2. Use Hayao Miyazaki and classic Disney as your inspiration.
Pete Docter: “We love the original Disney films – not just the look, but the emotions. Think about Bambi, which is so beautifully painterly, but is also sweet and deeply emotional.
“This is a love letter to that style of filmmaking.”
“Miyazaki is amazing. I worked on the English translation of Spirited Away and I got to see it over and over. His attention to detail is the same as what we’re trying to do here.”
Jonas Rivera: “Not a day goes by at Pixar when we’re not popping one of his movies in to watch. His pacing and how he lets you be in the moments helped us let the movie breathe.”
3. Have fun doing the research.
Pete Docter: “It was great, because it was the first film I worked on where we got to go anywhere other than our local streets! For Toy Story, we played with Toys. A Bug’s Life was in the dirt. On Monsters, we looked at closets. Here, we got to go to South America.”
“There are moments in the film for me that felt like what it was to be there. It might not look exactly the same way, but it feels right.”