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IMAGINE THAT

How The Cast Would "Imagine That"
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Throughout filming, the actors and filmmakers focused on one of the central themes of "Imagine That,” the presence of imagination in our lives. It's a gift we all possess as children, and the lucky few who are open to it continue to exercise imagination into adulthood. The best actors and filmmakers possess unfettered imaginations, and help us see the world through its prism. So for the cast and filmmakers of "Imagine That,” the theme of unleashing one's own imagination at any age was one they immediately took to heart. The following is a peek under their "Goo- Gaas” of inspiration.

Eddie Murphy: "Where would we be if we didn't have a chance to flex our imagination? Still, some of us tend to forget how to use it as adults because we have so much to deal with in our everyday lives. As a father, I'm always reminded by my children that you can still pretend and imagine. And it's even better when you spend time with them and create something together.”

Thomas Haden Church: "I think that there is a wonderment, a kind of life-affirming eternal hope that dwells within children and what goes on in their imagination. Things are so mystical and magical to them. There's an innocence that unfortunately gets diminished as you get older, and it's just nice to be reminded of it.”

Director Karey Kirkpatrick: "My favorite kind of kid is one with a spark in his or her eyes who is making things up and exploring the world and looking at it from their own unique perspective. With all three of my kids I sometimes see that moment happening and I try to surreptitiously set up a video camera to capture it. But usually they're hip to me. They see the red light coming on and it goes away. If you step into that world, you can see the way they get shaken out of it because it's something that's very private to them. I'm constantly intrigued by what must be going on in their heads. They're seeing things with an intensity that I've forgotten and I envy that. Kids use their mind in imaginative play in order to make sense of the world as they're starting to live in it, and that's how they learn how to grasp it.”

Writer/Producer Ed Solomon: "For adults, ‘Imagine That' is a story about a guy who thinks in terms of numbers and results, then suddenly discovers that he has a golden goose right under his nose. But in order to access the golden eggs, he needs to dive into a world of play and imagination – and a particularly feminine one at that. But for him it's not really about going into his (or her) imagination; it's really about a guy who comes to truly see and experience his daughter and the special world she inhabits. That is what truly sets him free as a parent and as a human being. For children, imagination is how they process the complexities of life. They use imagination and play. For a child, this is a story about a little girl whose father doesn't truly see her. Then she realizes that she has a gift that forces him to see her. It's the first time she's ever had any real power over him. The comedy comes from the fact that she is finally able to make him jump through hoops – and she does.”

Producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura: "Having two children has opened my eyes to the wonder of childhood and to the importance, as an adult, of trying to be open to unbridled imagination and enthusiasm. Grown-ups too often limit themselves, simply settling for what is possible. Imagination is about keeping one's universe as expansive as possible.”

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