As an animation geek who tracked Pixar
ever since “Toy Story
” blew my gaskets and I traveled to the Bay Area to grill the likes of John Lasseter
and Pete Docter
, sitting down with Brad Bird
— the legendary director of “Iron Giant” and Oscar-winning auteur behind “Ratatouille
” and “The Incredibles
” — is my idea of a good time. “The Incredibles
” marked the first outside project to come into Pixar, which always gave Bird a wider berth than most.
I followed up with Bird on something I remembered from hanging with him at the Sheridan Bar at the Telluride Film Festival (he brings his family every year). When I made a reaction face of silent disgust, Bird leapt on it. “That’s an expression!” he said. He’s like a collector, capturing them for later use.
“I don’t consciously go into a room, I don’t need to observe,” he said,