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

Morgan and Chelsea have the incredible opportunity to interview legendary voice actor, Bill Farmer. Bill is most notably known for being the voice of Goofy for the past 25 years, but he also has voiced numerous other famous cartoon characters such as Horace Horsecollar, Yosemite Sam, Foghorn, Slyvester the Cat and lots of other crazy voices along the way.

Highlights:
■ What has Bill been up to recently?
■ All about Goofy’s yell
■ Other voices he has done: Horace Horscollar, Pluto, Foghorn, Yosemite Sam, Sylvester, Bugs, Daffy, Robot Chicken, Sam & Max Hit the Road & lots of incidental voices
■ The day in the life of Bill Farmer
■ Working with other voice actors or solo?
■ Favorite recording experiences
■ How grueling is voice acting on one's voice?
■ His thoughts on replacing voice actors
■ What advice does he have for future voice actors?
■ Does he ever get star struck?
■ Restrictions on using the Goofy voice
■ What was his first recording gig like?
■ Goof Troop and A Goofy Movie memories
■ What would he like to see Disney do with Goofy next?
■ Has he ever had the chance to dress up like Goofy?
■ Favorite Goofy cartoon?
■ Thoughts on his Disney Legend award
■ Making documentaries, photography
■ Dawes Butler as his mentor
■ Make-A-Wish Foundation 
■ His company ToonHouse Inc: voice coaching, demos, etc.
■ What’s in Bill’s future?

Runtime: 1:13:00, 30.4 MB

Where to Find Us:
■ Find us on the web: therotoscopers.comtwitterfacebookYouTubetumblr, hypable & Animated Views
■ Mason Smith: This Animated Life BlogTwitter
■ Chelsea Robson: FacebookTwitter
■ Morgan Stradling: Twitter, Instagram
■ Visit our sponsors: NetflixAudibleAmazon
■ Questions, comments, suggestions? Send us an email at therotoscopers@gmail.com
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Direct download: 23_Interview_with_Bill_Farmer.mp3
Category:Animation -- posted at: 1:13am MST

The Rotoscopers kick off their spooky animated film month (aka October) by tackling Laika's Coraline

Highlights:
■ News: 13th International Computer Graphics Conference in Turin, Italy; Help us Plan our #Bestof2012 show!
■ New segment: "Catch and Fire" with Mason, “Rotoscopers make you choose!”
■ Audible.com: Audio book synopsis
■ Main discussion: Coraline
■ Studio Spotlight: Laika vs. Laika House
■ “From the makers of Nightmare Before Christmas...” = False advertising?
■ Not going to be fun and happy the whole time
■ Michigan water witch; what’s with the well?; Chelsea has dowse doubts
■ Characters: Dakota Fanning is “one of the gems or our generation”
■ Be careful what you name your children
■ Why Wybie? Should we like him? Morgan’s "Real-life Wybie"
■ The real parents vs. the "Other Parents" (aka the animated versionStepford Wives)
■ How Laika does amazing stop motion. “Captivating”
■ First impressions: genuinely creepy; parents beware!; not for kids
■ Major difference between the real life and the ‘other life’ is the gravy train
■ The Pink Palace: Coraline's new house and odd neighbors
■ Chelsea’s rant: She’s all out of "nice"
■ Video games? Why?!…and what’s up with the cat?
■ Similarities to Alice in Wonderland and Spirited Away 
■ ParaNorman’s blatant theme vs. Coraline’s deep thinker
■ Meaning of the button eyes?
■ Mason’s theory: Is it really a happy ending?
■ Fun quotes & listener responses
■ We rate it! 3 & 4 stars
■ Bloopers: No tangents guys, yoyos & groovin'

Runtime: 1:13:00, 35.0 MB

Where to Find Us:
■ Find us on the web: therotoscopers.comtwitterfacebookYouTubetumblr, hypable & Animated Views
■ Mason Smith: This Animated Life BlogTwitter
■ Chelsea Robson: FacebookTwitter
■ Morgan Stradling: Twitter, Instagram
■ Visit our sponsors: NetflixAudibleAmazon
■ Questions, comments, suggestions? Send us an email at therotoscopers@gmail.com
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Direct download: Coraline.mp3
Category:Animation -- posted at: 12:07am MST

The Rotoscopers interview the legendary animator and director, Don Bluth! Don shares his love for acting, theatre and--of course--animation in this intimate conversation conducted in his living room. He also starts off by announcing some big news for the show!

Highlights:
■ Is this the right podcast?
■ Not your typical Interview. Don interviews Mason!
■ Animation: a two-pronged performing art
■ How does acting help in animation?
■ Casting on the Wizard of Oz. Why is Don doing theatre?
■ Characters of Secret of NIMH
■ Why Don liked Pixar's Up
■ Why Don doesn't think the world needs more movies
■ What characters have been his favorite/most dynamic over the years? 
■ What is the bigger picture of animation?
■ Pinocchio: "Everything comes in. Nothing goes out" 
■ How did Don help animators "see past the paper"?
■ Turner Classic Movies vs. Reality TV
■ Why doesn't Don rewatch his own films?
■ Orchestration of color
■ The darker side of the Disney Studio 
■ Don on animals characters and live-action reference
■ Disney's Robin Hood: where Don got his "legs"; Sleeping Beauty: weak story?
■ 3 areas where the computer can not replace an animator
■ Don talks Pixar's Brave and Disney's Tangled
■ Animation Master Classes and tutorials
■ Dragon's Lair app and the movie. Myth or not?
■ Interactive movies: Somebody's gonna do it!
■ Movement, (It all comes out in the walk), the blue note, & talents

 

Runtime: 1:01:42, 29.7 MB

Info on Don's Theatre:
Twitter: @DBFrontRow
Info on Don Bluth Master Classes:
Twitter: @DonBluth
Where to Find Us:
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■ Chelsea Robson: FacebookTwitter
■ Morgan Stradling: Twitter, Instagram
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Direct download: 21_Interview_with_Don_Bluth.mp3
Category:Animation -- posted at: 1:26am MST

The gang is finally back for a classic Rotoscopers episode with their review of Disney’s Aladdin! Also join in for the animation news and a discussion on the impact of celebrity voice actors.

Highlights:
■ News: The Minions spin-off film, Partysaurus Rex shortFinding Nemo 2 officially announced
■ Mini Nerdy Couch Discussion: Do we really need a Finding Nemosequel? Is Pixar coping out?
■ Real Nerdy Couch Discussion: Professional voice actors vs. celebrities? Do celebrity voices really add to an animated film? 
■ Voice acting is like a seasoning--it should enhance the film, not take away
■ How Aladdin & Robin Williams was a pivotal moment for celebrity voice actors
■ What characters were you surprised when you realized who did their voice?
■ Morgan & Chelsea’s experience meeting the film’s directors John Musker & Ron Clements
■ The movie really takes off once the Genie appears
■ Every single scene has either a great quote or great gag
■ Chock full of awesome characters “that have grinded their way to Disney immortality”
■ Jafar: his design & inspiration, would someone like Jafar really associate with Iago?
■ Genie: the ultimate minor character in any Disney film, the merchant peddler, favorite moments
■ Conundrum: why didn’t they just pass the lamp around & get some free wishes before releasing the Genie?
■ Music: Howard Ashman’s mark all over the songs, lots of deleted songs, the “cut off your ear” drama
■ Controversial elements: European designs, The Thief and the Cobbler rip off, “good teenages, take off your clothes”
■ Aladdin: original younger character design can still be found in the film
■ Jasmine: not that great of a disguise, “The Kiss” is the best Disney kiss
■ Sultan: young at heart, what’s with the “mystic blue diamond”?
■ Conundrum: Aladdin touches the carpet. So is the carpet not a treasure of the Cave of Wonders? Did Aladdin and Jasmine get married at the end?
■ Mason conspiracy theory: Return of Jafar is a dream and didn’t really happen
■ Why wasn’t Robin Williams in Return of Jafar?
■ Childhood memories with Aladdin merchandise
■ We rate it! ★★★★★
■ Bloopers: Buddy, all on mute, the title explained

Runtime: 1:26:41, 41.7 MB

Where to Find Us:
■ Find us on the web: therotoscopers.comtwitterfacebookYouTubetumblr, hypable & Animated Views
■ Mason Smith: This Animated Life BlogTwitter
■ Chelsea Robson: FacebookTwitter
■ Morgan Stradling: Twitter, Instagram
■ Visit our sponsors: NetflixAudibleAmazon
■ Questions, comments, suggestions? Send us an email at therotoscopers@gmail.com
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Direct download: 20_Aladdin_-_Take_Off_Your_Clothes_.mp3
Category:Animation -- posted at: 9:50pm MST

Morgan and Chelsea talk to LAIKA animator, David Vandervoort. In this interview, they discuss his career as a "self-made animator", his experience at LAIKA, ParaNorman and all things animation.
 

Highlights:
■ Interview: David Vandervoort
■ Rapid Fire Q&A
■ His path as a “self-made animator”
■ What are his ultimate career goals
■ How does one make the jump into stop-motion animation?
■ What’s the difference in approaching animated CGI, 2D and stop-motion?
■ His work on ParaNorman: 2D faces and story
■ David’s favorite scenes from the movie
■ How did they accomplish the ghosts?
■ ParaNorman contest to win ParaNorman gear
■ Mail bag: Luis Escobar, late-night animation marathons, Anastasia/Tangled similarities, Frankie Franco III

Runtime: 0:40:08, 19.4 MB

Where to Find Us:
■ Find us on the web: therotoscopers.comtwitterfacebookYouTubetumblr, hypable & Animated Views
■ Mason Smith: This Animated Life BlogTwitter
■ Chelsea Robson: FacebookTwitter
■ Morgan Stradling: Twitter, Instagram
■ Visit our sponsors: NetflixAudibleAmazon
■ Questions, comments, suggestions? Send us an email at therotoscopers@gmail.com
■ Send us a voicemail at therotoscopers.com/voicemail

Direct download: 19_Interview_with_ParaNormans_David_Vandervoort__Fan_Mail.mp3
Category:Animation -- posted at: 12:38pm MST

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

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

Runtime: 1:19:52, 38.4 MB

Where to Find Us:
■ Find us on the web: therotoscopers.comtwitterfacebookYouTubetumblr, hypable & Animated Views
■ Mason Smith: This Animated Life BlogTwitter
■ Chelsea Robson: FacebookTwitter
■ Morgan Stradling: Twitter, Instagram
■ Visit our sponsors: NetflixAudibleAmazon
■ Questions, comments, suggestions? Send us an email at therotoscopers@gmail.com
■ Send us a voicemail at therotoscopers.com/voicemail

Direct download: 18_D23s_Destination_D__All_Things_Disney.mp3
Category:Animation -- posted at: 10:08am MST

017 Interview with Pixar's Chris Horne

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

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

Runtime: 1:08:01, 32.7 MB

Where to Find Us:
■ Find us on the web: therotoscopers.comtwitterfacebookYouTubetumblr, hypable & Animated Views
■ Mason Smith: This Animated Life BlogTwitter
■ Chelsea Robson: FacebookTwitter
■ Morgan Stradling: Twitter, Instagram
■ Visit our sponsors: NetflixAudibleAmazon
■ Questions, comments, suggestions? Send us an email at therotoscopers@gmail.com
■ Send us a voicemail at therotoscopers.com/voicemail

Direct download: 17_Interview_with_Pixars_Chris_Horne_1.mp3
Category:Animation -- posted at: 11:29pm MST

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

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

Runtime: 1:19:53, 38.5 MB

Where to Find Us:
■ Find us on the web: therotoscopers.comtwitterfacebookYouTubetumblr, hypable & Animated Views
■ Mason Smith: This Animated Life BlogTwitter
■ Chelsea Robson: FacebookTwitter
■ Morgan Stradling: Twitter, Instagram
■ Visit our sponsors: NetflixAudibleAmazon
■ Questions, comments, suggestions? Send us an email at therotoscopers@gmail.com
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Direct download: 16_Spirited_Away_-_This_Aint_Your_Typical_Western_Story.mp3
Category:Animation -- posted at: 12:00am MST

015 Wallace & Gromit - Claymation Hitchcock

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

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

Runtime: 1:29:48, 41.2 MB

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
Questions, comments, suggestions? Send us an email at therotoscopers@gmail.com 

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

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

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

Runtime: 1:16:08, 36.6 MB

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