Director of The Sea Beast explains the differences of working with Disney and Netflix

Director of The Sea Beast decided to leave Disney for the freedom that Netflix offered him for his new project

Chris Williams worked with Disney for more than 25 years and was a writer of stories like The Emperor’s New Groove, Land of Bears and director of stories like Big Hero 6 and Bolt. However, his most recent film and one of his most ambitious projects: The Sea Beast, which tells the story of Jacob Holland, a monster hunter who dumbbells with a young girl and they meet the monster most dangerous in the world He finished in Netflix.

The film was first announced in 2018, right after that Williams was praised for his work as a writer in Moana. The decision to bring the film to the streaming service was a big surprise, and that is why the director now explained in an interview why he decided to leave Disney to bring your story to Netflix.

Why the change?

In an interview for Collider, the director confessed that he started working at a young age to Disney and decided to leave one of the most important animation companies to take a risk and learn more about the market.

“I was very comfortable and treated very well at Disney, but he wanted to change for himself. I wanted, as an artist, to challenge myself and throw myself into a very different situation.”

Chris Williams

However, his decision was bearing fruit given that Netflix is ​​a relatively new company that has taken risks to tell different stories.

“Netflix was a brand new thing that is still settling in nicely. And there was something about it that made me think that was a big, big change. And it was just what I was looking for.

Chris Williams

Williams claimed that he felt he was about to stay at Disney forever, Which while it wasn’t bad at all, it wasn’t really going to be his decision and he wasn’t sure he wanted to follow that specific path.

Sea Beast

More freedom?

With recent Oscar-nominated films like Over The Moon of 2020 and The Mitchells vs. The Machines of 2021, Netflix he has shown that he has what it takes to compete with the rest of the studio giants. Mainly, by giving more creative freedom to its artists. And in this regard, Williams opined that the executives of the streaming service were more open to your idea.

And the reason for this was because “Disney is this company that has always been there, and when you arrive you are the bearer of a legacy” so he felt that his story simply would not fit within the mouse company.

“They were open to doing something with a tone that was a little bit outside of what I probably could have done at Disney. So, I talked about this great rock adventure story, and they were raving about it. And I was like, “You know this is pretty ambitious. It’s going to be big.” And they knew, they understood. And they have been incredibly supportive at all times. And here we are, we made a movie.”

Chris Williams

The Sea Beast is now available on Netflix
Sea Beast

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Director of The Sea Beast explains the differences of working with Disney and Netflix