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Get drawn into your favorite animated movies and shows! Whether it's following an alcoholic horse actor, a family of adventuring ducks, a wise-cracking rabbit, or some wacky kids down the street, we've got you covered. ​ Animators move audiences to laughter and tears conjuring worlds from blank paper and ones and zeros inside a computer. Every two weeks, we English-major-the-crap-out-of the latest animated movies and shows to uncover how the magic works.
 
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In the fifteenth episode of Gotham Outsiders: A Batman Bookclub, we discuss Gotham Academy Vol. 1: Welcome to Gotham Academy by Becky Cloonan, Brenden Fletcher, and Karl Kerschl. Joining us is comics writer of Doom Patrol: Weight of the Worlds, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and more, JEREMY LAMBERT! Jeremy: @Jeremy_Lambert (Twitter), @jeremyfranklamber…
 
In this special episode of Gotham Outsiders: A Batman Bookclub, we discuss Harley Quinn & Poison Ivy: The Beginning from DC's Love is a Battlefield anthology. We are joined by returning guest and Harley Quinn philosopher, JOCELYN HILL, and Poison Ivy enthusiast, DEBORAH EMBURY! Jocelyn: @sylveonquartz (Twitter), @mayorjocie (Insta) Deborah: @darthd…
 
We're jumping on the Infinity Train to figure out what makes an anthology show so compelling? How do mysteries deepen and shift? How do you hold onto an audience when main characters shift? What connects these stories together? Also, how can we get more Infinity Train?! Links Watch Infinity Train on HBO Max Infinity Train's Owen Dennis Talks About …
 
In the fourteenth episode of Gotham Outsiders: A Batman Bookclub, we discuss Batwoman: Elegy by Greg Rucka and J.H. Williams III with comics writer, artist, and author of DC's upcoming GALAXY: THE PRETTIEST STAR, JADZIA AXELROD! We talk werewolves, outdated queer portrayals, and just how bad of a girlfriend Kate Kane really is. Jadzia: @planetx Chr…
 
A new animated Star Wars show is on our televisions, and we're here to enjoy it alongside all of you! How does this story fit into the larger Star Wars universe? Where do we think and hope the story will go? What are the familiar Star Wars elements that are already present in this new show? Links Watch The Bad Batch on Disney Plus Brad Rau's Road t…
 
In this special episode of Gotham Outsiders: A Batman Bookclub, TJ is put on trial for his blasphemous statements against Superman. Parsec Award-winning podcast host & returning guest, CHRISTOPHER MORSE, joins us for this intervention. We discuss The Man of Steel by John Byrne, Son of Superman by Peter J. Tomasi, CW's Superman & Lois, & more! Chris…
 
How can the robot apocalypse bring family together? We find out in this episode as we upload ourselves into The Mitchells vs. The Machines on Netflix! How does this movie both defy and meet our expectations? Links Watch The Mitchells vs. The Machines on Netflix The Mitchells vs. The Machines: How Michael Rianda Made a 'Dirtbag Miyazaki' Movie The M…
 
In the thirteenth episode of Gotham Outsiders: A Batman Bookclub, we discuss Super Sons Vol. 1: When I Grow Up by Peter J. Tomasi with writer of books, comics, and TV, SARWAT CHADDA! We explore Damian's Arab heritage, how Talia al Ghul has been portrayed in recent years, and a queer reading of Super Sons! Sarwat: @sarwatchadda on Twitter Chris: @th…
 
The Oscars are here again, and we're taking a trip through the varied ways these filmmakers have told their stories in this year's nominees for Best Animated Short Films! From the story of a bunny creating her home to a young woman dealing with the chaos of the world, we look at how animation can make meaningful and thought-provoking art time and t…
 
In this special episode of Gotham Outsiders: The Better Cut, we assemble with guests both old and new to battle Zack Snyder’s Justice League. Joining us is host of Pop Culture Happy Hour and author of The Caped Crusade, GLEN WELDON! Prize-winning poet and bat-cademic, STEVEN LEYVA, also returns! You've never heard us; not us united. Glen: @ghweldon…
 
We’re saying goodbye to one of our favorite shows: DuckTales! The series finale certainly solved some mysteries and rewrote some history! How does the series finale complete the story that was being told? What themes and tools told the story? Previously on Writers Get Animated 176 - Healthy Rejections: DuckTales and Steven Universe 164 - Quack Pack…
 
In the twelfth episode of Gotham Outsiders: A Batman Bookclub, we discuss Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles by James Tynion IV with professor at the University of Baltimore and author of Adaptations in the Franchise Era, KYLE MEIKLE! Enjoy a bowl of turtle stew with us; find out which Bat-family members we're shipping with turtles and how fanfict…
 
Tom and Jerry are back in new animated shorts and a new animated/live action hybrid movie! What endures about these two characters? How do animated/live action hybrid movies work story-wise? What can we learn from a decades-long rivalry between a cat and a mouse? Previously on Writers Get Animated 085 - Pure "Imagination" - Tom & Jerry: Willy Wonka…
 
In this special episode of Gotham Outsiders: A Batman Bookclub, we discuss Batman Forever with the GLAAD nominated writer of Lords of Empyre: Emperor Hulkling, ANTHONY OLIVEIRA! We talk bat-nipples, Jim Carrey's iconic performance as Riddler, and what we would do to make the movie better-- The Better Cut, if you will. Anthony: @meakoopa on Twitter …
 
A new era of Disney animated films is here with "Raya and the Last Dragon!" How does "Raya" represent a change in storytelling for Disney? What makes this story so unique? How does watching at home change the experience of a new Disney film? Links Watch Raya and the Last Dragon on Disney Plus Interview: ‘Raya and the Last Dragon’ Producer and Scree…
 
In the eleventh episode of Gotham Outsiders: A Batman Bookclub, we discuss Batman: The Jiro Kuwata Batmanga Vol. 1 by Jiro Kuwata with illustrator of the Eisner Nominated comic PRINCELESS, EMILY MARTIN! We talk Lord Death Man's yoga hobby, one scary gorilla, and how badly TJ wants to get-get with Go-Go. Emily: @megamoth on Twitter Chris: @themythof…
 
We’re back with another breakdown! In the breakdown, we go beat by beat to see how a show works! This time, we’re looking at one of our favorites: Hilda! How does time travel work in the world of Hilda? How to do you establish theme and danger? Links Watch Hilda on Netflix Previously on Writers Get Animated 131 - Hilda and Adaptation…
 
In this special episode of Gotham Outsiders: A Batman Bookclub, we celebrate Grant Morrison's coming out by discussing some of their queerest works, Wonder Woman: Earth One, The Invisibles, Doom Patrol, Supergods, and more! Joining us once again are BEN "BEE" KAHN and ALICIA WHITLEY! Ben: @BenTheKahn on Twitter Alicia: @AliciaWhitley on Twitter Chr…
 
This week, we’re heading to the desert to have a date with destiny! And the rings of power! And Kid Cosmic, the latest hero from Craig McCracken! How do the expectations of a specific creator, a specific streaming service, and of the super hero genre collide and affect a show for families? Links Watch Kid Cosmic on Netflix Craig McCracken Talks Abo…
 
In the TENTH episode of Gotham Outsiders: A Batman Bookclub, we discuss Batman: The Court of Owls Saga by Scott Snyder with professor at the University of Baltimore, poet, bat-cademic, and returning guest, STEVEN LEYVA! Celebrate this milestone episode with us, as we discuss one of the most iconic modern Batman stories, relish in the cult-y goodnes…
 
In this special episode of Gotham Outsiders: A Batman Bookclub, we discuss Batman fandom and queerness with DC Comics columnist and trivia master, ALEX JAFFE! Alex explains the origin of his legendary DC Universe TimKon article, Chris defends her asexual Batman headcanon, and more! Alex: @AlexJaffe and @InsertCredit on Twitter Chris: @themythofpsyc…
 
In a year of catching up on streaming, we look back on one of Mackenzie’s favorite shows: Gargoyles! Looking at the fabled third season, we investigate how this animated show from the 90’s is prescient about our current era. What would make someone join The Quarrymen? What does justice look like? Previously on Writers Get Animated 040 - Thine Doodl…
 
In the ninth episode of Gotham Outsiders: A Batman Bookclub, we discuss The Caped Crusade: Rise of Nerd Culture by Glen Weldon with professor at the University of Baltimore, poet, and bat-cademic, STEVEN LEYVA! We look at the entire Batman franchise history, examine how nerd culture has responded to it (specifically queer fans), and ponder the ques…
 
It's a new year and a new season! We're unpacking the themes and ideas in Pixar's latest film, Soul! What makes life so special? What is the "spark?" How does Pixar (and Pete Docter) continue create rich, tangible worlds based on ideas? Links Watch Pixar's Soul on Disney+ It’s Like a Magic Trick: Pete Docter and Dana Murray on Pixar's Soul Pete Doc…
 
In the eighth episode of Gotham Outsiders: A Batman Bookclub, we discuss Batman Vol. 1: I Am Gotham by Tom King with stand up comic, actor, and writer, GIANMARCO SORESI! Join us as we criticize billionaire superheroes, figure out the difference between Duke and Luke, and discuss just what exactly it means to be Gotham. Gianmarco: @GianmarcoSoresi o…
 
In this special episode of Gotham Outsiders: A Batman Bookclub, we discuss Batman: The Telltale Series video game with season director and returning guest, KENT MUDLE! Chris and TJ compare their gameplay choices, while Kent reveals why Penguin is so hot, the Joker is bisexual, and Bruce is a canonical bottom. Kent: @kentmudle on Twitter; BERET Chri…
 
There's a new Star Wars Holiday Special, and it's LEGO! Does the new LEGO Star Wars Holiday Special pass as authentic Star Wars and as a true holiday specials? What Star Wars expectations do we have? What holiday special tropes pay off in this adventure? Previously on Writers Get Animated 152 - Klaus: A Very Early, Very Special Christmas Special Ch…
 
In the seventh episode of Gotham Outsiders: A Batman Bookclub, we discuss Batman: The Long Halloween by Jeph Loeb with season director of Batman: The Telltale Series and Batman: The Enemy Within, KENT MUDLE! Join us as we solve some riddles, including just what the hell this ending actually meant. Kent: @kentmudle on Twitter; BERET Chris: @themytho…
 
In this special episode of Gotham Outsiders: A Batman Bookclub, we discuss Harley Quinn: Seasons 1 & 2 with bestselling author of Dread Nation, Star Wars The High Republic: A Test of Courage, and more, JUSTINA IRELAND! We reveal how much we ship Harlivy, adore King Shark, and just how cute Damian is in this amazing show. Justina: @JustinaIreland on…
 
The Warner Brothers and the Warner Sister are back! Is this a reboot, a sequel, or a continuation? We investigate audience expectations, including our own, to see how much difference 22 years can make when a show returns! Previously on Writers Get Animated 045 - Bologna in Our Slacks: Animaniacs! Links Watch Animaniacs on Hulu…
 
In the sixth episode of Gotham Outsiders: A Batman Bookclub, we discuss Batgirl Vol. 1: Silent Knight by Kelley Puckett with Eisner Nominated writer of Princeless and Marvel's Unstoppable Wasp, JEREMY WHITLEY! We talk about Cassandra Cain, harmful stereotypes, Catwoman's cultural heritage, and more! Jeremy: @jrome58 and @ProgHorrorPod on Twitter Ch…
 
In this special mini-episode of Gotham Outsiders: A Batman Bookclub, we share our interview with the comic book artist of Batman Eternal, Batman and Robin Eternal, and Detective Comics, ALVARO MARTINEZ! Returning guest, CHRISTOPHER MORSE, narrates Alvaro's answers. Alvaro: @AMartinezBueno on Twitter Christopher: @ChrisXMorse on Twitter Chris: @them…
 
In the fifth episode of Gotham Outsiders: A Batman Bookclub, we discuss Detective Comics Vol. 1: Rise of the Batmen by James Tynion IV with Parsec Award-winning podcast host, CHRISTOPHER MORSE! Christopher shares his love for Clayface, TJ reveals what ship he's indifferent towards, and Chris weeps. Christopher: @ChrisXMorse on Twitter Chris: @themy…
 
Have you ever experienced a crushing rejection? It's rough. But, as we learn from "DuckTales" and "Steven Universe," there are healthy ways to deal with rejection. We unpack representations of relationships, love interests, and rejections. Chris even expresses his hatred of the term "friend zone."By Chris Leyva & Mackenzie Worrall
 
In the fourth episode of Gotham Outsiders: A Batman Bookclub, we discuss Batman: Arkham Asylum by Grant Morrison with English teacher and comics editor, ALICIA WHITLEY! We talk Joker's fab nails, who in Arkham is a qualified doctor, and what exactly Morrison's deal with gender is. DISCLAIMER: This episode was released before Grant Morrison came out…
 
In this special episode of Gotham Outsiders: A Batman Bookclub, we do a livewatch of The Batman vs. Dracula movie with Harley Quinn philosopher, JOCELYN HILL! Watch along with us and enjoy our commentary. Stay tuned after the livewatch for a sneak peek of Chris' new horror podcast, PROGRESSIVELY HORRIFIED! Jocelyn: @j0c3lyn_ on Instagram Chris: @th…
 
Once a year, we binge for you! It's the best new animated shows of 2020! 2020 has given us so many new shows, we can barely keep up! We cover new shows for young audiences, shows for the whole family, and shows for "adults." Will you find a new favorite? Previously on Writers Get Animated 169 - Happy Birthday, Bugs Bunny! 168 - Current Trends in Ad…
 
In the third episode of Gotham Outsiders: A Batman Bookclub, we discuss Gotham High by Melissa de la Cruz with author of Beetle & the Hollowbones, ALIZA LAYNE! We talk Halloween costumes, Bat-pets, and just how cheesecake this Riverdale!Batman AU is. Aliza: @alizabees on Twitter Chris: @themythofpsyche on Twitter TJ: @troyfin2 on Twitter Gotham Out…
 
We’re breaking tradition and are discussing a Disney live action remake that is actually live action: Mulan! How does this version of Mulan compare to the original animated film? What is improved? Who is the audience for this new version? Previously on Writers Get Animated 027 - Is The Jungle Book (2016) an Animated Movie? 144 - Circle of Remakes: …
 
In the second episode of Gotham Outsiders: A Batman Bookclub, we discuss Batman and Robin Vol. 1: Batman Reborn by Grant Morrison with Ignatz Nominated Comic Writer, BEN “BEE” KAHN! We talk all things Dick Grayson, Professor Pyg, Jason Todd's hair color, and more. DISCLAIMER: This episode was released before Grant Morrison came out as nonbinary. We…
 
It's the Emmys! We look at what we can learn from each of this year's nominees. It's an eclectic bunch! Big Mouth, Bob’s Burgers, BoJack Horseman, Rick And Morty, The Simpsons, Forky Asks A Question, Robot Chicken, and Steven Universe Future! Previously on Writers Get Animated 148 - 2019 Best Short Form Animated Program Emmy Nominees! 147 - 2019 Be…
 
Welcome to the first episode of Gotham Outsiders: A Batman Bookclub, a podcast with queer, feminist takes on the Dark Knight. This special episode is an introduction to your hosts, Chris and TJ. You'll hear all about their bookstore meet cute, Chris testing TJ's Batman knowledge, and a discussion of the most recent The Batman trailer. Chris: @themy…
 
Today we’re breaking down one of the best scenes in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse: the reveal of Olivia... You know... How does this great film set, reset, and subvert our expectations? How do you switch tone as necessary? How do character details and specificity influence a scene? Previously on Writers Get Animated 129 - Spider-Man: Into the S…
 
In this episode, we look at what makes a satisfying ending! By looking at three different series finales (Wizards, Doc McStuffins, and Steven Universe:Future), we try to see how endings function and how you can stick the landing of your story. Previously on Writers Get Animated 165 - Ended, The Clone Wars Have 161- Nice While It Lasted: The End of …
 
With summer movies being postponed or canceled because of the "plague" of COVID-19, we decided to look at plagues as portrayed in animation! We look at the biblical plagues depicted in Dreamworks' "The Prince of Egypt" and a more metaphorical plague in this year's "We Bare Bears: The Movie." Links Watch The Prince of Egypt on Hulu Watch We Bare Bea…
 
What's up, Doc? We're celebrating the 80th birthday of everyone's favorite wise-cracking rabbit: Bugs Bunny! When taking a look at Bugs' first appearance in "A Wild Hare," we'll see what carries over to the brand new series "Looney Tunes Cartoons?" What are the core traits of Bugs Bunny? What has changed in Bugs since 1940? Links Watch Looney Tunes…
 
In this episode, we break down what's been going on with animation specifically made for adults. After a brief overview, we take a look at "The Midnight Gospel" and "Lastman," two shows that look and feel like nothing else out there. How has the field of adult animation changed? What are the trends? What are the projects that set themselves apart f…
 
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