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This film was really born from watching our kids grow up which is not easy, anyone out there who is in junior high, high school, working it out, suffering, there are days you are going to feel sad, you are going to feel angry, that's nothing you can choose. But you can make stuff - make films, draw, write, it will make a world of difference.
People are funny -- they are able to project personality onto anything. I remember as a kid I spent a $ 5 bill once and felt so bad because the other $ 5 bill was now going to be lonely without all the other bills I had in my wallet, you just invest these dead things with life and that is our tendency as people. So animation takes advantage of that, grabs on to it, and runs with it.
A great animator is basically a great actor. Yes they have the technical skills, they can draw, they can operate a computer. But fundamentally they are thinking about what is going on inside the character's head, they are always thinking about what is causing that movement so it is not movement for movement's sake.