177 episodes

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.

Writers Get Animated Chris Leyva & Mackenzie Worrall

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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.

    177 - ParaNorman

    177 - ParaNorman

    Who knew that one of the best movies to compliment 2020 would be a Laika film from 2012? This week we discuss the strangely timely message of ParaNorman! How can the passage time help a story's message?
     
    Links
    Watch ParaNorman on Netflix
    Chris Butler and Sam Fell interview: on writing and directing ParaNorman

    • 52 min
    176 - Healthy Rejections: DuckTales and Steven Universe

    176 - Healthy Rejections: DuckTales and Steven Universe

    Have you ever experienced a crushing rejection? It's rough. But, as we learn from "DuckTales" and "Steven Universe," there are healthy ways to deal with rejection. We unpack representations of relationships, love interests, and rejections. Chris even expresses his hatred of the term "friend zone."

    • 50 min
    175 - The Best New Animated Shows of 2020!

    175 - The Best New Animated Shows of 2020!

    Once a year, we binge for you! It's the best new animated shows of 2020! 2020 has given us so many new shows, we can barely keep up! We cover new shows for young audiences, shows for the whole family, and shows for "adults." Will you find a new favorite?
    Previously on Writers Get Animated
    169 - Happy Birthday, Bugs Bunny!
    168 - Current Trends in Adult Animation
    163 - Never Fear, The Rocketeer’s Here!
    162 - Magical Adventures in The Owl House, Hoot!
    159 - Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts
    156 - Harley Quinn!

    • 1 hr 12 min
    174 - Mulan v. Mulan

    174 - Mulan v. Mulan

    We’re breaking tradition and are discussing a Disney live action remake that is actually live action: Mulan! How does this version of Mulan compare to the original animated film? What is improved? Who is the audience for this new version?
     
    Previously on Writers Get Animated
    027 - Is The Jungle Book (2016) an Animated Movie?
    144 - Circle of Remakes: The Lion King (2019)
     

    • 1 hr 6 min
    173 - The Emmy Episode (2020)

    173 - The Emmy Episode (2020)

    It's the Emmys! We look at what we can learn from each of this year's nominees. It's an eclectic bunch! Big Mouth, Bob’s Burgers, BoJack Horseman, Rick And Morty, The Simpsons, Forky Asks A Question, Robot Chicken, and Steven Universe Future!
    Previously on Writers Get Animated
    148 - 2019 Best Short Form Animated Program Emmy Nominees!
    147 - 2019 Best Animated Program Emmy Nominees
     
     

    • 1 hr 12 min
    172 - The Breakdown: Into the Spider-Verse - The Liv Scene

    172 - The Breakdown: Into the Spider-Verse - The Liv Scene

    Today we’re breaking down one of the best scenes in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse: the reveal of Olivia... You know... How does this great film set, reset, and subvert our expectations? How do you switch tone as necessary? How do character details and specificity influence a scene?
    Previously on Writers Get Animated
    129 - Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
    Links
    ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’: Making Doc Ock Olivia the Subversive Secret Weapon

    • 1 hr

Customer Reviews

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Haywood Jabuzoff ,

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. ;)

williammount ,

Excellent podcast

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.

Rmrl ,

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!

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