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Anyone have this exact quote from Brad Bird?

Asked by ScottyMcGeester (1897points) February 6th, 2017

Brad Bird wrote and directed The Incredibles. I want to write a blog piece about the taboo of showing death in kids movies/shows, and I’m using The Incredibles as a rare recent kid’s movie where they weren’t afraid to show death to kids.

I KNOW I read a quote a looong time ago where Brad Bird actually complained about recent action/adventure movies for kids avoiding death. He mentioned how he based The Incredibles off old shows he used to watch and it always annoyed him how the bad guys never threatened to hurt the children, hence why in the Incredibles the bad guys don’t care at all and shoot at the kids. I know I read it somewhere but I can’t find it because at the time it wasn’t important to me.

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Not sure if this is what you are looking for but it is by Brid on that topic.

“That’s what a lot of people get wrong about Disney. Among the piles of things that people get wrong about Disney. In fact, they had to reupholster the seats in a very large movie palace in New York because little kids were peeing on the seats when the witch came on in ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.’ I think what I always admired that about the Walt-era Disney films is that they were not afraid to be really scary. My favorite Walt Disney film is ‘Pinocchio,’ which I still find scary and I love that about it, that it was willing to be dark and go there. The scene where they transform into donkeys was done in a way that still scares the crap out of me, and I think that’s great. If you ask what animation should do [in the future], animation should do a balls-out horror movie. Absolutely. That’s what everybody thought ‘Black Cauldron’ was going to be, and then it just was bad on 400 different levels, but that’s for another film festival.”

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No, that’s not it, but it’s close and still helpful. Thanks!

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