I’ve already shared my interviews with George Lucas and Elijah Kelley, today it’s Gary Rydsrom’s turn! He sat down with us at Skywalker Ranch and shared some insight into his background and the making of Strange Magic from his perspective as the director.
“And if I win three more, I can open a bowling alley.” 😉
2. Elijah Kelley made Gary work the hardest when reading lines and setting up scenes. Part of directing actors for animation is working with them and taking on the opposite role to help them through the scenes. With Elijah, Gary often played either the Plum Fairy or Dawn.
“And I was actually pretty good at it.” 🙂
3. All the actors brought their personalities to the characters once they were cast. For example, Alan Cumming is Scottish so they gave the Bog King a 20% Scottish accent.
4. Strange Love is said to be inspired by Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream. It’s a multiple love stories that take place over one day and one night.
“An unexpected love story, so I think that’s what’s inspiring by Shakespeare and luckily Shakespeare’s lawyers I think are long dead so we’re safe.” 🙂
5. The movie is about finding beauty in something you didn’t expect to find beauty in.
“I think we do judge people at first and once we get to know them, it’s amazing who we become best friends with or certainly amazing who we marry. So we always have to get past that outside, you know, the cover of the book to find out what’s great inside.”
6. The artwork in the film is a mix of classic fairytale art with some realism. It was drawn so you could imagine their world being apart of our world, our back yard. The fairies were designed with butterflies in mind, so that from a distance what we see as butterflies might actually be fairies.
Have you seen Strange Magic yet? It’s a fun movie, the whole family will enjoy. Don’t miss my Strange Magic Review and why I think little boys will love a fairytale, love story!
I attended press events with Disney to promote #StrangeMagicEvent and #PixarInsideOut. I was provided with an expenses paid trip to San Francisco in exchange for my coverage about the events. No other compensation is given. As always, opinions and experiences are my own. Photos courtesy of Disney.