Tuesday, 26 March 2013

William Talking Toy Story 2 With The Rotoscopers

Continuing my recent podcast tour (you can check out my guest appearances on The Scotty Jo Podcast here and here), I was very happy to be welcomed onto The Rotoscopers' Animation Addicts Podcast last week, talking about my favourite animated film, Toy Story 2. The episode is available now, and you can download it from iTunes, or listen to it here.

During the hour and a half episode, Morgan, Mason and I discuss recent animation news (Tintin 2 details Disney's The Name Game and the new Mickey Mouse shorts), the ins-and-outs of Pixar sequels (including my defence of Cars 2) and a hefty dose of Toy Story 2. If you're into hearing me forgo my critical faculties and constantly praise the greatest animated film ever made, then this is the episode for you!

Listen to hear me come out with such nonsensical British phrases as "cobblers" and "naff", as well as my desire to see Evil Emperor Zurg making corn on the cob. We break down the film, its good points, its really good points, and the odd plot-hole: indestructible Zurg, supersonic Bullseye, the darker side of Toy Story and more (full show notes here).

Thanks a bunch to The Rotoscopers for extending the gracious invitation to me - I've long been a fan of the show, their unbridled, unrivalled love for animation and the sheer fun of the episodes, so being even a small part was a great pleasure! Please be sure to check out their website and Twitter, and Morgan from the show is in the midst of writing a guest post for A113Animation - so keep your eyes peeled!


  1. "He lives, breathes, sweats and eats Tintin." Pretty accurate definition of... well, me.

    Great podcast. The Toy Story films are my favourite trilogy, but I think TS2 is my least favourite of the 3. For me it goes 1, 3, 2.
    As you said in the podcast, there's something really special for kids actually growing up with these characters, and saying goodbye to them in the last film, just like Andy does. I don't know how it's possible to not cry when you see the end of your childhood happening before your very eyes.
    Even if you don't like the movie, it's impossible to keep your eyes dry at the end. I went to see TS3 with an internet friend of mine (we see each other once a year to see the new Pixar film since 2006), and he didn't like it (!!!)
    After the film, he was like :
    - Meh, not at lot happened.
    - So you didn't cry ? I asked.
    - Yeah, I cried (I knew I saw him wiping off some tears).
    So even he, who didn't like Toy Story 3, cried. I think that shows how well the trilogy worked for us, childs of the 80's and 90's, who grew up with the TS films.

  2. Future Animator26 March 2013 at 20:55

    How long is this podcast? And is it on iTunes? Thanks!

  3. It's about an hour and a half! An hour of which is the Toy Story 2 discussion - before that, you've got news, a discussion of Pixar sequels and a few others bits and bobs.

    Yep, just search The Rotoscopers on iTunes and you'll find it! :)

  4. I had an inkling you'd approve... ;)

    Well, as I said on the show, you can't really have a wrong favourite where Toy Story's concerned! I mean, I know 1 and 3 are better films, but 2 is just my undisputed favourite film. I mean, it's not even close really.

    Wow. Was this friend Armond White?! Yeah, it's a magnificent film, but, damn, it's depressing!

  5. It's a friend whose taste is what it is ; which can be weird at times.

    Like, how can you dislike Toy Story 3 and, at the same time, find the ending of Lost satisfying ? I think it's fascinating, personally.

  6. Munir Abedrabbo26 March 2013 at 21:18

    Great discussion! I always enjoy The Rotoscopers podcasts and this one was no different. For the record, I think each TS film surpasses the previous one so for me it goes 3, 2, 1 but you're right, all three are fantastic and is the best trilogy ever.

  7. Haha, that is a mixed bag! If his favourite Indiana Jones is Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, consider having him sectioned.

  8. Certainly, it's hard to pick one as better than the other! It undoubtedly is the best trilogy of all tie. And thanks for the kind words on the show, Munir!

  9. I should ask him about that...

    But anyway, his favourite Pixar film is WALL•E, so he's okay I guess.

  10. Future Animator26 March 2013 at 21:50