“The world we were creating had to be completely original yet hold elements of familiarity otherwise it would look like a sci-fi planet and not our own prehistoric Earth.” -Paul Duncan, art director
“It’s just easy to imagine that cats sneak away at night to gather, maybe even dance. We always knew we wanted Puss to dance. A flamenco-style dance seemed obvious. The posturing, the attitude, the ego - all are very much in character for Puss.” -Robert Persichetti Jr., head of story
“Rome features a sunset with exaggerated oranges and siennas that heighten the romance of Italy.” -Kendal Cronkhite, production designer from Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted
“Shifu guides Po in the next level of kung fu training, which requires more of a spiritual than physical focus in the search for inner peace.” -Jennifer Yuh Nelson, director of Kung Fu Panda 2
“Once they poke through the clouds, it feels as if they are on top of the world.” Christian Schellewald, art director
“Since Eep is a blend of both her parents, we gave her a wide, triangle-shaped body on top, which indicates that she’s tough and athletic; a round face, indicating her softer, more feminine side; and diamond-shaped hair.” -Takao Noguchi, character designer
“We wanted a villain with really bad taste.” -Walt Dohrn, head of story and voice of Rumpelstiltskin of Shrek Forever After
The Hideous Zippleback has the disadvantage of two brains that think independently, lending some vulnerability to this evasive, devious dragon.