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  • I'm the baby, gotta love me.

  • Again!

  • [LAUGHTER]

  • [MUSIC PLAYING]

  • JENNY: Today, we're off to the Great

  • Fefore to talk "Soul," heading back in time with "Dinosaurs"

  • and stepping into the unknown for "Myth: A Frozen Tale."

  • I'm Jenny.

  • I'm Andre, and this is "What's Up, Disney+," where

  • we talk all things Disney+.

  • I'm so excited for our first guest.

  • He has worked on some of Pixar's top movies, including "Up,"

  • "Finding Dory," "Ratatouille," "The Incredibles,"

  • "Monsters, Inc.," and so much more, not to mention "Soul."

  • Yes, please welcome Robert Grahamjones.

  • Thank you so much for being on this show today, Robert.

  • How are you doing today?

  • Oh, I'm doing wonderfully.

  • Thank you for having me.

  • I'm so excited to be here to talk to you both.

  • So for our viewers who may not know,

  • will you tell us what the responsibilities

  • are of an editor, particularly on an animated film?

  • An editor on an animated film has a couple

  • of very important duties.

  • One of them is to cut storyboards.

  • A storyboard is a black-and-white picture.

  • It's also called an animatic.

  • What we do is we cut them with temporary dialogue,

  • music, and effects to replicate what a film will look like.

  • You want to know that the story is gonna

  • work first before you animate.

  • We'll be cutting storyboards for, I would say,

  • two years before we start going into the layout phase.

  • The layout phase is where you put the characters

  • in a virtual camera.

  • Once we cut the layout, we turn it over to animation,

  • and the animators animate to that.

  • The whole process can take three or four years,

  • and it's very complicated and very

  • different than live-action editing.

  • But I'm very excited about doing it.

  • Some people are like, oh, animation, it's just they draw,

  • and it's out. It's like, no.

  • No.

  • Clearly, there's a lot that goes on.

  • And then, once the animation is done,

  • then you cut that up as well.

  • - Correct. - Yeah.

  • Cut it up and put it back together.

  • I'm sure it's happened, though, where you've had to cut

  • something that you didn't want to cut,

  • and you had to for the sake of the story or timing.

  • That happens all the time.

  • As editors, what we try to do is think of the story as a whole

  • and not fall in love with any little part,

  • because there can be some little performance that's outstanding.

  • But if it doesn't play into the overall story,

  • then we can't use it.

  • We want to look at the film like the audience

  • is looking at the film.

  • That makes a lot of sense.

  • And how did you get started in your career,

  • and did anybody specifically inspire you?

  • I started out as an apprentice at this animation house.

  • I spent maybe 10 years as an assistant editor

  • in live action, went back into animation.

  • So my career is kind of balanced all over the place.

  • But I've been at Pixar now for 22 years.

  • So I've kind of settled into a groove here.

  • That's incredible. Yaaass, Pixar.

  • What is a scene or moment in "Soul" that you're

  • especially proud of?

  • There's a scene in "Soul," we call it the barbershop scene.

  • And it's the scene where 22 and Joe go to the barbershop

  • to clean up Joe's bad haircut.

  • On the surface, it looks like a pretty simple scene.

  • But there are a lot of characters.

  • It's a pivotal moment in the story where

  • Joe starts to realize maybe he could look at the world

  • in a different way.

  • I feel really proud of the scene,

  • but I also have a lot of gratitude

  • that I got to approach that scene.

  • Yeah, I love that barbershop scene.

  • It was so good and so authentic as well.

  • Like, I've been to barbershops just like that.

  • That brings me up to another question

  • because you have movies like "Soul" and "Coco."

  • You have shorts like "Bao" and "Out."

  • We've seen a lot of great diversity on-screen at Pixar.

  • Why do you think it's important to have diversity

  • and representation behind the camera

  • to enrich the storytelling?

  • When thinking about the barbershop,

  • the barbershop has its own rhythms, its own way

  • that people are interacting.

  • We really wanted that scene to feel authentic.

  • As a person of color, a person who's been to barbershops

  • many times, I felt like I could bring something to that scene

  • that other people may not have been able to.

  • You want the storytellers to have

  • empathy and understanding of the situation

  • that the story is trying to tell.

  • So I'm very proud of the barbershop scene.

  • So I have to ask.

  • You've been with Pixar for over 20 years.

  • Is there any project that stands out for you, and why?

  • "Soul" has been such an amazing project for me

  • on so many levels.

  • Part of it is that "Soul" has a Black protagonist.

  • It's a really exciting story to tell.

  • There are various pieces of the story

  • that really affect me also.

  • So, for example, I play trombone.

  • They used some of my trombone playing

  • in the temporary part of the movie.

  • ANDRE: Wow.

  • It's just such a crazy thing.

  • So many of my different interests

  • kind of came into play in this movie, not to mention

  • the kind of existential questions

  • that are so profound and open-ended.

  • Everybody seems to have a little different take on it.

  • ANDRE: Yeah. JENNY: Wow.

  • I think that's a great thing when people have

  • a different take on a movie because it's just hitting

  • people in different ways.

  • "Soul" has been just an amazing film to be associated with.

  • And I feel really lucky and blessed

  • that I was able to be on it.

  • Yeah, this is why it's great to have people like you

  • behind the scenes working on projects like this because,

  • like you said, that authenticity shows through.

  • JENNY: Yep.

  • Thank you for talking with us today.

  • Like, this has been so great.

  • Oh, thank you.

  • It's been wonderful.

  • ANDRE: Be sure to check out Robert's work in "Soul,"

  • now streaming on Disney+.

  • One of my favorite animated series on Disney+

  • is "The Proud Family."

  • Love that show.

  • So I am proud to tell you that we have a special announcement

  • from "The Proud Family" producers,

  • Bruce W. Smith and Ralph Farquhar.

  • Hey, what's up, everybody?

  • I'm Bruce Smith.

  • And I'm Ralph Farquhar,

  • and we're the executive producers of "The Proud

  • Family: Louder and Prouder."

  • And we're excited to bring "The Proud Family" back

  • for original fans and also introduce this family to

  • a whole new generation of fans.

  • So if you're not familiar with our gang, don't worry about it.

  • We're gonna give you a quick 60-second rundown on who's who.

  • So let's dive right in.

  • Penny Proud, center of all of our stories,

  • 14 years old and loving it.

  • RALPH: Bebe and Cece, Penny's younger twin siblings--

  • they can talk, y'all, but it's all gibberish.

  • BRUCE: Trudy, Penny's mom, also the owner of her own business,

  • Trudy's Pet Ambulance.

  • RALPH: Oscar Proud, Penny Proud's overbearing dad,

  • and he's more overbearing than ever.

  • BRUCE: Uncle Bobby, Penny's uncle, Oscar's brother,

  • and Suga Mama's favorite son.

  • Oh.

  • RALPH: Suga Mama, Penny's grandma, Oscar's mother,

  • the truthteller of the family.

  • BRUCE: Puff, Suga Mama's dog.

  • RALPH: Papi, Suga Mama's unwitting boyfriend

  • and the father of Felix.

  • BRUCE: Felix, LaCienega Boulevardez's

  • dad, and also runs his own construction company.

  • RALPH: Sunset, Felix's wife--

  • she and Felix are Oscar and Trudy's

  • best friends despite the fact that their daughters

  • are frenemies.

  • BRUCE: LaCienega, forever the frenemy to Penny Proud.

  • RALPH: Zoey, Penny's good friend, part of the crew.

  • BRUCE: And Dijonay, her loyalest friend.

  • RALPH: Maya, the new kid on the block, and she's woke, y'all.

  • We're still in the middle of production,

  • but we just wanted to give you guys a sneak peek

  • at all of these characters.

  • BRUCE: We can't wait for you to see what they've been up

  • to on "The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder,"

  • coming to Disney+.

  • THEME SONG: Proud, proud family.

  • [MUSIC PLAYING]

  • JENNY: Mark your calendars because we

  • have brand new Disney+ original series announcements.

  • ANDRE: It's time to welcome a new generation

  • of game changers.

  • Start streaming "The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers"

  • on March 26.

  • JENNY: This is a shot he can't afford to miss.

  • "Big Shot," an original series starring John Stamos,

  • starts streaming April 16.

  • ANDRE: On May the Fourth, we have "Star Wars, The Bad Batch,"

  • which follows the elite and experimental clones

  • as they find their way in a rapidly changing galaxy

  • in the immediate aftermath of the Clone War.

  • JENNY: We think you kind of know where we're going with this.

  • That's right, season two of "High

  • School Musical: The Musical: The Series"

  • starts streaming May 14.

  • ANDRE: On June 11, you can start streaming

  • "Loki," an original series from Marvel Studios.

  • JENNY: Zen mode on.

  • Season two of "Zenimation" also starts streaming June 11.

  • ANDRE: One mission will hold the answer

  • to the world's greatest riddle.

  • "The Mysterious Benedict Society," an original series,

  • starts streaming June 25.

  • JENNY: And in July, it'll take some monster-sized laughs to

  • generate Monstropolis's power.

  • "Monsters at Work" starts streaming July 2.

  • ANDRE: Partner up with "Turner & Hooch,"

  • an original series, when it starts streaming July 16.

  • And don't miss the first episode of "Chip 'N' Dale: Park Life"

  • on July 23.

  • Hey, Andre, have you ever wondered

  • what it would be like to grow up in, I don't know,

  • 60,000,003 BC?

  • Believe it or not, I have.

  • Being a mighty Megalosaurus would have been meg-nificent.

  • Tree-pushing at its finest, HYAH!

  • JENNY: We're, of course, talking about "Dinosaurs."

  • The series follows the Sinclairs, a family

  • of dinosaurs living in prehistoric

  • Pangaea, navigating the ups and downs

  • of domestic dinosaur life.

  • I am so glad that "Dinosaurs" is on Disney+,

  • because I grew up with this show. Love it so much.

  • Jenny, were you a fan of "Dinosaurs" as well?

  • Oh, my gosh.

  • I grew up watching the show.

  • I actually had a Baby Sinclair doll.

  • Aw.

  • It's a great show.

  • It plays on different layers.

  • There's stuff for kids enjoy with all

  • the animatronics, which are amazing even to this day.

  • Well, speaking of, did you know that not one,

  • but three performers brought Earl Sinclair to life?

  • And we are lucky to have Bill Barretta

  • and Stuart Pankin with us here today on "What's Up, Disney+."

  • Welcome to the show, guys.

  • Bill Barretta's here?

  • Stuart's on this?

  • Unbelievable.

  • How long has it been, truthfully, since you guys

  • have seen each other in person?

  • Oh, my God, it's been 30 years.