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

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:
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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: 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
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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
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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
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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:
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■ Mason Smith: This Animated Life BlogTwitter
■ Chelsea Robson: FacebookTwitter
■ Morgan Stradling: Twitter, Instagram
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■ 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
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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
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Direct download: 14_Brave_Review_Part_2_with_Spoilers.mp3
Category:Animation -- posted at: 4:38pm MST

Morgan and Chelsea get to see an advance screening of Pixar’s hotly anticipated film, Brave. They share their spoiler-free thoughts and impressions about the film.  

**We tried to keep the review as spoiler free as possible, but our definition of spoiler might be different that your definition. So if you don’t want to know anything about the film before it’s released, don’t listen!**

Highlights:
■ Is Brave overhyped?
■ The HAIR is the star of the film
■ Madagascar 3 vs. Brave
■ Setting: old Scotland is beautiful
■ Despite the mystical elements, Brave feels the most “real” of Pixar’s films
■ Did they just do that?!
■ The clans: loveable, who’s your favorite Lord?
■ The suitors: not so desirable, Kronk bodyguard
■ The triplets: hilarious, free reign through the castle
■ Humor: not too over the top, just right
■ Merida and Elinor’s mother/daughter relationship drives the plot
■ Brave is not “the Scottish Mulan”, but it is a LOT like another Disney animated film
■ The music: makes you want to dance, hummable 
■ The directors: Brenda Chapman and Mark Andrews
■ Very quotable film
■ Best animated film of 2012 so far
■ Merida’s face shape and the official princesses
■ How old is Merida?
■ What do they rate it?
■ Thoughts on La Luna: tender, clever, multi-generational story
■ Always stay till the end

Runtime: 0:39:40, 18.2 MB

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Direct download: 13_Brave_Review_Part_1_Spoiler_Free.mp3
Category:Animation -- posted at: 6:11pm MST

The gang is back together for a full episode. This episode features a long discussion about the 1997 animated classis Anastasia. And where did the Nerdy Couch Discussion go, you may ask? Don't worry, this episode is a bit unconvential and the NCD is nestled in the middle of the main discussion.

Highlights:
■ News: Maggie Simpsons 3D short, Pixar Disney California Cruise, A Cat in Paris released
■ Main Discussion: Don Bluth and Gary Goldman’s Anastasia
■ Gary Goldman: the forgotten part of the Bluth duo
■ Is Anastasia the pinnacle of Don and Gary’s career?
■ “My Fair Lady” plot?
■ Making-of featurettes hosted by...Aaliyah?
■ Mini Nerdy Couch Discussion:  R&B songs over the credits in the 90s
■  Gangster Anastasia & greasy Dimitri 
■ Why do so many people think Anastasia is a Disney movie?
■ Dimitri: face doesn’t match the actor, best looking animated mantagonist?, “I don’t know what to tell you”
■ Anastasia: a witty romcom leading lady; grand duchess, not princess; first to elope,
■ Where would Anastasia rank among the Disney princesses?
■ Would there be an uprising by Disney or Bluth fans is Disney bought the rights to Anastasia? 
■ Rasputin: should we fear or pity him as the villain?, eternal leprosy
■ Mason’s 3 reasons why Rasputin is a pathetic villian
■ Bartok and Rasputin’s unhealthy relationship
■ Conspiracy time and villian metaphysics: no time in limbo aka the TIME VORTEX! 
■ Why do kings always keep the creepy advisors around?
■ Pooka: the REAL villain of the movie, throwaway character
■ Sophie: voice actress thought her character's design was too big
■ Vladamir: member of the royal court, quotes
■ Need to know Russian history to understand the film?
■ Songs: Disney playlist worthy, “people sing when they are too emotional to talk anymore”, is “Once Upon a December” or “Journey to the Past” the more memorable song
■ Lots o’ CGI: problems with objects, beautiful layouts, innovative, the pegasus
■ Live action reference or full on rotoscoping?
■ Clarification: we don’t think rotoscoping is the greatest thing ever
■ Best scenes: travel montage, glowing mystical sparkles, very Haunted Mansion-esque ghostly people 
■ Unanswered questions: Russia and Anastasia's memory, Dimitri and the music box, Mason’s enchanted palace theory
■ Morgan and Chelsea debate Anstasia’s changing hair length
■ Listener trivia question: How do you feel about Rasputin as a villain?
■ Let’s rate it!
■ “Art of Brave” contest new deadline: June 30. Enter now!
■ Bloopers: cool ringtone, Chelsea can’t speak today, Princess Tanya

Runtime: 1:28:14, 41.4 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: 12_Anastasia_-_Rasputin_The_Dork_of_the_Night.mp3
Category:Animation -- posted at: 1:50pm MST

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
■ Send us a voicemail at therotoscopers.com/voicemail

Direct download: 11_Madagascar_-_Sequels_and_Duos_We_Dont_Change.mp3
Category:Animation -- posted at: 10:40am MST