Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Chris Sanders On The Horse/Dog Hybrid
Via Chris Sanders' website:
You won't see this tiny horse [in the finished film]. He was dropped from the film only after he was built and rigged, and performed wonderfully in the talented hands of James Baxter, who took him through his paces. It is one of those hard choices you have to make during the development of one of these movies, and dropping the pony wasn’t an easy decision. [...] At the time of this boarding he was one of the things the Croods met on their prehistoric road trip. The pony took a shine to Grug, despite the fact that Grug wanted nothing to do with him. Grug was always chasing him away, only to have the pony return and linger just out of arm’s reach. In the Croods world, all animals are to be avoided – even the smallish ones would gladly trip you and bite you. So a friendly animal just didn’t make sense to Grug.
I liked that the pony picked out the one Crood that was least likely to accept him. The pony saw something in Grug he liked and was quietly devoted to him, following him everywhere. There was a hopeless, heartbreaking quality to the relationship that I liked.
Related: My Dream Trip To DreamWorks: James Baxter -- The Pencil Behind Belle!