Jul 272012
 

—-> Episode 10: Brave, La Luna, Brenda Chapman <—-

Spoilers are all over this podcast! Go watch it if you haven’t before listening – we both think you should go see it anyway!

We have a lot of articles to recommend to go with Brave. NOT the one that compared Merida to Bella Swan – and said they were alike!

Brenda Chapman, director, writer, and story developer on Brave discusses the origins of the movie.

As per usual, Pixar invented new tech for a movie. Learn more about Merida’s hair system here.

LA Times give a harsher review than we did, but that’s their job.

Lauren Faust, My Little Pony re-inventor, feminist, and animator reacted thusly when Brenda Chapman was replaced.

LA Times gave a pretty harsh assessment of the same.

 

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Apr 282012
 

—-> Episode 08: Season 1 Wrap Up PLUS Legend of Korra <—-

Hey ATC listeners! Welcome to the end of season wrap up. It’s going to be a short podcast, and the reason for that is the same reason our season 1 is ending  earlier than we’ve planned: Jon’s computer went kablooie. He will be back as soon as he’s able to replacement, and rest assured that as much as you might be upset that you have to wait for our next episode, just think of poor Jon, who will be waiting the same amount of time to be able to check email and stream Netflix again.

First world problems, we know.

So we’re breaking from the podcast for a few weeks, but we’re going to take the downtime to be super prepared for  Season 2. We’ve had a lot of listener requests that we’d like to follow up on – and you can still send us suggestions to feedback@animatedthingsclub.com

So, in the meantime, at the end of this episode, I have special guest Steve, discussing the premier of Legend of Korra. Three cheers for Steve! I’m also going to outline a few things that Jon and I recommend of what’s been airing recently.

Thundercats has been back on the air for a little while, and an episode aired on April 14th thatJon recommends as the highlight of the season so far. It’s called “Native Son” and deals with Tigra’s actual tribe and family (for those of you who don’t regularly watch the show, Tigra is Lion-O’s adopted brother in this incarnation of the property), and is heavily flavored with horror movie influences. It’s the first of what seems to be a series dealing with the backstory of the supporting cast of Thundercats.

My Little Pony just had their series 2 finale, which I couldn’t recommend highly enough. It was a two episode finale that aired on the same day in the same hour, featuring 3 new songs, a pretty awesome fight sequence, and really truly reads like a one-hour long Disney movie. As always, you can catch MLP on iTunes (the finale is called A Canterlot Wedding), and you can also check out the My Little Pony podcast that Jon and I put out in January to hear a lot more about what we think about the show. You can find that episode (and the rest of the ATC library on our website, Animated Things Club.)

In other news, we’re going to have another Muppet Movie, yay! The press release has been out for a while, but it’s still news to some people.

 

 

 

We both recommend Korra, and after the break you’ll hear Steve and I talk about the show a little bit.

 

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Mar 032012
 

Instant Response Cast: DC Nation Premier

Suzannah and Paul discuss the DC Nation programing block on the Cartoon Network, including Green Lantern: The Animated Series, Young Justice, and the amazing DC Nation shorts! Mild spoilers.

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Feb 112012
 

Suzannah discusses what to watch, whether you want romance or realism on this hallmark holiday!

Here is the podcast —-> Animated Things Club Episode 04.5: Valentine’s Viewing <—

Love stinks, Linus style.

Love stinks, Linus style.

I don’t know anyone who looks forward to Valentine’s day. Even when you’re content in a relationship, it tends to be a “holiday” that causes an awful lot of stress. One of the best antidotes I can think of for this is to sit down with a copy of the cartoon classic Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown.

Charlie Brown animated specials have been giving people a sense that all will be well with the world since 1965. This particular special both celebrates the cuteness of telling someone you love them, and strips away the idealism of the holiday, as almost no character has the Valentine experience they had planned on.

Flapjack gets lovesick!

Flapjack gets lovesick!

As long as we’re talking turning Valentine’s Day on it’s EAR, check out the gruesome Flapjack Valentine’s episode (Love Bugs) that aired a few years ago.

And finally, “Love Among The Toons” is a Tiny Toons short in the “Spring in Acme Acres” short  from 1990 is a upbeat romp about Cupid getting fed up with all the smoochy hooey that he has to be around all the time. It’s on the Season 1, Vol. 1 DVD set, or downloadable here. Entirely worth it for the stop-motions style cut scenes and the the slow motion kissing session between Babs and Max.

And of course there’s always the classic Pepe Le Pew Looney Tunes episodes, a good old Disney movie, the “I’m not your boyfriend” episode of Chowder, and the “Frankie My Dear…” episode of Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends!

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Feb 092012
 
California
  • Dreamworks is having an Art of Puss in Boots exhibition at the Cartoon Art Museum in San Fransisco. I thought that movie was just beautiful, and I love production art, so I would say go – it’s only there until April 22.
  • **UPDATED FOR NEW EVENT** Bellarmine College in LA is having a BIG event on February 23. It’s an all-day event discussing race in comics and animation, and LeSean Thomas (the Boondocks cartoon, Black Dynamite, Ben 10, Batman:The Brave and the Bold, and Green Lantern: First Flight) and Brandon M. Easton (new Thundercats writer) will be there.
Connecticut
  • The Connecticut Science Center is having a really nice exhibit about animation – explaining the basics of it to those who don’t know much about the mechanincs. Great for kids or for adults fans who are interested in the technical aspects of animation. Cartoon Network has a very heavy presence in it. Hurry – it only runs until March 11!

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Dec 062011
 

If you’re in LA today, you MUST go see this. Because I can’t.

Cartoon Brew has the 2011 Annie Award Nominations. All of these nominations are great choices, but we’re particularly excited about Andreas Deja’s nomination for his work on this year’s Winnie the Pooh movie, and the two nominations that Adventure Time picked up!

Speaking of Adventure Time, we’re planning a podcast on the show, but won’t be releasing it until 2012. After the last 2-3 new episodes, it’s impossible to discuss anything without massive spoilers, so we’re going to give people a little time to catch up. Same goes for Thundercats.

The Monster Engine website  seems to be down for now (probably from the amount of hits it’s been getting from this  article from Elezea.com.) It’s a series of illustrations that explore children’s drawings with the eyes of grownups. Being that a lot of cartoons are for children, it’s a great look at the difference between the way adults and children think.

Billie the Unicorn is going to be an animated storybook for your fave Apple product. I do love Brianne Drouhard’s artwork, and with a bit of luck it’ll be animated by her as well!