Re: "Iron Giant" in L.A. Times

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Posted by Dave Brewster on May 05, 1999 at 00:38:45:

In Reply to: "Iron Giant" in L.A. Times posted by Charles on April 28, 1999 at 15:43:57:

By director I think I have to make clear I was speaking of Bill Kroyer. He left early on because they had different views on how the film was to headed. You really canít fight management so the opportunity to let them try it their way really paved the way for Iron Giant. The funny thing is that that management is gone now. The new management has trimmed cost pretty bare but the beauty is that they seem to have reached compromise. A word you donít hear often in this business. There are very few executives who have Jeffery Kís story sense (hard won from years of live) so in a way itís natural that they would try to be him. I donít know if that is even possible without real hands on experience in my opinion. You canít memo that kind of knowledge.

: In the Calendar section of the April 26 edition of the Los Angeles Times, the cover story discusses the upcoming feature "Iron Giant". A subtitle in the article read "Absence of Meddling From Studio Executives" and went on to point out that the film is a marked improvement from "Quest" which was plagued by mismanagement.

: Dreamworks animator Dave Brewster is quoted as saying, "On 'The Quest for Camelot', Warner Bros. wouldn't let the director direct and they got burned badly, so they were willing to exchange control for a low budget. The reason the old Warner Bros. cartoons are among the best ever made is that management stayed out of things when the artists were making them."

: Brad Bird, the film's director added, "As long as we showed them we were producing the movie responsibly, they let us make the film without any interference. That's a very rare thing and we took full advantage of it." Maybe it will be more common once the film is released and the world can see what a great job these responsible visionaries have done.

: I've had the opportunity to get a glimpse at several sequences of the film. My first impressions are very positive. I think it will be a landmark animated film that will keep the creative expansion going. The quality of the production is first rate and the story is compelling and entertaining. I hope it's a blow out success and that it inspires other directors, producers and animation talent to put their foot down and insist that these corporate nursemaids stay out of their way so they can exercise the kind of responsible production management animation executives should have been utilizing all along.

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