Watch: President Obama Visits DreamWorks Animation MoCap Stage
by Ethan Anderton
November 27, 2013
For those who don't know, President Barack Obama paid a visit to DreamWorks Animation studios yesterday, delivering a speech to 2,000 employees and visitors about the entertainment industry being "one of the bright spots of our economy." Without a political statement from this writer, it's a publicity ass-kissing tour that all presidents make to various companies throughout their term. But still, the tour did result in some cool footage of the president checking out DWA's motion-capture stage, showcasing some footage from How to Train Your Dragon 2 with director Dean DuBois present. In addition, the president also ran into Steve Martin and Jim Parsons working on the upcoming animated film Home.
And here's Obama's rendezvous with a sick, elbow-bumping Steve Martin and Jim Parsons:
As you can see, the tour is led by Jeffrey Katzenberg (who, not so coincidentally, is one of Obama's biggest contributors and fundraisers). But the president had great things to say about the entertainment industry in general, even outside of DreamWorks Animation. The LA Times quotes the president as saying, "Entertainment is part of our American diplomacy. It's part of what makes us exceptional, part of what makes us such a world power. You can go anywhere on the planet and you'll see a kid wearing a 'Madagascar' T-shirt. You can say, 'May the force be with you,' and they know what you're talking about."