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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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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 10 - Marie Valade (Lolos / Boobs)

    Animation One-To-Ones 10 - Marie Valade (Lolos / Boobs)

    Skwigly.com presents Animation One-To-Ones featuring Ben Mitchell in conversation with Marie Valade, a Quebec-based animation filmmaker whose latest film 'Lolos ('Boobs'), premiered earlier this year at the prestigious Annecy International Animation Festival.

    Both equally poignant and witty, the film sees a young woman drawn in ink who is forced to deal with paper breasts appearing on her chest. She must quickly come to terms with these new strange things. Her breasts lead her into increasingly unusual situations that reveal her deepest anxieties: the fear of becoming a woman, the apprehension of female rivalries, the taming of male desire, the worries related to becoming a mother and finally the fear of cancer and a loss of bearings. 'Boobs' is both a comic and dark journey that explores a woman's love-hate relationship for her body and her femininity. It highlights the powerful symbolism that breasts evoke for everyone. 'Boobs' is presently screening as part of the Toronto International Film Festival and Bristol's Encounters Festival.

    In 2010 Marie obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Film Animation at Concordia University and participated in the NFB's Hothouse apprenticeship program. Since then, she has collaborated on short and feature films and cultural mediation projects. Fascinated by traditional frame by frame animation techniques including pixilation, object and puppet animation and 2D animation, she likes to play with the boundaries between narrative storytelling and experimental creation. See more of Marie's work at cargocollective.com/mariev

    As well as continuing to work in animation Marie is co-director of Festival Stop Motion Montreal, whose 15th edition takes place September 10th-19th 2021. For more information visit stopmotionmontreal.com/

    • 28 min
    Intimate Animation 4-02 (18/08/2021) - Will Anderson

    Intimate Animation 4-02 (18/08/2021) - Will Anderson

    Presenting the second episode of 'Intimate Animation' season 4, brought to you by the online animation magazine skwigly.com

    Join Skwigly's Ben Mitchell and Laura-Beth Cowley as they explore, discuss and interview the talents behind animation that deals with adult themes of love, relationships and sexuality.

    In this episode we catch up with Will Anderson, whose film 'Betty' is released online this month following a festival run including screenings at Pictoplasma, Encounters and Animafest Zagreb as well as a BAFTA Scotland win and Scottish Short Film Award at the Glasgow Short Film Festival. The film follows lovebird Bobby as he searches for his butter, his Betty and ultimately a love that has apparently melted away.

    Also discussed in this episode: The evolution of 'Tuca and Bertie' in its second season, BlinkInk's E4 miniseries 'Blind Love on First Date Island', Adeena Grubb's stop-mo short 'Dating is Shit', Sacha Beely/Strange Beast's animated Gillette spot 'A Song For Pubes' and Diablo Cody's inscrutable "sexying up" of 'The Powerpuff Girls'.

    Presented by Ben Mitchell and Laura-Beth Cowley
    Interview conducted by Laura-Beth Cowley
    Produced and edited by Ben Mitchell

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Animation One-To-Ones Episode #09 - Stephan Franck (Marvel's What If...?)

    Animation One-To-Ones Episode #09 - Stephan Franck (Marvel's What If...?)

    Presenting episode 9 of Animation One To One's, the Skwigly podcast that showcases the talent behind some of our favourite animation. In the latest podcast we take a trip into the multiverse with Stephan Franck, the Animation Supervisor behind Marvel’s What If...? series which is streaming now on Disney Plus.

    With an extensive history in animation, story creating, boarding and directing  and an equally illustrious career in comic publication Stephan is perfectly placed working alongside director Bryan Andrews and head writer AC Bradley to take the MCU as we know it flip the script, reimagining famous events from the films in unexpected ways. This is Marvel Studios’ first original animated series.

    Don’t forget to subscribe to our YouTube Channel to watch more One-To-Ones and subscribe to the Skwigly Podcast feed from your favourite podcast provider.

    Guest: Stephan Franck
    Presented, edited and produced by: Steve Henderson
    Music and graphics: Ben Mitchell

    • 15 min
    Animation One-To-Ones Episode #08 - Kirk DeMicco & Quiara Alegría Hudes (Vivo)

    Animation One-To-Ones Episode #08 - Kirk DeMicco & Quiara Alegría Hudes (Vivo)

    Welcome to another episode of Animation One-To-Ones, the Skwigly Podcast which puts the animation community front and centre. In this episode we're joined by two talents from Sony Pictures latest animated Feature Vivo, Director Kirk DeMicco and Screenwriter Quiara Alegría Hudes.

    The animated musical adventure features all-new songs from Lin-Manuel Miranda, the Tony, Grammy, and Pulitzer Prize-winning creator of Hamilton and In the Heights. And follows a one-of-kind kinkajou, who spends his days playing music to the crowds in a lively square with his beloved owner Andrés. But when tragedy strikes it’s up to Vivo to deliver a message that Andrés never could: A love letter to the famous Marta Sandoval, written long ago, in the form of a song. Yet in order to get to Marta, who lives a world apart, Vivo will need the help of Gabi – an energetic tween who bounces to the beat of her own offbeat drum.

    In a world of musical films Vivo strands apart, wearing the love for music and the craft of well told family animation on its sleeve, showcasing an exciting blends of song, design and story.

    Prior to Writing and Directing Vivo Kirk DeMicco is best known for helming The Croods from DreamWorks. Screenwriter and Story writer Quiara Alegría Hudes is best known cinematically for Into the Heights.
    Don't forget to subscribe to our YouTube Channel to watch more One-To-Ones and subscribe to the Skwigly Podcast feed from your favourite podcast provider.

    Guests: Kirk DeMicco & Quiara Alegría Hudes
    Presented, edited and produced by: Steve Henderson
    Music and graphics: Ben Mitchell

    • 21 min
    Animation One-To-Ones #07 - Megan Nicole Dong

    Animation One-To-Ones #07 - Megan Nicole Dong

    Welcome to another episode of Animation One-To-Ones where we speak with Megan Nicole Dong, the creator of Netflix Animation's latest offering Centaurworld, which streams from the 30 July.

    "A war horse is transported from her embattled world to a strange land inhabited by silly, singing centaurs of all species, shapes, and sizes. Desperate to return home, she befriends a group of these magical creatures and embarks on a journey that will test her more than any battle she's ever faced before."

    Megan has worked in features for Dreamworks and on tv series for Nickelodeon before being scooped up by the streamer to bring us centaur world musical cavalcade of muppety mayhem with a surprise around every corner, filled with magic sparkles and merriment and action adventure.

    Don't forget to subscribe to our YouTube Channel to watch more One-To-Ones and subscribe to the Skwigly Podcast feed from your favourite podcast provider. 

    Guest: Megan Nicole Dong
    Presented, edited and produced by: Steve Henderson
    Music and graphics: Ben Mitchell
    Clips courtesy of Netflix

    • 18 min
    Animation One-To-Ones #06 - Elliot Dear

    Animation One-To-Ones #06 - Elliot Dear

    Skwigly.com presents Animation One-To-Ones featuring Laura-Beth Cowley in conversation with award-winning London-based director Elliot Dear.

    Elliot Dear is an almost indecently talented animator, illustrator and director. His dazzling mixed media films are consistently groundbreaking, emotive and atmospheric. Elliot’s work displays a range and skillset rarely seen. Incorporating live action, stop motion and both hand drawn and 3D animation, his films feel like a throwback to the golden age of animation, whilst managing to be utterly contemporary and cutting edge.
    Elliot's notable mixed-media works include the John Lewis campaign 'The Bear & The Hare' and the BBC spot 'The Supporting Act'. Having built a superb body of work as a director at BLINKINK, Elliot's latest project is another Xmas-themed animation 'All Through the House', a season two episode of the Netflix anthology series 'Love, Death + Robots'.

    Animation One-to-Ones are available to download and stream via your preferred podcast provider or on our YouTube channel - like and subscribe for more.

    Interview conducted by: Laura-Beth Cowley
    Guest: Elliot Dear
    Presented, edited and produced by: Ben Mitchell
    Music: Ben Mitchell

    Thanks to Clive Olamiju and Reed Wiles

    • 49 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
13 Ratings

13 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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