The fine folks over at TV Squad have interviewed The Simpsons’ Executive Producer/Showrunner Al Jean. Below is an excerpt:
What’s coming up for this season?
Al Jean: The 27th we have our premiere, starring Seth Rogen, and he co-wrote the script. And it’s an episode where Comic Book Guy creates a character called Everyman who gets the power of any comic book he touches. And they try to make a Dark Knight-type of movie out of it because they’re so desperate for any new characters. And Comic Book Guy has casting approval, so he says that Homer gets to be the lead. And Homer gets a trainer who quits, so Homer’s weight fluctuates wildly from scene to scene. You see him muscular and then you see him flying through the air fat with a sandwich, and it’s a pretty terrible movie. And the issue is whether Comic Book Guy is going to give it a bad review, because that’s what he does, or whether he’s going to sell out to Hollywood.
The folks over at HitFix recently participated in a roundtable discussion with Lee Unkrich, director of next year’s Toy Story 3. The interview touches upon a variety of subjects including whether or not the visual style of Toy Story will carry over to Toy Story 3.
Unkrich responds, “We couldn’t make a “3” that looked completely different than the first two; however, as a studio and both technologically and artistically, we’ve made great strides over the last fifteen years. I mean, you look at “Ratatouille,” it’s just a gorgeous, gorgeous film. And so you want to take advantage of that, but at the same time, you want the world to feel familiar, so that was one of our big challenges at the beginning, working… luckily I had Bob Pauley who was the original production designer for the first “Toy Story”. He designed Buzz Lightyear. He’s my production designer on this film. We all worked very hard to have the world… and it’s a constant challenge to have the world feel familiar, but to take advantage of what we can do now artistically. So if you look at “Toy Story” and then “Toy Story 2,” there was a big leap in the look of the film. You know, just to be geeky, we were able to use depth of fields, which is something we couldn’t do on the first film at all. Suddenly we could use focus and depth to augment our visuals. We’ve made even more exponential leaps doing “3”. We had to rebuild everything. It’s not like these characters were sitting on a disk somewhere waiting to be used again. We had to rebuild them completely from scratch, and along the way we were able to give them more sophistication in their look and in their controls.”
Read the rest of the interview at HitFix.
Movie tough guy Michael Madsen provides the voice of Kilowog, the enforcer with a heart, in Green Lantern: First Flight, the next DC Universe animated original PG-13 movie coming to DVD and Blu-ray on July 28, 2009. It will also be available OnDemand and Pay-Per-View as well as a digital download on the same date.
Madsen offered some surprising, honest answers following his recording for Green Lantern: First Flight, providing his thoughts and recollections of acting, the oddities of fan perceptions, sibling rivalries, pumping gas for the stars, and his cleanest definition of Kilowogâ€™s favorite word, â€œpoozer.â€
Four-time Emmy Award winner Alan Burnett takes on the role of screenwriter for Green Lantern: First Flight, the next DC Universe animated original PG-13 movie coming to DVD on July 28, 2009.
Warner Premiere, DC Comics and Warner Bros. Animation are set to release the all-new Green Lantern: First Flight in a Blu-Ray edition, a special edition 2-disc DVD, and a single disc DVD. Warner Home Video will distribute the action-packed movie, which will also be available OnDemand and Pay-Per-View as well as available for download.
Burnett, the primary story editor for Warner Bros. Animation, took a little time to offer his views on his humbling beginnings in comics, the influences of Alfred Hitchcock and Woody Allen, and the simple one-line pitch behind the screenplay for the first-ever feature length Green Lantern film.
Warner Premiere, DC Comics and Warner Bros. Animation are set to release the all-new Green Lantern: First Flight on Blu-Ray, a special edition 2-disc DVD, and a single disc DVD. Warner Home Video will distribute the movie, which will also be available OnDemand and Pay-Per-View as well as available for download day and date, July 28, 2009.
Actress Juliet Landau, who fans may recognize from her appearances on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel, voices the sultry alien Labella in Green Lantern: First Flight. She took a few minutes out of her busy schedule to chat about voiceover work, the development of her Green Lantern: First Flight character, and the ability to grow and create in the entertainment business.
Fresh off Wonder Woman, Lauren Montgomery shifts gears to direct “Green Lantern: First Flight,” the fifth in the ongoing series of DC Universe animated original PG-13 movies.
Warner Premiere, DC Comics and Warner Bros. Animation are set to release the all-new Green Lantern: First Flight on July 28, 2009. It will be available on Blu-ray Disc, DVD, OnDemand, Pay-Per-View and download.
Montgomery paused between recording sessions and storyboards to chat about the directorial learning curve, working with certain voiceover actors, and more.
The folks over at AWN had the opportunity to interview Peter Sohn, director of the new Pixar short film, “Partly Cloudy.” The short will play before Pixar’s upcoming feature “Up,” in theaters May 29. Peter Sohn was previously an animator/story artist on various Pixar films, including Ratatouille, The Incredibles and Finding Nemo.
AWN: Talk about the pitch and how it went from there.
Peter Sohn: The original pitch was just as I explained: There’s the world of storks that deliver babies, but where do they get these babies from? And my answer was obviously the clouds. And I had done some drawings of these cloud characters — taking some photos and Photoshopping eyes and a nose in and then having some birds all flocking up to the skies. I pitched this story of a smaller gray cloud that [lived below and] made some of the dangerous babies. And I showed John these images and he touched on one of them and said let’s start developing this one. And that was close to a year-and-a-half ago and it’s been a really interesting learning experience for me. Obviously, this is my first [short]. It really is like raising a baby. I felt very much like Gus during this thing — making something and wanting people to like it.
Read the rest of the interview at AWN.
Actress Keri Russell makes her animation debut as the voice of the title character in Wonder Woman, the next entry in the series of DC Universe animated original PG-13 movies arriving today (March 3) on DVD, Blu-ray, OnDemand, Pay-Per-View as well as available for download.
Following her first-ever voiceover recording for an animated film, as Wonder Woman, she chatted about the cool factor of owning an invisible jet, Halloween costumes of her youth, potential future Russell-Fillion co-starring roles, and a super hero supplies store.
Actress Rosario Dawson provides the voice of Amazonian warrior Artemis in Wonder Woman, the next entry in the series of DC Universe animated original PG-13 movies due from Warner Premiere, DC Comics and Warner Bros. Animation on March 3, 2009. Warner Home Video will distribute the all-new film, which will also be available OnDemand and Pay-Per-View as well as available for download day and date, March 3, 2009.
Rosario took some time to discuss her role in Wonder Woman, her adoration of Neil Gaiman, her love for anything in the comics realm, and much more.