A First Time for Everything
1. Even though he's got one of the most distinctive tones around, Reilly had never before voiced an animated character in a feature film. Reilly had his doubts about the process, which he initially expressed to director Rich Moore. "I told him, 'I've been offered a lot of animated stuff over the years, and I've never done it because it just seems really sterile, and you just sit in your little booth by yourself, and you read lines,'" Reilly said to me recently. But Moore assured the Oscar nominated actor they didn't have to stick to the normal way of doing things. So, unlike many animated films, the actors spent a lot of time recording together in the same room, a collaborative process which allowed the deft comedians to add juiced-up levels of spontaneity, energy, and nuance to their performances. You can see my conversation with Reilly (and the rest of the cast) in the featurette above.