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ANAHEIM, Calif. — Chris Sanders — co-director of The Croods and Oscar-nominated How to Train Your Dragon — admits that he really looks forward to seeing sequels to animated films.
“As you make these movies, you generate more material that you can use, and a lot of other storylines start growing,” he told The Hollywood Reporter on Monday at CG conference Siggraph. “To have a chance to go back and work on those branches is amazing. We [Sanders and Croods co-director Kirk De Micco] are working on Croods 2, and the first thing we did was go back and find [parts that were unused in the first film].”
At this early stage, he couldn’t confirm an details about the story for the sequel.
Sanders is also executive producing next year’s widely anticipated sequel to How to Train Your Dragon (which he directed with Dean DeBlois, who is also executive producing and directing the sequel). “I saw it last Monday, and gave my latest set of notes and chatted with Dean.”
In this sequel, Hiccup is now a teenager. “That movie gets to evolve because their world changed at the end of the first movie,” he says. “That is exciting.”
Also talking with THR on Monday was Kirk Wise, who co-directed (with Gary Trousdale) Disney’s 1991 classic Beauty and the Beast, which became the first animated feature to earn an Oscar nomination for best picture.
Wise, who was involved in the film’s 2D-to-3D conversion, said, “I think 3D technology is really cool, and I really enjoyed the process.”
Most recently, Wise has worked on several DisneyNature projects, and he’s in the early stages of planning to make an independent hand-drawn animated feature.
“Ultimately, it’s all about entertaining the audience,” Wise said. “I have a tremendous affection for hand-drawn animation. It’s why I got into the business. But I don’t think an artist should put any limitations on the tools they use.”
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