SCOTT MOSIER: I’ll say immediately “The Incredibles” because that was the movie I saw -and I was with Kevin when I saw that movie- and I was like, "That’s what I want to do." There’s something about that movie.
SCOTT MOSIER: I had already loved animation, so it wasn’t like, "I like animation." It was more that it was the first animated movie I watched and it felt like a movie to me. So it had a different kind of cinematography and storytelling and I was like, "That’s what I want to do."
SCOTT MOSIER: I loved “Ratatouille." I know how Brad Bird came in and he had a very short period of time, and I know he went off and just kind of rewrote the script. He has a really amazing way of finding a personal story that he can push into those movies and they drive the whole thing. There’s something beautiful and simple about it, you know?
SCOTT MOSIER: I think it’s one of Pixar's best movies. Definitely, if you look at all of the animated movies that have been made, I think “Ratatouille” stands on its own as a really special film, a movie about a rat who cooks. You don’t need to say anything more. You’re like, "Somebody made an animated kids’ movie about a rat who cooks?"
SCOTT MOSIER: I married a personal chef, so I have somewhat one foot in the food world. It's done so respectfully and intelligently from that point of view, too, you know?
SCOTT MOSIER: I think “Toy Story” was a big thing just to be alive and around when that happened. I thought all of those Pixar movies were really amazing. I mean, there’s so much that I really love.
SCOTT MOSIER: I don’t know if this really counts, but for me “Tron” was always right on the verge, you know? Because I was young. I was in the 80’s and so, there wasn’t a lot of animation when I was a kid or it was before the big resurgence.
SCOTT MOSIER: So “Tron,” for whatever reason, has stuck in my head since I was a kid because of the imagery and what it was. And so I almost count that as an animated movie.
SCOTT MOSIER: I’m a big fan of “How to Train Your Dragon." I remember coming into that movie. You know, there’s times where you come into a movie and you’re like, "I don’t really know." I was just kind of watching all the animated movies.
SCOTT MOSIER: I walked into it not totally understanding what it would be. And I read the book, which is so drastically, to my tastes, different than the movie. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect, and then I just really liked what they were doing. It was pretty amazing.
SCOTT MOSIER: And I will say this, too. I did think “Spiderman” was really excellent. I thought that was another great one this year. “Spiderman” was really fun and exciting to watch.
(Into the Spider-Verse's Rodney Rothman and Mosier were both noted writer/producers making their directorial debuts on major animated films, but the two have never met.)
SCOTT MOSIER: I’ve never met him. We never ended up in the same space, because Illumination’s in Paris, so I was in Paris for two years. I’ve never met him, but I would love to compare notes.