Dan Scanlon, 37, joined
What's the first movie you saw?
It was probably
First movie that took over your life?
Definitely "The Muppet Movie." That's what got me drawing, drawing those characters over and over again. Looking back on that movie now, I love that it's this weird mix of puppet characters in a very naturalistic setting with all these great comedians in it. I didn't appreciate it as a kid, but now, Albert Brooks ...
The movie that you're a little embarrassed to love?
I love "It's a Wonderful Life," maybe because it doesn't fit in with the other movies I love. I don't know why I feel a little embarrassed sometimes saying that. OK, this is probably embarrassing, but every now and then at night I will just watch the end of a movie I like, just to cry. So I have this little pocket of movies — "The Iron Giant," "Superman," "The Royal Tenenbaums" — where I can click to the last chapter and there's just this one word, one moment that really gets me. I like a movie that puts you through some dark stuff, but in the end you walk out feeling good.
The movie you'd recommend to aspiring animators?
I watched a lot of Tex Avery and Chuck Jones cartoons growing up. They're so clearly staged and beautifully directed, and the characters are so rich. That's an accessible place to begin.
What movie would you like the president to see?
On the plane, somebody was watching that
If you could be any character in a movie, who would you be?
I never identified with one movie character, but I definitely lived my life like I was in a movie. Maybe that's common for directors. Walking around at school, I was very consciously thinking, "I'm in a movie," imagining what music was playing and how this shot would look. I feel like I constantly lived my life that way. There was comedy. Some drama. No romance ... not for a long time, at least. I played the Everyman. Still do.