In today’s Hollywood world of wandering plots and one-dimensional characters, moviegoers have turned to Pixar when searching for a dose of intelligent storytelling, character development, emotional attachment, and an overall pleasant cinematic experience. Now it appears that Disney’s own filmmakers outside of Pixar are doing the same in an effort to improve the quality of their own films.
According to Entertainment Weekly, the filmmakers for “Tron: Legacy,” turned to a few big names at Pixar to improve the “character, emotion, and theme” of Disney’s highly-anticipated sequel to their ’80s cult classic Tron.
Apparently a one-day screening and discussion took place back in March between those in charge of Tron: Legacy, including director Joe Kosinski, and those responsible for creating many of Pixar’s finest films, including John Lasseter, Ed Catmull, Toy Story 3 screenwriter Michael Arndt, and The Incredibles director Brad Bird. In addition to Pixar’s folks, “various live-action filmmakers in Los Angeles” were also consulted to make Tron: Legacy better. Ultimately, Arndt and Bird even lent a hand to write six days’ worth of reshoot material for the film.
While reshoots are not uncommon in the movie business, nor are test screenings, it’s a comforting feeling to know that different filmmaking divisions of the Walt Disney Company are able to collaborate on their projects, rather than feeling like each has to act entirely independently of each other. If Pixar’s strong point is not in its animation but rather in its abilities in great storytelling, why not bring them in to fine tune projects going on elsewhere in the company? I can’t imagine anyone argue with a better film as a result.
Tron: Legacy opens in theaters on Dec. 17, 2010.
Source: Entertainment Weekly