Though he now may be running with A-listers on the big screen, Genndy Tartakovsky hasnât forgotten his TV roots.Hotel Transylvania, which opens Friday. It’s a project that paired him with such voice talent as Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Andy Samberg and Selena Gomez. Tartakovsky says that while there was a whole lot that was different about working on a movie, some of it reminded him of his days on TV.
âThe whole thing about TV is itâs a tremendous grind, because itâs so fast and anything you put on paper is on the air six months later,â he says. âWith a feature I thought, âOh, I can take my time.â And then once I got on it, it was like, âNo, we need to release this next yearâ and âYou donât have any timeâ and âGo, go, go.â That part of it ended up being kind of similar.
âBut then the one thing that I realized was that the pressure is so much different. In television, if we do an episode of something and it doesnât hit as strong, usually people will forgive you and the next episode hopefully will be better. But with movies, you work so many years and everything builds to this one moment, really one opening weekend. If âŠ it doesnât land, then all that work is for nothing.â
Heâs also got a big-screen version of Popeye in the works, but fans of his TV work have reason to be excited, too. Tartakovsky says that long hoped-for Samurai Jack movie may finally be getting close to fruition.
Tartakovsky also says he never gets tired of hearing that people â like yours truly âprefer his version of Clone Wars to the current series.
âIâm very proud of what we did, especially under the circumstances that we did it,â he says. âWe had no time, no money and it was basically five to eight of us that put it together. We were Star Wars fans, too, so obviously we wanted to be very true to it.â
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