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

The Rotoscopers discuss the 2011 Oscar winner for Best Animated Feature, Rango.

Highlights:

  • Morgan and Chelsea watched the documentary "The Sweatbox"
  • News: Glen Keane leaves Disney, The Art of the Secret World of Arrietty, and trailers for Secret of the Fairy Wings, Hotel Translyvania, and Rise of the Guardians
  • Nerdy couch discussion: shift in character design and spinoffs
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles design changes over the years
  • X-Men then and now
  • Sabertooth then and now
  • Disturbing animation style in the motion comic Astonishing X-Men: Gifted 
  • Main discussion: Rango
  • When was the last time there was a western animated film? 
  • Is Rango just the "Johnny Depp show"?
  • What classic Disney characters would you see Johnny Depp voicing?
  • What we like about the film: atmosphere, character appeal and country critters
  • Describe this movie in one word: texture 
  • Music: the mariachi owls = the Muses from Hercules + the mice from Babe
  • The big question: which animals in animated films are beast of burden and which wear clothes
  • What didn't we like: crude humor, should it have been rated PG-13, redundant plot (a la Aladdin)
  • Is the film anti-religious and pro-spirituality? Or neutral religious-wise?
  • Condundrums: not following his shadow, why did Tortoise John need the water?, what was Rango's real name
  • Our rating: Four stars all around
  • Our first mail bag segment!
  • Bloopers: the time vortex returns from episode 1, Mason and Chelsea's southern accents

Runtime: 1:17:55, 37.4 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: 07_Rango_-_The_Creepy_Critters.mp3
Category:Animation -- posted at: 1:01am MDT

For this special mini episode, we bring you audio straight from the Los Angeles Animation Festival (LAAF). The LAAF held a special charity screening of Brad Bird's The Iron Giant. After the screening, there was a panel discussion with Brad Bird and other crew members who worked on the film.

Moderator: Tom Sito

Panel:
Brad Bird - Director
Steve Markowski - Storyboard Artist
Mark Whiting - Production Designer
Eli Marienthal - Voice of Hogarth Hughes
Alan Bodan - Art Director
Ted Gielow - CG Developer/Supervisor
Brad Booker - 3D Animator
Eddie Rosas - 2D Animator

Thank you to one of our listeners who attended the screening and panel and recorded this for us!

To view the transcipt of the panel, click here.
Runtime: 0:41:54, 19.3 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: 06_The_Iron_Giant_Panel_at_the_Los_Angeles_Animation_Festival_LAAF.mp3
Category:Animation -- posted at: 2:21pm MDT

The Rotoscopers tackle their first Pixar film, Toy Story! (Because you're not an official animation podcast unless you've covered Pixar). Morgan & Chelsea share their experience of meeting Don Bluth. Also covered is the animation news for the week, the introduction of a new segment called the "Nerdy Couch Hour" and, of course, a hilarious discussion about the first CGI feature-length animated film Toy Story. 

Highlights:

■ We have a cricket problem
■ Morgan & Chelsea go to Don Bluth Front Row Theatre
■ Quick News Segment: Lorax opening weekend $70.2 million, new Japanese Brave trailer & Robert Sherman passes away
■ Nerdy Couch Hour: The movie name change trend
■ Main Discussion: Toy Story
■ Is the entire movie quotable?
■ VHS & 90s movie preview tangent
■ Toy Duel
■ Why Barbie wasn’t in the first Toy Story film
■ Conundrums: What kind of toy is Bo Peep?
■ Favorite scenes: Andy’s playtime & the birthday party
■ The music: no characters singing in the film & potential Sid Phillips villain song
■ The characters: lots of characters but not too many, Rex’s voice actor & Billy Crystal was supposed to be Buzz
■ The Pixar movie experience
■ Pizza Planet: the delivery guy, whack-a-alien & alien juice dispenser
■ Disneyland’s Red Rockett’s Pizza Port: the futuristic Red Robin?
■ Items that are in every Pixar film
■ The green alien men cult
■ Sid Phillips character discussion: crazed genius, pop tarts for breakfast & appearances in Monsters’ Inc. comics
■ Conundrums: Buzz syndrome, Zurg’s secret weapon & batteries for toys
■ Trivia: Woody and Andy’s last name & early working titles for the film
■ Mrs. Nesbitt’s tea party with Marie Antoinette and her sister
■ What we rate the film
■ Bloopers: no flushing allowed, the lego table, multiple interruptions by the cricket & nerdy kid in his room

Runtime: 1:13:08, 33.1 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: 05_Toy_Story_-_Buzz_Syndrome2.mp3
Category:Animation -- posted at: 3:20pm MDT

This week The Rotoscopers talk about Sony Animation's 'Surf's Up.' They also discuss the animation news, Mason chats with his friend about documentary films and, of course, lots and lots of bloopers. 
Highlights:
-  Who is Jessica Rabbit’s live action body double?
-  Duke Grayson, private eye
-  And the Oscar goes to….
-  New trailer and poster for Pixar’s Brave
-  Mason’s segment: He discusses documentaries with his friend, Jacob Johnson
-  Main discussion: Surf’s Up
-  Why penguins? Why so many animated films about penguins?
-  They discuss all their dreams and hope for future careers in animation
-  Is it a mockumentary or a documentary?
-  Arnold and the little penguins
-  Authentic surf experience
-  Breaking the comedic “Rule of 3”: Sideshow Bob style!
-  Chicken Joe has all the answers to life’s questions
-  Random trivia fact time!
-  Morgan discusses her goal in life
-  Chelsea teaches us about “Smile on Your Brother”
-  The 4 Antagonists
-  We’re split on the number of stars we give it
-  Finally, we’re doing a Pixar film next week! Toy Story!
-  Lots and lots of bloopers: Morgan just can’t get Chelsea’s name right, the Simpsons voice actors’ salaries, growling stomachs
Runtime: 1:04:12, 30.2 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
Direct download: 4__Surfs_Up_-_Smile_on_Your_Brother.mp3
Category:Animation -- posted at: 10:03am MDT

In episode 3, The Rotoscopers discuss Chelsea's her personal favorite filmDon Bluth's Rock-A-Doodle.

Highlights:

■  Our new sponsor: Audible!
■  Thoughts on The Simpsons' 500th episode
■  Mason sees Pixar's Oscar-nominated short La Luna
■  Click here to see where you can watch the Oscar Nominated Shorts at a theatre near you
■  The week of the movie posters: Rise of the GuardiansThe Croods Frankenweenie
■  Morgan & Chelsea's thoughts on Arrietty
■  Why Mason is a traitor
■  Mason's Segment: 12 Principles of Animation - Timing
■  Mason talks about his sack flour animation
■  Why he's the top dog in his class
■  Main Discussion: Rock-A-Doodle
■  Spoiler Alert!
■  Rock-A-Doodle's release date got pushed back and back
■  Chelsea learns who Glen Campbell is at the Super Bowl
■  Don Bluth's Front Row Theatre
■  Is the Duke a vampire?
■  Goldie's design
■  Who is the mercenary rooster?
■  Chelsea discusses the songs
■  Morgan's frustration with Patau's narration
■  Favorite Quotes!
■  Our ratings: did we love it or hate it?
■  Our thanks for being the Show of the Week on The Wakefield Report
■  The "blow by blow" bloopers  

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: 3_Rock-A-Doodle_-_Animation_Its_Music_to_My_Ears_Remasterd1.mp3
Category:Animation -- posted at: 1:00pm MDT

In episode 2, the Rotoscopers discuss the news, the importance of story and Brad Bird's animated masterpiece The Iron Giant.

Highlights:

  • Why this is our second time recording episode 2
  • Why the Wreck-It-Ralph creator is pumped
  • The Lorax is going green
  • Chelsea expains her love for trees...again
  • Rango wins the OVCAFMPT
  • Is Disney's Paperman project a gamechanger?
  • Animation Element of the Week: Story
  • Discussion: Brad Bird's The Iron Giant
  • Warner Brother's markering blunder
  • Bird's passion for animation and story
  • Chelsea teaches Mason about beatniks
  • Favorite Scenes: Coffeezilla, The Prayer & The Deer
  • The Giant's CGI animation
  • 1950s references and inspiration
  • Themes
  • Hogarth's father figures
  • Why so many single-parent stories in animation?
  • Favorite quotes: The brain, "Hog Hug!", "luckiest kid in America", "blah blah blah"
  • We're bringing the term "wig out" back
  • How many stars do we give it?
  • Shout out to our 100 listeners!
  • ...And of course: Bloopers

Runtime: 1:11:08, 32.6 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: 2_The_Iron_Giant_-_Hog_Hug.mp3
Category:Animation -- posted at: 6:33pm MDT

Welcome to the PILOT episode of The Rotoscopers! After months in the making, we finally made it. In this episode, the Rotoscopers discuss:

■  Who they are and why they're podcasting
■  Why they chose the name "Rotoscopers"
■  Their favorite and least favorite films of 2011
■  The upcoming animated films of 2012
■  Main discussion: Beauty & the Beast

Hope you guys like it! We're excited to be podcasting. Please leave your suggestions, comments and questions in the comments below. Let us know what you think!

Runtime: 1:16:10, 34.9 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: 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: 1-_The_Beauty__the_Beast_-_Time_Vortex_in_the_West_Wing.mp3
Category:Animation -- posted at: 10:34am MDT