Brad Bird began his career as an animator, then became an American film director, producer, screenwriter, and actor. You may know him from his films The Incredibles and Ratatouille that won him two Academy Awards just to name a few. His latest film, Tomorrowland, will be out on Blu-ray and DVD on October 13th and I had the chance to sit down and talk with him about it.
How he got Started
It’s no wonder he is creative as he is because he started drawing at the age of 3 and didn’t realize it till later that he had a talent because his drawings were sequential. A light bulb went off in his head when he first watched the Disney movie “The Jungle Book” and realized that it was someone’s job to make those characters move. From then on he was fascinated and wanted to know how to have that job. A guy that he asked how to get that job took a class at UCLA and explained to him how to do it. And from then on he did what he loved to do.
If he had to choose between live action or animated he doesn’t really have a favorite as he loves them both. Each film he does he decides whether it should be live or animated.
He decided to use The Production Diaries for Tomorrowland because he also used it for Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol and realized that the resolution was good enough to shoot movies with. When it was time to film Tomorrowland, he wanted to continue using it. He used a steady cam for some of the shots to give it a professional veneer.
His favorite prop in the movie is the Jetpack as he always wanted one as a kid. He imagined that everyone by now would have one but then figured it could be a disaster if that was the case. That one thought as a kid fueled his imagination to have several Jetpacks in the movie for props.
Sequels or Not?
He is not against sequels but against showing the whole story line in a movie preview. He believes that people just want the premise of the movie and not the whole story. Having the audience members be surprised with new ideas is attractive.
The Future of Brad Bird
A dream of his would to make animation a career. He admires several directors on several different forms but he would love to jump around a lot. He is someone who wants to try new things in his career but yet be unpredictable. He is currently working on Incredibles 2 so expect to see his work when the film is in theaters on June 21, 2019.
The future of Brad Bird is hard to predict because well, it’s the future. I do know that you will be able to see more of him when you pick up a copy of Tomorrowland in stores tomorrow as you will see Brad Bird production diaries along with bonus features, deleted scenes, the cast of Tomorrowland and more.
Disclosure: Disney provided me with an all expense paid trip to LA to the #TomorrowlandBloggers #AladdinBloggers & #Disneyland60 Events. All opinions are 100% mine and not influenced in any way.