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

It's the one-year anniversary episode of the podcast! Join Chelsea, Morgan and Mason as they take a walk down memory lane as their discuss the Disney Renaissance and its first classic film, The Little Mermaid.


Highlights:
News: fake Frozen posters, DreamWorks pushes Mr. Peabody and Sherman release date and massive staff cuts, LAIKA’s new feature The Boxtrolls
Nerdy Couch Discussion: Waking Sleeping Beauty and the Disney Renaissance (1989-1999).
Morgan gives a brief history on the Disney Renaissance.
Favorite movies from the era, the better part of the era (1989-1994), the second half of the era (1995-1999).
Would animation be the same if there wasn’t a Disney Renaissance?
Main discussion: The Little Mermaid
Howard Ashman key to its success, first film to use the CAPS system.
The real Hans Christian Anderson story of The Little Mermaid.
First thoughts and recollections: VHS, animation masterpiece, The Little Mermaid pool effect,
The beginning: prologue song, the seahorse, the sisters have the best names, the shipwreck and shark, Scuttle, how many mer-kings are there?, Triton’s trident’s powers.
Three most iconic moments: the grotto hand reach, singing on the rock, and the hair flip.
Where does Eric fall on the Disney Prince hotness scale? Is Eric under appreciated?
"Part of Your World": love the lyrics, clever singing fish.
Ariel’s grotto: the Eric statue, Triton’s rage issues, Captain Ahab, Flotsam & Jetsam’s creepy voices.
Ursula: she's a cecaelia, best villains of all time, designed after a drag queen, differences between her powers and Triton’s.
Ariel as a human: Is Eric’s castle the best Disney castle?, are they in France?, working girls conversation, similarities to Tangled and Edward Scissorhands.
Eric’s flute moment, enter Vanessa, the wedding, Triton polyp.
The climax: super fast, all the poor mermaid decision makers return back to society, drunk Triton, the Disney chorus, mermaid-human relations, shameless mockery of the French.
The sequels: TV series, song “Harmony”, The Little Mermaid 2: Return to the Sea, The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Beginning, The Little Mermaid Broadway musical.
We rate it!
Don’t forget the bloopers!

Runtime: 1:49:43, 52.7 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: 31_The_Little_Mermaid_-_Now_with_More_Product_Placement.mp3
Category:Animation -- posted at: 8:03pm MDT

The Rotoscopers kick off the new year with an old Disney classic, A Goofy Movie

Highlights:

■ News: Disney Infinity Video GameThe Rotoscopers YouTube channel, Mason’s big news
■ Where’s Mason been?
■ Main discussion: A Goofy Movie
■ Goof 101: What is a Goof?
■ One word to describe this film: 90s!
■ Chelsea’s very first DVD and iTunes album purchase
■ One of the best Disney soundtracks ever?
■ Goofy: voiced by our very own Bill Farmer
■ Max: voiced by Jason Marsden aka “that one guy from that one show”
■ Pete: voiced by Jim Cummings aka “THE voice actor from the 90s”
■ Roxanne: the world’s most awesome 90s shorts
■ PJ: voiced by Bob Paulson; Stacy’s a fast talker; Robert “Bobby” Zimeruski; Lester
■ Favorite scenes: opening dream, school assembly, live-action “After Today”
■ Max blew his chance with the hot girl
■ Is Max’s lie worse than Aladdin’s?
■ Lake Destiny, ID is actually Lake Destiny, GA!
■ “On the Open Road”: the original “Trashing the Camp,” undead guy, random nuns
■ Lester’s Possum Park: County Bear’s Jamboree knock-off, mob of crazy kids
■ Bigfoot encounter: Pete’s RV is not Lorax approved, the perfect cast, Bigfoot with headphones, awkward car scene, Max’s therapeutic post card
■ The perfect cast saves the day in more ways than one
■ Powerline concert: combo of Prince and Will Smith, one song?
■ IMDB A Goofy Movie thesis
■ Conundrums: Max already has plans with his dad, Max didn’t learn his lesson?
■ We rate it!

Links:
■ Disney A to Z – the Unofficial Encyclopedia
■ Buy A Goofy Movie on Amazon 

Runtime: 1:23:08, 40.0 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
■ Send us a voicemail at therotoscopers.com/voicemail

Direct download: 30_A_Goofy_Movie_-_Its_SO_Nineties.mp3
Category:Animation -- posted at: 6:05pm MDT

It's been nearly one year since the Rotoscopers got together for their first episode. This episode takes a look back at the best moments of the Animation Addicts Podcast in 2012!

Highlights:
■ News: Top 10 animated films of 2012 (domestic gross)
■ Main discussion: Best of 2012!
■ Joys of learning how to podcast, bloopers of intros
■ And...action! Ok, who starts?
■ Getting to know each other
■ Multi-tasking while podcasting
■ Themes: voice actors and tangents
■ The variety of special guests and hosts
■ Lots and lots of mail bag!

Runtime: 1:37:15, 46.8 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: 29_The_Best_of_2012.mp3
Category:Animation -- posted at: 12:57pm MDT

The gang is back together discussing DreamWorks Animation's first traditionally animated film The Prince of Egypt.

Highlights:
■ Nickoledeon launching Ninja Turtles cartoon series reboot, new untitled Pixar projectDisney reveals official Frozen logo 
■ Main discussion: The Prince of Egypt
■ Who is Jeffrey Katzenberg?
■ Awards: From the Oscars to the Grammy’s where did it fall? Nashville version of the undtrack
■ Box office results: was it a success?
■ A bible story? Bold move for DreamWorks! Topped with an all-star voice cast!
■ Characters, world design, animation
■ Beginning: "Deliver Us", chariot race, meeting Pharaoh, hieroglyphics, 
■  Time in Midian: "Through Heaven's Eyes", the burning bush
■ Haboob! Moses walked to Arizona
■ Back in Egypt: what's the best slave job?, Mason thinks "Playing with the Big Boys" is horrible, the destroying angel, passover
■ "There Can Be Miracles" = fake ending?, the Red Sea
■ We rate it!
■ Bloopers and Chelsea's shameless plug 

Runtime: 1:14:04, 35.6 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: 28_The_Prince_of_Egypt_-_Haboob.mp3
Category:Animation -- posted at: 9:02am MDT

We get the chance to interview Frankie Franco III (also known as Frak). Frak is a production assistant atDreamWorks Animation SKG whose first project was Rise of the Guardians. In this interview, he talks about what it's like working at DreamWorks, his job and his thoughts on the film.

Runtime: 0:40:28, 19.5 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
■ Send us a voicemail at therotoscopers.com/voicemail

Direct download: 27_Interview_with_Rise_of_the_Guardians_Frankie_Franco.mp3
Category:Animation -- posted at: 7:18pm MDT

This episode is dedicated to the wonderful world of video games! The Rotoscopers talk about this week's animation news, discuss their favorite video games before heading into a lengthy discussion about Disney's 52nd animated featureWreck-It Ralph!

Highlights:
■ Go to www.therotoscopers.com/voicemail to leave a message for our Best of 2012 Show!
■ News: Disney Buys Lucasfilm, Disney's Wreck-It Ralphopening weekend numbers
■ Nerdy Couch Discussion: What were/are your top 5 video games growing up/today and why?
■ Paperman: everything they said it was going to be
■ Main Discussion: Wreck-it Ralph
■ Audience reactions and hype
■ What makes Wreck-It Ralph so much more successful than other video game-to-cartoon franchises? 
■ Animation: Felix’s movements are quick and spry, what stuck out most? What did they change from the test screening?
■ The many worlds of Wreck-it Ralph: Fix-It Felix Jr., Game Central Station, Hero's Duty, Sugar Rush
■ Ralph: John C. Reilly Inspired by Donkey Kong -Chelsea was right
■ Vanellope: Sarah Silverman- She stole the show
■ Fix-it Felix Jr.: Kenneth from 30 Rock -Morgan has some catching up to do
■ Sgt Calhoun: Jane Lynch- “She’s programmed with the most tragic backstory...”
■ Scenes of note: world design, favorite cameos/side characters, and quotes/gags
■ Chun Lee from Street Fighter lost her DJ job :(
■ Credits were the best!
■ Let’s rate it! Chelsea get’s out of her comfort zone

Runtime: 1:29:40, 43.1 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: 26_Wreck-It_Ralph_-_It_Just_Worked.mp3
Category:Animation -- posted at: 9:50am MDT

In this episode, Wreck-it Ralph’s Animation Supervisor--Renato Dos Anjos--talks about his life and work at Disney Animation Studios.

Highlights
■ About Renato: originally from São Paulo, Brazil and wanted to be in comic books
■ Started with Disney--it’s all about who you know
■ How did he get involved in the Wreck-It Ralph project?
■ Relationship with the director, Rich Moore
■ How Disney fills positions within the company 
■ Working with Art Director, Mike Gabriel 
■ Did Episode 10 really go through the whole animation department? YES! ...but did they like it?
■ Test screenings: The rush before and after
■ Technical achievements: how they educated the crew, glided between worlds and all the CGI challenges
■ Always go the extra mile because these movies change you
■ Award for largest cast: new friends and iconic Characters
■ Disney’s plan for staying on top: Goal #1 - Support the creative spirit. Be open, help the community, and get rid of egos.
■ Favorite scenes/work in Wreck-It Ralph? Rich Moore, animation teams, and every department “Bring their best game” 
■ Favorite character? Vanellope von Schweetz
■ Animation had the biggest impact on this film than any other he’s worked on. Day in the life of a “animation supervisor” at Walt Disney Animation Studios. Toys, Posters, promotions... everything! 
Keep your head down!
■ Wrap party and the “supernatural” buzz about the film. It has only gotten better since the test screening!
■ Renato has powers over the internet! He’s going to unplug us!

Runtime: 0:32:26, 15.7 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

Additional Info:
Wreck-It Ralph Trailer
Animated short--Paperman--to open before Wreck-It Ralph
Episode 10: Our thoughts from the Wreck-It Ralph test screening



This is Halloween! The Rotoscoper gang discussese Disney's cult classic Halloween-Christmas film, The Nightmare Before Christmas.

Highlights:
■ The Thunder Tube!
■ News: New Disney and Pixar release dates (Phineas & Ferb, Ron & Jon 2D animated film, Untitled Pixar Film), viral website for Monsters UniversityThe Swan Princess Christmas
■ Remember to send in your submissions for the Best of 2012 Show!
■ New game segment: Wizard’s Duel!
■ Main Discussion: Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas
■ Misconceptions: Tim Burton did not direct this film; Henry Selick did! 
■ Touchstone release, do you consider it a Disney film?
■ Hardcore Nightmare Before Christmas fans
■ Design & animation: popup book aesthetic, spindly characters
■ The beginning: starts with a rythme, not “scare-the-pants-off-of-you” scary, “This is Halloween”, fangirl witches, muppets cameo?
■ Jack Skellington: iconic Burton character, naive, eccentric genius, James and the Giant Peach cameo
■ Danny Elfman: the film's composer and singing voice of Jack
■ Does the love story between Sally and Jack work?  
■ Other characters: Sally; the Mayor; Santa; Lock, Shock & Barrel
■ Who is Vincent van Ghoul? Vincent Price tangent
■ The songs: subpar, quick and complex, “What’s This?”, “Oogie Boogie’s Song”, “Sally’s Song”, “Kidnap the Sandy Claws”, Nightmare Revisted CD
■ What would be your favorite holiday town?
■ Scenes of note: the swirly hill, relationship between Sally and the mad scientist
■ Lesson and morals of the film? Morgan’s specialization/globalization rant
■ Sequel talk and Haunted Mansion Holiday at Disneyland
■ Who is the real villain? Jack or Oogie Boogie?
■ Don't forget to check out our movie/Blu-Ray/art book reviews! Also enter our Snow White art book contest!

Runtime: 1:25:29, 41.1 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: 24_The_Nightmare_Before_Christmas.mp3
Category:Animation -- posted at: 4:15pm MDT

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
■ Send us a voicemail at therotoscopers.com/voicemail

Direct download: 23_Interview_with_Bill_Farmer.mp3
Category:Animation -- posted at: 1:13am MDT

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
■ Send us a voicemail at therotoscopers.com/voicemail

Direct download: Coraline.mp3
Category:Animation -- posted at: 12:07am MDT