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President Barack Obama visited Dreamworks Animation Tuesday, where he called the entertainment industry "one of the bright spots of our economy." Then, on a tour led by major donor Jeffrey Katzenberg, Obama got a peek behind the curtain at how animated movies get made.
In the video below (via Slashfilm), the president observes actors filming a scene using motion-capture technology for "How to Train Your Dragon 2." Director Dean DeBlois explains the technique, as a screen shows how it translates into animation.
Obama also met with actors Steve Martin and Jim Parsons, who were recording lines for the upcoming alien invasion movie "Home." The L.A. Times reported that Martin couldn't shake the president's hand, as he was sick, but the president lauded his banjo-playing. "This guy performed at the White House and was unbelievable," Obama raved.
Afterward, Obama got a bit of a treat when Katzenberg unveiled an animated character voiced by the president himself!
Later, Obama joked that he feels a special connection to Dreamworks, since his "ears were one of the inspirations for Shrek."