QUEST FOR CAMELOT
About The Production
When Warner Bros. created its new Feature Animation division,
it was inspired by the possibilities of telling fulllength
stories through the medium of animation. States Max Howard, President
of Warner Bros. Feature Animation, "There is almost no type
of movie that carries the stamp of its filmmakers as indelibly
and uniquely as animated films. The artists are the storytellers,
the actors, the stunt people, the specialeffects crew, the
production designers, the costumers and the directors of photography.
Their point of view, as well as their talent and technique, creates
the style and magic of the story.
"We were thrilled by the opportunity to create and tell a
fulllength story in a personal style representative of Warner
Bros., with its rich legacy of animation as our inspiration.
"Through our heritage of the Looney Tunes," continues
Howard, "we've enjoyed a reputation for really pioneering
work and a tradition of making the greatest animated shorts. And
one of the reasons I think millions of kids and adults have so
enjoyed them is that there was a special nature, an irreverence
in them. Now our goal is to bring that irreverence to our filmmaking,
to try new things in storytelling as well as in graphic arts."
The first order of the day was to select a project on which to
focus the energies of the new division. Although many projects
vied for attention, the filmmakers kept returning to a story set
in the early days of King Arthur's reign over Camelot.
Frederik Du Chau, a young Belgian animator and writer who had
trained and worked with a number of prestigious animation companies,
had joined Warner Bros. Feature Animation with a script of his
own that he hoped to make. However, he, too, was intrigued by
the dramatic possibilities of pageantry, dragons, brave knights
and dangerfraught journeys intrigued enough to want to
be a part of the effort to bring it to the screen.
Says Du Chau, "The attraction of these stories of knights,
villains and enchantment is almost limitless. We immediately realized
that there were a million exciting possibilities, and we thought
we could bring something new to the genre that would make it our
Du Chau was chosen to direct the project and writers began adapting
the material for the screen. Says Du Chau, "When you work
on an animated movie you know you're going to be committing several
years to your project. We all felt that this was something we
could stay excited about for that complete period of time."
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