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087 The Secret of NIMH - Too Many "J" Names

All good things must come to a close--it's the final film in the Rotoscopers' Mice & Rats podcast series,  Don Bluth's debut film The Secret of NIMH.


Highlights

  • Nerdy Couch Discussion:
  • Main Discussion: The Secret of NIMH (1982)
  • Shout out to to the fan-made trailer by ELO1138.
  • The staples of a Don Bluth film: dazzle, Dom Deluise, and knobbly hands.
  • The opening: one of the best writing in any of Bluth's film.
  • Why do we love Mrs. Brisby?
  • Classic movie trope: fear of flying.
  • The drama with Mrs. Frisby and Frisbee.
  • The owl and Nicodemus have elements of the same character.
  • Jenner: is he a good villain?
  • The amulet and its powers aren't quite explained. The scientific elements make sense; the mystical, not so much.
  • We rate it!
  • Voicemail: Sarah, Eric.
  • Don't forget to use the hashtags #AnimAddicts and #AnimAddicts87 when talking about this episode on Twitter!

Runtime: 01:16:55  Size 38.2 MB

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Direct download: 87_Secret_of_Nimh_-_Too_Many__J__Names.mp3
Category:Animation -- posted at: 1:01am MDT

086 Once Upon a Forest - How Alvin and the Chipmunks Save the Forest

The fans voted and the Rotoscopers delivered! Chelsea, Morgan, and Mason continue the Rats and Mice series with Once Upon a Forest! 

 

Highlights

  • Main Discussion: Once Upon a Forest
  • It's ok. Not bad. But just ok.
  • Classic James Horner. There's alway a wind instrument solo.
  • Mason soapbox moment: Why are there animals that are selectively clothed and selectively naked?
  • It's the 90s! Look at all the orphans and single parent households.
  • Everyone rants about the environmentalist message.
  • Message of the movie: stop driving cars and kill all the owls.
  • The owls in this film remind of the movie.
  • How many people are actually trying to climb up there to get the flower?
  • Humans are evil, but not really!
  • We rate it!
  • Voicemail: Help Kimber with her senior project! Email her at kimberhaner@gmail.com.
  • Don't forget to use the hashtags #AnimAddicts and #AnimAddicts86 when talking about this episode on Twitter!

Runtime: 1:05:46, 32.3MB

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Direct download: 86_86_Once_Upon_a_Forest.mp3
Category:Animation -- posted at: 11:56pm MDT

085 Cinderella - Mason Dubs

We're continuing with our Mice & Rats podcast series with rag-to-riches story, Disney's 1950 classic Cinderella!

Highlights

  • Nerdy Couch Discussion: Why are Cinderella, Snow White and Aurora seen as "weak" characters?
  • Main Discussion: Cinderella (1950)
  • Great example of human character animation.
  • Epic Morgan rant on the horrible HD restoration.
  • Cinderella was never poor. Poor is a state of mind.
  • Introducing the mice, who really sidetrack the movie.
  • Lucifer and Clean Flicks.
  • The King and the Grand Duke are amazing. Wish we had more time.
  • Wait, the King wants the ball to happen...TONIGHT?!
  • You know your dress is bad if the mic thing it looks old.
  • The Mary Blair influence really starts coming to life during the ball.
  • Gotta love the King and Duke's interactions.
  • Love Cinderella because she's never bitter, angry or entitled, just grateful.
  • Voicemail: Cody
  • Don't forget to use the hashtags #AnimAddicts and #AnimAddicts85 when talking about this episode on Twitter!

Runtime: 1:40.23, 96.3MB

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Direct download: 85_Cinderella_-_Mason_Dubs.mp3
Category:Animation -- posted at: 1:00am MDT

084 Best of 2014 Show

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Welcome to the Animation Addicts Best of 2014 show! This episode is our celebration of the best that 2014 had to offer in animation and the Animation Addicts podcast.

 

Highlights

  • Looking back at 2014. What were some of our favorite moments and movies?
  • Time to announce the winners of the 2014 Rotoscopers Awards!
    • Best Animated Film: Big Hero 6 (24%)
    • Best Animated Short: Feast (55%)
    • Best Animated TV Show/TV Special: Toy Story That Time Forgot (26%)
    • Best Voice Acting (Male): Chris Pratt  (30%)
    • Best Voice Acting (Female): Cate Blanchett (36%)
    • Best Animated Character: Baymax (70%)
    • Best Animated Sidekick Character: Hiro (45%)
    • Breakout Character: Baymax (55%)
    • Best Villain: The LEGO Movie (41%)
    • Best Song: "Everything is Awesome!!!" (43%)
    • Best Score: How to Train Your Dragon 2 - John Powell (48%)
    • Best Quote/Line: "Bla-la-la-la." - Baymax (44%)
    • Best Marketing Campaign: Big Hero 6 (32%)
    • Best Screenplay: Big Hero 6 (29%)
    • Best Animated Movie Trailer: Big Hero 6 (42%)
    • Most Anticipated Animated Movie of 2015: Inside Out (63%)
    • Best Animation Addicts Podcast Episode: Episode 80 - Big Hero 6 - Don't Even Compare it to Frozen (29%)
    • Best Opinion Piece: Tangled vs. Frozen: Which is the Better Movie? - Gary Wright (34%)
  • Now to the best clips from the Animation Addicts podcast in 2014!
  • One big ol' mailbag segment featuring all the remaining emails of 2014.

Runtime: 2:25:45, 70.6 MB

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Direct download: 84_Best_of_2014_Show.mp3
Category:Animation -- posted at: 8:07am MDT

083 Mickey's Christmas Carol - They're Just Actors

For the annual Christmas episode of the Animation Addicts Podcast, the Rotoscopers review the 1983 short Mickey's Christmas Carol.

Highlights

  • Main Discussion: Mickey's Christmas Carol (1983)
  • One of many adaptations of Dicken's Christmas Carol.
  • Lots and lots of cameos. All these characters are actors.
  • Pre-Bill Farmer Goofy is so out of character.
  • Ghost of Christmas Past: Jiminy Cricket.
  • Morgan has a lot of love for Daisy Duck.
  • Mail bag: Mark, Dustin, Rachel, S, Eric, Alice, Rob, Mike.
  • Don't forget to use the hashtags #AnimAddicts and #AnimAddicts83 when talking about this episode on Twitter!

Runtime: 1:13:27, 18.0 MB

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Direct download: 83_Mickeys_Christmas_Carol_-_Theyre_Just_Actors.mp3
Category:Animation -- posted at: 1:00am MDT

082 Interview with Glen Keane

Disney Legend, Glen Keane, takes a moment out of his very busy schedule to talk to Mason and Chelsea about his new short, Duet! Check it out! You won't be disappointed!

Highlights

  • Intro of Glen Keane and his short interactive film "Duet" 
  • What?! Glen listens to The Rotoscopers?
  • CATCH N’ FIRE!
  • Glen talks about Duet and its inspirations.
  • Why graphite?
  • Listener questions:
    • Thomas Van Acker: What do you think is the most important aspect of animation that should be taught by teachers? Or what did you miss in your animation classes?
    • Bridget Monica: What story (that hasn't been done!) would you love to see transformed into a full length animated film?
    • Jessica Wersky: What role does faith play in your creative life?
  • Don't forget to use the hashtags #AnimAddicts and #AnimAddicts82 when talking about this episode on Twitter!
  • Blooper! Can we get Glen back?

Glen was so kind and went on to the Facebook fan page and replied to many of the the questions personally. Check it out here!

Runtime: 0:53:12

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Direct download: 82_Interview_with_Glen_Keane.mp3
Category:Animation -- posted at: 6:46am MDT

The Rotoscopers continue with their Mice & Rats podcast series by reviewing one of Pixar's most critically acclaimed films: Ratatouille.

Highlights

  • Main Discussion: Ratatouille (2007)
  • First thoughts and recollections of the film.
  • Chelsea can't get over the fact that the main character's a rat. Morgan and Mason love it.
  • Morgan's experience searching for ratatouille, then being terribly disappointed with its taste.
  • Our love for Anton Ego: the antagonist who has a change of heart at the end.
  • The pre-Monsters University lighting/rendering really shows.
  • Animation tropes: "This is me" narration opening and firearms not running out of ammo until you need it.
  • Anton Ego's transformation and final monologue.
  • Crappy knock off time! Ratatoing!
  • Mail bag: Logan, Joshua K., Tom, Drew
  • Don't forget to use the hashtags #AnimAddicts and #AnimAddicts81 when talking about this episode on Twitter!

Runtime: 1:29:43, 20.84 MB

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Direct download: 81_Ratatouille_-_Da_Brad_Bird.mp3
Category:Animation -- posted at: 10:27pm MDT

080 Big Hero 6 - Don't Even Compare It to Frozen!

We review Disney's newest animated feature, the superhero film that everyone loves: Big Hero 6.

Highlights

      • Main Discussion: Big Hero 6 (2014)
      • Impressions from our screenings and Morgan's experience from the Big Hero 6 premiere.
      • Thoughts about the backgrounds and city of San Fransokyo.
      • Technical mumbo with Mason! Disney's Hyperion image engine.
      • First weekend box office numbers!
      • Thoughts about Tadashi and act 1. Problems with telling and not showing.
      • Who we thought the villain was at the beginning.
      • Let's talk about the Big Hero 6 gang. We need more of them!
      • Baymax was adorable. Much more lovable than Olaf. Great sidekick character who morphed into a main character.
      • Where were Hiro's powers?
      • How to we feel about the villain?
      • The final battle was very "final battle"!
      • We rate it!
      • Listener Twitter Question: What was your favorite moment from Big Hero 6?
      • Voicemail: August, Sirose, Bri, Dylan
      • Mail bag: Daniel, S, Eric, Alice, Rob, Mike
      • Don't forget to use the hashtags #AnimAddicts and #AnimAddicts80 when talking about this episode on Twitter!

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Direct download: 80_Big_Hero_6_-_Dont_Even_Compare_It_To_Frozen.mp3
Category:Animation -- posted at: 1:00am MDT

For the next film in our 'Mice & Rats' series, we cover Don Bluth's 1986 mouse film An American Tail.

Highlights

  • More stories from Chelsea!
  • Main Discussion: An American Tail (1986)
  • A little history of the film and how Fievel got his name.
  • Who's who in a Don Bluth production.
  • Talk of the figurative and literal meaning of "cats".
  • How we feel of Fievel as a main character.
  • Classic Don Bluth scariness in the ocean.
  • Welcome to NYC! Fievel wandering and meeting a lot of different people.
  • Lots of accents happening here (plus a speech impediment).
  • The cats going to Hong Kong is depicting how cats really ended up in that city.
  • When will we get the Rotoscopers band together?
  • The Don Bluth dazzle is strong with this one.
  • Mail bag: Joshua K, Sarah, Dan, Henrieke, Drew
  • Don't forget to use the hashtags #AnimAddicts and #AnimAddicts79 when talking about this episode on Twitter!

Runtime: 1:25:26, 20.6 MB

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Direct download: 79_An_American_Tail_-_How_Many_Bands_Have_a_Thunder_Tube.mp3
Category:Animation -- posted at: 1:00am MDT


The Roto-SPOOKERS make an appearance for their annual Halloween episode. This time, they tackle the last of Disney's package films, The Adventures of Ichabod & Mr. Toad

Highlights

  • A little insight about Disney's package film era.
  • Main Discussion: The Adventures of Ichabod & Mr. Toad (1949)
  • Initial thoughts. Differences between the two films.
  • Mr. Toad is a frustrating character. Why do his friends try to help him?
  • Both of these films have pretty good gags.
  • Cyril Proudbottom is not a good friend. Also, Winky is creepy.
  • Onto the one we all want to get to...The Legend of Sleepy Hollow!
  • Ichabod is a really flawed character. And why do all the women like him? Actually, everyone here is flawed.
  • The old frolic!
  • The music makes this film. Bing Crosby is gold!
  • We rate it!
  • Mail bag: Joshua, Mark, Jemma, Catherine, Simba's Guard, Adrienne
  • Don't forget to use the hashtags #AnimAddicts and #AnimAddicts when talking about this episode on Twitter!

Runtime: 1:26:12, 21.8 MB

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Direct download: 78_The_Adventures_of_Ichabod__Mr._Toad_-_The_RotoSPOOKERS.mp3
Category:Animation -- posted at: 1:00am MDT