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

The Rotoscopers' trio is finally back together again...well sort of. In this episode, they discuss sequels, animation duos and DreamWorks' 2005 hit Madagascar.

■  Why Morgan just can’t get Chelsea’s last name right
■  What animation we watched this week
■  Morgan visits Don Bluth Front Row Theater for her bachelorette party and gets a special surprise
■  News: Don Bluth re-releases Dragon’s Lair comic in app store and hints at future Dragon’s Lair film, Ryan Woodwood releasing animated graphic novel, trailer for Arjun: The Warrior Prince
■  Nerdy Couch Discussion: Sequels!
■  Walt Disney vs. Roy Disney on sequels
■  Poster child for sequels gone wrong: The Land Before Time series
■  There are some good sequels
■  Are sequels canon?
■  The sequel that started it all: The Return of Jafar
■  Mason’s theory: The Return of Jafar is just a dream
■  The hierarchy of canon
■  What are some good sequels and bad sequels? Does it have replay value?
■  What Disney classics don’t have sequels?
■  Main discussion: Madagascar
■  Mini animation principle: Mason talks about “straights on curves”
■  What makes this movie unique: character design, humor, 
■  Soundtrack and Hans Zimmer
■  “I Like to Move It”: the song that changed the world
■  Not just for kids?
■  Quotes: watch me sleep, animal rights wackos, 
■  Characters: King Julian is the star of the show; Melman, Marty, Alex and Gloria; the famous penguins
■  Animation duos: one tall skinny one and one short fat one. “We don’t change!”
■  If you were Alex, which animal friend would you eat first?
■  Listener twitter question: Who is your favorite character in Madagascar and why?
■  Brief thoughts on Madagascar 2
■  Dislikes: didn’t connect with characters, 
■  We rate it!
■  “The Art of Brave” Contest
■  Bloopers: tin foil hat, future Disneyland meetup, Morgan’s all business

Runtime: 1:25:57, 41.3 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
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Direct download: 11_Madagascar_-_Sequels_and_Duos_We_Dont_Change.mp3
Category:Animation -- posted at: 10:40am MDT

Morgan and Chelsea stumble upon an opportunity to see a test screening Disney's upcoming animated film Wreck-It Ralph and share their thoughts. **Mostly spoiler free, but don't listen if you don't want to know too much about the film before it's released in November.***

Highlights:
■  What do we already know about Wreck-It Ralph?
■  Q: How did you get these tickets? A: LUCK!
■  Unfinished product: shows the different stages of production
■  Best moments: various video game cameos, Bad-Anon support group
■  Will you like it if you're not a gamer?
■  Ralph's main dilemna and motivation in the film
■  Hero's Duty, Sugar Rush and Game Central Station
■  They needed a Sideshow Bob rake moment at the end
■  Characters and voice actors
■  Did it feel like a Disney movie?
■  Toy Story with video games
■  We rated it "Very Good" 
■  Surprise appearance by John Lasseter and other Disney guys
■  Would we see this movie in theatres in November?
■  CONTEST: Review us on iTunes for a chance to win "The Art of Brave" book. To enter: take a screenshot of your written review and email it to us at therotoscopers@gmail.com
■  Bloopers: Morgan just can't get Chelsea's name right....

Runtime: 0:35:24, 17.0 MB

Where to Find Us:
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■ 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: 10_Wreck-It_Ralph_Test_Screening.mp3
Category:Animation -- posted at: 10:19am MDT

Morgan and Chelsea are flying solo in the studio as they discuss The Swan Princess. Hilarity and singing ensue.

Highlights:
■  News: Paperman movie poster and synopsis, John Musker and Ron Clements working on new hand-drawn animated Disney film
■  Pixar CinemaCon news: Dia de los Muertos film (2015), The Good Dinosaur (2014), The Untitled Pixar Film that Goes Inside the Mind (2015)
■  Main Discussion: The Swan Princess
■  Behind-the-scenes 90s commercial: "The most memorable, magical, musical adventure ever!" Really?
■  Director Spotlight: Who is the elusive Richard Rich?
■  Differences from the ballet Swan Lake and the movie
■  Box office flop, but home video success!
■  Kate Middleton had a princess movie marathon to prep for princess-dom
■  Odette: headstrong princess, was she really ever an "ugly duckling"?
■  Derek: Incredibly flawed ("What else is there?") but endearing, one giant tooth
■  The Richard Rich villain theory
■  Re-release DVD cover: Derek has a Bieber haircut and got plastic surgery?
■  Rothbart: is tipping over a table all it really takes to take away his powers?
■  Are the side characters worthwhile? Is three too many?
■  Why is there an incessant need for princesses to have an animal to talk to?
■  Thumbs up for "Princesses on Parade" and "This is My Idea", thumbs down for "No Fear"
■  Obscure songs: "Eternity" and "Swan Princess Rap" from The Swan Princess II: Escape from Castle Mountain
■  "This is My Idea": great scene for character development
■  This is the point where the podcast turns into a "singing fest"
■  Conundrums: the vow of everlasting love, summer vacation frequency, Rothbart's castle, no love for missing Odette
■  Ripping off Sleeping Beauty or paying homage?
■  What do you rate it? ★★★★
■  Mail bag aka "fan mail" segment
■  Don't forget about our sponsor Audible.com!
■  Bonus: Morgan and Chelsea sing something special (listen with caution)

Runtime: 1:16:11, 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: 09_The_Swan_Princess_-_Singing_Fest.mp3
Category:Animation -- posted at: 12:00am MDT

Chelsea's out of town so the Rotoscopers have a special guest host as they tango with Tangled, Disney's 50th animated feature film!

Highlights:
■  A wild guest host appears!
■  Morgan attended an advance screening of The Pirates: Band of Misfits featuring director Peter Lord
■  Nerdy Couch Discussion: Top Disney Princesses
■  Main discussion: Tangled

■  Original plot and voice actors (Kristen Chenoweth)Is it a princess movie that appeals to guys?
■  Name changes: Rapunzel (European title), Rapunzel UnbraidedRapunzel: A Tangled Tale
■  Mother Gothel's singing voice
■  Favorite songs on the soundtrack
■  Is Tangled a watered down version of The Hunchback of Notre Dame?
■  Standout characters: Maximus the horse, Captain of the Guard, Rapunzel's parents
■  "See the Light" lantern scene 
■  "Digital painting" blending classical animation elements with CGI
■  Rapunzel's hair: how much does her 70 feet of hair weigh?, changing length during the movie
■  Dislikes: Pascal, Rapunzel's teeth, Eugene's name
■  What other Disney villains have fallen to their death? 
■  Conundrum: Did Mother Gothel fall to her death or die of old age? Or both?
■  First princess movie to get a PG rating. Does PG vs. G even matter anymore?
■  Unrealistic lighting in the Snuggly Duckling scene
■  Foreshadowing in Rapunzel's baby mobile
■  Do you prefer Rapunzel with long or short hair?
■  Listener question: Is Tangled a Disney classic?
■  We rate it!

Runtime: 1:17:05, 37.0 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: 08_Tangled_-_The_Princess_Pantheon.mp3
Category:Animation -- posted at: 1:07am MDT

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
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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:
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■ 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: 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
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■ 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: 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
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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
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Direct download: 2_The_Iron_Giant_-_Hog_Hug.mp3
Category:Animation -- posted at: 6:33pm MDT