Watch: President Obama Visits DreamWorks Animation MoCap Stage

November 27, 2013

Obama Visits DreamWorks Animation

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.

Here's the mocap stage and How to Train Your Dragon 2 footage from Cartoon Brew (via SlashFilm):

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."

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  • dawko
    Now you know where your money goes...
    • ff
      To the bankers? Yup.
      • dawko
        Looking forward to January shutdown...there is truly something wrong if a group of highly-paid people can't figure out a way to positively lead the country and its economic...oh wait, Syria is still an option
        • ff
          Like the last one that wasted 24 Billion? Yeah that was awesome.
  • Nielsen700
    Steve Martin had a cold. Yeah right...
  • Brian Sleider
    Sure glad the country is not in a number of crises that this, the most important man in the country, needs to tend to........................
    • Whew! I was worried someone wouldn't make a pointless political argument about a harmless story. But you came through, complete with an excessive amount of ellipses.
      • Pot & Kettle!
        • Considering my article doesn't make any political statements and doesn't contain any ellipses, that phrase doesn't apply in this situation.
    • dawko
      Does he need to care? He will get paid even during the shutdown...just like the others...
  • wobbles9094
    Guess he wanted to see firsthand how they make anything as fake as he is....




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