Kurt Russell practiced playing basketball between scenes as he wanted to make all of his shots legitimately in the basketball scene later on. He made all of those shots purely on his own talent, even the full-court one.
After being in cryostasis for so long, she finally made it. Leaving so much behind on Earth–her family, her friends, her dog, Russel–she wondered what their lives were like now. It had been almost 50 years there since she left.
So much sacrifice on both ends. Katie swore she would make this count. Trappist-1 was her new home, now.”
As much as I like, try and encourage people to learn Russel’s backstory and get to know him and like him just as much as the other characters, you can’t really blame people for not liking him at first. Skipping over the whole, “People probably don’t like him because he’s fat and black, they prefer skinny white boys”, the writing for him is just…bad. Yes I find his backstory interesting and he’s a great character, but the problem is, Jamie and Damon leave him out of things so much. He almost never talks, we don’t know a whooole lot about his personality, and they don’t even really try to include him. I get that it’s easier to make things more about Murdoc and 2D because they’re the most popular characters so that people will be more interested in it, but come on, could you at least try a little bit? Do you see Russel in artwork? No? Here, let me get out the microscope so you can see him, he’s there…somewhere hidden in the back. When you guys say you like Russel, I’m wondering if you mean Jamie’s Russel, or ours. When I say that, I mean, Russel has such a missing personality, that we literally had to come up with one ourselves. He’s the father figure, the voice of reason, always kind and looking out for people, except maybe Murdoc. The canon Russel though, what’s interesting about him. Again, I do love his backstory, but they just don’t make him have a personality or any certain quirks. We’re not totally sure how he’d interact with the rest of the group off the top of our heads. With characters like Murdoc, we know exactly how he’d interact with everyone and things he might say, and how those things would change with when he’s talking to 2D, compared to talking to Noodle or something. With Russel, it’s kind of hard to do. Imagine making Gorillaz head canons without using the personality we’ve made for him. If you didn’t have access to Tumblr and other places where we’ve made him a personality, and only knew about canon Gorillaz, you might think Russel’s a pretty boring character, not unlikable just because he’s fat or black. I really wish Damon and Jamie would try to give him a bit more of a story. When I say I love Russel, I’m kind of talking about the character we’ve made him, and that’s kinda sad.
If Rose can be selfish, then her finest moments will come when she’s selfless. If Martha keeps quiet, then her moments of revelation – like her goodbye to the Doctor in Last of the Time Lords, or stuck with Milo and Cheen in Gridlock – make her fly. Donna is magnificently self-centred – not selfish, but she pivots everything around herself, as we all do – so when she opens up and hears the Ood song, or begs for Caecilius’ family to be saved, then she’s wonderful.
Watch the D23 Zootopia Panel:
Anim(al)ation: Animating Zootopia
For all of us that missed D23, myself included, we were extremely lucky to have the wonderful Rick Russell, (though you might better know him as @cimar-of-turalis-wildehopps) as ZNN’s semi-official correspondent at the event, who just happened to snag video of the Zootopia animation panel! Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.