About The Production
There's been a giant myth-understanding.
What if something you think doesn't exist, thinks you don't exist?
What if the giant yetis of legend are real and the stories we tell about
thick wild hair, booming roars and enormous feet-are like the tall tales they
tell about us...but
with a twist. To them, we're strangely hairless little beasts with screechy
voices and freakishly
small feet. And entirely imaginary. That is, until one yeti sees a human with
his own eyes and
becomes a believer.
That's the big idea behind "Smallfoot," a joyful, laugh-out-loud, family-sized
in a dazzling snowbound world above the clouds, that starts when a man named
face to face-or face-to-knee-with a yeti named Migo. This astonishing encounter
both on an unexpected journey of discovery that will open their hearts,
challenge old ways of
thinking and show them there's more to life than they ever thought possible.
"For a storyteller, premise is everything," states director Karey Kirkpatrick,
shares screenplay credit on the film with Clare Sera. "Turning a myth on its ear
around with a traditional point of view is irresistible. We've all heard stories
of these mysterious
creatures with strange habits. But what about our own strange habits? Let's face
it, we're weird
creatures in many ways. And it's fun to take a comedic look at that from a
Shocked at first, even frightened, Migo and Percy are soon delighted to have
other. For Migo, capturing a "smallfoot" will be the greatest and most important
thing he's ever
done, and he can hardly wait to tell everyone in his village about it. If only
he can get his tiny
prize home in one piece. For Percy, a down-on-his-luck animal TV show host,
evidence of an
actual yeti could put him one viral video away from the fame and glory he
craves, and he's
determined to capitalize on this good fortune. Even if it's the last thing he
Once a pretty good guy, Percy has lately been making some questionable choices.
what he really needs is a walk on the yeti side to reset his priorities. As for
Migo, a yeti who now
believes in the smallfoot despite everything he's been told, it's time for him
to start thinking for
But first, these two accidental trailblazers must navigate the rough terrain of
and their own fears. Finding ways to communicate despite a colossal, and
barrier, they need to truly understand the gifts of friendship and loyalty, and
the importance of
being true to yourself.
"Smallfoot" follows Migo and Percy through a realm rich with imagination, heart,
and high spirits. Unique characters are brought to life through leading-edge
animation that finds
warmth in the coldest climates, and a diverse cast from the ranks of film,
television, sports and
music: Channing Tatum, James Corden, Zendaya, Common, LeBron James, Danny DeVito,
Rodriguez, Yara Shahidi, Ely Henry, and Jimmy Tatro.
The film also showcases original songs written by brothers Wayne Kirkpatrick and
Kirkpatrick, and performed by Tatum, Zendaya and Common, as well as rising young
artist CYN, along with a deftly rewritten karaoke number delivered by Corden
that everyone will
recognize. Music superstar Niall Horan also contributes his new song, "Finally
Says producer Bonne Radford, "My last four movies were musicals, and I believe
you have a great scene or a plot point, telling it in song is not only more
emotionally engaging, it's more efficient in terms of giving audiences a sense
of your story and
characters. The songs in 'Smallfoot' aren't really Broadway and aren't really
pop. They touch on
several bases and styles and fall together into a land of their own that's
really unique to the movie."
Radford, marking her fourth feature with Kirkpatrick, recalls that in the
stages, "Karey came aboard as a writer. Then he became the director, and then he
songwriter, because he has all those talents and that experience. We couldn't be
happier that he
was the guy to pull all of it together with the creative vision to make this
movie come to life."
The action, meanwhile, is packed with flights of hilarity inspired by the iconic
shorts. From gravity-busting boulders to freefalls from impossible heights,
Kirkpatrick and his
colleagues paid homage to these timeless comic tropes throughout the film.
"One of my favorite things about this movie is it's such a throwback to those
says Channing Tatum, who stars as Migo. "There's a lot of physical comedy. These
yetis are just
so huge, they're indestructible, yet they're vulnerable in small, funny
ways-like, Migo pricks his
toe and a tiny bubble of blood comes out and he reacts like he just lost an arm.
And there's a
goat that screams. He just screams no matter what happens, and he doesn't have
any other facial
expression; just deadpan and panic. I will laugh at that forever."
By honestly addressing the story's emotional stakes, the filmmakers gained
leeway to play
fast and loose with the physical stakes. Says Kirkpatrick, "Making those tonal
choices allowed us
to run with it and truly take advantage of what animation can do, and you buy it
having such a good time. For our storyboard artists and animators to acknowledge
pioneers like Chuck Jones and Friz Freleng, believe me, it's like being a pig in
slop. How far can
we push this? My answer was, 'Go for it, make me tell you you've gone too far,'
and I believe
those were the times where we came up with the biggest laughs."
There are also, he acknowledges, nods to landmark cinema that should delight
fans. "Being a film buff, there are tons of images in my head. There's a
sequence of Migo running
from a plane that's right out of 'North by Northwest' and another that's an
homage to one of my
favorites, 'Dr. Strangelove.' That's mostly for mom and dad but some of the kids
will probably get
it, too. Kids are way smarter and savvier than we give them credit for."
To that point, younger moviegoers will be quick to embrace one of the story's
themes that celebrates what they're already hard-wired to do: be curious and ask
"Smallfoot" takes it to a new level, as exemplified in the character Meechee: a
real searcher and
one of the very few yetis who harbors the secret hope that smallfoot might
"'It's not only about asking questions but finding your own answers and
truth for yourself," says Zendaya, who stars as Meechee. "You can't always be
what's given to you or handed down. Sometimes it's important to step outside of
that, and I think
what's cool about this movie is that it encourages seeing life through someone
else's eyes and
having empathy and compassion for someone who may have an entirely different
view of things."
As the story opens, Meechee's philosophy is summed up neatly with the
"Wonderful Life," in which Zendaya sings "a life full of wonder is a wonderful
The problem is, not everyone in the yeti community is on board with that
open-hearted approach. In fact, they have laws against it that are literally
written in stone and
curated by Meechee's dad, the Stonekeeper. Played by Common, he is dedicated to
the status quo by suppressing curiosity. It's a philosophy he just as neatly
expresses in another
song, "Let it Lie."
Despite Migo's evidence, Common explains, "He's determined to prove that
doesn't exist because it's written in the stones. If the village realizes that
even one stone is wrong,
it would break up so much of what they thought they knew. It would shake up
their belief in a
system that has been working for so long and keeping them safe."
Consequently, notes screenwriter Sera, "They've constructed a daily life so busy
that there's no opportunity to stop and think. The motto of the entire community
is, 'Ignorance is
Stonekeeper's aversion to change makes things especially hard for Migo, Meechee
Percy. His counsel will test Migo's courage and commitment in ways he never
question is, will he ultimately stand in the way of what this young yeti needs
to do? Because
"Smallfoot," at its core, is an adventure.
NBA icon LeBron James, who takes on the role of Migo and Meechee's yeti friend
brings it all home with a memory from his childhood. "In my neighborhood, when
you heard kids
playing outside, that's where you wanted to be. It was the summer air, the
camaraderie with your
friends, just the joy of being a kid. I always had the idea of 'Let's see what's
going on in the next
block.' Then that became 'the next community,' 'the next city,' 'the next
state,' and now, for me,
it's become, 'Let's see what's going on in the rest of the world.' It's
important to be open to
adventure because there's so much great stuff out there."
"Smallfoot" began with the inspiration its filmmakers drew from a concept
Sergio Pablos, one of the film's executive producers and a veteran animator
partners Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, who also share story credit, explain.
"The idea was about
a yeti finding and interacting with a human, and that seemed so right for a
movie," says Requa.
"Then Glenn suggested: what if we flip it on its head, where the yetis were the
ones who believed
humans were a myth? And that became the genesis of our story." With that,
experience the encounter from both points of view, offering what Requa calls "an
see that what divides us is often just the unwillingness to see the other side,
and not see each
other for who we really are."
"But the heart of the tale is about these two becoming friends," Ficarra adds.
"For all the
slapstick comedy and the fun, their friendship remains the emotional
through-line of the piece."
"The stories we like best are layered," says Kirkpatrick. "Beyond an
entertaining series of
events, there are ideas lurking beneath, a little more meat on the bone, if you
will. In this movie
we get into themes about truth and lies, questions and curiosity, and the
importance of all of that
in terms of our own advancement. It's pretty easy to circle yourself off in your
own little tribe and
say, 'Yeah, this is our world and that's all there is; there's nothing else,'
like the yetis believe
nothing exists below the mountain where they live. So, to be involved with a
story that's about
opening yourself up to life and other people was an exciting prospect. And what
better way to do
it than with an 18-foot yeti and his friends?"
CAST AND CHARACTERS
Yeti or not, here they come!
"Our yetis are nice," Kirkpatrick wants to be clear. "They have big hearts, big
feet, and big
personalities." Foremost among these is the story's hero, Migo, a happy-go-lucky
utterly at peace with himself and his little world, when we first meet him, with
no greater ambition
than to take over the job as village gong-ringer when his dad retires.
The filmmakers cast Channing Tatum, about whom Kirkpatrick says, "Channing has a
great everyman quality and he gave Migo lots of charm and boyish exuberance. You
like Channing when he opens his mouth, which is exactly what we wanted with the
he was game for anything. When we told him he'd have to sing a song his first
'What?' But then he dove right in and he sounds fantastic.
"I think most of us can see ourselves in Migo to some extent," the director
just easier to accept what you're told and trot along through life, la de da."
But everything changes when the yeti spots a downed plane in the distance and
to pursue it. Says Tatum, "The yetis run their lives by a series of laws that
have been around
forever. One of them states there's no such thing as a smallfoot, so when Migo
tries to tell
everyone about finding the plane and the smallfoot, he is told that what he
experienced is just not
Yet...it is. This leads to a life-altering dilemma as poor Migo struggles to
he knows to be true with what is expected of him: recant his story, deny the
smallfoot and get on
with his happy life, or face ridicule and banishment. Recanting his story means
telling a lie, and
Migo would never lie. That leaves him no other option but to try and find the
and bring it back to the village as proof.
What Migo doesn't yet understand is that this won't solve his problem; it will
other, bigger problems and questions to the forefront. "Migo was content
following the rules and
had no complaints," says Tatum. "He wasn't looking to stir up trouble. But he
gets pushed out of
the nest, in a way, and what he finds is that there's real beauty in discovery
and so much to learn.
After that, it's impossible to go back."
Percy, played by James Corden, is unaware of the fateful meeting soon to occur.
arrived in the Himalayas ostensibly to film a segment for his once-popular,
program. Secretly, though, he plans to fake a yeti sighting in an attempt to
The character was a treat for the filmmakers as it allowed them to poke fun at
humanity's worst qualities and foibles, presenting a man who comes across one of
amazing findings in history and can only think about how to monetize it. "We
live in a world where
relevance is often judged by social presence, and it's a trap people can fall
into-that to be
noticed, to rack up likes and followers somehow connects to your self-worth,
until your perception
of your public image becomes a slippery slope," Kirkpatrick says. "Percy started
out as a man
with integrity but got into the fame game and lost his soul."
Maybe not lost, exactly. Just misplaced. Allowing that, the director adds, "When
Percy he's a cad and he's doing some pretty despicable things, so we had to cast
could bring this guy to life in a way that makes him loveable and forgivable
somehow, and that
was James. He's so charming and self-effacing, and so naturally funny."
Corden approached the role with a degree of understanding, saying, "When you
have a framework of family and friends, you can lose sight of what matters.
Percy is completely
lacking in self-awareness. He's at such a heightened state of panic, he's
willing to roll along with
This newly christened smallfoot seizes on his encounter with Migo as the
been hoping for, but he's rather missing the point. As Clare Sera points out,
"He thinks he needs
Migo for short-term gain, but he actually needs Migo to turn his life around."
Their immediate problem, however, is making sense of each other. The shrieks and
babble emanating from Percy sound to Migo's ear like the squeaks of a nervous
Migo's friendly conversational gambits sound to Percy like the ferocious roars
of a wild beast.
"When you think about it, people communicate with animals all the time," Corden
generously extending the example to include his own offspring. "I have a baby,
and when I talk
to her she just looks at me like I'm a madman. Somehow, we find a way to
communicate and this
is no different. Percy meeting the yetis is no different than the first time in
history anyone set foot
on the soil of another country. Human or animal, you'll find a way."
The truth is, even if Percy thinks this yeti might make a snack of him, that's a
willing to take. Having already set RECORD on his phone, he just has to survive
long enough to
hit SEND. Imagine his delight, then, when Migo takes him home to meet the clan,
only thing that will garner more attention than a yeti on video is dozens of
Holding the smallfoot triumphantly aloft, Migo returns to his village where the
sight of this
anomaly electrifies the population. Their rote tasks abandoned, yetis crowd
around in shock,
excitement, fear-and, yes, wonder-to catch a glimpse of it. "It's big news, but
is it good news?"
Kirkpatrick poses one of the story's big questions as events begin to snowball.
It certainly looks like good news to Migo's not-so-secret crush, Meechee, who is
eager to see this specimen. Smart, independent and deeply curious, Meechee has
suspected smallfoots exist and possibly a great many other things she doesn't
yet know about.
Being the Stonekeeper's daughter prevents her from asking questions, but it
hasn't stopped her
from thinking of them...or from forming the clandestine organization S.E.S., for
Evidentiary Society. There, she and three like-minded companions meet to pore
absurdly misinterpret their scant "evidence"-a broken ski pole, a down jacket
and a roll of toilet
paper-and dream about this glorious day.
"I love Meechee because she's just so different," Zendaya says of her character.
the last person you would expect to be involved with anything outside the box
supposed to follow in her father's footsteps and uphold the values of the
society. But all she does
is question things. She doesn't accept that the yeti village floats on a cloud
and that there's
nothing underneath it. She wants to know how everything works."
She certainly wants to know what makes this smallfoot tick, where he comes from,
he does, and if there are others like him. At the same time, Zendaya notes, it's
not all scholarly.
"Once she gets on a train of thought she just can't stop. There's so much
running through her
brain, so don't get her started or it's just 'blah blah blah.' It was fun
finding the comedy in that and
in her occasional awkwardness."
Says Kirkpatrick, "Zendaya made Meechee playful, fun and accessible but also
home those moments that reveal Meechee's strong convictions. We wanted a strong
and Meechee is the most principled character in the story from the beginning.
She loves her
father and doesn't want to confront him until she has the proof she's been
From Migo's first admission that he saw something strange out on the ice
he and Percy even meet-it was Meechee and the S.E.S. that supported his quest.
welcome him back with pride and Meechee can finally open that discussion with
Of course, Meechee's thirst for knowledge was not unknown to her father; in
fact, it was a
growing cause of concern for the venerable Stonekeeper. But he didn't realize
the depth of her
commitment until this upstart Migo brought a smallfoot to light. Now this puts
him between a rock
and...well, another rock.
"It taps into every parent's fear about their kids," Kirkpatrick offers. "You
know they gotta
go out and explore the world at some point and you can only protect them so
Stonekeeper is not a villain in the usual sense, though he does some villainous
supporting lies and kicking Migo out of the community. But maybe he's doing the
for the right reasons. It's complicated, and Kirkpatrick credits Common with
complexity to bear in his characterization: "His performance brings different
dimensions to the
role, not only a soulfulness but a sort of smooth, unflappable quality that
keeps us from going
down that road of the mustache-twirling villain."
"We wanted Stonekeeper to have dynamics, so that audiences wouldn't just dismiss
or say, 'This guy's evil,'" Common expands. "Because people are dynamic. You
could be doing
bad things but still be a good person. Karey and I worked together on the
Stonekeeper's voice to
get the right balance of darkness and warmth."
But what could be so wrong about acknowledging the existence of a smallfoot,
when there's one staring you right in the face? As Common sees it, "He's not
only the father to
Meechee but to the whole village. He's a leader, and being a leader is tough.
The job of
Stonekeeper carries a lot of wisdom and authority. He's determined to prove the
exist because the yetis live in a small world and that's OK for them. It's good.
Things are perfect
and he wants to keep it that way."
In fact, Stonekeeper is so intent on suppressing the arrival of the smallfoot
inevitable fallout that he might just decide the safest option is to make Percy
That possibility certainly wouldn't surprise charter S.E.S. member Gwangi,
LeBron James. Gwangi never met a conspiracy theory he didn't like. A burly,
nearly as wide as he is tall, Gwangi is convinced there are secrets everywhere
something fishy going on right under their noses in the village, though he's not
sure exactly what
that would be. He can also be quite loveable and dependable, and a loyal friend.
Just don't call
Says James, "What I think makes Gwangi such an important member of the group is
he's larger than life-in more ways than one. He's giving, he's charismatic, he's
funny. Also he's
big and fluffy and everyone tends to gravitate toward the big and fluffy."
He approached the role organically, saying, "Playing funny is something I do on
basis because I have three kids and friends who I've been laughing with and
with my whole life. The one thing I've learned in life is to never take yourself
too seriously, and if
you can't laugh you're going to be in trouble. So once I saw myself as Gwangi,
it was pretty easy
to lock into that and get into a fun, playful mood."
The filmmakers approached James after designing the character and, Kirkpatrick
after "seeing him in 'Trainwreck' and thinking, 'Wow, this guy is really funny.'
He has a great
matter-of-fact delivery that worked perfectly for Gwangi. It turns out that not
only is LeBron James
the greatest basketball player in the world, he also happens to be a terrific
actor, which is not at
all unfair," he adds, tongue in cheek.
Another of the S.E.S. group is Kolka, played by Gina Rodriguez. A bit of a
who wears her hair in a casual ponytail, Kolka closely guards the organization's
artifacts in the
hope of one day adding to the collection with more smallfoot items-or, when she
dares to dream,
the mythical creature itself.
"Gina is so versatile and engaging," says Kirkpatrick. She balanced Kolka's
qualities with a strong sense of purpose that should really connect with
Kolka is devoted to Meechee and the cause and, as Gina Rodriguez hints, "They
being quite heroic, the S.E.S. We all know these characters: they were the dorky
kids in school
that later end up being the cool people in life. Kolka is the ultimate believer
in what's not in front
of us, like crystals and listening to the wind and her own intuition. What's fun
about the S.E.S. is
that they remind us to be curious and have faith, and to think beyond what's in
front of you, which
is harder as we get older and lose some of the joy of imagination."
Finally, bringing up the rear of the S.E.S. is the diminutive loudmouth Fleem,
Ely Henry. "He's bizarre, selfish and loud," Henry states. "Fleem cares almost
himself and he'll do anything to further his own interests. Yet, he's oddly
loyal, which is shocking.
If you're friends with Fleem, he's going to be there whether you like it or not.
There's a Fleem in
every group. If you don't think so... it's you.
"Karey and I worked to get Fleem to the right level of annoying and then honing
maintaining that," the actor recounts. "If he's too annoying, no one will like
him, and if he's too
lovable, we can't get away with some of the stuff that happens to him that's
meant to be funny."
Representing the opposite side of the spectrum, and more typical of the
large, is Migo's father, the decidedly un-curious Dorgle, played by Danny DeVito.
"The minute we saw the design for Dorgle and thought of what he'd sound like, I
DeVito would be perfect for this, and I hope he says yes! And we won't take no
for an answer.'"
"Dorgle doesn't care about smallfoots or anything that might exist beyond the
DeVito states. "He only cares about two things: being a good father and beating
his head against
the wall-actually, beating his head against a giant gong, because that's his
job. It's an important
job and he's proud of it."
Every morning, the stalwart yeti catapults himself head-first into an enormous
to awaken the great glowing snail that crawls across the sky to light the
village. Though it comes
at some personal cost-stunted stature, a flattened head and a perpetual ringing
in the ears-it's
an honor that has been passed down through generations of Dorgle's flat-headed
family and will
eventually fall to Migo.
But Dorgle may be on to something. DeVito adds, "The one piece of advice he
son is this: 'true your aim.' He's talking about hitting the gong but, as the
story unfolds, it takes
on a greater meaning."
Meanwhile, even as Percy's arrival stirs upheaval in the once peaceful yeti
challenging the stones and awakening the population to possibilities previously
Percy remains focused on one purpose: transmitting his remarkable footage to his
Brenda, to upload online.
The role of Brenda happily reunites Yara Shahidi with Karey Kirkpatrick for the
since he directed her big-screen debut opposite Eddie Murphy in "Imagine That,"
when she was
six years old. "I've been watching her career with pride and admiring the things
she's been doing
in her life," he says, "and in thinking who Brenda is-a woman who stands for
a perfect choice. Honestly, I just wanted to work with her again. She's
Percy hasn't spoken to Brenda since she walked out on him in disgust, following
for her to don a silly yeti costume for the camera. Wherever he went, Brenda
feels, a little time
alone might do him good, might remind him of who he used to be: a man who wanted
understand and care about nature and animals as much as he did.
"Brenda is Percy's conscience," says Sera.
"She's definitely the voice of reason for him," Shahidi concurs. "She got into
business because she believes in learning about the planet and sharing with the
world the beauty
of its creatures. So, when Percy resorts to trickery to get his viewership up,
she's the one saying
'No, we can't do this, we're not going to use a costume to fool people.' In the
long run, though,
the joke's on her because yetis do exist!"
Shahidi continues, "Brenda's perception shifts with her realization that she
everything. It's really parallel to Migo's and the yetis' journey because
they've been told certain
truths and that nothing exists outside of these truths, so for Brenda, too,
there comes a moment
when she realizes there's something in this world she was unaware of."
Completing the main "Smallfoot" cast is Jimmy Tatro as the hapless Thorp. Both
and Ely Henry were what is known as "scratch" actors, hired early in the
animation process as
the characters and story were still being developed. Neither expected to remain
with the project
to its completion, as that's the nature of the job. But, Kirkpatrick says, "Ely
and Jimmy have such
great, unique voices and are both so funny and collaborative. They gave us so
material that we all said, 'We can't replace these guys; they own these
Thorp, despite being Stonekeeper's son and Meechee's brother, has neither his
gravitas or his sister's agile mind. A born rule-follower, he lives to serve the
stones and win his
father's approval and would swear that up is down and that the smallfoot is a
hairless yak if dad
said so. Largely harmless, and clueless, he nevertheless has a knack for turning
up where he's
least expected-like the middle of an S.E.S. operation-so Meechee and her friends
try to keep
out of his way. "There's a lot of insecurity in Thorp's personality, probably
because his dad is the
ultimate alpha and there's a lot of pressure to live up to that," Tatro
observes. "I think Thorp
knows he'll never get there, but still he tries to assert some second-hand
authority in the village,
which is laughable because no one really pays any attention."
Also joining the fun in impactful cameos are Patricia Heaton, as a grouchy Mama
who doesn't appreciate Migo and Percy blundering into her cave just after she's
put junior to bed,
and Justin Roiland, as the excitable yeti Garry, whose over-the-top reactions to
really spook a crowd.
The filmmakers couldn't be more pleased with the range and caliber of talent
for "Smallfoot," as well as the passion and personality each brought to the mix.
"We have such a
fantastic, multi-talented, diverse cast, and what they bring to their individual
roles not only makes
those characters pop but elevates everything. They enabled us to write to them
as opposed to
just having them perform what was written," says Ficarra.
"As a director on an animated feature, you approach casting almost like you're
an orchestra," says Kirkpatrick. "You need different voices, different textures,
You don't just want a bunch of violins."
Requa concurs, adding, "You hope your cast brings so much to the table that your
draft is more like a first pass on what the characters will be. Once you start
recording, the real
character begins to emerge and that inspires the board artists and writers."
Most of the "Smallfoot" dialogue was recorded in standard fashion, as individual
booked over the course of months while characters evolved and schedules allowed.
filmmakers sought to pair their cast when possible, and there were some tandem
and Zendaya got together on one of their key scenes, as did Gina Rodriguez and
Henry even flew to Cleveland to record with LeBron James, who was too busy
tearing up the
basketball court at the time to travel to Los Angeles.
"LeBron wanted to come in but he just kept winning. It was annoying,"
deadpans. Instead, the director planned to fly to Cleveland to take in a game
and then record with
him but was detained by his own production schedule, so Henry stepped in, as the
between his and James's characters. "Upon his arrival, he was met with VIP
continues, "which was somewhat of a conflict for him as the Cavaliers were
playing the Toronto
Raptors and he's from Toronto. So, there he was, a guest of the Cavaliers and
getting the VIP
treatment and just hoping no one back home saw him."
More often, actors loosened up in the booth with Kirkpatrick and occasionally
who met years ago in an improv group and enjoyed the chance to flex their acting
For Kirkpatrick, it's a matter of trust-more so in this medium than in others.
who haven't done a lot of animation it's an odd process to step into," he
is an incredibly vulnerable thing to do; you have to put yourself out there,
make bold choices and
trust that the director will pick your best. It's a little easier in live
action, where you're working with
another actor, in costume on a set. With animation it's a recording studio.
There's a music stand
with a script, a microphone and maybe some storyboards. So that trust exercise
is times 10."
Says Rodriguez, "I've done animation for a few years and working with Karey is
next-level. He's right there in the booth with you. He's playing the other
characters, giving you
perspective, throwing you ideas; he just lets you bounce off the wall. What's
animation," she goes on to say, "apart from expanding your imagination, is that
it's a space where
things like skin color and gender don't matter. You just get to be a
storyteller, and that's nice."
As Common describes the experience, "Karey brings out the kid inside you. He's
and collaborative and has a real appreciation for music and film, and he uses
that knowledge to
activate your best possible performance."
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