I was a real honor to interview Charlie Bean, Producer and Brigham Taylor, Director on the set of “Lady and the Tramp” during a press trip for Disney. I was a little giddy to talk to them, especially Charlie. Everyone had such amazing things to say about him. It reminded me of my interview with Taika Waititi for Thor Ragnarok.
CHARLIE BEAN: MY FAVORITE PART
We were all very excited to hear Charlie talk about the film. He spoke of this beautiful, timeless love story having a special place in his memories, especially as an animator. I think my favorite quote was him taking about his favorite part. You see, every cast member have talked about challenges but they weren’t challenges that caused pause, they were challenges of inspiration.
“Well, you know, my favorite part and I think the most challenging part is just the shift into live action. It’s a little bit of the past that is a grand scale, big movie. It’s a tough movie with live animals and real babies and horses. And it’s a period piece. It’s like all these really difficult moving parts that I had probably naïvely took on. But that’s been he most exciting part of it and also the most challenging for sure. It’s cool.”
Charlie was able to allow his challenge to fuel his ability to learn, grow, and ENJOY the the new adventure. I think we can learn from Charlie’s perspective.
- Allow your challenge to be your favorite part.
- Don’t let the complexitity of your challenge to remove the possibility.
- Don’t be afraid to take a chance.
BRIGHAM TAYLOR: WHAT EXCITED ME MOST ABOUT THE FILM
Sitting down with Brigham was a real delight. We could tell from the start of the conversation that he was excited about the film and eager to share his excitement. He recalled 1955 as a banner year for Disney with the release of “Lady and the Tramp,” s tory about characters coming from opposite sides of the tracks, and the opening of Disneyland…my favorite place in the world! When we asked what excited him most, it was as if he could go on forever.
“Well, a lot. To me, anytime I get to be involved in retelling classic Disney films, it’s very exciting. I’ve been a huge fan of Disney and the classic animated films since I can remember. And so, just that alone, studying those films and looking at them, borrowing them, bringing them to life, finding ways to sort of quote the imagery, that’s exciting unto itself. But then to have the ability to come in here and slightly adapt those stories for our day. Every story, and the reason storybook tales and fairy tales get retold is because there’s always a way to adapt it slightly for our time. So, we had to do the same thing and that’s always fun and engaging. Then lastly, just we’re telling a dog story. And that, every day you get here and get to interact with these amazing animals and that’s its own pleasure.”
Hearing Brigham’s enthusiasm around retelling stories and making them adaptable to our time inspired me. I sat there thinking about my own story and how I retell it to inspire others.
- Be excited about what you do.
- Find ways to inspire people by creatively retelling your story and the stories of others.
- Find pleasure in interaction, you’ll be amazed at what you might enjoy.
As you can tell, I really enjoyed meeting and interviewing Charlie and Brgham. I think they genuinuely enjoy what they do, and it shows. It shows in the face, their energy, their conversation, and they way they are respected and loved by the cast. I sincerely hope you are planning to stream “Lady and the Tramp” on Disney+. I promise, it will be just as magical as the 1955 version.
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