Monday, June 13, 2011

The Mark Dindal Interview -- Part I

Mark Dindal began his professional life in animation as an effects animator, but for the last two decades he's worked as a director of animated features ...

TAG Interview with Mark Dindal

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Like a lot of artists working in the biz, Mark was bitten by the bug when he was watching a Disney animated feature:

"It was Sword and the Stone and it was the witches' duel. We had a black-and-white set at home and the colors were so vibrant. As I watched it, I knew what I wanted to do for a career ..."

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He's been pursuing that career for the last few decades with quite satisfactory results ...

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

Amazing , thank you so much for making this interview.

Steve Hulett said...

Welcome. We aim to please. Part II tomorrow.

Dan Siciliano said...

Mark Dindal's films are great! Including "Emperor's New Groove" and "Chicken Little".

Anonymous said...

Cats don't Dance is a nice gem too

Anonymous said...

Chicken Little is better than ANY OTHER Disney feature, with the exception of all of them.

Derrick said...

I can't wait to see "Me and my Shadow" in theaters.

Anonymous said...

^ You may have to wait a while for that.

Captain Obvious said...

"Me and My Shadow" is kaput.

Ryan said...

"Me and My Shadow" is kaput.

Wait, what? Didn't they just do a press release for that a few months ago?

Steve Hulett said...

They're writing script pages. (Not kaput.)

Chris Sobieniak said...

I suppose what Dindal was mentioning was that he was working for a second of Hanna-Barbera that was set up to do feature films at the time. After acquiring the studio and library, Turner set up a feature film subsidiary of Turner Pictures (by the time Cats Don't Dance was released, it went by the name "Turner Feature Animation"). The first of these was "Once Upon A Forest" (released by 20th Century Fox), followed by "The Pagemaster" and then Mark's film. Eventually Time Warner merged with Turner and the division was folded into WB's own feature animation section, which of course you all know that story quite well (too bad Cats Don't Dance didn't get the push it needed marketing wise, but since WB didn't make that one, they saw no need to go that far when they had their own stuff coming down the pipes).

Cindy said...

I hope you don't mind me asking, but I am doing a report in cats don't dance, since you spoken to mr. Dindal I was wondering if you would be able to ask him if I could get an interview with him. Cat's don't dance has been my favorite movie since I was a child, and his work inspires a lot of what I do. I'm a student at aivb, and I would really appreciate it!

Steve Hulett said...

Cindy, you can likely reach Mark at DreamWorks Animation. Call through the switchboard.

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