Saturday, March 18, 2006
Ever since animated features began, story reworks have been de riguer. The Fox and the Hound, the first feature I worked on, went through wrenching continuity permutations. Should the old dog Chief die or live? Do we keep the crazy crane sequence in, or cut it out? Glen Keane reboarded the climax of the picture well along into production, punching the end up considerably. Story guru Ed Gombert told me about the massive story changes that took place on Aladdin, and how the middle of the picture was gutted and re-worked well into production. Shrek had gags put in and gags pulled out all the way through production. On Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron the animation crew was sent home for several months while the story was completely reworked. The massive struggles to make The Lion King work are well known thoughtout the industry. And word now reaches us that the Aardman/DreamWorks production Flushed Away is in story retooling after early screenings, and some of the picture's animators are taking a short break while changes are made. Is this unusual? Not if you know anything about how animated features get constructed. It happens far more often than it doesn't.
Posted by Steve Hulett at 9:58 AM