So it has been two weeks since Hollywood’s biggest night and DisneyExaminer’s largest coverage project in a long time.
The 85th Academy Awards (or how they’ve rebranded to simply “The Oscars”) have come and gone and 2 Oscar statuettes came home to Disney.
Disney’s “Paperman” and Disney*Pixar’s “Brave,” the two ANIMATED films that took home the prize we’re featured at events at the Academy’s HQ in Beverly Hills the week leading into awards show day and we had the opportunity to attend both called the “Oscar Celebrates” events (which take place every year to celebrate certain film achievements for the past year).
During the Oscar Celebrates events, we had the opportunity to screen the nominated films as well as have a Q&A session with the filmmakers themselves!
We were able to jot down a few interesting facts about those films from the Q&A sessions with the filmmakers so we now pose the questions – did you know that…
- Director John Kahrs loved computer created animation as an animator, but he fell in love with Disney incomparable hand-drawn animation too once working for Disney.
- Kahrs and his animation team created the short knowing that it wasn’t to be released in theaters.
- It wasn’t until they were almost done that they found out that it was to be placed in front of “Wreck-It Ralph.”
- That unknowingness helped them create a more meaningful and heart-felt film.
- The actual names of the guy and girl are George and Meg respectively.
- Producer Brenda Chapman and Director Mark Andrews took their real lives into the movie specifically with Brenda’s dramatic relationship with her teenage daughter.
for “Wreck-It Ralph”…
- The animation “feel” of the film was inspired by Donkey Kong and other similar games according to Director Rich Moore.
- There actually was a song written for King Candy to sing in the movie. It was about how to resolved a dispute of who would race in Sugar Rush.
- The use of existing video game characters was necessary. It brought the “fake” video game world authenticity in our real world.
- There’s actually an original short film version of “Frankenweenie” that Tim Burton also directed back in 1984.
- The characters were inspired by Tim’s real life meetings with strange people.
- Creating the film in black and white and in 3D (which has never been done before) brings the film’s emotion.