In: 08.35.17 out: 08.55.05
Bald, “well. We wanted to work together for a long time and its finding the right opportunity and the project and there was an idea a simple idea of what if you took 4 new Yorkers, zoo animals, and plopped them in the jungle.”
In: 08.57.11 out: 09.31.23
Mainly the idea was new Yorkers specifically, and then it kind of evolved into African animals that were raised in a civilized urban environment. And that’s all they knew. And if you took that the irony returning them to the wild thinking that’s where they belong and they have no idea how to cope with their instincts or the surroundings or even find food cuz their spoon fed everything at the zoo you know. So it was a fish out of water story that we were drawn to and fortunately able to get together and spend the last 4 and half years or 4 years working on it.
In: 09.35.13 out: 09.56.19
Hair, “hundreds and hundreds, I mean I think if you see the credits on the film there’s you know between 3 and 5 hundred people probably that are listed. I mean we have douzins of animators working with the characters working with effects.. people doing lighting, I mean it’s a huge under taking.”
In: 09.56.19 out: 100.24.27
Bald guy, “and their all talented artists, which is great. I mean they’re not people behind computers. They all contribute ideas and they all contribute their talents to actually bring this aon the screen and a lot of people invented a lot of wonderful things to get this picture to get it looking like it did. And its an enormous undertaking the amount of people there are but very talented.”
In: 10.31.10 out: 11.33.21
Hair guy, “ they are they’re very important. I mean becuaese not only that we take advantage of the wonderful talent they have and they performance that they can give. I mean also because our process is very collaborative and iterative. They also help define who these characters are. So that we’ll go in with ben stiller for example, and we’ll have our script and he’ll say welll you know what maybe I could try it this way.
Baldg guy, “and then we’ll just try it – haha”
Hair guy, “and he’ll re-invent perhaps the scene – play it in a different way.. and this process goes on for several years.. even with our actors so it hjelps define who these characters are in a way that extends even beyond the voice talent that they bring to the project with is considerable. But the great news about it is that even when these films go international.. and other actors come in a do the voices, we’re still leveraging off of what these actors who worked thru the project with us and brot to the roles. Because they do have such a big part to play in defining who the characters are.
In: 11.45.21 out: 12.26.29
Bald, “we’d ask. We’d say, can we do this? And they’d say, well we’ll think about it and often time they did. Necessity is the mother of invention you know. And so it’s the challenges of saying can we have 500 hundred gleamers on the screne. And theres some people that said, okay can we do that. And they made it happen. They were actually inventive and creative in going, its really hard and no one’s done it before with fur, but we think we can do and they did. So its rising to the occasion. And so we’d ask a lot of questions and say can we do this. Can we do this. And more often than not they said… yes we can.
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Hair guy, “I think there’s no limit to what you can do with a computer these days especially. The tools are there – they can always be made better. Now I think its all about the talent and the creativety that people bring to this tool that altamately makes it I think a successful and great a medium as it can be.
Description: Madagascar Interview: Eric Darnell & Tom McGrath - the Directors Thursday April 7th, 2005 HRN-008 In: 06.10.09 out:
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