Character Design in ‘Vivo’, ‘Boss Baby 2’, ‘Poupelle of Chimney Town’ – The Hollywood Reporter

The filmmakers describe the looks of their favorite characters, including Gabi from Long live, Dr. Armstrong in Baby Boss: Family Business and Poupelle of Poupelle of Chimney Town.

(Long live, Sony Pictures Animation/Netflix)

Noting that the musical history of Vivo, a Lin-Manuel Miranda-voiced kinkajou, is about overcoming grief, director and co-writer Kirk DiMicco notes that “there are times when we have to learn to sing a new song” and that sparked the introduction of Gabi, the 9-year-old (voiced by Ynairaly Simo), who Vivo goes on a trip with. “We imagined Gabi as a character whose design and philosophy were the opposite of Vivo and the world he was used to. Where Vivo is the embodiment of control, Gabi represents chaos,” he explains. “Our screenwriter Quiara Hudes, who created the character, wanted her to be drawn as a real girl with body diversity. It was important to us to showcase a strong, independent female character whose individuality was reflected in every design choice. We liked the idea that she had an asymmetrical haircut because she probably cut her hair in the mirror and probably dyed her own hair purple with her own chalk in the bathroom. And Gabi, who is by no means a cookie-cutter heroine as she is a bit plumper than most kids in animated films, is still 100% perfectly comfortable in her own skin. . In fact, it was the inspiration for the decidedly un-princess anthem Lin wrote for her in “My Own Drum.” Gabi is not a girl who longs for the world to accept her, because she accepts herself.“

Long live
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(The Boss Baby: Family Business, DreamWorks Animation/Universal)
The villain is DWA boss baby following is Dr. Erwin Armstrong Ph.D., voiced by Jeff Goldblum, who is billed as the smartest baby alive. “We wanted to capture his quirky charm even though he’s playing our Boss Baby villain,” says director Tom McGrath. “Armstrong has a big, expressive mouth because he’s a talker and a big candy eater, hence his slightly ‘Rubenesque’ baby body. Armstrong pretends to be an adult to hide his little secret. His teacher character wears a wig, eyebrows, fake teeth and mutton chops to help him fool all the parents. The biggest challenge with this disguise, says set designer Raymond Zibach, is the body of the robot he’s driving. “These mechanics were inspired by terminator while its silhouette is reminiscent of characters like Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum,” he says. “The chunky body creates a nice cockpit for a baby to sit in and use the controls while the skinny legs give it the height and maneuverability we needed for the animation. To complete its design, we have dressed in a tuxedo with tails for the climax and the big final brawl.

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Baby Boss: Family Business
Courtesy of Dreamworks Animation

(Poupelle of Chimney Town, STUDIO4ºC/Eleven Arts)

In this animated film, a young boy lives among the thick smoke from the chimneys of his remote town, yearning to see the stars. One Halloween night, he meets Populated, a man made of trash, and their adventure begins. “In the story, garbage symbolizes the dreams that people have thrown away. The sky above Chimney Town is completely obscured by the smoke created by the town’s rubbish burning. » explains director Yusuke Hirota, through a translator. “For those who have given up on their dreams, Poupelle, a man born of trash and made of trash, is an unwelcome and unpleasant presence – something the people of Chimney Town simply don’t want to see. But dreams – pure, innocent, unpredictable – can sometimes make us brave, and our Poupelle also symbolizes this power of dreams. Made up of things that smell old and evoke nostalgia, we designed Poupelle to be familiar.

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Poupelle of Chimney Town
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