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THE MOVIE: The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D

THE STARS:
David Arquette • Kristin Davis • Taylor Lautner • Cayden Boyd • Taylor Dooley
DIRECTOR: Robert Rodriguez

Lavagirl and Sharkboy THE CONCEPT:
10-year-old Max has become lost in his own fantasy world in an attempt to escape the everyday worries of school bullies and bickering parents. One day the characters that dwell in his imagination, Sharkboy and Lavagirl storm into his school to take him to Planet Drool, where Max learns the power of turning his dreams into reality

U.S. RELEASE: June 10 2005, Nationwide • Rated: PG

THE COMMENTS:

Creator and director ROBERT RODRIGUZ:
“[At home] we have this pool with an island in the middle, and I would play with my kids that I’m a shark, and I would attack them. My second son, Racer Max, is a little crafty and sly and to get out of being eaten, he said, ‘How about you’re the shark dad and I’m the shark boy?’ That stuck in his head for a few days, and he said, ‘Let’s make a movie and I’ll be sharkboy.’”

TAYLOR LAUTNER (Sharkboy) on working with the green screen:
“The first two weeks there it was kind of difficult because we’d never done anything like that. You had to have a great imagination and then Robert Rodriguez would tell us specifically ‘this is over here. This is what you’re doing.’ He’d helped us a lot.”

TAYLOR DOOLEY (Lavagirl):
“He’d show us pictures of what the backgrounds looked like or digital pictures of what we should be doing.”

CAYDEN BOYD (Max) on seeing the finished movie:
“Because you don’t see anything when you’re making it, when you see the movie you’re like, ‘Oh my gosh, Robert and his son have great imagina

KRISTIN DAVIS (Mom):
“This was pretty much the first green screen I’d ever done. I had to learn the flying, I’d never flown in a rig before, and I certainly never worked in 3-D. But I was fascinated by the technical aspects of it, and the thing that’s wonderful about Robert is, he’s really on the forefront of technical advances, but he sees them as a creative tool to tell stories, rather than that the technology is going to take over the film.”

DAVID ARQUETTE (Dad):
“I think that’s one of the amazing things about Robert; he has always respected kids and given them the credit they deserve. He’s like a big kid himself in the best kind of way, and the idea of combining his directing skills with the kind of a fairy tale only a child could come up with is great.”

RODRIGUEZ:
“In the world of Sharkboy and Lavagirl, dreams become a metaphor for creativity and the power to change the world around you. The idea of a kid lost in a dream-world – drawing pictures and writing stories when he’s supposed to be paying attention in class – was also drawn from my childhood experiences. But I didn’t want the story to only be about dreamers and dreams coming true. It is also about figuring out the dreams in your life that are worth making real.”

DAVIS:
“The message of the film is also the message Robert gives to his kids, which is your dreams are important, your creativity is important. Their whole world is based on being together and being creative. And when it says, ‘A Rodriguez Family Picture’ this is true in every way.”

Written by Judy Sloane. Back to top

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