1. What inspired Red & Yellow’s characters?
JOSH: Well, Red is based loosely on a friend of mine in college who was a wonderful dancer. She was spontaneous and intuitive and free. Yellow is based on Malcolm Butler. He is the IT Director at my company, Little Airplane. Malcolm is very brilliant and he likes everything done in a certain way.
2. Why did you choose an Olive Tree?
JOSH: I spent some time working in the Middle East where olive trees are very common and beloved by all. They provide everything from oil to wood to shade. And there's no better symbol of peace than an olive branch.
3. I have to ask, which one do you best identify with – Red or Yellow?
JOSH: I am more like Yellow but I would like to be more like Red. I think Red gets to have more fun.
4. Have you ever played a “strummy”?
JOSH: As a matter of fact, I played the electric guitar when I was a teenager. Mostly Ted Nugent and Rolling Stones songs. I was in a little band and we played in my friend's basement and we used a cardboard box for a base drum because we couldn't afford a real one.
5. Why do you think Red & Yellow are so popular with kids?
JOSH: In addition to just being very cute, they show kids that all problems can be resolved with patience, empathy, and a little creativity. I think that's a message that has great appeal to all ages.
6. If there’s one thing everyone—even adults—could learn from Red & Yellow, it would be that…
JOSH: We all need one another. Any conflict can be resolved peacefully. It doesn’t matter what the question is, love is always the answer.
7. What’s your favorite thing about coming to work every day?
JOSH: Having smart people around me who are good at all the things that I'm not good at. I'm amazed every day by the talent of our designers, animators and producers. I am very lucky to work with these folks.
8. If you could have one wish, what would it be?
JOSH: I would like to be able to spend more time in the country. I've been a city person my whole life and I find myself wishing, for the first time, I had a small house on a hill with a little dog and a family.
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