Sunday, January 31, 2010

Not Exactly

The L.A. Times reports director Wes Anderson as saying:

"Usually, directors are either in animation or live action," Anderson conceded to Gold Derby, citing Tim Burton as one of the rare exceptions

This is a tad wrong ...

Off the top of my head, some animation directors (and/or board artists and animators) who have worked as live-action directors:

Kevin Lima

Rob Minkoff

Andrew Stanton

Frank Tashlin

Jerry Rees

Simon Wells

And so on and so forth.

Then of course there are the live-action directors now moving into animation. Although Mr. Anderson is one of the purer specimens, if Avatar isn't halfway to three-quarters animation, I will eat my computer.


Anonymous said...

Vicki Jenson's first live action feature, Post Grad, came out last year.

Anonymous said...

Terry Gilliam. Comics, animation, acting, writing, directing, and everything else under the sun. And one of the most creative and influencial directors of our time. He can tell a good story. Who's Tim Burton?

Anonymous said... anyone going to notify the public of this by having the L.A. Times print a correction or whatever the heck they call that?

Anonymous said...

Anderson obviously doesn't know what he's talking about, but who cares? Most people haven't seen his films--because they're not terribly interesting. Mr. Fox was no exception. One of the worst animated films I've ever seen. BORING.

Anonymous said...

The word "usually" implies a generalization, which means that there will be exceptions. So pointing out a few exceptions to Anderson's statement does nothing to disprove what he said.

I'm not a huge Anderson fan, but I don't think it was a crazy statement. There's not a whole lot of mingling between live action and animation; it seems to have increased with the rise of CG and performance capture, but isn't it fair to say most directors stick with one or the other?

Steve Hulett said...

I don't know the entire context of what Anderson said, but I wouldn't think he has an inkling of how many cross-overs there have been.

And cross-overs are accelerating as animation and live-action merge, thanks to CGI.

The day is going to come when the lines will get even more blurred than now. Chris Bailey, for example, directed the animation for Alvin II, also some of that picture's live-action second unit setups.

Anonymous said...

Jimmy Hayward. Animator at Pixar, then director of Horton Hears a Who, now director of Jonah Hex (live action)

Anonymous said...

Or the more obvious: Andrew Adamson, Brad Bird, Mark Andrews, Robert Zemeckis.
Okay, that last one doesn't really count.

It doesn't really matter much how wrong Anderson is, but it is just another example of how underestimated animation is.

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