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Submission discussion for #RubberOnionBattle July 2017 "Lame Theme Park"

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We talk about the DuckTales reboot on DisneyXD

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Interview panel with Joy Buran, Noelle Melody, and Lizzi Akana from Animation Block Party 2017

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We recap our experience at Animation Block Party 2017 in Brooklyn

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Creator of "Regular Show" gets a more adult cartoon on TBS, "Close Enough"

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Review for season 1 of the Netflix "Castlevania" series

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The difficulty professional artists have in taking vacations and what to do about it

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Our last regular live Brooklyn show with Gumby, Battle Talk, and more!

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9:06 Podcastimation 5
19:22 #RubberOnionBattle June 2017
44:29 Gumby episode 1 commentary
53:20 Show Your Stuff: "Lake Shore Drive" music video by Elizabeth Honer
1:05:29 Pictionary

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SEGMENT SHOW! For our 200th episode we present the last (maybe) segment show with a discussion about everything that came from D23, an update to RubberOnion, Stephen talks about Spider-Man and Baby Driver, and we take Audience Questions LIVE from the chat!

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Topics & Timestamps

(5:42) How You Doin
(13:53) Baby Driver & Spider-Man Homecoming
(31:06) RubberOnion Update!
(53:09) Animation News from D23
(54:15) Dumbo
(56:25) Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2
(59:34) Incredibles 2
(1:01:57) The Lion King
(1:07:36) Aladdin
(1:15:03) Star Wars VIII, Avengers Infinity War, and Mary Poppins Returns
(1:20:48) Disney orders season 2 of Big Hero 6 TV series before season 1 airs
(1:23:46) Spider-Man new TV series
(1:26:20) Audience Questions LIVE in chat!

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SEGMENT SHOW! The trailer for the "My Little Pony" movie dropped and threw the internet into a tizzy, TMNT continues its Summer Shorts, and we get an Ax by Fax question about animating while sad.

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(7:54) Animation News...
(8:34) My Little Pony trailer
(44:53) TMNT Summer Shorts
(1:05:20) Ax By Fax Audience Question: "Is it hard to animate when you're sad?" ~Nathan Viney

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LIVE SHOW! On this 5th event, we have an all screening event! Podcastimation 4, Battles from May, two cartoons from listeners Sam Albro and Elizabeth Honer, and a crazy Betty Boop cartoon... thanks to everyone who came out to our live show at Freddy's Bar in Park Slope, Brooklyn.

We now have a residency so our shows are going to be EVERY MONTH on the 4th Wednesday at 7:30pm at Freddy's Bar in Park Slope, Brooklyn.

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(2:35) Podcastimation 4
(10:51) Battle Talk "May 2017"
(35:05) Show Your Stuff: Sam Albro & Elizabeth Honer
(40:23) Betty Boop "Be Human" with commentary

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SEGMENT SHOW! There's a new Spider-Man on DisneyXD, a new film fest from GKids, Annecy & Variety, and we talk all the ins and outs of creating the 4th podcastimation.

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(5:02) How You Doin
(11:48) Making of Podcastimation 4
(1:25:57) Animation News...
(1:26:32) Spider-Man new series on DisneyXD
(1:51:19) New Film Festival from GKids, Annecy & Variety

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SEGMENT SHOW! We talk about Disney's new "101 Dalmatian Street" series, a full trailer for a new "Frozen" animated short and what that might mean, and a question about how to manage burnout

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(5:22) How you doin?
(20:09) Animation News...
(20:50) 101 Dalmatian Street
(39:12) Olaf's Frozen Adventure trailer discussion
(1:05:29) Ax by Fax Audience Question "How do you manage burnout" ~Ben Reynolds

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SEGMENT SHOW! In this 2.5hr show we have an interview, audience question, and movie review... and unintentional beatboxing as well as screaming in the courtyard - great fun!

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Topics & Timestamps

(11:40) Creator Spotlight: Bryan Engram of Brazen Animation
(37:55) Ax by Fax "Top 3 animation moments that influenced you" ~Jeff Young-Sterling
(1:05:21) Movie Review "Captain Underpants"

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LIVE SHOW! On this 4th event, we talk about Stephen's trip to Japan, sing the TMNT theme song while Stephen plays guitar, talk the #RubberOnionBattle from April and play Pictionary... thanks to everyone who came out to our live show at Freddy's Bar in Park Slope, Brooklyn.

We now have a residency so our shows are going to be EVERY MONTH on the 4th Wednesday at 8:30pm at Freddy's Bar in Park Slope, Brooklyn.

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(7:37) Stephen's Japan Trip
(23:45) Battle Talk "April 2017"
(1:09:30) Cartoon Karaoke "TMNT (1987)"
(1:12:49) Pictionary

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HOT COCOA SHOW! You know what gets discussed a lot? Freelancing. In that, people usually talk about the freedom to make your own hours, work from home, etc but there's one major factor that Stephen thinks has been overlooked in this list of pros & cons and it's explored in this show.

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(7:14) Pros & Cons of Freelancing
(19:41) Changing approaches over 10 years
(31:41) Pros & Cons of Office Work
(1:02:04) The #1 Benefit of Freelancing
(1:28:42) Power of the Freelancer & mistaken benefits
(1:45:94) Final Words

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HOW YOU DOIN SHOW! We riff about Pop Stars and what their food chains would be. Seriously. And it's hilarious. Comically.

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(5:15) How You Doin (Radio, Cassettes, and CDs)
(28:37) Pop Stars' Food Chains
(37:00) Mr Softee
(42:32) Music, Cinco de Mayo & Free Comic Book Day
(49:03) Freelance hire gone annoying
(1:16:33) Pornies

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SEGMENT SHOW! We got Cars, we got Dogs, we got Gorillaz... we got everything you want wrapped up in our witty and humorous banter with musical punchlines edited in. What more could you want?!

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(6:43) Trailer Talk...
(7:12) Cars 3
(36:23) Animation News of the Week...
(37:16) Isle of Dogs
(51:04) Gorillaz series

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SEGMENT EPISODE! Animation News of the Week (which is "month" this time) is back! Laika CEO Travis Knight is directing the Transformers spinoff movie "Bumblebee," comedian Tim Minchin's animated film was scrapped at Dreamworks, and a special guest joins me to discuss The Simpsons 30th anniversary!

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Topics & Timestamps

(6:41) How you doin?
(19:06) The Simpsons 30th Anniversary (with special guest)!
(29:51) Animation News of the Week...
(30:36) Travis Knight will direct "Bumblebee"
(53:09) Tim Minchin's DreamWorks animated film "Larrikins" dropped
(1:21:45) Rapid Fire!!!!!!

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TRAILER TALK! We ended up having more than a couple really interesting discussions on the Trailer Talk segment that it became the entire show! There's about 20 minutes of extra discussion uploaded to Patreon, so consider supporting there and get that and other cool stuff!

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(8:23) How You Doin - "Iron Fist", St Patrick's Day, "Leprechaun 3"
(32:31) Trailer Talk...
(33:27) Icarus
(1:12:23) Rocket & Groot animated shorts
(1:22:34) Pixar's Coco

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SEGMENT EPISODE! We return to the much loved format with Animation News of the Week (which is "month" this time)! Two reboot discussions, a conclusion to the wage fixing lawsuit, and a mini review of "Rock Dog."

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Topics & Timestamps

(6:49) Rock Dog mini-review
(26:09) Animation News of the Week...
(26:41) "Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" 2D reboot
(51:24) "DuckTales" reboot first look
(1:10:56) Disney settles in wage fixing suit for $100mil

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SEGMENT SHOW! We have two interviews on this show: Joanna Davidovich about her awesome Indie Animation and Taylor Armstrong about the Brooklyn film fest Animation Block Party. We've talked with Taylor before and he returns to drop some more festival knowledge and even provide another awesome prize to the #RubberOnionBattle for March!

 

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(8:11) How You Doin?... about the Live show past and future
(37:05) Creator Spotlight: Joanna Davidovich
(1:52:03) Creator Spotlight: Taylor Armstrong 2

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FIRST LIVE SHOW! Thank you so much to everyone who came out to our first live event in Brooklyn!! It was such a big success that we're going to have another live show this month... Wednesday, March 27th at 8:30pm come see us at "Freddy's Bar"

For this first live event we screened all 132 submissions to the #RubberOnionBattle for 2016, showed some that weren't submitted in time, reviewed the topics that didn't win and got suggestions for March, and even had a special puppet show... that's right... a puppet show!!

You can watch the full video on YouTube RIGHT NOW ON PATREON or wait a few weeks until the exclusive term is up.

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(4:21) The beginning of the Battles
(6:50) Puppet Show!
(12:07) Topics Jan-June 2016, winners and losers
(22:17) #RubberOnionBattle Jan-June 2016
(37:02) Topics July-Dec 2016, winners and losers
(47:15) #RubberOnionBattle July-Dec 2016
(1:11:38) "The Ones that Got Away" screening
(1:13:42) Topic suggestions for March 2017
(1:22:57) Animators in audience - favorite topic
(1:26:17) Podcastimation #4 "Tooligans" Animatic screening

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CHECK OUT SIGNE'S KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN FOR HER NEW FILM (ending Friday, Feb 24th @10:01am ET)

 

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INTERVIEW! Signe Baumane is an Indie Animator/Filmmaker from Latvia and based right here in New York City who has a brand new project called "My Love Affair With Marriage." Her Kickstarter campaign ends this Friday, February 24th at 10:01am ET  and we discussed the process of getting an independent animated film made, Kickstarter campaigns, using art to express emotions and philosophy, and making films from a woman's perspective. If you remember, we talked about "Rocks In My Pockets" in episode 45 and, spoiler alert, we loved it! So it was great to get a chance to talk with her and her partner Sturgis Warner about her career and future. Enjoy and don't forget to follow here (links below) and support her project on Kickstarter!

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(3:38) Introvert vs Extrovert
(7:06) Who Is: Signe Bauman & Sturgis Warner
(12:16) Funding, Kickstarter & Mathew Modine
(16:25) Music
(28:47) Kickstarter and Mixed Media, what was learned from "Rocks in My Pockets"
(35:51) Audience Question: "How did [you] take care of [your] mental health while making a film about depression" ~Elizabeth Honer
(40:55) Making "My Love Affair with Marriage"
(48:11) When did you know you were an artist?
(57:27) On letting someone adapt her work
(1:00:58) On making personal films
(1:04:27) Being a Woman Director in Indie Animation
(1:14:35) Favorite Tiers in "My Love Affair with Marriage" Kickstarter campaign 

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MOVIE REVIEW! We went to see the "LEGO Batman Movie" at a theater in Brooklyn with 3 friends and listeners of the podcast: Andrew Kaiko, Waymond Singleton, and Bryan Alvarez. After the show, we all reviewed the movie. I reviewed "The LEGO Movie" and loved it... what do you think we thought of the "LEGO Batman Movie?"

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(9:00) How You Doin? "Rob's pants story"
(22:31) Previewing "LEGO Batman"
(30:22) Roundtable Review featuring Stephen, Rob, Andrew, Waymond, and Bryan

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BATTLE TALK! Here's the edited together version of our special live episode of the podcast talking about all your awesome submissions to the #RubberOnionBattle for January 2017!

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(4:54) Battle Talk
(5:11) Jzork
(9:55) Josie Smith
(16:03) Xenia Bougaevsky
(18:48) FlipCelArt
(23:55) Elizabeth Honer
(33:01) Hugh Triggs Jr
(41:06) K Universe
(49:12) Eric Polley
(54:52) Kelli Kloudchild
(1:03:22) Chris Rodriguez
(1:14:34) Rob Yulfo
(1:21:43) Stephen Brooks

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So many things happened last weekend and even MORE is happening in February... this is a show all about that. And other things... you'll see...

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(5:49) Recap: Book Signing at Carmine Street Comics
(8:37) Recap: B-Day Party / #RubberOnionMeetup at Arcade
(10:20) Recap: B-Day Dinner at Mexican Restaurant
(12:30) Recap: Karaoke
(19:52) Recap: Dumb Sh!t Show screening encore
(27:11) Upcoming: First Live Brooklyn Show in February!!
(37:50) New Patreon rewards!!

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SEGMENT EPISODE! In preparation for Stephen's Birthday this weekend, we sip bourbon and talk about power rangers, wax intellectual on Patreon, and discuss the impending return of Samurai Jack. You know where this is going...

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Topics & Timestamps

(5:56) How You Doin "Stephen's Birthday Book Signing & Meetup!"
(21:05) Greg Pugh and Ghostbusters in NYC
(35:26) Trailer Talk...
(35:42) Power Rangers trailer #2
(59:16) Animation News of the Week...
(1:00:04) Paul "Otaking77077" Johnson's Patreon and Street Fighter fan film!
(1:43:34) Samurai Jack season 5 premiere date
(2:08:22) Rapid Fire!!!!!!!

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BATTLE TALK! Here's the edited together version of our special live episode of the podcast talking about all your awesome submissions to the #RubberOnionBattle for December 2016!

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Topics & Timestamps

(5:01) Battle Talk
(8:05) Jzork
(12:41) DeAndre Reid
(19:05) Elizabeth Honer
(27:42) Josh "Meathamski"
(32:49) Sean Harvey
(35:31) Eric Polley
(39:21) Waymond Singleton
(43:23) Dallin Lemon
(51:24) Rob Yulfo
(1:00:03) Stephen Brooks

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Direct download: rubberonionpodcast-174-battle_talk_december_2016.mp3
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SEGMENT EPISODE! For our first segment show of 2017 we pair it up as half a Road Trip episode too! We talk about media in all forms in this show, between long and short, online and theater distribution... and oh yea, the Golden Globes happened. Enjoy!

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Topics & Timestamps

(4:50) How you doin (the Golden Globes)
(14:05) Trailer Talk...
(14:42) "Blark and Son"
(30:43) Ax by Fax
(45:52) Animation News...
(47:20) Captain Underpants movie
(54:29) Scavengers animated shorts
(1:04:55) Tyrus Wong passed away at age 106

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Direct download: rubberonionpodcast-173-cujo_and_the_three_kings.mp3
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HOT COCOA SHOW! To kick off the new year, we talk about how to make a plan and follow through with it and why so many resolutions fail.

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Topics & Timestamps

(11:03) Our Resolutions
(31:27) Failing at keeping Resolutions
(45:42) How to avoid that failure
(1:17:21) Why people fail even knowing how to succeed

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Direct download: rubberonionpodcast-172-resolutions_how_to_keep_them.mp3
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NEW YEARS EPISODE! Here are 10 stand out moments from this calendar year of the podcast, use the links in the topics and timestamps section to listen to the entire shows that spawned them. Happy New Year!

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Topics & Timestamps

(2:20) "Live and Let Die" from #117 Freelancing School 3
(6:11) "Comedy Duo" from #144 Skinny One and the Fat One
(8:58) "Tooligans" from #138 Onion Knuckles
(17:39) "Stan Lee is Dead" from #121 Harry Partridge Interview
(20:05) "Hands all over the room" from #130 Adam Phillips Interview
(23:14) "Creed" from #139 Brexit Through the Gift Shop
(24:46) "Brazilian Woody Woodpecker" from #168 Quickie Pecker
(25:15) "#DildoNeck" from #155 Twitch Battle Show Sept2016
(29:44) "Martin's Ass" from #161 Freelance Horror Stories 3
(47:04) "The Bushwick Story" from #147 Monkeys and Drunkies

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CHRISTMAS EPISODE! For the 50th anniversary of the Chuck Jones directed "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" animated short film we talk about the Grinch throughout the decades from the book, to the cartoon, to the 2000 movie and the upcoming 2018 animated film!

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Topics & Timestamps

(8:04) The Book
(12:11) The Cartoon
(24:12) 2000 Film
(34:45) Upcoming 2018 Animated Film

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BATTLE TALK! Here's the edited together version of our special live episode of the podcast talking about all your awesome submissions to the #RubberOnionBattle for November 2016!

And you can now listen to us on SoundCloud!

Topics & Timestamps

(6:19) Jzork
(11:21) Tim Bergeron
(16:58) Xenia Bougaevski
(22:14) Josh "Meathamski"
(26:52) Greg Pugh
(32:36) Eric Polley
(38:45) Waymond Singleton
(43:51) Jeff Cook
(48:59) Sean Harvey
(54:15) Elizabeth Honer
(1:00:46) Rob Yulfo
(1:09:33) Stephen Brooks

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SEGMENT EPISODE! This is probably the quickest one of these episodes that we've ever done but it might have the funniest opener too... there's really nothing more to say about it... enjoy!

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Topics & Timestamps

(7:41) Trailer Talk: "Woody Woodpecker"
(18:25) Animation News: Pixar's "Coco"
(25:43) "Ax by Fax" Audience Question: "Who do you show your animation to for quality control" ~Xenia Bougaevski

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SEGMENT EPISODE! This is a loose form chat surrounding a trailer and the Annie nominations but we get into interesting conversations regarding the difference between trailers and the final film and the nature of some artists' oversupport of stop-motion to spite CG. There's also an "Ax by Fax" audience question on sourcing audio for Indie projects and talking about the RubberOnion Podcast Drinking Game being formed on the forum!

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Topics & Timestamps

(5:02) How You Doin
(9:42) RubberOnion Drinking Game
(13:35) Trailer talk...
(14:10) Cars 3 Trailer
(33:13) Animation News of the Week...
(33:45) Annie Awards Nominations
(52:28) "Ax By Fax" Audience Question: "How do independent animators go about sourcing audio for their projects?" ~Elizabeth Honer

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HOT COCOA SHOW! I felt like we needed to have a conversation about internet hate: what it is, where it comes from, and how to deal with it and prepare for it as a creator.

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Topics & Timestamps

(6:30) Why this topic?
(20:13) Trolls and what's happening now
(34:35) Political Correctness
(41:19) Personal Expression
(53:57) "Emboldened"
(58:44) About Safe Spaces
(1:05:28) What should creatives do?
(1:26:41) Getting passed the fear of hate
(1:35:34) What counteracts the hate
(1:44:28) Final thoughts

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RubberOnion Viewing Party! They're coming back by way of Patreon! If you were a Patron before Halloween you would've seen this already but if not, here's a chance to see what you're missing! All you need is a copy or "The Nightmare Before Christmas" or an ability to stream it and listen for the moment to sync is in the show.

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Segment episode! We talk about animated shorts, cartoons, and new animation tech. That's what we talk about. Laugh with us!

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Topics & Timestamps

(7:17) How you doin?
(18:49) Trailer Talk...
(19:30) Overwatch animated short
(34:02) Two Cartoon Network Pilots
(44:40) Ax by Fax: "What do you listen to when animating?" ~Jenn Macgillivray
(58:03) Animation News of the Week...
(58:33) Big Hero 6 hand-drawn TV series
(1:05:59) Muppet Babies CG TV series
(1:14:32) Surface Pro Studio

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Direct download: rubberonionpodcast-164-fart_train_and_taco_trucks.mp3
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Battle Talk! Here's the audio version of our special live episode of the podcast talking about all your awesome submissions to the #RubberOnionBattle for October 2016!

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Topics & Timestamps

(6:04) Dave Hingly
(8:32) Greg Pugh
(11:24) Jeff Cook
(14:23) Chris Rodriguez
(18:25) Spencer Holmes
(24:02) Peter "Pikapetey" Casey
(27:24) Sean Harvey
(31:59) Xenia Bougaevski
(35:34) Hugh Triggs Jr
(39:20) Elizabeth Honer
(45:37) Josh "Meathamski"
(49:04) Eric Polley
(52:12) Mark Head
(57:22) Josie Smith
(1:02:08) Lamont Wayne
(1:08:28) Rob Yulfo
(1:14:45) Stephen Brooks
(1:29:01) September's WINNER and PRIZE
(1:32:30) November's TOPIC

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Direct download: rubberonionpodcast-163-battle_talk_october_2016_live.mp3
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FORUM EPISODE! Don't know if this is going to be an ongoing thing but in honor of the BRAND NEW RubberOnion Forum going up on the BRAND NEW website we decided to go through the topics posted there and chat about them. Join the community and enjoy the show!

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(6:41) How you doin?
(21:01) Introducing... the RubberOnion Forum!
(26:00) Incredibles 2 date change
(32:16) Trolls directors on "happiness"
(39:59) Moonbot layoffs
(45:04) Frederator sells to Rainmaker Studios
(59:56) "Freelance Isn't Free" Act passes in NYC
(1:07:27) Back to the Forum

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Happy Halloween week! This is not only the biggest of the special "Freelance Horror Stories" episodes but also the biggest RubberOnion Animation Podcast of all time!

You get stories of animation jobs gone wrong from all of the following guests as well as from your two illustrious hosts (plus an audience question)!

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Topics & Timestamps

(7:23)  How you doin?
(15:18)  Tomm Moore
(22:36)  Adam Phillips
(33:17)  Audience Question from Chris McEwan
(37:18)  Peter J Casey "Pikapetey"
(1:01:42)  Vivienne Medrando "VivziePop"
(1:32:03)  Robert Valley
(1:42:14)  Rob Yulfo
(1:51:54)  Don Bluth
(1:56:31)  Stephen Brooks
(2:17:03)  Martin Bell

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This was taken from a live-streamed show so some of it is visual

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DreamWorks' BOSS BABY trailer, When to Not Take a Job for Moral Reasons, and Disney might buy Netflix – RubberOnion Animation Podcast #159 “Trump Baby” with Stephen Brooks and Rob Yulfo

SEGMENT EPISODE! The "Boss Baby" teaser trailer dropped this week and we talk about that which is immediately followed by a question about whether or not to take a freelance job if it conflicts with your ethics... so you know, a normal RubberOnion Animation Podcast transition. We also cover the rumors that Disney might buy Netflix among other things - which really, my mind is on next week's live show, Freelance Horror Stories 3, and a special episode which will drop on Patreon so enjoy this one before the awesomeness that is next week leading to Halloween!

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Topics & Timestamps:

(6:24) How You Doin?
(6:36) Simpsons' 600th Episode
(11:54) 3 Year Anniversary / Halloween Celebration week
(18:52) Trailer Talk
(30:45) Ax by Fax (Audience Question): “Is it easy to turn down a job when the product is something that you're against? For example would you take a freelancing job for a Tobacco company if no one would know you did it?” ~Jeff Cook
(45:58) Animation News of the Week...
(1:11:45) Rapid Fire!!!

 

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This segment was included in #RubberOnionPodcast 158 "Ken Bone Knows"

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Vivienne "VivziePop" Medrano Interview, New York ComicCon, Trollhunters, Spider-Man, and the Emojimovie – RubberOnion Animation Podcast #158 “Ken Bone Knows” with Stephen Brooks and Rob Yulfo

SEGMENT EPISODE! We went to New York Comic-Con, watched the "Trollhunters" trailer, discussed a new Spider-Man TV-show and the Emojimovie, and interviewed Indie Animator Vivienne "VivziePop" Medrano! Also, a star was born last weekend... a star in a kickin' red sweater. We talk all this and more

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Topics & Timestamps:

(4:33) How You Doin?
(5:07) NYCC
(17:52) Ken Bone
(20:44) Trailer Talk
(40:54) Creator Spotlight: Vivienne Medrano
(1:45:47) Animation News of the Week...

 

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-PKNuZovuSw https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t47fADGOaxc https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OH7MXW0HEUs https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J2oNgZlbSKI https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rGn6sqNBCvk  

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The Red Turtle trailer, Nerdland gets a distributor, and Pixar has a new short – RubberOnion Animation Podcast #157 “The Red Squirtle”

SEGMENT EPISODE! We're back to normal (well as 'normal' as we get) on this episode of the podcast where we talk about "The Red Turtle" trailer, Nerdland getting picked up for distribution, and hypothesize on what Pixar's new short "Lou" could be about. We also bring back the Slow Burn segment to discuss the possibility that creators may have more control over their own shows on networks than we previously thought. Enjoy!

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Topics & Timestamps:

(8:16) How You Doin?
(15:47) Trailer Talk
(38:20) Animation News of the Week...
(57:28) Slow Burn: "Regular Show, Adventuretime, Gumball, and Archer all announced they'll be ending past their current or next season, all within a week or so from each other. The odd part is that they all claim to be ending "under the creators' wishes" instead of from network interference." (asked by Andrew Kaiko)
(1:11:45) Rapid Fire!

 

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Battle Talk for September 2016 on episode 156 of the RubberOnion Animation Podcast with Stephen Brooks and Rob Yulfo Live

Here it is! The final episode in our 5-show marathon leading up to #PodcastDay which was when this special LIVE episode was, September 30th. It was the first ever live Battle Talk episode where we cover all the submissions to September's #RubberOnionBattle "Unqualified Substitute Teacher." If you caught it live and were in the VERY active chat, you saw something special. If not, you can relive the cut down version of it. Also, 4-Loco is evil. Enjoy!

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Topics & Timestamps:

(6:42) Stephen's Book "Tradigital Animate CC" comes out Oct 25th, 2016 Announcement!
(14:19) Battle Talk!
(16:11) Eric Polley
(22:11) Greg Pugh
(28:12) Sean Harvey
(33:38) Chris Rodriguez
(40:49) Waymond Singleton
(47:34) Hugh Triggs Jr
(50:53) Meathamski
(52:27) Spencer Holmes
(57:42) Rob Yulfo
(1:00:44) Stephen Brooks

 

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Stephen animating LIVE "Unqualified Substitute Teacher" cartoon for #RubberOnionBattle Sept 2016 – RubberOnion Animation Podcast #155

For the penultimate episode in this week's 5-show-marathon leading to our Live #PodcastDay broadcast, I (Stephen) created my entry for this month's #RubberOnionBattle. Rob kept me company and ran the chat (mostly) where YOU all were, it was great fun! It was supposed to be a 2 hour stream but ended up being 6 hours, what with it being the first multitasking stream and all. I've edited it down do about 2.5 hours and am releasing it in audio-only version as well as a video (which will be embedded below). Thanks again to all of those who came out to the live show and enjoy the replay!

Topics & Timestamps:

(7:52) Concept
(10:26) Script
(40:45) Dialog
(46:26) Audio Editing
(56:40) Animatic
(1:30:33) Animation
(1:54:22) "Lip-flap"
(2:25:45) Inbetweening
(2:36:18) Final Screening


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Moana, Smurfs, and Mondo Media merging with 6 Point Harness as well as a discussion about NDAs with Stephen Brooks and Rob Yulfo – RubberOnion Animation Podcast #154 “Alien in the Basement”

SEGMENT EPISODE! In the middle of our 5 episode marathon leading up to #PodcastDay on Sept 30th, we have our classic style variety show with trailers from Moana and Smurfs, discussion about Mondo Media merging with 6 Point Harness, and an "Ax by Fax" audience question about working with NDAs (non disclosure agreements). Enjoy the show and please let us know what you think of this and the other shows this week!

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Topics & Timestamps:

(5:37) How You Doin?
(16:26) Trailer Talk...
(17:39) Moana trailer
(56:13) Animation News...
(1:15:54) Ax by Fax (Audience Question): "Have you ever worked on a client job with written non-disclosure agreements, and how hard is it to keep the content of your work a secret from everyone until it's officially announced?" ~Andrew Kaiko
(1:33:42) Rapid Fire!!!!
(1:39:22) A discussion about the next LIVE shows (yes, I said "shows" plural)

 

Media Referenced During this Episode:

https://youtu.be/LKFuXETZUsI

https://youtu.be/TUpe0S31A1Q   

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Stephen Brooks recaps his experience at Ottawa International Animation Festival 2016 with Rob Yulfo including VR, Nerdland, Piper, and Art Films – RubberOnion Animation Podcast #153

EVENT RECAP! Stephen tells Rob what he missed from OIAF 2016, discuss "art film," Nerdland, and VR. We're calling this an "After Dark Episode" since it needed to be recorded silently late at night... because neighbors. So this is the 2nd experimental episode in this week's 5-episode marathon leading up to a special live show on #PodcastDay September 30th. Enjoy and please let me know what you think about this format: fun, weird, creepy, novel, funny, creepy again?... sound off!

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Topics & Timestamps:

(10:29) First day of the event
(14:30) Pixar Short "Piper" panel
(24:54) Disney Short "Inner Workings" panel
(29:19) Nerdland screening
(40:53) All about 'art films'
(56:39) In defense of students
(1:12:46) Festival as a whole
(1:29:16) VR
(1:46:27) Favorites of the weekend

 

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Stephen Brooks talks portfolios and networking on a drive up to Ottawa International Animation Festival 2016 – RubberOnion Animation Podcast #152

ROAD TRIP! Join me (Stephen) on my drive up to Ottawa for the animation festival there as I talk about portfolios and networking at conferences. This is a special Monday surprise episode of the podcast for a week long experiment leading up to #PodcastDay on September 30th! Enjoy the extra content and let me know what you think

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Topics & Timestamps:

(14:57) Portfolios for conferences: Physical vs Virtual
(28:55) Networking
(43:22) Meeting "famous people"
(53:31) Wrap-up

 

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Animators discuss back and neck pain, carpel tunnel, and eye strain encountered by animators – RubberOnion Animation Podcast #151

HOT COCOA SHOW! As animators, we have a unique set of physical injuries that can come up: not the least of which are back and neck pain, carpel tunnel syndrome, tendinitis, and eye strain and headaches. Over the years I've dealt with all of these in one form or another and decided now is the time to discuss them so others can learn unlike I did... from painful experience. There is a companion blog post with this podcast episode being uploaded tomorrow as well.

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Topics & Timestamps:

(16:01) The Sitting Problem
(21:18) Types of back pain
(27:02) ... and their causes
(33:39) About standing desks
(45:15) Animators and our posture problems
(48:10) The power of rotating work arrangements
(55:08) Other injuries animators encounter and their prevention
(1:08:36) Prevention for back pain during work
(1:15:24) Prevention in your daily life
(1:27:33) Keeping it simple to stay on track

 

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Animators Stephen Brooks and Rob Yulfo talk about inspiration and going through tough times – RubberOnion Animation Podcast #150

HOT COCOA SHOW! This is our 150th episode... and to celebrate... we do nothing. Also, there's a special song for you at the end. Enjoy!

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(0:00) Who knows?

 

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Battle Talk for August 2016 on episode 142 of the RubberOnion Animation Podcast with Stephen Brooks and Rob Yulfo

This week we we have another full BATTLE TALK episode based on August's #RubberOnionBattle! Don't forget to vote for your favorite and submit your cartoon for September's Battle (topic is "Unqualified Substitute Teacher").

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Topics & Timestamps:

(37:00) DeAndre Reid
(48:24) Greg Pugh
(54:20) Eric Polley
(1:00:03) Dave Hingley
(1:05:19) Chris Rodriguez
(1:11:59) Hugh Triggs Jr
(1:17:24) Rob Yulfo
(1:28:56) Stephen Brooks

 

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VfQCxWqJIn4

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LAIKA Animation, Direction, and its CEO Travis Knight, The Tick on Amazon Prime, and 60s Batman Animated Film – RubberOnion Animation Podcast #148 “Googol Gus and Tike Myson”

SEGMENT EPISODE! In this week's unedited episode we talk about what LAIKA means for animation, Adam West, Burt Ward, and Julie Newman (sp?! I know it's Newmar, it'll make sense in the show) coming back to Batman, The Tick and Rocko's Modern Life are coming back to TV and more. But we start the whole thing off with a discussion about Rick & Morty and why Stephen doesn't get it.

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(13:50) Discussion about "Rick and Morty"
(36:54) Animation News...

 

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https://vimeo.com/114575700  
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a6xvuhn7pc8
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AERrtVMguzA 
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This segment was included in #RubberOnionPodcast 147 "Monkeys and Drunkies"

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curious george documentary ema yamazaki jacob kafka interview sausage party uncredited animators arc productions employee about bankruptsy on episode 147 of the RubberOnion Animation Podcast with Stephen Brooks and Rob Yulfo

SEGMENT EPISODE! We have two interviews, a discussion about the uncredited animator pushback on "Sausage Party" and one epic story. Enjoy this show, you won't be forgetting it anytime soon... I know I won't

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Topics & Timestamps:

(5:56) "The Bushwick Story" AKA "The Drunkest Sh*t I Ever Saw"
(39:19) Animation News...
(1:01:02) Interview with ARC Productions employee Justin Goran about what happened surrounding the bankruptsy fallout
(1:35:41) Creator Spotlight: Ema Ryan Yamazaki and Jacob Kafka about their Curious George Kickstarter

 

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VKP5E1uTOUM

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This segment will be included in #RubberOnionPodcast 147

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Battle Talk for July 2016 on episode 142 of the RubberOnion Animation Podcast with Stephen Brooks and Rob Yulfo

This week we we have another full BATTLE TALK episode based on July's #RubberOnionBattle! Don't forget to vote for your favorite and submit your cartoon for August's Battle (topic is "Exciting Trailers for Boring Subjects").

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Topics & Timestamps:

(35:18) DeAndre Reid
(50:58) Rob L
(1:06:16) Greg Pugh
(1:11:43) Hugh Triggs Jr
(1:21:43) Eric Polley
(1:28:06) Josie Smith
(1:42:23) Dave Hingley
(1:49:45) Chris Rodriguez
(1:54:32) Jason Zayas
(1:58:08) Rob Yulfo
(2:06:10) Stephen Brooks

 

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Interview with Robert Valley: "Pear Cider & Cigarettes" Indie Animated Film, animating in Photoshop, and the importance of editing and music – RubberOnion Animation Podcast #145

INTERVIEW! This week we talk with illustrator and animator Robert Valley who just released an amazing Indie Animated Film "Pear Cider and Cigarettes" on Vimeo. We discussed the Kickstarter back in episode 109 and in it we said that we'd love to get him on the show... fast forward 6 months TO THE DAY (that episode was released Feb 10th and this is August 10th) and here he is! We talk the impact of music, the importance of editing, animating in photoshop, superhero oversaturation, using Kickstarter, loops, black frames, creaking doors, and coughing into your mouth (it'll make sense).

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Topics & Timestamps:

(3:21) Music
(8:08) Voiceover
(13:00) Robert's influences and history
(25:32) Tone
(30:44) Addiction and repetitive themes
(39:28) Animating in Photoshop
(45:33) Editing
(51:39) Perspective Drawing
(57:00) Audience Questions...
(57:13) Chris Guido: "So awesome! Big fan of Valley's stylistic approach to his projects. I guess my question is where does he draw inspiration from? Any particular artists or works that drive his own style?"
(1:02:56) Jamil Lahham #1: " I would like to hear about the dynamics of working with Passion Pictures. What was the relationship like? consulting? production? collaboration?"
(1:08:23) Jamil Lahham #2: "As a first time Kickstarter user I would like to hear a little about his experience with crowd funding, and any pointers for indie animation filmmakers who are considering it would be great."
(1:18:25) Techno's parents & friends reception and message from a fan

 

Media Referenced During this Episode:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yHZKIVS3h2g 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sA-cQf2Gfpw
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IyZdIIPYXEA 

 

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arc productions closes, rebecca sugar on bisexual representation, rocket and groot animated shorts on episode 144 of the RubberOnion Animation Podcast with Stephen Brooks and Rob Yulfo

SEGMENT EPISODE! This week there are some heavy topics and some fun, surface-level ones but we weave them together into a chat like only we can. Enjoy!

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Topics & Timestamps:

(6:26) "How You Doin"
(11:42) Animation News...
(1:14:10) Slow Burn: "Where's the line between companies stealing art style and fan art using IP?" (question via Peter J Casey)

 

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jhonen vasquez tmnt baby moana futurama fan film from san diego comic con on episode 143 of the RubberOnion Animation Podcast with Stephen Brooks and Rob Yulfo

SEGMENT SHOW! This week we talk all sorts of news from last weekend's SDCC and beyond

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Topics & Timestamps:

(7:07) How You Doin'?
(1:33:00) Fan-O-Rama

 

Media Referenced During this Episode:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SOj1N-u9is4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JQNZcBTOgt8

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jOuSCfJgpd8&feature=share

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ljik3zsGNF4

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Battle Talk for June 2016 on episode 142 of the RubberOnion Animation Podcast with Stephen Brooks and Rob Yulfo

This week we spoke so much about June's #RubberOnionBattle that we made it into an entire show! Don't forget to vote for your favorite and submit your cartoon for July's Battle (topic is "Mustache Problems").

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Topics & Timestamps:

(13:07) Jason Zayas
(22:11) Greg Pugh
(31:08) Xenia Bougaevsky
(38:43) Waymond Singleton
(47:17) Rob L
(56:43) Mike Boas
(1:05:42) Spencer Holmes
(1:15:51) Eric Polley
(1:23:22) Elizabeth Honer
(1:35:13) Vicky Holloway
(1:42:58) Chris Rodriguez
(1:48:57) Rob Yulfo
(1:58:12) Stephen Brooks

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pokemon go gamera and forest gump land on episode 141 of the RubberOnion Animation Podcast with Stephen Brooks and Rob Yulfo

This week we have a completely unplanned, loose chat about anything that came up during the time. We talked about Gamera's "fart flying," we invent a theme park around Forest Gump, and talk about what Pokemon, Go means for the future success of other augmented reality games... and invent some of our own!

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(0:00) Who knows...

 

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joel furtado interview xmen game animation and more on episode 140 of the RubberOnion Animation Podcast with Stephen Brooks and Rob Yulfo

INTERVIEW! This week we talk with animator Joel Furtado who most recently created the "X-Men: Danger Room Protocols" animated series which was unceremoniously pulled from YouTube, Vimeo and other destinations due to Marvel copyright claims. We discussed that situation back in episode 109 and now we get to discuss it all with the man himself. He was very open about it and it led into very interesting discussion about fanart vs parody (which we touched on before), the technical aspects of creating CGI Pixel Animation, working in the video game industry and the state of western Canadian animation work.

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Topics & Timestamps:

(3:08) Talking "X-Men: Age of Apocalypse"
(8:12) Joel's background
(9:52) "X-Men: Danger Room Protocols" situation recap
(14:11) The problematic "Star Trek: Axanar" comparison
(22:42) Animation Techniques behind Danger Room Protocols
(30:25) What can be learned from this?
(39:59) About Fan Art
(45:39) Parody and its extra protection
(50:46) Original Work and an Audience Question from Lamont Wayne
(54:57) Virtual Reality
(56:55) Western Canadian animation scene
(1:05:53) Game Animation

 

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This segment premiered in #RubberOnionPodcast 139 "Brexit Through the Gift Shop"

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Brexit on Animation Production and Paul "Otaking" Johnson interview on RubberOnion Animation Podcast episode 139 with Stephen Brooks and Rob Yulfo

SEGMENT SHOW! This week the world was talking about the "Brexit," so we talk with Steve Henderson of Skwigly about what possible impact it could have on animation production. We have a creator spotlight interview with Paul "Otaking" Johnson who did that excellent TIE Fighter fanimation. There's an audience question which might have spawned a brand new segment and of course Rapid Fire!

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Topics & Timestamps:

(5:10) How You Doin'?
(9:05) Next week's episode is...
(11:15) Creator Spotlight: Paul "Otaking" Johnson
(1:00:32) Conversation with Steve Henderson of Skwigly: "What impact might the Brexit have on animation production?"
(1:34:36) Audience Question: "What tricks could you give a newbie who's in the market looking for purchasing or subscribing to a animation software?" ~Ronald Chaparro

 

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This segment premiered in #RubberOnionPodcast 138 "Onion Knuckles"

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Trailer for Moana Finding Dory Piper Sing Red Shoes and the Seven Dwarfs Storks and Top 5 Animated Music Videos on RubberOnion Animation Podcast episode 138 with Stephen Brooks and Rob Yulfo

SEGMENT EPISODE! This is an all media week: trailers, clips, music videos... and we talk all about them! We finally get to see the first trailer for Disney's MOANA and the last trailer and clip for FINDING DORY and its Animated Short PIPER. But we also saw three trailers for films that kind of snuck up on us. But that's not all, TOP 5 is back and this time we're listing off our favorite animated music videos!

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Topics & Timestamps:

(3:58) "How You Doin"
(4:15) It's National Onion Ring Day!
(8:37) Stephen & Rob read Facebook comments: "Trump Tools"
(17:22) Trailer Talk...
(1:58:35) Rapid Fire!!!!!

 

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C6PbWhWGUrY https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VwEq3kaSU6E https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ubGgmaexv8 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SyJHgh88Qwk https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NQu-153MnGQ
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cn5l7HJaYuA   

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This segment premiered in #RubberOnionPodcast 137 "Two Cheeseburgers and a Slice of Cake"

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Cinzia Angelini's Mila, animation influences, and Battle Talk for May 2016 on RubberOnion Animation Podcast episode 137 with Stephen Brooks and Rob Yulfo

SEGMENT SHOW! This week we talk with Indie Filmmaker Cinzia Angelini about her film "Mila," we get a question about our animation influences, and talk all about your awesome submissions to May's #RubberOnionBattle! Support Cinzia Angelini's "Mila" IndieGoGo Campaign Follow @MilaFilm on Twitter Visit the MilaFilm.com website

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Topics & Timestamps:

(4:06) How You Doin'?
(6:00) Suit/Banana/Roach
(6:00) Rob's Birthday
(16:24) Battle Talk: May 2016
(18:31) Creator Spotlight: Cinzia Angelini
 

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https://youtu.be/WWOQGpIQ8JY

https://youtu.be/LAT9Q88x28w    

 
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teenage mutant ninja turtles out of the shadows 2016 movie review with stephen brooks and rob yulfo on episode 136 of the RubberOnion Animation Podcast

MOVIE REVIEW! Back in 2014 we did a full review and side-by-side comparison of TMNT (2014) with TMNT (1990)... now we're taking on the modern sequel "TMNT: Out of the Shadows" (2016). We discuss the sequel in the original TMNT trilogy, "Secret of the Ooze" and compare it with this modern sequel. Does it hold up? What does Stephen think about how the Turtles were treated? What happened to April O'Neil? Did Bebop & Rocksteady fit the tone? Was Krang really necessary? Listen to find out what we think!

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Topics & Timestamps:

(4:06) Reminiscing about Secret of the Ooze
(16:24) Why "spoilers" don't matter for this movie at all
(23:53) Starting our review of TMNT2 2016 with... April O'Neil & the "human" problem
(32:33) The Opening Sequence: "rooftop tag"
(40:45) Character Introduction Rate
(41:21) Shredder & Karai are completely different actors than in the 2014 movie
(43:04) Casey Jones
(44:38) PG-13... necessary?
(46:04) Krang
(48:14) Splinter
(50:54) So... did you like it?!
(58:23) Stephen's best and worst moments
(1:05:21) That plane sequence
(1:08:58) Bebop & Rocksteady
(1:20:20) Krang (again)
(1:21:48) Turtles & Casey Jones moments
(1:42:58) Final Thoughts: is the premise just too dumb?

 

Media Referenced During this Episode:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fIaBW9bLzC0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BXAVGC-SC9E

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GAn49d6-Jqo

http://rubberonion.tumblr.com/post/144675728211/hey-everyone-stephen-rubberonion-here-i

 

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This segment premiered in #RubberOnionPodcast 135 "Virtual Reality and Emerging Technologies"

(*Recorded in 2011)

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This segment premiered in #RubberOnionPodcast 135 "Virtual Reality and Emerging Technologies"

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Virtual Reality and Emerging Technologies, interviews with Pikapetey and Dave Johnson, and a movie review of The Jungle Book (2016) - RubberOnion Animation Podcast 135 with Stephen Brooks and Rob Yulfo

SPECIAL TOPIC SHOW! This is our longest episode yet featuring 2 interviews ("Pikapetey" and Dave Johnson), a movie review of "The Jungle Book" (2016), discussion about Virtual Reality and other emerging technologies, and listener submitted feedback on those topics! It's a jam packed episode and over the next few days you'll see the movie review and both creator spotlight interviews be posted on their own as well. So much content, I'm going to stop typing so you can get to listening... enjoy!

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Topics & Timestamps:

(5:00) Creator Spotlight: Peter J Casey "Pikapetey"
(44:36) Discussion about Virtual Reality
(1:08:09) Creator Spotlight (vault): Dave Johnson
(1:37:37) Movie Review: "The Jungle Book" (2016)
(2:07:15) Slow Burn: "New and Emerging Technology and how animators approach them"
(2:28:49) Audience Thoughts!

 

Media Referenced During this Episode:

https://youtu.be/DkLJEA5Sl0Q
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PWVeuVyShnE   

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Nintendo movies, TMNT 2 (2016) final trailer talk, Warcraft Mo-Cap method, and Paul Johnson's R-Type Animated Short– RubberOnion Animation Podcast #134 “Worldstar Warcraft”

SEGMENT EPISODE! Nintendo announced that they're finally getting into the film-making business, the animators on the "Warcraft" movie were told not to change anything about the mo-cap performance, and Paul Johnson (otaking) is back with another awesome fanimation!

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Topics & Timestamps:

(7:19) "How You Doin"
(8:59) Shoutout to Greg Pugh for making a book promo GIF (below) for Stephen
(11:19) Shoutout to Exit 73 Studios for Boltron Ultimate
(12:30) RIP Darwyn Cooke
(13:50) RIP Alan Young
(15:49) Trailer Talk...
(28:46) Animation News of the Week...
(1:16:26) Rapid Fire!!!!

 

Media Referenced During this Episode:

Thanks to Greg Pugh for this awesome promo GIF for my book!

"Chubby Dumpling" moment at 1:20 of the video below *very very minor "Captain America: Civil War" spoiler in the video before the "chubby dumpling moment*

http://rubberonion.tumblr.com/post/144675728211/hey-everyone-stephen-rubberonion-here-i

 

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Dreamwork's TROLLS and VOLTRON clips, "Son of Zorn" hybrid TV-show, and Amazon Video Direct on episode 133 of the rubberonion animation podcast with stephen brooks and rob yulfo

SEGMENT EPISODE! We got clips, we got news stories, we got skits, we got jokes... plenty to enjoy! There's a new clip for Dreamworks' TROLL movie - does it hold up? How about the full trailer for VOLTRON - is it what we wanted? There's a new TV-series from Lord & Miller called "Son of Zorn," Amazon gets into the user streamed video with Amazon Video Direct, and Disney will lay off up to 300 employees when they close down Disney Infinity production. There were more stories and trailers and we address those in the listener submitted Rapid Fire segment!

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Topics & Timestamps:

(7:10) "How You Doin"
(7:10) Stephen saw "Captain America: Civil War"
(21:34) Trailer Talk...
(48:38) Animation News of the Week...
(1:25:32) Rapid Fire!!!!!!!

 

Media Referenced During this Episode:

https://youtu.be/1dF3mDv7s1s

https://youtu.be/DdqoQjaOGeU

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kPnlQTi8heM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uZt9qVHtjCQ   

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comcast bought dreamworks animation, eric goldberg's simpsons couch gag, studios skip comic con, taylor armstrong talks about animation block party as well as talking about april's rubberonion animation battle on episode 132 of the rubberonion animation podcast with stephen brooks and rob yulfo

SEGMENT EPISODE! This week we also have a 'special' feature being that this episode is mostly UNEDITED; I mean I put in music and stuff but awkward pauses?... totally intact. We talk about studios skipping Comic-Con, Eric Goldberg's awesome couch gag for "The Simpsons" and of course the fact that Comcast just bought Dreamworks Animation for $3.8bil! Taylor Armstrong, festival manager for Animation Block Party in Brooklyn, comes on to remind you all to submit your films to their awesome event, we talk about ALL your #RubberOnionBattle submissions for April and cap it all off with your favorite segment... Rapid Fire! Enjoy the show!

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Topics & Timestamps:

(5:11) "How You Doin"
(13:46) 'Game of Thrones' first fart joke
(19:04) Animation News of the Week...
(1:04:52) Battle Talk: April's #RubberOnionBattle
(2:01:44) Rapid Fire!!!!!!!

Media Referenced During this Episode:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l4xQamnhmLE  
https://youtu.be/9qcY2ERwmaU
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_C-EcgwED14 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M2XYDmhB8J4  

 

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live-action vs animation and performance capture on rubberonion animation podcast episode 131 with stephen brooks and rob yulfo

HOT-COCOA SHOW! While Jon Favreau's "The Jungle Book" is wowing audiences it's also kicked up a conversation about the role of Motion Capture in movies and if it should be considered Live-Action or Animation. We've talked about mo-cap on the podcast but this time I decided to do my research on the path that the technology has taken over the years and how it relates to the distinction in what the final product is called and broke it all down the way only we do on the RubberOnion Animation Podcast! I'd love to hear your thoughts (preferably after you listen to the show haha) in the comments section below. Enjoy the show!

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Topics & Timestamps:

(12:20) The "Avatar" Problem
(32:57) Motion Capture vs Rotoscope
(58:03) Possible Step 1: "Does the audience know it's animation?"
(1:07:10) Possible Step 2: "Is it filmed in camera?"
(1:10:25) Possible Step 3: "Is it replication or refinement?"
(1:20:07) So... what's the answer?!

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adam phillips interview brackenwood disney patreon toon boom and more on episode 130 of the RubberOnion Animation Podcast with Stephen Brooks and Rob Yulfo

Adam Phillips (@chluaid) talked with us all about creating his amazing Brackenwood series, working at Disney, Bob's Burgers and switching from Flash to Toon Boom and his book! He opened up about some health issues, education, his views on working from home, experience with popularity on the internet and the ill-fated Kickstarter for the Dashkin game.

Check out his Patreon page which is going to help him return to Brackenwood for more films!

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Adam's Website
Adam's Newgrounds

 

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Topics & Timestamps:

(3:22) Inspiration
(5:38) "Chluaid"
(7:58) Disney days
(10:00) Factory accident
(12:37) Talking Lobo
(14:58) Studio vs Freelance
(19:07) Bob's Burgers
(25:35) Australian animation scene
(27:16) Getting out of the office
(29:46) Heart surgery
(34:24) Dashkin game
(41:53) Adam's book "Animate to Harmony"
(44:54) Ween music video
(51:34) Patreon
(54:51) Newgrounds
(1:00:34) Bitey
(1:04:21) Mike Boas
(1:09:51) Jesse J Jones
(1:11:48) Christopher Murphy
(1:16:43) Joe Wayne
(1:19:13) Alex Dudley
(1:22:16) Ronald Chaparro
(1:24:06) Timothy Bergeron
(1:31:28) Lamont Wayne
(1:32:31) Nathan Viney
(1:34:16) Kaishu Mannella

 

Check out Adam Phillips's films:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Efa1uX6fOmc https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PtuVA4NOm0I https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Efa1uX6fOmc https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9HJVXuZRwVQ

 

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benedict cumberbatch voices the grinch astro boy reboot poster tmnt out of the shadows and blue sky settles on wage fixing lawsuit on episode 129 of the rubberonion animation podcast with stephen brooks and rob yulfo

SEGMENT EPISODE! Benedict Cumberbatch will tap into his inner Boris Karloff to voice 2017's animated Grinch film, Blue Sky is the first to settle in the huge animation studio wage-fixing lawsuit, and the Astro Boy Reboot gets a poster... we also talk about Tax Day and the new TMNT movie trailer. You also get a preview of next week's episode (our interview with Adam Phillips), there's an audience question AND your favorite segment... Rapid Fire! Enjoy the show!

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Topics & Timestamps:

(4:54) "How You Doin"
(5:00) Talking about Tax Day
(21:15) Animation News of the Week...
(50:53) Audience Question: "How many jobs do you do a year? How much time do you 'budget' in, to work on your own material? How much time for professional development, learning new software, reading the newest animation books, conventions, etc?" ~Timothy Bergeron
(1:03:38) Preview of Next Week's show: "Adam Phillips Interview"
(1:07:21) Rapid Fire!!!!!!!!

 

Media Referenced During this Episode:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=3Z1mfY5qOAQ

 

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the bfg and speedy gonzales movies as well as talking about march's rubberonion animation battle on episode 128 of the rubberonion animation podcast with stephen brooks and rob yulfo

SEGMENT EPISODE! This week we get to talk about the BFG, Roald Dahl's dirty mind, and a possible new Speedy Gonzales movie! But we really have fun going through all of YOUR awesome animation submissions to March's #RubberOnionBattle and talking about them!

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Topics & Timestamps:

(3:35) "How You Doin"
(12:10) Animation News of the Week...
(35:37) Battle Talk: March's #RubberOnionBattle
(1:06:10) Rapid Fire!!!!!!!!

 

Media Referenced During this Episode:

March 2016's #RubberOnionBattle

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nGUnt123Z10

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FxdB8E26-lw

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ld9GaDKAxhg&feature=youtu.be&a

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wYi_hq2p1Ac

Here is a poster with screenshots from all 109 of the Fleischer Studios Popeye the Sailor cartoons (with an honorable inclusion of &quot;Lets Sing With Popeye&quot; as a coda)! Enjoy this giant poster tribute to the work of these cartoon geniuses!

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loving vincent oil painted film, new final fantasy movie, nerdland trailer, and experimental animated short by andy kennedy on episode 127 of the rubberonion animation podcast with stephen brooks and rob yulfo

SEGMENT EPISODE! Busy + tired = Stephen is grumpy. But you listeners saved me by providing all the stories and topics you wanted covered and we ran through them all (saving some for later episodes as well because they were just so good)! It's a brisk 1hr episode this time so enjoy!

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Topics & Timestamps:

(6:05) "How You Doin?"
(6:28) Rob's continuing "Foot Surgery Saga"
(17:55) TMNT Crossover episode "Trans-dimensional Turtles" talkback
(16:45) Trailer Talk
(21:59) Animation News of the Week...

   

Media Referenced During this Episode:

Slow Wave from andy kennedy on Vimeo.

 

Fun "re-edit" of the end of Episode 4 'Perfectly Suited' by our buddies at Rubber Onion Animation...

Posted by The Barefoot Bandits on Tuesday, March 29, 2016

 

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This segment premiered in #RubberOnionPodcast 126 "Voltron-and-on"

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opentoonz release, dreamworks netflix voltron, lego batman, adam phillips last of the dashkin 2, creator spotlight alex dudley on rubberonion animation podcast episode 126 with stephen brooks and rob yulfo SEGMENT EPISODE! There's so much to talk about this week: OpenToonz was finally released, Adam Phillips returns to Brackenwood with "Last of the Dashkin 2," we have a Creator Spotlight on Alex Dudley of DToons and we get a cartoon character to give us a shoutout! The news stories this week was mostly trailers so we get to talk about the weird world of Voltron and LEGO saving Batman. Enjoy the show!

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Topics & Timestamps:

(7:03) "How You Doin?"
(16:45) Trailer Talk
(44:02) Animation News of the Week...
(1:03:30) Creator Spotlight: Alex Dudley (DToons)
(1:44:55) Message from Doggy from "Toons These Days"
(1:48:25) Rapid Fire!!!!

Media Referenced During this Episode:

https://youtu.be/ChXy1Qtv9TE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aBJyp2LFHgk  

 

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tomm moore interview about cartoon saloon secret of kells song of the sea indie animated film production in ireland and more on episode 121 of the RubberOnion Animation Podcast with Stephen Brooks and Rob Yulfo

We got to talk to 2-time Oscar nominated director Tomm Moore of Cartoon Saloon about comics, animation, tattoos and producing Indie Animated Films! This show has a couple of my favorite stories (Miyazaki smoke-break, TMNT desks, and The Living Shadows) and was all around just a blast of a time recording the show. There's a lot to learn about the mentality and approach needed to get into the Indie animated filmmaking game and he gives some fun behind-the-scenes tidbits along the way.

Also, remember all those questions you posted on my facebook page?... yea he answers every single one of them! Don't forget to check out the topics & timestamps below. Thanks for listening/supporting and enjoy the show!

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Tomm's Twitter
Tomm's Tumblr
Cartoon Saloon Twitter
Cartoon Saloon Website   

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You can even listen via YouTube... so many options!

 

Topics & Timestamps:

(2:23) Talking comics & superpowers
(10:17) The beginnings of Cartoon Saloon
(14:46) Irish animation scene
(21:01) All about 'style'
(23:17) Tattoo-talk
(25:50) "Secret of Kells" financing
(27:31) Hand-Drawn + Digital production
(32:23) Irish history & folklore
(36:07) "Song of the Sea"
(36:03) Jack-of-all-Trades and which 'trade' is preferred
(37:15) International co-production ins-and-outs
(38:19) "The Breadwinner"
(40:15) What the motivation to enter another production is after one finishes
(42:10) Brendan Gleeson
(43:31) "Wolfwalkers"
(46:59) R-Rated animation?
(49:00) James T. Nethery: "What are some benefits and drawbacks to a fully digital workflow?"
(51:28) Chris Guido: "What aspect of your visual story telling do you value most?"
(51:47) Jacob Krehbiel: "Do you think there is a higher demand for independent films like yours [and] has Hayao Miyazaki seen your work?"
(54:02) Stephen asks about animal sidekicks
(54:37) Alex Dudley: "Eddie and the Realms Eternal was fantastic. Will you shop the show around to Netflix or network TV if Amazon passes on it?"
(55:17) Dionysis Zogaris: "What made you stick with 2D... instead of going more into 3D like everybody else?"
(56:18) Jack Morgan: "Have you had any famous actors and actresses asking for voice roles in your movies after gaining success [and] when will Wolfwalkers be released?"
(57:33) Kaishu Mannella: "What's your daily routine [and] any places you recommend visiting/favorite spots in Ireland?"
(58:21) Rodney T Masanga: "Beard or no beard?"
(1:00:08) Chris Cookson: "How are you able to make such personal projects without really making any compromises for marketability?"
(1:01:21) Ashley Catherine Fontones: "How do your ideas come to you?"
(1:02:35) Emmett Goodman: "How do you look at yours and Cartoon Saloon's contributions to animation culture?"

  

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paramount drops the little prince, tmnt 80s crossover, ghostbusters clash of clans director and more on episode 124 of the rubberonion animation podcast with stephen brooks and rob yulfo SEGMENT EPISODE! This week we talk about the tough distribution situation that "The Little Prince" is in, the upcoming Ghostbusters animated film, and the TMNT crossover episode with its 80s counterparts. There's an audience question, a preview of next weeks interview with Tomm Moore, talking about all the #RubberOnionBattle videos from February and Rapid Fire! This was a really fun episode to put together and I think you're going to love it. I'm already part way done with the editing of the episode next week and you are going to love that interview, trust me!

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Topics & Timestamps:

(5:25) "How You Doin"
(10:50) Animation News of the Week...
(34:10) Audience Question: "What's your process for working through a particularly difficult action or movement when animating?" ~Samuel R. Albro
(46:53) Preview of Interview with Tomm Moore
(49:05) Battle Talk: February's #RubberOnionBattle
(1:19:17) Rapid Fire!!!!!!!!!!

 

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2 flash animators discuss how to be a faster animator on rubberonion animation podcast episode 123 with stephen brooks and rob yulfo HOT-COCOA SHOW! Now that we're in our third month of the #RubberOnionBattle (check out January & February's compilation video in the links) I thought that a discussion about improving the speed and efficiency of your animation was appropriate. I get this question a lot and you can check out my detailed list on the companion blog post by clicking here!

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Topics & Timestamps:

(9:52) What animating "faster" means
(16:05) Planning and talking about process
(36:03) Working with character rigs and staying organized
(48:19) The importance of Hotkeys
(51:56) Using program Extensions
(58:44) Smears & other tips
(1:06:09) Reusing Keys from previous work
(1:12:17) Refining your character designs

 

Media Referenced During this Episode:

#RubberOnionBattle Feb 2016

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This segment premiered in #RubberOnionPodcast 122 "What's the Deal? Doh!"

Check out Ross Bollinger's website for his animated "Pencilmation" web-series
http://www.Pencilmation.com

 

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animation and the oscars, 2d vs 3d, homer simpson live, and pencilmation creator spotlight ross bollinger on rubberonion animation podcast episode 122 with stephen brooks and rob yulfo

SEGMENT EPISODE! Since the Oscars were last weekend we talked about Animation & the Oscars throughout history, we get an audience question about the 2D vs 3D "rivalry" and apparently Homer Simpson will be LIVE for the first time in an episode in May. This week is a fun combination of a segment episode and a hot cocoa show actually due to the return of a neglected segment... "slow burn!" Enjoy this fun episode and one that has one of my favorite titles ever (you'll find out why when you listen).

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(5:11) "How You Doin"
(8:05) New Zealand Dildo Attack
(12:18) Animation News of the Week...
(23:45) Slow Burn: Animation and the Oscars
(1:23:35) Audience Question: "I often wondered if there were any cartoons that didn't have an interesting storyline, because the artists involved just put scenes in it that were interesting and challenging to draw/animate, but didn't turn out to be fun for an audience to actually watch?" ~Benjamin Shelley

 

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harry partridge interview about his animation, flash vs toonboom, youtube vs newgrounds, internet controversy and more on episode 121 of the RubberOnion Animation Podcast with Stephen Brooks and Rob Yulfo This week we have a very special interview with animator Harry Partridge (see below for a small selection of his works). We talk about YouTube comments, using Flash and ToonBoom, how following his own path helped him find success, money and "batboobs." We had so much fun recording this episode and I think there's a lot here for new and experienced Indie animators to learn from... so enjoy the show!

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Topics & Timestamps:

(3:50) Flash & ToonBoom
(7:30) Where you learned animation
(13:48) With Animation You Can
(16:36) Go Animate
(19:15) YouTube & Twitter comments
(24:38) Social Issues & the changing landscape
(26:52) Rifftrax
(32:32) YouTube copyright and recent changes
(35:30) Talking Money and that CartoonBrew post
(42:38) Lamont Wayne: "YouTube's changes in their policies and compensation and how that's affected him and the other Newgrounds animators."
(46:18) Alex Dudley: "A lot of animators have found great success in making fan animations and parodies. What does one need to do to get their original creations a chance to reach that same success, or is it even possible at this point?"
(48:53) Christian Kelly: "Do you ever feel bad that there is so much art to appreciate with all the time and hard work put into it but, not enough time to appreciate it all?"
(51:02) Joel Townsend: "Your song about animation, you said you wanted to make movies but you turned to animation instead. Is that really true? How old were you when you made that switch?"
(53:45) Ronald Chaparro: "Starbarian update?"
(55:42) James T Nethery: "how does Harry stay sane when his fans are constantly bothering him over social media about when the next cartoon will come out? Does that push him to animate faster or does he ignore it and keep going at the same pace he always does?"
(1:01:24) Sam Albro: "How does he balance his level of polish with the demands of the online audience?"
(1:05:42) Alex Harvey: "What's your view on the 2D feature animation climate? Do you think that it could make a successful comeback, with both Brad Bird and Laika's Travis Knight mentioning that their interested in doing 2D features, and now the Dragon's Lair campaign? Would you want to ever make a 2D animated feature? Also, please can you send him a big hello from everyone on the Animation BA course here at UCA Farnham for me! ;D"
(1:09:99) Alex Fox: "When the next few episodes of Starbarians are finally completed and released will you release a Kickstarter or Patreon as you've kinda mentioned about it on Newgrounds?"
(1:12:52) Sam Freeman: "What would you say to your old university tutors now that you have more recognition in the animation community then they do?"

 

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anomalisa movie review by stephen brooks on rubberonion animation plus a podcast episode I just got to see Anomalisa. I phrase it that way because it does feel a little bit like I have been given some sort of exclusive golden ticket, and not just because the film has a limited theater run at the moment - it was special.

This segment was used in episode #120 of the RubberOnion Animation Podcast (click to listen to the entire episode)

HOW IT STARTED

Anomalisa started as a live-performance "sound play"; like a radio play but on stage. The actors read their lines in real time, a foley artist created sound fx in real time, all while the musician (Carter Burwell) played in real time. It wasn't intended to be recorded or preserved film. As writer/director Charlie Kaufman put it "we performed it twice in 2005... and then it was over... I liked that it was ephemeral."

It was Dino Stamatopoulos, a friend of Kaufman's, who saw the play being performed at UCLA and asked if he could make it into a movie. You'll know Dino as the founder of Animation Studio Starburns Industries (Rick & Morty, and many more), writer (and more) on the new Netflix show W Bob & David, and he was (clearly) the character of "Starburns" on Community.

Kaufman reluctantly agreed, stipulating that Dino had to raise the money (never thinking that it would happen). Enter the Kickstarter campaign which raised $406,237 from over 5,000 backers to produce a 40 minute short. Well that success led to Starburns Industries securing more funding and turning it into a feature length film with an ultimate budget of $8mil.

STORY, and my critical dilemma

It's written by Charlie Kaufman. That, right there, should say a lot. This has been said a lot about the man over the years but it's very rare that an auteur, when referring to film, is the writer. Charlie Kaufman is an auteur. Understand that while he is billed as one of two directors, the direction as far as the visuals are concerned is Duke Johnson.

Here's the problem, I feel like too much is being given away about the plot in reviews. I'm not saying that in the modern "no spoilers" tone where you're not allowed to say anything about any movie without getting scolded. What I'm saying is that the film itself is a very subtle exploration of a mundane rut in someone's life so it doesn't naturally lend itself to many significant reveals. The few plot turns which are there... are significant.

I really feel like this movie is best enjoyed if you know absolutely nothing and let the filmmakers take you through it all... so if you trust me that much, just go watch it!

But if you want to know a little more, there are a few things I want to bring up.

  1. The main character, Michael Stone (voiced by David Thewlis, who also played Remus Lupin from the Harry Potter series) stays in a hotel called "The Fregoli." Even the sound play was written under the pseudonym Francis Fregoli which references the Fregoli delusion which is "a rare disorder in which a person holds a delusional belief that different people are in fact a single person who changes appearance."
  2. Michael is a customer service guru who wrote a book and gives talks at conferences.
  3. Everyone except for Michael and a woman he meets at the conference, Lisa (voiced by Jennifer Jason Leigh), are voiced by the same actor: Tom Noonan (who fans of Last Action Hero might remember as the film villain, Ripper)
  4. The film is set in Cincinnati, Ohio in 2005.

There's a reason I picked these four to pick out and tell you: they directly relate to the animation. To be more precise, they perfectly encapsulate why I think this film with its generic, work-a-day setting should be a hyper realistic animated stop-mo film.

ANIMATION, or did this really need to be animated?

Yes. Here's why:

Ok first up, the fact that the main character sees everyone as the same person and is also customer service guru is a great touch. But more important is the ability to marry the visuals of 3D printed stop-mo puppets and their interchangeable features to the world that this man is living in.

Everything supports the mundane. No offence to my Cincinnati fans out there... I dig your chili (and the fact that it and the zoo are constantly being brought up as 'things to do' while he's visiting is a fun running gag), but Ohio is kind of the perfect place to set a movie like this. The every-state, state.

Just as every character but the two mains is played by the same actor (Tom Noonan), all their character designs are made of the same puppet parts... like a high-end Mr. Potato Heads.

There are couple excellent moments for animation fans in the film. I don't want to ruin it other than to say that the design choice isn't just aesthetic, but in true Kaufman fashion there is some 4th wall busting moments with it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5AILnP1Y-0o

The acting is very subtle. Aside from The Tale of The Princess Kaguya (though maybe more so) this has probably the most subtle acting performances I've seen in an animated feature. I would be fascinated to find out what challenges that presented to the animators because the motions are deliberate while still seemingly spontaneous. There's a particular sequence I noted where Lisa falls down in the hallway and Michael runs up to her as maybe the most true-to-life stop-mo run I've ever seen.

The lighting is especially fantastic in the "date" scenes with Michael and Lisa. And sidenote: yes Anomalisa has something to do with her name, and no I'm not telling you what it is. If you haven't figured it out on your own it's better that the film tells you.

THE SEX SCENE, or "yes, that one"

Yes there is a sex scene. Yes there is nudity. Yes there are explicit acts performed.

But I've read in other reviews words like "filthy" and "raunchy" and it is definitely neither of those. It plays very real, and by real I don't mean just the physical act. I mean that the moment is full of interplay which reinforces the characters and their dynamic in real-time. There's communication, mood breaks, awkward advances and retreats, and all these other intricacies that aren't in other scenes like this.

I know that not everyone checks their watch to note the pacing of a film, but if you want to know perfect editing... note what happens at exactly the 60 minute mark of the film. Not so incidentally, Garret Elkins is nominated for Best Editing at the Annies this year.

SO WHAT'S THE BIG DEAL?

I know, this sounds a little heady and boring and you're right. The fact is, it's very hard to communicate this film without discussing it line-by-line which I refuse to do. Just understand that this is the first R-rated animated film to be nominated for an Academy Award for BEST ANIMATED FEATURE. That should speak volumes right there.

The fact of the matter is that we don't get films like this very often but I'm seeing it more and more these days in the animated medium, whether it be stop-mo, computer-modeled, or hand-drawn.

TL;DR This is an R-rated, introspective, critically-praised, independent animated feature film which started its funding with a successful online crowdfunding campaign and ended up getting nominated for Best Animated Feature Oscar... that is special.

Go watch it.

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anomalisa review deadpool talk sonic the hedgehog live-action cg hybrid movie rubberonion animation podcast episode 120 with stephen brooks and rob yulfo

SEGMENT EPISODE! After such a long break from these you get 2 in a row, how about that! The theme this week is the broad range of animation and that means quality, quantity, and future projections! We talk about some animation news, answer an Audience Question, of course hit up some Rapid Fire segments, and I (Stephen) review Anomalisa on this episode while the written version and the segment by itself will be up tomorrow! We also have a talkback moment about Deadpool since I saw it last week and I make Rob jealous with my gloating. Finally, I want to give a shoutout to Mukpuddy who saw their new series "Barefoot Bandits" premiere this week, so congrats on that! Click the link on their name to check out the interview we did with them.

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Topics & Timestamps:

(3:05) "How You Doin"
(6:05) Deadpool Talkback
(13:39) Mukpuddy's "Barefoot Bandits" premiere shoutout
(15:17) Animation News of the Week...
(52:12) Preview: Next week's episode 121 "Harry Partridge Interview"
(55:17) Review: Anomalisa
(1:16:17) Audience Question: "I often wondered if there were any cartoons that didn't have an interesting storyline, because the artists involved just put scenes in it that were interesting and challenging to draw/animate, but didn't turn out to be fun for an audience to actually watch?" ~Benjamin Shelley

 

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"Beat Bugs" trailer (24:49)

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fine brothers try to trademark react and makes youtube angry, trailers for kubo and the two strings and robert valley's pear cider and cigarettes kickstarter on episode 119 of the rubberonion animation podcast with stephen brooks and rob yulfo

SEGMENT EPISODE! It has been 2 full months since our last one of these so if you don't remember, these are explicit episodes... thar be swears! And there's kind of a lot to swear about. The Fine Brothers really pissed off the internet last week when they tried to trademark "React" for title use, and Marvel yanked fanimation series "X-Men: Danger Room Protocols." On the fun side, Robert Valley finished animation on his animated short film "Pear Cider and Cigarettes" and is using Kickstarted to finish post-production, but what we've seen so far looks awesome. We talk about all the trailers we missed in our time away from animation news discussion, our first animation battle has concluded and was awesome, and we return for RAPID FIRE! Enjoy the show  

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Topics & Timestamps:

(13:45) Trailer Talk...
(14:03) PeeWee on Netflix
(20:48) Secret Life of Pets trailer #2
(29:07) DreamWorks' Trolls
(32:47) Kubo and the Two Strings
(40:56) Animation News of the Week...
(41:06) Robert Valley's Pear Cider and Cigarettes
(45:45) X-Men: Danger Room Protocols
(57:08) Fine Brothers piss off the internet
(1:18:27) Audience Question
(1:25:11) #RubberOnionBattle Jan 2016
(1:34:09) Rapid Fire!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

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freelance school rubberonion animation podcast year four grow your business

Here it is... the final part in the RubberOnion Freelance School and we're talking about the likely goal in your third year: growing your business. Everyone starts this journey for different reasons, but independence is usually high up on that list. So what happens when you get to that point that you've gotten into the freelance game, you've established your brand, you started making some more money, and now you're up against a production wall - you just don't have enough ours in the day to progress any farther by yourself... you grow your business! This episode covers when to hire-out, which types of jobs to hire for and how to adjust your quote price for a team, the option of connecting with other Freelancers, contracts and the benefits of a virtual studio. Become a Patron on my Patreon page to get the more detailed ebook in February on starting a freelance business.

And don't forget to check out the companion blog post with this podcast to read a more structured write-up on what to expect in your third year of being a Freelancer!

Listen for Hollywood Jack 'n the Beanstalk, speedbumps and potholes, and "thumb or finger?"

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Topics & Timestamps:

(7:33) Why growing your business is different than making more money
(11:52) The tree analogy
(14:41) Hire other people
(19:01) How to know when to hire
(32:19) Types of hires: small tasks
(39:38) Types of hires: medium & large tasks
(43:47) Being a "virtual studio"
(46:43) Forming a cooperative relationship with other Freelancers
(48:34) The mental block which prevents you from hiring others
(52:38) About alternative revenue streams
(54:40) About taxes
(56:09) About contracts
(1:01:02) How to adjust your price to accomodate more people/hires

 

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freelance school rubberonion animation podcast year three make more money

This week for art 3 of the RubberOnion Freelance School we're talking about the likely goal in your third year: making more money. There are a lot of things that you can do to shake up the status quo and get some more green in the bank but the number one item is to charge more. That, however, is much harder to do than to say so let us break it all down for you and give you tips, stories, analogies and metaphors to help you set your monetary goals and meet them!

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Listen for clay head, "eben" flow, plateau-sneeze, live 'n let die, the painting elephant that will die now, and "grammar... it's hard."

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Topics & Timestamps:

(6:53) The big difference between freelancing and a salary-job
(11:11) The "diet" analogy
(14:59) The Artists' Pay Insecurity
(22:13) Modern art example
(28:10) Plateau
(33:18) How to define "career progress"
(38:52) Setting the goals you need
(41:55) The Red Bull example
(47:42) Charging per-hour vs per-project
(55:42) Tips on how to raise your rate
(1:10:51) Opposite approach: making a lateral move
(1:18:05) The real reason one animation makes more than another of the same quality  
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freelance school rubberonion animation podcast year two creating a brand

After last week's surprise interview with Don Bluth, we're back with part 2 of the RubberOnion Freelance School and this time we're talking about what would be the goal in your second year: creating your brand. We talk about using your own personality and voice to shape the tone of your brand, how to market yourself, the importance and limitations of a niche market and a bunch more. Sign up for the newsletter or become a Patron on my Patreon page to get the more detailed ebook in February on starting a freelance business.

And don't forget to check out the companion blog post with this podcast to read a more structured write-up on what to expect in your first year of being a Freelancer!

Listen for floating and hammocks, Gary Oldman Craigslist, Rob's Baked Buttered Beans, and Rabbi Schwarzenegger

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Topics & Timestamps:

(7:52) Recap of the previous Freelance School (#1)
(13:34) The word: Brand
(19:11) Using a Niche Market
(21:51) Arnold Schwarzenegger
(27:07) Analyzing last year's data
(31:37) Using a personal style
(34:18) The "jack-of-all-trades" marketing problem
(37:45) Using the same name as a moniker and business name
(41:05) What's unique about you
(44:21) Branding... the verb
(48:36) Having a business "voice"
(51:01) Logos, Style, and Tagline
(58:10) Marketing, and what to do with a scattered presence
(1:09:46) What can you do that people want?
(1:14:38) Shifting your brand when it stops working for you
(1:17:46) Testing the success of your brand approach
(1:22:50) Using your voice
(1:28:17) Putting it all together

 

Media Referenced During this Episode:

Stephen's "My Friend the..." series

Stephen's VLOG series

RubberOnion Review series with Stephen & Rob

 

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don bluth podcast interview about disney secret of nimh dragons lair indiegogo kickstarter with stephen brooks and rob yulfo on the rubberonion animation podcast

This week I bring you a very special interview with DON BLUTH (Dragon's Lair, Secret of NIMH, American Tale, Land Before Time). His Indie GoGo campaign to make a sizzle reel for a "Dragon's Lair" movie pitch closes this Friday, January 15, so if you want some of the perks like autographs, tutorials, animation cells, a masterclass, and more you should check out the page!

We talk about his time at Disney and decision to leave, his thoughts on sequels, CGI, the current landscape of animation and the internet, the importance of not dumbing things down for kids, and a bunch more stuff. We also took some of your questions so thanks to those of you who submitted! Check out the Indie GoGo campaign by clicking the image below and enjoy the show!

Listen for animatronics, dog sneeze, cgi and hormones, Gary's playboys, and death... this was a fun episode!

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Topics & Timestamps:

(3:24) Death and Don Bluth movies
(7:00) What lead to the decision to leave Disney and start his own studio
(10:55) Thoughts on CGI
(12:34) On the importance of good scripts and not dumbing things down for kids
(14:34) The role of the internet on the resurgance of traditional animation
(19:35) Thoughts on sequels
(21:09) Secret of NIMH production
(26:50) Dragon's Lair the game
(33:30) AUDIENCE QUESTIONS:
(33:45) Lamont: "Who will they would pitch the Dragon's Lair movie to?"
(34:41) James T Nethery: "I've always heard from people who have worked for you that you would usually cast your animators by sequence instead of by character like the Disney studio did. So instead of an animator working on one character throughout the film, they'd get a bit of every character. Was there a specific reason for this style of casting?"
(35:37) "Gary & his Playboys" story
(36:18) Kaishu: "How was your experience working on plays?"
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freelance school rubberonion animation podcast year one what to expect

To kick-off the new year, I'm having a month long "Freelancing School" where each week you get a blog post and a podcast episode based on one of your first four years in building a freelance animation business. This week it's all about what to expect when you finally decide to make that jump. We talk about how to pitch for jobs and where to find them, whether or not to take low paying gigs, how to quote for animation and some of the big changes that happen (like taxes and insurance). If you've been thinking about making a go at being a freelancer, January's selection of shows and posts is a good place to start!

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And don't forget to check out the companion blog post with this podcast to read a more structured write-up on what to expect in your first year of being a Freelancer!

Listen for Jessie Katzenflippenburgers, the captain's thermos bag, scatman, and the $1 one-hour movie

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Topics & Timestamps:

(7:09) What's on the Show
(10:52) Your (and our) 1st Client... getting started
(18:13) When Stephen decided that animation was his career
(20:23) Freelancing like Standup Comedy
(22:53) Ways to Learn (and get into) Animation
(28:08) Understanding Name-Brand through the world of Modern Art
(34:15) The benefit of being young
(40:46) Client Types: The Poker Chip Metaphor
(46:43) What changes happen to your life when you go into Freelance
(55:08) Networking and finding what works with your own personality
(1:01:07) How to Pitch for a job
(1:13:34) How to Quote a budget for animation
(1:32:41) Final Words and more on networking

 

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top 10 episodes of the rubberonion animation podcast in 2015 HAPPY NEW YEARS! Every year I count down the top 10 podcast moments but there were so many this year that I opted to let the download stats to the talking. So here are the top 10 most popular episodes of the RubberOnion Animation Podcast of 2015 and I pulled a clip out of each one... enjoy and see you next year!

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Countdown & Timestamps:

(3:06) #10
(4:37) #9
(6:37) #8
(10:04) #7
(12:23) #6
(14:48) #5
(17:42) #4
(19:55) #3
(21:40) #2
(23:06) #1
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rubberonion animation podcast christmas episode 3 for 2015

MERRY CHRISTMAS EVE EVE! For the last TWO YEARS we've done a special episode for Christmas and this year is no different. Because this happens to be episode 112, we couldn't just let the "12 Days of Christmas" reference sit, right?! So we run through 12 gifts that we think are good for the animator (whether established, starting, or wannabe) in your life. They're all linked below with timestamps of when we talk about them in the show. And also, you can listen to this episode while playing the Yule Log video I did (below)!

Listen for the Krunkus & Bobcat

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GIFTS & Timestamps:

#1

Rough Animator App - iOS/Android $4.99, OSX $9.99

(7:52)  

#2

Moleskine Notebook - $13.95

(9:53)  

#3

Bake & Bend Clay - $14.89

(11:32)  

#4

The Tale of the Princess Kaguya Blu-Ray/DVD- $19.49

(13:22)  

#5

Unidirectional Microphone - $19.99

(16:03)  

#6

Rob's store! ~$20

(19:47) rob yulfo tshirts on redbubble store    

#7

Stephen's Book! "Tradigital Flash: 12 Principles of Animation in Adobe Flash" - $32.81

(21:21)  

#8

Stop Mo Camera - $45.00

(24:51)  

#9

ShuttleXpress - $59.95

(27:12)  

#10

Animation Disc - $129.95

(29:55)  

#11

Intuos Pro Medium - $299.95

(33:52)  

#12

Surface Pro 3 (i5, 256GB model) - $1,043.99

(38:31)  

 

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"Saving Christmas" by Stephen  

"I'll be LATE for Christmas" by Rob  

Rob's Christmas Sock Face (52:34) rob yulfo's christmas sock face    

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what to do when technology lets you down as an artist rubberonion animation podcast episode 111 with stephen brooks and rob yulfo

HOT COCOA SHOW! This show's topic is "What to do when Technology lets you down as an Artist" and we talk all about our (mis)adventures in using technology, how to troubleshoot problems when they arise, and how to even avoid problems before they happen! If you are technologically-challenged, this is the episode for you and you should definitely check out the main blog post. And don't miss the giveaway announcement in the podcast... it's first-come-first-served!

And don't forget to check out the companion blog post with this podcast to read a more structured list of ways to be troubleshoot and prevent technology failures!

Listen for Rob2001, #TechShaming, caramel-snort, ♫calling Stephen Brooks♫, cats = computer bugs, and "Samsonite... I was way off!"

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Topics & Timestamps:

(7:44) "The Secret" vs "The Obvious"
(9:31) Why you should always have System Restore on
(12:48) How Stephen became the "computer guru" for others
(15:08) "Technologic" by Daft Punk
(19:29) Being an Artist at this point in time
(25:05) Everyone adapts to technology at different rates
(27:26) 1: Equivalent Programs
(28:37) 2: Multiple Computing Devices
(29:42) 3: Alternate Workflows
(31:00) 4: Style Changes
(33:00) 5: BACKUP EVERYTHING
(34:15) Rob's 1st story: why you shouldn't punch your computer
(43:38) Actions in vain: polaroid pictures and NES cartidges
(48:45) Stephen troubleshoots a problem Rob's having in Flash LIVE/(prerecorded)
(56:21) STEP 1 - Getting Information on the Problem
(57:17) STEP 2 - Search for Existing Solutions (and Googling tips)
(1:01:25) STEP 3 - Reach Out on Social Media
(1:05:14) STEP 4 - Find a Workaround
(1:07:28) STEP 5 - Revisit with New Information
(1:08:30) Rob's 2nd Story: why you shouldn't stab your computer
(1:34:17) Parting tips
(1:36:22) What is the most important thing if you're "bad at computers?"

Media Referenced During this Episode:

"My Friend the Computer #2: B.S.O.D"  

"My Friend the Computer #3: Replacement"  

"Technologic" by Daft Punk  

"Eggnog Santa" flipbook animation loop by Stephen (and GIVEWAY!)

 

Should you Buy-High or Buy-Low? should you buy a high end computer or an average one, which one is more economical and safe  

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Interview with Doug Bresler, animator behind Doogtoons and the host of the podcast Animation Ninja - episode 110 of the RubberOnion Animation Podcast with Stephen Brooks and Rob Yulfo

This week we interview Doug Bresler, creator of Doogtoons and his new podcast Animation Ninja! This is a new one for us because the day we recorded this episode, Doug ALSO interviewed us for his podcast and part 1 of that interview is going up on the same day as this one (you can check that episode out right here!) Listen for sharks and dolphins, "clean set," the Trapped in the Drive-Thru story, and the fact that nobody is Gargamel.

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Topics & Timestamps:

(4:42) Who is Doug?
(6:30) L.B. Rayne
(11:35) Eli's Dirty Jokes
(14:33) Securing rights to put videos on his own YouTube channel
(22:03) Vessel and challenging the YouTube model
(28:35) Saving time in producing animation
(35:45) Animated music video for Weird Al's Trapped in the Drive-Thru
(46:00) Talking Lawyer & Interns
(55:25) Paying your dues... and avoiding them
(1:02:40) Making his podcast, Animation Ninja
(1:09:22) Doug's amazing career path
(1:11:30) Sharks & Dolphins, a metaphor
(1:13:51) Learning from working in Live-Action
(1:22:14) Hybrid cartoon/live-action interview workflow
(1:25:11) "Do you like animation?"
(1:31:26) Animation podcasts and final words

 

   

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This segment premiered in #RubberOnionPodcast 109 "Animals With Clothes"

Check out Jamil Lahham's website for his animated short "Dirty Laundy Day"
http://www.DirtyLaundyDay.com

 

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why it is a good thing that adobe flash is becoming adobe animate cc

You probably already know by now that Adobe has decided to rebrand "Flash CC" as "Animate CC." This took pretty much everybody by surprise but heavy users, like myself, were hoping for a move just like this and I'll tell you why. But first, here's what I know so far about Adobe Animate CC:

adobe creative cloud

The most important point:

If you have the Creative Cloud desktop application, Animate CC will be listed in January 2016. Previous version of Flash Pro will continue to be available (just as they are now).

Basically, it is my belief that Adobe sees the "Flash is Dead" meme taking on a little more traction than they would like and are trying to distance themselves from the name so that the SWF version of the Flash brand can die on its own and the program itself (the thing that I've been using to make animation for many years and have rarely exported to SWF anyway) can live on. RIP Adobe Flash, long live Adobe Animate CC

I say this because from the features list it doesn't look like Adobe Animate CC is much more than a name change and a slightly more animation-focused upgrade to the existing Flash CC 2014 - and that's a good thing! I want "Flash" to keep updating and improving... I don't really care what they call it (aside from the fact that my book coming out in March was written with "Flash" in the title, but you let me worry about that... an exciting change might be in order!). Now to those updates I mentioned a moment ago...

Adobe Flash CC becomes Adobe Animate CC

Here are 8 welcomed animation-specific updates coming to "Adobe Animate CC"

  • We're getting a new brush to play with in the form of a vector art brush system. Like in Illustrator, You can make custom brushes and can modify the path of a stroke after its drawn... you can even ANIMATE the path of a brush stroke (so says the release video). If this means easier handwriting animation... that'll make explainer videos a bit easier, won't it
  • They're implementing a colored onion skinning system (like Toon Boom)
  • Adobe Stock is continuing its CC implementation across all program updates meaning you can browse its vector art library and pick one to drag and drop on the stage without ever leaving the program
  • They're focusing their video output to HTML5 and 4K video support... although they'll still support SWF and AIR (they're Adobe, afterall)
  • We're getting the bone-tool back! I mean, I only used it once but some people love it
  • You'll be able to rotate the canvas just like other drawing apps
  • Drop H.264 videos right onto your Timeline to use as a guide layer.
  • Updated Motion Editor gives you granular control over motion tween properties like color effects, transformations and many more

So all in all, the changes are definitely more focused on animation this time around as in years passed it seemed like most of the effort had been going to web design. I know that there are a lot of people already onto Toon Boom products and that's fine... but for heavy Flash users like myself this is a welcomed change! Any time a program as versatile as Flash has been it's going to have its fair share of bugs. I can't say for sure yet, but I believe that by focusing down to an animation-specific audience the build can get more stable and streamlined. There's a reason that Flash has been in the lead for so many years and its because that compared to other programs you can use for animation, it's not as daunting to pick up. And as you can see from the various TV shows, commercials, animated shorts, and even films (!)... it is powerful enough to let you create amazing things as you grow as an artist!

adobe headquarters

It's about the "Brand" and the "Focus"

Again, I believe that changing the name of Flash CC to Animate CC, is a branding decision... one to distance themselves from the name "Flash" which in Adobe's view might have become too toxic.

Really, whenever people talk about Flash who aren't in the animation industry they're usually talking about Flash players and SWFs in internet browsers... there's been reports on that type of playback being a resource hog and having security threats. But for us... for animators... Flash has been distant from that in our minds for a loooooong time now. It's a tool that lets us create the moving illustrations we have in our minds as a form of expression. If anything, it makes more sense to me to open a program called Animate in order to Animate, so why not change the name?

And yes, I actually have Toon Boom Animate... Pro 2 actually... and it's a fine program. But even Toon Boom decided that they were going to do away with that after only a couple iterations and pare back to the Harmony pipeline. I'm not questioning either company's decision here, just pointing out that this stuff happens all the time and what matters is "what's under the hood."

I'm going to get my hands on Adobe Animate CC as soon as I can and take it for a daily test drive and report back with first-hand knowledge, but as for right now... it looks like the only thing that's changing is the name. Long live Adobe Animate CC!

This segment was used in episode #109 of the RubberOnion Animation Podcast (click to listen to the entire episode)

Adobe Animate CC opening screen

 

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adobe flash cc is now animate cc, zootopia sloth trailer, scrat animated short, jamil lahham dirty laundry day, gravity falls, episode 109 of the rubberonion animation podcast

SEGMENT EPISODE! Adobe Flash is rebranding itself as "Adobe Animate," Stephen went to the Manchester Animation Festival & CTNx 2015, Gravity Falls is ending and Disney released an awesome clip from the upcoming movie Zootopia, we do our first ever 'Creator Spotlight' on animator Jamil Lahham for his animated short "Dirty Laundry Day," we take an audience question, and finally we cover the rest of the stories which broke in November with Rapid Fire!

Listen for The Krunkus, "oh my god... they Kilkenny," slow loris THX and "they'll probly pulla peanuz."

I would love to hear what you think about this episode in the comments section below.

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Topics & Timestamps:

(9:57)  Stephen went to the Manchester Animation Festival
(15:40)  ... and also CTNx 2015 in Burbank, where we had our RubberOnion meetup with you listeners!
(23:51)  Animation News of the Week...
(1:00:00)  Creator Spotlight - Jamil Lahham "Dirty Laundry Day"
(1:36:34)  RubberOnion's FIRST EVER "Animation Battle" - call for topics!
(1:42:21)  Audience Question: "It's good advice to consume and produce art outside of your primary medium. So what kind of non-animation creative media (writing, sculpture, theater, painting, music, etc.) do you make? (assuming you do, of course)" ~Jason van Gumster
(1:52:08)  RAPID FIRE!!!!!!!

 

Media Referenced During this Episode:

CREATOR SPOTLIGHT: Jamil Lahham's animated short "Dirty Laundry Day"

Instagram image referenced at the 15min mark

 

A photo posted by Stephen Brooks (@rubberonion) on

 

Zootopia "sloth" trailer

Slow Loris THX (watch with us at 29:41!)

Ice Age: Collision Course Animated Short "Cosmic Scrat-tastrophe"

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rubberonion animation podcast thanksgiving special episode 2015 what we're thankful for and pat's peanuts movie review

HOLIDAY EPISODE! Tomorrow is Thanksgiving in the United States so we talk a lot about that - how we celebrate, what holiday specials we like to watch, etc. But this week we also finally get to hear what Pat thought about The Peanuts Movie!! We top it all off by saying what Rob & I are thankful for in the animation world. If you're celebrating this Thursday, have fun and stay safe! If you're not celebrating... same. Enjoy the show!

Listen for "All in the Hamily," alternative modem, sparkling apple juice, and Dunkaroos.

I would love to hear what you think about this episode in the comments section below.

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Topics & Timestamps:

(1:39)  Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Float Suggestions
(6:31)  Talking about Thanksgiving
(11:13)  Thanksgiving Cartoon Specials
(24:12)  Trailer Talk...
(24:51)  Kung Fu Panda 3
(32:35)  Anamolisa
(43:47)  Finding Dory
(1:24:00)  Slow Burn Topic: "What are you thankful for, in animation"
 
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animators discuss how to be productive when you're lazy on the rubberonion animation podcast episode 107 with stephen brooks and rob yulfo HOT COCOA SHOW! This show's topic is "How to Be Productive When You're Lazy" and we talk about our own experiences, procrastination, bumps-in-the-road, and methods for making your lazy side work for you. This is a clean episode and completely SFW so feel free to listen whenever and wherever you are! There are also THREE (we say 2 in the show but there's actually 3) major announcements in this episode so keep an ear out for those.

And don't forget to check out the companion blog post with this podcast to read a more structured list of ways to be more productive! 

Listen for "work-shy," Matilda, the Millennials rant, "I'm your Yoko" and what Quint from Jaws can teach us about facing your fears.

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Topics & Timestamps:

(11:06)  What is "lazy?"
(19:24)  Are you just overwhelmed?
(26:31)  Stephen's VLOGs
(37:56)  All about inertia
(53:17)  Work Culture, burnout & procrastination
(1:05:19)  Millennials
(1:15:48)  What about inspiration?
(1:28:23)  TIPS!
(1:54:01)  The "Animation Battles" that Stephen & Rob are going to have
(1:57:43)  Final words

 

Media Referenced During this Episode:

Stephen's VLOG series

 

Rob's newest animated short "Mr. P Dawgy and Simon Kill Hitler"

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new zealand animation studio mukpuddy interview ryan cooper alex leighton tim evans about barefoot bandets cartoon on the rubberonion animation podcast Out in the land of New Zealand, modern land of zeal, there exists an animation studio called... Mukpuddy. Formed by the collective might of Ryan Cooper, Alex Leighton and Tim Evans they make cartoons with a distinctive style and a prolific speed. They took the time out from their morning in the future to our nighttime (because as it turns out, Earth rotates... pun) to talk with us about their new studio space and their brand new, full half-hour animated series The Barefoot Bandits!

Listen for false accusation, guessing emails, Homer Simpson, "Casey Kasem's" grinder outing, and poo runner taking a backseat (and nobody even noticed that was said, which surprises me)

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Topics & Timestamps:

(3:49)  Who is Mukpuddy... actually, what's a "mukpuddy?"
(14:25)  Starting a studio in a pre-YouTube world
(22:07)  On the virtue of being naive
(29:14)  What is the dynamic like between the 3 of them? Do they ever fight?
(33:15)  Finding what everyone's good at and having a Mukpuddy style
(37:40)  Growing for their new series The Barefoot Bandets
(40:31)  Their new studio!
(46:11)  How did they get their own series?
(53:47)  A quick recap of their studio timeline
(57:04)  Their experiences with the 48hr Film Festival
(1:10:27)  Pocket Protectors and Crumbs
(1:59:05)  "What are you most proud of?" ~Stephen
(2:02:05)  "Do you have personal work outside of Mukpuddy?" ~Rob

 

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wil wheaton vs huffpost, top 5 underrated animated films, youtube red, rubberonion animation podcast SEGMENT EPISODE! This week we list our Top 5 "Underrated Animated Films," talk animation news of the month (including Wil Wheaton vs HuffPost vs Exposure, YouTube Red and bullying on the internet), we answer an audience question about what future we see for animation, a special secret interview, and the return of Rapid Fire!

Listen for Ashton Goulash, Bugs Bunny of Horror, "bungeoke" and decapitated Winnie the Pooh. I would love to hear what you think about this episode in the comments section below.

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Topics & Timestamps:

(4:06)  The link between 50 Shades of Grey and Twilight
(8:07)  Animation News of the Week...
(17:57)  YouTube Red
(48:05)  RubberOnion interviews a special surprise guest!
(51:46)  RubberOnion's TOP 5: "Underrated Animated Films"
(1:24:33)  Audience Question: "If you could do something that would take animation in new direction, much like Ralph Bakshi did in the '70's (Fritz the Cat, Coon Skin) what would you do? What do you foresee as the next step in animation evolution?" ~Timothy Bergeron

Media Referenced During this Episode:

Rob's Pug mask (18:24) rob yulfo wearing a pug mask while recording the rubberonion animation podcast

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rubberonion animation podcast halloween special freelance horror stories 2 HAPPY HALLOWEEN! The "Freelance Horror Stories" are back with a part 2 with stories from YOU listeners and even past interviewees, Elliot Cowan and Exit 73 Studios! The point of this episode is to expose you to the bad experiences that animators have in the industry and then Rob and I (Stephen) give a postmortem on the event to learn what went wrong and why... so if in the future you run into a similar situation you'll know what to do! Thank you so much for all your participation, we got some fantastic stories this year and it was great talking with you all! Enjoy the show and have an amazing Halloween weekend! And don't be afraid to share some of your costumes in the comment section below

Listen for "who doin' it," joker mask, "you can't make 100 outta 50," and spirit man.

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Topics & Timestamps:

(7:09)   Martin Bell's story
(25:42)   Sam Albro's story
(36:02)   Kristen Loader's story
(1:00:32)   Rob Yulfo's story
(1:07:57)   Stephen Brook's story
(1:12:11)   Elliot Cowan's story
(1:17:07)   Exit 73 Studio's (Chris Burns & Bob Fox) story
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copyright and what animators need to know about it, fair use, parody, fan art and more, episode 103 rubberonion animation podcast

HOT COCOA SHOW! This week we talk all about Copyright, Fair Use, Parody, Fan Art and more in a discussion that's centered around a blog post I made on the topic a couple days ago (click here to check that would which ALSO has this episode embedded in it for good measure)! Creators on the internet mostly get the blame for using and sometimes abusing copyrighted material in their own creations. Sometimes they constitute something new and other times they're not at all covered under fair use and are basically just stealing, whether intentional or not. As pointed out early in the show, ignorance is not a defense against copyright infringement. However! "Internet creators" are not unique in this area, there's just a lot more artists sharing their work now than there used to be... and much of that work is the exploratory stuff nobody ever used to be privy to in the pre-internet age.

Because the copyright has been extended to such a degree that more of the art which is actually still relevant in our time is copyrighted (proportionate to in the past when the copyright term was much shorter), the risk of stepping into legal quicksand is actually even more probable now. More creators, being seen earlier in their careers than ever before, in a time of extended copyright on the pop culture that itself is uniquely used as a cultural reference point of expression... that's complicated!! I aim to make things clearer for you by making it clearer for my co-host Rob in this episode of the podcast and help further in the companion blog post which I encourage you to check out.

Listen for The Blob Blog, what started the hipsters hypothesis, "that's pathetic, bro" and Happy Birthday!

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Topics & Timestamps:

(9:10)  What is Copyright?
(10:32)  Is that the same as plagiarism?
(16:38)  What is the Public Domain?
(23:10)  Talking about Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
(28:21)  Dreamworks' new Mr. Peabody & Sherman Netflix series and Rob's new parody short
(36:24)  Copyright Act of 1976, how it helped and how it messed everything up!
(42:12)  What is Fair Use?
(50:26)  The four factors used by a judge to decide if a work is covered under Fair Use
(1:06:16)  Parody vs Satire... what's the difference?
(1:16:25)  Is Fan Art legal?
(1:19:16)  Derivative and Transformative works
(1:25:51)  What's the deal with Fan Fiction?
(1:30:56)  Cease and Desist letters (C&D's)
(1:44:03)  TL;DR (or... TL;DL?)
 
Media Referenced During this Episode:

Night of the Living Dead in the public domain (16:59 and again in more detail at 35:00 and a shoutout to James Rolfe's Cinemassacre commentary at 37:19)

https://archive.org/details/night_of_the_living_dead 

Little Shop of Horrors (1960) in the public domain (20:13)

https://archive.org/details/The.Little.Shop.of.Horrors.60 

Rob's first "Mr. P. Dawgy and Simon" short (47:25)

https://youtu.be/DzBBO7xkoTk 

Baby Got Back mashup video (57:50)

https://youtu.be/wPcapo5ZB_o 

Vanilla Ice "explaining" why Ice Ice Baby is different than Queen / David Bowie's Under Pressure (1:00:45)

https://youtu.be/bid0AbLTcco 

"Saturday Morning Watchmen" by Harry Partridge (1:11:54)

https://youtu.be/YDDHHrt6l4w 

"Thought of You" by Ryan Woodward (1:35:10)

https://youtu.be/OBk3ynRbtsw 

Stephen's first Instagram post

https://instagram.com/p/8zgNf8HsBK/ 

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Elliot Cowan is the indie animator and filmmaker behind the new movie "The Stressful Adventures of Boxhead & Roundhead." We got to talk to him for 2 hours about everything from trends in big-budget animated films, the current state of art schools and the double-edged sword of making a feature-length animated film virtually by yourself. You listeners submitted so many great questions too and we get to all of them! You might be surprised what he thinks about the animation process and the Pixar movies Up and Cars. Listen for animation mumblecore, "thanks Rob, shutup," the grumpy animator theme song, how you pronounce Cowan and why it's that way, and indie animators as home brewers. 

Interview is Indie Animator Elliot Cowan director of The Stressful Adventures of Boxhead and Roundhead RubberOnion Animation Podcast Episode 102

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Topics & Timestamps:

(6:51)  Elliot introduces himself
(9:08)  We talk about cartoon reboots & the landscape of modern animation
(22:45)  He's been illustrating a lot more since wrapping production on his film, here's why
(25:35)  Why Art School may not be for everybody... and why it's great if it is
(30:45)  Which schools have a "school style" and if that's a good thing
(40:51)  Boxhead & Roundhead animated shorts, Chuck Jones and why B&R didn't speak (before the film)
(43:20) "Brothers in Arms" animated short
(47:23)  With 9 animated shorts in the series under the belt, why make a feature length film?
(49:51)  Talking backgrounds and character design
(52:04)  Talking animation style and process
(57:11)  Easter eggs present in The Stressful Adventures of Boxhead & Roundhead
(1:02:16)  What does he feel the ultimate reward is for making an Indie Animated Film
(1:07:50)  Mr. Orso, Roundhead, and the representations of artists in the film
(1:11:51)  Stephen breaks down some of his favorite moments & meanings in the film
(1:17:50)  Does Elliot intend on making more animated shorts with the Boxhead and Roundhead characters?
(1:19:26)  About watching Independent film
(1:20:49)  Music in the film
(1:21:45) Audience Questions from Martin Bell, Curtis Jobling, Lewis Achenbach, Greg PughChris McEwan, Ronald Chaparro, JoWhimsy Indefinite, Andrew Kaiko, and Nathan Viney
 

 

Media Referenced During this Episode:

"Brothers in Arms" Boxhead & Roundhead series animated short (@40:30)

https://vimeo.com/8976842 

The Stressful Adventures of Boxhead & Roundhead trailer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W8AQpp5FXt8

The Boxhead and Roundhead behind the scenes production diaries

https://vimeo.com/36838797
https://vimeo.com/37327989
https://vimeo.com/38361443
https://vimeo.com/42701532

"The Death of Spider-Man" for Cartoon Hangover (@58:10)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DFTIVWFLWRE   

Other videos of Elliot's you should see:

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL03518747AE528035

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=04EM6ZYcihg

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DqqwgAV9vDA

 

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SEGMENT EPISODE! This week I review "Danger Mouse" 2015, we list our Top 5 "Cartoons Based on R-Rated Movies," talk about the animation news of the week in depth and the rest get put in the audience favorite Rapid Fire! segment (this time with a time limit). We also talk about our recent animated short, some of the easter eggs in there and I give you some tips on best practices in Adobe Flash as well as character turnarounds. Listen for Stephen's comparison of Michael Bay's "Transformers" franchise to Donald Trumps 2016 presidential campaign, a GI Joe / Muppet Babies theme mashup, and "leeches, bro." Oh and how could I forget, there's a new design for the podcast! I really hope you enjoy this 2hr episode and would love to hear what you think in the comments section below.

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(8:29)  Stephen's first-impression review of the 2015 "Danger Mouse" reboot on the CBBC
(23:48)  Animation News of the Week...
(1:20:42)  Audience Voicemail (Timothy Bergeron and Christopher Murphy)
(1:25:58)  RubberOnion's TOP 5: "Cartoons Based on R-Rated Movies"
(1:46:53)  RAPID FIRE!!!!!!
Media Referenced During this Episode:

"Be Cool Scooby-Doo" clip
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kF0GHrQyZBE

"The Mr. Peabody & Sherman Show" opening titles
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lb2qaaFpNN8

Animated clip from "The Mr. Peabody & Sherman Show" - Bumblebeard
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E9SHep6bVfs

"Little Door Gods" first full theatrical trailer
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pAGMDOZhloY

RubberOnion's Podcastimation 3: "What Was Wrong with MAN OF STEEL?"
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This week's episode was LIVE and you listeners in the chatroom were amazing. We had animation news stories, trivia, Rapid Fire, audience voicemail, and a heartfelt goodbye from Pat who leaves the show as co-host to pursue his higher education and new career in Substance Abuse Counseling (contact him on Twitter if you or someone you know needs help). The entire unedited video is embedded below for your viewing pleasure, but if you want that clean, professional, edited feel you've come to love you can download the audio podcast right here! Thanks for being such a great audience for 100 episodes and to Andrew Kaiko for his amazing fan art which I'm using as the featured image for this episode with his permission. Check out his Patreon page and support his excellent work. Rob and I look forward to bringing you more focused content in these upcoming episodes... the hundreds! See you next week!

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(45:05)   Audience Voicemail!
(59:46)   Stephen lists the British/American differences he's been adjusting to since moving away from his home in NYC
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(1:19:24)   RAPID FIRE!!!!!
(1:28:29)   All the amazing #RubberOnionFanArt you submitted is discussed, check below for the embedded images with artist links
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Richard Williams' is continuing his boundary pushing pursuits in hand-drawn animation with "Prologue," Moonbot shows how to make a perfect teaser, Danger Mouse is coming to the CBBC and Netflix... and since this is Pat's penultimate episode as a regular co-host on the show we surprise him with a countdown of his 5 most memorable moments as submitted by you listeners! Now as for NEXT WEEK, at 6:30pm ET on Sunday, September 27th we're having a special LIVE episode of the Podcast, complete with a chatroom where you can interact with us and other audience members.

All that will be over at the RUBBERONION LIVE PAGE!

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(30:03)   Audience Question: "[What are] some of Pat's writing inspirations/idols?" ~Chris Guido
(40:21)   In honor of Pat's penultimate appearance as a co-host on the show, we countdown HIS TOP 5 BEST MOMENTS in the last 100ish episodes as submitted by YOU!
(57:09)   RAPID FIRE!!!!!!!!!

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This week we saw Glen Keane (the master animator behind Ariel from "The Little Mermaid") draw in Virtual Reality, and then Batman et al beat up sea creatures (including Ariel) in the new Batmetal animated music video. We finally get to see what "Wabbit," Bugs Bunny's new series, will look like and learn about a Spongebob Squarepants musical and a possible Avengers-style teamup movie of your favorite 90s NickToons. These next two episodes are a little special, and not just because they precede our 100th episode LIVE show! With Stephen traveling this week, two episodes were recorded in one session. The split between them is a cliffhanger of epic proportions (I may be overselling that)! Enjoy and leave the evening of Sunday, September 27 open to join us for our 100th episode, LIVE!

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(23:31)   BATMETAL returns
(37:12)   Wabbit trailer

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This week Stephen and Rob tackle the question of "collaboration" and what that means for us animators. This topic seemed relevant since we're working on another Podcastimation for release at the end of the month in conjunction with our 100th episode. We cover some of the factors which go into finding someone to collaborate with, how to avoid some of the possible pitfalls like a difference in vision, and review examples of popular artistic collaborations. We want to know what you think... what makes for a truly effective collaboration? Have you ever been in one yourself? Share your comments, stories and suggestions in the comments section below and we'll read the best ones on next weeks' episode!

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(11:08)   We're making a 3rd Podcastimation
(15:47)   Stephen and Rob's history of working together
(35:14)   Why they work well together
(49:12)   How to find someone "worthy" of collaborating - the three pillars of working together and what do look for
(1:08:37)   The difference between Collaboration and Cooperation
(1:11:01)   Can you balance multiple collaborations at one time, like how bands do?
(1:17:27)   Tips on how to collaborate effectively
(1:25:57)   How Stephen and Rob collaborate virtually - long-distance and across time-zones
(1:39:50)   Is it better to keep collaborations small?
(1:44:45)   The most common problems and how to avoid them
(1:53:22)   Some examples of the most effect collaborators: directors and editors
(2:01:00)   "The most important thing to mention about collaboration... is trust."

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We're talking all Video Game related stories this week but start with a question: is "Animations" a word? Nintendo said they want more control over their movie properties, fan-film producer Adi Shankar (Judge Dredd: Superfiend, Power/Rangers) and Fred Seibert (Frederator) want to make a dark Castlevania animated mini-series, and Rovio cuts a third of their work force. This week we also play a game where Stephen reads out all the video game movies that have been made thus far and Rob and Pat try to guess what their Rotten Tomatoes rating is... I know this is cliche, but the answers may surprise you! The audience question this week is a great one about what animated series we would cancel in order to revive another.

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It was an interesting week to be a kid. While "Sesame Street" moves to HBO, "The Lion Guard" is coming to the small screen in a beautifully animated new series and Stephen saw a family-friendly animated short collection in a local theater, featuring the works of nine animators from around the world. If you happen to be an "adult-kid," the red-band trailer for "Hell & Back" was posted and the Hollywood Antitrust lawsuit is back in play... OK, this week's theme is stretched a little bit but it did lead to some VERY interesting discussions! There was technical talk over "The Lion Guard" animation style, social discussion over "Sesame Street" on a premium cable channel, and a bit of budget talk regarding the recommended reading this week (see below).

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(1:28:04)   Recommended Reading: "Where's Our TOY STORY?" A rumination over when/how the breakout British CG film will come by Nathan Wilkes
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(1:39:36)   AUDIENCE QUESTION: "What are some highly regarded movies/tv shows that you don't care for?" ~"Billy Is A Sweet Boy" on twitter

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This weekend was Disney's D23 presentation so we discuss all the information that came out of that... live-action remakes, sequels, and the incredible line-up on Disney and Pixar animation film slate all the way to 2018! Stephen starts the show by giving a mini-review on the British re-dub of the Argentinian animated film "Metagol" (which in the UK is called "Unbeatables"), Rob tells a story about having poop on his shoe and Pat breaks some news. Then we're off talking about how Furries love Zootopia, why Cars 2 might get too much hate, if Donald Trump was producing the upcoming Dia de los Muertos inspired Pixar movie "Coco" and the problem with trying to make the "definitive" version of a fairy tale. Enjoy the show!

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(5:13)   Stephen saw "Unbeatables" on Netflix, which is the British dub of "Metagol" which is coming out in the US as "Underdogs"
(14:16)   Pat's announcement
(37:48)   Zootopia
(42:30)   Gigantic
(45:56)   Moana
(54:33)   Finding Dory
(1:02:03)   Toy Story 4
(1:12:34)   RAPID FIRE!!!!!
(1:22:53)   Shoutout! Andrew Kaiko, Samuel R Albro & Juan Sebastián Bossano for suggesting stories that were ultimately in the D23 discussion lineup
(1:23:37)   AUDIENCE QUESTION: "How do you guys physically and mentally prepare yourselves before taking on a new project or job?" ~Ronald Chaparro

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We finally got to see what Chris Farley's SHREK would've been like in an early story reel which surfaced this week. His passing in 1997 was a big shock to us so there's a lot of discussion surrounding this topic this week. But that's not all because there's a "Bob the Builder" reboot with a new character design who looks... symmetrical, a new Mr. Peabody and Sherman Show coming to Netflix which is 2D (!) and the rights have been secured to make a Dungeons & Dragons movie. That last story also contains the skit this week is Stephen reading excerpts from Ice-T's description of his experience recording the D&D audio book (starting at 1:03:24)... so enjoy that! There are technical discussions as well surrounding the new Windows 10 and a blog post which tried (and failed) to properly compare the budgets of live-action VFX to that of fully CG Animated Films. The questions this week comes from a listener wondering if we're going to CTNx this year, which ticket we bought, and if that's right for her. This is another 2hr podcast so let us keep you entertained while you trudge through the middle of another work-week!

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(4:16)   Stephen installed Windows 10 on his Wacom Companion 2 and has a first assessment
(1:18:53)   RAPID FIRE!!!!!!!
(1:37:07)   AUDIENCE QUESTION: "Will you be at CTNx this year? Can you give any advice for [first time attendees]? What kind of conference pass to get, or what is a must see/do for budding animators." ~Kristen Loader
(1:45:12)   SHOUTOUTS: ButzboPrud on Newgrounds and Andrew Kaiko, our most active listener

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TMNT is getting a 2D animated special from Titmouse Inc, the "Guardians of the Galaxy" Disney XD series shows some serious action with its new trailer and Chinese animation shows it's on the rise in a big way with "Rock Dog." There were also two passings we mention this week: wrestler and actor "Rowdy" Roddy Piper, and animation historian and reporter John Culhane. In other news, apparently there's a PEZ movie coming (PEZ like the candy not PES the animator... which would be fascinating and wanted). Also, Stephen is back from traveling and as such is in front of a nice sounding mic instead of the patchwork sounds of the tablet you heard for the last few weeks. Enjoy the crisp cool sounds of jet lag!

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While there weren't a lot of media type animation stories (except for The Good Dinosaur trailer which is covered), that didn't stop this episode from turning into one of the more interesting ones filled will discussions over the roll cartoons play in a child's development, the nature of copyright in the internet age, why the Surface Pro 4 is a sign that Microsoft is doing more for the creatives of today than Apple... oh and there's an Emoji movie being developed... which ALSO turned into an interesting discussion over public domain stories! We also field a question about if these two 2D (hand-drawn) animators would/will ever dabble in 3D (computer modeling). Enjoy the last week of "Stephen's traveling audio" because next week I'll be back in the office and I'll be crystal clear!

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(1:13:37)   AUDIENCE QUESTION: "Would you ever/have you ever considered dabbling in 3D animation like with Maya or Cinema4D, seeing as that's just another medium that's still animation?" ~Mike Pindara

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The creators of the hit animated short COIN and their newest short BOLTRON NINJA MASSACRE, Chris Burns and Bob Fox of Exit 73 Studios talk to the podcast about their history, methods, goals, and video games (because of course)! We cover how COIN came to be, what prompted the creation of BOLTRON NINJA MASSACRE, how they work together to actually make those awesome shorts, the two-letter onomatopoeia that really tick Chris off and a TON more! We hope you enjoy this episode and are inspired by their tight teamwork and vision. Chris and Bob were great to talk to and if you stay until the end, there's a special surprise for regulars. It's a song. Did I spoil it?

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(4:30) Why the name "Exit 73"
(5:30) The creation of Exit 73 Studios
(9:50) Chris Burns' time at Augenblick Studios
(12:35) Why they decided to get a dedicated studio space
(14:00) Their early work up on YouTube (especially Detectaholic)
(17:08) COIN! Where the idea came from, video games references and the workflow used
(23:36) The many talents of animator Bob Fox (including music, sound effects, coding...)
(28:00) How does Exit 73 Studios get work?
(31:16) What is a normal day like?
(35:13) A discussion on past versions of Flash and their preference
(40:33) What led to the decision to make BOLTRON in pixel art
(42:00) The "8bit Breakdown" experience and a discussion on the wrath of YouTube comments (43:45 Stephen reads a YouTube comment)
(45:56) Where the idea for BOLTRON came from
(46:40) Chris Burns breaks my brain with a revelation on his workflow
(56:00) Our most satisfying moments of the short and a discussion about Mortal Kombat
(59:29) Their new project -- BOLTRON NINJA MASSACRE playable video game!
(1:04:00) Addressing the possibility for a COIN 2 and a COIN video game
(1:09:13) Their dream job and a discussion on what pitching concepts to big studios is like
(1:13:27) What is their next step
(1:14:55) How many minutes of animation they produce a year, on average
(1:16:05) What is it that makes the two of them work so well as a team
(1:21:25) Their HE-MAN designs and whatever came of that gig
(1:23:28) The two-letter YouTube comment that drove Chris crazy
(1:24:20) AUDIENCE QUESTION "I know they animated COIN using Flash. [BOLTRON NINJA MASSACRE] has more of a pixel art aesthetic. Flash is usually known for clean brushwork and nice smooth lines, how were they able to achieve that very retro 16-bit look in Flash?" ~Chris
(1:28:12) AUDIENCE QUESTION "What was/is the ups and downs that they deal with in the studio?" ~Ronald
(1:29:47) AUDIENCE QUESTION "What is that 'glue' that joins them together as a team? How are those different backgrounds affecting the direction towards Exit 73 Studios is moving?" ~Juan #1
(1:32:29) AUDIENCE QUESTION "Have they found a way to work simultaneously on a single project or are they continuously jumping between different projects as soon as one of them gets done with his assigned task?" ~Juan #2
(1:33:39) AUDIENCE QUESTION "How do they manage their time between commissions and personal projects? How do they join forces to get things done in the quickest way possible?" ~Juan #3
(1:35:27) AUDIENCE QUESTION "Are there any advice they can give us on starting an animation studio? Especially in terms of finding the right people to work with!" ~Juan #4
(1:37:15) Exit 73 Studios wants your portfolios!
(1:40:40) OUTRO: Follow Exit 73 Studios on their website, facebook, twitter and Bob Fox's Soundcloud
(1:42:51) Rob's suggestion for a studio name-change...
... and stay until the end for more music by Bob Fox!

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Comic Con was this weekend and we try to cover the MANY stories that came from that: trailers, movie/series announcements, crossover comics, etc. Not to mention the stories that came out during the week not linked to the event like Harry Shearer coming back to "The Simpsons." I'm also still on the road, so I've left Rob back in NY for a trip out to the IL where I am recording with Pat in his house... or as Rob like's to call it, "The Ryan's Den!" It's a pretty energetic episode this week so enjoy the excitement -- I hope it's contagious.

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(20:11)   DEADPOOL trailer
(1:41:23)   SHOUTOUTS: Ronald Estid Chaparro, Andrew Kaiko, Chris McEwan, Kristen Loader, Martin Bell, Samuel L. Albro, Lamont Wayne, and Timothy Bergeron

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There are some amazing fan art topics this week! The BARTKIRA trailer was finally posted, Ave Espelita created a CGI tribute to Samurai Jack and Andrew Kaiko illustrates an INSIDE OUT / LOONEY TUNES mashup! We also talk about a classic Disney attraction closing at what used to be MGM and a discussion about the new Boomerang shows preview images response. Happy Wednesday! Here... have a podcast.

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(13:59)   BARTKIRA trailer

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By request, here is a spoiler FREE review of Disney Pixar's INSIDE OUT!! We don't stop there though, there are things to say about the animated short "Lava" ahead of the movie as well as an open discussion about Pixar in general. This was a really great week for art and storytelling so I love episodes like this! There are some other topics covered (which you can see in the annotations below) as well as a Rapid Fire segment and a shoutout about some fan art done which you can see below!

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I (Stephen) am back in NY on my new Wacom Companion 2 and it actually handled the recording and editing rather well! Rob and I talk 3 trailers, 2 series announcements, 3 audience questions and many more stories in our Rapid Fire segment! Of the trailers, "Peanuts" absolutely blew us away (retroactive spoiler alert). I also take the beginning of the podcast to talk about the Wacom Companion 2 and Adobe Flash CC 2015. You can check out the images under the annotations for a quick look at a weird bug I encountered and the symptom solution in Windows 8.1.

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(4:54)   Stephen got a Wacom Companion 2 and Flash CC 2015
(1:16:03)   RAPID FIRE
(1:29:20)   Audience Question: “We all heard the comment 'It looked good on paper, but the execution was bad/terrible or the idea didn't live up to certain standards or etc.' Did you guys ever come across those scenarios? How did you learn to over come them?" ~Ronald Estid Chaparro
(1:34:59)   Audience Question: “Do you guys ever get annoyed whenever someone says something 'isn't original, and thus, why I hate it already?' I'm getting very tired of that, especially from critics.” ~Andrew Kaiko
(1:40:02)   Audience Question: “What projects, movies, TV show's, etc. that had you say [it looked good on paper but not in execution]? What changes would you each have like to see happen before the product was finished or after seeing the product?” ~Ronald Estid Chaparro

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This week we have a special interview with animator Robb Pratt ("Superman Classic," "Flash Gordon Classic"). We talked about how and why he started the Classic series, his thoughts on Superman as a character, Flash Gordon and how he relates to Star Wars, various trials and tribulations navigating the business world of animation entertainment, his recent work on "Wabbit" (the Bugs Bunny animated shorts show) and his absolute love of story and art! Robb was very generous with his time and couldn't have been more fun to talk to. In particular, I loved his insights into the character relation between Bugs Bunny and Superman, the analysis of the Rancor pit scene from "Return of the Jedi" and how he got that creepy voice effect in "Bizarro Classic." Check out his YOUTUBE CHANNEL, WEBSITE and TWITTER for all things Robb Pratt!

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(6:03)   Why Robb is spelled with two B's
(7:08)   How the Classic series started and what impact it had
(15:14)   Bugs Bunny shorts, "Wabbit"
(22:25)   Car Guy, road rage shorts
(23:50)   Why Robb started making Indie shorts in the first place & partial career discussion
(30:48)   How Robb got into animation & further career discussion
(32:32)   1940s classic style is without cynicism and what that really means
(37:59)   Flash Gordon & Star Wars talk
(40:31)   "Bizarro Classic"
(46:31)   What draws Robb to the classic style
(50:43)   "Flash Gordon Classic"s increased scope & background discussion
(53:30)   Robb on his friendship with John Newton ("Superboy")
(55:25)   Discussion about Film Fests
(57:39)   Discussing the possibility of sales
(1:00:25)   Interpreting Superman
(1:02:00)   Audience Question #1: "With great classics like Superman and Flash Gordon under your belt, are they're any other franchises you'd like to make an animation for?" ~Chris Guido
(1:04:42)   ROBB vs ROB! The showdown!
(1:11:56)   Audience Question #2: "When story-boarding and coming up with ideas for the "Classics" shorts what kinds of things are you looking to achieve overall? For instance is it mostly about re-capturing the nostalgic feel of those old cartoons? Or do you focus more on challenging your own skills, trying things that you may not have had the chance to animate before?" ~Bobby Baxter
(1:16:28)   Audience Question #3: "Has he ever seen the Filmation Flash Gordon series and what was his opinion about their take on the character? What is his work flow and what software does he use? Has he thought of doing a full 30 min. episode or feature film (if he was able to get the funding and rights)? What does he have planned next?" ~Timothy Bergeron

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An animated bomb called "Klaus" was dropped on the community this week screaming that hand-drawn animation can visually compete with CG in today's climate. And then the creator, Sergio Pablos, says that he'll talk about the techniques used to create the short trailer at an Annecy talk. That's about as close to a mic-drop as we get in the animation field... so we talk about it... a lot! Other stories include Pixar's "The Good Dinosaur" teaser, Mega Man getting a TV show, Disney adapting another animation into live-action and a bunch more actually (which is why this episode is almost 2.5hrs long)! Also, I drop an announcement this week about the special episode we have coming NEXT week so be sure to listen for that and send me all your questions via this blog post comment section and/or the #RubberOnionPodcast tag on Twitter and Facebook. To the show!!

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(1:54:23)   RAPID FIRE!!!
(2:03:10)   Audience Question: "Who would be in your dream team in making a animated film? (Directors, Writers, FX , Voice actors, etc.)" ~Ronald Estid Chaparro
(2:09:06)   Audience Question: "What type of animation trope would you each like to not see on the air or on the web? And most important, film?" ~Ronald Estid Chaparro
(2:15:28)   Shoutouts! Alex Miller, Benjamin Shelley and Sam Albro

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With Stephen and Rob taking on this episode alone with only their wits to guide them, stumble they do into a discussion about how and when to charge for your animated content thanks to a Vanity Fair interview of Don Hertzfeldt. We also field a question at the end about whether a listener should go into Freelance, move to a different city for a salary job or both. It's an all your-stories episode this week so strap in for the shoutouts and name drops!

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(59:54)   "Kung Fury"
(1:28:27)   Audience Question: "For nostalgic purposes, what animated show would you each like to see have a second run on air or on the web?" ~Ronald Estid Chaparro
(1:29:49)   Audience Question: "...I find animation jobs very hard to find locally and I'm constantly feeling torn between starting my own freelance work online or moving to where the work is and trying to get into the industry... Does anyone else struggle with this? Advice on personal skills sets for both? Pros and Cons for relocating? Do some people do both (industry and freelance)?" ~Kristen Loader

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This week's episode is discussing ALL VIDEOS. We have four main stories made up of 6 videos (embedded below): three CN pilots, Muppets trailer, a French student film & Robb Pratt's excellent "Flash Gordon Classic." If that wasn't enough, in the Rapid Fire segment has even more videos to embed (4 to be exact) and a discussion about studio expansions, Cannes, Disney's upcoming animated films and SO. MUCH. MORE!!

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(7:25)   Cartoon network posts three cartoon pilots
(1:06:14)   RAPID FIRE!!!!!!!!!
(1:37:38)   Shoutouts! Chris McEwan (who's graduating this year), Chris Kennet (who did art for "The Empire Strikes Back" Little Golden Book), and to those who showed love on a specific Facebook post this week: Jeff Young-Sterling, Chris Guido, Mike Pindara, Juan Sebastián Bossano, and Kristen Loader.

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So here's what happened this week. The "Disney reuses animation" video mashup went around again and people got really negative. Harry Shearer's future with The Simpsons is in question and people got really bitter. The Simpsons released a couch gag featuring Rick & Morty and people called for an early termination for The Simpsons like it was worthless. Then Rob and I get on a call to discuss what happened during the week and I lose my mind a bit. Enjoy.

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Varying style of animation are being discussed here: claymation, digital warm-up pencil-tests, oil painting comic style and puppetry! We also had a lot of great RAPID FIRE topics submitted by you listeners and a Slow Burn question about ONLINE vs FESTIVAL distribution of your short film. Also, coffee + whiskey and suggestive gummy candies.

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(1:09:41)   Slow Burn Question: "I want to get your thoughts on what you think the most effective method of publishing an original short is? What are the implications of going the festival route as opposed to publishing online immediately, if any? Is there a criteria you think you could apply to your own shorts, that might separate them into what’s festival material and what’s Newgrounds/Youtube material?" ~Martin Bell

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I recorded this episode with Rob today... about 3 hours ago. There's basically no editing on this episode and that's why the title is "You Get What You Get." You, the listener, saved this episode because I had SO MUCH to pull from! About half of the topics this week are pop culture related and half are specifically animation. Well done everyone... team effort!

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"What is a Creative?" That's the theme of this week's podcast where Stephen and Rob are flying solo (duo?) on another 'hot cocoa show.' Check out the outline below with timestamps if you want to skip to a particular topic. We talk about why our career (animation) and creative careers in general are a bit different and sometimes hard to relate to by those that aren't in this type of field, what type of pressures we're under and how we cope with them, and the all important topic of wrestling work and personal projects at the same time. What is the deeeallll with objective and subjective criteria?? Drinking game to NOT do... sip whenever I say objective or subjective. Yea, don't do that. My hope for this week's episode is that we articulate why being in a creative field is so weird and seemingly incomprehensible to even those close to us and why that may not matter (and that's a good thing). I kept this episode clean so if you want to send this to someone who you feel doesn't understand you, wants to, and you don't have the words or time to try explaining it... feel free! And let us know what you think about this topic in the comments section below. How do you understand your career? How do you deal with the unique pressures it presents?

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(9:03)   It all starts with a message from Billy Dragon Trask
(13:44)   Topic #1: Why is our career different?
(15:25)   "How are we judged?" - Objective VS Subjective criteria
(26:23)   "How we get jobs?" - The Bad, The OK and The Good
(32:27)   "How do we fulfill those jobs?" - Clients' goals filtered through our personal creative expression (do they own you, are you a hired gun, or do you share creative ownership?)
(38:37)   Topic #2: Work Projects VS Personal Projects
(39:29)   "What's the difference?"
(41:05)   "Who's goals are they?"
(45:36)   Topic #3: Energy management VS Time management
(48:10)   "Why are we talking about when referring to 'energy'?"
(57:26)   "How do you replenish your reserves?"
(1:01:37)   "How do you deal with motivational issues?"
(1:07:20)   SHOUTOUTS #1: twitter replies (JK Riki, Greg Pugh, Peter J Casey)
(1:08:00)   "What is passion, really, and how does it play into our work?"
(1:12:53)   "Replenishing energy reserves... or being lazy?"
(1:16:59)   "Can you just force yourself to do creative work?"
(1:25:22)   "Do you always have to like what you do?"
(1:28:14)   The balance between "skill" and "interest"
(1:33:01)   Topic #4: The Battle Between You LIFE and YOUR Life
(1:36:54)   Creativity, the merging of "selfish" and "selfless"
(1:39:40)   Remember why you're doing this.
(1:42:36)   "Will anyone ever understand me?"
(1:59:38)   SHOUTOUTS #2: facebook comments (Billy Dragon Trask, Benjamin Shelly, Andrew Kaiko, Martin Bell, Ronald Chaparro, Chris McEwan, Mathius Schulenberg, Mark Porter, Samuel R. Albro)

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Another week FULL of stories and interesting topics... and I get a fantastic migraine during the recording this week, because why not? But that doesn't stop us from recording an amazing episode for you all! Because we saw teaser trailers, Brad Bird's would-be take on "The Spirit," a 3D printed animated short, Toon Boom finally going subscription, and two new series (technically one new and one reboot)! Let me know the pain was worth it and leave a comment in this blog post (=

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(1:37:32)   Shoutouts! Benjamin Shelley, Andrew Kaiko, & our own Pat Ryan!

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Where did the name 'RubberOnion' come from? Cat animation sells cars? Lynda.com sold for HOW MUCH?! We have a special 2hr episode of the podcast this week because there were so many relevant stories! A new segment debuts at the end as well where I answer some questions like what's the benefit of an LLC and how to spot a bad college. And who knows, you might be in our OTHER new segment this week: shoutouts!

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(1:34:30)   Slow Burn Question: "Stephen, what was the benefit to going LLC for your business?" -James T. Nethery
(1:40:10)   Slow Burn Question: "What should you look for in a good animation school? Also, discuss how not to fall for the tricks of the advert trade" -Orion McHugh
(1:45:26)   Shoutouts! Jeff Young-Sterling, Tobias Krebs, & Newgrounds users (BrainofBryan, RoboProdigy, manotran)

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There aren't many main stories this week because of the high likelyhood of fakery (April Fools was a few days before this recording). But what we DO have was completely submitted by you listeners so thanks for the help! Disney is making another live-action movie off one of their animation properties, Adam West and Burt Ward are Batman and Robin again, there was a music video directed by Sylvain Chomet, and the main conversation is about the difference between a "job" and a "career," prompted by Will Finn's blog post. And, of course, RAPID FIRE! Also, this week I simul-upload to Newgrounds Audio Portal for the first time so if you're a member there give another shoutout!

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I laughed harder during the recording of this episode than I have in a long time. Not at the stories exactly, but with my friends. We talk about the AMAZING "TIE Fighter" animation by Paul Johnson, the free release of Pixar's RenderMan software, Smurfs being delayed until March 31, 2017, and other stuff including fan favorite segment RAPID FIRE! Also I'm moving again. April Fools. OK I know it's lame but it's April Fools day and I had to say something. Satisfied? Good... enjoy the podcast!

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The PIXELS trailer was the most popular conversation topic on the RubberOnion facebook page this week, so we lead with that. At the end we discuss the internet as a creative spawning ground and how traditional media fits in AS WELL AS addressing a question to me (Stephen) about being a freelance animator. We also talk about the ATTACK ON TITAN live-action teaser, INCREDIBLES 2 plot, and the announcements of a California Raisins movie as well as Joseph Gordon-Levitt starring in and producing a Fraggle Rock film. Also Rob went to an underwear party in Williamsburg (which, as a sentence, isn't that weird because it ends with "in Williamsburg"). So enjoy the discussion and feel free to join in below in the comments section!

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(14:45)   PIXELS trailer
(1:16:59)   RAPID FIRE!!!!!!!!
(1:32:53)   Question(s) from Timothy Bergeron: "Hey Stephen, How did you go about making that leap to a freelance animator?... Is getting clients just networking? Are their sites you go to and bid on jobs? What's the positives and negatives for being a freelance animator... What do you feel is the best way for freelance animators or artists in general, to get noticed? What ways of social networking would you use to get exposure?"

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Are you ready for this?! Biiiiig week! Stephen gives a crash course in understanding the basics of character design while discussing a viral post about how all Pixar women look the same, the crew talks about Bob Iger's choice to "absolutely prohibit" smoking in Disney films rated PG-13 and below, Genndy Tartakovski announced his departure from the "Popeye" movie, Tim Burton is named as the director for an upcoming live-action "Dumbo" remake, and a healthy selection of brand new trailers! With nine stories to cover coming in UNDER 1hr 30min we move a brisk pace this week. Enjoy and let us know what you thought in the comments section!

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(1:15:58)   INSIDE OUT trailer

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"Toy Story 4" is a romantic comedy, "The Secret of NIMH" gets a hybrid 3d/live-action family comedy reboot, Viacom sues NickReboot for selling their stuff, and we learn what a Puerto Rican Babyshower is... kind of.

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This is the most nostalgic episode we've done yet! Power Rangers bootleg film, Leonard Nimoy's career, Inspector Gadget reboot, DuckTales reboot, Adventure Time movie, and Pat is officially back! We also talk about that crazy "Mystery Dress Color" fiasco that happened last week which fascinated artists and annoyed everyone else... that's kind of nostalgic. So curl up with a bowl of Cap'n Crunch and let us deliver the dulcet tones of nostalgia into your brain.

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This week we cover a broad range of subjects. The Oscars and the strange voters, Jorge Gutierrez and why Stephen likes him so much, software going subscription based into "the cloud," and a fan-game BURGERBOSS from "Bob's Burgers!" There's some analysis and some inspiration and a skit, in true RubberOnion fashion. You won't want to miss this episode... because, whatever.

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(1:03:28)   The Rubber Onion animation podcast's final Oscar "predictions" (this was recorded Sunday before the ceremony)

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Though on other sides of an ocean, Stephen and Rob are going to animation events and talking about it to you fine people. There's also a lot of discussion about animation as a whole prompted by the excellent opening title sequence for 'Star vs the Forces of Evil' and a not-as-controversial-as-I-would-have-thought list of the Best Animated Series.

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Did you know that Mel Brooks' "Blazing Saddles" is getting remade as a family friendly Samurai film with cartoon cats and dogs? That's pretty much all we talk about. Well we also talk about the amazing fanimation "Simpsons Pixels" as well as what's REALLY going on with the Power Rangers. We also dissect rap. That happened.

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Stephen has his desktop computer back, so this episode sounds normal again! Stephen and Rob teach you how not to make sounds when you drink, talk about the Annie Awards, Disney's first Latina princess and what it might mean, and Rob did some animation for a new YouTube channel (embedded in this post). Enjoy the crisp, cool sound of a normal microphone!

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(1:17:32)   DC slates a large list of upcoming animated series, films, and shorts
(1:35:58)   "Ted 2" trailer

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Layoffs, lawsuits, and cats -- OH MY! Stephen and Rob talk about the tough subjects of foreign VFX subsidies and the troubles fighting them, the abrupt closing of PDI/Dreamworks Redwood City campus, and a Kickstarter campaign so ridiculously popular it brings up the topic of how democratic is the internet really. But with all the negative subjects, we also got a few questions from you listeners so we end on some positive thoughts! Oh also, it's my (Stephen) birthday and we totally didn't mention it once... so there's that. Enjoy!

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(1:32:55)   QUESTIONS: start with one from Andrés Eduardo
(1:49:38)   ... and another from Kelli

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Stephen and Rob are back again to talk about the creepy "Thunderbirds" character designs, the Oscar nominations AND those left out in the cold. A stop-mo animator rigged the Nintendo Power Glove for use in animation and "Underdogs" (Argentina's "Metagol") gets an English language trailer thanks to the Weinsteins... and it's... a thing.

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Stephen and Rob try to work through what happened at Charlie Hebdo last week in Paris, but also discuss less heavy topics like the Peanuts animation style and Wacom's new 27 inch Cintiq. Join a very sick Stephen and a very uncomfortable Rob for over 2 hours of chatter... because if you're looking for real information you might have come to the wrong podcast.

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For the first episode of 2015, we have absolutely no plan or organization. Pat is busy with life and Rob and Stephen talk about their own animated shorts before moving on to talking about the brilliant "Song of the Sea"

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Happy New Year!! We asked you to pick out your favorite moments from The Rubber Onion animation podcast in the entire calendar year of 2014... and we picked our as well... and this is what came out! Enjoy the countdown and a great start to another full year of animated craziness in 2015

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Merry Christmas Eve! This week we're visited by 3 ghosts that ask us what our favorite past, present, and possible future animated Christmas movies, specials, and episodes are! AND... you can check out the specials mentioned in the episode embedded below! Merry Christmas all!

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The Pixar INSIDE OUT trailer dropped, Smaug was on The Colbert Report, and Spider-Man's future is in question. Also, Birdbox Studios made the Christmas card to end all cards! As you finish up work this week for the holiday break next week, enjoy our soothing voices... and singing. There was a little problem with Pat's audio somehow making him absent for about 20 minutes in the middle of the episode -- listen for that foghorn! OK, enjoy the episode. Go listen now. NOW

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This weeks should just be called RAPID FIRE week because half of the show is devoted to questions and topics you listeners asked us on my Facebook page... they're all awesoRARAPID FIRRRREEEeeee! A new character gets introduced whose only interested in one thing, French animation astounds us, and we talk about a documentary on Studio Ghibli/Hayao Miyazaki that Rob and I saw.

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STAR WARS! TOY STORY! MEL BROOKS! FROZEN! NEW YOUTUBE SERIES FROM PAT! NEW ANIMATION FROM ROB! RAPID FIRE!!!!!!! Seriously, we have a lot of amazing topics to talk about this week. There's not any more introduction needed. Enjoy the episode!

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We have so many trailers to talk about this week! CINDERELLA, PEANUTS, and LucasFilm's STRANGE MAGIC which was dropped on our unsuspecting laps. The question is... does it hurt or feel just right? Speaking of feeling just right, we interview the last of the three winners of our #RubberOnionFanArt competition, Ronald Chaparro. And I bring back the Rapid Fire segment so we can adjust the stories you listeners submitted that we didn't have enough time/thought to address as a full story segment. Also, Stephen went to the CTN ANimation Expo 2014 and talks about that experience. Enjoy!

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(44:10)   Conversation with one of our Oct #RubberOnionFanArt competition winners, Ronald Chaparro
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I like to call these episodes "classic." We've got news from the animation world and an interview with one of our #RubberOnionFanArt competition winners (Andrew Kaiko)! Lucasfilm surprised us with a new movie coming out in 2 months, new point-and-click game by The Neverhood creators is coming soon, and we talk a whole bunch about the PEANUTS hi-res images (this was one-day before the trailer leak!)... and we have a new segment: RAPID FIRE! Here we take the stories that you suggested which we didn't have too much to say about and we blast through them with out little derisive or supportive comments.

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(30:38)   Conversation with one of our Oct #RubberOnionFanArt competition winners, Andrew Kaiko
(57:37)   Armikrog trailer
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This week, Stephen & Rob saw BIG HERO 6 and give their review on it as well as Disney's new animated short FEAST. We also talk to one of the three #RubberOnionFanArt October competition winners, Chris McEwan! But also... Stephen's computer decided to test his patience during the podcast recording by crashing multiple times -- which makes more work for him (me) but a more entertaining episode for you!

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(04:28)   REVIEW: Stephen & Rob saw 'Big Hero 6'
(28:05)   REVIEW: ... and the animated short, 'Feast'
(53:08)   Conversation with one of our Oct #RubberOnionFanArt competition winners, Chris McEwan
(1:11:40)   "Minions" trailer

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We have a lot of great stories this week about new animation based on existing properties like the "Dredd" fanimation, a stop-mo "Elf" holiday special & Todd McFarlane making a new "Spawn" animated series... and new stuff like the "Over the Garden Wall" miniseries! We LOVED doing the special episodes but it's great to talk about animation news stories again and we want to know what YOU think about them too! Leave a comment below and share your thoughts on what we talked about

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HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!! This week we reached out to other animators and creatives to give us their worst experiences in freelance that they could share with us like ghost stories around a campfire. Spooooooky! The idea is that if you're thinking of getting into freelance or can relate to some of these stories, they can serve as a heads-up on what you might encounter and/or how to prevent them. See? It's fun AND educational. I'm very proud of this episode so I hope you enjoy it and get lots of great information out of it!

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(08:44)   Tristian Goik
(25:55)   ROB YULFO
(38:46)   Nathan Viney
(57:45)   STEPHEN BROOKS
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(1:34:22)   Martin Bell
(1:50:24)   PAT RYAN
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This week we have a very special interview: Alan Becker, creator of the hit "Animator vs Animation" stick-fight series joins us to talk about his experience with Kickstarter, what happened when his first short went viral, and how he actually does the things he does! There's a lot of really great stuff here for young and old animators from the Indie scene, especially when he starts talking about when and how he had to navigate the murky waters of a viral hit. And be sure to check out his work embedded below!

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(04:10)   Why do a fourth in the Animator vs Animation series?
(14:19)   Talking $$$
(20:53)   Problems with eBaums World
(48:03)   Talking the narrative of the full series
(1:07:07)   Achieving the tone
(1:11:40)   The 'Rough Animations' in the short
(1:13:59)   The undone YouTube scene
(1:18:13)   How he feels about the video being ripped and shared around
(1:25:52)   University and Major
(1:31:34)   Where we discuss his particular talent and where it might come from
(1:33:50)   Animating the horse

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We wanted to do something special for our anniversary episode, so it was LIVE. We also received a bunch of voicemails from you which made us so happy! But the fates seem to have other things in mind when we had traffic, timezone confusion, and a wrecked computer thrown at us. In a very RubberOnion fashion, though, we decided that computers be damned... we were going to do this! Stephen and Rob huddled around a tablet and Pat kept the stories rolling and we produced an episode of more fun and excitement than we've done in 50 episodes while also sounding the absolute worst. It was like the grindhouse cinema of podcasts!

Thank you all again SO much for sending in your voicemails! It was such a big hit, that we've decided to leave that option open for all future episodes. If you have a question for us, a comment, story, or even a rant about something you think we got wrong... call the number on our CONTACT page here and leave a voicemail!

Also, as far as we're announcing things: HALLOWEEN FAN ART CONTEST! Submit your fan art of the podcast to our FACEBOOK page before the end of the month (October) and the winner gets caricatured and put in our next podcastimation AND a mini-interview on the podcast! Winners are decided by the three of us and is obviously subjective but we will talk about each one on the podcast and feature them in a gallery on the facebook page. We can't wait to see them!

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(1:11:15)   DISPLAY TITLE
(1:23:46)   VOICEMAILS...
(1:25:12)   Chris McEwan
(1:29:09)   Lamont Wayne
(1:32:56)   Mark Porter
(1:39:21)   Mohammad Sherif "Aggagster"
(2:11:07)   Nathan Viney
(2:20:19)   Rade RC
(2:29:38)   Ronald Chaparro
(2:42:33)   Richard Butler
(2:46:42)   Zenith Quinn
(2:47:35)   Christopher M. Carrigy as... someone
(2:49:22)   Anonymous breathing
(2:51:00)   Andrew Kaiko
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Stephen teaches food chemistry, a video of Pat is unearthed, Rob & Pat flirt over text message, a couple fans get in a Facebook fight on our page, and we all do impressions of Ray Romano. We also talk about Alan Becker's new short "Animator vs Animation IV," the strangely infamous new "Rocky & Bullwinkle" clip, and much more! We're getting close to our one-year anniversary and things are starting to ramp up. Enjoy the insanity!

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Speed round! Pat and Stephen had to get to trivia night because who else's going to know what year Space Jam was released (ahem 1996)? We all watched the Simpsons/Family Guy crossover episode and have some words. Don Hertzfeldt's Simpsons couch gag made people confused and intrigued. Also, the CW cancelled its Saturday morning cartoon lineup, the last of its kind on network TV, and you might be surprised what we think about that. And finally, we have clips and trailers to talk about!

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(1:04:17)   SUBMITTED QUESTION from Ronald Chaparro: "Which do you each prefer; a villain created specifically for a season or already known villain"

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Pat's back! Feels so good to have the gang together for this one because we've got some great stories suggested by YOU. "Popeye", "Where Are They Now" animated short, "Deadpool" greenlit, "Rick and Morty" co-creator Justin Roiland fighting the Union, The Hub dies, Stephen updated an animation from 2010, and we inspire people apparently... seriously. And we have another submitted question! You will enjoy this one. You will. I promise. Kinda.

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(1:26:58)   SUBMITTED QUESTION from Ronald Chaparro: "What film franchise do you see or want to make as animated film or short? And which franchise do each of you guys want to work on, if you had the chance?"

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With a slow news week, Rob and Stephen settle down and talk about something bugging Rob lately: "how to be an animator AND have a life." We talk about productivity methods, past experiences, full time VS freelance, and of course -- stories! And also... VIEWER QUESTIONS!! But we start it all off with a clip from earlier in the week when Rob called Stephen to practice his telephone script he had to read on behalf of the Brooklyn Bourough president. And you all know what happens when Rob tries to read aloud... under pressure.

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(1:32:45)   J.K. Riki - "What would you be if not an animator?"
(1:37:39)   Chris McEwan - "Process- We've seen how Stephen prepares for an animation, from initial ideas through to storyboarding, preparing sound effects and music. How does Rob prepare his work? He comes across as very laid back and I've heard it said on previous episodes how quickly he makes his stuff. Does he just jump right in and wing it?"
(1:42:17)   Chris McEwan - "Showreels- How long should your showreel ideally be without it being blink-and-you-miss-it or being so long it gets boring? I've seen some as short as 40 seconds and some in excess of 6 minutes (although usually for programs, like Houdini, not for individuals)"

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While Pat's off being all married and stuff, Rob and I talk about Signe Baumane's "Rocks in My Pockets," Bento Box keeping jobs in the US, and the "Hullabaloo" IndieGoGo campaign and why 2D ISN'T DEAD YOU GUYS jeez! I can't WAIT for the comments on THIS episode

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Is "Hello Kitty" a cat or isn't she?! Is "Bojack Horseman" any good? Is Marvel actually making a "Guardians of the Galaxy" animated series? She is, it is, and they aren't. There, now you don't need to listen to the episode. But if you didn't you'd miss our soothing voices and witty quips! Rob has some major technical issues and it made for an Intro that made me laugh so hard while I was cutting it together I had to take a break to wipe the tears from my eyes. How's THAT for raising your expectations too high?! Also, do YOU know why we named this episode "Purse on Vacation?" I'll give you a hint: say it fast. I'll give you another hint: Rob can't pronounce words.

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The Emmys happened! They're a thing! We talk about the winners and our love for "Bob's Burgers" as well as the Every Simpsons Ever marathon happening on FXX (whatever THAT channel is...). The great Lord/Sir/Mr. Amazing Richard Attenborough passed away and we honor him, but then he honors us right back by giving us maybe the greatest transition we've ever done (divined through Pat, who's back this episode)! And don't say we never did anything for you, because we read another email exchange between a major company asking for free work and an artist who just won't take it anymore (emphasis mine)!

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Rob and Stephen saw the new "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" (2014) film... and have some words. We break it down and compare it in depth with other iterations of the franchise such as the 1990 movie, the 1987 cartoon series, 2003 cartoon series, and the original and new IDW comic book! Also, in true RubberOnion fashion... we do our own rendition of a beloved song. Listen for it! So what did you think of the movie and our review?

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(24:23)   We compare the intro's of this 2014 movie and the original 1990 one
(36:09)   Splinter learns Ninjutsu from... WHERE?!
(44:14)   New and abandoned origins of this Shredder
(1:04:01)   Rob's "favorite" scene, and what's with April's new role?
(1:14:20)   BREAKDOWN of the 1990 movie
(1:33:41)   Stephen responds to "it's for kids, it's supposed to be stupid" comments
(2:03:00)   Let's compare: "Shell Shocked" by Juicy J (2014) and "Turtle Power" by Partners in Kryme (1990)

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Robin Williams, long-time friend to and lover of animation and a comedic and dramatic role model for many left us this week. We talk about what impact his life and career had on us and the field of animation as a whole. Other stories we cover in this episode are a survey which shows that YouTube stars are more popular than mainstream celebs among US teens, Golden Globes changing the animation rules, and what's going on with the Legend of Korra.

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This week we talk about the new Spongebob Squarepants movie, Studio Ghibli might be closing, and Ross "rubberNinja" O'Donovan breaks down why YouTube's algorithm is hurting Indie Animators. Oh also, guess what? We made it to 40 episodes! Not a traditional milestone but who cares... we haven't completely fallen on our faces yet and that's something. Thanks for listening and discussing the episodes and all the stuff we say -- means a lot to us, or something.

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We're back! Last week's podcast was an awesome (if I do say so myself) old-timey radio show style episode... but this week we're back on animation stories from the week. We saw 5 minutes of the Simpsons/Family Guy crossover, the Mike Tyson Mysteries trailer, the Smiley face is getting its own show, and LAIKA's CEO wants to make hand-drawn animated films. Also, what happens when a huge Kickstart campaign (*cough* Yogscast *cough*) fails. Enjoy!

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This week we shake things up by recording one of Pat's stories as an adventure radio show! It was enormous fun to do and we hope you get as much joy as we did from it... and it's under 20 minutes!

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CONSPIRACY! CONTROVERSY! A wage-fixing cartel was exposed in Silicon Valley with top animation studios at the center, so we discuss it... as best we can. Or as best as Stephen can explain it to Rob and Pat. We also talk Emmy noms, a new animation program, Andrew Kaiko's new fanimation using Toon Boom Animate, and Pat created a character!

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We have a monster of an episode this week! Two weeks of stories jam packed into one awesome episode with the entire crew: Stephen, Rob, & Pat. We talk about an email exchange between a writer and a producer, Glen Keane's new animated short "Duet," and some kid made a Kickstarter campaign to make potato salad and for some reason has earned $70,000+ (as of this post). Oh also, Rob met Shaggy and made a new animated short (not related)! Enjoy this delicious 2 hour episode... we hope it's as fun to listen to as it was to record!

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Pat couldn't join in this week, so Stephen and Rob decided to discuss their own experiences in building an animation brand (indie and freelance) on the internet, and what trials, tribulations, and learning experiences they had to go through to get where they are now. Just like episode 25, we hope you enjoy this departure from the normal "stories of the week" format and encourage you to join the conversation in the comments section below!

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This week saw the release of a new TMNT (2014) trailer... so we talk about that. But in other less upsetting news, Genndy Tartakovsky's "Popeye" (2016) CGI film has a new image associated with it and it looks great! Finally, we talk about Colin Firth dropping out as the voice of Paddington... and coin #Firf in the process.

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We have singing... we have stories... we have animation stories (this being an "animation podcast," it seemed appropriate)... what DON'T we have?! Listen as Stephen watches the World Cup and Rob & Pat try to keep him on topic. A lot of great tangents in this episode which are too numerous to put in the annotations so just... listen. And enjoy. Listen and enjoy! Also... SHAGGY WAS A THING

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It's Rob's Birthday!! It was Pat's Birthday last week!! And I still make them talk to me about cartoons! This week, we actually start the discussion with the Angry Video Game Nerd movie, because as Indie creators ourselves we're happy when one of our own (same medium or not) breaks ground on a huge development like this. And you know what? It doesn't stop there, Signe Baumane is another Indie creator who is making her first feature length animated film, "Rocks in my Pockets" and it's got a trailer! Ari Folman is making a jump to a western screen wide release with his hybrid movie and it's got a trailer too... and "Bojack Horseman" is the first original adult animated programming on Netflix and it's got a trailer. Oh and Rocky & Bullwinkle disappoint us. But before all of that... we must sing to you one of the great 90s cartoon anthems. Behold.

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We kicked off June with another LIVE episode of the podcast! We talked about Reading Rainbow, gushed over Mukpuddy's work, loved the "Song of the Sea" trailer, and discussed Sony VFX house Imageworks leaving the US for greener tax credit pastures of the great north in Vancouver. But not before we could talk about Godzilla and Maleficent, however... two movies on opposite ends of the spectrum in numerous ways. Thanks to everyone who showed up for the live taping and joined us in the chat room... you're all awesome! This week's title comes courtesy of Andrew Kaiko in the chat, Pat Ryan simultaneously coming up with it in the podcast, and all off Rob's weird, periodic ramblings. Oh, and we finished with some limericks and Pat serenades us with an original song after the music at the end.

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This week we have listener submitted questions (!!) but not before talking about the "Big Hero 6" trailer, "Happy" the happy meal mascot, and a couple other stories. Also, what would The Rubber Onion podcast be without some weird tangents? Behold as we talk about music we don't like and discuss the merits of the Michael Bay opus, "Pain & Gain." And on a serious note, thanks to everyone who's been listening and supporting this podcast! You're awesome and really have made doing this fun and worthwhile week in and week out, through travel, tech issues, and diseases. We started with a little episode "zero," still going strong at 30 and don't intend on slowing down! We're here to stay! Insert Drake reference!

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LISTENER QUESTIONS!
(51:26)   Andrew Kaiko: "This is for all 3. If u could go back in time, what period and place would you go to and why?"
(1:01:15)   Walt Landon: "I want to know your guy's thoughts on all the newer mainstream cartoons that are on tv for kids."
(1:10:30)   Nathan Viney: "2d made a small come back with princess and the frog and winnie the pooh for Disney. Do you think there is any hope a return of that? Especially after the success of their 2 latest cgis"

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Stephen was traveling to and from the UK this week, and thus is sick and jet-lagged. We recorded this after midnight so Pat is attempting to be quiet. That leaves Rob to be the energetic & most eloquent of the three. So we talk about the Simpsons/Family Guy crossover, new "Big Hero 6" stills, and by popular demand we talk through the story behind the financial failure of "Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return." Enjoy our sleepy drunk, low, and sickly sensual voices speak to the tune of animation stories.

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Andy Serkis is an ass. We talk about that & the stuff he said in a recent interview but 1ST... "MIKE TYSON MYSTERIES!" This is a thing, you guys, it's going to be on Adult Swim's 2014 lineup and it sounds amazing. We also talk about the "Akira" live-action fan film trailer & Adam Sandler determined to ruin one of my favorite animated shorts from 2010, "Pixels." Rob and Stephen recorded this a day early so Pat recorded his thoughts on the stories and is dropped in randomly throughout the podcast just to confuse your brain... just listen for the bell, which heralds The Pat and says that he's near! But seriously, Andy Serkis is an ass.

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"The Simpsons" LEGO episode happened, DreamWorks launches a YouTube channel, and "The Flintstones" head back to the big screen! We also discuss the "TimeOut Top 100 Animated Films" list and our personal favorites. Oh and we also talk pooping... because we're adults. So this week's podcast was LIVE so there's a lot more showing off... which comes out in the form... OF SONG -- because that's normal. Enjoy!

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And we finally break the 2hr mark! That's right, we talk about Batman and The Simpsons -- listing off our favorite episodes and moments -- and then shift over to talking about sexism in movies and the Bechdel test again. But if that's not enough, we close out the podcast with about 30min of discussing racism (centered around a story about "The Jungle Book")... so it's a super light and breezy listen. Oh, and Pat sings! As always, I encourage anyone to post their thoughts and feelings in the comment section. See you there!

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Rob and Stephen talk about animation: where they got started, thoughts on where animation is going, and how to stay young & naive in a world that keeps knocking down your optimism. We were going to talk about some stories from this week, but since Pat is not with us on this episode we just ended up talking about some of the more "animator" parts of animation. Oh and let's not forget... this episode ends in violence! Not kidding. Hope all of you enjoy it and we'd love to hear what you have to say in the comments! I think this will prompt a great discussion of what animation is to you.

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What an episode!! We have a couple great storytelling moments, we talk about focus groups, design issues, animation tips, and discussions on the best cartoon vehicles and how Hollywood turns shows into movies. This might be the most "Rubber Oniony" episode yet! We do all the things. Thanks to everyone who submitted topics and questions and hope you enjoy. Join the discussion in the comments and let us know what you think or what you'd like us to cover next week!

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(1:44:40)   Audience question: Ronald asks "How does Hollywood decide which cartoons get turned into Live-Action movies, and which into Animation?"

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Archie's gonna die! Rob was on Comedy Central! We tell vomit stories! So many things happening. This was our second attempt at a live podcast and we had a great turnout in the chat! Everyone was suggesting names for the title of the podcast and we ultimately chose the one Ryan from Mukpuddy animation studio suggested. This is also the first time we have something unique for both those who saw the podcast live and those of you listening here... success! But what I really want to know is... what are some of YOUR unrelated vomit stories?

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This week's podcast is all about the TMNT (2014) first trailer and how much it sucks... and why. We (meaning Stephen mostly, let's be honest) break down every incarnation of the Turtles and how things got to be where we are now, with two great incarnations and a possible disaster on the way. Also, Rob tells a sad story at the end you won't want to miss! This week, the audio was recorded off a LIVE broadcast with viewers and errrrrrrything. Fans made images, illustrations (below) and comments... it was a lot of fun! You can check the recorded video below, if you're into that sorta thing...

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This episode might have my favorite segment in it so far where we rip up eHarmony's industry-specific list "15 Reasons to Date an Animator." Rob & Stephen are flying solo this episode with Pat off fighting crime for the week... and it goes as you might guess. Character voices are created, stories are told, transitions are fumbled, innuendos are made. But first, we HAD to talk about new info about the TMNT movie coming out... because Stephen...

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A bunch of the things we talk about this week were actually stories that broke just yesterday! The new Peanuts teaser trailer hit this week and impressed everyone except, predictably, Pat. Also, in the world of "what-the-what-really-are-you-serious?!"... Sofia Coppola is rumored to be directing a Live-Action "The Little Mermaid." Finally, "The Incredibles 2" was confirmed, and so was "Cars 3"... what?! So we talk about those things. Enjoy all these talks!

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Slow week for animation stories but we're back and funnier than evah! We have a great discussion about the internet, content creation, and the free vs paid problem of the previous two points. Oh we also talk about the new Simpsons couch gag and a whole bunch of Cartoon Network talk because of Stu Snyder's departure. We'd love to see what you think about these discussion so leave a comment, because comments are delicious to my creator tummy.

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Long live Adele Dazeem!! The Oscars were this weekend so we talk about them out of mostly obligation, but the real stories are with our own Rob Yulfo and Pat Ryan coming out with brand new creative content! Rob's got a new animated short and Pat has just started a Sci-Fi radio show series (both embedded here). We also talk about painted movie posters, Bill Waterson's new "comic", the documentary on the Rhythm & Hues bankruptcy and the VFX issue as a whole. This one was recorded in one long shot and I didn't go back to remaster anything because Rob again... has computer issues. We literally recorded this 3 hours prior to me typing this. So... enjoy!! (=

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Even with Stephen still on the road the podcasts don't stop... not with tablets, mobile hotspots, and coffee shops! This week had simultaneously the greatest rumor & the biggest, immediate letdown of that rumor. But with that, there's good news about Spectacular Spider-Man finally coming to Blu-ray, Greg McCleod's new animated short "365" and confirmation that Miyazaki really is retiring. Listen to the greatness!

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