McGrath, primarily known for his tenure directing the Madagascar franchise, is a longtime animator who cut his teeth on projects like The Ren and Stimpy Show and Space Jam before engaging with DreamWorks (he directed the studio’s 2010 Will Ferrell feature, Megamind).
And as the director, I’m going, “I know why you’re making these choices and modulating, and I’m going to use it because you’ve redefined the whole scene.” He knows his own voice so well and how to modulate it to do better or make the payoff greater.
And as the computer age came in, we [started to] do “realistic” very well, texturing everything, but it felt like animation was more art-driven in the ‘40s, ‘50s, and ‘60s.
I also remember Calvin & Hobbes, and the kid was always in his imagination world.
It’s a sight gag, but it could have been on the chopping block until we previewed it with a family audience probably eight months before release, and the kids just thought it was really funny, and that’s your voting audience.