Updating the site to let you know that I’ve started podcasting again with the animation news site Cartoon Brew! I’d done a few episodes with them before, and am returning with a bi-weekly news show. So please look forward to new episodes every other Friday, and listen to last week’s episode here.
The second episode of the podcast I’m producing for Cartoon Brew launched today!
I honestly had a lot of fun talking about the making of Scoob with the film’s director Tony Cervone and the anim supervisor Bill Haller.
Please give it a listen and let me know what you thought over on twitter! 😬
Talking to them reminded me a lot about many of the struggles Blue Sky Studios faced when working on The Peanuts Movie. While I hadn’t worked on the film early enough to experience it first hand, I remember learning about and seeing the various versions of Charlie Brown–the some times nightmare-inducing attempts at getting his look right, including attempts with eyeballs and pupils and what not. Like Tony said, they went around the world to get to Scooby, and I heard that, man.
It was a similar situation too, of having to adapt these beloved 2D properties to cg, and figuring out the animation style(s), and level of detail. Story is also a struggle for these older IPs too, in my opinion. Before these features, the stories had never been quite as long, or needed to be a big enough story to capture the attention of a 2016/2020 audience. The stakes had to be higher but still exist within this universe.
Like I say in the podcast, making a movie is an effort. It’s a damn miracle that any movie gets made, and I just love learning about the process.
I casually mentioned to three of my college friends during a video chat that Avatar: The Last Airbender–Nickelodeon’s groundbreaking 2005 show that we all adore–was coming to Netflix in the US today. A podcast was jokingly mentioned and the more I thought about it the more I though, “Why not us?” I’ve indulged in rewatch podcasts before, curious to see how other people interpreted the same stories and characters and themes. Why not do that with three people I’ve grown up with for almost 12 years now? Once we realized we were all serious, it was on.
Avatar is one of my god-tier fandoms, though I was never as active in the ATLA fandom admittedly… It made a huge impact on me throughout high school and college. It’s a story that’s a contender for my first tattoo. It’s a story that shows me what we’re capable of in animation, in media aimed at kids, in trusting creators.
Our podcast is pretty straightforward. We watch an episode per week and discuss it. We plan on branching off and doing some deeper dives into specific themes and aspects of the show as well.
We’re just a couple of nerds who like to overanalyze and critique the media we love, and we’re hoping others are interested in that too.
For the first episode, we spent some time introducing ourselves and our relationships with the show, the development of the series, and the 11-minute unaired pilot of the show, which you can watch here before you start to listen.
Pod Sing Se is currently available through Anchor, Stitcher, and Spotify. It’ll take a few days for it to be on Apple Podcasts.
Please give it a listen and join the conversation.
This week, animation news site Cartoon Brew launched their new podcast.
I remember being a college student, checking Cartoon Brew daily, grasping for anything I could about this elusive industry, to being in the industry, understanding the news I was reading on a deeper level having gone through some of it myself. It was surreal when my first pieces went up on the site, and when I’ve gotten to go to amazing places for the site, because in every situation it’s been a chance for me to meet people excited about the work they do and me getting to share that.
It’s been chances for me to get to learn more about a thing I love, and I’m grateful.
This podcast hopefully will follow suit.
Our first episode can be found here.
We’re working to get on places like Apple Podcasts and Spotify.
The first episode is about the pandemic’s effects on the animation industry. It’s a LOT of info (and I know, I talk fast, it’s a very valid note!), and I’m sure there are people who are sick of hearing about it. I even wasn’t sure about it, but I also felt it would be weird to not acknowledge it. As a news site, this is literally the biggest story, and the longest, most widespread story. How could we not create this snapshot of this moment? This is the event people will refer back to during this time. I feel like when you’re a kid and you’re in history class, it all feels so aptly distant. This is one of the few times (and sadly none of them have ever been good) that I’ve felt I was living through history, that I knew this was a literal textbook moment.
So I took a snapshot.
And now, I can start taking more.
However long it lasts, I’m happy I could contribute to our understanding of this moment.
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