Chris Meledandri Quotes

  • This phenomenon with Betty White is so wonderfully amazing. In a world where ageism runs rampant, out of left field, all of a sudden, the country decides to celebrate Betty White, and she becomes cool at 90. That's remarkable.
  • A favorite film? The first 'Ice Age' and the first 'Despicable Me.' They're the films that have introduced me to characters that I still feel extremely bonded with.
  • We start with strong characters and build the movie from there. That not to say we don't struggle with story - that's the most challenging part.
  • Like many people, I had the powerful experience of being raised on Dr. Seuss, then becoming a parent and revisiting him with my own children. That multigenerational experience around his work is very meaningful.
  • Education is supposed to be our great equalizer, but when only half of low-income students are enrolling in college and only three tenths are graduating, you have to figure some of our children are getting a greater equalizer than others.
  • When we moved from 'Ice Age' to 'Ice Age 2,' we were really stuck; a story didn't just organically emerge. While I'm very proud of 'Ice Age 2,' from a storytelling sense, it's a very thin story.
  • You have to love Dr. Seuss to take on the responsibility of conveying his work in animation or any medium.
  • My faith in my filmmaking changed on the heels of 'Titan.' It allowed me to pursue things that I previously would have questioned.
  • I don't fly by the seat of my pants. I set strategies, and then I pursue those in unrelenting fashion.
  • What I worry about the most is the competition for young eyeballs. We have so many other competing forms of media. I don't take any audience members for granted.
  • In animation, what's wonderful is that when you start to work with multiple nationalities, the common language becomes a visual language rather than a spoken language, which blends beautifully with the art form.
  • Children succeed when grown-ups care about them.
  • The cost of an animated film really comes down to man hours. If you gather together world-class talent, then the question becomes how do you deploy that talent in a way that minimizes waste.
  • I think that every enduring story that has expressions over multiple periods, that role of being the keeper of the integrity of the vision is a very important role.
  • My experience is that there's absolutely a correlation between the enthusiasm within an animation studio for a given character and the enthusiasm the audience feels when seeing the movie.
  • Owning pets is as close to a universal phenomenon as, I think, anything.
  • I believe people leave a theater bonding with characters. Story is the vessel that carries character. Comedy is a very important component of expressing character.
  • If you are not breaking rules and you are not taking risks, you are not going to end up with movies where there is discovery... and, to me, that is the magic of going into the cinema.
  • I go back to family: 'Ice Age' was about disparate characters rejected by their own kind. They come together to save the child. 'Despicable Me' is about redefining what a family could be. It has a visual distinction and an experimental quality.
  • I have to understand how we are going to market the movie. We view marketing as an extension of content creation... Every time a consumer sees our movie, in whatever form, our obligation is to entertain the audience.
  • I was pulled out of school for every moratorium day and every rally for a left-wing candidate... from Ed Koch in his heyday to Eugene McCarthy. That's the culture that I came from.
  • If you're going to make a movie about a character who is a supervillain, it's fantastic to have a core sense of empathy for that character.