Dan Scan­lon

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Di­rec­tor, Mon­sters Univer­sity Key mo­ment of in­spi­ra­tion: All we knew was that we loved Mike and Sul­ley’s re­la­tion­ship in the first film, and we wanted to do some­thing that would delve into that fur­ther. That’s where the idea of go­ing back in time came from, the best way to get to know th­ese char­ac­ters and un­der­stand their re­la­tion­ship on a deeper level was to watch the re­la­tion­ship de­velop. This lead to the idea for Mike’s story, the chance to tell a story about a char­ac­ter that doesn’t get ev­ery­thing they want in the end and how dis­ap­point­ments like that can lead to some­thing bet­ter. We felt like we’d rarely seen that in film, and that ex­cited us! Big­gest chal­lenge in mak­ing the movie: The story is tough on ev­ery film, and this was no ex­cep­tion. The pre­quel na­ture of the film made it even harder. With a pre­quel, peo­ple al­ready know how things will end up for your char­ac­ters, so your job is to re­veal some­thing deeper about how and why they ended up where they did. Fave an­i­mated char­ac­ter of all time: I’ve al­ways liked Woody from the Toy Story films, he’s a flawed leader, he’s self­ish at times but in the end he al­ways choses what’s best for ev­ery­one. State of the toon busi­ness: There are a lot of stu­dios mak­ing an­i­mated films now which makes it harder to stand out, but I think that’s a good chal­lenge for all of us to con­tinue to try harder to find great sto­ries and cre­ate new orig­i­nal char­ac­ters and worlds. Ca­reer be­gin­nings: I loved to draw, and I loved films and TV. I made flip books when I was young and even­tu­ally got a Su­per 8 cam­era and started an­i­mat­ing ev­ery­thing I could find. Best ad­vice: Keep mov­ing for­ward. I don’t re­mem­ber who it came from, I feel like I’ve heard it from a lot of film­mak­ers through­out the years, but it’s im­por­tant ad­vice. Don’t let your­self wal­low on some­thing too long, keep mov­ing for­ward, keep your mo­men­tum even if you don’t have all the an­swers, and fin­ish what you start.

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