Interview With

David Irving

Director of 'Rumpelstiltskin', 'Sleeping Beauty' & 'The Emperor's New Clothes'

"I am very happy with all three fairy tales I directed in Israel." - David Irving

Q: Do you have any production tidbits on these films that you could share?

A: 'Rumpelstiltskin' was a dream shoot, whereas 'Sleeping Beauty' was a nightmare.

Q: How was 'Sleeping Beauty' a "nightmare" to film?

A: Besides having to fire the lead actress after a weeks shooting (a major movie taboo), we had very little prep time as we shot 'Rumpelstiltskin' and 'Sleeping Beauty' back to back (ten days in between, 7 of which were Passover). One key to a successful film is adequate prep time.

Q: What inspired you to direct them?

A: I love kids, films and fairy tales. My dad did a theatrical production of 'Rumpelstiltskin' when we were kids. Amy Irving played the baby.

Q: What went on during the filmings?

A: Tons 'o stuff.

Q: Is it true that some cast members had to lip-sync?

A: For all the songs.

Q: Were any scenes cut from the movies, before they were released?

A: None that I can think of.

Q: The songs were so good, why wasn't a soundtrack ever released for either of them (or any of the Cannon Movie Tales, for that matter)?

A: Cannon was just in the process of going bankrupt. I agree about the music.

Interview, courtesy of Reid Taylor