December 8th, 2009 by Nancy
There are many talented people who worked to bring the magic of Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr. Fox to the silver screen — and I was lucky enough to talk to one of them!
Okay, not talk… But I did get to email with Chris Applehans, a very talented artist who worked on storyboards for the movie. Storyboards are sketches of how a movie’s plot progresses, so the movie makers can plan ahead and get an idea of how it’ll look.
Me: Did you read Fantastic Mr. Fox for inspiration, and if so, what did you think?
Chris: Yes, I love all of Roald Dahl’s books, so it was fun to read Mr. Fox again.
Me: Which character was your favorite to draw, and why?
Chris: I like drawing Kylie, because he’s an oddball but very funny so it’s a challenge to capture his personality and his pose.
Me: Have you seen the movie yet? What did you think? Did you have any thoughts when you saw the trailer and the stop-motion for the first time?
Chris: I have, and I enjoyed it. I think the “feel” of the film is just right. The stop-motion looks a little more handmade than some other recent films (Coraline), but I think it worked for this story and for the kind of laid-back tone that Wes was going for.
Me: Have you read any other Roald Dahl books? Are there any you would want to illustrate or create conceptual art for?
Chris: Yeah, I love all his books. I would love to illustrate Danny, Champion of the World…
I say… YES! Do it! Danny, the Champion of the World is an AWESOME book!
P.S. – To see more of Chris’ amazing drawings for Fantastic Mr. Fox, check out his blog!
P.P.S. – And if you missed it, watch our video review of the Fantastic Mr. Fox movie! (We sing. No, really.)