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PLANES FIRE & RESCUE: An Interview with Director Bobs Gannaway and Producer Ferrell Barron

Disclosure: Disney is sponsoring travel, accommodations and activities during my stay in Los Angeles. Thoughts are my own. 

PLANES: FIRE & RESCUE

After watching a screening of PLANES FIRE & RESCUE at the #FireandRescueEvent a few weeks ago, we had the chance to sit down with Director Bobs Gannaway and Producer Ferrell Barron for an interview. Below is a portion of our interview. Enjoy!

PLANES FIRE & RESCUE: An Interview with Director Bobs Gannaway and Producer Ferrell Barron

How much time did you spend at National Parks Institute?

Ferrell Barron: A lot of time.  Yellowstone and Yosemite are the two parks.  You can see there are a lot of monuments in there that are kind of taken from both.  Waterfalls I think from Yosemite. Our Art Director spent a lot of time there taking a lot of pictures.  We met with a lot of park rangers who toured us around Old Faithful Inn. Our Lodge is based on the Old Faithful Inn, Yellowstone.

Bobs Gannaway: Research informs everything right down to a gag, as well as big feature moments.  Even little things like the lodges. There’s rocking chairs in front of the fireplaces.  We had the head of National Parks watch the movie.

PLANES FIRE & RESCUE
The ‘Ol Jammer, I’m sure you’re familiar with it, is the tour buses that are used still today in Glacier National Park in Yellowstone.  They’re called jammers because they would jam the gears, though they’re not standard anymore. Boat Reynolds appears there.  We were driving through Yellowstone and there was a sign that said “boat rentals.”  And I went, “Oh look, boat rental, Boat Reynolds!  Just the littlest tiny thing will inform big choices.  And even something no one will even get which is the Railway Station that’s hooked to the Grand Fuselage which is the best pun in the movie.  It’s actually based on a railway station that no longer exists that was the north end of Yellowstone, that was designed by the same architect as the Old Faithful Inn.

PLANES FIRE & RESCUE: An Interview with Director Bobs Gannaway and Producer Ferrell Barron

Who was the Chips Fan?

Bobs Gannaway:  It was the easiest thing. I just had to change one vowel and it worked perfectly. I was looking to tell a story that was different from PLANES — a mentor character who was fully realized, not broken. Skipper, in the first film, helps Dusty heal, so I wanted someone who fully realized and had come to terms with the change in their life and then could distill that wisdom onto Dusty.

PLANES FIRE & RESCUE: An Interview with Director Bobs Gannaway and Producer Ferrell Barron

You brought in Firemen?  

Ferrell Barron: Smoke Jumpers, yes. They’re in the US Forces service. Cal Fire, LA County Fire.

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Bobs Gannaway: We brought in an oil analysis which is really interesting when Dusty has his mishap. It was fun to realize that when that really happens, a gear starts shredding in an airplane, they release metals into the oil and that’s how they analyze it. What was interesting is that it is very much like a blood test because they’re taking it and they’re looking under a microscope, so it really lended itself to having a medical problem.

Stay tuned for more adventures at Disneytoon Studios in the coming weeks! And, of course, make sure you check out PLANES FIRE & RESCUE on July 18th!

Disclosure: Disney is sponsoring travel, accommodations and activities during my stay in Los Angeles. Thoughts are my own.