Thursday, November 27, 2008

Horton's Debut!

Being in New York has many perks, such as getting to see Horton's debut in person at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade! I have to say, it was pretty cool to see him as a balloon in the parade. It's kind of one of those moments when it hits me that I really am working as an animator. It's strange! It's strange to see this character, (more specifically, this version based on the Blue Sky design), in a huge parade, when not even a year ago he pretty much only existed in a few floors of a non-descript building in White Plains. It's strange to have worked so many long hours on something you feel is yours, that really belongs to everyone now. And although I'm the last person to say that animation is just for kids, it was pretty cool to see the kids wearing Horton ears, in anticipation of the balloon. They don't care how much money the movie made in the theatres or on DVD, they care about Horton, the character. I think Dr. Seuss created a character who really resonates with children, and for being a tiny part of that, I'm very grateful.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
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