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What makes a film mean even more to you is to hear the directors, producers, actors, and crew from the movie. They’ve put their heart and soul into this film. We chatted with Director Klay Hall and Producer Traci Balthazor-Flynn about PLANES over at DisneyToon Studios and let me say that I have a whole new appreciation that went into this film. Check out this video to see a glimpse of what I mean:
Seeing the joy on Klay’s face as he’s talking about the different planes then watching his kids reactions…well that’s what a film all boils down too right. Heart, and how it makes you feel. Here’s a bit from the interview below:
KLAY: So aviation has been in the Hall family blood for quite awhile, and he passed that love on to me, so at an early age, when I was a little guy, I was learning a lot about airplanes and actually drawing them as my dad would talk about it. So in a lot of ways this was like a dream come true for me to be able to do an animated movie about airplanes. My second passion was to draw. So to have those two worlds collide was really unbelievable dream come true.
Q: What brought you onto the project, originally?
KLAY: Great question. The origin, how it all began. First of all, it was about four and half years ago. We’re just gonna finish up here, I think in three more weeks. So I had just finished my previous movie with John Lasseter, and I was in that phase of what are we gonna do next? And him and I had become pretty good friends about several different things.
But we found out that we a had a common passion about all things sort of mechanical. Trains was a big one, planes, cars, all that kind of stuff, you know. So I was kicking around ideas and originally I started thinking about a steam engine, really sort of a transcontinental railroad story. It wasn’t anywhere from the world of cars. It actually was gonna deal with humans and animals and all that kinds of stuff, and I was gonna tell this tale, this story of the railroad.
AHe’s very excited, you know, we’re both history buffs as well, and it was really coming along and it was shaping up so to speak, as far as stories go, but then out of the blue one day- he likes to tell the story and it’s true, he was flying down in,the jet from Pixar to Disney Studios, and an epiphany hit him on the way down. And he landed and he literally called me up, and he’s like, Klay, I know you’re working on the trains thing, and that’s cool and all that, but what do you think about doing one about Planes and making it from a the world of cars?
And I was like, wow, totally! I was like John, true story. If there’s one thing I love more than trains, it’s planes. Now, he was over here at my aviation, you know, passion and my background. His dad had also served in the Navy, so we had talked about the Navy, and that’s sort of how it got started. He’s like, all right, well, let’s start exploring the idea of cars now. Let’s go out in this world now. Because he had always looked at the cars universe as just this magnificent, huge nothing.
Everything out there with in engine that’s mechanical could have a personality. So this was the first opportunity to sort of crack that open and explore. That’s kinda how it all started.
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