Just in time for Independence Day, Looper spoke with Matt Thompson and Dave Callaham, the director and screenwriter of Netflix adult animated comedy “America: The Motion Picture.” The movie was produced by Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the Oscar-winning team behind “Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse” and two of the most important people in animation and comedy today. Their niche has always been taking concepts that have no right to work and making them masterpieces. The “Jump Street” movies, “The Lego Movie,” and “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” are the best examples of this. We asked Thompson and Callaham about what it was like working with the dynamic duo.
“I learned so much from them in this process,” Thompson said. “I’ve been doing this basic job for 20 years. I’ve been making adult animated comedy cartoons for 20 years, and I’ve never learned as much in the short period of time as I’ve learned from these two guys about how they tell stories and why they tell them.”