Saturday, February 28, 2009

Jakob Jensen Interview

AOKIstudio Animation blog has an interview with Jakob Jensen, animation director for the upcoming CG Astro Boy movie from Imagi. It's quite a fascinating story about how his work in animation brought him from his home in Copenhagen all the way to Los Angeles.

Here's a bit where he talks about Astro Boy.

Well, it would be terribly foolish of me to even pretend to know more than your readers about the cultural impact Osamu Tezuka’s story has had over time.
Our production tries to stay true to the core of the origin-story, taking a few liberties necessary for the drama to function in a feature length format.
Ours is an intercontinental production utilizing talent from our main offices in Hong Kong and our Los Angeles unit. Feature production of this size is relatively new to Hong Kong and therefore Imagi chose to recruit a good deal of industry veterans from LA. It has had the wanted effect of marrying the very different but compatible sensibilities of our two worlds into a hopefully fresh peace of work.
As I said earlier, the film is directed by David Bowers and produced by Maryann Garger, the director/producer team of “Flushed Away”. Sharing with me the title of Animation Director is Kim Ooi, a veteran of the Hong Kong office and with him in Hong Kong is my long time DreamWorks colleague Tim Cheung who now takes on the task of Vice President of Animation at Imagi.
Check out the entire interview with Jakob Jensen on the AOKIstudio Animation blog. It's a great read.

You can find an earlier interview with Jakob on Hollywood Reporter and see his personal blog here.