Rachel Paige
August 29, 2017 2:27 pm
Disneynature

Do you have 400 hours to spare? If the answer is yes, then here’s what you should watch this weekend: All the unused footage from Disneynature’s latest, Born in China. 

Okay, don’t really sit down and watch 400 hours of footage — but if you’re into watching adorable snow leopards and precious pandas roam around their natural habitat, then yes, this actually sounds like the most wonderful binge. Born In China’s producer, Roy Conli, estimates that the documentary team out in the field collected somewhere around 400 hours of footage. And Born in China clocks in at only 79 minutes.

While a typical movie will usually end up with maybe an hour of unused footage, and practically everything is used in an animated feature, thanks to the unique format of Disneynature films, the filmmakers end up with way more than what they need.

“With animation it’s kind of like a painting and Born in China’s kind of like a sculpture because in animation you start off with a script, you then start story boarding, you then work on character designs,” Conli explained to HelloGiggles. “It’s like painting in the sense that you keep putting layers on it.”

Born in China marks Conli’s first time working with Disneynature — and the producer has perviously worked on the likes of Tangled, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and won an Oscar for Big Hero 6 — and while it was a challenging one, it was exciting.

And unlike an animated film that has a storyline already set before production, Disneynature films do not. Storylines and characters can change at any time.

If you’re looking to see some of the 400 hours of unused footage, Born in China is now available on DVD, Blu-ray, and Digital HD.

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