(NG) Sure, Mirrormask is fantasy. Dave McKean—who directed it and who co-came up with the story—I suspect thinks it’s not fantasy because it’s a dream, and because of various other things, and because Dave is not terribly comfortable with the idea of fantasy. I’m perfectly comfortable with fantasy, so I think it’s definitely fantasy. But the brief with Mirrormask was Henson coming to us and saying, in the Eighties, Henson’s did The Dark Crystal and Labyrinth. They were family fantasy films. They cost $40 million each. We’d like to do another one. We have $4 million. If we gave you that $4 million, could you come back with a movie, and we won’t tell you what to do?
Time.com has a wonderful and long interview with Sci-fi masters Joss Whedon and Neil Gaiman. How does that tie into Disney? Well Gaiman wrote the script for the upcoming Jim Henson Productions release of Mirrormask. And Joss Whedon was a script doctor for Disney. That’s close enough. Right?
In any event, I’m excited about both their products.