Right after a sneak peek screening of Planes: Fire & Rescue, during my recent trip to Los Angeles, I went over to Disney Toon Studios and actually got to meet two of the film makers–Bobs Gannaway, the Director and Ferrell Barron, the Producer. I don’t think I’ve met two film makers that were more passionate about their work. They spoke for about an hour, but looked like they could have easily gone on for days. I was actually quite impressed.
First of all, they created their own National Park for the film, in animation. It’s kind of like Yosemite, but also kinda like Yellowstone. And, I always thought that the scenery in animated films were just cut and pasted–like if you wanted to create a forest, you would just cut and paste groups of trees. And in some films, they are. However, with this one, each tree and flower, bush and plant was created separately. And, they had to be the RIGHT trees–redwoods, incense cedar, etc. There are more than 2 milliion trees in the fictional Piston Peak National Park. This is just one example of how the film makers took animation to an entire new level.
One of the coolest things that I took away from the chat was their admiration of firemen, especially those dedicated to wild fires. Here’s what Bobs said about them:
All the people we met, the Fire Fighters are everything you think they are. They were amazing, giving, caring, courageous people, so charming, and so giving with their time and wanting to help. It was really a wonderful experience and they’ve become friends of ours now.
Because of that, we really took this Movie to heart. We really put it on our shoulders and we wanted to tell a story that really paid a Tribute and gave homage to Fire Fighters. ..You know, you look even in live action, there’s, you can count on one hand really how many like Fire Fighter Movies there are. Certainly none in Animation.
So they were all so honored to be talking with us and being a part of the film, helping tell their story….That’s been the biggest part of this whole project is just making sure that we’re being, truthful and making them proud to watch the Movie.
I’m someone who is absolutely in awe of those who run into burning structures and even wildfires to save and protect strangers. This resonated deeply with me. It will with you as well. I think adults will find this film surprisingly GREAT. It’s filled with humor and situations that grown folks can appreciate. I can’t wait for you to finally read my review in a couple weeks. But stay tuned for next week’s post on Planes: Fire & Rescue. I kinda had a cameo!
The film comes out in just a couple weeks–July 18!! I can’t wait to see it again!
Disclosure: I was a guest of Disney Film Studios for this trip to Los Angeles. They provided my travel, lodging, meals, and activities. All opinions, however, are my own!