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

It's the most wonderful time of the year! Go along with Chelsea, Morgan and Mason as they dive into the Rudolph the Red-Nose Reindeer Christmas special by Rankin-Bass!

Highlights

■ There's nothing like a good ol' Christmas Special! We discuss all our favorites including a He-Man tangent.
■ Main Discussion: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
■ The history behind the longest-running Christmas special of all time! Nearly 50 years old!
■ The soundtrack: Composer, Jonnny Marks and "Burl Ives, man, what a snowman!"
■ Communists, mutations, conformists and beware of Mrs. Clause!
■ Changes made to the film over time, Christmas tree forests, characters and lots of cynicism!
■ We rate it!
■  Mailbag!
■ Two requests for Cats Don't Dance!, Andreas Deja's blogSaving Mr. Banks predictionsIncredibles error, Melissa K.always has our back! The Muppets, New interview podcast, Clay Katis is directing Angry Birds & more!
■ We respond to Chad!
■ Get ready for the BEST OF 2013 episode! Send us a voicemail!
■ Bloopers! Morgan snaps at Mason, He-Man, Rudolph R&B Remix, Morgan yells at Chelsea, Duck Dynasty.

Runtime: 1:11:22, 37.3 MB

Links

■ Andreas Deja's Blog
 Buy The Incredibles on Blu-ray
■ "Best of 2013" voting: www.rotoscopers.com/awards2013

Where To Find The Rotoscopers

Where To Find The Hosts

Mason Smith: This Animated Life BlogTwitter
Morgan Stradling: TwitterInstagram
Chelsea Robson: TwitterFacebook

Direct download: 56_Rudolph_the_Red-Nosed_Reindeer_-_Santa_Hates_Misfits.mp3
Category:Animation -- posted at: 11:54am MDT

As Frozember comes to a close, join Morgan, Chelsea, and Mason on this EXTENDED review of Disney's Frozen!

Highlights

■ White carpet wrap up: Our thoughts and recap of the Frozen world premiere!
■ White carpet YouTube links
■ 30-minute interview with Michael Giaimo, art director of Frozen (part 1part 2part 3).
■ Interview with filmmakers of Get a Horse!
■ Directors and producer of Frozen interview the Rotoscopers!
■ Before Dec 31, 2013, we will have a NEW PODCAST!
■ Main Discussion: Frozen
■ It's a musical and everyone liked it!
■ Mason, Morgan, and Chelsea discuss the movie scene by scene, following by discussing the song list.
■ Buy the 2-disc deluxe edition on Amazon.
■ Are you #TeamElsa or #TeamAnna?
■ Rupunzel and Flynn Ryder are looking to do trade.
■ The BIG REVEAL!  The BIGGEST SHOCKER OF THEM ALL!
■ Muttonchop Minons.
■ Rules to writing a musical.
■ The Eternal Disney Principle.
■ We have a hit on our hands!
■ We rate it!
■ Voicemails: Jemma, Susanna, Breanna, Ben, and Tim!
■ Frozen-related emails: Jacob Koeppe, Jemma Clark, and K.Y.

Runtime: 2:02:28; 60.7 MB

Links

■ White carpet YouTube vide playlist
■ Frozen world premiere - photos, videos, interviews & more!
■ Naomi Sequeira from Disney Channel UK
■ Kristen Bell sloth video
■ Funny man Mark Alderson's video and twitter
■ Buy the 2-disc deluxe edition on Amazon
■ Pre-order the Frozen Blu-ray!
■ Frozember and Princess Profiles articles
■ Elsa art by Jake Koeppe

Where To Find The Rotoscopers

Where To Find The Hosts

Mason Smith: This Animated Life BlogTwitter
Morgan Stradling: TwitterInstagram
Chelsea Robson: TwitterFacebook

Direct download: 055_Frozen_-_Shes_Flawless...with_Flaws.mp3
Category:Animation -- posted at: 9:18am MDT

Morgan and Mason are joined by Rotoscopers writer Blake Taylor, as they discuss Blake's favorite film Mary Poppins, as well as the upcoming Saving Mr. Banks.

Highlights:

■ Breaking tradition and doing our first live-action film!
■ Announcements: Podcast Awards results will be announced in January; 1st Annual Rotoscopers Awards. Voting starts December 1.
■ Main DiscussionMary Poppins
■ A very LONG movie for kids…it never ends!
■ Story of acquiring the rights and P.L. Traver’s negative reaction to the film.
■ Is May Poppins a witch or fairy? Do Mary Poppins and Nanny McFee belong to the same nanny organization?
■ Mary Poppins: Julie Andrews casting story, Oscar acceptance speech, very serious yet likable,
■ Prequel possibilities: musical or no musical?, Mary and Bert’s backstory, will we see her on Once a Upon A Time?
■ Bert: both narrator and characters, D*** Van Dyke, jack of all trades, his poor accent.
■ Was there a romance between Mary and Bert?
■ The Kids: little monsters, list of conditional love for their nanny.
■ Mr. Banks: so extreme and over the top.
■ Mrs. Banks: suffragette, absurd, never any scene where Mary Poppins and she speak.
■ Originally had 37 songs written.
■ Opening credits sequence, nannies blowing away, Admiral Boom is the worst neighbor ever.
■ “Spoonful of Sugar”: how do the kids have magic?
■ “Jolly Holiday”: penguins, farm animals, “there’ll be no bill”.
■ “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious”: real meaning of the word, does Julie Andrews mess up?, syllabic inversion.
■ Uncle Albert and “I Love to Laugh”, Mary Poppins doesn’t even crack a smile.
■ Mary Poppins Broadways. Not on tour anymore.
■ Morgan’s Make-A-Wish wish is to play a Mary Poppins medley in orchestra.
■ Mary Poppins is an assassin.
■ Blake and Mary Poppins’ layers.
■ Saving Mr. Banks: excited?, Oscar worthy?, Tom Hanks interpretation.
■ Voicemails and emails.
■ Mason meets Blake, caught and fired, gnawing at the bit.

Runtime: 1:32:43; 47.5 MB

Links

■ Scary Mary Trailer
■ Saving Mr. Banks Trailer
■ Watch Mary Poppins50th Anniversary Blu-ray | DVD
■ Frozember and Princess Profiles articles

Where To Find The Rotoscopers

Where To Find The Hosts

Mason Smith: This Animated Life BlogTwitter
Morgan Stradling: TwitterInstagram
Chelsea Robson: TwitterFacebook
Blake Taylor: TwitterBlakeOnline

Direct download: 54_Marry_Poppins_-_Jack_of_All_Accents.mp3
Category:Animation -- posted at: 8:04am MDT

Morgan and Chelsea are joined by the biggest Peanuts fan around for a special double feature of It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown and A Charlie Brown Christmas.

Highlights
■ Guest host: Alissa Roy! Getting to know her and "Catch & Fire!"
■ Vote for the show in the Podcast Awards.
■ News: 500 new Peanuts shortsPaul Feig to direct the new CGI Peanuts film.
Nerdy Couch Discussion: Alissa teaches us about the history of the Peanuts. Origins, story lines that made it into the movies, obscure characters, Snoopy's family, iconic characters.
Main Discussion #1: It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
■ It isn't a Peanuts film without the kicking of the football.
■ 60s thing to be a sheet ghost, embarrassing to have the same costume as your friends.
■ It's never a good thing when the cool kids suddenly invite you to the party (see: Monsters University).
■ What's with the Red Baron storyline?
■ Who really is the Great Pumpkin? Is it real? The world will never know.
■ Main Discussion #2: A Charlie Brown Christmas
■ Chelsea finally tells the story of her fainting at the choir concert.
■ Iconic opening, great songs, Morgan = Lucy.
■ This short is notoriously known for being low budget and low quality, recording issues, voice recording problems.
■ The iconic Christmas tree. How did it grow big?
■ Chelsea refuses to rate them.
■ Bloopers: Morgan's computer is on fire, feels like we've known each other forever.

Runtime: 1:11:17; 37.4 MB

Links

■ Live tweet from #Rotoween.
■ Watch It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie BrownBlu-ray | DVD | Digital
■ Watch A Charlie Brown Christmas: Blu-ray | DVD | Digital
■ Buy the Charlie Brown Holiday Collection: Blu-ray | DVD 
■ Frozember and Princess Profiles articles

Where To Find The Rotoscopers

Where To Find The Hosts

Mason Smith: This Animated Life BlogTwitter
Morgan Stradling: TwitterInstagram
Chelsea Robson: TwitterFacebook
Alissa Roy: TwitterBlog

Direct download: 53_Charlie_Brown_Holiday_Specials_-_1_2_Star_for_Nostalgia.mp3
Category:Animation -- posted at: 1:00am MDT

rotoscopers-vic-mignogna-interview-album-artIntroducing a new--currently untitled--interview segment with Whitney Grace from Animated Views! In this episode, she went to Dragon Con in Atlanta, GA and got to interview Vic Mignogna, one of the most famous anime voice actors in America.

Highlights:
■ 
Identity and name crisis with Vic Mignogna.
■ 
Why he loves anime and what he does.
■ His start voice acting in Texas.
■ Vic talks about his music career and how it has blended into his voice acting career.
■ Experience voicing Broly from Dragon Ball Z.
■ What is his favorite American cartoon?

Runtime: 18:57; 13.5 MB

Where To Find The Rotoscopers

Where To Find The Hosts

Mason Smith: This Animated Life BlogTwitter
Morgan Stradling: TwitterInstagram
Chelsea Robson: TwitterFacebook
Whitney Grace: TwitterAnimated Views

Direct download: 052_Interview_with_Vic_Mignogna.mp3
Category:Animation -- posted at: 1:00am MDT


The fans voted and for this year's annual Rotoscopers spook-tacular, they dive into the macabre world of Tim Burton's Corpse Bride.

Highlights:

■ NewsDemi Lovato version of "Let It Go" from Frozen;
■ Visit our friends over at TraditionalAnimation.com. Their facebook page is a great resource and has exploded over the past month.
■ Catch and Fire with Morgan!
■ Main discussion: Tim Burton's Corpse Bride (2005)
■ This is LAIKA? Really?
■ Film shot entirely on the Canon Mark II DSLR camera. Wow.
■ Explores the British social strata through the concept of Upstairs vs. Downstairs.
■ Unique character designs; what's with LAIKA and their busty, top-heavy women? Studio Jiggling, perhaps?
■ Marriage to the corpse bride; do you ever care or root for Emily?
■ What's with Burton and his dead/skeleton dogs?
■ Charming piano duet scene. Creates more of a bond between Emily and Victor.
■ The dead come upstairs; chaos sort of ensues.
■ Abrupt ending; significance of butterflies.
■ We rate it!
■ Voicemails: The Big 4Meet the Robinsons comments.
■ Bloopers:

Runtime: 1:17:17; 39.7 MB

Links

■ Frozen Friday videos
■  Watch Corpse BrideBlu-ray | DVD | Digital | Rent
■ Princess Profiles articles

Where To Find The Rotoscopers

Where To Find The Hosts

Mason Smith: This Animated Life BlogTwitter
Morgan Stradling: TwitterInstagram
Chelsea Robson: TwitterFacebook

Direct download: 51_Corpse_Bride_-_Studio_Jiggling.mp3
Category:Animation -- posted at: 4:41pm MDT

It's the big 5-0 for the Rotoscopers and to celebrate, they're reviewing the animated film that started it all, Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

Highlights

■ Reminiscing over the past 50 episodes: no band break ups, fights or scandals!
■ Submit your voicemails, emails and voicemails for the 2013 best-of show.
■ Vote for the Animation Addicts Podcast in the Podcast Awards!
■ Nerdy Couch Discussion Lecture: The History of Snow White, based on the two art/history books by J .B. Kaufman Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and The Fairest One of All.
■ Main Discussion: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
■ Animation using live-action reference, first time with realistic convincing humans; character animation; backgrounds; camera work;
■ Introduction of the storybook opening, minimal characters, simplified story, exquisite taste in throwns, kickstarter to get Chelsea a thrown,
■ Prequel possibilities: slave in the mirror's backstory.
■ Enter the prince and his horse, Astor (from the Enchanted Stables books), Prince Buckethead, prince's disappearance.
■ Death by dancing, scary forest, lots of songs.
■ Dwarf mine cart ride in New Fantasyland.
■ Rejected dwarf names: Deafy, Dizzy, Cranky.
■ Queen's dungeon, transformation and recipe for sleeping death.
■ Chelsea's lesson on yodeling.
■ Conundrum: Queen's transformation permanent?
■ Creepy Prince kiss, golden casket.
■ Snow White's legacy and popularity today
■ Mailbag & bloopers!

Runtime: 1:40:30; 50.1 MB

Links

■ Buy Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: Blu-ray | DVD
■ Art/history books: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: The Art and Creation of Walt Disney's Classic Animated Film & The Fairest One of All: The Making of Walt Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
■ Jemma Clark's Disneython post.

Where To Find The Rotoscopers

Where To Find The Hosts

Mason Smith: This Animated Life BlogTwitter
Morgan Stradling: TwitterInstagram
Chelsea Robson: TwitterFacebook

Direct download: 50_Snow_White_and_the_Seven_Dwarfs_-_Introducing_Deafy_the_Dwarf.mp3
Category:Animation -- posted at: 9:20am MDT

The RotoSUPERS assemble to discuss the classic Pixar movie The Incredibles directed by Brad Bird. Sit down with Morgan, Mason, Chelsea and special Rotoscopers writer and guest host, Pablo Ruiz!

Highlights

  • Get to know Pablo--recording from Bogata, Columbia!
  • Catch 'n Fire with Pablo!
  • Game: What's my super hero name?; "3 Thunder Tubes and you're out!"
  • Main discussion: The Incredibles.
  • Tights! Where director, Brad Bird, got the idea (just a heads up... we are very pro Brad Bird).
  • Challenging effects, hair, time period, Western story form, and the Fantastic 4 vs. a whole family of Supers!
  • Favorite scenes, teaser trailer, and Brad Bird really loves Pablo.
  • Where do the Supers come from?; Where did the bad guys go?; the characters.
  • Uncle Rico, iPads, 30 Rock, hippies, The Terminator, and Jurassic Park!
  • Syndrome: this guy's got a lot of issues; Brad Bird look-a-like.
  • Edna E Mode: Golden. Brad Bird's voice and THE CAPES!
  • Quotes, fight scenes, and the low point.
  • Almost 2 hours long! Who do they think they are? The Rotoscopers?!
  • John Ratzenberger cameos! How would YOU rate them?
  • Mason's plan to force Brad Bird make a sequel... or prequel?
  • Twitter, Mail Bag, the music!
  • Rate the film!
  • Bloopers! Muggle Cast comes out of retirement, epic music, mis-quotes, Mason gets a text, Chelsea's lost.

Links

Where To Find The Rotoscopers

  • Where To Find The Hosts
Direct download: 49_The_Incredibles_-_Meet_the_RotoSUPERS.mp3
Category:Animation -- posted at: 1:00am MDT

Steve Hickner is the writer of the new book Animating Your Career, which is a guide to help creative people learn how to stay and progress in the animation industry. Hickner has a rich, 30-year career in animation working at a variety of studios such as Disney, Amblination, and DreamWorks. He's known as the "pro's pro" and has done nearly every job in animation. He is most notably known for co-directing The Prince of Egypt and Bee Movie.

This interview discusses his new book, his advice for creative professionals, as well as telling different anecdotes and lessons learned from his career.

Highlights:

  • Steve discusses the two parts of his book: working in the animation industry and managing a team of creative people.
  • He wouldn't be anywhere today without the support of other people.
  • Catch and Fire; the 3 fan letters he's written to other studios.
  • "The truest test of talent is longevity."
  • "A great leader never misses an opportunity to build others up."
  • Attitude, attitude, attitude! "You'll know the guys who are going to make it because they are so passionate about it."
  • Expert tip: stop working right before you get to the best part.
  • The cat and dog = goofus and gallant.
  • Surround yourself with the best of the best.
  • What are some myths about the animation industry?
  • There are no unimportant scenes in a movie; every scene is a chance to do something great.
  • Johnson Principle: Person is promoted to his level of unhappiness.
  • What vision did he have for the Cats animated film?
  • What was it like working with Richard Williams during Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
  • Thoughts on traditional animation and the future of entertainment.
  • Single most important thing of great leadership: "Put down the phone and listen."
  • What's in the future for Steve?
  • Working at DreamWorks since the beginning and high praise for Jeffrey Katzenberg.
  • Bloopers: nerd discussion, kindred spirits with Chelsea.

Other Links:

087_DreamWorks 1995 Crew

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Direct download: 048_Interview_with_Steve_Hickner_writer_of_Animating_Your_Career.mp3
Category:Animation -- posted at: 1:00am MDT

Schools back in session and summer's over, so Morgan and Chelsea thought it was fitting to talk about one of the greatest looniest animated movies of all time: Tiny Toons Adventures: How I Spent My Vacation (TTA:HISMV).

Highlights

Links

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  • Where To Find The Hosts
Direct download: 47_Tiny_Toons_Adventures__How_I_Spent_My_Vacation.mp3
Category:Animation -- posted at: 1:00am MDT

Mason and Chelsea join the Rotoscopers new writer, Alex Parker, as they discuss Disney's CGI animated film Meet the Robinsons.

Highlights:

  • Chelsea tweets Robert Lopez and Mason meets Don Bluth.
  • CATCH AND FIRE WITH GRR ALEX!
  • Nerdy Couch Discussion: “You can do anything you want” theme in animated films. (*Note some spoilers to other movies). 
  • Main Discussion: Meet the Robinsons.
  • The stats, Disney's 47th animated feature, John Lasseter's influence.
  • What is "Real D" vs 3D? More stats, commentary on the visuals, and music.
  • Where did the term "Easter Eggs" come from?
  • Based on a book called "A Day with Wilber Robinson" by William Joyce.
  • Insta-buildings, bubble tavel, and segways.
  • Things Mason doesn't get, Chelsea gets cynical, Tom Selleck.
  • “You lied to me?!” Most overused line in kids’ movies.
  • Lewis chills under a ginormous teapot shaped shrub.
  • Bowler Hat Guy’s ending and the “Disney point”.
  • Keep Moving Forward!, what we've learned in our own lives, Chelsea should be a motivational speaker.
  • Twitter questions, cameo by Morgan, and listener voicemail.
  • We rate the film: 4 Stars!
  • Bloopers: Forgot the title and our special ghost host; kivin' that dorm life, Aggie invasion; Rock-a-Doodle and Titan A.E; "Give her the Thunder Tube, Chelsea!"; Looking forward to Halloween; Saving Mr Banks commentary; what songs should Chelsea put in the podcast?

Where To Find The Rotoscopers:
■ Find us on the web: therotoscopers.comtwitterfacebookYouTubetumblrinstagram, hypable & Animated Views.
■ Visit our sponsors: NetflixAudibleAmazon
■ Questions, comments, suggestions? Send us an email at therotoscopers@gmail.com
■ Send us a voicemail at therotoscopers.com/voicemail

Where To Find The Hosts:

Direct download: 46_Meet_the_Robinsons_-_Blame_You_Wins_Hands_Down.mp3
Category:Animation -- posted at: 1:00am MDT

Join Mason as he interviews Kevin Schreck, the director of Persistence of Vision, a documentary of the story behind the animated film by Richard Williams, The Thief and the Cobbler.

Highlights:
  • Kevin's interest in stop motion.
  • Catch and Fire: Jafar and Iago were college roommates.
  • Where did you get the name? What was the process of making this documentary?
  • Who was the most fascinating to interview? The Fan Letter. Shout out to Canadian animators.
  • Animation archeology.
  • Sean Connery...why?
  • The timeline of the documentary.
  • What is the more important story: The Thief or Richard Williams?
  • What were Richard's best qualities as a producer?
  • How did his studio affect the world of animation? "A very special place."
  • Life lessons learned.
  • "The Supper Secret Project!" -Will show soldiers in a field.
  • How Kevin got an internship at DreamWorks. "Unpaid" plug.
Final thoughts
  • Fan letters of today: The power of appreciation
  • Next episode: Disney's "Meet the Robinsons!" Send us a voicemail!
Persistence of Vision: 
Official Trailer: https://vimeo.com/38413085
Twitter: @PoVDoc

Where To Find The Rotoscopers:
■ Find us on the web: therotoscopers.comtwitterfacebookYouTubetumblrinstagram, hypable & Animated Views.
■ Visit our sponsors: NetflixAudibleAmazon
■ Questions, comments, suggestions? Send us an email at therotoscopers@gmail.com
■ Send us a voicemail at therotoscopers.com/voicemail

Where To Find The Hosts:
■ Mason Smith: This Animated Life BlogTwitter
■ Morgan Stradling: TwitterInstagram
■ Chelsea Robson: TwitterFacebook

Direct download: 45_Kevin_Schreck_Interview_Director_of_Persistence_of_Vision.mp3
Category:Animation -- posted at: 1:30am MDT

A conference call with Disney songwriters and legends Alan Menken and Richard Sherman, where they talk about their upcoming concert where the sing from "The Disney Songbook."

"It's like Comic Con with Better Security!" -Robert Downy Jr.
This is a great interview with many of the writers from major Disney fan outlets. The first 15 minuets are questions just for Alan Menken.
  • What are your favorite songs in the Disney Song Book? (outside of your own)
  • What songs are you most excited to share?
  • What is it about the Disney Song book that touches people?
  • What is it like for you to perform for Disney Fans?
  • How do you go about writing your songs?
  • "You want to poke fun but you don't want to poke fun in a way that is hurtful."
  • "The story doesn't get written without us." "We are very involved in the writing process."
  • Do you have a say in who sings the songs?
  • Will there be any 'Fan Boy' nervousness when you perform with Richard Sherman?
  • Which of your more obscure Disney songs are you most proud of?
After which, we were joined by Richard Sherman when they were asked how the Concert would flow. Was it difficult choosing your songs? They'll share a little about how they got into Disney and some of their Non-Disney material as well. Both will share highlights in their careers and a few lesser known numbers.
  • What movies would you both love to see go to the stage.
  • What songs were surprise hits?
  • "'Disney' is a wonderful platform for non-cynical material"
  • Which of the other's songs do you like the best?
  • What are you looking most forward to at the D23 Expo? - "Friends"
I felt like this interview was very open. I think the fact that they don't do press conferences a lot, even fewer together, that left them a lot more natural in answering questions. It felt almost like it was just a phone call between the two of them at times. I loved hearing the respect and appreciation between the two Disney Legends. 
After Mr Menken was released, Richard Sherman (85 years) entertained the press as he talked about Mary PoppinsChitty chitty Bang Bang and song writing.
  • Did (the late) Robert Sherman know the appreciation of the Disney fans? Did he enjoy performing?
  • What song was the most challenging to write?
  • What songs do most people talk to you about?
  • Walt's favorite song
  • What is the difference between writing for a Movie VS an attraction?
  • You have written many catchy and memorable songs. How do you do that without being repetitive?
  • I have a good time. I've always been blessed to do what I love to do: writing songs
  • "We didn't write the songs for the actors. We wrote for the character"
  • Which of your more obscure Disney songs are you most proud of?
  • What do you enjoy most about performing?
Listener Voicemails
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Runtime: 1:05:47; 33.2 MB

Where to Find Us:
■ Find us on the web: therotoscopers.comtwitterfacebookYouTubetumblrinstagram, hypable & Animated Views.
■ Mason Smith: This Animated Life BlogTwitter
■ Morgan Stradling: TwitterInstagram
■ Chelsea Robson: TwitterFacebook
■ Visit our sponsors: NetflixAudibleAmazon
■ Questions, comments, suggestions? Send us an email at therotoscopers@gmail.com
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Direct download: 044_D23_Expo_Pre-show_Interview_with_Alan_Menken_and_Richard_Sherman.mp3
Category:Animation -- posted at: 8:46am MDT

Love it or hate it, the Rotoscopers discuss the history, making and drama behind the movie The Thief and the Cobbler.

Highlights:

■ Mason want’s to go back to school and Chelsea’s moved to Nashville!
■ What is a masterpiece?
■ Is it possible to be an artist and have money? Commercial successes and a tale about the woes of mismanagement.
■ Academy Award winner for the animation of Who Framed Roger Rabbit
■ Storytelling and storyboards. ‘Pose to Pose’ animation vs ‘Straight Ahead’ animation.
■ Art Babbit and Ken Harris: legendary animation masters.
■ Ah, the “animator’s wife.” This post is from a lady who calls herself an “EA widow.”
■ Signed a deal in 1988 with Warner Bros for $25 Million for production and $25 million for promotions.
■ Was Disney’s Aladdin a copy of The Thief and the Cobbler?
■ Where’s the merchandise?
■ Beware ‘The Completion Bond Company!’
■ Richard Williams is said to be working on a super secret project. Want to be his assistant?
■ What can we learn from this?
■ Main Discussion: The Thief & the Cobbler (Miramax Version)
■ Characters, animation, voice actors, songs, and favorite moments.
■ The dessert, the War Machine, the Medieval Emperor Zurg.
■ Jafar vs Zig Zag, 3D Roses.
■ Mail bag!
■ Bloopers: Mason learns about Chelsea, Mason's going to be nerdishly positive from here on out., coming up on Episode 50! What should we do?!, Chelsea knows ‘How to Win Friends and hypnotize people’, Pokemon--our highest downloaded day ever! Chelsea’s a "Gen 1: Lass"

Runtime: 1:48:01; 53.5 MB

Other Links
■ Trailer for Persistence of Vision a documentary of Richard Williams’ The Thief and the Cobbler 31 years in the making! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aidc7gS1-II
■ Miramax version can be found on Netflix
■ Recobbled version: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bggDbbKyuXk
■ World’s fastest Banjo Player http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0HXYdGGKV2k

Audible Book recommendations:
■ Chelsea mentions ‘How to Win Friends and Influence People’ by Dale Carnegie
■ Mason mentions the concept of “10,000 Hours” which can be found in the books:
■ Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell or Talent Is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else
■ Book by Geoffrey Colvin

You can download one of these books as a FREE trial www.therotoscopers.com/audible

Where to Find Us:
■ Find us on the web: therotoscopers.comtwitterfacebookYouTubetumblrinstagram, hypable & Animated Views.
■ Mason Smith: This Animated Life BlogTwitter
■ Morgan Stradling: TwitterInstagram
■ Gary Wright: TwitterInstagramgarywrightonline.blogspot.com
■ 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: 43_The_Thief_and_the_Cobbler_-_I_Love_You.mp3
Category:Animation -- posted at: 9:06am MDT

Morgan, Mason and special guest host Gary Wright talk all things Pokémon! Be prepared for a nerdy, tangent-filled episode because this one takes us straight back into Generation 1.

Highlights:

■ Special guest host: Water trainer Gary Wright
■ News: Despicable Me 2 review & box office performance; Frozen media blizzard - Japanese trailer, official character images, new Disney Animation release dates.
■ Catch & Fire with Gary
■ Nerdy Couch Discussion: All things Pokémon! Favorite games, genwunners, the anime & controversial episodes.
■ Random Pokemon generator game!
■ Main discussion: Pokémon: The First Movie - Mewtwo Strike's Back.
■ Soundtrack with random artists, opening in Cinnabar Island, Giovanni is best Pokémon character, movie tie-ins.
■ Untold Story of Mewtwo, is Mewtwo still considered the most powerful Pokémon?, stupid scientists just working for a paycheck, Mewtwo's appearance in the anime in Giovanni's gym,
■ Opening scene with Ash & gang; random trainer with a Donphan; never-before-seen Gen 2 Pokémon; a not so wild Dragonite appears!
■ The grand tournament, big storm, Vikings, Confucius Nurse Joy.
■ Difference between Pokemon Champion and Master?
■ Mewtwo and Mew arrive; who's that Pokémon mistake, cloning is so easy; Pikachu slap fight, is Rapunzel a Pokémon.
■ How Pokémon The First Movie should have ended.
■ Themes and morals: fighting is bad, battling is good; meaning of life.

Other Links:
■  Johnny Lingo video Mason always quotes
■  Mason's 10 Top Gen 1 Pokémon article

Runtime: 1:36:53; 48.3 MB

Where to Find Us:
■ Find us on the web: therotoscopers.comtwitterfacebookYouTubetumblrinstagram, hypable & Animated Views.
■ Mason Smith: This Animated Life BlogTwitter
■ Morgan Stradling: TwitterInstagram
■ Gary Wright: TwitterInstagramGaryWrightOnline.com
■ 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: 42_Pokemon_The_First_Movie_-_Mewtwo_Strikes_Back.mp3
Category:Animation -- posted at: 7:59pm MDT

Monsters-university-animation-addicts-album-artThe Rotoscopers head back to school to review Pixar's 14th animated film Monsters University!

Highlights:

■ New host: Brock Pearson.
■ Experiences from the MU showings: kids, Pixar super fans, cool MU gear.
■ Trailers before MU: Despicable Me 2FrozenCloudy 2PlanesTurbo,
■ News: Lego Movie trailer & Frozen trailer.
■ Animation Lesson by Mason: Character appeal/design in Monsters University.
■ Every monsters is different; real person names.
■ Mini discussion: The Blue Umbrella
■ Main discussion: Monsters University
■ Little Mike, opening credits, Mike’s roommate, first day of class, architecture, scare games introduction, clubs.
■ First day of class: Scaring 101, Hardscrabble’s entrance, MU is Mike’s story, stealing the pig similar to The Simpsons.
■ Final exam: poor Mike, sulking Sulley, canister engineering, realistic lighting using raytracing.
■ Members of Oozma Kappa: Don Carlton, Squishy Squibbles, Terry and Terri Perry, Art, Squishy’s mom.
■ Scare games: entertainment & show us time’s progression, sea urchin confusion and lighting.
■ Other frats, lack of real-life frat experiences, are letterman jackets a thing in college anymore?
■ More scare games: why don’t teenagers get scared?, in the library, scare simulator scare game,
■ Final 3rd act: Mike in the human world, Pixar people and human hair, final big scare, should it have been rated PG?, unpredictable ending, best friends since 4th grade?.
■ Chelsea’s rant about the music.
■ We rate it (all quite differently).
■ Twitter question & voicemail!

Runtime: 1:42:42; 52.6 MB

Other links:
■ Pixar Post's Monsters University interviews from the Pixar press day (part 1) (part 2) (part 3)

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
■ 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: 41_Monsters_University_-_Were_OK.mp3
Category:Animation -- posted at: 10:30am MDT

The Rotoscopers gang is back in action in this extra long, 2-hour episode, where they talk about one of their all-around favorite Disney animated classics: Robin Hood!

Highlights:
■ Chelsea tells about how she got to hang out with rock legend Alice Cooper.
■ Mini reviews of Epic and Monsters University.
■ Mason's previews Despicable Me 2 and shares his how he has the plot of Turbo all figured out.
■ Interview with Rotoscopers' writer Mayra Amaya!
■ Main Discussion: Robin Hood--the holy grail of funny Disney films.
■ Voice acting filled with Disney veterans (read Blake's opinion piece about Robin Hood's voice actors); Accents = proper English and backwood rednecks.
■ A little history of Disney's Xerox era.
■ Disney's Robin Hood origins: Reynard the Fox.
■ Introduction uses reused animation, "Whistle Stop" = hamster dance, intro to Robin Hood and Little John, justification, 
■ Sir Hiss is a well designed character; Prince John is a weak, pathetic, hilarious villain; "Beautiful, lovely TEXAS!"
■ Morgan's "solid gold hub caps", the honorable sherrif of Nottingham, wolves are always the villains.
■ Clucky is the sassy black woman; Maid Marian; the little critter children; blundering Friar Tuck.
■ The archery tournament: Sir Reginald Duke of Chutney, are you sick of the quotes yet?.
■ The scene & song that stops the momentum: "Love."
■ "The Phony King of England": jamming to Bluegrass all night; reused animation; becomes a top-40 hit overnight.
■ Songs: what is the best song?
■ Different versions of the DVD; alternate endings; the marriage!
■ We rate it!
■ Bloopers. Lots of out-of-context bloopers.

Runtime: 1:40:28; 51.8 MB

Other links:
■ Mason's opinion article about Epic's villain Mandrake 

Where to Find Us:
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■ Mason Smith: This Animated Life BlogTwitter
■ Chelsea Robson: FacebookTwitter
■ Morgan Stradling: Twitter
■ 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: 40_Robin_Hood_-_Cheap_Quotable_Thrills.mp3
Category:Animation -- posted at: 8:44am MDT

Mason, Morgan, and Chelsea are taking on a new DreamWorks film with Rise of the Guardians! This episode hits the history of the film, all the highs and lows of the movie, characters and a million tangents!

Highlights:

■ What are we watching? Mini The Great Gatsby Review and My Little Ponies: Friendship Is Magic discussion. What are your opinions? Send us a voicemail!
■ The news! 8 Disney and Pixar animated films to be released from 2016 to 2018WWE producing new animated Flinstones--Hilarity ensues.
■ Interview with our site writer: Meet Blake Taylor. Check out his website: blakeonline.com
■ Main Discussion: Rise of the Guardians.
■ Pokemon tangents! Can't get rid of 'em.
■ Box office: What happened?! Character analysis.
■ Twitter question and responses.
■ "Santa Claus…with swords." E. Aster Bunnymund: the cursing bunny.
■ Tooth Fairy fangirls out, slapstick comedy moment, Sandy (the Sandman)!
■ Manny aka the man in the moon,  Religious references or Paganistic?
■ Pitch Black: some fan art is just not part of the cannon! 'Night-Mares' or 'The Night Mayor?!'
■ Simpsons references, Mason's animation pet peeves & Aladdin flashbacks.
■ "You dare have fun in MY presence?!" -Pitch, you're a nerd.
■  ”Kids rule!” More Unicorns! Pitch in the final fight and talking back to the moon!
■  The opera remix at the end is SOOO 2010's!
■ Final thoughts, our ratings and voicemails, 'Big 4' crossover fan fiction.
■ Podcast now posting on Fridays! Website pump-up week! Mason get's a twitter!
■ Bloopers: Disney throwback, Chelsea doesn't like direct to DVD sequels, Mason tries to pronounce Rise of the Guardians in many languages! 'The Great Gatsby' again, Not in Nottingham!

Runtime: 1:40:11; 51.7 MB

Other links:
■ Interview with Rise of the Guardians' production assistant, Frankie Franco III: www.therotoscopers.com/27
■ Watch our video review of the Rise of the Guardians art-of book review: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VWtJ8eHzoNI

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
■ 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: 39_Rise_of_the_Guardians_-_Guardians_of_Liberty.mp3
Category:Animation -- posted at: 8:29am MDT

Morgan, Chelsea, and Mason are flying high as they discuss DreamWorks’ How to Train your Dragon!

Highlights:

■ What's going on in everyone's life? Awesome podcast plug: Talkin’ Toons with Rob Paulsen!  We're fans.
■ Bring on the news! Big Hero 6Disney Withdraws Trademark Application for 'Dia de los Muertos'DreamWorks plans sequel for 'The Croods'.
■ Main Discussion: How to Train your Dragon.
■ Pokemon Tangents! Were did the accents come from?
■ Box office and character analysis, Hog Hunters, and the parallels to life.
■ Would Stoick the Vast get along with Gaston? More Pokemon tangents!
■ Holy Dragon! Stoick's got problems.
■ "Kids Rule!" The motto of the 90s.
■ Other iconic dragons in Movies.
■ This movie is now a video game!
■ Fighting the big dragon is like fighting the Death Star.
■ Loosing a limb in an animated film is a big deal!
■ The Live-action Spectacular!
■ Hiccup pulls a Neville Longbottom!
■ Final thoughts, our ratings and voicemails!
■ Mail bag with Morgan and Chelsea!
■ Check out Animated Views! It's also a great place to gather as animation fans.

Runtime: 1:20:54; 41.8 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
■ 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: 38_How_to_Train_Your_Dragonite...I_Mean_Dragon.mp3
Category:Animation -- posted at: 1:26pm MDT

Morgan and Chelsea are flying solo as they discuss DisneyToon Studios' first installment in the Tinker Bell franchise--Tinker Bell (the one with the green cover)! Join the fun as they discuss Tinker Bell's origins and first movie!

Highlights:
■ Where's the news?
■ Main Discussion: Tinker Bell.
■ Movie's origins and general thoughts.
■ The history and evolution of Tinker Bell; what's a tinker? (Buy the book "Tinker Bell: An Evolution" on Amazon.com)
■ The music, celtic feeling, birth of fairies, Tinker Bell's "power".
■ Tinker fairies = the nerds; all the groups had "cool girl" representatives except for the Tinkers.
■ Monsters University and Tinker Bell breaking canon.
■ Vidia = superstar, brat fairy.
■ Is fairy romance a thing?
■ Recommended awesome podcast tangent: Talkin' Toons with Rob Paulsen; he voices everything (Bubble, Yakko, Pinky, PJ) , you can't un-hear him.
■ What kind of fairy would you be?
■ Tinker Bell creates her iconic green tube top dress.
■ Terrance--the token guy fairy--played by Jesse McCartney.
■ Tinkers don't go to the mainland; spring fairy musicians; Queen has bad form & bad leadership skills.
■ Audible rant (Queen Clarion needs to read these book)
■ Moral of specialization and industrialization.
■ Morgan's professional voice actor rant.
■ Final thoughts: great story, love the origin story, went in wanting to hate it but secretly wanting to love it.
■ Check out Hypable's new podcast Hype, great place to hear news for what's hip and awesome in the world.

Runtime: 48:29, 24.7 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: 37_Tinker_Bell_-_Theyre_Breaking_Canon.mp3
Category:Animation -- posted at: 8:42am MDT

The Rotoscopers take an introspective dive into the Studio Ghibli film, Howl's Moving Castle! Join in as they review, discuss, analyze, think deeply and talk shallowly on this Miyazaki film!

Highlights:

■ Jurassic Park mini review by Mason
■ News: Finding DoryMonsters University Alumni LetterDisney's Frozen Soundtrack leaked? and Elsa concept art leaked.
■ Main discussion: Howl's Moving Castle
■ Somethings Chelsea's noticed about Miyazaki films: BAM! Welcome to crazy.
■ A very introspective film and cultural questions.
■ Character and voice actor discussion: Sophie, Markl, [Wicked] Witch of the Waste
■ Mason and Chelsea's mustache rant.
Character and voice actor discussion: Christian Bale as Howl, Billy Crystal (Mike Wazowski) as Calcifer.
■ Comparison to Beauty and the Beast.
■ Family themes, very sporadic ending, Sophie's magic kiss.
■ We rate it!
■ Voicemail and Twitter replies.
■ Mailbag: Mulan Episode, how The Rotoscopers met, other places to meet animation fans, Rise of the Gardians episode.
■ Final thoughts: Next 'Nerdy Couch Discussion' preview.
■ Bloopers: Rumbly in Morgan's tumbly, Rotoscopers fan fiction and fan art, Wiki Clicks...Fun Game!

Runtime: 1:28:05, 45.6 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: TwitterInstagram
■ 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: 36_Howls_Moving_Castle_1.mp3
Category:Animation -- posted at: 1:34pm MDT

Morgan and Chelsea stumble their way into a test screening of DisneyToon Studio's upcoming film Planes. Join them as they talk about their thoughts, impressions, likes and dislikes--spoiler free, as always!

Highlights:
■ Impression: it was actually pretty good.
■ Originally direct-to-video.
■ Favorite characters: El Chupacabra, Roper.
■ Lots of planes jokes, fun, and humor.
■ Basically the same story as Cars, but still fresh.
■ What’s the deal with racing? Would have liked to see navy fighter pilots or stunt planes.
■ Music: Chelsea’s theme song, songs are awesome, 80s throwback movie reference.
■ Disney crew in the audience, the “control panel”.
■ Mature humor is appreciated, Top Gun reference.
■ This movie is going to be a hit: August release, merchandise.
■ Turkeys (Free Birds) rant.
■ We rate it!

Runtime: 25:38, 15.4 MB

Where to Find Us:
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■ Mason Smith: This Animated Life BlogTwitter
■ Chelsea Robson: FacebookTwitter
■ Morgan Stradling: TwitterInstagram
■ 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: 35_Planes_Test_Screening.mp3
Category:Animation -- posted at: 10:21am MDT

The Rotoscopers are excited to bring on their first official guest host (sorry, Steven)...William Jardine from A113Animation.com! Join in for a rip-roaring discussion of Pixar's first sequel Toy Story 2.

Highlights:
■ What Have You Been Watching (WHYBW) - Animation Edition: Breaking Dawn Part 2 (Does that count as animation?), RioHotel Transylvania.
■ Talking about The Oscars 2013: Winners and nominees.
■ Catch and Fire with William! We ask the hard questions.
■ News: Upon which book will Tintin 2 be based?, new Mickey Mouse shorts, Rumplestilkskin (The Name Game) animated film by Disney?
■ Nerdy Couch Discussion: Pixar sequels.
■ Beyond the trailer, Toy Story 3 filled with holocaust references?
■ Cars 2: the good and the bad.
■ Main Discussion: Toy Story 2
■ A little perspective: other 1999 animated films
■ First thoughts: Happy meal toys, seen 60+ times, fear of growing up.
■ From direct-to-video to theatrical sequel, development woes.
■ Original plot: no Jesse, really pushing the Senorita Cactus character, talking Bullseye.
■ Opening sequence, sci-fi nods, improved visuals, dealing with new and old characters.
■ The angst of the yard sale, Al’s (Hal’s) Toy Barn is the coolest toy store ever, Woody’s conflict, depressing Toy Story themes.
■ Woody’s Roundup Gang, theme of abandonment issues, Jessie’s song “When She Loved Me”, Pixar’s jab to toy makers, hot pink Barbie aisle, very quotable.
■ How much money could all have made from the collection?, toy protocol, Gerry from Gerry’s Game cameo, world’s fastest toy horse, don’t forget the bloopers!, Stinky Pete returns as villain in Toy Story 3.
■ What made Toy Story 2 better than the original?
■ We rate it 5 stars all around!

Runtime: 1:32:11, 45.9 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: TwitterInstagram
■ 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: 034_Toy_Story_2_-_British_Invasion.mp3
Category:Animation -- posted at: 7:22pm MDT

Morgan and Chelsea are flying solo as they talk about fast-paced, adventure film, The Adventures of Tintin. Join these Tintin newbies as they learn about and dive into the world of Tintin.

Highlights:
■ New writers on the website, partnership with Animated ViewsAnna and Elsa to join the official Disney princess lineupCars 3 and the Disney Shareholder meeting.
■ History of The Adventures of Tintin and the Author/creator Hergé (excuse our pronunciation).
■ Find the cartoons on Netflix! Get a free trial HERE.
■ Main Discussion: The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn directed by Steven Spielberg and produced by Peter Jackson.
■ Mind boggling photo-real animation (motion capture) from the start.
■ Belgium/At sea: introduced to Pickpocket side story, introduced to Captain Haddock (Oh dear).
■ Haddock’s hallucination in the desert (due to the lack of alcohol).
■ The secret of the Unicorn: Gotta love a good story about pirates and their gold treasure. Never gets old (seriously, it doesn’t).
■ Milanese Nightingale: “It’s my first visit to the 3rd world.” (Haddock: “What a dish!”) The original character was actually inspired by Herge’s aunt who apparently wasn’t a good singer in his opinion.
■ Morgan never wants to get hit in the back of the head with a bottle.
■ Why Antiques Road Show is so popular.
■ Bad guys always have to have a pet bird of some sort. A falcon is always a nice touch.
■ Haddock should really go into motivational speaking.
■ What’s up with the butler? Is he a slave to the grounds?
■ I’ll get you the hat... a really BIG one.
■ Sets up for a GREAT sequel!
■ “Let’s Rate it!”: 4 stars and 4.5 stars.
■ Mailbag, Morgan and Chelsea Geek-out time.
■ Bloopers: Marisa loves Morgan, Haddock, Morgan’s threat , Taking over the world!

Runtime: 1:07:27, 35.5 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: TwitterInstagram
■ 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: 33_The_Adventures_of_Tintin_-_Relax_I_Interviewed_A_Pilot_Once.mp3
Category:Animation -- posted at: 12:08am MDT

You guys asked for it and we delivered! In is our very first listener-request episode, The Rotoscopers review, discuss, dissect, analyze, and goof around with Disney's 1998 film Mulan.

Highlights:
■ Feeling gypped by Disney’s Netflix offering.
■ Nerdy Couch Discussion: Disney Princess 2013 redesigns 
■ Mulan with blue eyes?!, Whitewashing the Princesses, Disney redesigns over the years, crazy curls, plastic surgery.
■ Main Discussion: Disney’s Mulan.
■ Basic info, what are the directors doing now?, “This movie’s awesome!” 
■ Animation laws of the universe: Thou shalt make a crappy DVD cover.
■ Animation style and design is very modern, yet true to Asian aesthetics.
■ Act 1: cool intro, big fan of Shan Yu, Mulan = typical Disney oddball, how do you get the matchmaker job?, hair cutting scene music. 
■ Act 2: Pokémon style guardian battle, what happened to the great stone dragon?, Mushu = facilitator, no villain song, Shang just wants to impress his dad, “I’ll Make A Man Out of You” is Mulan’s transformation song, swimming scene.
■ Act 3: Huns battle on the mountain, very “Star Wars”, Chinese-made rope, “apparently there’s a hidden Mickey...”, Animation Law #2: Disney women must not have short rule, “It’s ok to cross dress”, Jafar giving Shan Yu villain tips, letter of the law (Chi-Fu) vs. spirit of the law (Emperor), no love story, strange “party” ending.
■ We rate it!
■ Bloopers: Rotoscopers pledge, DreamWorks woes, quotes.
 

Runtime: 1:17:39, 38.9 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: TwitterInstagram
■ 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: 32_Mulan_-_Yodeling_Huns.mp3
Category:Animation -- posted at: 11:53pm MDT

It's the one-year anniversary episode of the podcast! Join Chelsea, Morgan and Mason as they take a walk down memory lane as their discuss the Disney Renaissance and its first classic film, The Little Mermaid.


Highlights:
News: fake Frozen posters, DreamWorks pushes Mr. Peabody and Sherman release date and massive staff cuts, LAIKA’s new feature The Boxtrolls
Nerdy Couch Discussion: Waking Sleeping Beauty and the Disney Renaissance (1989-1999).
Morgan gives a brief history on the Disney Renaissance.
Favorite movies from the era, the better part of the era (1989-1994), the second half of the era (1995-1999).
Would animation be the same if there wasn’t a Disney Renaissance?
Main discussion: The Little Mermaid
Howard Ashman key to its success, first film to use the CAPS system.
The real Hans Christian Anderson story of The Little Mermaid.
First thoughts and recollections: VHS, animation masterpiece, The Little Mermaid pool effect,
The beginning: prologue song, the seahorse, the sisters have the best names, the shipwreck and shark, Scuttle, how many mer-kings are there?, Triton’s trident’s powers.
Three most iconic moments: the grotto hand reach, singing on the rock, and the hair flip.
Where does Eric fall on the Disney Prince hotness scale? Is Eric under appreciated?
"Part of Your World": love the lyrics, clever singing fish.
Ariel’s grotto: the Eric statue, Triton’s rage issues, Captain Ahab, Flotsam & Jetsam’s creepy voices.
Ursula: she's a cecaelia, best villains of all time, designed after a drag queen, differences between her powers and Triton’s.
Ariel as a human: Is Eric’s castle the best Disney castle?, are they in France?, working girls conversation, similarities to Tangled and Edward Scissorhands.
Eric’s flute moment, enter Vanessa, the wedding, Triton polyp.
The climax: super fast, all the poor mermaid decision makers return back to society, drunk Triton, the Disney chorus, mermaid-human relations, shameless mockery of the French.
The sequels: TV series, song “Harmony”, The Little Mermaid 2: Return to the Sea, The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Beginning, The Little Mermaid Broadway musical.
We rate it!
Don’t forget the bloopers!

Runtime: 1:49:43, 52.7 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: 31_The_Little_Mermaid_-_Now_with_More_Product_Placement.mp3
Category:Animation -- posted at: 8:03pm MDT

The Rotoscopers kick off the new year with an old Disney classic, A Goofy Movie

Highlights:

■ News: Disney Infinity Video GameThe Rotoscopers YouTube channel, Mason’s big news
■ Where’s Mason been?
■ Main discussion: A Goofy Movie
■ Goof 101: What is a Goof?
■ One word to describe this film: 90s!
■ Chelsea’s very first DVD and iTunes album purchase
■ One of the best Disney soundtracks ever?
■ Goofy: voiced by our very own Bill Farmer
■ Max: voiced by Jason Marsden aka “that one guy from that one show”
■ Pete: voiced by Jim Cummings aka “THE voice actor from the 90s”
■ Roxanne: the world’s most awesome 90s shorts
■ PJ: voiced by Bob Paulson; Stacy’s a fast talker; Robert “Bobby” Zimeruski; Lester
■ Favorite scenes: opening dream, school assembly, live-action “After Today”
■ Max blew his chance with the hot girl
■ Is Max’s lie worse than Aladdin’s?
■ Lake Destiny, ID is actually Lake Destiny, GA!
■ “On the Open Road”: the original “Trashing the Camp,” undead guy, random nuns
■ Lester’s Possum Park: County Bear’s Jamboree knock-off, mob of crazy kids
■ Bigfoot encounter: Pete’s RV is not Lorax approved, the perfect cast, Bigfoot with headphones, awkward car scene, Max’s therapeutic post card
■ The perfect cast saves the day in more ways than one
■ Powerline concert: combo of Prince and Will Smith, one song?
■ IMDB A Goofy Movie thesis
■ Conundrums: Max already has plans with his dad, Max didn’t learn his lesson?
■ We rate it!

Links:
■ Disney A to Z – the Unofficial Encyclopedia
■ Buy A Goofy Movie on Amazon 

Runtime: 1:23:08, 40.0 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: 30_A_Goofy_Movie_-_Its_SO_Nineties.mp3
Category:Animation -- posted at: 6:05pm MDT

It's been nearly one year since the Rotoscopers got together for their first episode. This episode takes a look back at the best moments of the Animation Addicts Podcast in 2012!

Highlights:
■ News: Top 10 animated films of 2012 (domestic gross)
■ Main discussion: Best of 2012!
■ Joys of learning how to podcast, bloopers of intros
■ And...action! Ok, who starts?
■ Getting to know each other
■ Multi-tasking while podcasting
■ Themes: voice actors and tangents
■ The variety of special guests and hosts
■ Lots and lots of mail bag!

Runtime: 1:37:15, 46.8 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: 29_The_Best_of_2012.mp3
Category:Animation -- posted at: 12:57pm MDT

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