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083 Mickey's Christmas Carol - They're Just Actors

For the annual Christmas episode of the Animation Addicts Podcast, the Rotoscopers review the 1983 short Mickey's Christmas Carol.

Highlights

  • Main Discussion: Mickey's Christmas Carol (1983)
  • One of many adaptations of Dicken's Christmas Carol.
  • Lots and lots of cameos. All these characters are actors.
  • Pre-Bill Farmer Goofy is so out of character.
  • Ghost of Christmas Past: Jiminy Cricket.
  • Morgan has a lot of love for Daisy Duck.
  • Mail bag: Mark, Dustin, Rachel, S, Eric, Alice, Rob, Mike.
  • Don't forget to use the hashtags #AnimAddicts and #AnimAddicts83 when talking about this episode on Twitter!

Runtime: 1:13:27, 18.0 MB

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Direct download: 83_Mickeys_Christmas_Carol_-_Theyre_Just_Actors.mp3
Category:Animation -- posted at: 1:00am MST

082 Interview with Glen Keane

Disney Legend, Glen Keane, takes a moment out of his very busy schedule to talk to Mason and Chelsea about his new short, Duet! Check it out! You won't be disappointed!

Highlights

  • Intro of Glen Keane and his short interactive film "Duet" 
  • What?! Glen listens to The Rotoscopers?
  • CATCH N’ FIRE!
  • Glen talks about Duet and its inspirations.
  • Why graphite?
  • Listener questions:
    • Thomas Van Acker: What do you think is the most important aspect of animation that should be taught by teachers? Or what did you miss in your animation classes?
    • Bridget Monica: What story (that hasn't been done!) would you love to see transformed into a full length animated film?
    • Jessica Wersky: What role does faith play in your creative life?
  • Don't forget to use the hashtags #AnimAddicts and #AnimAddicts82 when talking about this episode on Twitter!
  • Blooper! Can we get Glen back?

Glen was so kind and went on to the Facebook fan page and replied to many of the the questions personally. Check it out here!

Runtime: 0:53:12

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Direct download: 82_Interview_with_Glen_Keane.mp3
Category:Animation -- posted at: 6:46am MST

The Rotoscopers continue with their Mice & Rats podcast series by reviewing one of Pixar's most critically acclaimed films: Ratatouille.

Highlights

  • Main Discussion: Ratatouille (2007)
  • First thoughts and recollections of the film.
  • Chelsea can't get over the fact that the main character's a rat. Morgan and Mason love it.
  • Morgan's experience searching for ratatouille, then being terribly disappointed with its taste.
  • Our love for Anton Ego: the antagonist who has a change of heart at the end.
  • The pre-Monsters University lighting/rendering really shows.
  • Animation tropes: "This is me" narration opening and firearms not running out of ammo until you need it.
  • Anton Ego's transformation and final monologue.
  • Crappy knock off time! Ratatoing!
  • Mail bag: Logan, Joshua K., Tom, Drew
  • Don't forget to use the hashtags #AnimAddicts and #AnimAddicts81 when talking about this episode on Twitter!

Runtime: 1:29:43, 20.84 MB

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Direct download: 81_Ratatouille_-_Da_Brad_Bird.mp3
Category:Animation -- posted at: 10:27pm MST

080 Big Hero 6 - Don't Even Compare It to Frozen!

We review Disney's newest animated feature, the superhero film that everyone loves: Big Hero 6.

Highlights

      • Main Discussion: Big Hero 6 (2014)
      • Impressions from our screenings and Morgan's experience from the Big Hero 6 premiere.
      • Thoughts about the backgrounds and city of San Fransokyo.
      • Technical mumbo with Mason! Disney's Hyperion image engine.
      • First weekend box office numbers!
      • Thoughts about Tadashi and act 1. Problems with telling and not showing.
      • Who we thought the villain was at the beginning.
      • Let's talk about the Big Hero 6 gang. We need more of them!
      • Baymax was adorable. Much more lovable than Olaf. Great sidekick character who morphed into a main character.
      • Where were Hiro's powers?
      • How to we feel about the villain?
      • The final battle was very "final battle"!
      • We rate it!
      • Listener Twitter Question: What was your favorite moment from Big Hero 6?
      • Voicemail: August, Sirose, Bri, Dylan
      • Mail bag: Daniel, S, Eric, Alice, Rob, Mike
      • Don't forget to use the hashtags #AnimAddicts and #AnimAddicts80 when talking about this episode on Twitter!

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Direct download: 80_Big_Hero_6_-_Dont_Even_Compare_It_To_Frozen.mp3
Category:Animation -- posted at: 1:00am MST

For the next film in our 'Mice & Rats' series, we cover Don Bluth's 1986 mouse film An American Tail.

Highlights

  • More stories from Chelsea!
  • Main Discussion: An American Tail (1986)
  • A little history of the film and how Fievel got his name.
  • Who's who in a Don Bluth production.
  • Talk of the figurative and literal meaning of "cats".
  • How we feel of Fievel as a main character.
  • Classic Don Bluth scariness in the ocean.
  • Welcome to NYC! Fievel wandering and meeting a lot of different people.
  • Lots of accents happening here (plus a speech impediment).
  • The cats going to Hong Kong is depicting how cats really ended up in that city.
  • When will we get the Rotoscopers band together?
  • The Don Bluth dazzle is strong with this one.
  • Mail bag: Joshua K, Sarah, Dan, Henrieke, Drew
  • Don't forget to use the hashtags #AnimAddicts and #AnimAddicts79 when talking about this episode on Twitter!

Runtime: 1:25:26, 20.6 MB

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Direct download: 79_An_American_Tail_-_How_Many_Bands_Have_a_Thunder_Tube.mp3
Category:Animation -- posted at: 1:00am MST


The Roto-SPOOKERS make an appearance for their annual Halloween episode. This time, they tackle the last of Disney's package films, The Adventures of Ichabod & Mr. Toad

Highlights

  • A little insight about Disney's package film era.
  • Main Discussion: The Adventures of Ichabod & Mr. Toad (1949)
  • Initial thoughts. Differences between the two films.
  • Mr. Toad is a frustrating character. Why do his friends try to help him?
  • Both of these films have pretty good gags.
  • Cyril Proudbottom is not a good friend. Also, Winky is creepy.
  • Onto the one we all want to get to...The Legend of Sleepy Hollow!
  • Ichabod is a really flawed character. And why do all the women like him? Actually, everyone here is flawed.
  • The old frolic!
  • The music makes this film. Bing Crosby is gold!
  • We rate it!
  • Mail bag: Joshua, Mark, Jemma, Catherine, Simba's Guard, Adrienne
  • Don't forget to use the hashtags #AnimAddicts and #AnimAddicts when talking about this episode on Twitter!

Runtime: 1:26:12, 21.8 MB

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Direct download: 78_The_Adventures_of_Ichabod__Mr._Toad_-_The_RotoSPOOKERS.mp3
Category:Animation -- posted at: 1:00am MST

The Rotoscopers discuss the first film in their 'Mice & Rats' podcast series, Disney's 1986 The Great Mouse Detective.

Highlights

  • Nerdy Couch Discussion: Mice in animation
  • Main Discussion: The Great Mouse Detective (1986)
  • First thoughts and memories. 1992 VHS release.
  • The whole film takes place in one night. Perhaps a time vortex is at work?
  • Why doesn't that flower ballerina toy exist in real life?
  • There's way too much pink in Rattigan's hideout.
  • Is the sexy singing bar mouse really ok?
  • The first ever semi-use of CGI in a Disney animated film. The clock's cogs are in CGI, then traced onto paper.
  • Rattigan reveals his real form.
  • We rate it!
  • Voicemail: Dustin, Dylan, JK and Michael.
  • Mail bag: Joshua, Hannah, Krissy, Kate, Catherine, Catherine, MoonDisneyPower.
  • Don't forget to use the hashtags #AnimAddicts and #AnimAddicts77 on Twitter!

Runtime: 1:33:59, 23.6 MB

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Direct download: 77_The_Great_Mouse_Detective.mp3
Category:Animation -- posted at: 1:30am MST

076 Sleeping Beauty - Make It Pink! Make It Blue!

It's Chelsea's birthday episode! The Rotoscopers finally review one of the Disney films that they've had on their bucket list since they started the show: Walt Disney's Sleeping Beauty.

Highlights

  • Catch and fire with Chelsea!
  • Nerdy Couch Discussion: Origins of the Sleeping Beauty fairy tale from the Sleeping Beauty art book.
  • Main Discussion: Sleeping Beauty (1959)
  • The making-of documentary from the end of the VHS tape.
  • Discussion about the unique art style, backgrounds, and Eyvind Earle.
  • The fairies are like midlevel Powerpuff Girls.
  • The king's choir is always ready to serenade.
  • Big discussion on Maleficent, her design, her backstory and the 2014 film Maleficent.
  • The goons are based on classical art.
  • Why Prince Phillip is the best Disney prince ever (the girls agree!).
  • The eternal debate: pink or blue?
  • New Disney Theory: Is this film a predecessor to The Sword in the Stone?
  • We rate it!
  • Voicemails: Erik, CJ, Adriana, Maegan, & Animated Madness.
  • Emails: Joshua K, Sarah, Tris, Rob.
  • Don't forget to buy the Rotoscopers T-shirt!

Runtime: 2:05:05, 31.3 MB

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Direct download: 76_Sleeping_Beauty_-_Make_It_Pink_Make_It_Blue.mp3
Category:Animation -- posted at: 1:30am MST

The Rotoscopers head back to medieval times to discover King Arthur, the Knights of the Round Table and a really bizarre movie, Quest for Camelot.

Highlights

  • Main Discussion: Quest for Camelot (1998)
  • Morgan has faint memories of seeing this with Chelsea, but...remembers nothing of the film.
  • The movie poster turned Morgan off.
  • This is an example of what happens when oblivious executives meddle in a film.
  • The music suffers. What is it trying to be? Serious? Comical? A musical?
  • Gandondorf aka Ruber: "Now all of Hyrule knows you are here."
  • Garett: He has a bird companion who is not evil!
  • The conjoined twin dragons are the worst part of this film. Why the goofy, obnoxious song?
  • Why do animated films feel the need to dumb it down?
  • What we (and our Twitter followers)would have done to make this movie better.
  • Voicemail & emails: Jaclyn, Vishal, Joshua, Dan, Holly, Phoebe, Kristopher, Karifa.
  • Don't forget to buy the Rotoscopers T-shirt!

Runtime: 1:27:49, 22.0 MB

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Direct download: 75_Quest_for_Camelot_-_Draw_that_Axe_in_a_Chicken_Suit.mp3
Category:Animation -- posted at: 5:32pm MST

074 We’re Back! A Dinosaur’s Story - That's Why You Don't Join the Circus

Highlights

  • Nerdy Couch Discussion: Two new Disney theories!
  • Wreck-It Ralph theory that the Disneyverse is one giant computer.
  • Disneyverse has its own Disney within the Disneyverse.
  • Main Discussion: We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story (1993)
  • The early '90s were the era of the dinosaur.
  • Vorb tops the list for annoying side character.
  • Is this movie just a giant commercial for the cereal companies?
  • Check out that '90s penthouse!
  • Screweyes does know his audience.
  • What a creepy villain death. That definitely stands out as one of the best villain deaths ever
  • We rate it!
  • Voicemails & emails: Mark, Joshua, Miguel, MJ, Tony, and Mike

Runtime: 1:25:15 82.8MB



Direct download: 074_Were_back.mp3
Category:Animation -- posted at: 1:00am MST