Heyes. They had those military gear strapped around their back and stomach, indicating that the original version was going to be a little more mature.
    • The sharks were originally going to have far more realistic designs inspired by 80s action horror movies featuring various sharks such as Jaws. As evidenced by early concept art.
    • The SEAL TEAM originally had more human-like items they could of used in harder shark-troop situations; such as Scuba-gear, parachutes, floating boats, and even more Barracuda-like Mines. These were removed from the final film because they were deemed too "unrealistic".
    • Humans apparently didn't exist in the early version.

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