BR: There were some big challenges. Stepping into the project, I was told everything I wanted to do would not be possible with the time we had, but, actually, all of those things ended up in the movie. The one challenge for animation was that the human characters were not cartoony and believable in their acting and Sheryl Sackett is our animation director and she worked with our team, and Tinker Bell really does feel believable, and as far as effects, when Vidia gets wet when the valve under the car gets turned on, it's an extremely hard thing to do, but they pulled it off. You needed that for the humor. And fur is such a difficult thing, and we have a cat that gets wet. And when Silver Mist turns the waterfall sideways to stop the boat from crashing, was also challenging -- one of the last shots we got in.
The look is more realistic but no less magical in homage
to Mary Blair.
BD: What improvements did John Lasseter suggest?
BR: Yes, one of the things in this movie is that Tinker Bell hides from Lizzy and her father when they're having an argument about whether fairies are real, and I was going to play Tinker Bell coming out of the fairy house nervous and afraid, proving the father's point. And John said that Tinker Bell would already be bonded with Lizzy and would be angry, turn red and confront the dad. And that was more in character with Tinker Bell, and that's what John Lasseter brings: it seems so natural, so it's been like going back to film school with him.
Bill Desowitz is senior editor of AWN & VFXWorld.