Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Tinsel & Tine got invited to a roundtable interview with Chris Wedge the director of the new Blue Sky Studios (Ice Age) animated movie Epic. These types of interviews are one of my favorite things about writing Tinsel & Tine. You have direct access to filmmakers and actors in a deluxe Center City hotel conference room, but because 3 or 4 other journalists are involved with the interview it takes the pressure off and allows for a light-hearted, fun atmosphere, as long as no one steals your question before you can ask it ;-)
Epic is a tale about the magical worlds that may co-exist with us, were we to look closely. No need for me to go into full detail, cause here's the director to explain the movie in his own words (see video below 2:26) :
Tinsel & Tine: To create a magical world like in Epic you must be in touch with your inner child. What do you attribute to being able to continually access this part of yourself? And what was your favorite childhood tale?
Chris Wedge: We didn't get to watch as many movies as kids get to watch now. We didn't have any Netflix, We didn't have VCR's! I don't know how old I look to you guys...we had to go to the movies or wait for movies to come on TV. What I liked as a little boy were adventure movies - Robin Hood, Errol Flynn with his hands on his hips swashbuckling through movies, Captain Blood, King Kong. I came of age in the 70's and movies got a little bit more down to earth with anti-heros. I always loved movies with a lot of action, but also a lot of banter, characters fighting in mortal danger, but still quipping to your buddy; that's what Robin Hood's about, that's what Butch and Sundance are all about, I love that tone.
CW cont: And a lot of that is what inspired this movie (Epic). Blue Sky movies have been fun, colorful character comedies, it's comedy that I think breaks out of what people consider children's fare, into broad audience fare. And with this one (Epic) I wanted it to be the scope, the spectacle, the adventure, the action, that pulls it out of that unfortunate pigeon hole that we find ourselves in animation, that it's only for kids. I know we're talking to moms and kids, and I love kids, but when I was a kid, I watch old Fleischer Brother cartoons and Popeye and Looney Tunes, these weren't made for kids. Looney Tunes were a bunch of knuckleheads at Warner Bros. entertaining themselves.
If not, when did everyone decide the story got big enough to be called Epic?
I read my line and I'd look up an expect to see him looking at his podium, but instead he'd be in character, burning a hole in my head with his gaze.
epic Vocal Cast: Amanda Seyfried, Colin Farrell, Beyoncé Knowles, Josh Hutcherson, Christoph Waltz, Aziz Ansari, Chris O'Dowd, Pitbull, Jason Sudeikis & Steven Tyler.
epic is loosely based on William Joyce's children's book The Leaf Men and the Brave Good Bugs. The animated movie out at Christmas Rise of the Guardians (click for T &T post) was also based on a story by Joyce.
The questions posted were asked by Tinsel & Tine, but I'd also like to acknowledge the other writers in attendance: Ben F. Silverio Pretentious Film Majors, Alexandre Uboldi Cinedork.com, Sarah Peppel Moms Love Media, Paul Perkins The King Room Entertainment, and Barbara Spalding Homeroomathome.com
LAMB Score 2.5 out of 5
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