The story of a second chance is always captivating to any audience. A newly released Disney Planes: Fire And Rescue is a mesmerizing story of how such opportunities grow into a lifetime experiences. That is why I love Disney movies: each one of them has a STORY to tell and a LESSON to take away with us. PLANES is the one worthy your attention and watching more than once!
I had a splendid opportunity to meet and speak about PLANES animation movie with its creators and directors and filmmakers. One of the interviews that was exceptionally fascinating and eye-opening was with Bobs Gannaway, the Director of the movie, and Ferrell Barron, the Producer of Planes: Fire And Rescue.
The conversation was about the movie and a huge commitment, time, expertise it takes to develop each character and the interactions within.
Bobs Gannaway, Director, and Ferrell Barron, Producer
Planes: Fire And Rescue
Each movie, each character comes from the inspired Disney creators and filmmakers! They don’t just sit around and think of how and what and where about the characters. What happens in real life is… life exploration of the areas a movie is about, trips to places where knowledge and expertise is gathered, and meeting with dozens of people who are experts in those areas of life.
Making PLANES: FIRE AND RESCUE forced Disney crew to get their field trips done to National Parks, to Fire Rescue places and meet their crews, and then bringing their impressions, words, professionalisms (terms used in a certain profession) into every single inch of the movie. That is why Disney movies come out as close to life as life itself.
Look at the walls that Disney Studios where Bobs and Ferrell create their Disney masterpieces are covered with! It is all about constant interaction, inspiration, thinking and breathing a movie, characters and scenes.
Each character goes through a deep developmental stage.
Here you see Dusty and Barbara Enid.
Lil’ dipper voiced by the talented Julie Bowen.
Ol’ Jammer, voiced by Barry Corbin.
Andre voiced by Rene Auberjonois
The map of the Piston Peak National Park – all based on the Yellowstone
and Great Tetons.
This is how Ferrell Barron, the Producer of Planes, explains the necessity for thoroughness of research.
We wanted to pay tribute to the firefighters around the world. We’re focusing on wildfire air attack, but it’s really about all firefighters. I mean, it was really important for us, after we’d met them, they became more than just consultants. They really became our friends — I still stay in touch with (several of them). I mean, they really became our friends. And so it was important for us to do right by them, because of all that research, bringing that truth and accuracy to our filmmaking, so that all firefighters really are honored.
The PLANES movie is packed with REALITY: real planes numbers, real places, real people, real natural disasters and real descriptions of hazards like fires.
Ferrel Barron adds:
It’s such an honor that we could honor those brave men and woman that actually lost their lives. The public’s not gonna know that, but they (the firefighters) saw it.
Bobs Gannaway has reflected very emotionally about what it means to him and his team to create each animated movie.
That’s what’s so great — and hard — about the animation process. It’s very different than a live-action (film) where you’ve written a script and you go out and you shoot, and you have lots of coverage, and then it’s made kind of in editorial. And then maybe you do re-shoots and things like that. In a live action movie, it gets turned around fairly quickly, and by that I mean a year and a half. These take five plus years to make. So, what we do is, we write a script, and then we do boards and temp dialogue and temp music, and then put it together in the editorial, and then we watch it.
We all get notes, and then we tear down and rebuild it, and tear down and rebuild it. It’s a constant. So the movie you’re seeing is like, the eighth or ninth version of the film. During that time, the two years or two and a half or three years, or however long you’re doing that, you start to sort of figure out, ‘We don’t need that,’ or ‘This needs to move along quickly,’ or ‘There’s a pace issue.
The meeting and interview was an extensive one. So many facts and new things we were allowed to discover for ourselves. It is not an easy thing to go and make a movie. What sets the Disney Studios aside from anybody else is their LIVING THROUGH EXPERIENCE of what each movie will be about. Every single step and episode that is in the script will be researched and lived through.
Thank you Bobs and Ferrell for your enthusiasm and truths you express in every Disney movie. PLANES: FIRE AND RESCUE is no exception.
Go, see it with your children and get it as a reminder to yourselves what a magical experience that is watching a Disney movie as a family.
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— Celebrate Woman (@DiscoverSelf) October 29, 2014