Writers Get Animated

Writers Get Animated

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A podcast about storytelling and Animation. Ever…
127 - Ralph Breaks The Internet
Dec 7 • 63 min
We’re gonna deconstruct it! Wreck-It Ralph is back, and Chris and Mackenzie log on to figure out what makes this new movie work! How do you present a world that’s made up of conceptual objects? How do you make character journeys resonate? Why are Disney…
126 - The Grinch (2018)
Nov 22 • 49 min
The original “Mean One” is back! The Grinch! Chris and Mackenzie look at what’s changed in the Grinch’s story this time. What makes the Grinch the Grinch? Why does the Grinch steal Christmas this time? And why do we want more Grinch? Previously on Writers…
125 - The Best New Animated Shows Of 2018!
Nov 8 • 85 min
Another year, another wave of new animated shows! It’s time for the Writers Get Animated review of what you should be watching! Chris and Mackenzie run through the shows for young audiences, for all audiences, and for adults. Did they mention your new…
124 - Canon In D(isney) Part VII: Modern Disney in Bolt and Frozen
Oct 25 • 85 min
Chris and Mackenzie have made it to the (current) end of our exploration of the Disney animated canon! What do we call it? The Disney New Renaissance? The Disney Enlightenment? Whatever we call it, it’s good. Very good. Chris and Mackenzie use Bolt and…
123 - Star Wars Resistance
Oct 11 • 63 min
Star Wars gets a new jewel in its crown with the premiere of Star Wars Resistance. Set before The Force Awakens & The Last Jedi, what story is this new animated epic going to tell? Is it a slice of life about pilots in the outer rim? Is the show secretly…
122 - Who Wore it Better? Death Of Superman v Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
Sep 27 • 71 min
It’s the battle you’ve all been waiting for: live action v animation! Chris and Mackenzie see who told the Death of Superman story better! Was it the new, animated film Death of Superman? Or was it the live action Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice? Hint:…
121 - The Lost Loves of Scrooge McDuck and BoJack Horseman
Sep 13 • 68 min
Chris and Mackenzie celebrate the epic first season of DuckTales and the return of BoJack Horseman for its fifth season with this week’s episode! To take a closer look into the trope of “lost love,” they enlist the help of Sam Bohrman and Cristina Pippa…
120 - Disenchantment
Aug 30 • 45 min
Hear ye, hear ye! Chris and Mackenzie frolic through Matt Groening’s newest realm: Disenchantment! With a fond of love worlds created by Matt Groening, there is great wonder in how Netflix changes “network animation.” What happens when there are no…
119 - The Breakdown: Roger Rabbit in Tummy Trouble
Aug 16 • 74 min
P-p-p-please join Chris and Mackenzie as they celebrate the 30th anniversary of Who Framed Roger Rabbit by doing a deep dive of the Roger Rabbit short: Tummy Trouble! Chris pulls out the stops with a Storyclock to see how the short works on a molecular…
118 - Harvey Street Kids and Reinvention
Aug 3 • 51 min
This week Chris and Mackenzie talk about the new Netflix and Dreamworks show: Harvey Street Kids! When does adapting something become a completely new thing? How much do you get to add when reinventing something? How do you keep the characters consistent…
117 - Canon In D(isney) Part VI: The Lost Era
Jul 19 • 81 min
*whispered* “Disney is waiting.” Chris and Mackenize launch into the lost era of the Disney canon between The Disney Renaissance and The Disney Enlightenment! Discover mysteries and gems as they excavate two points of metamorphosis: Atlantis:The Lost…
116 - When a Live Action Show Loves an Animated One…
Jul 5 • 60 min
Ruh-roh, things look a little different! What happens when a live action show decides to make an animated episode? Why would they do that? What happens when you do that? Chris and Mackenzie go through the list of live action shows that have created…
115 - Incredibles 2
Jun 21 • 65 min
After 14 years, The Incredibles are back in theatres! Chris and Mackenzie suit up (no capes!) to fly into Pixar’s latest superpowered film! How does Incredibles 2 compare to the original? Is it a sequel or the second half of a single movie? What does Mr.…
114 - Destroying Structure: Aggretsuko and Phineas and Ferb
Jun 7 • 59 min
114 - Destroying Structure: Aggretsuko and Phineas and Ferb by Chris Leyva & Mackenzie Worrall
113 - Star Wars: Rebels Remembrances
May 24 • 67 min
Chris and Mackenzie hop a transport to Lothal for one last voyage with the crew of the Ghost! It’s our “final” look at Star Wars: Rebels and find it difficult to say goodbye. What was the promise from this first episode? Did Rebels accomplish what it set…
112 - Canon in D(isney) Part V: Welcome to the Disney Renaissance
May 10 • 74 min
Welcome to the Disney Renaissance! Chris and Mackenzie have made it to part 5 of their multi-part look at the Disney canon. What made the Disney Renaissance to magical? Take a look at where it all began with The Little Mermaid through the end with Tarzan.…
111 - I Love Dogs, We Mean Isle of Dogs
Apr 26 • 62 min
Chris and Mackenzie head to Trash Island to investigate Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs! Be amazed as Chris discovers a Wes Anderson movie that he enjoys! How many story threads can a single film hold? How does democracy work in this film? Who is the main…
110 - The Breadwinner
Apr 12 • 51 min
Some years the category of Best Animated Feature has some “Also Rans” – The Breadwinner is more than just an Also Ran this year! This feature from Cartoon Saloon (The Secret of Kells, Song of the Sea) is now on Netflix and will have you up late crying…
109 - The Colbert Animation Report
Mar 30 • 41 min
Chris and Mackenzie dip their toes into the world of Stephen Colbert’s Our Cartoon President… Which is actually our world? What does Our Cartoon President get right about the current US President and everyone surrounding him? What makes a good satire? How…
108 - Early Man
Mar 15 • 52 min
Chris and Mackenzie head back in time and across the pond to discover Early Man! Aardman’s Early Man is gorgeous and is seems to be their studio’s answer to the work of Laika. Is there a difference in American and British humor? Can an American audience…
107 - Dear Academy, Here’s How to Vote 2018
Mar 1 • 63 min
It’s Oscars time again, and Chris and Mackenzie are back with their take on the nominees for the Best Animated Short Film category: Garden Party, Lou, Revolting Rhymes, Negative Space, Dear Basketball! What styles were pervasive this year? What do frogs…
106 - The 300 Club: Family Guy and The Simpsons
Feb 15 • 57 min
Chris and Mackenzie are going to Quahog! Family Guy has just reached a milestone that few shows have reached… Mostly just The Simpsons. 300 episodes! What happens when a show reaches such an illustrious episode? What has been reinvented? What has stayed…
105 - Tra la laaa! Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie
Feb 1 • 55 min
Tra la laaa! Chris and Mackenzie make a brief stop in the world of Captain Underpants! Heh, heh, brief. Does humor have a voice? How do you write for a very specific audience? Can your material have a deeper message, or is it okay to go for easy jokes…
104 - Canon In D(isney) Part IV: Without Walt
Jan 19 • 81 min
Episode 104: Canon in Disney Part IV: Without Walt We all know about the Disney Renaissance, but what was going on right before it? Chris and Mackenzie are back with part 4 of their multi-part journey through the Disney canon! What happened after Disney…
103 - From Bazooga Eyes to Bojack: Sexual Harassment in Cartoons
Jan 4 • 93 min
Chris and Mackenzie are joined by guests Rebecca Myers and Laura Masters to discuss portrayals of sexual harassment in cartoons. From Red Hot Riding Hood to Pepe LePew to Animaniacs to The Simpsons to BoJack Horseman and Steven Universe, what does sexual…
102 - A Very Special Christmas Special Christmas Special III: Revenge of Claus
Dec 21, 2017 • 59 min
Our holiday tradition returns! Chris and Mackenzie deconstruct the holiday season by analyzing Olaf’s Frozen Adventure and Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas! Why do people make Christmas specials? What’s so special about Christmas,…
101 - Coco
Dec 7, 2017 • 86 min
Remember us? Chris and Mackenzie are back with more! They talk Pixar’s latest gem Coco. What is dramaturgy? How well did Pixar represent Mexican culture? What is a family’s legacy? Can you tell the story of a culture that you’re not a part of? When will…
100 - 100! The Best Animated Shows of 2017
Nov 9, 2017 • 84 min
100! Chris and Mackenzie celebrate hitting 100 episodes by diving into the new shows of 2017! What shows were new? What crazy things did creators come up with? What do a laser ostrich, the ghost of Duke Ellington, and a robot mech butler voiced by Jude…
099 - The Writers Get Animatrix
Nov 2, 2017 • 49 min
099 - The Writers Get Animatrix by Chris Leyva & Mackenzie Worrall
098 - Gar-Halloween-Special
Oct 26, 2017 • 58 min
Wow, how about that audio engineering at the start? This week, Chris and Mackenzie talk about the Garfield Halloween Special. What makes a good Halloween special? Is the lesson of Halloween really that it’s better to give candy than receive candy? Why did…
097 - Over The Garden Wall
Oct 19, 2017 • 77 min
To celebrate the arrival of Fall, Chris and Mackenzie join forces with guest Phil Fine to leap Over the Garden Wall! When is the best time to watch Over the Garden Wall? What is the best part of a coming of age story? How do you make a fairytale both…
096 - Canon In D(isney) Part III: The New Classics
Oct 12, 2017 • 64 min
Chris and Mackenzie continue their journey through the magic of the Disney canon with Cinderella and 101 Dalmatians! What did Cinderella give the world of film? Why does 101 Dalmatians look so different? How many times was the Walt Disney studios been in…
095 - It Still Writes Itself, Apparently
Oct 5, 2017 • 42 min
Chris and Mackenzie bring out the Wheel of Crossovers once again! The rules are simple: two shows enter, one show leaves! We spin the wheel of crossovers to get two shows. Then, we spin the Wheel of Tropes. Then, we have seven minutes to come up with a…
094 - Let’s Dance
Sep 29, 2017 • 89 min
This week on Writers Get Animated: We talk Leap! More specifically, our many qualified guest stars talk Leap! We’re just along for the ride. Our resident dance cohort talks about authenticity, ballet, and also FlashBeagle. Why retitle a movie that’s…
093 - Choose Your Own Adventure
Sep 21, 2017 • 35 min
Interactive shows are the wave of the future! Well, that’s what Netflix says anyway. Chris and Mackenzie willingly to choose to interact with Puss in Books: Trapped in an Epic Tale and Buddy Thunderstruck: The Maybe Pile! What happens when a viewer has…
092 - Canon In D(isney) Part II: No-So-Golden Age
Sep 14, 2017 • 57 min
Jump on board as Chris and Mackenzie venture through the Disney Animated Canon! Part 2 takes them into the 1940’s and the Not-So-Golden Age of Disney animation! We go into The Three Caballeros and the anthology series of films from through the 40’s.…
091 - Chris and Rick and Morty
Sep 7, 2017 • 47 min
Oh jeez! What, what, what’s going on? Chris and Mackenzie zap themselves into one of the infinite universes in which Chris has watched episodes of Rick and Morty! When are bodily functions okay in animation? How much violence is too much? Do we need…
090 - DuckTales! Woo-oo!
Aug 31, 2017 • 63 min
Chris and Mackenzie are live from Duckburg! Okay, not really… But they’re talking about the new revival of DuckTales! How well do you know the history of the Duck-iverse? How does the new DuckTales do so much right? How does the humor of DuckTales work?…
089 - Ready Player Dracula: Castlevania
Aug 24, 2017 • 49 min
Grab your garlic and whip and join Chris and Mackenzie as they venture into the realm of Dracula in Netflix’s Castlevania. How does the gameplay and storytelling of a video game translate to a piece of narrative fiction? How is Castlevania like Metroid?…
088 - All You Need Is Love
Aug 17, 2017 • 55 min
Love… Without words! Chris and Mackenzie get into three short films (Paperman, In a Heartbeat, and An Ode to Love) about love that all have no dialogue! Can you tell a story about love without using words? What is it like to fall in love? What is it like…
087 - Who Rule Cartoons? (Girls.)
Aug 10, 2017 • 77 min
Get your cape on and feel the Force! Chris and Mackenzie team up with special guest, Rebecca Myers to look at Star Wars: Forces of Destiny and DC Super Hero Girls! What happens when a show is created for vs a show about girls? Is marketing to blame? Do…
086 - An Inconvenient Animation - FernGully: The Last Rainforest
Aug 3, 2017 • 52 min
In celebration of Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Sequel, Chris and Mackenzie flitter to FernGully: The Last Rainforest! Does it hold up? Does the message hold up? What would FernGully look like if it were made now? What is the real magic of the environment?…
085 - Pure “Imagination” - Tom and Jerry: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
Jul 27, 2017 • 59 min
Grab your golden tickets and join Chris and Mackenzie for a tour of Tom and Jerry: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory! Avert your eyes, but not your ears! What’s wrong with adding Tom and Jerry into a classic, beloved film? Lots. How do you put…
084 - Oompa Loompa Parody-Dee
Jul 20, 2017 • 57 min
Oompa loompa doompety doo. We’ve got a perfect podcast for you! Chris and Mackenzie sip some fizzy lifting drinks and enter the realm of shows that do parodies of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory! Futurama and Dexter’s Lab have done it. What makes…
083 - Canon In D(isney) Part 1: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Jul 13, 2017 • 68 min
Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the looniest of them all? Chris and Mackenzie shout, “Heigh Ho” and begin to mine the depths of the Disney Canon. Starting from the very beginning: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs! What was it like to see a full-length…
082 - Along Came A Spider-Man
Jul 6, 2017 • 95 min
Spider-Man! Spider-Man! Does whatever a spider can! Chris and Mackenzie web up a Spider-Panel to discuss the webhead himself. Join guests Adam Caudill (writer/director) and Megan Patrick (writer/artist) as they look at what makes the webslinger so…
081 - Let’s Time Travel (Again) (Again?)
Jun 29, 2017 • 52 min
Marty! Dipper! Mabel! Doc! Great Scott! Chris and Mackenzie are putting the entire space-time continuum out of whack! Hop in the DeLorean, pull the tape measure, get in the TARDIS, or soak in the hot tub (time machines are weird) because they’re venturing…
080 - The Breakdown: Duck Amuck
Jun 23, 2017 • 58 min
Chris and Mackenzie breakdown Duck Amuck! In our words, we once again English-major-the-crap-out-of something. What’s a story? What’s a plot? What even is animation, bro? How much can be taken away from Daffy Duck before he stops being Daffy Duck? What’s…
079 - Writers Get In-Animated
Jun 15, 2017 • 71 min
In recognition that Cars 3 is a thing, we look at the tradition of bringing life to things that aren’t alive! Why would you use inanimate objects to tell a story? Chris and Mackenzie look at The Brave Little Toaster and Luxo Jr. Who knew that The Brave…
078 - To Hellboy and Back Again
Jun 8, 2017 • 45 min
Oh crap. It’s Hellboy! The animated one. From ten years ago. A new Hellboy reboot has been announced, so why not talk about the red, angry guy? What makes Hellboy Hellboy? What is the true struggle of Hellboy and will we ever see it on-screen? Mackenzie’s…
077 - Make Animation Great Again
Jun 1, 2017 • 53 min
Chris and Mackenzie get political: Groening-style! Ralph Wiggum for President! Richard Nixon’s Head is back! Let’s make Animation great again? What are the ways that animation satirizes the political process, voters, and the office of the presidency? What…
076 - Does It Hold Up? The Black Cauldron
May 25, 2017 • 58 min
Venture forth into the world of Prydain with Chris and Mackenzie as they seek what makes The Black Cauldron so monumental! Chris delves back into his childhood to see if one of his favorite movies hold up. What makes a hero? How long does it take to…
075 - The Simpsons Begin
May 19, 2017 • 43 min
In this week’s episode, Chris and Mackenzie talk about the very first Simpsons episodes! The ones before the first premiere season premiere. Yeah, we’re going that far back. A whole 30 years, Marty! We mean, Listeners! What parts of The Simpsons haven’t…
074 - All About Smurfette - Smurfs: The Lost Village
May 11, 2017 • 47 min
Welcome to Smurfs Get Smurfinated! On Smurf Day, we smurf about Smurfs: The Lost Village! It’s Smurfette and the Hero’s Journey! All About Smurfette! Chris and Mackenzie look at what makes a Smurf a Smurf. How does this film fix a problematic backstory?…
073 - Who’s The Boss Baby?
May 4, 2017 • 53 min
Podcasts are for closers! Chris and Mackenzie get down to business with The Boss Baby! What is the story? How do you choose a main character? How do you adapt a children’s book into a 90-minute movie? What do you add? What is a dream? Are Elvis…
072 - Rebels Retrospective
Apr 27, 2017 • 63 min
Chris and Mackenzie blast off again in another Star Wars episode! It’s their Star Wars: Rebels Retrospective! In an episode recorded before Star Wars Celebration, Mackenzie correctly prophesied that season 4 would be the final season of Rebels, but we…
071 - There’s Something About Imaginary Mary
Apr 20, 2017 • 54 min
Cuddle up with with Chris, Mackenzie, and Rachel Dratch- in cute, fuzzy monster mode! It’s Imaginary Mary! There’s another live action/animation hybrid show in prime time, folks! This is not a drill! What happens when bad things happen to nice people? How…
070 - Samurai Jack is Back!
Apr 13, 2017 • 52 min
Chris and Mackenzie bask in the power of Jack and his… Is that a motorcycle with spikes? What do we love about Jack? How has the style changed since we were last in Jack’s world? How do you continue a story after 13 years? How has Jack matured and become…
069 - Once Upon A Time Again - Tangled: Before Ever After
Apr 6, 2017 • 50 min
Time to let down your hair and climb into another hair-raising episode of Writers Get Animated! Chris and Mackenzie talk Tangled: Before Ever After a midquel start to a new series! What makes this movie work? Why did Rapunzel’s hair come back? How does…
068 - My Life As A Zucchini
Mar 30, 2017 • 48 min
Chris and Mackenzie fly their kites out the car window on their way to My Life as a Zucchini! How’s the story told? Can a story of childhood trauma be both haunting and beautiful? How does the stop motion animation help tell this small and intimate story?…
067 - Character Study: Mickey Mouse
Mar 23, 2017 • 71 min
The magic! The mystery! The MOUSE! Chris and Mackenzie explore the history and evolution of Mickey Mouse! What was Mickey like in the beginning? How has Mickey changed? What does Mickey have in common with Superman? What makes Mickey Mickey? Links Catch…
066 - Disynergy: Doc McStuffins, Pooh, and Lion Guard, Too
Mar 17, 2017 • 51 min
Crossovers, call backs, and cameos! What do you get when two Disney Junior shows incorporate characters from Disney’s past? Chris and Mackenzie fly through the rainbow waterfall to visit Doc McStuffins and Winnie the Pooh and venture into the outlands of…
065 - Studio Ghibli Goes to TV! Ronja: The Robber’s Daughter
Mar 9, 2017 • 43 min
Studio Ghibli explores the wonders of TV! Chris and Mackenzie explore the wondrous, fairy tale-esque world of Ronja:The Robber’s Daughter! What choices do you have when creating an adaptation? What did Goro Miyazaki find in a novel from Sweden? How do you…
064 - Everything is Batman
Mar 3, 2017 • 39 min
Chris and Mackenzie talk about The Lego Batman Movie! And they don’t just talk in Batman voices for the -entire- podcast! What kind of actor (real or fictional horse) does it take to play Batman on screen? How many Batmen are there? Why does the Batman…
063 - Dear Academy, Here’s How to Vote… Again: Oscar-Nominated Animated Shorts
Feb 23, 2017 • 67 min
Roll out the Writers Get Animated red carpet, Chris and Mackenzie are heading to the Oscars! In their minds! Join them as they give in-depth coverage about this year’s Oscar-nominated animated shorts: Piper, Pear Cider and Cigarettes, Borrowed Time, Blind…
062 - Life, Animated
Feb 16, 2017 • 50 min
Chris and Mackenzie do something a little different with this episode. They discuss the documentary “Life, Animated.” How did Disney movies open up a line of communication between a boy and his world? How did the filmmakers use animation to tell their…
061 - We’ll Form the Head! Voltron: Legendary Defender
Feb 9, 2017 • 55 min
What has five lions and no thumbs and fights awesome space battles? That guy! Chris and Mackenzie assemble an episode about Voltron: Legendary Defender! How do you tell a story about a team? How did Netflix change the structure of the storytelling? Who…
060 - How Could We Forget Finding Dory?
Feb 2, 2017 • 61 min
Honestly, how could Chris and Mackenzie forget to talk about Finding Dory? What do you do when a story is left unfinished? Who is the hero of Finding Dory? How did Ellen DeGeneres change the story of Finding Nemo and pave the way for Finding Dory? Is…
059 - 2016: The Good, the Bad, the Animated
Jan 26, 2017 • 58 min
It’s the good, the bad, and the animated! 2016 brought so many animated movies that came out, they couldn’t keep up! Chris and Mackenzie cram like it’s finals time and try to watch all the animated films they missed… And they squeak by with a passing…
058 - Grammer Nerds
Jan 19, 2017 • 56 min
We truly are Grammer nerds! Join us as we celebrate the work of Kelsey Grammer! The genius of Sideshow Bob on The Simpsons, the heartwarming kindness of Blinky from Trollhunters, and the one artist that binds them. Why do we love Kelsey Grammer? What can…
057 - It’s a Musical (Episode)!
Jan 12, 2017 • 53 min
Musical episodes! Light the lights! Dust off your tap shoes! Stretch your jazz hands! Chris and Mackenzie get musical! Well, they talk about musicals. Why do musical episodes work? What makes a great musical episode? Can you have a musical episode without…
056 - Doctor Who: Re-Animated
Jan 5, 2017 • 54 min
Join Chris and Mackenzie in the TARDIS as they find out what’s going on in The Power of the Daleks! Once lost to time and bad archival processes, the BBC has restored lost episodes of Doctor Who by using the power of animation! How do you restore lost…
055 - Shrek-trospective
Dec 29, 2016 • 52 min
Get ready to trudge through the swamp as Chris and Mackenzie get into the world of Shrek! What makes Shrek special? How did Shrek set the Dreamworks formula? Is Shrek a buddy film or is it a romance? Can a fart joke ever be truly earned? Links About Shrek…
054 - Spirited Away: 15th Anniversary
Dec 22, 2016 • 54 min
Hayao Miyazaki’s film Spirited Away turns 15! Chris and Mackenzie barge into the bathhouse and brave spirits and magic! What was the inspiration for the film? What is the purpose of No Face? How does translation affect meaning? What does Spirited Away…
053 - Saw Gerrera: A Star Wars Episode
Dec 15, 2016 • 53 min
Chris and Mackenzie join the Rebellion and celebrate the first Star Wars animated character to transition to live action: Saw Gerrera! It’s all about Saw! Listen as they try to stay on target while discussing that time the Jedi helped some rebels on…
052 - How the Grinch Stole Christmas Turns 50!
Dec 8, 2016 • 43 min
Fahoo Fores! Dahoo Dores! It’s our second annual Very Special Christmas Special Christmas Special! We celebrate the 50th anniversary of Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas! What defines the Grinch? How does he survive with a heart that’s two sizes…
051 - Moana
Dec 1, 2016 • 62 min
It’s time to set out on the seas as Chris and Mackenzie explore the depths of Disney’s latest film, Moana! How is Moana different from other Disney characters? What was different about the process of making Moana? Is there a “Disney formula?” What is the…
050 - It Still Writes Itself
Nov 24, 2016 • 38 min
It’s our 50th episode! In celebration of reaching Episode 50, Chris and Mackenzie once again bring out the Wheels of Crossover! The rules are simple: two shows enter, one show leaves! We spin the Wheel of Shows to pick two shows to combine. Then, we spin…
049 - We Always Wanted to Write for The Simpsons
Nov 17, 2016 • 47 min
Chris and Mackenzie are heading back to Springfield! They deconstruct two episodes of The Simpsons in which America’s favorite family gets into some nasty trouble on their travels. What makes a good “The Simpsons are going to…” episode? How many plots are…
048 - The Best Animated Shows Of 2016
Nov 11, 2016 • 61 min
This one is HUGE! Chris and Mackenzie relive the best parts of 2016: the animated shows! We talk Ask the StoryBots, Bunnicula, Elena of Avalor, The Lion Guard, The Loud House, Milo Murphy’s Law, Peanuts, The Powerpuff Girls, and Voltron:Legendary…
047 - Good Grief! It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown Turns 50!
Nov 3, 2016 • 51 min
Good grief! Keep the Halloween Spirit alive as Chris and Mackenzie wait in the Pumpkin patch to discuss It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown! Is there really a Great Pumpkin? How is Linus like Lisa Simpson? What does World War I have to do with Trick or…
046 - What Are You Doing Here? The Struggles and Failures of BoJack Horseman
Oct 27, 2016 • 60 min
What are you doing here? Listening to Chris and Mackenzie discuss the trials and successes and failures of BoJack Horseman! Will BoJack ever succeed? How bad can things get for BoJack? Can the story of BoJack be called “The Great American Novel?” What…
045 - Bologna In Our Slacks: Animaniacs!
Oct 20, 2016 • 49 min
It’s time for Animaniacs! Chris and Mackenzie finalize their pay for play contracts and sufficiently stuff bologna in their slacks to discuss the Warner Brothers and the Warner Sister! Who is the audience for this show?! How has Animaniacs impacted pop…
044 - Tale As Old As Time: Beauty and the Beast
Oct 13, 2016 • 61 min
Mackenzie! The baguettes! Be our guest (had to say that) as Chris and Mackenzie celebrate the 25th anniversary of Beauty and the Beast! How are The Beast and Gaston the same character? Could Belle have transformed Gaston if she had married him? How old…
043 - The Breakdown: The Sorcerer’s Apprentice
Oct 6, 2016 • 63 min
It’s a kind of magic! Chris and Mackenzie conjure the help of a special guest, composer and musician Jacob Reed, to dive into the depths of The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, starring Mickey Mouse! What exactly is the chore of carrying water from one place to…
042 - Daddy Issues: Son of Zorn and The Venture Bros.
Sep 29, 2016 • 48 min
In this episode, Chris and Mackenzie explore the complex and complicated world of fathers and sons in the new show Son of Zorn and the not-so-new show The Venture Bros! Where can someone hold a phone in furry underwear? How is Son of Zorn like Mad Men?…
041 - We Boldly Go Into Star Trek: The Animated Series
Sep 22, 2016 • 71 min
In our most hashtag-laden episode yet, Chris and Mackenzie celebrate Star Trek’s 50th Anniversary by boldly going into Star Trek: The Animated Series! Along for the ride is Josh Culbertson, the Writers Get Animated resident “Star Trekspert.” Is Star Trek:…
040 - Thine Doodles Moveable (Shakespeare in Gargoyles and The Simpsons)
Sep 16, 2016 • 39 min
Chris and Mackenzie brush up on their Shakespeare! Art thou ready for this? Writers Get Animated looks at how Gargoyles and The Simpsons play with the works of the Bard! How do the works of Shakespeare find their way into cartoons? Is Bottom from “A…
039 - It Stinks! Revisiting “The Critic”
Sep 8, 2016 • 40 min
Chris and Mackenzie travel back to the early 90’s to unearth one of their favorite forgotten gems of Animation Past: The Critic! Jay Sherman is a movie critic who only seems to review bad movies. Are we living in his dystopian Hollywood future? What does…
038 - Kubo And The Two Strings
Sep 1, 2016 • 57 min
Grab your shamisen and paper as Chris and Mackenzie enter the world of Kubo and the Two Strings and see what unfolds! (It’s an origami joke!) How did they make Kubo? What’s going on with eyes in this film? What can Kubo control with music? How bad is…
037 - Nobody Said No
Aug 25, 2016 • 46 min
Chris and Mackenzie jump after a zebra and plummet down the waterfall into the world of Leo the Lion on Netflix! Having lost his mother in a zebra-hunting-waterfall accident, Leo the Lion has to face his fears and find the Heart of the Jungle. And that’s…
036 - The Little Prince
Aug 18, 2016 • 51 min
Grab a flock of birds (seagulls?) and travel with Writers Get Animated to Asteroid B-612 as Chris and Mackenzie explore the world of Netflix’s “The Little Prince!” How do you adapt a story into a film? Where is our wall-sized life plan? Can a kid’s movie…
035 - In The Feels
Aug 11, 2016 • 40 min
Chris and Mackenzie get real about their emotions. How do storytellers manipulate our emotions? How does a story operate on our feels? Get ready to let loose as they unpack the emotional baggage of Adventure Time’s “I Remember You” and Futurama’s “The…
034 - The Joke’s On Us
Aug 4, 2016 • 44 min
We’re back with Season 2 of Writers Get Animated! Chris and Mackenzie do their best to not go full “Fanboy” as they discuss Mark Hamill as the Joker. What makes the Joker the best villain? What makes Mark Hamill’s performance so great? Does Batman truly…
033 - Who Wore It Better?
Jul 15, 2016 • 40 min
You’ve heard the old adage: “Steal from the best?” What about stealing from YOURSELF?! Chris and Mackenzie power through some serious Disney déjà vu and glitches in The Matrix as they review episodes of DuckTales and TaleSpin that share the same plot! Is…
032 - Once Upon A Time Again
Jul 8, 2016 • 51 min
With the release of Finding Dory and the announcement of Wreck-It Ralph 2, we decide to look at the direct to video sequels from Disney’s past: Cinderella III: A Twist in Time and Lion King II: Simba’s Pride. How do you portray animal “romance” in a way…
031 - Boop, Bakshi, And Beyond: Adult Animation in the 70’s And 80’s
Jul 1, 2016 • 42 min
Chris and Mackenzie navigate the complicated world of “Adult Animation,” focusing on the turning point of the 70’s and 80’s when animation drew a line in the sand between stuff for kids and stuff for adults. What is it that classifies something as “Adult…
030 - Megabytes And TP Forts
Jun 24, 2016 • 36 min
Episode 30: Megabytes and TP Forts How does art influence story? Chris and Mackenzie venture into the worlds of ReBoot and Pickle and Peanut to see how artistic/visual choices can influence a show’s characters and story! How many puns can a show about…
029 - Saving Superman
Jun 17, 2016 • 45 min
Who saves Superman when Superman is in trouble? Have no fear, Writers Get Animated is here! Producer Bruce Timm called “Superman’s Pal” one of the worst of episodes of Superman: The Animated Series and of the entire DC Animated Universe, so Chris and…
028 - Genre To Genre, Dust To Dust
Jun 10, 2016 • 44 min
Plot, plot? Who’s got the plot? Genre does! Chris and Mackenzie go where no podcast has gone before: Into genre animation! And if they have gone there before, then we’re certainly using the style of this in safe-but-surprising ways to stay in the same…
027 - Is The Jungle Book (2016) An Animated Movie?
Jun 3, 2016 • 48 min
“Chris and Mackenzie take Writers Get Animated LIVE! In terms of our subject matter, not our production style. Is The Jungle Book (open-parentheses-2016-closed-parentheses) an animated movie? Some of the people behind it seem to think so. It is…
026 - WGA Vs. The Golden Age Of Cartoons
May 27, 2016 • 45 min
What is the golden age of animation? Besides the 30s–50s. We mean of the ages of animation since the golden age, which one is the shiniest? Is is the 1960s, when animation came to television? The 1970s, which we have very little to say about? The 1980s,…
025 - How To Suspend Your Disbelief Without Really Trying
May 20, 2016 • 49 min
Have you ever had to pause a show because it gets so preposterous? Believing in monsters that live in New York and fight crime with a cute sidekick is one thing, but do they not understand how floppy disks work? You can’t take over the world with that! In…
024 - Kobayashi Maru Of Teenage Sexuality
May 13, 2016 • 36 min
Chris and Mackenzie tiptoe around and/or stomp through animated television where the main characters experience some kind of gender bending adventure. After the necessary Futurama references, they get around to talking about Kim Possible and Steven…
023 - All About Ahsoka
May 6, 2016 • 45 min
SPOILERS DETECTED! In honor of May the Fourth, Chris and Mackenzie discuss one of the most-loved Star Wars characters of all-time: Ahsoka Tano! They infiltrate Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Jedi jump into the season two finale of Star Wars: Rebels -…
022 - Modern Day Fables: Zootopia
Apr 29, 2016 • 47 min
In this episode, Chris and Mackenzie board the train to Zootopia and talk about the story creation process (and dramaturgy!) at Walt Disney Animation Studios! How are Disney stories made? What is the Disney Story Trust? How badly do you want to live in…
021 - Does It Hold Up?
Apr 22, 2016 • 43 min
Remember that animated show you loved as a kid? Are you brave enough to watch it again as an adult? Chris and Mackenzie boldly venture with the Ghost of Cartoons Past and revisit shows from their childhoods! Join them as they enter the fray with Captain…
020 - WTF
Apr 15, 2016 • 40 min
How does a crazy idea break bad? Chris and Mackenzie explore some high concept shows that come from way, way out of left field to see how a crazy idea can be crazy good or go crazy bad! Joing them as they journey through the plot holes of Yogi’s Space…
019 - Our Writers, Our Selves
Apr 8, 2016 • 52 min
Chris and Mackenzie go through the shows that influenced them as writers. We run through the gamut of Gargoyles, the DCAU (DC Animated Universe), Looney Tunes, Wolf’s Rain, Venture Bros., Darkwing Duck, Futurama, The Simpsons, Duck Tales, and Freakazoid.…
018 - It Writes Itself
Apr 1, 2016 • 34 min
Our fans ask: “Chris and Mackenzie, why don’t you write cartoon shows?” Because no one is paying us to. However, with the help of our Wheel of Crossovers, we’re bringing you three brilliant show concepts that don’t exist yet. You can pay us now, Big…
017 - Of McStuffins And Puffins
Mar 25, 2016 • 38 min
Today’s episode is brought to you by the letter “J” for “Jack.” Chris and Mackenzie get into children’s shows chosen by Chris’ 3-year-old son, Jack: Puffin Rock and Doc McStuffins. Why do pygmy shrews fart? Who tells Chris to stay on track with his…
016 - Minority Report
Mar 18, 2016 • 51 min
It’s a very special episode of Writers Get Animated. Chris and Mackenzie open up about a very important (and complicated) topic: diversity/inclusivity in animation. The candid, personal conversation covers some large territory including Doc McStuffins,…
015 - The Breakdown: What’s Opera, Doc?
Mar 11, 2016 • 48 min
What’s up, Doc? Chris and Mackezie take a sharp right turn at Albuquerque and go deep, deep down the wabbit hole to study the Chuck Jones masterpiece “What’s Opera, Doc?” What does Elmer Fudd really want in life? Does Bugs Bunny actually love Elmer Fudd?…
014 - 10 Great Episodes of The Simpsons After Maude Flanders Died
Mar 4, 2016 • 58 min
If you think The Simpsons stopped being great after awhile, you’re right! BUT! It did not stop being good! Chris and Mackenzie are joined by resident Simpsons expert Dr. Rachael Riggs Leyva to compile a list 10 great Simpsons episodes after Maude Flanders…
013 - When One Show Really Loves Itself
Feb 26, 2016 • 34 min
What’s one way to bring back your favorite character in a “fun” or “new” way? Give them kids! Chris and Mackenzie go on a voyage with Popeye (and Son) and join Team Avatar with their first look at The Legend of Korra. What color hair does Popeye have?…
012 - Dear Academy: Here’s How To Vote
Feb 19, 2016 • 40 min
Chris and Mackenzie talk about the 88th Oscars! Not the Animated feature category, though. Their focus? The category everyone should care about more: Animated Shorts. The nominees: World of Tomorrow, Sanjay’s Super Team, We Can’t Live Without Cosmos, Bear…
011 - Well, Excuuuse Us
Feb 12, 2016 • 37 min
Video games and cartoons. The two often go hand-in-hand. If someone likes cartoons, they often like video games. But should we really like video games AND cartoons? Is their union an unholy matrimony, or is there potential for cartoons based on games to…
010 - Batman
Feb 5, 2016 • 38 min
It’s the episode Gotham deserves! Chris and Mackenzie spelunk into the Bat-Cave to investigate tone in Batman: The Animated Series! There have been many incarnations of Batman, and Batman: The Animated Series has shown the Dark Knight from many angles and…
009 - A Tale Of Two Scoobies
Jan 29, 2016 • 34 min
It’s everyone’s favorite animated Great Dane! Chris and Mackenzie scarf down a whole box of Scooby Snacks to talk about Scooby-Doo and his gang of meddling kids! They look at the very first episode of Scooby-Doo (What a Night for a Knight) and the first…
008 - Milkin’ It
Jan 22, 2016 • 39 min
“Hey, you remember that really successful movie? Now, it’s an animated TV show!” What could possibly go wrong? Chris and Mackenzie investigate the different ways companies have spun-off movies into animated shows and dive into some successes, looking at…
007 - When Two Worlds Really Love Each Other
Jan 15, 2016 • 43 min
When two worlds really love each other… They crossover! Chris and Mackenzie go in-depth the granddaddy crossover event: “The Jetsons Meet the Flintstones” in which we learn that Fred Flintstone is a terrible person. Seriously. Then, they follow up with…
006 - WGA - The Pilot Episode
Jan 8, 2016 • 30 min
It’s the long lost unaired pilot of Writers Get Animated! And by ‘long’, we mean ‘not at all’. Listen! As Chris and Mackenzie get awkwardly close to their mics. Gasp! As our heroes struggle for something to talk about. Marvel! At their ability to fill…
005 - Resolutions? What Resolutions?
Jan 1, 2016 • 34 min
To celebrate the New Year, Writers Get Animated brings you shows that have no resolutions! Cliffhangers! They’re everywhere: mid-season finales, season finales, quarter-season finales. Some shows do it well, some shows were cancelled before the…
004 - A Very Special Christmas Special Christmas Special
Dec 25, 2015 • 37 min
It’s the Writers Get Animated Very Special Christmas Special Christmas Special! Chris and Mackenize look at two holiday classics… Well, one holiday classic (Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer) and a show with “Christmas” in the title (He-Man & She-Ra: A…
003 - EP. III: The Animated Menace
Dec 18, 2015 • 38 min
A long time ago, in a Nigel’s living room far, far away… Celebrate (or lament) the release of The Force Awakens with Chris and Mackenzie! We go way back to the first episode of Star Wars: Droids and then Force-jump into two story arcs from Star Wars: The…
002 - The One with Dramaturgical Issues
Dec 11, 2015 • 39 min
What’s new (everyone-else-but-Scooby-Doo)? In this episode, Chris and Mackenzie discuss some of the new shows they caught and decide which shows they’ll continue to watch. Special focus on Guardians of the Galaxy, Wabbit, We Bare Bears, and Star vs. The…
001 - Thus They Were Animated
Dec 4, 2015 • 35 min
In this episode, we explore the concept of origin stories, beginning with the grandaddy of them all: Superman. Join Chris and Mackenzie as they journey through the origin story episodes of Darkwing Duck and The Powerpuff Girls. How does each follow,…
Teaser
Nov 13, 2015 • 0 min
A brief introduction. Full episodes coming soon!