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

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

Find us on the web: therotoscopers.comtwitterfacebook,  tumblr & hypable
Visit our sponsor: Audible.com 
Questions, comments, suggestions? Send us an email at therotoscopers@gmail.com 

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
■ Send us a voicemail at therotoscopers.com/voicemail

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

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:
■ 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: 10_Wreck-It_Ralph_Test_Screening.mp3
Category:Animation -- posted at: 10:19am MST

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 MST

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
■ Send us a voicemail at therotoscopers.com/voicemail

Direct download: 08_Tangled_-_The_Princess_Pantheon.mp3
Category:Animation -- posted at: 1:07am MST

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 MST

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 MST

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 MST

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 MST