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Animation Interviews Podcast
47 minutes | 6 years ago
025 Jim Cummings & Carlos Alazraqui
Some great news and some sad news for Episode 25. First, this is the last episode with Whitney Grace as the host, but she will be forming her own podcast show called Toon-In Talk in partnership with Fanboy Nation. Whitney will continue to write for the Rotoscopers. The great news is this episode features two interviews with some famous voice actors. The first is with Carlos Alazraqui famous for his role on Rocko's Modern Life and the second is with Jim Cummings, one of Disney's go to guys for voice over roles. Also this episode is dedicated with much love to Morgan Stradling in celebration of her birthday! Highlights:
51 minutes | 6 years ago
24 Jon V. Peters and Kat Alioshin
Once again Athena Studios makes a featured stop on the Animation Interviews Podcast to discuss their latest project. While they'll be working on Auntie Claus, the newest stop-motion Christmas special, for a little longer, Athena Studios will release a new short movie called Mermaids on Mars. The new film will be made in stop motion animation and is based off a children's book by Nancy Guettier. Director and executive producer on Mermaids on Mars, Jon V. Peters and Kat Alioshin, sit down with Whitney Grace to have an animated conversation about mermaids, the red planet, and stop motion. Highlights:
62 minutes | 6 years ago
023 Jorge Gutierrez
¡Hola mis amigos! Hoy nos celebramos el Día de los Muertos. Today we are having a belated Day of the Dead celebration. The Day of the Dead is a holiday celebrated in Latin and South American countries as a way to remember loved ones who have passed on. Whitney celebrates with director Jorge Gutierrez of the new animated hit The Book of Life. Jorge discusses how he wrote the film, its production team, and some very important themes about life. Highlights: Don't change that dial, it's a bilingual episode of Animation Interviews!
60 minutes | 6 years ago
022 Greg Franklin and David Andrade
You might hear a lot of news about big animation companies, but it's the smaller studios that make the animation business go round. Whitney ramps up episode 22 with two great interviews from Greg Franklin of Six Point Harness and returning Animation Interviews guest David Andrade of Theory Animation. Greg discusses many of the amazing projects Six Point Harness has worked on, including programs for Fox, Comedy Central, DreamWorks, Nickelodeon, and more. David tells us about Theory Animation's website relaunch and new adventures for Ray the Iguana and Clovis the Cat. Highlights: Greg Franklin tells that Six Point Harness has touched on every sort of animation. They made the animation for Fox's Cosmos. Whitney contem
87 minutes | 6 years ago
21 Chris Robertson
Animators are a multi-talented, creative bunch. Chris Robertson shines brightly in his field, not only as an animator, but also as a children's writer. He has scaled every genre of animation from children's shows to mature, adult cartoons. He made his big break in animation at Nickelodeon during its Golden Age and currently works as the assistant director on American Dad. Whitney and Chris laugh and discuss his career. Highlights: Chris Robertson explains what makes him a good guest on Animation Interviews. He worked at Nickelodeon on Hey Arnold,
87 minutes | 6 years ago
020 Mike Quinn, Ryan Roe & Joe Hennes
It's Muppet time on the Animation Interviews Podcast! You might be wondering what puppetry has to do with animation and the answer is a lot. Puppetry is another form of the "illusion of life" and is an underrated art form, much like animation. Jim Henson was a huge animation fan and tried his hand at the trade, especially in the early days of his career. As a huge Jim Henson fan, Whitney tracked down Mike Quinn, a puppeteer, and asked him about his work for the Muppets and other projects. To round out the show, Whitney talks with Ryan Roe and Joe Hennes of ToughPigs.com to discuss their Muppet encounters and Jim Henson's work with animation. Highlights: Mike Quinn in an entertainment jack of all trades. He's worked on nearly on all the Muppet projects and he's been the right or left hand on many of our favorite puppet stars.
47 minutes | 6 years ago
019 Athena Studios
Brice Parker and Jon Peters of Athena Studios are working on an exciting new Christmas special that will compliment the classic Rankin-Bass cartoons. Auntie Claus is a modern stop-motion project based off the children's book by Elsie Primavera. Athena Studios is a hot new studio located in Emeryville, California and they are building a resume with top notch projects. Auntie Claus is sure to make Athena Studios a household Christmas name, if not a staple in the animation industry. Highlights: Athena Studios is part of the new Hollywood animation studio and began working on projects for corporations and online education.
53 minutes | 7 years ago
018 Meg Dunn
Meg Dunn has been an animator for seventeen years and in 2009 she formed her own Dunnamic Studio. Her first cartoon A Kitty Bobo Show aired on Cartoon Network in 2001. While Meg's been focused on commercial animation for several years, she's also been working with team on the original, girl power show Chloe and the Stars. Meg joins Whitney on the podcast to discuss Chloe and the Star's Kickstarter campaign and her animation career. Highlights: Meg Dunn introduces herself and explains how she accidentally fell into animation. She worked at Hanna-Barbera right before it shut down, then she was moved to Cartoon Network's animation studios.
62 minutes | 7 years ago
017 Zac Bertschy
The top anime news source in the US is Anime News Network. For over a decade, the Anime News Network (ANN) has delivered anime news straight from Japan to the pleasure of otaku. Executive editor Zac Bertschy has been covering anime and manga since ANN started. He's traversed anime's rise in popularity, ridden out it's bubble burst, and continues to take pleasure in new series that come out. In this Zac Bertschy interview, Whitney learns more about Zac's background and how anime fandom has evolved in the US. Highlights: Zac's been involved with Anime News Network since it started in the late 1990s. Whitney and Zac lament how anime magazines are now a thing of the past. He was a big of cartoons when he was younger and as he got older he began to appreciate the art form.
60 minutes | 7 years ago
016 Claire Keane
The third and last installment of the Women in Animation series finishes with an interview from Claire Keane. Claire is the daughter of legendary Disney animator Glen Keane and the granddaughter of Family Circus creator Bil Keane. She worked as a visual development artist at Disney for several years before breaking out on her own to start a freelance career she is kicking off with a new children's picture book. Highlights: Whitney dubs Claire Keane a Queen of Animation. When growing up in art-inspired family, Claire didn’t lack support. She drew her first picture at eighteen months old and then she drew princesses, lots of princesses, families, and children. Claire and her famil
47 minutes | 7 years ago
015 Mingjue Helen Chen
We kick off the second episode of the Women in Animation series with a lady animators/artist Mingjue Helen Chen. Helen is a visual development artist, which basically means she designs the style and feeling of a film. Helen fell into animation and her body of work has impressed many of the major studios. She worked on Frankenweenie, Wreck-It-Ralph, and the new Big Hero 6. Highlights: Helen graduated from the San Francisco Academy of Art in 2010. Helen is an anime and manga fan and always knew she wanted to concentrate on art. She never thought about becoming an animator, but some folks at CTN saw her portfolio and hired her.
38 minutes | 7 years ago
014 Jennifer Hale, Dorothy McKim, Lauren MacMullan & Debi Derryberry
Like many industries, animation is male-dominated and whenever a woman makes an accomplishment it makes the headlines. While a woman's success shouldn't be downplayed, it also shouldn't just make the news because of her gender. This probably isn't going to change for awhile, so Whitney's decided to start the first annual Ladies of Animation series. She's going to interview women who have made amazing contributions to animation in any shape or form. In episode 14, Whitney interviews Guinness World Record voice actress Jennifer Hale and Jimmy Neutron's female side Debi Derryberry. Morgan and Chelsea pop in with an interview from Frozen's white carpet starring the Get a Horse! team Dorothy McKim and Lauren MacMullan.
60 minutes | 7 years ago
013 Phil Lamarr
If you watch cartoons or play video games, you've heard Phil Lamarr's voice. Nearly all of Phil Lamarr's work gets high praise and why wouldn't it when his vocal range is so diverse. He's voiced characters on Futurama, Samurai Jack, Static Shock, Justice League, and Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends. Phil is one of Whitney's favorite voice actors and she tracked him to down to ask him about his career and his approach to voice acting. Highlights: Whitney and Phil met over a kiwi bird puppet at Dragon-Con. Phil relates his own adventures with puppets. He has been doing improv since his time at Yale and still loves it. Interesting and insightful remarks on the voice
58 minutes | 7 years ago
012 Christopher Finch
If you collect Disney books, you are probably familiar with The Art of Walt Disney by Christopher Finch. He also has written Of Muppets and Men and Jim Henson: The Works that started the basis for academic quality writing on the Muppets. Chris is a pop culture expert, but his speciality is in animation. He has writ
87 minutes | 7 years ago
011 William Joyce
You might have heard of this guy named William Joyce. He's a writer, director, and an all-around creative guy. His resume includes Rise of the Guardians, Meet the Robinsons, Robots, Epic, Toy Story, and Rolie Polie Olie. Whitney got the chance to interview him and they discuss everything from movie production to condiments. Highlights: Bill Joyce was on Reading Rainbow in the 1980s. Whitney loved the animation in
105 minutes | 7 years ago
010 Tim Beyers
What movies are going to be a financial success in 2014? It's hard to tell with all of the big studios releasing a movie. Whitney interviewed Tim Beyers of the Motley Fool, a financial writer with an emphasis on pop culture, to get his expert knowledge on what the animated movie economic forecast is the for the rest of the year. Highlights: Tim explains how he got started in his writing career. He loved comic book and he wanted to write them, but it wasn't viable at the time. He became a tech writer for fifteen years before answering an open call to The Motley Fool. He started out writing about the financial end of technology, only on occasion was he allowed to write about geek stuff. Lately in the past few years, it's changed. Whitney and Tim discuss how geek culture has blossomed.
70 minutes | 7 years ago
009 Jessica Straus
Whitney talks with Jessica Straus, who can be heard in quacking penguins and devious villainess. Jessica was the star in the other movie based off Hans Christian Andersen's The Snow Queen released earlier this year. Whitney narrates her traveling exploits, including how she scaled a pretzel stand to get to a Walking Dead panel. She made many great connection with voice actors, including Richard Horvitz who has given Whitney a new name. Frozen wasn't the only animated film released in 2013 based off Hans Christian Anderson's The Snow Queen. A
98 minutes | 7 years ago
008 Jason Shleifer, Head of Character Animation on 'Mr. Peabody & Sherman'
Mason and Chelsea talk to Jason Schleifer, who is Head of Character Animation for DreamWorks' Mr. Peabody & Sherman! Highlights: Jason tell's his story. How his career got started. One of the first to demo and teach on the animation program, Maya, which is now the industry standard. He talks about his time on the Lord of the Rings trilogy. What is the job description for "Head of Character Animation"? Brought to you by "Mi-acro". Thinking through Mr. Peabody & Sherman's tender moment. Gushing about Ty Bur
77 minutes | 7 years ago
007 Bibo Bergeron, Director & Animator
Bibo Bergeron is a familiar name to animation fans as the director of DreamWorks' The Road to El Dorado and Shark Tale. His most recent film is one he both wrote and directed called A Monster in Paris. Bibo contacted the Animation Interviews team and he talked with Whitney about his past and current projects. Highlights: Bibo wanted to be a cartoonist growing up, but he changed his mind to become an animator when he got older. He first big break was with Steven Spielberg's Amblin Animation. The day he was supposed to return Paris, Jeffrey Katzenberg gave him a call. Bibo had a blast as a director in the US, his funniest memory involves Shark Tale. He did very little on Bee Movie. Whitney and Bibo discuss the differences between traditional and CG animation. Bibo says it's easier to animate in CG. He missed Paris and decided to move home to make films. He worked with Maka Matthieu Chedid on the music for A Monster in Paris and it cemented his determination to continue. Bibo describes A Monster in Paris as a love letter to Paris. He fantasized his own city. He wanted to include a character that was shunned by society, because he hates how people are mean to different people in real life. The Phantom of the Opera is ingrained in French culture. Grasshoppers and crickets don't exist in Paris. Francœur was hard to draw and design. M also did all of the chirps. Whitney laughs at Bibo's straw coat explanation. Whitney asks about how each character was conceptualized. Time for a history lesson on the 1910 flood. Contrary to the US, animation in France is an art form. France, however, is missing the US's industrial aspects. Bibo's style is exaggerated and modeled after Buster Keaton's and /Charlie Chaplin's movements. Luc Besson saved the day! Bibo describes the special features he would have liked on the DVD and why he dedicated the movie to his father. Bibo does cute in the Cartier commercial "Winter Tale." He has some feature films in the works, but can't discuss them. The origins of Bibo's nickname. Whitney suggests Bibo's next film. Run time: 1:10:45, 178.7 MB Links Cartier
56 minutes | 7 years ago
006 David Andrade & Evan Detwiler of Theory Animation
Most animation studios collaborate on the Internet, but David Andrade and Evan Detwiler had the brainchild to start their own studio that is totally online. They started Theory Animation to allow animators all over the world to create hilarious cartoons. Whitney interviews David and Evan about Theory Animation's origins and their web series Ray and Clovis. Highlights: Theory Animation's main goal is to create great animation projects remotely from anywhere in the world. Their first project was Nuts For Pizza. Theory Animation officially opened its "doors" April 1, 2013.
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