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

It's an animated film of mammoth-size proportions: Blue Sky's first film, Ice Age.

Highlights

 

  • Main Discussion: Ice Age
  • History of Blue Sky Studios. It started out as a VFX and commercial studio.
  • Interesting to see that a lot of studios start out as a commercial-making studio and then slowly grow to making features.
  • Mother Gothel: "Enough with the migrations."
  • Surprising voice talent. What the Jack Black?
  • The dodo sequence!
  • The big moment that pays off: the cave painting sequence. It helps you really understand Diego...finally.
  • Sequelitis: we rant about sequels. "And this is how we end up with Ice Age 5."
  • The random but pivotal moment of the sudden lava.
  • Voicemails: Eddie
  • Mail bag: Joshua, Frank, John, Matthew, Miriam

Runtime: 1:13:44 71.9 MB

 

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Direct download: 073_Ice_Age.mp3
Category:Animation -- posted at: 1:00am MST

In this episode, the Rotoscopers have a riveting discussing about one of Disney's most forgotten about animated films Dinosaur.

Highlights

  • Main Discussion: Dinosaur
  • Only the hardest of hard core fans remember this film.
  • It is not recognized as a Disney classic in the UK? Wait what?
  • Lots of hype, but a lot of disappointment after seeing it.
  • Lack of character development. Unappealing characters make you not care about them.
  • Theme of abundance vs. scarcity.
  • Why does it seem that almost every dinosaur animated film has to be about a migration? This is one reason why we're looking forward to Pixar's The Good Dinosaur.
  • We rate it!
  • Voicemails: Jess, Thomas.
  • Emails: Joshua, Mary Kate, Chris C., Patrick, Jess.

Runtime: 1:08:59, 36.3 MB

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Direct download: 72_Dinosaur.mp3
Category:Animation -- posted at: 1:00am MST

071 The Land Before Time - Fellowship of the Tree Star

The Rotoscopers kick off our Dinos & Dragons series by reviewing Don Bluth's 1988 classic The Land Before Time!

 

Highlights

 

  • Main Discussion: The Land Before Time (1988)
  • We just right into the the commercials and merchandise of this film. Pizza Hut birthday commercial and Pizza Hut puppets, anyone?
  • The Land Before Time beat out Oliver & Company!
  • This movie is the epitome of childhood epitome.
  • Originally started as "Bambi with dinosaurs." Why do the animated mother's always have to die?
  • Props to Don Bluth for his stunning hand-drawn effects like bubbles, tar, egg shell fragments, lava, rain, and, of course, the classic Don Bluth sparkle.
  • 9 minutes of cut footage, mostly of sharptooth attacks scenes.
  • Mason Conspiracy Theory: Littlefoot is a jinx.
  • Many themes in this film: segregation, dealing with loneliness,
  • Listener Twitter Question: How important was The Land Before Time to your childhood?
  • We rate it!
  • Mail bag: Joshua, Tony, Abbi, Lauren, Adam, Robert, Dan, Brooks, Andrew.
  • Don't forget to use the hashtags #AnimAddicts and #DonBluthDazzle when talking about this episode on Twitter!

Runtime: 1:27:59 84.5 MB

Direct download: 071_Land_Before_Time.mp3
Category:Animation -- posted at: 1:00am MST

070 Tarzan - Attack of the Disney Theories

It's Mason's birthday episode! The Rotoscopers review the last film of the Disney Renaissance Disney's 1999 film Tarzan.

Highlights

  • Nerdy Couch Discussion: Frozen crossover theory.
  • Main Discussion: Tarzan.
  • The soundtrack is one of the most iconic Disney albums.
  • One of the greatest openings in an animated film.
  • How do we feel about the side characters Terk and Tantor?
  • In what societal class is Jane?
  • Thank you creators for making a plausible way for them to overcome the language barrier (unlike the magical leaves from Pocahontas.)
  • Clayton is a weak villain. What's his motivation? Just greed?
  • Two lessons for kids: don't run away from home and don't swing on branches.
  • Epic battle at the end, plus death by hanging.
  • We rate it!
  • Voicemails: Sebastian, Dylan, Sammie, Esther.
  • Mail bag: Matthew C., Natasha, Nihit, Matt W,. Frank, Joshua, & Ben.

Runtime: 1:54:20, 27.5 MB

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Direct download: 70_Tarzan_-_Attack_of_the_Disney_Theories.mp3
Category:Animation -- posted at: 1:00am MST

069 Princess Mononoke - Go Away

The Rotoscopers review Studio Ghibli's epic film Princess Mononoke with special guest host, Rotowriter Mayra Amaya.

Highlights

  • Main Discussion: Princess Mononoke
  • First thoughts and recollections about this movie; reactions to the violence!
  • Interesting insights from Miyazaki about the the film from his biographies.
  • Disney drama with the release and censoring the film.
  • The most impactful moment in the film: San with the blood.
  • Miyazaki is a master of composition; the forest-spirit scene.
  • This is the second longest animated film ever and it feels like it.
  • Major themes in the film: curses, humans vs. nature, hatred.
  • The ending is a bit rushed and hard to swallow.
  • We rate it!
  • Voicemails: Jemma, Dylan, Frank, Eric, Hank Hill, Yuri
  • Mail bag: Jemma, Susanne, Chris
  • Don't forget to use the hashtags #AnimAddicts and #GoAway when talking about this episode on Twitter!

Runtime: 1:38:54, 51.7MB

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  • Watch Princess Mononoke: Blu-ray | DVD
  • Buy soundtrack: Amazon
  • The Art of Princess Mononoke: Amazon
  • Miyazaki's biography: Starting Point (1979-1996) and Turning Point (1997-2008)
  • All of Mayra's articles
  • The Making of Princess Mononoke
  • Sullivan Bluth Studio Video
Direct download: 069_Princess_Mononoke_final.mp3
Category:Animation -- posted at: 1:00am MST

068 One Hundred and One Dalmatians - Do You Got Any Chloroform?

The Rotoscopers review Disney's first modern animated movie, the 1961 canine classic One Hundred and One Dalmatians.

Highlights

 

■ Nerdy Couch Discussion: Animated henchman - who are our favorites, what qualities do you like in a henchman?

■ Main Discussion: One Hundred and One Dalmatians (1961)

■ What if Disney made a live-action movie telling the tragic backstory of Cruella De Vil?

■ Differences from the book and movie.

■ This was the first film to use the iconic Xerox method, which Disney used for many of the films from this era.

■ The incredible opening credits. Good thing they had Xerox...all those dalmatians in one frame!

■ Pongo's opening monologue, talking about the different prospects. Gotta love dogs looking like their owners.

■ If they are so poor, how can they afford a housekeeper?

■ The nonsense version of Cruella De Vil.

■ Jump-starting the puppies and their obsession with TV.

■ Introduce our two henchmen: Horace and Jasper.

■ The twilight bark and Lady and the Tramp cameos.

■ Hall Hall and the hilarity of What's My Crime?

■ The animation of the cars in the film.

■ Gotta love the villain-henchmen hissy fit.

■ Old 1990s merchandise: happy meal toys and talking books.

■ Listener question: who is your favorite character and why?

■ We rate it!

■ Voicemails & mail bag: Yuri, Brandon, Billy, Joshua, Chris, SimbasGuard, and Sophie. Plus special snail mail from Billy!

■ When talking about this episode on Twitter, use the hashtags #AnimAddicts and #YouIDIOT!

 

Runtime: 1:58:51 117.2 MB

Direct download: 068_101_Dalmations.mp3
Category:Animation -- posted at: 2:40pm MST

067 All Dogs Go to Heaven - You Can Never Come Back

The Rotoscopers talk about Don Bluth's classic 1989 animated film All Dog's Go to Heaven!

 

Highlights

■ Update on everyone's life!

■ Nerdy Couch Discussion: Animated dogs

■ Main Discussion: All Dogs Go to Heaven

■ Brief history of Don Bluth's studio and name changes over the year.

■ This movie is dark and gritty: smoking, drinking, gambling.

■ Burt Reynolds as Charlie (and his contractual stipulations) as well as Don DeLuise, who was Don Bluth's lucky charm.

■ The tragedy of the murder of Anne-Marie's voice actress and the original production cells.

■ Crazy settings and Charlie's story arch.

■ Why does Carface get to go to heaven?

■ We have nothing negative to say about the songs.

■ Why does there ALWAYS have to be a sassy, fat alligator?

■ Mail bag from Mike, Sarah, Leigh-Ann & Jacob.

 

Runtime: 1:28:50 54 MB

Direct download: 067_All_Dogs_Go_to_Heaven.mp3
Category:Animation -- posted at: 8:25pm MST

066 Up - Pablo's Bell

Morgan and Chelsea are joined by RotoWriter Pablo Ruiz to review Pixar's only film to be nominated for Best Picture, Up!

Highlights

■ Main Discussion: Up

■ Why the "Married Life" sequence is so good.

■ The punching-filled "Married Life" sequence that could have been.

■ Michael Giacchino's whimsical, 40s-esque score has its own life and takes the film to another level.

■ The movie goes all over the place visually: house floating with balloons, South America, and more!

■ Enter the dogs: Doug, Alpha, Beta, and Gamma!

■ Flying dogs take it too far.

■ Voicemails: Mario, Janice Marie, Jemma, Brandon, Adriana, Yuri, Kimber.

 

Runtime: 1:25:20 51.6MB

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■ Watch Up:  Blu-ray | DVD | Digital | Rent

■ Buy the Up soundtrack: Limited Edition CD | Digital

■ Making-of Featurette: Married Life

■ Ed Catmull's new book Creativity, Inc.

■ Paradise Falls is based on the real-life Tepui (flat mountains)

 

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Direct download: 066_Up.mp3
Category:Animation -- posted at: 9:23am MST

Highlights

  • Main discussion: Balto
  • Live-action beginning with pigeon lady from Home Alone 2.
  • Jim Cummings rocks it as Steele, dog character designs, inspirations from The Lady & the Tramp.
  • Really heavy 1st act. Lots of exposition.
  • What's with all the sidekicks?
  • Did Balto have to be half wolf?
  • How Mason would have expanded the story.
  • All the different possible deaths of Steele.
  • We rate it!
  • Voicemails & mail bag!
  • Bloopers: No one cares about Chelsea,  Stuffed Balto, Disney Scene-It

Runtime: 1:05:00

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Direct download: 065_Balto.mp3
Category:Animation -- posted at: 11:05am MST

Morgan, Mason and Chelsea have a rotospective at Ralph Bakshi's 1978 The Lord of the Rings.

Highlights

■ Nerdy Couch Discussion: Disney Horses!
■ Why are horses so sassy? Which are our favorites?
 Non-canonical horses from Enchanted Stables.
■ 
Main Discussion: Lord of the Rings (1978).
■ 
A little backstory and bio of Ralph Bakshi.
■ Ralph Bakshi and Don Bluth are some of the only animation directors whose films are seen as their films, instead of the studios.
■ Bakshi's own thoughts on the film.
■ Character design and extreme use of rotoscoping. What is the true definition of rotoscoping?
■ It's hard to talk about this film without referencing Peter Jackson's The Lord of The Rings *cue music*.
■ How to tell someone in the Living Scriptures animated videos are evil...the schnoz!
■ Is one of the ringwraiths wearing a cowboy hat?!
■ It starts losing steam after Moria. The Two Towers sequence is muddy and doesn't hold our attention.
■ "The orcs are vanquished. Saruman is defeated and we saved Middle Early! Roll credits."
■ Would you want to see Bakshi finish and do The Return of the King?
■ 
We rate it!
■ 
Mail bag and bloopers!
■ Use the hashtags #AnimAddicts and #SoManyMiniskirts.
■ 
Coming Up: Dog movies! BaltoUpAll Dog's Go To Heaven

Runtime: 

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■ Watch The Lord of the Rings:  Blu-ray | DVD | Digital 
■ Ralph Bakshi's Last Days of Coney Island Kickstarter
■ Ralph Bakshi's website
■ A book about Ralph Bakshi: Unfiltered: The Complete Ralph Bakshi
■ Buy Ralph Bakski cells on eBay
■ Pokemon Podcast Pillows!
■ Rotoscopers T-Shirt contest!
■ Pump-up Week articles: 20 Unforgettable Moments from Ralph Bakshi’s ‘The Lord of the Rings’

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Direct download: 64_Lord_of_the_Rings.mp3
Category:Animation -- posted at: 1:30am MST

063 Hercules - Gotta Know Your Clouds

Highlights

 

■ Main Discussion: Hercules

■ Hercules is getting a Blu-ray Release!

■ Movie did not do well, critics said it took too many liberties with the mythology

■ Discussion of characters and the actors who voiced them

■ The choice of a gospel chorus for the Greek chorus

■ Comparison of the original Greek mythology vs. Disney's adaptation

■ Gorgeous color palette for the gods on Olympus

■ Go the Distance is a great song for any spirituality

■ This movie uses lots of pop culture references much like Alandin and Shrek

■ Megara's character ark

■ Once in Every Show from Spamalot

■  Voice mails

■  Mail bag!

 

Runtime: 1:37:05 46.7 MB

Direct download: 063_Hercules1.mp3
Category:Animation -- posted at: 3:02pm MST

062 Spirit: Stallion of the Cimmaron

It’s Morgan and Mason for a M&M episode, where they review DreamWorks 2002 traditionally animated film Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron.

Highlights

■ Main DiscussionSpirit: Stallion of the Cimarron
 Who are Kelly Asbury and Lorna Cook?
■ Bryan Adam’s soundtrack. Phil Collins/Tarzan knock off? Gotta love the early 2000s.
■ “Tradigital Animation” – CGI opening scene with the eagle Morgan loves.
■ 
Matt Damon is channeling his inner Matthew Broderick.
■ Morgan’s motion blur rant.
■ What’s with the colonel in the clouds on the DVD cover?
■ Bryan Adams songs ever few minutes. Do they all sound the same?
■ Little Creek and the painted mare, Rain!
■ Rain’s “death”; not quite on Mufasa level.
■ THE NOD!
■ Listener Twitter Question: What would you rate SPIRIT and why?
■ 
Mail bag! Michael, Lauren, Geri, Hule, Todge, and Courtney.

Runtime: 1:24:21 20.3 MB

Links

■ Watch Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron:  Blu-ray | DVD | Digital | Rent
■ Listen to the soundtrack
■ “This Is Me” openings in animation
■ “Run Free” sequence
■ Morgan and Chelsea’s Lilo & Stitch Blu-ray review
■ The Pirate Fairy review
■ Raggedy Ann & Andy: A Musical Adventure

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Direct download: 062_Spirit_Stallion_of_the_Cimmaron_Final2.mp3
Category:Animation -- posted at: 11:40pm MST

061 The Last Unicorn - Give Us More Pirate Cat!

Morgan, Chelsea, Mason and special guest host Whitney Grace come together to discuss Rankin-Bass's 1982 film The Last Unicorn.

Highlights

■ Email from Zora, requesting one of her favorite movies from her childhood.
■ Main Discussion: The Last Unicorn
 History of Rankin-Bass, adapting this film and the RankinBass.com retro website.
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First memories, major themes.
■ 
The red bull doesn't give you wings (and turn you into an alicorn).
■ History of unicorn in folklore. Powers of the unicorn horn.
■ Gotta love the Harpy and crazy Mommy Fortuna.
■ Things get Studio Jiggling on us real fast!
■ List of movies where animals turn into humans and visa versa.
■ The pirate cat is the best part of this movie! He needs his own Saturday morning spinoff cartoon!
■ Deep thoughts with Chelsea: "There are no happy endings because there is no end."; What does the red bull represent?
■ We rate it!
■ 
Mail bag: Luis, David Lee, Georgina, Adriana, Mike, and Marc.

Runtime: 1:54:05, 30.8MB

Links

■ Watch The Last UnicornBlu-ray | DVD | Digital | Rent
■ The Last Unicorn Novel
■ Listen to The Last Unicorn novel on Audible
■ Luis Escobar's top 10 lists: Top 10 best animated superhero moviesTop 10 best animated superhero TV shows & Top 10 Disney movies
■ David's DeviantArt account and Elsa drawing

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Direct download: 61_The_Last_Unicorn_-_Give_Me_More_Pirate_CatV2.mp3
Category:Animation -- posted at: 1:30am MST

060 The Lion King - It's SFX!

The people have spoken! The top requested film in 2013 was The Lion King! Go along with Mason, Morgan, and Chelsea as they talk about the iconic film from their childhood!

Highlights

■ First impressions and stats: The Lion King vs. Frozen.
■ Story: was this REALLY based on Hamlet? A Mason theory.
 How can you go wrong with Hans Zimmer, Elton John, and Tim Rice?
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How does "The Baboon Priesthood" actually work?
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Scar vs. Mufasa. Why Scar is the prototype of a child predator.
■ Two thumbs WAY way up for the voice acting!
■ "This is worse than when Zazu and Iago took over the Tiki Room!"
■ They should have a deleted scene with "The Birdie Boiler".
■ More reasons why Mufasa is so great.
■ Scar: The lame Pokemon trainer.
■ "Hey look it's Jim Cummings!"
■ The Stampede. Hans Zimmer is the master of mood.
■ Scar should have waited it out and stayed in the lion senate.
■ 
Mason voices Matthew Broderick.
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Special bonus Zelda episode coming at you.
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All of us need a "Remember who you are" moment.
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The Disney vulture reunion.
■ All this controversy, the merchandise, and our ratings!
■ 
Voicemail, Twitter question, and mail bag.
■ 
Bloopers: AKA a bunch of random quotes you thought we missed.

Runtime: 1:39:17, 50.8 MB

Links

■ Watch The Lion King: Blu-ray | DVD | Digital | Rent
■ The kissing Nala and Simba, anyone?! Eh, eh?
■ `Pump-up Week articles: Is ‘The Lion King’ Disney’s Greatest Movie?Why ‘The Lion King’ Has the Best Music in Any Disney Movie. Ever.“I’ve Never Seen ‘The Lion King’” and 5 Things You Didn’t Know About ‘The Lion King’.

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Direct download: 60_The_Lion_King_-_Its_SFX.mp3
Category:Animation -- posted at: 7:18am MST

Morgan and Chelsea jump right in the the discussion on this unconventional and under-appreciated French film, A Monster in Paris!

Highlights

■ What is going on with PARIS?! The disgusting truth of where all this water came from! Nasty!
■ The film is actually better the second time! Who is this leprechaun-looking dude?
 Who is Bibo Bergeron? Where is the making of?
■ 
Animation: They used their money wisely. 
■ 
Character breakdowns and major plot points.
■ We're learning French as we go.
■ Chelsea talks about her 'American Idol Season 8' experience.
■ The one-hit wonder!
■ It almost went into disturbing territory...
■ The music.
■ We rate it!

 Mail Bag! 
■ Jessica: What educational cartoons did you watch?
■ Sara Costa: How can we contact Whitney of Animated Interviews? @storysequence
■ Peter: The Art and Making of Peanuts Animation.
■ Anja: Frozen, some Norwegian trivia, Morgan's singing, and the Podcast Awards!

Runtime: 103.46; 32.7 MB

Links

■ Watch A Monster in Paris: Blu-ray | DVD | Digital | Rent
■ A Monster in Paris soundtrack

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Direct download: 59_A_Monster_in_Paris_-_Dont_Judge_This_Flea_by_Its_Cover.mp3
Category:Animation -- posted at: 7:01am MST

It's big and LOUD! The Rotoscopers look into the one and only film from Turner Feature Animation, Cats Don't Dance.

Highlights

■ The animation competition in 1997. The age of the musicals.
■ Animation quality vs the merchandising!
 Director Mark Dindal: What happened to him? Seriously... does anyone know?
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The Aristocats' canon is expanded. The tragic tale of Marie!
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Chelsea's schedule to stardom.
■ Darla Dimple. Clearly inspired by Shirley Temple.
■ Mason's question and Chelsea's soap box.
■ Why do we care so much about Sawyer?
■ Little Steven Spielberg
■ Yzma and Kronk are recycled
■ We Rate It!
■ Emails from Mike, Andrew Chee, Kynan, Alex Hatch, Mark, Joe T.
■  And of course...bloopers!

Runtime: 1:16:52

Links

■ Kynan's alternate version of the Disney Renaissance.
■ Joe T's Blip Page.
 Stephen Schwartz and Mumbia Musical.
■ Princess Profiles: Elsa by Gary Wright.
■ Check out our new podcast: THE ANIMATION INTERVIEWS PODCAST!

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Direct download: 58_Cats_Dont_Dance.mp3
Category:Animation -- posted at: 7:49am MST

We kick off the new year by looking back at 2013 at the best moments from the Animation Addicts Podcast. Also, we announce the results of the 2013 Rotoscopers Awards! Sit back and get ready for some good laughs from this past year.

Highlights

■ 1st Annual Rotoscopers' Awards results!
■ Our favorite moments from 2013! Including best intros, funny discussions and random fun you never heard!
■ Voicemails from Jessica, Daniela, Jemma, and Susanna. 
■ Emails from Joshua, Esther, Abraham, Jemma, Michael, Arianne, Anibal, David, Stephanie, MB, Jarlett, Thomas, Shelby, and Lindsay.

Runtime: 2:10:00, 63.0 MB

Links

■ Animated Music videos: What Makes You BeautifulGirlfriend, non-Disney Villains.
■ "The Scarecrow".
■ Theory Animation.
■ Wicked as a Disney animated film concept art  & YouTube video.
■ Morgan's suggestions on the History of Animation books & resources: Of Mice and MagicThe World History of Animation & Traditional Animation.

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Where To Find The Hosts

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

Direct download: 57_Best_of_2013_Show.mp3
Category:Animation -- posted at: 10:36am MST

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