Directors are hired for their vision, but in the high-stakes world of animation, that vision is often challenged many times over the course of making a movie--by their colleagues, executives and test screening audiences.
In this video from The Envelope's animation round table — a recent conversation held at the Los Angeles Times with the directors of "Brave," "Hotel Transylvania," "ParaNorman," "Rise of the Guardians" and "Wreck-It Ralph" — the five filmmakers shared their experiences with taking creative input.
"Rise of the Guardians" director Peter Ramsey, who had strong voices like children's book author Bill Joyce, executive producer Guillermo Del Toro and visual consultant Roger Deakins weighing in, said he held fast on the tone of the film, which treats Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy as an "Avengers"-like team of superheroes.
"When you’re a kid, you actually do believe in these guys," Ramsey said. "And it’s trying to protect that core, that idea of the characters as icons that you actually have a personal relationship to that. I said, 'You know what? Let’s not do a satire. Let’s not make it a parody. Let’s play with that idea of taking this seriously.'"