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    Do the directors have any say on improving scripts?

    I've noticed a few animation directors getting praise for their work even when their efforts are wasted on bad scripts. This got me thinking, do the directors have any say on scripts that need improvement? Can they make changes to the scripts? And do they get to choose what scripts they work on or do they just have to work on what they're assigned?

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    If I remember correctly, then they are just assigned to scripts that the showrunner chooses. As for improvement, I think that they get to participate in script readings, meaning that they should have some say on what jokes should be scrapped or added.
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    I think after the original version of some enchanted evening any "improvements" by the animation team were extremely frowned upon. That said I think it's been mentioned on the commentaries that sometimes they can convince the producers a certain sequence would be too challenging to animate so the writers would have to rewrite it ("make it a pie, pies are easier to draw") so they have some influence. I have a script with a note that's like "hey, the director said they could probably get a certain comic book artist to draw this" which would indicate to me they were present at the table read, I'd like to think the staff would be open to their contributions

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dark Homer View Post
    I think after the original version of some enchanted evening any "improvements" by the animation team were extremely frowned upon. That said I think it's been mentioned on the commentaries that sometimes they can convince the producers a certain sequence would be too challenging to animate so the writers would have to rewrite it ("make it a pie, pies are easier to draw") so they have some influence. I have a script with a note that's like "hey, the director said they could probably get a certain comic book artist to draw this" which would indicate to me they were present at the table read, I'd like to think the staff would be open to their contributions
    Adding to this, the scene in The Telltale Head where Bart visits the statue at night and gets the idea to cut off its head wasn't in the script; it was added by Rich Moore. They liked it enough to keep it in, but he was told to not do something like that again.




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