Among the most beloved creator-owned franchises of Dark Horse Comics is of course The Goon. Written and illustrated by Eric Powell, the series follows the adventures of the titular Goon and his diminutive but excessively ornery companion Frankie as they fight (and drink) their way through every form of fantastical threat, from zombies to ghosts to monsters to robots to cannibals to super scientists and beyond. The Goon mixes over-the-top gore with twisted, laugh-out-loud comedy and some genuinely touching, emotional moments, all wrapped up in Powell's distinctively gorgeous, tightly rendered artwork. As such, it's no surprise that filmmaker David Fincher is behind an in-the-works animated movie based on the book. While the film has yet to go into full production, some test animation previously seen only at Comic-Con 2009 was just released on the Web by Eric Powell himself, and you can check it out after the cut.

Fincher is working on The Goon with Blur Studios, whose character animation work ComicsAlliance readers will know from Batman: Arkham City, Mass Effect 2, Star Wars: The Old Republic and much more. Fincher and Blur produced an astonishingly good two-and-a-half minute trailer that hit the Web last year, featuring the voices of Clancy Brown as The Goon and Paul Giamatti as Frankie. Check it out below while we wait for the film to secure its financing and tell all those middling horror movies where to go.

For more on The Goon, check out ComicsAlliance's "13 Greatest Hits (And Stabbings And Gunshots) Of The Goon" and catch up on the comics collections at your local retailer, Things From Another World or Dark Horse Digital.

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