Get drawn into your favorite animated movies and shows with writers Chris Leyva and Mackenzie Worrall! Whether it's following an alcoholic horse actor, a family of adventuring ducks, a wise-cracking rabbit, or some wacky kids down the street, we've got you covered. Every two weeks, we English-major-the-crap-out-of the latest animated movies and shows to uncover how the magic works.
Infinity Train: What Makes Anthology Shows Work
We're jumping on the Infinity Train to figure out what makes an anthology show so compelling? How do mysteries deepen and shift? How do you hold onto an audience when main characters shift? What connects these stories together? Also, how can we get more Infinity Train?!
Watch Infinity Train on HBO Max
Infinity Train's Owen Dennis Talks About the End of the Cartoon
A Good Batch of The Bad Batch
A new animated Star Wars show is on our televisions, and we're here to enjoy it alongside all of you! How does this story fit into the larger Star Wars universe? Where do we think and hope the story will go? What are the familiar Star Wars elements that are already present in this new show?
Watch The Bad Batch on Disney Plus
Brad Rau's Road to Star Wars
Interview with Producers Brad Rau and Jennifer Corbett
The Mitchells vs. The Machines
How can the robot apocalypse bring family together? We find out in this episode as we upload ourselves into The Mitchells vs. The Machines on Netflix! How does this movie both defy and meet our expectations?
Watch The Mitchells vs. The Machines on Netflix
The Mitchells vs. The Machines: How Michael Rianda Made a 'Dirtbag Miyazaki' Movie
The Mitchells vs. The Machines Director Mike Rianda Wants to Make You Laugh (and Call Your Mom)
The Mitchells vs the Machines Team Explain How They Made One of the Best Animated Movies of 2021
Every Pop-Culture Easter Egg in The Mitchells vs. the Machines
187 - The 2021 Oscar-Nominated Shorts!
The Oscars are here again, and we're taking a trip through the varied ways these filmmakers have told their stories in this year's nominees for Best Animated Short Films! From the story of a bunny creating her home to a young woman dealing with the chaos of the world, we look at how animation can make meaningful and thought-provoking art time and time again.
Watch the Oscar-Nominated Short Films
186 - Farewell, DuckTales
We’re saying goodbye to one of our favorite shows: DuckTales! The series finale certainly solved some mysteries and rewrote some history! How does the series finale complete the story that was being told? What themes and tools told the story?
Previously on Writers Get Animated
176 - Healthy Rejections: DuckTales and Steven Universe
164 - Quack Pack v. Quack Pack
141 - The Breakdown: Nothing Can Stop Della Duck!
121 - The Lost Loves of Scrooge McDuck and BoJack Horseman
090 - DuckTales! Woo-oo!
Watch DuckTales on Disney Plus
Watch DuckTales on DisneyNOW
DuckTales: Inside the Finale’s Big Webby Twist (Den of Geek)
185 - Tom & Jerry & Modern Audiences
Tom and Jerry are back in new animated shorts and a new animated/live action hybrid movie! What endures about these two characters? How do animated/live action hybrid movies work story-wise? What can we learn from a decades-long rivalry between a cat and a mouse?
Previously on Writers Get Animated
085 - Pure "Imagination" - Tom & Jerry: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
Watch Tom & Jerry Special Shorts on HBO Max
Watch Tom & Jerry on HBO Max
A great podcast!
This is great to listen to and expand your animation knowledge all while entertaining yourself. As a non writer I find it interesting to hear their perspective on many different types of animation. Great work Chris and Mackenzie. It's like a reoccurring nightmare for your ears. ;)
One episode they mention Clone High and I get excited because someone else watched that show. The next they mention they don't like Firefly and I question everything they've said before it. It's a roller coaster of emotions.
Equal parts critical analysis and goofing around
Equal parts critical analysis and goofing around, Writers Get Animated discusses everything you could (and couldn't) imagine regarding animated shows. Chris and Mackenzie, two writers in their own right, merge thoughtful discourse with their love of pop culture and animation. There's something for everyone in this family-friendly podcast -- animation fanatics, parents, PhDs, and casual bystanders alike will enjoy listening. WGA runs the gamut from an in-depth literary-visual analysis of What's Opera Doc, to an incredibly thought-provoking and honest discussion of diversity and representation in animation, to the purely absurd. Beware: you will never view your Saturday morning cartoons the same way again!