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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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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 …
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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 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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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
 
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…
 
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: …
 
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…
 
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…
 
What makes a family a family? And what makes a family film a family film? We get into The Willoughbys - the newest animated film from Netflix! Links ‘The Willoughbys’ Director Kris Pearn is Blending 2D and Stop-Motion Animation Styles for a New Take on an Old Story Terry Crews Explains Why Netflix’s ‘The Willoughbys’ Is Perfect Pandemic Viewing…
 
Star Wars: The Clone Wars has returned with a force! We take a look at how the finale of Star Wars: Clone Wars fits into the larger questions explored in the Star Wars universe. What is different about this particular ending and story? What's next for the animated Star Wars canon? Previously on Writers Get Animated 23 - All About Ahsoka 136 - Star …
 
In celebration of the episode "Quack Pack" latest season of DuckTales, we revisit Disney's Quack Pack from 1996! In what ways are they similar? How has storytelling changed in Disney TV animation since then? Previously on Writers Get Animated 141 - The Breakdown: Nothing Can Stop Della Duck 090 - DuckTales! Woo-oo! Links Watch Quack Pack on Disney …
 
Buckle up your jetpacks because we're taking to the skies with The Rocketeer! What changes when a comic book movie from the early 1990's becomes a Disney Junior series? How do you make an action-packed series for young audiences? Links 5 Ways Disney Junior’s New The Rocketeer Series Was Inspired by the 1991 Film Collider: Disney Junior's New Animat…
 
We say goodbye to one of our favorite shows: BoJack Horseman. How does the “Great American Novel” end? What story have we been following these past few years? What have we learned about how to end a story? How do you give closure to characters and relationships without answering all the questions? Previously on Writers Get Animated 121 - The Lost L…
 
It's our annual look at the Oscar-nominated animated short films! Five different and engaging short films were nominated for the Oscar this year: Hair Love, Daughter, Sister, Memorable, and Kitbull. What trends and themes were present this year? What were the different ways stories were told? Previously on Writers Get Animated 133 - Hey Academy, He…
 
Brendan Hay, Mike Yank, Sarah Nerboso, and Marie Cheng from Harvey Girls Forever join us to discuss the final season of the show. We discuss their favorite moments of the final season, how they said goodbye to the show, and what they were glad made it into the final season! Previously on Writers Get Animated 138 - The Writers of Harvey Girls Foreve…
 
Harley Quinn has her own series now on DC Universe! What happens when a character who began in animation, went into comic book form, then into live action, returns to animation? How has the character of Harley Quinn evolved? How is this series different from other DC animated series that have come before? Also, who knew that Poison Ivy would be the…
 
It’s a new year, so we’re celebrating by dreaming big! We’re taking our tradition of proving that some things write themselves to new heights. It’s one part improv and one part writing exercise. Play along with us as we come up with sequels, reboots, and spin-offs of some of the properties available on Disney+. Previously on Writers Get Animated 09…
 
Disney+ is here, and the Disney Vault is mostly open! Our trip through the Disney canon continues as we go back through the early shorts of Disney to see if we can identify Disney DNA. What makes Disney Disney? What has changed through the years? What can we learn from these early Disney shorts? Why would you ever trust Goofy to drive you anywhere?…
 
When is a sequel justified? Or… How do you make a sequel that’s just as merited as the first film when you’re writing for the sequel to the biggest animated film of all time (besides The Lion King)? This week, we plunge into the icy waters of Frozen II (2)! What else does Elsa have to do to complete her character arc? What can Idina Menzel sing abo…
 
It’s (almost) Christmastime, so we unwrap your gift early to talk Klaus on Netflix! What kinds of stories can you tell with Santa? What are the tropes and trappings of Santa? How successful can a dark and gritty reboot of Santa be? Links Klaus director pushed past the limitations of traditional animation SPA Studios on YouTube Watch Klaus on Netfli…
 
How do you tell a story without words? We look at the tools and techniques used in Genndy Tartakovsky’s new show: Primal! How can color and staging tell your story? How do you show a changing relationship without words? Links Watch Primal on Adult Swim About the Herculoids About Act Without Words IBy Chris Leyva & Mackenzie Worrall
 
Yes, they are creepy and kooky, but they're also one of the most beloved families ever, it's The Addams Family! We take a look at what needs to be included in any Addams Family film, what stories are told, what themes are explored. How does the newest film both pay off and play against our expectations? Links The Addams Family Clips and Trailers…
 
It's the time of year when we look at the new animated shows that came out for the year, so you can find out what you should be watching! There are so many new shows that came out, and more new shows are still on the way! Looking for a show for your young kids to watch? Something for the whole family? Or want something that is strictly for adults? …
 
On this episode, we're coming up short! It's the Short Form Animated Program Emmy nominees! Robot Chicken! Teen Titans GO! Steven Universe! Love, Death & Robots! Spongebob Squarepants! Who won? Why were these stories nominated? What makes them special? What makes them unique? Previously on Writers Get Animated 2019 Best Animated Program Emmy Nomine…
 
In this episode, we look at the nominees for this year's Emmy Awards: Big Mouth “The Planned Parenthood Show”, Bob’s Burgers “Just One Of The Boyz 4 Now For Now”, BoJack Horseman “Free Churro”, Adventure Time “Come Along With Me”, and The Simpsons “Mad About The Toy.” In what ways is storytelling shifting? Is animation for kids and adults now? What…
 
Hop in the slingshot, we're flinging ourselves to Bird Island to talk Angry Birds 2! How do you craft a story when there's so little plot from source material? How do you take a video game movie franchise to the... next level? What are the different ways you take take comedy beyond audience expectations? Previously on Writers Get Animated 089 - Rea…
 
This week, we're looking at crafting a fantasy world! What are the different types of fantasy sub-genres out there? We explore the realm of Amphibia to see how it fits into and subverts various fantasy rules! What adventures does Anne have in store? How do you build a mythical world? Links Watch the first two episodes of Amphibia Fantasy on TV Trop…
 
Hakuna Matata! We're traveling to Pride Rock for this episode! Guest Rebecca Myers helps us investigate how the new photorealistic Lion King fits into the great Disney Circle of Remakes. How is this version different from the original animated film? What story changes are made? Does the remake become something new? Previously on Writers Get Animate…
 
For this episode, we take a look at the current state of LGBTQ representation in animation and see how thet plays in two recent, animated gay weddings! What was all the fuss about in the Arthur episode "Mr. Ratburn and the Special Someone?" What's really going on in the episode "Reunion" from Steven Universe? What does representation look like now?…
 
In this episode, we climb our way into the DuckTales episode Nothing Can Stop Della Duck! We go beat by beat, seeing how it gives us character relationships and subverts expectations. And now, we have more questions! Previously on Writers Get Animated 090 - DuckTales! Woo-oo! 121 - The Lost Loves of Scrooge McDuck and BoJack Horseman Links Watch No…
 
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