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In Disney’s new animated element ‘Strange Planet,’ a band of multigenerational explorers journeys to the middle of their fantastical homeland. Alongside the way, they fend off, make friends with, and unearth insider secrets about the curious creatures who connect with this spot property. You will find the filterlopes, six-legged deer-kinds with admirer-like antennae. Or scouts, squishy blue balls with 12 elastic limbs. But as fantastical as these creatures audio, every one is grounded in the physics and biology of its genuine-entire world counterpart.
Enter married couple Elizabeth Rega and Stuart Sumida. Elizabeth is a professor of anatomy and Stuart’s a professor of paleontology. They have labored as science consultants on a lot more than 70 films, from ‘Ratatouille’ to ‘Guardians of the Galaxy.’ Movie crews provide the duo onboard as biology experts, to enable animators figure out how their animal creations — and at times their imaginary beasts — really should appear and move. But ‘Strange World’ may well be their greatest enterprise nonetheless Elizabeth and Stuart entered at the earliest phases of creation to assist visualize the forms of creatures that would fill this world with science and question.
Shorter Wave’s Aaron Scott talks to Elizabeth Rega and Stuart Sumida about their activities as science consultants on film sets, and the science fueling Disney’s imagined new planet.
For much more on the science driving Weird Environment, Disney just produced a short video clip about it, which incorporates interviews with Rega and Sumida as effectively as a enjoyable faux-documentary about all the world’s creatures.
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This episode was created by Margaret Cirino, edited by Gabriel Spitzer and simple fact-checked by Anil Oza. Josh Newell was the audio engineer.