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 MST

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 MST

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 MST

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 MST

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 MST

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 MST

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
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Direct download: 21_Interview_with_Don_Bluth.mp3
Category:Animation -- posted at: 1:26am MST

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 MST

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 MST

Morgan and Chelsea talk about their experience at D23's Destination D: 75 Years of Disney Feature Animation. If you love Disney animation, you won't want to miss this!

Highlights:
■ Morgan and Chelsea won tickets to Destination D! It's fate!
■ Brief news: Chelsea's thoughts on ParaNorman and Brenda Chapman leaves Pixar
■ Interview: Kameron Nabal, who works at Entertainment Deployment at Disneyland and California Adventure
■ How Morgan, Chelsea and Kameron first met; "Tag me on facebook!"
■ Kameron talks about the Buena Vista Street and new Cars Land at California Adventure
■ What it's like working at Disneyland
■ How do the animated characters live on through the parks
■ Main Discusion: D23's Destination D: 75 Years of Disney Feature Animation
■ Overall thoughts & first impressions
■ Day 1: The Golden Age and 2nd Golden Age panels, Roy E. Disney and how he saved Disney animation, never before seen animation, Walt & El Grupo
■ Sneak Peaks: Wreck-It RalphPaperman and Frozen.
■ Concert with Dick Van Dyke and the Vantastix!
■ Day 2: Wacky Disney animation, art lessons by Andreas Deja, the evolution of Tinker Bell, Disney voice actors, Snow White tribute
■ What we missed: Concert with Alan Menken
■ Mail Bag: Waking Sleeping Beauty NCD suggestion, our appearance on See Ya Real Late, ego boost
■ Don't forget to enter our ParaNorman contest & review us on iTunes!
■ New donate button!

Runtime: 1:19:52, 38.4 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: 18_D23s_Destination_D__All_Things_Disney.mp3
Category:Animation -- posted at: 10:08am MST

017 Interview with Pixar's Chris Horne

Morgan and Mason interview Chris Horne, a technical director at Pixar! They talk about Chris’s journey to Pixar; his work on BraveFinding Nemo 3D and other films; and his advice for aspiring animation students.

Highlights:
■ Thoughts on the hilarious stop-motion shorts, Creature Comforts
■ Interview: Pixar’s Chris Horne
■ Chris’s background: how he got interested in animation, Pixar, the college years
■ What’s the process of getting hired by a big studio like Pixar? 
■ Chris on being a Pixar fanboy working for Pixar.
■ About the lighting, rendering and Lightspeed departments
■ What do the lighting and rendering departments actually do?
■ Chris talks about crazy and hilarious software glitches, bloopers and malfunctions!
■ New animation software: Presto
■ Lighting an animated shot: balancing realism vs. cartoony
■ What part of Brave he worked on: the hardest scene Pixar’s ever done, cake cauldron scene, 
■ Hair simulation
■ Every character has its own posse of lights
■ How big is the team that worked on the 3D conversion of Finding Nemo 3D?
■ What is “bit rot”?
■ Must see 3D movies: Avatar and Finding Nemo 3D
■ Nerdy questions: pizza planet truck, the witch’s inspired by Zelda?, who would win in a fight: King Fergus or Stoick the Vast?
■ What is Chris working on now? What’s the deal with Finding Nemo 2?
■ Where he wants to go from here/career goals
■ How important is a demo reel? Advice for animation students

Runtime: 1:08:01, 32.7 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: 17_Interview_with_Pixars_Chris_Horne_1.mp3
Category:Animation -- posted at: 11:29pm MST

The Rotoscopers jump into the world of Japanese animation by reviewing their first ever anime: Studio Ghibli's fantasy-adventure film Spirited Away. Mason also introduces a new super duper anime trivia game and tries to stump Morgan and Chelsea. So join the Rotoscopers for all the news and laughs in the (Japanese) animated world!

Highlights:
■ The Rotoscopers: The Band!
■ News: Epic trailer is epic, DreamWorks theme parkPenguins of Madagascar movieKung Fu Panda 3; get more news at our websiteand hypable.com
■ Mason discusses anime music and theme songs
■ New Game! 'Super Awesome Fun Time Anime Synopsis Game Deluxe Bean Burrito Game!' Mason reads a description of an anime and Morgan and Chelsea have to guess if it’s a real show or made up
■ Main discussion: Hayao Miyazaki’s Spirited Away
■ Animes are like awkward conversations: you just can’t jump into them
■ Spirited Away is awesome because it stands out visually from other traditional animes
■ Characteristics of animes that deter Western viewers
■ Thoughts on grotesque character design: Yubabba’s big head, Chihiro’s dull design
■ Chihiro: her transformation throughout the film, “what’s up with that guy?”
■ Shifts away from traditional Western story telling: lowest point at the beginning
■ Story: static characters help move the forward; characters don’t grow up, but discover inner strength inside of them; Chihiro can’t go back, just forward
■ Standout scenes: the beginning is very typical of a scary movie, abandoned amusement parks
■ Mason’s theory alert: Chihiro & her parents died on the car ride & are entering the afterlife
■ Unanswered question: were the parents under a spell when they were eating the food?
■ What’s with the roasted newt?
■ Similarities with Alice in Wonderland and Pinocchio; Crow Yubabba is similar to Maleficent’s crow Diabolo
■ Chihiro’s defining moment, slow character evolvution
■ Susan Egan as Lin; Jason Mardsen as Haku aka a 'voice acting hero'
■ Voice actor tangent: are some voices too recognizable and distracting?
■ No Face: unresolved character, Mason discusses fan theories about who No Face is
■ Morgan’s had a No Face in her life
■ Yubabba: great enjoyable character, stays nasty till the end, motivated by only money and her baby
■ Conundrum: how did Chihiro know that none of the pigs were her parents?
■ Themes: generosity vs. greed, love vs. infatuation
■ Rich with symbolism, lots of moments for reflection
■ Last lines of the film (added for English dub): “I think I can handle it.”
■ What both our listeners and The Rotoscopers rate it! ★★★★★
■ A big ol’ mail in the mail bag!
■ Plug to listen to past episodes!

Runtime: 1:19:53, 38.5 MB

Where to Find Us:
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■ 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: 16_Spirited_Away_-_This_Aint_Your_Typical_Western_Story.mp3
Category:Animation -- posted at: 12:00am MST

015 Wallace & Gromit - Claymation Hitchcock

The Rotoscopers gang is back with some exciting news! They also cover new territories this episode by diving into stop-motion animation and animated shorts. The main discussion focuses on the four classic Wallace & Gromit shorts.

Highlights:
■ Big News! Now apart of the Hypable Podcast Network
■ Winner for 'The Art of Brave' contest announced! 
■ Animation Spotlight: stop-motion animation
■ What is stop motion? Is all stop motion claymation?
■ Is stop motion more technical than hand-drawn or CGI animation?
■ Jurassic Park was going to be stop motion?! WHAT?!
■ Mason expounds the wonders of stop motion in Star Wars and other films over the years
■ Main Discussion: The Wallace & Gromit shorts  
■ Director's Spotlight: Nick Park
■ The Simpsons’ episode "Angry Dad the Movie"; “I’m more clay than man.”
■ Animated shorts spoofs: Mixar's Condiments & Nick Park's Willis & Crumble 
■ A Grand Day Out (1989):Can you SAY claymation?! 
■ Wallace and Gromit saved the Wensleydale cheese factory!
■ The Wrong Trousers (1993): the jump in quality is shocking!
■ How do they do they animate water and floating objects?
■ Mason loves creepy penguins & Mason’s conspiracy theories
■ Trivia: Let’s play the name game!
■ A Close Shave (1995): say hello to Shaun the Sheep
■ Wallace is the king of hand touching
■ Tiny Toons Adventures and WB TV tangent
■ Wallace’s pick up lines
■ A Matter of Loaf and Death (2008)
■ Is the W&G mystery/crime theme over done?
■ Last thoughts, favorite shorts and ratings
■ Listener question & mail bag
■ And of course...bloopers! 

Runtime: 1:29:48, 41.2 MB

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Direct download: 1520Wallace202620Gromit20-20Claymation20Hitchcock.mp3
Category:Animation -- posted at: 12:22am MST

Morgan, Chelsea and Mason get to see Pixar's Brave and give all their thoughts on the summer blockbuster. They talk anything and everything about the film, so be ready for SPOILERS! Catch the spoiler-free review here on episode 13!

Highlights:
■ Mason finally gets into an advance movie screening!
■ News: Wreck-It Ralph TrailerMr. Peabody & Sherman Poster, Disney’s Frozen announced with Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel, D23 Destination D: 75 Years of Disney Animated Features
■ Main Discussion: Brave
■ Mason’s initial thoughts: stunning authentic visuals, great 3D, the hair!
■ The good and bad of 3D films: Thor and Madagascar 3
■ Legend of Zelda similarities: archery shooting range, will o’ wisps = stray fairies, Koume and Kotake
■ Act 1: Morgan was tricked by the bear spell, who is the bear?, too long, Scottish Boomhauer
■ Which son and Lord is your favorite?
■ Conundrums: Are the Lords relatives of Fergus? Are Fergus and the Lords descendants of the four brothers from the legend?
■ Is the film a ripoff or original?
■ Women in the castle: Elinor is THE authority figure, comedy relief maid
■ The witch & her hut: Pizza Planet truck, not a “bad guy”
■ Lots of Harry Potter voice connections
■ Biggest surprises about the bears and completely predictable scenes
■ Rude humor MPAA PG rating: lots of butts and boobs 
■ “The Compromise Scene”: Merida still relies a lot on her mom at the end
■ The weirdest and most confusing part of the movie: the tapestry
■ Morgan thinks she has Pixar all figured out
■ Mor’du conundrums: confusing backstory, empty revenge on Fergus
■ Last fight scene: shows Elinor’s protective side, too short
■ Critics: “Disappointed in Pixar because it’s not an original story.”
■ Morgan’s rant on “this would be great if it were DreamWorks, but since it’s Pixar we expected more” critic mentality
■ Merida face character, Brave Barbie dolls, the Pocahontas Braided Beauty Barbie
■ Cheap Indian Brave knock-off: Kiara the Brave. Now at Redbox!
■ Our response to all the negative reviews: it doesn’t follow the “Princess formula” at all, 
■ What we rate it!
■ Mason visits the King of the Hill production archives at TSU
■ Bloopers: hearing voices,

Runtime: 1:16:08, 36.6 MB

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Direct download: 14_Brave_Review_Part_2_with_Spoilers.mp3
Category:Animation -- posted at: 4:38pm MST

Morgan and Chelsea get to see an advance screening of Pixar’s hotly anticipated film, Brave. They share their spoiler-free thoughts and impressions about the film.  

**We tried to keep the review as spoiler free as possible, but our definition of spoiler might be different that your definition. So if you don’t want to know anything about the film before it’s released, don’t listen!**

Highlights:
■ Is Brave overhyped?
■ The HAIR is the star of the film
■ Madagascar 3 vs. Brave
■ Setting: old Scotland is beautiful
■ Despite the mystical elements, Brave feels the most “real” of Pixar’s films
■ Did they just do that?!
■ The clans: loveable, who’s your favorite Lord?
■ The suitors: not so desirable, Kronk bodyguard
■ The triplets: hilarious, free reign through the castle
■ Humor: not too over the top, just right
■ Merida and Elinor’s mother/daughter relationship drives the plot
■ Brave is not “the Scottish Mulan”, but it is a LOT like another Disney animated film
■ The music: makes you want to dance, hummable 
■ The directors: Brenda Chapman and Mark Andrews
■ Very quotable film
■ Best animated film of 2012 so far
■ Merida’s face shape and the official princesses
■ How old is Merida?
■ What do they rate it?
■ Thoughts on La Luna: tender, clever, multi-generational story
■ Always stay till the end

Runtime: 0:39:40, 18.2 MB

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Direct download: 13_Brave_Review_Part_1_Spoiler_Free.mp3
Category:Animation -- posted at: 6:11pm MST

The gang is back together for a full episode. This episode features a long discussion about the 1997 animated classis Anastasia. And where did the Nerdy Couch Discussion go, you may ask? Don't worry, this episode is a bit unconvential and the NCD is nestled in the middle of the main discussion.

Highlights:
■ News: Maggie Simpsons 3D short, Pixar Disney California Cruise, A Cat in Paris released
■ Main Discussion: Don Bluth and Gary Goldman’s Anastasia
■ Gary Goldman: the forgotten part of the Bluth duo
■ Is Anastasia the pinnacle of Don and Gary’s career?
■ “My Fair Lady” plot?
■ Making-of featurettes hosted by...Aaliyah?
■ Mini Nerdy Couch Discussion:  R&B songs over the credits in the 90s
■  Gangster Anastasia & greasy Dimitri 
■ Why do so many people think Anastasia is a Disney movie?
■ Dimitri: face doesn’t match the actor, best looking animated mantagonist?, “I don’t know what to tell you”
■ Anastasia: a witty romcom leading lady; grand duchess, not princess; first to elope,
■ Where would Anastasia rank among the Disney princesses?
■ Would there be an uprising by Disney or Bluth fans is Disney bought the rights to Anastasia? 
■ Rasputin: should we fear or pity him as the villain?, eternal leprosy
■ Mason’s 3 reasons why Rasputin is a pathetic villian
■ Bartok and Rasputin’s unhealthy relationship
■ Conspiracy time and villian metaphysics: no time in limbo aka the TIME VORTEX! 
■ Why do kings always keep the creepy advisors around?
■ Pooka: the REAL villain of the movie, throwaway character
■ Sophie: voice actress thought her character's design was too big
■ Vladamir: member of the royal court, quotes
■ Need to know Russian history to understand the film?
■ Songs: Disney playlist worthy, “people sing when they are too emotional to talk anymore”, is “Once Upon a December” or “Journey to the Past” the more memorable song
■ Lots o’ CGI: problems with objects, beautiful layouts, innovative, the pegasus
■ Live action reference or full on rotoscoping?
■ Clarification: we don’t think rotoscoping is the greatest thing ever
■ Best scenes: travel montage, glowing mystical sparkles, very Haunted Mansion-esque ghostly people 
■ Unanswered questions: Russia and Anastasia's memory, Dimitri and the music box, Mason’s enchanted palace theory
■ Morgan and Chelsea debate Anstasia’s changing hair length
■ Listener trivia question: How do you feel about Rasputin as a villain?
■ Let’s rate it!
■ “Art of Brave” contest new deadline: June 30. Enter now!
■ Bloopers: cool ringtone, Chelsea can’t speak today, Princess Tanya

Runtime: 1:28:14, 41.4 MB

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Direct download: 12_Anastasia_-_Rasputin_The_Dork_of_the_Night.mp3
Category:Animation -- posted at: 1:50pm MST

The Rotoscopers' trio is finally back together again...well sort of. In this episode, they discuss sequels, animation duos and DreamWorks' 2005 hit Madagascar.

■  Why Morgan just can’t get Chelsea’s last name right
■  What animation we watched this week
■  Morgan visits Don Bluth Front Row Theater for her bachelorette party and gets a special surprise
■  News: Don Bluth re-releases Dragon’s Lair comic in app store and hints at future Dragon’s Lair film, Ryan Woodwood releasing animated graphic novel, trailer for Arjun: The Warrior Prince
■  Nerdy Couch Discussion: Sequels!
■  Walt Disney vs. Roy Disney on sequels
■  Poster child for sequels gone wrong: The Land Before Time series
■  There are some good sequels
■  Are sequels canon?
■  The sequel that started it all: The Return of Jafar
■  Mason’s theory: The Return of Jafar is just a dream
■  The hierarchy of canon
■  What are some good sequels and bad sequels? Does it have replay value?
■  What Disney classics don’t have sequels?
■  Main discussion: Madagascar
■  Mini animation principle: Mason talks about “straights on curves”
■  What makes this movie unique: character design, humor, 
■  Soundtrack and Hans Zimmer
■  “I Like to Move It”: the song that changed the world
■  Not just for kids?
■  Quotes: watch me sleep, animal rights wackos, 
■  Characters: King Julian is the star of the show; Melman, Marty, Alex and Gloria; the famous penguins
■  Animation duos: one tall skinny one and one short fat one. “We don’t change!”
■  If you were Alex, which animal friend would you eat first?
■  Listener twitter question: Who is your favorite character in Madagascar and why?
■  Brief thoughts on Madagascar 2
■  Dislikes: didn’t connect with characters, 
■  We rate it!
■  “The Art of Brave” Contest
■  Bloopers: tin foil hat, future Disneyland meetup, Morgan’s all business

Runtime: 1:25:57, 41.3 MB

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Direct download: 11_Madagascar_-_Sequels_and_Duos_We_Dont_Change.mp3
Category:Animation -- posted at: 10:40am MST

Morgan and Chelsea stumble upon an opportunity to see a test screening Disney's upcoming animated film Wreck-It Ralph and share their thoughts. **Mostly spoiler free, but don't listen if you don't want to know too much about the film before it's released in November.***

Highlights:
■  What do we already know about Wreck-It Ralph?
■  Q: How did you get these tickets? A: LUCK!
■  Unfinished product: shows the different stages of production
■  Best moments: various video game cameos, Bad-Anon support group
■  Will you like it if you're not a gamer?
■  Ralph's main dilemna and motivation in the film
■  Hero's Duty, Sugar Rush and Game Central Station
■  They needed a Sideshow Bob rake moment at the end
■  Characters and voice actors
■  Did it feel like a Disney movie?
■  Toy Story with video games
■  We rated it "Very Good" 
■  Surprise appearance by John Lasseter and other Disney guys
■  Would we see this movie in theatres in November?
■  CONTEST: Review us on iTunes for a chance to win "The Art of Brave" book. To enter: take a screenshot of your written review and email it to us at therotoscopers@gmail.com
■  Bloopers: Morgan just can't get Chelsea's name right....

Runtime: 0:35:24, 17.0 MB

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Direct download: 10_Wreck-It_Ralph_Test_Screening.mp3
Category:Animation -- posted at: 10:19am MST

Morgan and Chelsea are flying solo in the studio as they discuss The Swan Princess. Hilarity and singing ensue.

Highlights:
■  News: Paperman movie poster and synopsis, John Musker and Ron Clements working on new hand-drawn animated Disney film
■  Pixar CinemaCon news: Dia de los Muertos film (2015), The Good Dinosaur (2014), The Untitled Pixar Film that Goes Inside the Mind (2015)
■  Main Discussion: The Swan Princess
■  Behind-the-scenes 90s commercial: "The most memorable, magical, musical adventure ever!" Really?
■  Director Spotlight: Who is the elusive Richard Rich?
■  Differences from the ballet Swan Lake and the movie
■  Box office flop, but home video success!
■  Kate Middleton had a princess movie marathon to prep for princess-dom
■  Odette: headstrong princess, was she really ever an "ugly duckling"?
■  Derek: Incredibly flawed ("What else is there?") but endearing, one giant tooth
■  The Richard Rich villain theory
■  Re-release DVD cover: Derek has a Bieber haircut and got plastic surgery?
■  Rothbart: is tipping over a table all it really takes to take away his powers?
■  Are the side characters worthwhile? Is three too many?
■  Why is there an incessant need for princesses to have an animal to talk to?
■  Thumbs up for "Princesses on Parade" and "This is My Idea", thumbs down for "No Fear"
■  Obscure songs: "Eternity" and "Swan Princess Rap" from The Swan Princess II: Escape from Castle Mountain
■  "This is My Idea": great scene for character development
■  This is the point where the podcast turns into a "singing fest"
■  Conundrums: the vow of everlasting love, summer vacation frequency, Rothbart's castle, no love for missing Odette
■  Ripping off Sleeping Beauty or paying homage?
■  What do you rate it? ★★★★
■  Mail bag aka "fan mail" segment
■  Don't forget about our sponsor Audible.com!
■  Bonus: Morgan and Chelsea sing something special (listen with caution)

Runtime: 1:16:11, 36.6 MB

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Direct download: 09_The_Swan_Princess_-_Singing_Fest.mp3
Category:Animation -- posted at: 12:00am MST

Chelsea's out of town so the Rotoscopers have a special guest host as they tango with Tangled, Disney's 50th animated feature film!

Highlights:
■  A wild guest host appears!
■  Morgan attended an advance screening of The Pirates: Band of Misfits featuring director Peter Lord
■  Nerdy Couch Discussion: Top Disney Princesses
■  Main discussion: Tangled

■  Original plot and voice actors (Kristen Chenoweth)Is it a princess movie that appeals to guys?
■  Name changes: Rapunzel (European title), Rapunzel UnbraidedRapunzel: A Tangled Tale
■  Mother Gothel's singing voice
■  Favorite songs on the soundtrack
■  Is Tangled a watered down version of The Hunchback of Notre Dame?
■  Standout characters: Maximus the horse, Captain of the Guard, Rapunzel's parents
■  "See the Light" lantern scene 
■  "Digital painting" blending classical animation elements with CGI
■  Rapunzel's hair: how much does her 70 feet of hair weigh?, changing length during the movie
■  Dislikes: Pascal, Rapunzel's teeth, Eugene's name
■  What other Disney villains have fallen to their death? 
■  Conundrum: Did Mother Gothel fall to her death or die of old age? Or both?
■  First princess movie to get a PG rating. Does PG vs. G even matter anymore?
■  Unrealistic lighting in the Snuggly Duckling scene
■  Foreshadowing in Rapunzel's baby mobile
■  Do you prefer Rapunzel with long or short hair?
■  Listener question: Is Tangled a Disney classic?
■  We rate it!

Runtime: 1:17:05, 37.0 MB 

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Direct download: 08_Tangled_-_The_Princess_Pantheon.mp3
Category:Animation -- posted at: 1:07am MST

The Rotoscopers discuss the 2011 Oscar winner for Best Animated Feature, Rango.

Highlights:

  • Morgan and Chelsea watched the documentary "The Sweatbox"
  • News: Glen Keane leaves Disney, The Art of the Secret World of Arrietty, and trailers for Secret of the Fairy Wings, Hotel Translyvania, and Rise of the Guardians
  • Nerdy couch discussion: shift in character design and spinoffs
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles design changes over the years
  • X-Men then and now
  • Sabertooth then and now
  • Disturbing animation style in the motion comic Astonishing X-Men: Gifted 
  • Main discussion: Rango
  • When was the last time there was a western animated film? 
  • Is Rango just the "Johnny Depp show"?
  • What classic Disney characters would you see Johnny Depp voicing?
  • What we like about the film: atmosphere, character appeal and country critters
  • Describe this movie in one word: texture 
  • Music: the mariachi owls = the Muses from Hercules + the mice from Babe
  • The big question: which animals in animated films are beast of burden and which wear clothes
  • What didn't we like: crude humor, should it have been rated PG-13, redundant plot (a la Aladdin)
  • Is the film anti-religious and pro-spirituality? Or neutral religious-wise?
  • Condundrums: not following his shadow, why did Tortoise John need the water?, what was Rango's real name
  • Our rating: Four stars all around
  • Our first mail bag segment!
  • Bloopers: the time vortex returns from episode 1, Mason and Chelsea's southern accents

Runtime: 1:17:55, 37.4 MB

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Direct download: 07_Rango_-_The_Creepy_Critters.mp3
Category:Animation -- posted at: 1:01am MST

For this special mini episode, we bring you audio straight from the Los Angeles Animation Festival (LAAF). The LAAF held a special charity screening of Brad Bird's The Iron Giant. After the screening, there was a panel discussion with Brad Bird and other crew members who worked on the film.

Moderator: Tom Sito

Panel:
Brad Bird - Director
Steve Markowski - Storyboard Artist
Mark Whiting - Production Designer
Eli Marienthal - Voice of Hogarth Hughes
Alan Bodan - Art Director
Ted Gielow - CG Developer/Supervisor
Brad Booker - 3D Animator
Eddie Rosas - 2D Animator

Thank you to one of our listeners who attended the screening and panel and recorded this for us!

To view the transcipt of the panel, click here.
Runtime: 0:41:54, 19.3 MB 
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Direct download: 06_The_Iron_Giant_Panel_at_the_Los_Angeles_Animation_Festival_LAAF.mp3
Category:Animation -- posted at: 2:21pm MST

The Rotoscopers tackle their first Pixar film, Toy Story! (Because you're not an official animation podcast unless you've covered Pixar). Morgan & Chelsea share their experience of meeting Don Bluth. Also covered is the animation news for the week, the introduction of a new segment called the "Nerdy Couch Hour" and, of course, a hilarious discussion about the first CGI feature-length animated film Toy Story. 

Highlights:

■ We have a cricket problem
■ Morgan & Chelsea go to Don Bluth Front Row Theatre
■ Quick News Segment: Lorax opening weekend $70.2 million, new Japanese Brave trailer & Robert Sherman passes away
■ Nerdy Couch Hour: The movie name change trend
■ Main Discussion: Toy Story
■ Is the entire movie quotable?
■ VHS & 90s movie preview tangent
■ Toy Duel
■ Why Barbie wasn’t in the first Toy Story film
■ Conundrums: What kind of toy is Bo Peep?
■ Favorite scenes: Andy’s playtime & the birthday party
■ The music: no characters singing in the film & potential Sid Phillips villain song
■ The characters: lots of characters but not too many, Rex’s voice actor & Billy Crystal was supposed to be Buzz
■ The Pixar movie experience
■ Pizza Planet: the delivery guy, whack-a-alien & alien juice dispenser
■ Disneyland’s Red Rockett’s Pizza Port: the futuristic Red Robin?
■ Items that are in every Pixar film
■ The green alien men cult
■ Sid Phillips character discussion: crazed genius, pop tarts for breakfast & appearances in Monsters’ Inc. comics
■ Conundrums: Buzz syndrome, Zurg’s secret weapon & batteries for toys
■ Trivia: Woody and Andy’s last name & early working titles for the film
■ Mrs. Nesbitt’s tea party with Marie Antoinette and her sister
■ What we rate the film
■ Bloopers: no flushing allowed, the lego table, multiple interruptions by the cricket & nerdy kid in his room

Runtime: 1:13:08, 33.1 MB

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Direct download: 05_Toy_Story_-_Buzz_Syndrome2.mp3
Category:Animation -- posted at: 3:20pm MST

This week The Rotoscopers talk about Sony Animation's 'Surf's Up.' They also discuss the animation news, Mason chats with his friend about documentary films and, of course, lots and lots of bloopers. 
Highlights:
-  Who is Jessica Rabbit’s live action body double?
-  Duke Grayson, private eye
-  And the Oscar goes to….
-  New trailer and poster for Pixar’s Brave
-  Mason’s segment: He discusses documentaries with his friend, Jacob Johnson
-  Main discussion: Surf’s Up
-  Why penguins? Why so many animated films about penguins?
-  They discuss all their dreams and hope for future careers in animation
-  Is it a mockumentary or a documentary?
-  Arnold and the little penguins
-  Authentic surf experience
-  Breaking the comedic “Rule of 3”: Sideshow Bob style!
-  Chicken Joe has all the answers to life’s questions
-  Random trivia fact time!
-  Morgan discusses her goal in life
-  Chelsea teaches us about “Smile on Your Brother”
-  The 4 Antagonists
-  We’re split on the number of stars we give it
-  Finally, we’re doing a Pixar film next week! Toy Story!
-  Lots and lots of bloopers: Morgan just can’t get Chelsea’s name right, the Simpsons voice actors’ salaries, growling stomachs
Runtime: 1:04:12, 30.2 MB
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Direct download: 4__Surfs_Up_-_Smile_on_Your_Brother.mp3
Category:Animation -- posted at: 10:03am MST

In episode 3, The Rotoscopers discuss Chelsea's her personal favorite filmDon Bluth's Rock-A-Doodle.

Highlights:

■  Our new sponsor: Audible!
■  Thoughts on The Simpsons' 500th episode
■  Mason sees Pixar's Oscar-nominated short La Luna
■  Click here to see where you can watch the Oscar Nominated Shorts at a theatre near you
■  The week of the movie posters: Rise of the GuardiansThe Croods Frankenweenie
■  Morgan & Chelsea's thoughts on Arrietty
■  Why Mason is a traitor
■  Mason's Segment: 12 Principles of Animation - Timing
■  Mason talks about his sack flour animation
■  Why he's the top dog in his class
■  Main Discussion: Rock-A-Doodle
■  Spoiler Alert!
■  Rock-A-Doodle's release date got pushed back and back
■  Chelsea learns who Glen Campbell is at the Super Bowl
■  Don Bluth's Front Row Theatre
■  Is the Duke a vampire?
■  Goldie's design
■  Who is the mercenary rooster?
■  Chelsea discusses the songs
■  Morgan's frustration with Patau's narration
■  Favorite Quotes!
■  Our ratings: did we love it or hate it?
■  Our thanks for being the Show of the Week on The Wakefield Report
■  The "blow by blow" bloopers  

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: 3_Rock-A-Doodle_-_Animation_Its_Music_to_My_Ears_Remasterd1.mp3
Category:Animation -- posted at: 1:00pm MST

In episode 2, the Rotoscopers discuss the news, the importance of story and Brad Bird's animated masterpiece The Iron Giant.

Highlights:

  • Why this is our second time recording episode 2
  • Why the Wreck-It-Ralph creator is pumped
  • The Lorax is going green
  • Chelsea expains her love for trees...again
  • Rango wins the OVCAFMPT
  • Is Disney's Paperman project a gamechanger?
  • Animation Element of the Week: Story
  • Discussion: Brad Bird's The Iron Giant
  • Warner Brother's markering blunder
  • Bird's passion for animation and story
  • Chelsea teaches Mason about beatniks
  • Favorite Scenes: Coffeezilla, The Prayer & The Deer
  • The Giant's CGI animation
  • 1950s references and inspiration
  • Themes
  • Hogarth's father figures
  • Why so many single-parent stories in animation?
  • Favorite quotes: The brain, "Hog Hug!", "luckiest kid in America", "blah blah blah"
  • We're bringing the term "wig out" back
  • How many stars do we give it?
  • Shout out to our 100 listeners!
  • ...And of course: Bloopers

Runtime: 1:11:08, 32.6 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: 2_The_Iron_Giant_-_Hog_Hug.mp3
Category:Animation -- posted at: 6:33pm MST

Welcome to the PILOT episode of The Rotoscopers! After months in the making, we finally made it. In this episode, the Rotoscopers discuss:

■  Who they are and why they're podcasting
■  Why they chose the name "Rotoscopers"
■  Their favorite and least favorite films of 2011
■  The upcoming animated films of 2012
■  Main discussion: Beauty & the Beast

Hope you guys like it! We're excited to be podcasting. Please leave your suggestions, comments and questions in the comments below. Let us know what you think!

Runtime: 1:16:10, 34.9 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: 1-_The_Beauty__the_Beast_-_Time_Vortex_in_the_West_Wing.mp3
Category:Animation -- posted at: 10:34am MST

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