Monday 3 December 2012

Watch: Roundtable Discussion with Animation Directors

The L.A. Times have posted an absolutely enthralling roundtable discussion with five animated film directors, in anticipation of the very tight Best Animated Feature competition at awards season this year. Hosted by L.A. Times reporter Rebecca Keegan, the roundtable includes Mark Andrew (Brave), Peter Ramsey (Rise of the Guardians), Chris Butler (ParaNorman), Rich Moore (Wreck-It Ralph) and Genndy Tartakovsky (Hotel Transylvania).

It's not all too equal a discussion, Rich Moore and Mark Andrews tend to dominate it, and it would've been nice to see Brenda Chapman and Peter Lord in the mix, but it really is brilliant! The start's your general stuff: talk about your film, your studio, your team, etc..., but it really takes off in the last fifteen minutes or so, when the conversation turns towards animation as a medium, the problem with American animation, and the directors' shared interests in seeing more 2D animated films, more adult animated films, and the versatility of animation as a medium.

Check it out!

Via Cartoon Brew.


  1. Very interesting video.

    Yes, it would've been even nicer to have Brenda Chapman, and Peter Lord. Also Tim Burton.
    And I agree with Mark Andrews. The general audience... Thinking animation automatically means kid movie... Gah !

    1. Yeah, although, admittedly, it'd be almost inaudible with anymore people there, haha!

      And yes, I think, as animation fans, we all share this mutual hatred of the idea that animated films are cartoons for kids. I'm actually giving a presentation on that subject on Wednesday!