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February 14, 2020  

158 - Dear Academy 2020: The Oscar-Nominated Animated Shorts

It's our annual look at the Oscar-nominated animated short films! Five different and engaging short films were nominated for the Oscar this year: Hair Love, Daughter, Sister, Memorable, and Kitbull. What trends and themes were present this year? What were the different ways stories were told?

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January 31, 2020  

157 - The Return of the Writers of Harvey Girls Forever!

Brendan Hay, Mike Yank, Sarah Nerboso, and Marie Cheng from Harvey Girls Forever join us to discuss the final season of the show. We discuss their favorite moments of the final season, how they said goodbye to the show, and what they were glad made it into the final season!

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January 17, 2020  

156 - Harley Quinn!

Harley Quinn has her own series now on DC Universe! What happens when a character who began in animation, went into comic book form, then into live action, returns to animation? How has the character of Harley Quinn evolved? How is this series different from other DC animated series that have come before? Also, who knew that Poison Ivy would be the ultimate roommate?




January 3, 2020  

155 - It Writes Itself: Disney+ Edition

It’s a new year, so we’re celebrating by dreaming big! We’re taking our tradition of proving that some things write themselves to new heights. It’s one part improv and one part writing exercise. Play along with us as we come up with sequels, reboots, and spin-offs of some of the properties available on Disney+. 

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December 20, 2019  

154 - Canon in Disney+

Disney+ is here, and the Disney Vault is mostly open! Our trip through the Disney canon continues as we go back through the early shorts of Disney to see if we can identify Disney DNA. What makes Disney Disney? What has changed through the years? What can we learn from these early Disney shorts? Why would you ever trust Goofy to drive you anywhere?

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December 6, 2019  

153 - Frozen 2: Let-It-Go Boogaloo

When is a sequel justified? Or… How do you make a sequel that’s just as merited as the first film when you’re writing for the sequel to the biggest animated film of all time (besides The Lion King)? This week, we plunge into the icy waters of Frozen II (2)! What else does Elsa have to do to complete her character arc? What can Idina Menzel sing about this time? What do you do when your characters get comfortable? Can a snowman make you cry?




Buzzfeed Facts About Frozen 2: https://www.buzzfeed.com/noradominick/frozen-2-behind-the-scenes-facts 

Episode 154 about Frozen on Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/writers-get-animated/id1059055576?i=1000422610016

November 22, 2019  

152 - Klaus: A Very Early, Very Special Christmas Special Christmas Special

It’s (almost) Christmastime, so we unwrap your gift early to talk Klaus on Netflix! What kinds of stories can you tell with Santa? What are the tropes and trappings of Santa? How successful can a dark and gritty reboot of Santa be?


November 8, 2019  

151 - Genndy Tartakovsky’s Primal: Stories Without Words

How do you tell a story without words? We look at the tools and techniques used in Genndy Tartakovsky’s new show: Primal! How can color and staging tell your story? How do you show a changing relationship without words?



October 25, 2019  

150 - The Addams Family, Snap, Snap

Yes, they are creepy and kooky, but they're also one of the most beloved families ever, it's The Addams Family! We take a look at what needs to be included in any Addams Family film, what stories are told, what themes are explored. How does the newest film both pay off and play against our expectations? 


October 11, 2019  

149 - The Best New Shows of 2019: Binge Like the Wind!

It's the time of year when we look at the new animated shows that came out for the year, so you can find out what you should be watching! There are so many new shows that came out, and more new shows are still on the way! Looking for a show for your young kids to watch? Something for the whole family? Or want something that is strictly for adults? There's something for everyone this year!

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