Time to get these done, yes?
I'll have three of these today and tomorrow, and I apologize for them lingering as long as they have. The second of the Disney animation roundtables I attended, following the chat with John Lasseter and Hayao Miyazaki, was with the directors of "The Princess and the Frog." That is to say, Disney legends Ron Clements and John Musker. Their first three movies are all Disney pictures that hold up, and they helped rebuild the company with "The Great Mouse Detective," "The Little Mermaid," and "Aladdin."
So this is all in the same room, happening one right after another, like we're speed dating. It's a dosey-do of some of the biggest names in modern animation, and we can still see Lasseter and Miyazaki walking away as Clements and Musker sat down, everyone at the table greeting them warmly as they reset their various recording devices:
Drew McWeeny: So, this is the return to hand animation, and you guys... obviously there was first big wave in the 90's and in the late 80's, and there were a number of directors who made what are considered now the classics. And of those guys, you guys got to be the ones to come back and kick start this next... hopefully the next wave of hand animation. Is that exciting for you? And how did you guys end up being the ones to spearhead this?
Musker: Well, I mean... I think as John Lasseter says... I mean, Lasseter's approach at Disney is exactly the same as his approach to Pixar, and it's like a filmmaker led studio in the way that directors are very empowered, I think. That's kind of the way they are. We had left Disney for about 6 months. I think John coming onboard brought us back when...
Clements: We kind of had run afoul of the previous folks, and they turned their backs, sort of, on us. I mean, basically they didn't have much confidence in us making a film. And John brought us back. John knows our work and everything, and when we came back, it was John who sort of said, "Do we want to do 3-D or 2-D?" And we pitched to John, "We'd like to do a hand-drawn fairy tale." He's a huge fan.
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