Walt Disney’s latest flick follows fiesty dog Bolt (voiced by John Travolta), the canine star of a fictional sci-fi/action TV show who believes his powers are real. When he thinks his human co-star Penny (voiced by Miley Cyrus) has been kidnapped, he sets out on a cross-country journey to rescue her. Absolute Gadget asks executive producer John Lasseter if it’s the attention to detail in these computer animated films that is so important…
"I tell all the directors I work with that they have every chance to make a movie right," Lasseter says. "It takes four years to make one of these films and there are no excuses after the movie’s done. It’s going to be that way forever. Steve Jobs, who’s been my best friend and partner for 20 years at Pixar, always said… no matter how amazing the computers they make at Apple are, the lifespan of that computer is three to five years and then it’s out of date because technology and people are moving on. But if you make these animated films right, they have the potential to last forever."
Is there anything now at this point in animation that you just can’t do?
"Humans are still really hard," admits Lasseter. "I always say that the closer you get to reality, the harder it is to make it look convincing to the audience. That’s why we tend to make things that are a little bit more caricature. I think that it’s getting to the point with technology, that the limitation’s really in the mind of the film makers, in what they can do, and it’s kind of exciting that way."