Damien's absent this week, so Munir and I discuss Epic alone. There's some varied opinion on the film as I quite liked it and Munir... well, he didn't. We've also got a far more stacked news schedule than we had last time round, so, alongside a range of topics including Disney, Pixar, Brad Bird, Star Wars and WWE, we review Blue Sky Studios' Epic! Fans of Arrested Development won't be disappointed either, as we discuss season 4 of the show. Listen to the podcast for rants galore and to hear me utter the phrase "yolo and so forth".
Apologies for the background noise, we had some recording issues and sadly our limited recording equipment is showing, but we've done our best to edit most of it out. Hence the long wait. The episode is available on Podomatic now, and will be appearing in our iTunes feed and Stitcher playlist soon. Full show notes for the episode are below.
- First look at Disney's Big Hero 6: http://www.a113animation.com/2013/05/first-look-big-hero-6.html
- Our anticipation for the film.
- Disney's recent quality streak.
- Our most anticipated animated films of 2014.
- Still nothing from Frozen (although since recording, we have got our first look at the film).
- Leaked Frozen images: http://www.a113animation.com/2013/05/leaked-frozen-images.html
- Are Disney trying to get fans to do the actual marketing for them?
- New details on Toy Story of Terror: http://www.a113animation.com/2013/05/first-look-toy-story-of-terror.html
- Nice to keep the public excited about Toy Story without a Toy Story 4.
- Jessie in the limelight.
- New Toy Story Toon named, Mythic Rock: http://www.a113animation.com/2013/05/next-toy-story-toon-to-be-called-mythic-rock.html
- Speculation as to what it might be attached to.
- New Planes trailer: http://www.a113animation.com/2013/05/watch-new-trailer-for-disneys-planes.html
- The uncomfortable closeness to looking like a Pixar film: "THIS IS NOT A PIXAR FILM"
- The surprising quality of the film, seemingly.
- Munir argues with the validity of the film.
- Brad Bird talks The Incredibles 2 and Star Wars: Epiosde VII: http://www.a113animation.com/2013/05/brad-bird-talks-incredibles-2-star-wars-episode-7.html
- Our collective love for Brad Bird.
- We want The Incredibles 2. Unsurprisingly.
- William's unusual Pixar sequel dream project.
- Another of my guy crushes revealed.
- Why William thinks Brad should direct Star Trek 3.
- Jonathan Rhys Meyers rumoured for a role in Star Wars: Episode VII: http://www.a113animation.com/2013/05/jonathan-rhys-meyers-rumoured-for-star-wars.html
- This isn't the Star Wars news we're looking for.
- How do the original cast fit into Episode VII.
- Disney and Lucasfilm announce Star Wars: Rebels: http://www.a113animation.com/2013/05/star-wars-rebels-tv-series-2014.html
- We like the concept.
- Our opinions on The Clone Wars.
- Our opinions on the prequels.
- Two new Blue Sky films due in 2016 and 2017: http://www.a113animation.com/2013/05/two-new-blue-sky-films-due-in-2016-and-2017.html
- Munir's anti-Blue Sky tirade.
- Final Monsters University trailer: http://www.a113animation.com/2013/05/monsters-university-final-trailer-and-new-clips.html
- WWE to produce straight-to-DVD animated Flintstones film: http://www.a113animation.com/2013/05/wwe-making-flintstones-feature-film.html
- William rants, sighs and lets us Vader-ish NOOOs: "Yabba Dabba Do? How about Yabba Dabba Don't!"
- We assume it'll suck. Sorry, WWE.
- Disney and Pixar to release eight films between 2016 and 2018: http://www.a113animation.com/2013/05/disney-pixar-to-release-eight-films-2016-2018.html
- Is multiple films a year a good thing creatively?
- Predictions on what films these eight might consist of.
- Running gags we enjoyed.
- Really though? Not a single chicken dance?
- Where does it go from here?
- Munir's "bitter disappointment" in the film.
- High expectations, not met.
- Why animated movies should strive to be more than just 'fun'.
- William, though, liked it.
- The voice acting was hit or miss.
- Discussion of the film's characters.
- Munir's unparalleled hate for Professor Bomba: "I wanted to kill him".
- Nod looks far too much like Flynn Rider.
- The story wasn't focussed enough for Munir.
- Munir dresses down Blue Sky's filmography.
- Spoiler-filled section [01:06:18]:
- Takes itself too seriously.
- Munir blasts Professor Bomba as "one of the worst characters I've ever seen in animation".
- Listener opinion on the film.
- The problem with endings in animated films.
- Our problems with this ending.
- Our ratings [01:25:41]
- Munir's Epic review: http://www.a113animation.com/2013/06/munirs-epic-review-not-so-epic-after-all.html
Recorded Saturday 1st June, 2013. Runtime 01:27:58, 80.5 MB
Official description for the episode: From the animation news, views, reviews and interviews site, A113Animation.com, comes the A113Animation Podcast! Hosted by William Jardine, and co-hosted by Damien Chevrier and Munir Abedrabbo, join us as we discuss everything animated - and a lot more besides.
On episode 2 of the A113Animation Podcast, William and Munir are down a co-host, as Damien's off sick. Nonetheless, the duo cover recent animation news, including Big Hero 6, Toy Story of Terror, Planes, Brad Bird, Star Wars, WWE and The Flintstones (ugh) and more! The episode also features, randomly, a discussion of season 4 of Arrested Development. Then things conclude with a spoiler-free and spoiler-filled two-part review of Blue Sky Studios' Epic. Complete with rants galore and the phrase "yolo and so forth", listen to and download episode 2 of the A113Animation Podcast now!
Full show notes at http://www.a113animation.com/2013/06/the-a113animation-podcast-episode-2-epic.html
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Episode 3 of the A113Animation Podcast will focus on Monsters University and arrive late July.