“There is something really nice about live action,” Chomet said, having previously made a live-action short as part of the “Paris, je t’aime” omnibus. “I really discovered it while I was shooting, the relationship between a director and the actors. They really bring so much to the film.”The above quotes come from an article in the L.A. Times.
“I was always thinking of live action but came to live action through animation. That was a way for me to get into live action. Animation is filmmaking, it’s the same thing. And you really train as a director when you do animation. You get the eye, the sense of composition and timing.”
“Live action is very similar to animation,” he said, “apart from animation takes ages and live action goes really fast.”
Toronto's two weeklies, Now and The Grid, both review the film in advance and find it lacking.