This is no regular adaptation. Oliver’s beautiful and inspiring picture book, itself a ‘beginner’s guide’ to Earth’, acted as a springboard for the bigger story we wanted to tell. The film starts with the arrival of a newborn and all the questions this event brings for a first-time parent. We then pick things up a few years down the line— as the now older child (voiced by Tremblay) has his eyes opened to the wonders of the planet from both his parents (voiced by O’Dowd and Negga), and a mysterious exhibit at the Museum of Everything (voiced by Meryl Streep, who also narrates).
Aptly played out over one Earth Day, the film is a beautiful exploration of life and the world that surrounds us. True to the book, this is a heartfelt dialogue between parents and their child, acting as an introduction to space, animals, and humankind, lightly touching on (just about) everything from the solar system to the human body. The film affords us a glimpse into the beautiful logic of children and how baffling it can be for parents — expressed in moments of wonderment, worry and whimsy to which everyone on Earth can still relate. Here We Are is an uplifting and lyrical snapshot of life on our planet and what it means to those who call it home.
“As with our previous collaboration in LOST AND FOUND, Oliver created a myriad of original artwork used throughout the film, and his visual signature can be felt across the story. We gathered a wide range of talent from all corners of the world to make the film happen, and we were lucky enough to secure Manddy Wyckens as art director, and Animation supervisor Laurent Rossi who skillfully guided their teams to create our visual interpretation of Oliver as it appears in the film.
Meanwhile, under the supervision of James Galliard, the CG team of technical artists achieved incredible depth and warmth from sets and characters. The joy of adding the score by Alex Somers and sound design by Adrian Rhodes was always going to be the icing on the cake, and we were delighted to be given the opportunity to share it with audiences around the world”.
– Excerpts from an interview with director Philip Hunt on Animationmagazine.net
An APPLE ORIGINAL • In association with STUDIO AKA • Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth • Based on the book by OLIVER JEFFERS • Directed By PHILIP HUNT • Written By PHILIP HUNT & LUKE MATHENY • Cast MERYL STREEP • CHRIS O’DOWD • RUTH NEGGA • JACOB TREMBLAY • Produced By SUE GOFFE & ANGELA EDMONDS • Executive Producers SUE GOFFE • PHILIP HUNT • OLIVER JEFFERS • Music By ALEX SOMERS • Additional Cast JUJU ZHANG • EMMA LAU • VINCENT LAI • CRYSTAL CLAIRE SIMMONDS • Voice Director DOUGLAS CARRIGAN • Sound Design ADRIAN RHODES • Editor NIC GILL • Art Director MANDDY WYCKENS • Production Designers • JOE DENNIS • DERMOT FLYNN • DOUG HINDSON • OLIVER JEFFERS • STEVE SMALL • MARIE TOULY • MANDDY WYCKENS • 3D Animation Supervisor LAURENT ROSSI • 3D Animators LAUREN ADASSOVSKY • ALINA BOPELE • MARTHE DELAPORTE • GUILLAUME GLACHANT • AZIZ KOCANAOGULLARI • ANNE MOTH NATASHA NINNI • LAURENT ROSSI • KAT SEALE • MATTHEW STEPHENSON • ANDREA SIMONTI • LUCAS VIGROUX • CG Supervisor • JAMES GAILLARD • Rigging Supervisor ADAM O’SULLIVAN AVERY • Rigging • ADAM O’SULLIVAN AVERY • ARTHUR RANSON • MANON SAILLY • Modelling, Shaders & Texturing JOSHUA CREW • JÉRÔME FERRA • DANIEL GARNERONE • JOACHIM LOESENER • KRISTIAN FJELLERUP OLESEN • ADAM O’SULLIVAN AVERY • KIKI PELA • JESSICA ROBINSON • ELISE TEWEDROS • AGATHE TREBOSC • JONATHAN VUILLEMIN • Lighting Supervisor VINCENT HUSSET • Lighting & Compositing WILLIAM EAGAR • JÉRÔME FERRA • JAMES GAILLARD • DANIEL GARNERONE • VALÉRIE GUICHARD • VINCENT HUSSET • CHARA SOTTOU • AGATHE TREBOSC • CLARISSE VALEIX • JONATHAN VUILLEMIN • CG FX ROB CHAPMAN • DENIZ CINAR • 2D Animation Supervisor MARCUS ARMITAGE • 2D Animation MARCUS ARMITAGE • MATTHEW ARMITAGE • MATTHIAS CUCINIELLO • PETER DODD • JUSTINE WALDIE • Previs Supervisor LUCAS VIGROUX • Previs LAUREN ADASSOVSKY • GUILLAUME GLACHANT • INÈS PAGNIEZ • KAT SEALE • ANDREA SIMONTI • LUCAS VIGROUX • Storyboard Artists MARCUS ARMITAGE • AUDE CARPENTIER • MARC CRASTE • ANDREA SIMONTI • STEVE SMALL • SHARON SMITH • JUSTINE WALDIE • Production Manager BEVERLY YEANG • Production Co-ordinator JESS BELL • Production Assistant ELLIE GOFFE • Production Accountant JAMES HOWARTH • Legal Advisor MICHAEL RIDLEY • Technical Director • FABRICE ALTMAN • Pipeline Developers JEROEN HOOGHOUDT • CLAIRE PEGORIER • RnDeep MARTIN MINSEL • HENRY WEICKERT • Music Produced & Engineered By ALEX SOMERS • SINDRI MÁR SIGFÚSSON • Music Mixed By ALEX SOMERS • Additional Production KJARTAN HÓLM • Additional Engineering ROBERT AMES • ÓLAFUR BJÖRN ÓLAFSSON • BIRGIR JÓN BIRGISSON • Musicians: Strings ROBERT AMES • HILDUR ÁRSÆLSDÓTTIR • EDDA RÚN ÓLAFSDÓTTIR • MARÍA HULD MARKAN SIGFÚSDÓTTIR • SÓLRÚN SUMARLIÐADÓTTIR • Percussion ÓLAFUR BJÖRN ÓLAFSSON • Choir ALASKA REID • Guitar RÓBERT STURLA REYNISSON • Additional Music ROBERT AMES • SINDRI MÁR SIGFÚSSON • Score Producer SINDRI MÁR SIGFÚSSON • Music Editor AVITAL KORIN • Voice Recording London JUNGLE STUDIOS • Sound Engineers DOMINIC DEW • DAVE POOLE • STUART ALLEN-HYND • Voice Recording: ATLANTIS GROUP, SANTA MONICA • SOUND KITCHEN STUDIOS • POST MODERN SOUND, INC. • RISK SOUND • Sound Mix Services for DOLBY ATMOS Provided By WARNER Bros. DE LANE LEA • Mix Technician RONNIE MUKWAYA • Mixer DOUG COOPER • Assistant Sound MICHAEL GRIGGS • ANTHONY BAYMAN • AMANDA ANN OLSTAD • Producer MICHAEL HAMILTON • Crowd Voices ROB RACKSTRAW • LIZZIE WATERWORTH-SANTO • Post Production Services For DOLBY VISION Provided By GOLDCREST FILMS • Colourist MARIA CHAMBERLAIN • Digital intermediate producer • CHARLOTTE BARNES • Director Of Post Production ROB FARRIS • Thank You KRISTIAN ANDREWS • EDWARD FIRTH RORY JEFFERS • MAX LANG • KAYE LAVENDER • PAUL MORETON • JAKOB SCHUH • JENNIFER HOFFMAN-WILLIAMSON • THE PARTNERS & FAMILIES OF OUR CREW • Original Book ‘HERE WE ARE’ Published By HARPER COLLINS • © APPLE VIDEO PROGRAMMING LLC 2020 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED