Animation Addicts Podcast - Animated Movie Reviews & Interviews for Disney, DreamWorks, Pixar & everything in between!

The gang is back together discussing DreamWorks Animation's first traditionally animated film The Prince of Egypt.

Highlights:
■ Nickoledeon launching Ninja Turtles cartoon series reboot, new untitled Pixar projectDisney reveals official Frozen logo 
■ Main discussion: The Prince of Egypt
■ Who is Jeffrey Katzenberg?
■ Awards: From the Oscars to the Grammy’s where did it fall? Nashville version of the undtrack
■ Box office results: was it a success?
■ A bible story? Bold move for DreamWorks! Topped with an all-star voice cast!
■ Characters, world design, animation
■ Beginning: "Deliver Us", chariot race, meeting Pharaoh, hieroglyphics, 
■  Time in Midian: "Through Heaven's Eyes", the burning bush
■ Haboob! Moses walked to Arizona
■ Back in Egypt: what's the best slave job?, Mason thinks "Playing with the Big Boys" is horrible, the destroying angel, passover
■ "There Can Be Miracles" = fake ending?, the Red Sea
■ We rate it!
■ Bloopers and Chelsea's shameless plug 

Runtime: 1:14:04, 35.6 MB

Where to Find Us:
■ Find us on the web: therotoscopers.comtwitterfacebookYouTubetumblr, hypable & Animated Views
■ Mason Smith: This Animated Life BlogTwitter
■ Chelsea Robson: FacebookTwitter
■ Morgan Stradling: Twitter, Instagram
■ Visit our sponsors: NetflixAudibleAmazon
■ Questions, comments, suggestions? Send us an email at therotoscopers@gmail.com
■ Send us a voicemail at therotoscopers.com/voicemail

Direct download: 28_The_Prince_of_Egypt_-_Haboob.mp3
Category:Animation -- posted at: 9:02am MDT

We get the chance to interview Frankie Franco III (also known as Frak). Frak is a production assistant atDreamWorks Animation SKG whose first project was Rise of the Guardians. In this interview, he talks about what it's like working at DreamWorks, his job and his thoughts on the film.

Runtime: 0:40:28, 19.5 MB

Where to Find Us:
■ Find us on the web: therotoscopers.comtwitterfacebookYouTubetumblr, hypable & Animated Views
■ Mason Smith: This Animated Life BlogTwitter
■ Chelsea Robson: FacebookTwitter
■ Morgan Stradling: Twitter, Instagram
■ Visit our sponsors: NetflixAudibleAmazon
■ Questions, comments, suggestions? Send us an email at therotoscopers@gmail.com
■ Send us a voicemail at therotoscopers.com/voicemail

Direct download: 27_Interview_with_Rise_of_the_Guardians_Frankie_Franco.mp3
Category:Animation -- posted at: 7:18pm MDT

This episode is dedicated to the wonderful world of video games! The Rotoscopers talk about this week's animation news, discuss their favorite video games before heading into a lengthy discussion about Disney's 52nd animated featureWreck-It Ralph!

Highlights:
■ Go to www.therotoscopers.com/voicemail to leave a message for our Best of 2012 Show!
■ News: Disney Buys Lucasfilm, Disney's Wreck-It Ralphopening weekend numbers
■ Nerdy Couch Discussion: What were/are your top 5 video games growing up/today and why?
■ Paperman: everything they said it was going to be
■ Main Discussion: Wreck-it Ralph
■ Audience reactions and hype
■ What makes Wreck-It Ralph so much more successful than other video game-to-cartoon franchises? 
■ Animation: Felix’s movements are quick and spry, what stuck out most? What did they change from the test screening?
■ The many worlds of Wreck-it Ralph: Fix-It Felix Jr., Game Central Station, Hero's Duty, Sugar Rush
■ Ralph: John C. Reilly Inspired by Donkey Kong -Chelsea was right
■ Vanellope: Sarah Silverman- She stole the show
■ Fix-it Felix Jr.: Kenneth from 30 Rock -Morgan has some catching up to do
■ Sgt Calhoun: Jane Lynch- “She’s programmed with the most tragic backstory...”
■ Scenes of note: world design, favorite cameos/side characters, and quotes/gags
■ Chun Lee from Street Fighter lost her DJ job :(
■ Credits were the best!
■ Let’s rate it! Chelsea get’s out of her comfort zone

Runtime: 1:29:40, 43.1 MB

Where to Find Us:
■ Find us on the web: therotoscopers.comtwitterfacebookYouTubetumblr, hypable & Animated Views
■ Mason Smith: This Animated Life BlogTwitter
■ Chelsea Robson: FacebookTwitter
■ Morgan Stradling: Twitter, Instagram
■ Visit our sponsors: NetflixAudibleAmazon
■ Questions, comments, suggestions? Send us an email at therotoscopers@gmail.com
■ Send us a voicemail at therotoscopers.com/voicemail

Direct download: 26_Wreck-It_Ralph_-_It_Just_Worked.mp3
Category:Animation -- posted at: 9:50am MDT

In this episode, Wreck-it Ralph’s Animation Supervisor--Renato Dos Anjos--talks about his life and work at Disney Animation Studios.

Highlights
■ About Renato: originally from São Paulo, Brazil and wanted to be in comic books
■ Started with Disney--it’s all about who you know
■ How did he get involved in the Wreck-It Ralph project?
■ Relationship with the director, Rich Moore
■ How Disney fills positions within the company 
■ Working with Art Director, Mike Gabriel 
■ Did Episode 10 really go through the whole animation department? YES! ...but did they like it?
■ Test screenings: The rush before and after
■ Technical achievements: how they educated the crew, glided between worlds and all the CGI challenges
■ Always go the extra mile because these movies change you
■ Award for largest cast: new friends and iconic Characters
■ Disney’s plan for staying on top: Goal #1 - Support the creative spirit. Be open, help the community, and get rid of egos.
■ Favorite scenes/work in Wreck-It Ralph? Rich Moore, animation teams, and every department “Bring their best game” 
■ Favorite character? Vanellope von Schweetz
■ Animation had the biggest impact on this film than any other he’s worked on. Day in the life of a “animation supervisor” at Walt Disney Animation Studios. Toys, Posters, promotions... everything! 
Keep your head down!
■ Wrap party and the “supernatural” buzz about the film. It has only gotten better since the test screening!
■ Renato has powers over the internet! He’s going to unplug us!

Runtime: 0:32:26, 15.7 MB

Where to Find Us:
■ Find us on the web: therotoscopers.comtwitterfacebookYouTubetumblr, hypable & Animated Views
■ Mason Smith: This Animated Life BlogTwitter
■ Chelsea Robson: FacebookTwitter
■ Morgan Stradling: Twitter, Instagram
■ Visit our sponsors: NetflixAudibleAmazon
■ Questions, comments, suggestions? Send us an email at therotoscopers@gmail.com
■ Send us a voicemail at therotoscopers.com/voicemail

Additional Info:
Wreck-It Ralph Trailer
Animated short--Paperman--to open before Wreck-It Ralph
Episode 10: Our thoughts from the Wreck-It Ralph test screening



This is Halloween! The Rotoscoper gang discussese Disney's cult classic Halloween-Christmas film, The Nightmare Before Christmas.

Highlights:
■ The Thunder Tube!
■ News: New Disney and Pixar release dates (Phineas & Ferb, Ron & Jon 2D animated film, Untitled Pixar Film), viral website for Monsters UniversityThe Swan Princess Christmas
■ Remember to send in your submissions for the Best of 2012 Show!
■ New game segment: Wizard’s Duel!
■ Main Discussion: Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas
■ Misconceptions: Tim Burton did not direct this film; Henry Selick did! 
■ Touchstone release, do you consider it a Disney film?
■ Hardcore Nightmare Before Christmas fans
■ Design & animation: popup book aesthetic, spindly characters
■ The beginning: starts with a rythme, not “scare-the-pants-off-of-you” scary, “This is Halloween”, fangirl witches, muppets cameo?
■ Jack Skellington: iconic Burton character, naive, eccentric genius, James and the Giant Peach cameo
■ Danny Elfman: the film's composer and singing voice of Jack
■ Does the love story between Sally and Jack work?  
■ Other characters: Sally; the Mayor; Santa; Lock, Shock & Barrel
■ Who is Vincent van Ghoul? Vincent Price tangent
■ The songs: subpar, quick and complex, “What’s This?”, “Oogie Boogie’s Song”, “Sally’s Song”, “Kidnap the Sandy Claws”, Nightmare Revisted CD
■ What would be your favorite holiday town?
■ Scenes of note: the swirly hill, relationship between Sally and the mad scientist
■ Lesson and morals of the film? Morgan’s specialization/globalization rant
■ Sequel talk and Haunted Mansion Holiday at Disneyland
■ Who is the real villain? Jack or Oogie Boogie?
■ Don't forget to check out our movie/Blu-Ray/art book reviews! Also enter our Snow White art book contest!

Runtime: 1:25:29, 41.1 MB

Where to Find Us:
■ Find us on the web: therotoscopers.comtwitterfacebookYouTubetumblr, hypable & Animated Views
■ Mason Smith: This Animated Life BlogTwitter
■ Chelsea Robson: FacebookTwitter
■ Morgan Stradling: Twitter, Instagram
■ Visit our sponsors: NetflixAudibleAmazon
■ Questions, comments, suggestions? Send us an email at therotoscopers@gmail.com
■ Send us a voicemail at therotoscopers.com/voicemail

Direct download: 24_The_Nightmare_Before_Christmas.mp3
Category:Animation -- posted at: 4:15pm MDT

Morgan and Chelsea have the incredible opportunity to interview legendary voice actor, Bill Farmer. Bill is most notably known for being the voice of Goofy for the past 25 years, but he also has voiced numerous other famous cartoon characters such as Horace Horsecollar, Yosemite Sam, Foghorn, Slyvester the Cat and lots of other crazy voices along the way.

Highlights:
■ What has Bill been up to recently?
■ All about Goofy’s yell
■ Other voices he has done: Horace Horscollar, Pluto, Foghorn, Yosemite Sam, Sylvester, Bugs, Daffy, Robot Chicken, Sam & Max Hit the Road & lots of incidental voices
■ The day in the life of Bill Farmer
■ Working with other voice actors or solo?
■ Favorite recording experiences
■ How grueling is voice acting on one's voice?
■ His thoughts on replacing voice actors
■ What advice does he have for future voice actors?
■ Does he ever get star struck?
■ Restrictions on using the Goofy voice
■ What was his first recording gig like?
■ Goof Troop and A Goofy Movie memories
■ What would he like to see Disney do with Goofy next?
■ Has he ever had the chance to dress up like Goofy?
■ Favorite Goofy cartoon?
■ Thoughts on his Disney Legend award
■ Making documentaries, photography
■ Dawes Butler as his mentor
■ Make-A-Wish Foundation 
■ His company ToonHouse Inc: voice coaching, demos, etc.
■ What’s in Bill’s future?

Runtime: 1:13:00, 30.4 MB

Where to Find Us:
■ Find us on the web: therotoscopers.comtwitterfacebookYouTubetumblr, hypable & Animated Views
■ Mason Smith: This Animated Life BlogTwitter
■ Chelsea Robson: FacebookTwitter
■ Morgan Stradling: Twitter, Instagram
■ Visit our sponsors: NetflixAudibleAmazon
■ Questions, comments, suggestions? Send us an email at therotoscopers@gmail.com
■ Send us a voicemail at therotoscopers.com/voicemail

Direct download: 23_Interview_with_Bill_Farmer.mp3
Category:Animation -- posted at: 1:13am MDT

The Rotoscopers kick off their spooky animated film month (aka October) by tackling Laika's Coraline

Highlights:
■ News: 13th International Computer Graphics Conference in Turin, Italy; Help us Plan our #Bestof2012 show!
■ New segment: "Catch and Fire" with Mason, “Rotoscopers make you choose!”
■ Audible.com: Audio book synopsis
■ Main discussion: Coraline
■ Studio Spotlight: Laika vs. Laika House
■ “From the makers of Nightmare Before Christmas...” = False advertising?
■ Not going to be fun and happy the whole time
■ Michigan water witch; what’s with the well?; Chelsea has dowse doubts
■ Characters: Dakota Fanning is “one of the gems or our generation”
■ Be careful what you name your children
■ Why Wybie? Should we like him? Morgan’s "Real-life Wybie"
■ The real parents vs. the "Other Parents" (aka the animated versionStepford Wives)
■ How Laika does amazing stop motion. “Captivating”
■ First impressions: genuinely creepy; parents beware!; not for kids
■ Major difference between the real life and the ‘other life’ is the gravy train
■ The Pink Palace: Coraline's new house and odd neighbors
■ Chelsea’s rant: She’s all out of "nice"
■ Video games? Why?!…and what’s up with the cat?
■ Similarities to Alice in Wonderland and Spirited Away 
■ ParaNorman’s blatant theme vs. Coraline’s deep thinker
■ Meaning of the button eyes?
■ Mason’s theory: Is it really a happy ending?
■ Fun quotes & listener responses
■ We rate it! 3 & 4 stars
■ Bloopers: No tangents guys, yoyos & groovin'

Runtime: 1:13:00, 35.0 MB

Where to Find Us:
■ Find us on the web: therotoscopers.comtwitterfacebookYouTubetumblr, hypable & Animated Views
■ Mason Smith: This Animated Life BlogTwitter
■ Chelsea Robson: FacebookTwitter
■ Morgan Stradling: Twitter, Instagram
■ Visit our sponsors: NetflixAudibleAmazon
■ Questions, comments, suggestions? Send us an email at therotoscopers@gmail.com
■ Send us a voicemail at therotoscopers.com/voicemail

Direct download: Coraline.mp3
Category:Animation -- posted at: 12:07am MDT

The Rotoscopers interview the legendary animator and director, Don Bluth! Don shares his love for acting, theatre and--of course--animation in this intimate conversation conducted in his living room. He also starts off by announcing some big news for the show!

Highlights:
■ Is this the right podcast?
■ Not your typical Interview. Don interviews Mason!
■ Animation: a two-pronged performing art
■ How does acting help in animation?
■ Casting on the Wizard of Oz. Why is Don doing theatre?
■ Characters of Secret of NIMH
■ Why Don liked Pixar's Up
■ Why Don doesn't think the world needs more movies
■ What characters have been his favorite/most dynamic over the years? 
■ What is the bigger picture of animation?
■ Pinocchio: "Everything comes in. Nothing goes out" 
■ How did Don help animators "see past the paper"?
■ Turner Classic Movies vs. Reality TV
■ Why doesn't Don rewatch his own films?
■ Orchestration of color
■ The darker side of the Disney Studio 
■ Don on animals characters and live-action reference
■ Disney's Robin Hood: where Don got his "legs"; Sleeping Beauty: weak story?
■ 3 areas where the computer can not replace an animator
■ Don talks Pixar's Brave and Disney's Tangled
■ Animation Master Classes and tutorials
■ Dragon's Lair app and the movie. Myth or not?
■ Interactive movies: Somebody's gonna do it!
■ Movement, (It all comes out in the walk), the blue note, & talents

 

Runtime: 1:01:42, 29.7 MB

Info on Don's Theatre:
Twitter: @DBFrontRow
Info on Don Bluth Master Classes:
Twitter: @DonBluth
Where to Find Us:
■ Find us on the web: therotoscopers.comtwitterfacebookYouTubetumblr, hypable & Animated Views
■ Mason Smith: This Animated Life BlogTwitter
■ Chelsea Robson: FacebookTwitter
■ Morgan Stradling: Twitter, Instagram
■ Visit our sponsors: NetflixAudibleAmazon
■ Questions, comments, suggestions? Send us an email at therotoscopers@gmail.com
■ Send us a voicemail at therotoscopers.com/voicemail
Direct download: 21_Interview_with_Don_Bluth.mp3
Category:Animation -- posted at: 1:26am MDT

The gang is finally back for a classic Rotoscopers episode with their review of Disney’s Aladdin! Also join in for the animation news and a discussion on the impact of celebrity voice actors.

Highlights:
■ News: The Minions spin-off film, Partysaurus Rex shortFinding Nemo 2 officially announced
■ Mini Nerdy Couch Discussion: Do we really need a Finding Nemosequel? Is Pixar coping out?
■ Real Nerdy Couch Discussion: Professional voice actors vs. celebrities? Do celebrity voices really add to an animated film? 
■ Voice acting is like a seasoning--it should enhance the film, not take away
■ How Aladdin & Robin Williams was a pivotal moment for celebrity voice actors
■ What characters were you surprised when you realized who did their voice?
■ Morgan & Chelsea’s experience meeting the film’s directors John Musker & Ron Clements
■ The movie really takes off once the Genie appears
■ Every single scene has either a great quote or great gag
■ Chock full of awesome characters “that have grinded their way to Disney immortality”
■ Jafar: his design & inspiration, would someone like Jafar really associate with Iago?
■ Genie: the ultimate minor character in any Disney film, the merchant peddler, favorite moments
■ Conundrum: why didn’t they just pass the lamp around & get some free wishes before releasing the Genie?
■ Music: Howard Ashman’s mark all over the songs, lots of deleted songs, the “cut off your ear” drama
■ Controversial elements: European designs, The Thief and the Cobbler rip off, “good teenages, take off your clothes”
■ Aladdin: original younger character design can still be found in the film
■ Jasmine: not that great of a disguise, “The Kiss” is the best Disney kiss
■ Sultan: young at heart, what’s with the “mystic blue diamond”?
■ Conundrum: Aladdin touches the carpet. So is the carpet not a treasure of the Cave of Wonders? Did Aladdin and Jasmine get married at the end?
■ Mason conspiracy theory: Return of Jafar is a dream and didn’t really happen
■ Why wasn’t Robin Williams in Return of Jafar?
■ Childhood memories with Aladdin merchandise
■ We rate it! ★★★★★
■ Bloopers: Buddy, all on mute, the title explained

Runtime: 1:26:41, 41.7 MB

Where to Find Us:
■ Find us on the web: therotoscopers.comtwitterfacebookYouTubetumblr, hypable & Animated Views
■ Mason Smith: This Animated Life BlogTwitter
■ Chelsea Robson: FacebookTwitter
■ Morgan Stradling: Twitter, Instagram
■ Visit our sponsors: NetflixAudibleAmazon
■ Questions, comments, suggestions? Send us an email at therotoscopers@gmail.com
■ Send us a voicemail at therotoscopers.com/voicemail

Direct download: 20_Aladdin_-_Take_Off_Your_Clothes_.mp3
Category:Animation -- posted at: 9:50pm MDT

Morgan and Chelsea talk to LAIKA animator, David Vandervoort. In this interview, they discuss his career as a "self-made animator", his experience at LAIKA, ParaNorman and all things animation.
 

Highlights:
■ Interview: David Vandervoort
■ Rapid Fire Q&A
■ His path as a “self-made animator”
■ What are his ultimate career goals
■ How does one make the jump into stop-motion animation?
■ What’s the difference in approaching animated CGI, 2D and stop-motion?
■ His work on ParaNorman: 2D faces and story
■ David’s favorite scenes from the movie
■ How did they accomplish the ghosts?
■ ParaNorman contest to win ParaNorman gear
■ Mail bag: Luis Escobar, late-night animation marathons, Anastasia/Tangled similarities, Frankie Franco III

Runtime: 0:40:08, 19.4 MB

Where to Find Us:
■ Find us on the web: therotoscopers.comtwitterfacebookYouTubetumblr, hypable & Animated Views
■ Mason Smith: This Animated Life BlogTwitter
■ Chelsea Robson: FacebookTwitter
■ Morgan Stradling: Twitter, Instagram
■ Visit our sponsors: NetflixAudibleAmazon
■ Questions, comments, suggestions? Send us an email at therotoscopers@gmail.com
■ Send us a voicemail at therotoscopers.com/voicemail

Direct download: 19_Interview_with_ParaNormans_David_Vandervoort__Fan_Mail.mp3
Category:Animation -- posted at: 12:38pm MDT