Fantastic Mr. Fox (directed by Wes Anderson, based on a Roald Dahl book) looks like it’s going to be a great movie. I’m even more interested after reading this article in the LA Times about Anderson’s directing technique and how he pushed the animators to have an extremely detailed, non-technological look to the film.
Even if that meant bucking conventional animation wisdom by avoiding the modern technology that pervades the genre these days.
“It’s not the most pleasant thing to force somebody to do it the way they don’t want to do it,” Anderson said. “In Tristan’s case, what I was telling him was, ‘You can’t use the techniques that you’ve learned to use. I’m going to make your life more difficult by demanding a certain approach.’
“The simple reality is,” Anderson continued, “the movie would not be the way I wanted it if I just did it the way people were accustomed to doing it. I realized this is an opportunity to do something nobody’s ever seen before. I want to see it. I don’t want afterward to say, ‘I could have gone further with this.’ “