Animation Addicts Podcast - Animated Movie Reviews & Interviews for Disney, DreamWorks, Pixar & everything in between!
097 Peter Pan - It's the Peyote!

The Rotoscopers head to Neverland with special guest host Lou Mongello from WDW Radio as they review Disney's 1953 animated film Peter Pan.

Highlights

  • Catch and Fire with Lou Mongello.
  • Main Discussion: Peter Pan (1953)
  • Lou wins the award for the best first recollection: he saw the play on Broadway with his mom.
  • The meaning behind “This has all happened before and will all happen again…”
  • Captain Hook, Tinker Bell, Lost Boys and more!
  • Voicemails:  Mason, Blake, Sarah, Kimber
  • Don't forget to use the hashtags #AnimAddicts and #AnimAddicts97 when talking about this episode on Twitter!

Runtime: 01:34:43, 45.1 MB

Direct download: 097_Peter_Pan-_Its_the_Peyote.mp3
Category:Animation -- posted at: 1:00am MDT

096 The Simpsons Movie - I Was Beat in Tic-Tac-Toe by a Chicken

It's been a longtime coming: the Rotoscopers get together to talk about the 2007 hit The Simpsons Movie.

Highlights

  • We're so close to hitting our first milestone on our Patreon!
  • Nerdy Couch Discussion: The Simpsons the phenomenon.
  • What is the future for The Simpsons?
  • A little history about the show and our history with The Simpsons.
  • Main Discussion: The Simpsons Movie (2007)
  • Initial thoughts about the seeing the film.
  • Love the intro, Green Day cover of the theme song, and Itchy & Scratchy episode. They introduce a lot of familiar elements from the beginning, making it feel like just another episode.
  • Spider Pig, one of the most memorable parts of the film.
  • When the jokes/film get too current, is when it starts to date itself and the film goes downhill.
  • Quality animation in this film. Some things don't work like the 3D mob.
  • Listener Twitter Question: What is your favorite quote from The Simpsons Movie?
  • We rate it!
  • Voicemails: Sarah, Dylan, Billy
  • Don't forget to use the hashtags #AnimAddicts and #AnimAddicts96 when talking about this episode on Twitter!
  • JK! We actually just hit our first milestone on Patreon!
Direct download: The_Simpsons_Movie_-I_Was_Beat_in_Tic_Tac_Toe_by_a_Chicken.mp3
Category:Animation -- posted at: 6:15am MDT

095 FernGully: The Last Rainforest - Not Lorax Approved

We're heading back to the early 90s to review yet another film about saving the earth. This time it's the 1992 animated film FernGully: The Last Rainforest.

Highlights

  • Nerdy Couch Discussion: Environmentalism in animated films.
  • Why so many animated films about environmentalist/conservation messages?
  • Main Discussion: FernGullyThe Last Rainforest (1992)
  • This movie isn't quite bad! It's actually all right!
  • A little history, box office results and more fun facts!
  • Gotta love the bodacious babe, the red-dress fairy herself Crysta! Gotta love the red-headed mullet guy fairy.
  • Music is neither good nor memorable.
  • Batty is a boring character. Not really even the amazing Robin Williams can save him. His dated 90s rap is horrible.
  • Hexxus is a great villain. Definitely wins the award for creepiest villain. Talk about GREAT animation!
  • Voicemail: Deon, Katie, Mason 2.0, Mark, Sarah
  • Don't forget to use the hashtags #AnimAddicts and #AnimAddicts95 when talking about this episode on Twitter!

Runtime: 01:32:41, 42.5MB

Direct download: 95_Ferngully_-_Not_Lorax_Approved.mp3
Category:Animation -- posted at: 1:00am MDT

094 The Brave Little Toaster - Let the 'Toy Story' Comparisons Begin!

The Rotoscopers take a look back at an interesting 1980s animated film, Disney's 1987 film The Brave Little Toaster.

Highlights

  • Morgan give the update of the Disney's third multi-plane camera and Chelsea has big news!
  • Main Discussion: The Brave Little Toaster (1987)
  • A little production history and John Lasseter's actual involvement in production.
  • Let the Toy Story comparisons begin!
  • We had a hard time relating to...appliances.
  • Talking about the voice actors: Jon Lovitz, Phil Hartman.
  • Where did all these songs come from? They didn't quite work.
  • The animal scene is just bizarre. Same with Toaster's dream. Yikes!
  • Mason favorite movie trope: the characters searching for each other and JUST miss each other.
  • The new electronics are fancy...but mean!
  • The dump. Gotta love the 80s/90s making trash evil.
  • Voicemail: Mark, Catherine, Chad, Mason, Ryan, Sarah
  • Don't forget to use the hashtags #AnimAddicts and #AnimAddicts94 when talking about this episode on Twitter!
Direct download: 94_The_Brave_Little_Toaster_-Let_the_Toy_Story_Comparisons_Begin.mp3
Category:Animation -- posted at: 5:32am MDT

When you wish upon a podcast, you get the Rotoscopers reviewing Walt Disney's 2nd masterpiece, the 1940 animated classic Pinocchio.

Highlights

  • Nerdy Couch Discussion:
  • Main Discussion: Pinocchio (1940)
  • Talking about the production history.
  • Diving into the original 1883 book The Adventures of Pinocchio. What did they change from the original story?
  • Jiminy Cricket is the perfect lovable Disney sidekick.
  • Geppetto is a cute, relatable character. But what out! tobacco warning!
  • Talk about the score by Paul Smith and the Pinocchio Legacy Collection.
  • Stromboli is an excellent example of squash and stretch.
  • We meet Honest John and Gideon again.
  • Aw, Pleasure Island. The place of all vices: beer, smoking...and pool!
  • Monstro is one of the main things Mason wants to see in the the live-action remake.
  • Love love love the water effects during this scene.
  • Voicemails: Mark, Sarah, Mark
  • Don't forget to use the hashtags #AnimAddicts and #AnimAddicts93 when talking about this episode on Twitter!
Direct download: 93_Pinocchio-_Now_Thats_How_You_Do_A_Disney_Sidekick.mp3
Category:Animation -- posted at: 1:00am MDT

092 Watership Down - Complete with Criterion Snobbery

The Rotoscopers go across the pond to review a cult classic and highly requested 1978 British film Watership Down.

Highlights

  • Main Discussion: Watership Down (1978)
  • First thoughts of hearing about the film and ultimately seeing it.
  • Mason breaks down the bonus features on the Watership Down Criterion Collection Blu-ray.
  • Based on a popular and famous book of the same name.
  • One of the highlights of this film is the sense of realism.
  • Overview of bunny religion.
  • Beautiful watercolor backgrounds juxtaposed with bad animation.
  • This film can be broken down by the three different societies they encounter.
  • Oops...we forgot the females.
  • Chelsea breaks down the soundtrack.
  • The last 10 minutes are insanely bloody and violent.
  • CGI reboot news!
  • We rate it!
  • Voicemails: Jemma, Sarah, Chris
  • Don't forget to use the hashtags #AnimAddicts92 and #AnimAddicts when talking about this episode on Twitter!

Runtime: 1:41:12, 47.5 MB

Direct download: 92_Watership_Down_-_Complete_with_Criterion_Snobbery.mp3
Category:Animation -- posted at: 5:28am MDT

091 Kung Fu Panda 2 - The Kaboom of Doom

We just love kung fu! Last episode we reviewed Kung Fu Panda and we just couldn't get enough. This episode, we review the 2011 sequel Kung Fu Panda 2!

Highlights

  • Main Discussion: Kung Fu Panda 2
  • General info, box office results, and first thoughts and recollections.
  • Morgan thought the intro was going to be a lot more epic.
  • The score by Hans Zimmer and John Powell really does a great job of drawing you in. It's very lyrical and dictates what is happening on screen.
  • Big plot problem: Po's "Who am I? Where did I come from?" dilemma comes out of no where. Needed more build up.
  • Lord Shen is an amazing villain.
  • This is one of the most emotional DreamWorks films.
  • Did Shen survive? In frame by frame, you see him crushed by his canon.
  • So that's where all the pandas went!
  • Voicemail: Katie, Sarah
  • Listen Twitter question: What is your favorite scene or quote from Kung Fu Panda 3?
  • Don't forget to use the hashtags #AnimAddicts and #AnimAddicts91 when talking about this episode on Twitter!

Runtime: 1:20:18, 39.9 MB

Direct download: 91_Kung_Fu_Panda_2_-_Kaboom_of_Doom.mp3
Category:Animation -- posted at: 6:00am MDT

It's back-to-back DreamWorks films for the Rotoscopers! This episode we tackle the 2008 CGI film Kung Fu Panda.

Highlights

  • Main Discussion: Kung Fu Panda
  • Drama at the Annie Awards. Panda sweeps!
  • First thoughts and recollections about the movie.
  • Is it easier to do martial arts in animation?
  • The 2D opening sequence is by the amazing James Baxter.
  • The Furious 5 meet Po.
  • Tai Lung and his epic escape out of the prison.
  • Morgan has issues with how long it took Po to be a master.
  • What we think about the message "there is no secret ingredient."
  • Major theme of the movie: You need to be ok with you.
  • Another theme: turning your weaknesses into strengths.
  • We rate it!
  • Voicemail: Mark
  • Don't forget to use the hashtags #AnimAddicts and #AnimAddicts89 when talking about this episode on Twitter!

Runtime: 1:08:57, 67.6 MB

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Direct download: 90_Kung_Fu_Panda_-_How_to_Train_Your_Panda.mp3
Category:Animation -- posted at: 1:00am MDT

 Mason is flying solo as he interviews Christopher Knights, the voice of Private from Penguins of Madagascar.

Highlights

  • Chris talks about his job at DreamWorks Animation as an editor and how he got into voice acting.
  • Mason asks about other DreamWorks films like Shrek, Trolls, Me and My Shadow, and Mumbai Musical. 
  • Chris also answers a question we had on a previous episode, We're Back! A Dinosaurs Story.
  • Tell us what you thought of the interview! Don't forget to use the hashtags #AnimAddicts and #AnimAddicts89 when talking about this episode on Twitter!

Runtime: 1:17:46, 37.3 MB

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Direct download: 89_Interview_with_Christopher_Knights_-Penguins_of_Madagascar.mp3
Category:Animation -- posted at: 12:06am MDT

088 Shrek - The Anti-Fairytale

The Rotoscopers review DreamWorks' second CGI animated film, the amazing, hilarious, irreverent Shrek.

Highlights

  • Main Discussion: Shrek (2001)
  • Morgan and Chelsea saw this movie in theatres together and bonded over the fairy tale and Disney parodies.
  • Mason goes in depth about the lighting, rigging, animation and character designs.
  • Animation technology really shows its age.
  • So quotable!
  • John Powell did the score. He's like a Rotoscoper for music--Disney, DreamWorks, and everything in between.
  • New DREAMWORKS theory: all DreamWorks films are biblical.
  • Which Eddie Murphy character is better? Donkey or Mushu?
  • This movie works because it points out the ridiculousness of fairy tales.
  • Duloc is a ripoff of Disneyland. But it's hilarious.
  • Donkey is so dense, but it's what makes him so endearing.
  • The theme of layers really is critical to the whole film.
  • The blatant transformation ripoff of the Beast's transformation. The toes!
  • Voicemail: Angela
  • Don't forget to use the hashtags #AnimAddicts and #AnimAddicts88 when talking about this episode on Twitter!

Runtime: 1:30:53    Size: 45.2 MB

Direct download: 88_Shrek_-_The_Anti_Fairy_Tale.mp3
Category:Animation -- posted at: 12:18am MDT