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Obama Tours DreamWorks Animation, Visits With Steve Martin and Jim Parsons

President Obama arrived at the DreamWorks Animation facility on Tuesday and was led through a tour of the facility, surveying productions in the works.

Obama’s tour included a stop to see a demonstration of motion capture technology with director Dean DeBlois and producer Bonnie Arnold, who are working on “How to Train Your Dragon 2.” The president shook hands with two actors, a man and a woman, wearing black with colorful sensors all over their bodies. He asked who animators would want to storyboard with live actors. He also saw a demonstration of a scene with live actors involving the protagonist, Hiccup, complaining about a bad conversation with his dad to his girlfriend, Astrid.

“That was wonderful,” Obama said, per a pool report.

He then watched a finished version of the same scene, before declaring, “Coming to a theater near you!”

He then went to a recording studio, where Steve Martin and Jim Parsons were recording lines for the upcoming film, “Home.” Also there were director Tim Johnson and producer Chris Jenkins.

Martin told Obama of the anticipation of his visit.

“The fact that I played banjo at the White House for the president of the United States was the biggest thrill of my life,” Martin said, referring to a White House concert series.

Obama watched a clip of his voice coming out of the mouth of a purple alien named Oh.

“Happy Thanksgiving everybody. Welcome to the White House,” the character said.

“That’ll impress the girls,” Obama said, then making a quip about the character’s ears. Someone then offered to “animate the State of the Union address.”

Parsons and Martin then voiced a scene from the movie, in which they are part of the Boove race of aliens.

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