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 MST

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 MST

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 MST

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 MST

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 MST


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 MST

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 MST

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 MST

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

Where To Find The Rotoscopers

Where To Find The Hosts

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

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 MST