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    You have to start with the notion that you pick the actor who's going to embody the role, the best person that you can find. If you don't start with that then it sort of defies the whole purpose of trying to make the best film that you can make.
    — Christopher Meledandri
    tags: people  film 
     
    When you listen to the music in this film [Despicable Me], it's working on the level of melody, but the other key element is lyrics. There are a number of songs in the film where the lyrics themselves are very much speaking to the essence of what Ted Geisel was setting out to do.
    — Christopher Meledandri
    tags: key  song  music  film  lyrics 
     
    Tone is an interesting question because part of the inspiration of looking to song is that Geisel himself - when you think about his animated version of The Grinch - embraced the idea of using songs in unconventional ways, as part of conveying a narrative. The use of music, in this film, is very unconventional, which I love.
    — Christopher Meledandri
    tags: questions  song  music  film  ideas 
     
    Absolutely, you rise and fall based on your creative team. I have continuity across different films that I've done. I was even fortunate enough to reach back and include people that had worked on Horton with me, as well.
    — Christopher Meledandri
    tags: people  film  creative 
     
    We have a process that continually looks back to him for guidance, but it also combines that with a tremendous amount of discovery and invention, as well, because of the demands of the medium and the opportunities of the medium.
    — Christopher Meledandri
    Why did Ted Geisel end up writing and illustrating for young minds? He has specific imagery in the book, and we never would have moved beyond the discussion phase, if we couldn't have found an expression for The Lorax, dimensionally, that was true to the soul of what comes through in his simple line drawings, on the page.
    — Christopher Meledandri
    tags: young  soul  true  writing  book 
     
    I've carried on, in that same tradition, with my kids. Aside from just his brilliance, in my estimation, I think he had one of the great imaginations of the 20th century. One of the reasons why the tradition carries on, all these years later, is because, as a parent, those are the books that you go to and pull off the shelf because they never stop delighting you.
    — Christopher Meledandri
    tags: book  imagination  parent  kids  year 
     
    There are countless times where you're trying to channel somebody who's not there, but that's what you have to do. But Audrey Geisel, who has executive produced this film and Horton, and who works remarkably close with me, is a great source of information. (The Simpsons creator) Matt Groening once told me that one of the most important roles that he fulfills on The Simpsons is being the keeper of the integrity of the original vision.
    — Christopher Meledandri
    tags: integrity  time  work  film  vision 
     
    I think that every enduring story that has expressions over multiple periods, that role of being the keeper of the integrity of the vision is a very important role.
    — Christopher Meledandri
    It's not fair to use movies that weren't creatively successful as a reason why something won't work.
    — Christopher Meledandri
    tags: work  successful  movie 
     
    Where I think that 3D will fall apart is going to be as audiences now get treated to incredibly artistic utilizations of space. I think the films that are just sort of done as 3D transfer type films, the audience will perceive the difference in that.
    — Christopher Meledandri
    tags: space  film 
     
    I think that it's important for a film that's in 3D that the filmmakers create the movie from a staging and scene planning standpoint with the dimensional space as one of their storytelling components.
    — Christopher Meledandri
    Everybody has a wicked side, whether they are six or sixty, and yet so often storytelling draws a sharp line between good and evil.
    — Christopher Meledandri
    tags: evil  storytelling 
     
    The idea right now - and it may evolve - would be a live-action movie where some of his characters would be animated. To me, this movie is very much about the creative process.
    — Christopher Meledandri
    When you take that to the next level of guiding a group of filmmakers to actually depict him, it's even more challenging. The one that that I think everybody involved believes is that we won't move forward with this until we believe it's right. There's no deadline that a movie has to be made by. We have to believe that we have served the responsibility, however long it takes us to get to that point.
    — Christopher Meledandri
    I take his [Theodore Geisel] legacy very, very seriously. I know others may disagree because he's made such an impact on so many people that response to work becomes very personal, so people will have different points of view. But, at the core of this, I take the protection and the extension of his legacy very, very seriously. It's a very important part of my life.
    — Christopher Meledandri
    I grew up with probably three different authors having a seminal influence on my childhood, Dr. Seuss being one and Maurice Sendak being another. That was my parents, who exposed me to their stories. That's how I was introduced to the whole idea of not just reading, but storytelling in general.
    — Christopher Meledandri
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