In a recent roundtable video conversation, five first-time directors got together to talk about the challenges they faced, and what an amazing experience it was, to direct a full-length animated feature. They are:
- Mark Andrews – “Brave”
- Chris Butler – “ParaNorman”
- Rich Moore – “Wreck It Ralph”
- Peter Ramsey – “Rise of the Guardians”
- Genndy Tartakovsky – “Hotel Transylvania
The most interesting part of the conversation centers around the genre itself and wondering if it will ever break free of the opinion that animation is only for kids’ movies. The directors in the roundtable agreed that while there has been a shift, animation is still geared toward families, but really only in America. In other parts of the world, in Europe and Asia, animation geared toward adults is much more prevalent.
That’s not to say, however, that there hasn’t been some movement. Recently animation has been spreading wings and moved away from G-rated movies traditionally produced by Disney and Pixar. All five movies are rated PG, but still geared toward families. Three of the movies are have some scary elements, but as Butler summed it up, “It’s OK to have monsters in movies, as long as you can show that they can be defeated. “
Many in the industry think that animation will become more prevalent and will make forays into more traditional movies geared toward adults. Andrews believes that it’s only a matter of time before there are PG-13 and R-rated movies made in animation.
In this hour-long video, each of the directors talks about the pitch, the creative process, and what it’s like working with some of the biggest names in the industry today. Surprisingly, a lot of what they talk about involves how animation is similar to live action films, rather than how they differ.