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Join Ben Mitchell, Steve Henderson, Laura-Beth Cowley and guests for Skwigly's animation podcasts, where interviews with world famous industry legends and skilled craftspeople go alongside cheery conversations about the world of animation. You can select from our sub-categories: Skwigly Film Club, Intimate Animation, Independent Animation and the main Skwigly Animation Podcast.

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    • 4.7 • 14 Ratings

Join Ben Mitchell, Steve Henderson, Laura-Beth Cowley and guests for Skwigly's animation podcasts, where interviews with world famous industry legends and skilled craftspeople go alongside cheery conversations about the world of animation. You can select from our sub-categories: Skwigly Film Club, Intimate Animation, Independent Animation and the main Skwigly Animation Podcast.

    Animation One-To-Ones 28 - Bret Parker & Pete Barma

    Animation One-To-Ones 28 - Bret Parker & Pete Barma

    Skwigly.com presents Animation One-To-Ones featuring Mel Cionco in conversation with Bret Parker and Pete Barma, discussing their Oscar-shortlisted animated short film 'Pete'.

    With over 25 years of experience at Pixar Animation Studios, Bret has animated on such animated feature film classics as 'Finding Nemo', 'The Incredibles' and 'Ratatouille', moving on to Animation Tools Lead on projects including 'Brave', 'Monsters University' and 'Inside Out'. Following her recent feature length documentary 'Through The Windows', Bret more recently directed the animated short Pete which has screened at such prestigious events as Tribeca and Annecy, and is based on the mid-70s gender identity journey - via Little League Baseball - of partner Pete Barma, co-writer and exec producer of the film. A simultaneously personal yet crucially relatable story of being true to oneself, and the tremendous value of familial and outside support, Pete was produced through the pair’s own Artfarm Productions, "an artist collaborative dedicated to bringing diverse stories from underepresented voices to light".

    Interview conducted by Mel Cionco
    Produced, edited and presented by Ben Mitchell

    • 26 min
    Skwigly Podcast 112 - Winter 2023

    Skwigly Podcast 112 - Winter 2023

    Presenting episode 112 of the Skwigly Animation Podcast!

    In this episode we welcome back director Sam Fell alongside producer Leyla Hobart to discuss their much-anticipated Aardman sequel Chicken Run: Dawn of the Nugget (out now on Netflix).
    We also welcome back director Robin Shaw and producer Ruth Fielding of Lupus Films to hear about their seasonal adaptation Mog's Christmas, broadcast on Channel 4 this Xmas Eve.


    Also discussed: Feature and short film picks for awards season, technological misadventures at MAF and the enduring legacy of last year’s holiday ‘classic’ The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse.

    Presented by Ben Mitchell and Steve Henderson
    Interviews conducted by Steve Henderson
    Edited, produced and music by Ben Mitchell

    • 2 hrs 20 min
    Independent Animation 11 - Glitch Productions

    Independent Animation 11 - Glitch Productions

    In the eleventh episode of 'Independent Animation', our companion podcast series to the Skwigly tie-in book 'Independent Animation: Developing, Producing and Distributing Your Animated Films' (Taylor & Francis/CRC Press), Skwigly contributor Mel Cionco speaks with Jasmine Yang, General Manager and Development Producer at Glitch Productions.

    One of Australia’s largest web animation studios, Glitch Productions grew from YouTube personalities Kevin and Luke Lerdwichagul’s enthusiasm for creating comedic online content that would amass them a significant following.

    After shifting their attentions toward independent animation, as Glitch Productions they would go on to produce several fully-realised animated series outside of the established norms of the traditional studio system, including SMG4, Sunset Paradise, Meta Runner and Murder Drone.

    The studio’s recently-released CG pilot, ‘The Amazing Digital Circus’ created by indie artist and musician Gooseworx, has proved their most well-received endeavour to date, amassing a staggering 180 million+ views at the time of this podcast’s release. Described as ‘a psychological dark comedy about cute cartoon characters who hate their lives and want to leave’, the pilot has already built up an enormous and devoted fanbase and the studio have hopes for a full, eight-episode season to follow.

    Presented by Ben Mitchell and Mel Cionco
    Produced by Ben Mitchell
    Interview conducted by Mel Cionco
    Music by Ben Mitchell

    • 32 min
    Animation One-To-Ones 27 - ND Stevenson

    Animation One-To-Ones 27 - ND Stevenson

    Skwigly.com presents Animation One-To-Ones featuring Ryan Gaur in conversation with ND Stevenson, discussing the Netflix feature film adaptation of his Eisner-winning graphic novel 'Nimona'

    Released on Netflix earlier this year, the world of 'Nimona' began with Stevenson’s National Book Award-nominated and New York Times best-selling graphic novel that tells the story of the titular teen shapeshifter Nimona and her adventures as sidekick to wronged knight Ballister Boldheart. The film adaptation is directed by Nick Bruno and Troy Quane based on a screenplay by Robert L. Baird and Lloyd Taylor.

    Alongside being known for the much-loved comic series 'Lumberjanes', which picked up multiple Eisner awards, ND Stevenson initially introduced Nimona to the world as a webcomic in the early 2010s, which would ultimately see itself published and snag an Eisner of its own, among other accolades. His career in animation has included writing work on Disney’s 'Wander Over Yonder' and showrunning the acclaimed 2018 reboot 'She-Re and the Princesses of Power', while ongoing attempts to translate the world of Nimona to a feature film were stymied by delays and cancellations before finding a home on Netflix with production house Annapurna Pictures.

    Interview conducted by Ryan Gaur
    Produced, edited and presented by Ben Mitchell

    • 31 min
    Independent Animation 10 - Joseph Wallace

    Independent Animation 10 - Joseph Wallace

    In the tenth episode of 'Independent Animation', our companion podcast series to the Skwigly tie-in book 'Independent Animation: Developing, Producing and Distributing Your Animated Films' (Taylor & Francis/CRC Press), we catch up with Joseph Wallace whose independent stop-motion short film 'Salvation Has No Name' was released online earlier this year following a strong festival run. Having discussed the film's unique funding journey for the second edition of the book, Joseph joins the podcast to talk about some of the challenges that presented themselves during production, as well as his approaches to getting the film out there once it was done.

    The 17 minute short’s official synopsis reads "A troupe of clowns gather to perform a story about a Priest and a refugee but as their misguided tale unfolds, the boundaries between fiction and reality begin to fray." - what plays out is a nuanced, emotionally charged and alarmingly evergreen condemnation of xenophobia, othering, refugee crises and discrimination. Produced by Loran Dunn for Delaval Film alongside RAPT, Animation People in the Czech Republic and France’s Autour de Minuit. With support from BFI Network, the film features an all-female cast headed up by Money Heist's Itziar Ituño and Quantico's Yasmine Al Massri, with music by Kit Wilson and sound by David Kamp, a veteran of indie film sound design who also features in the second edition of the book.

    Written, presented and produced by Ben Mitchell
    Music by Ben Mitchell
    Learn more about Joseph Wallace's work at http://www.josephwallace.co.uk

    • 58 min
    Animation One-To-Ones 26 - Walt Dohrn

    Animation One-To-Ones 26 - Walt Dohrn

    Skwigly.com presents Animation One-To-Ones featuring Martyn Warren in conversation with Walt Dohrn, discussing the latest chapter in DreamWorks Animation’s blockbuster musical franchise: 'Trolls Band Together'. 

    The third film in the series continues the adventures of Poppy, played by Anna Kendrick, and Branch, played by Justin Timberlake, now a couple, and the emotional journey they embark upon to reunite Branch with his brothers, who once made up the boyband phenomenon BroZone.

    Trolls Band Together is steered by returning director Walt Dohrn and producer Gina Shay, and is co-directed by Tim Heitz (head of story, 'Trolls World Tour'). Dohrn’s other credits include directing roles on the first two Trolls films as well as the Shrek short films 'Donkey’s Christmas Shrektacular' and 'Shrek’s Yule Log', alongside work as a story artist, layout artist, character designer, writer and voice actor.

    'Trolls Band Together' is out in UK cinemas now, with a US release to follow on November 17th.

    Interview conducted by Martyn Warren
    Produced, edited and presented by Ben Mitchell

    • 21 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
14 Ratings

14 Ratings

aNILEator ,

Interesting Interviews and Charming Conversations

2015 Update: I attended my first Skwigly live event which screened films, had a Q&A with Ainslie Henderson and also had beer and snacks available too, great to network with many like minded people and make new friends.

The podcast's have gone from strength to strength with even more brilliant interviews with directors of blockbuster animated feature films now (alongside your favourite indie short creators) and behind the scenes and upcoming production discussions.

Interviewees are always more open and insightful on this podcast than other interviews because the people interviewing know the subjects and ask great questions about the productions and process (rather than just advertising pr)

I've left my original review below for further recommendation.
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Great podcast for animators and those interested in animation. T Some really great interviews with people from the animation industry and the occasional competition too. Discussions don't go over people's heads with technicalities and the hosts are humourous and passionate. The podcast is well structured and divided also, so if a particular subject matter isn't quite your thing then you can simply skip to the next section and not be lost in subject, not that you'll find yourself doing this mind.

Would reccommend mostly to animation students and graduates, but no reason seasoned animators shouldn't tune in too.

Katiesteed ,

Fantastic podcast for animators and enthusiasts

A really great podcast by two well informed and passionate presenters. Featuring lots of in-depth interviews with animators, directors, producers, writers and just about anyone else they can get their grubby fanboy hands on!

It does a really great job of being filled with useful information and facts, but also chatty and informal so you feel like it's a discussion between two friends who happen to be massive animation nerds in a coffee shop

Recommended for anyone with more than a passing interest in animation history, careers, people, technology or gossip

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