The Podcast Episode 4: The ‘Impotents’ Webseries and Kickstarter


This month I chat with Jeff Cooper and Grahaeme Cowie of Smoking Doors Productions about their animated webseries Impotents and the Kickstarter campaign their currently running to get it made. Besides spilling the beans on the series itself and what we can expect, we discuss why they chose Kickstarter and how much planning and effort goes into running a campaign. If you’ve ever been curious about it, you’ll want to have a listen.

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The Podcast: Episode 3 with Helen Haswell

In this month’s podcast, I chat with Helen Haswell. Helen is a PhD candidate at Queens University in Belfast, who’s area of research happens to be the merger of Disney and Pixar that took place back in 2006. We discuss that, and lots more in this episode. Just excuse the error in the opening; this is the third episode, not the fourth!

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The Podcast: Episode 2 With J.K. Riki

After a break for the holidays, the podcast returns! This month I chat with animator J.K. Riki who also runs Animator Island.

We touch on a wide range of topics including but not limited to, why people become passionate about animation, is CGI quality an issue in features, and did the Lion King ruin 2D theatrical animation.

As ever, leave a comment below or send me an email to offer any feedback you have. Apologies for the muffled sound; Verizon DSL does not tolerate cold weather very well.

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The Podcast: Episode 1 with Rusty Gray

After some time in development, I’m proud to announce that today marks the beginning of monthly podcasts here on the Animation Anomaly blog.

This month, my guest is accomplished world-travelling animator Rusty Gray. Currently based in Vancouver, Rusty has studied at Full Sail university and Animation Mentor. He has also launched a website of his own (RustyAnimator.com) that provides plenty of tips and advice to aspiring students and animators.

Although the focus is on education within the animation industry, we discuss a wide range of topics surrounding it from what skills degrees actually provide, to where the future of animation education lies.

Some relevant links from the discussion:

I’m a bit jittery in this first episode so feel free to provide some feedback either in the comment form below, or via email to charles [at] animationanomaly [dot] com.

The theme music is ‘Big Band Swing (Messin’)’ by Simon Wallace


The Animation Anomaly Podcast Episode 6

A wild podcast episode unexpectedly appears!

In this episode:

00:00 – CTN Expo Recap (Simpsons Music 500 Music Ville link)

05:00 – Three Shows That Changed The Way Networks Think About Viewership

08:30 – Three Interesting Documents

11:00 – Do Studio Ghibli films make Pixar look weak?

14:00 – Frozen and Feminism: Bitch Flicks post, my post

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The Animation Anomaly Podcast Episode 5

Originally scheduled for last Sunday but thanks to sound problems, only released today!

In this episode:

00:00 – Tintin and the Copyright Sharks [Mickey Mouse Copyright post link]

07:30 – Top 10 Reasons People Use To Justify Pirating Digital Content (And Why They’re Wrong)

13:30 – The LA Times on Stephen Universe

16:20 – Chernin Group Buying Majority Stake in Crunchyroll, the Anime Subscription Site

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The Animation Anomaly Podcast Episode 4

After a grief hiatus, I’m back with a packed podcast episode of animationy goodness.

This episode:

00:00 – Cartoon Network: Netflix is Hurting our TV Ratings

08:26 – The Little Mermaid tablet-tastic cinema screenings

13:40 – The Market for Idiocy

20:30 – The Psychology of a Fanboy


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The Animation Anomaly Podcast Episode 3

The third Animation Anomaly podcast episode. Post-website crash, post-MBA and only on the third attempt! I swear I’m slowly getting the hang of things.

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Animation Anomaly Podcast Episode 2

Since last week’s podcast didn’t elicit any hate mail or death threats, there’s another one this week. Plenty of articles were worthy of inclusion and hopefully you find my gibbering not too ingratiating.

  • 00:00 – Why we’ll see even more Ice Age sequels [article link]
  • 06:30 – Animated films and the cult of self-esteem [article link]
  • 14:00 – How Disney clamps down on the unlicensed use of their characters on birthday cakes [article link]
  • 18:00 – Passive Female Characters and Strong Female Characters [link 1, link 2]
  • 22:00 – The A.V. Club interviews the head of Animation Domination High Definition [article link]

Please give me any feedback at all on how I did; the podcast is still a work in progress! 🙂

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Animation Anomaly Podcast Episode 1

Thanks to everyone who suggested that I give this podcast gig a go. Consider this episode the prototype rather than a fully-fledged episode.

Here’s a brief summary of the Animation Anomaly Podcast episode 1:

  • 00:00 – Introduction, the PTC doesn’t like FOX’s ADHD block
  • 08:30 – Viacom continues to sue YouTube. What that means for animation and residual payments.
  • 13:30 – Disney is heavily reliant on cable TV subscriber fees, but that won’t last forever. What does that mean for their animation division.
  • 17:30 – The real reason Disney bought Pixar, Lucasfilm and Marvel.
  • 24:00 – Brad Bird on changing the cinema experience.

PS. Please do leave some feedback below to let me know how I did 🙂

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