Jennifer Yuh Nelson and Angelina Jolie In Conversation

Jennifer Yuh Nelson and Angelina Jolie

The Hollywood Reporter offers a joint interview between Kung Fu Panda 2 director Jennifer Yuh Nelson, and the voice of Tigress, Angelina Jolie, who also recently directed her first feature film. While the interview doesn’t offer any earth-shattering insights, it’s a rare treat to see animation and live-action directors interacting as equals.


  • Old Man Father Time

    How come the community circles of voice actors and animators exist in separate worlds? They rarely if ever work together in the same environment, and yet, we see animation synced to the acting all the time- the end result always has to be a seamless cooperation without any direct communication.

  • Daniel

    Voice actors get residuals and lately big money in feature animation. Animators get neither. There’s a starting point.

  • cbat628

    Wow, that’s pretty cool. Yeah, it would be nice to see more notoriety like this, but it’s good to see artists/workers in the field of animation get some respect.

  • http://MrFun'sBlog Floyd Norman

    Live-action guys get to work in the big house on the hill while the animators pick the cotton in the field. Call it an American tradition.

    • Gray64

      Really? Voice actors and animators are, in any way at all, like slaves? Really? That’s the comparison you want to make?

      Before this particular topic descends into vitriol, I suppose someone should point out that, in the US anyway, all sides of the equation make more money than the poor folks working at Burger King

      • The Gee

        Instead of focussing on the money, focus on the gap in respect and just how those in the movie industry benefit. If you are in animation somehow, you know what Floyd means. From the perspective of live action talent and producers and the media, animation is not just star caliber stuff unless you talk of execs or celebrity voice actors.

        My mind reading powers are glitchy right now but I’d say don’t let it descend into vitriolic, vituperative squabbling, too. But, I don’t think Mr. F. N. is stirring the pot.

  • Tom Pope

    I find it a little odd that Jennifer Nelson, when asked what it was like to be the first female director of an animated feature, didn’t offer up that she isn’t the first, considering that Brenda Chapman co-directed a feature at Dreamworks. Not to mention Jill Culton and the woman who directed Chipmunks:The Squeaquel (are we gonna call it an animated movie?), which is referenced in the article. Maybe it’s rude to correct interviewers.

    • elle

      First female director of an animated feature would be Reiniger in 1926. I know you mean of a major Hollywood studio animated feature, but feel like every ten years there’s a new “first” female director of an animated feature…

  • Anime Chick

    Jen Yuh Nelson is an extremely talented director, but everyone knows the “new” weekly Hollywood Reporter is a fluff magazine. DreamWorks wants a nomination for Kung Fu Panda and it wants to influence the female members of the Academy, all of who get the HR sent to them for free. A lot is made in the article of Jen being the first “solo” female director at DreamWorks – which is true – but I wish they had mentioned Vicky Jenson and Brenda Chapman. I’m not sure which is more prestigious; being a co-director on an original movie (Shrek, Prince of Egypt, Shark Tale) where you’re defining the characters, the tone and the look, or being a solo director on a sequel when a lot of the heavy lifting has already been done.

  • Bob

    Good Lord, Jolie looks as if she were starving to death!

    • http://she-thing.blogspot.com Caty

      Yeah, she looks as if she’s growing a hunchback for sitting long periods of time in front of a wall praying for food (kind of… or perhaps she’s growing a hunch because… well…nah… I’m not the one who’s going to say it)

  • http://MrFun'sBlog Floyd Norman

    Do I really have to explain this, Gray64?

    Animators, with a few exceptions do not do as well financially as their live-action counterparts. No one is calling people working in media, slaves. Geez!

  • Gray64

    To Floyd Norman:
    I didn’t think you were seriously calling them slaves. I just felt the slave imagery wasn’t warranted. You have to admit, it’s pretty strong stuff.
    But I do understand your point; as to the salary issue, of course you’re right, and of course it’s irritating. It’s a sad fact that the public doesn’t much care about the talent and credentials of the majority of the creative staff that work on an animated film, and instead will latch on to performers who are pretty much incidental to the process.
    Actually, that raises a question: how does the average animator’s salary compare with the salaries of the non-performing staff for live action films?

  • Dr. Truth

    Of course they happen to be pretty damn hot. I’m sure that had nothing to do with this magazone cover. I’m kidding, I’m kidding. (darts eyes back and forth in a shifty manner.)

  • http://MrFun'sBlog Floyd Norman

    To Gray64,
    I’m not knocking animator’s salaries, but compared to live-action, they’re pretty unimpressive. I’ve had the opportunity to work on live-action movies on occasion during my career and the money was always substantially better.

    Actually, some live-action people were surprised how little animators earn when you consider their contribution to an animated film. One producer even told me he would rather produce animation over live-action because he put more money in his pocket.

  • Ethan

    Suppose I believe the Forbes 2011 poll about Dreamworks, being one of the best companies to work for in america, and having animators salary average around 120k/year, for a 2000 employees company. If you were paid significantly more in the live-action VFX industry, so much that you can make a cotton field joke about it, I’m curious to know which VFX studio pays something like a quarter million a year on average. I HAVE to apply there.