During my visit to LA for the Disney Planes Fire and Rescue Event I had the opportunity to sit down with Bobs Gannaway and Ferrell Barron. These guys are pretty much responsible for the entire movie start to finish.
They graciously sat down with us to talk about the film, the origins of the film and so much more. We had a great time chatting with them. I am going to keep a few movie secrets out of this post just so I don’t give to much away.
I want to make sure when you see the movie you get to see it fresh and without worrying about knowing any secrets.
How much time did you spend at National Parks Institute?
A lot of time, yeah. Yellowstone and Yosemite are the two Parks. You can see there are a lot of Monuments in there that are kind of taken from both. Waterfalls I think from Yosemite. Our Art Director spent a lot of time there obviously, taking a lot of pictures. We met with a lot of Park Rangers who toured us around and Old Faithful Inn, our Lodge is based on the Old Faithful Inn, Yellowstone. So we got to take a quick trip and didn’t have enough time. It was one of those Vacation trips where everyone’s cramped in a car. Griswolds like. Speeding to one location, jump out take pictures, speed to another. It was all packed in but that was a joy just getting, really getting into a whole life of agony.
And you see places in the park that, you know, a lot of people don’t get to see which was really a lot of fun.
There’s research, you know, research informs everything right down to a gag as well as big feature moments. I mean, little things like the Lodges. There’s Rocking Chairs in front of the Fire places. We had the head of National Parks watch the Movie. The Old Jammer, I’m sure you’re familiar with it, is the Tour buses that are used, still used today in Glacier National Park. They’re called Jammers because they would jam the gears. But still they’re called Jammers
So Jammers name is based on a historical vehicle and so someone might pick up on that. If they don’t, it’s all right. Boat Reynolds appears there. Any idea where that guy came from? That came from research. We were driving through Yellowstone and there was a sign that said Boat Rentals. And I went, Oh Look, Boat Rental, Boat Reynolds. So you know, just the littlest tiny thing will inform, you know, big choices. And even something no one will even get which is the Railway Station that’s hooked to the Grand Fuselage which is the best pun in the Movie. The Railway Station is actually based on a Railway Station that no longer exists that was the North Side, North end Yellowstone, that was designed by the same Architect as the Old Faithful Inn.
So I thought Oh, that would be a cool little homage to him, just sort of put his Railway Station, connect it, so you know, little things like that that nobody will ever pick up on.
I have to say one of my favorite parts of the interview was hearing about dedicating the movie to firefighters. Check out what they had to say about dedicating the movie to Firefighters
Because of that, we really took this Movie to heart. We really put it on our shoulders and we wanted to tell a story that really paid a Tribute and gave homage to Fire Fighters. Again, we saw the Tribute at the beginning of the Movie to Fire fighters around the world cause there really. You know, you look even in live action, there’s, you can count on one hand really how many like Fire Fighter Movies there are. Certainly none in Animation.
So they were all so honored to be talking with us and being a part of the film, helping tell their story. That was the biggest goal was, you know, not only for you know, kids and parents but we wanted to make the story for them. That’s been the biggest part of this whole project is just making sure that we’re being, bringing, being truthful and making them proud to watch the Movie.