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A 14-Year-Old Got a Job Animating ‘Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse’ After Wowing Producers

The impressive LEGO scene in "Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse" can be credited to the remarkable talent of 14-year-old animator Preston Mutanga from Toronto, Canada. Producers Chris Lord and Phil Miller were astounded when they discovered that the shot-for-shot remake of the film's trailer was created by a young teenager. In an interview with The New York Times, Miller expressed their amazement, stating, "It blew us all away, including some of the best animators in the world." Recognizing Mutanga's extraordinary skills, they decided to hire him to animate a LEGO scene for the film. Despite working remotely from Canada, Mutanga collaborated closely with Miller through weekly meetings to ensure the sequence turned out brilliantly. Lord explained that the decision to hire Mutanga aligned with the ethos of "Spider-Verse," where a hero can come from anywhere, including a young person inspired by the film itself. For Mutanga, this opportunity was a dream come true, as he was a fan of the first film and thrilled to be part of the sequel. The success of "Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse" at the box office, along with the exceptional work of talents like Mutanga, has paved the way for the upcoming third film in the franchise, "Spider-Man: Beyond the Spider-Verse," expected to be released in March 2024.

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