Exclusive Interview – Director Yarrow Cheney talks The Grinch, 3D Animation, and Mummies Alive!

Red Stewart chats with The Grinch co-director Yarrow Cheney

Yarrow Cheney is an American animator who has been working in the film and television industries since the mid-90s. He is best known for his contributions to projects like The Maxx, Treasure Planet, and Despicable Me, as well as co-directing the Illumination movies The Secret Life of Pets and The Grinch.

Mr. Cheney, thank for taking the time to speak with me sir.

Oh, it’s a complete pleasure.

I have to ask, you’ve been working in the animation industry since the 1990s, and you’ve seen, firsthand, the transition from 2D to 3D animation. I’m wondering, to animators like yourself, in retrospect was that change something that was obviously going to happen? That the industry was going to switch to 3D?

You know, it’s interesting. I went through school, majoring in animation at the CalArts, and
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