During my press day at Disney Toon Studios the bloggers had a chance to sit down with Director Klay Hall and Producer Traci Balthazor-Flynn and interview them. Disney provided transportation and accommodations.
Planes soared in the theaters and is now being released on DVD and Blu-ray. We have our copy and are greatly enjoying it and expect that you will to. You know, I’ve talked with Klay Hall and Producer Traci Balthazor-Flynn before: Discover Disney’s Planes with Director Klay Hall and Producer Traci Balthazor-Flynn, so this is a little bit of a refresher and follow up.
What brought you guys to the project:
The project started a little over four years ago, and Klay is a history buff and just loves planes. The story originally started out as an idea bout trains. Then John Lasseter found himself on a plane and thought what about a movie about planes. Well, Klay has had a love of planes since he was age 8. I mean he still has his sketches he drew when he was 8.
Will you share the Easter Eggs with us?
No, we don’t like to ever share the Easter Eggs with you. And we’re not even sure that we know all of them. With so many process in the movie and how many changes there are during the whole process in creating the movie it’s hard to keep track of what stays in. So it’s fun to go back and find them again.
How many people are on the project total?
4 1/2 years on the project and about 600 people. Not even all of the people are credited for their work on the project.
Can you tell us what your next project will be:
We would tell you if we knew but we haven’t even decided yet. Our next step will be to sit down with John and just start throwing out ideas. We’re stating out with a blue sky and going to start creating something new. And in about 4 1/2 years we’ll hear what we’ve been working on again. This is the first project that I’ve worked on with Traci and we made a great team and the management thought we made a great team so we are moving together to the next project.
We’re both very helpful and work well together. We move well together and help each other stay on schedule and we’re a great team and get along well.
How many locations did you go to for the research?
We went on almost all of them. We went all over the United States, We went to New York and saw JFK. Then we went over to Germany and saw Octoberfest. We headed over to India and saw the Tajama Hall. You have to experience everything at every location to make the locations believable.
Be sure to pay attention to the extras so you can see the special on Octoberfest.
We also spent a lot of time with the Navy and we were able to spend time with officers and have meals with them and hear stories and it really helped us embrace that aspect for the movie. The Carrier was a great experience that I enjoyed.
Quick and Dirty Disney Planes Extra Features:
Watching all the extras is such a great way The Wright Flyer, the extras in the movies, with John Lassator it’s always about research research research. The best stories come from the details and the research. They met with Disney corporate pilots and with crop dusters and plot a flight of what the crop duster would be able to do. Then they went to several different locations. Airplanes are so different from each other. He even took his sons to learn about planes.
Airfields not even on the map anymore. It’s really cool that they used what they found even a junky old truck that no longer worked to be Chuck. Skipper came from the Jolly Rodger, tough love. Watching the extras will make you fall in love with planes. They are amazing and the lightening round of Plane facts was really cool.