The Animators Behind Into the Spider-Verse Got Together To Create Their Own Fantastic Audio Commentary

Spider-Ham wants to hear that commentary.
Spider-Ham wants to hear that commentary.
Image: Sony Pictures

The real star of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse wasn’t any incarnation of Spider-Man: it was the art. The distinctive art style earned Spider-Verse justified mountains of praise, and now the animators of the film have banded together to create a real treat for fans.

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Released Friday, the unofficial Spider-Verse Animator Commentary is here to provide a wealth of insight into the work that went into creating the visual delight the film ultimately became. Created by a group of the film’s animators, including Animation Supervisor Joshua Beveridge and Lead Animators Philip Rudolph, Humberto Rosa, and Julie Bernier Gosselin, the full-length commentary is designed to be played alongside the film, providing an additional layer of insight to the commentaries featured on the official release.

I haven’t had a chance to listen to this yet, but this is exactly the sort of commentary I want for a movie like this. The people who were in the trenches, doing the hardest most complex work, are often the ones with the most compelling insights into what ends up on the screen.

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If you listen to this, tell me what you thought of it in the comments. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is available now, and the commentary is free to download here. 


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DISCUSSION

I watched it with this last night. It isn’t bad, but it’s also clearly amateur produced. The bulk of it consists of “Did so-and-so do this scene?” “No, it was so-and-so.” and similar such chatter. However there were a few jewels of easter-egg hunting, like them pointing out different background characters that are depictions of various animators. Or where they point out a signature or family name in a background.

I think the most important takeaway was they all had worked on other projects where they were prohibited from trying anything new, but in Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse they were encouraged to try new and different things.  And it shows.