Sound Bite: Tom McGrath / Eric Darnell – the nuances of the characters make it work
Darnell – The way we kinda, it comes out of, you know for Julian for example, Sasha’s performance of him you know and even the way he’ll gesture his hands when we record him because what we do is we have lipstick camera, we record them, as well as get their vocal performance, the animators have something to base their performance off of so and Sasha’s great, they all get really physical behind the mic, but even the way he dances and even singing the song Private Dancer and doing his moves you know the animators have captured and put into the…
Sound Bite: Tom McGrath / Eric Darnell – there’s a lot of performance from the actors
McGrath – Right right and we’ll go in with our script but I mean these guys are all great comedians and improvers, is that that right? Improvisers? Improvisationalas?
Darnell – Improvisationalizers.
McGrath – Yes improvisationalizers, and uh so we want that, and so they helped create who these characters are and we just sort of you know put them in front of the mic and stepped back and let them do the great stuff that they do so we just feel so lucky sitting there you know in New York City recording somebody you know it’s like we all know those plays are going on there in Broadway but you know we got the best seat in the house.
Sound Bite: Tom McGrath / Eric Darnell – is it a prequel?
Darnell – No we wanted it to be its own story in a way and we didn’t want it to have to, in way we kind of said well maybe if you didn’t see the first one you’d still understand the story so that’s what we set out to do and um hopefully you know it plays on its own.
Sound Bite: Tom McGrath / Eric Darnell
McGrath – Yeah and getting to know them in the first movie you know and taking them on, it was maybe like a simpler story, still fun and funny, but now that we know these characters so well we knew we could go to some deeper places with them and that’s what we tried to do with this film.
Darnell – We thought that we could do better with this one and that was our goal.
Sound Bite: Tom McGrath / Eric Darnell – are actors forthcoming when asked to do these projects
Darnell – Yeah you know and it’s fun to pitch a story or characters, for example Alec Baldwin you know we approached him with a different character, a hunter actually a human, and that character actually fell out of the film but we loved Alec playing a villain and along came this rival lion Makunga and we pitched it to Alec and immediately he had ideas for his character. (talks) Just in how he would act and he thought himself, part of it didn’t make it in the movie but you know how he’d get on the phone and like he’d be kind of think he’s a ladies man and all the female lions would just you know dismiss him and stuff like that so it was really funny and so he got right into it right away and we just feel really fortunate that they say yes.
Sound Bite: Tom McGrath / Eric Darnell
McGrath – Yeah and a lot of it I mean is just the way the animators can take those mannerisms that he does, it’s just so unique to him, and put it into the character you know and so much of what we think of people and recognize about people is their mannerisms and their physicality, not even sometimes the actual features in their face, so all these characters people say you know, wow they look just like the actors in way, but it’s really just the talent of the animators pulling from the live action stuff.
Description: Madagascar Escape 2 Africa Tom McGrath & Eric Darnell Cam C
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