A Podcast about Inspiration with people who followed their dreams into animation.
Bambi with James Baxter - Episode 10
Welcome to the final episode of Animator's Breakfast, for now!
What an episode it is. I'm hugely humbled to be joined with one of the greatest living animators, James Baxter. You might know him as a horse on a ball making people happy, but James has been working in the industry for over 30 years, starting on Who Framed Roger Rabbit? He's responsible for some of the most beautifully animated moments in animation history, including Belle and the Beast dancing in the ball room, or Quasimodo carrying Esmeralda up to the top of Notre Dame. The list of his phenomenal work goes on.
Today we're talking about Bambi, well as much Bambi as we can apart from me picking his brain about his process. Bambi was the 5th feature film released by Walt Disney Animation, and it's legacy speaks for itself. Really, with Bambi, the Disney studio's leapt so far ahead from other animation competitors, and cemented itself as a powerhouse when it comes to Animation. The film's tough and rigorous development process laid down a foundation that has forever changed the animation landscape.
Check out Jame's legendary work here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCt2iDOfRW1WWu5SxgJJpP1g
Treasure Planet with Fatma Almheiri - Episode 9
Welcome to the penultimate episode of the first series of Animator's Breakfast!
On this episode I'm truly honoured to be joined by the incredible and insanely talented Fatma Almheiri, the creator of Emara. I don't have enough positive adjectives to describe Fatma, so I'll just say it's humbling to consider that she has directed a 5 episode web series about an Emirati superhero named Emara.
Her chosen topic is Treasure Planet, a beautiful and completely underrated Disney Animation. Released in 2002, a similar story to The Iron Giant, poor marketing led to the film's immediate demise. But Treasure Planet has an incredible soul in the story of Jim Hawkins and his relationship with John Silver. The storytelling is delicate and refreshing to dig into. I hope you all enjoy this episode!
Please find Emara here: www.youtube.com/channel/UCNszWQypQeqAApRmr8ACcqA You can follow all Fatma's antics here: twitter.com/almag1cc
The Last Unicorn with The Joopis - Episode 8
Welcome to the next episode of Animator's Breakfast.
On this episode I'm joined by the fantastic Jessie Smith, aka The Joopis. She's a really talented designer, animator and has a really wonderful Youtube channel where she uploads very original and interesting work.
Today we're discussing The Last Unicorn, a 1983 film produced by Rankin/Bass. The power of their studio in the 70s and 80s can't be understated, and although they made classic stop motion works like Rudolph The Red-nosed Reindeer, their feature output combed through classic fantasy tales.
The Last Unicorn is based on a book by Peter S. Beagle, which is widely considered to be one of the best Fantasy novels ever written. The animated work tried to stick as close to the source material as possible in classic Rankin/Bass style.
Please find out more about Jessie on her channel here: https://www.youtube.com/user/TheJoopis
Adrien Merigeau with Tomm Moore - Episode 7
Welcome back to Animator’s Breakfast everyone.
I hope the break wasn’t too long. With the current climate, I was hoping to have more recorded but I managed to get a few through the gap before the lockdown occurred and I’m happy to share them over the coming weeks.
This next episode is a real honour for me, I get to sit down with the ineffable Tom Moore, and his surprising, yet completely honest choice of topic: Adrien Merigeau.
Adrien is an animator and film maker that worked win Cartoon Saloon for many years. Following his graduation film, Le Carnet de Chloe, he has created several other shorts including Old Fangs and the more recent Genius Loci, as well as several music videos you can find on his website here: https://adrienmerigeau.com/
Adrien’s work is so honest, musical and unique in many ways. He has an incredibly strong voice and I can’t recommend his work enough. His accolades speak for themselves, but in each one of his works you’ll find a heartbeat of thought and a true definition of art.
Tomm Moore is an Academy Award nominated director and one of the Co-founders of Cartoon Saloon. Their passion and energy for storytelling through animation is really unique in Ireland. Visiting their studio or the surrounding area in Kilkenny is a breath of fresh air where people excitedly discuss their inspiration. With leaders like Tomm Moore, the culture in Cartoon Saloon engenders creative thinking and above all, brave storytelling in both style and substance. I’m a huge fan of their word, and a humble addict of their voice.
Please find more about them on their website: https://www.cartoonsaloon.ie/
Le Carnet de Chloe
Grave Of The Fireflies with Sean Mullen - Episode 6
Welcome back to Animator's Breakfast.
In our 6th episode, we discuss the heartbreaking Grave of the Fireflies. An amazing animated film in many ways, it was directed by the legendary Isao Takahata, as his first feature for Studio Ghibli. It was featured as a double bill with My Neighbour Totoro in 1988. The feature still stands the test of time and it's spotlight on Setsuko and Seita's journey is a tale that shouldn't be missed.
I'm joined by the incredible Sean Mullen, one of the creative leads of Giant Animation. He recently co-directed The Overcoat, producing the CG portion of the short. Giant are a studio I've long admired for the quality work they've been producing here in Ireland. I'd highly recommend checking out Geist and The Overcoat. You can visit their website here: http://giant.ie/animation/
Music: Shrug Life - 2009 https://soundcloud.com/shruglifemusic/2009a
King Of The Hill with BaM Animation - Episode 5
Welcome to the Fifth episode of Animator's Breakfast. This episode is a continuation with both the incredibly talented boys of BaM Animation: Brent Noll and Maximus Pauson.
The second of our two episodes we talk about a quiet Tour de Force in Animation, which is King of The Hill. Created by Mike Judge and Greg Daniels, it ran for 8 seasons, with some incredibly smart writing. Up against shows like The Simpsons and Family Guy, at the height of their popularity, it was impossible to deny the honest humour in King of the Hill. What was always interesting to me with King of the Hill, is that their metaphors dig so deep, but seem so basic on the surface. The show hooks people and reels them in before realising how smart it is. Also, Youtube Poop is mentioned haha!
Brent and Max are super duper talented artists who have been working in the American Animation industry for years. Their greatest hit together is an amazing YouTube channel called BaM Animation, where they give professional and fun tips as to how to improve your work if you want to approach working in the industry. If you haven't checked them out from last time, please do here :
Music: Shrug Life - 2009 (Shruglifemusic – 2009a)
I’m just gonna say it.
I think a Song of the sea sequel needs to happen.