The View From the Top: 2013 Edition
How does it feel to have been responsible for some of the best animated movies of the year? We tracked down some of 2013’s big-shot directors and producers and asked them a few questions about their movies, the state of the industry and what keeps them pa
Director, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 Key moment of inspiration: Towards the end of making the first film, we had many more scenes with sentient food. I was boarding a scene in which Flint faced his machine inside the meatball. The food came alive to protect the machine. I had hopping pickles form a giant food head in my board. I would have crazy dreams about hopping pickles. Coming into Cloudy 2, I knew I wanted to see those hopping pickles come to life. Biggest challenge in making the movie: Finding time to sleep. Favorite animated character/movie: It’s a tie between the Disney shorts, Mickey’s Trailer and The Band Concert. The state of the business: More studios and more movies means different styles of films to choose from. It’s great not to see the same thing from everyone. Career beginnings: My grandfather Bob Youngquist was an animator at Disney from 1935 to 1970. I learned to draw from watching him. Later, I went to CalArts and studied animation. After that I started working at DreamWorks in the story department on Shrek. Best advice: Stay creative and always make film!