Directors Kirk De Micco and Chris Sanders Talk THE CROODS, the 3D, Technical Challenges, How it Was Originally an Aardman Stop-Motion Movie, and More

     March 22, 2013

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Now playing is DreamWorks Animations’ The Croods. Directed by Kirk De Micco (Space Chimps) and Chris Sanders (How to Train Your Dragon), The Croods centers on a prehistoric family embarking on the world’s first  road trip through an uncharted, fantastical and dangerous world.  The film features the voice talents of Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds, Nicolas Cage, Clark Duke, Catherine Keener and Cloris Leachman.  For more on The Croods, you can watch 8 clips here.

At the New York City press junket, I was able to speak with De Micco and Sanders.  We talked about how they started working together, how the film changed during the development process, how The Croods was originally set up at Aardman as a stop-motion animated movie, casting, technical challenges, whether Guillermo del Toro had any involvement with the film, their working relationship with Jeffrey Katzenberg, the film’s use of 3D, and updates on Hong Kong Phooey and How to Train Your Dragon 2.  Hit the jump to watch.

croods-artworkDirectors Kirk De Micco and Chris Sanders:

  • :16 Do they look forward to doing press?
  • 1:04 Were there any big technical challenges to overcome on the film? Talk about the materials they absolutely wanted in the film that were tough to do, like tar.
  • 3:14 Talk about how much faster rendering has gotten and how far away we are from instant rendering.
  • 4:51 How much did the film change from when they first pitched it to the finished version of the film now? Talk about the initial story that was in development at Aardman for stop-motion.
  • 5:50 Talk about another version of the story that centered on a village of cavemen.
  • 7:00 What did the voice cast bring to the film and how did the actors affect the characters? Talk specifically about the difficulty of nailing down Ryan Reynolds’ character.
  • 8:42 Did Guillermo del Toro have any involvement with the film? They tell an amusing story about his lone insight into the movie.
  • 9:41 Talk about the working relationship with Jeffrey Katzenberg.  They say he helps keep them on track and calls them out for being timid.
  • 11:25 The use of 3D in the film.  They say they now author everything in 3D, so they’re able to use it more atmospherically. Talk about dialing the depth throughout the film.
  • 14:02 Talk about Hong Kong Fooey.
  • 14:51 Talk about How to Train Your Dragon 2.

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