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Craig Bartlett Talks ‘Dinosaur Train’

by on July 24, 2009

Hey Arnold! creator Craig Bartlett talks with voice actor Justin Shenkarow about his background, developing Hey Arnold!, the current state of animation, tips for aspiring animators, and the new PBS Kids’ show Dinosaur Train he’s producing with Jim Henson Productions. Here’s an excerpt:

I started the idea of “Dinosaur Train” when my son Matt was born and now he’s in his second year of college.

Let me say something about the development process: we’re always mad when years go by and you finally get a pilot made; on the other hand, the positives are that we have a lot of time to think it over. I thought about “Dinosaur Train” for a while and I got to flush it out. Also, I think with it now coming on TV, the 3D animation that we’re doing has real advantages for “Dinosaur Train” because you build the 3Dimensional Train, and a 3D Train looks way more convincing than one in 2D. The 3D technology is so much better than it was even 5 years ago and certainly tremendously better than 15 years ago when I first thought of the idea, so it’s great that’s it happening now and not back then.

(Via Voice Actors in the News)

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