Sunday, December 30, 2018

Iwao Takamoto

During an interview with The 3 Tooners, they talked about their friend Iwao Takamoto who worked at Disney and Hanna Barbera. I think you will find this podcast interesting to listen to.

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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

The SnowdenFine Interview

Allison Snowden and David Fine grew up in different parts of the world before they met at Great Britain's National Film & Television School as live action filmmakers. In their final year, Allison animated "Second Class Mail" in 1984 and David helped with the animation and created the soundtrack. The film also had help with cel coloring by fellow students, Nick Park and Mark Baker. 

Their student film lead to "In and Out", which was produced by the National Film Board of Canada.

George and Rosemary was also produced in Canada and follows the romance of an old couple. View the film here.

Bob's Birthday won an Oscar for the Best Short Animation in 1994.

Bob's Birthday, Allison Snowden and David Fine;
The characters from this film inspired the adult animated television series, "Bob and Margaret" which ran from 1998 to 2001.

25 years have past with other ventures into TV commercials and other series like, Nickelodeon's "Ricky Sprocket, Showbiz Boy". The couple has completed their new short film, "Animal Behavior", which is already in the running for this year's Oscars.

Here's a recent interview with Allison Snowden and David Fine on Animateducated on YouTube.

To learn more about Allison and David's animation work, visit their website here.

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Monday, December 3, 2018

20th Annual Animation Show of Shows

If you enjoy seeing something new and animated, the 20th Annual Animation Show of Shows is for you.

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For 20 years, The ANIMATION SHOW OF SHOWS has been presenting new and innovative short films to appreciative audiences at animation studios, schools and, since 2015, theaters around the world. Over the years, 38 of the films showcased in The ANIMATION SHOW OF SHOWS went on to receive Academy Award® nominations, with 11 films winning the Oscar®. Every year, Ron Diamond visits a lot of film festivals to find the only the most interesting and amazing animated films from around the world.

Take a listen to Ron Diamond on the Ambassador Goodtime Ear Tango Radio Hour, starting Tuesday, Dec 4th @ 10pm and then everyday at 4pm and night at 10pm on WU Radio, Woodbury University. 

"Animation is such a flexible and open-ended medium that it lends itself to exploring the innumerable aspects of what it means to be human,” says founder and curator Ron Diamond. “And this year’s program, as much as any of our past presentations, really illuminates human strengths and foibles, and the bonds that unite us across cultures and generations.”

There are 15 films in this year's selection, four of which have qualified for Academy Award® consideration *. The complete lineup, in order of appearance, is: 

  • The Green Bird * - Maximilien Bougeois, Quentin Dubois,
  •       Marine Goalard, Irina Nguyen, Pierre Perveyrie, France
  • One Small Step * - Andrew Chesworth, Bobby Pontillas,          U.S.
  • Grands Canons -  Alain Biet, France
  • Barry - Anchi Shen, U.S.
  • Super Girl - Nancy Kangas, Josh Kun, U.S.
  • Love Me, Fear Me - Veronica Solomon, Germany
  • Business Meeting - Guy Charnaux, Brazil
  • Flower Found! - Jorn Leeuwerink, The Netherlands
  • Bullets - Nancy Kangas, Josh Kun, U.S.
  • A Table Game - Nicolás Petelski, Argentina
  • Carlotta's Face - Valentin Riedl, Frédéric Schuld,                   Germany
  • Age of Sail * - John Kahrs, U.S.
  • Polaris - Hikari Toriumi, U.S.
  • My Moon - Eusong Lee, U.S.
  • Weekends * - Trevor Jimenez, U.S. 

  • The power of family ties, and specifically the enduring connection between parents and children, are sensitively evoked in Hikari Toriumi’s deeply affecting “Polaris,” about a young polar bear leaving home for the first time. 
     “One Small Step,” Bobby Pontillas and Andrew Chesworth’s inspiring story of a Chinese-American girl’s dream of being an astronaut, centers on her evolving relationship with her father. 

    The beautifully designed “Weekend,” by Trevor Jimenez, explores the complex emotional landscape of a young boy and his recently divorced parents, as he shuttles between their very different homes and lives.

    The darker side of relationships is forcefully explored in Veronica Solomon’s “Love Me, Fear Me,” a tour de force of claymation that uses dance to delve into the lengths people go to to deceive each other and try to pass for something they’re not. Eusong Lee’s “My Moon” takes a more cosmic and lighthearted approach to a troubled relationship, limning a celestial love triangle played out by the sun, the moon, and the earth.
    “Carlotta’s Face,” by Valentin Riedl and Frédéric Schuld, illuminates a different kind of relationship dysfunction in its sensitive portrayal of a woman who suffers from prosopagnosia, the inability to recognize faces, and her salvation through art.
    Among the other program highlights are the very funny computer animation “The Green Bird,” winner of a 2018 Gold Student Academy Award® International Animation, which harks back to classic cartoons of the mid-20th century. Oscar-winning director John Kahrs’ “Age of Sail,” the latest in Google’s series of Spotlight Stories, chronicles the adventures of an old sailor who rescues a teenaged girl after she falls overboard. Alain Biet’s jaw-dropping “Grand Canons” is a dizzying symphonic celebration of everyday objects that uses finely detailed drawings created by the filmmaker. And two very short films, “Supergirl” and “Bullets,” take their inspiration from poems composed by surprisingly eloquent preschoolers.
    *The producers of The 20th Annual Animation Show of Shows advise parental discretion as one of the 15 animated short films has a chicken getting it’s head chopped off and the last film has two dramatic dream scenes (shot of a tv has an accidental propellor beheading and another shot with a stumbling man ablaze.)
    THE 20th ANNUAL ANIMATION SHOW OF SHOWS represents the work of artists from six countries and includes six student films. Funny, moving, engaging, and thought-provoking, THE ANIMATION SHOW OF SHOWS not only has something for everyone, but is a remarkable and insightful microcosm of our world.  

    The US theatrical premiere at Laemmle Theaters in Los Angeles on December 14th, and at the Quad Cinema in New York on December 28th (many other cities will follow). Follow this link for more info..

    Tuesday, November 27, 2018

    Dale Baer Interview

    On the next Ambassador Goodtime Ear Tango Radio hour, beginning Tuesday, Nov 27th @ 10pm, you will hear an interview with Animator Dale Baer.

    Check out the Dale Baer, Animator interview on the Ambassador Goodtime Ear Tango Radio Hour tonight 10pm. Hit this link at 10pm
    or tune in at 4pm...

    Scroll down to this icon on the WU Radio page, click it to listen and enjoy show.

    Like the show so far? Please let me know by leaving a comment below or drop me an email at
    Thanks, Jimr

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    Saturday, November 10, 2018

    The 3 Tooners!

    Follow the link below to the show...

    On the next Ambassador Goodtime EarTango Radio hour, you will meet 3 of the last Hanna Barbera artists, known as "The 3 Tooners", who are Tony Benedict, Jerry Eisenberg and Willie Ito
    They all loved to draw as kids and entered the animation industry when there were only a few studios like Disney and Warner Bros. They all worked for well known directors and producers and eventually all worked together at Hanna Barbera on classic cartoon series like "The Flintstones", "The Jetsons" and many more Hanna Barbera titles. Their work helped influence a whole new generation of artists to become animators.

    Below is a link to a short documentary Tony made about his friend Jerry Eisenberg. 

    And here's a video with Tony Benedict and Willie Ito.

    If you like the show, email me or leave a comment below. Or click on the ads to show your support and be sure to subscribe to my Youtube Animateducated channel.

    Friday, November 2, 2018

    Casey Robin Interview

    Casey Robin is a Visual Development artist and can be heard here, Follow this link to listen in...

    Here is a project she worked on as part of the Walt Disney animation training program called "Chalk".
    Casey's work can also be found at Listen to the Ear Tango interview and you will hear her sing!

    Next: Tuesday, Nov 13th
    "The 3 Tooners" interview with Tony Benedict, Jerry Eisenberg and Willie Ito, story designers, storyboard artists and writers on The Flintstones, The Jetsons and other Hanna Barbera classics.

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    Saturday, October 20, 2018

    From Acting to Directing

    Listen to an interview with Jeremy Foley online at WU Radio starting Tuesday 10/23 to Monday 10/30, every night at 10pm PDT on the Ambassador Goodtime Ear Tango Radio Hour. 

    Jeremy Foley began his career in front of the camera as a young actor. His first big film was "Dante's Peak" which lead to other films and TV series. He learned a lot while on set and eventually started to work on his own projects creating behind the camera.

    "Mobsters" was a web series he helped produce and direct, here's a link to it from his website.   

    Eventually, he began directing his own short films, beginning with a script his soon to be wife Sarah wrote called "Fated". Its a very interesting story set in a world where people are watched over and helped out to achieve their full potential. But there are some people who will never be able to do this even with extra encouragement. My explanation only tells a little bit about the story, but see the film on iTunes and watch the trailer below. 

    Fated - Official Trailer from jeremy foley on Vimeo.

    After "Fated", Jeremy found his next film idea in a short story that his father wrote years earlier. "The Faceless Man" is a surreal story about a man who wakes up with a mirror for a face and has to deal with his new situation. Check out the entire film below.

    Tune into: 
    The Halloween Episode
    Tuesday 10/30 - 11/5

    What is AGETRH? Its 1/2 music on a theme with 1/2 interview based on that theme. Entertaining and Educational at the same time.
    You can hear the interviews by going to YouTube channel
    Animateducated. Subscribe to hear the latest ones as they are posted.

    Thank You!

    Sunday, October 14, 2018

    Animation Pioneer: David Dodd Hand

    Most people have never heard of David Dodd Hand who became Walt Disney's right hand man. He began his career as the 4th animator hired at Walt Disney's Hyperion studio and later became the supervising director on Snow White. He worked on 14 different feature films and even met the Queen "Mum" after he established an animation industry in English after working for Disney. 
    In the new book, Animation Pioneer, David Dodd Hand, his son helps tell the story of his father's animated career and life. Its a fascinating autobiography, full of animation history and is a must for anyone interested in learning  animation history.

    If you tune into WU Radio link at 10pm PDT from Tuesday 10/16 to Monday 10/22, you will hear a few of those stories from an interview with David Hale Hand about the book. You can also listen and subscribe to the Animateducated YouTube channel.

    Wednesday, October 10, 2018

    24 hours contest winner of 2018

    The announcement of the Winners of the 2018 24 hours contest is below. Check out the top five films below.

    First Place - 243 points ($10,625 value) 
    CSU Summer Arts
    $1400 scholarship to CSU Summer Arts for each team member
    Five life-time licenses of TVPaint Animation 11 Standard Edition for each team member
    Pixar – Pixar prize pack for the winning team
    CRC Press
    “Ideas for the Animated Short, 2nd Edition” book for each team member

    Second Place– 239 points ($8125 value)

    CSU Summer Arts
    $1000 scholarship to CSU Summer Arts for each team member
    5 Harmony Advanced 1 yr license gift certificates for the winning team
    DreamWorks - DreamWorks prize pack for the winning team
    CRC Press
    “Ideas for the Animated Short, 2nd Edition” book for each team member

    3rd place – 237 points ($6375 value)

    CSU Summer Arts
    $750 scholarship to CSU Summer Arts for each team member
    5x pro licenses of Digicel’s Flipbook software
    Blue Sky - Blue Sky prize pack for the winning team
    CRC Press
    “Ideas for the Animated Short, 2nd Edition” book for each team member

    4th place – 235 points ($1000 value)

    Laika – Laika prize pack for the winning team
    Stuart NG Books - $375 value
    5 x $75 gift certificates for one winning team
    CRC Press
    “Ideas for the Animated Short, 2nd Edition” book for each team member

    5th place – 232 points ($850 value)
    Cartoon Network – Cartoon Network prize pack for the winning team
    ASIFA-Hollywood –
    5x 1 year Associate Memberships to ASIFA-Hollywood
    CRC Press –
    “Ideas for the Animated Short, 2nd Edition” book for each team member

    Monday, October 8, 2018

    It's the Superhero Episode!

    Listen in Tonight to WURadio in Burbank,CA, USA, planet Earth in the 3rd dimension and every night at 10pm PDT until next Monday!
    Follow this link to the show.

    It sounds something like this...

    This second show is all about Superheroes in songs and stories with a great interview by author J. R. R. R. jim Hardison about his comic book called "The Helm". 

    Find out how a comic book is made and the other books Jim has written so far. Check out his webpage.

    If you enjoyed this show, its just the beginning! 

    Subscribe to Watchcat Films or Animateducated Youtube channels. Recorded Interviews will be posted to the Animateducated channel at a later date for all to enjoy.

    Curious if anyone is actually listen in or not?

    If you have a creative friend or maybe that's just you, drop me an email at Let me know how you like the show in the comments section below. 

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    It's the Hand Episode with an interview with David Hale Hand about his dad, who was Disney's right hand man, David Dodd Hand.

    Tuesday, October 2, 2018

    A New Radio show

    A new podcast is about to hit your ear waves called, "The Ambassador Goodtime Ear Tango Radio hour" which can be heard on WU Radio. Click the below link to listen...

    Listen in every night at 10pm PDT to hear this new show.

    Once a week, host JimR takes you on a tour of a common theme in songs, stories and an interesting interview based that common theme, (hopefully). 

    I'm getting a lot of interviews about animation which I plan on posting without the music part due to copyright issues. Once the process is figured out, I will post those interviews onto the new Animateducated YouTube channel. Why not save yourself some time and subscribe to it today.

    The first episode features an interview with Author Mindy Johnson and Animator Jane Baer about "Ink and Paint: The Women of Walt Disney's Animation."

    Each week we hope to have a special guest to talk about what they do or have done in the animation, comics or video game world. 

    Here's the Mindy Johnson interview.

    If you would like to be on the show or have a friend that would make a great interview, please email them to

    The 2nd episode was about Superheroes! 

    Songs and Stories about Superheroes and meet J.R.R.R. jim Hardison the author of "The Helm" and hear about the process of making a comicbook.

    If you have a theme or song requests, suggestions, got an interview or a theme song for the show? please email them to me at

    Friday, September 28, 2018

    Meet the 2018 WU Animation Teams

    Nine countries from around the world are participating in 24 HOURS this year!!! USA,, Australia, Brazil, Canada,Mexico, Thailand and USA and ...welcome our new international schools from the UK, Germany and Czech Republic! 

    Woodbury University has 8 registered Animation Teams for this year's 24 Hour Contest, tying that amount back in 2016.

    All teams will this Friday in Miller rm 206 for checking and last minute announcements before the live stream broadcast from CSULB announces the theme.

    We will have a pizza for dinner break in the Powell Gallery at 8pm. Please bring your own drinks,  but we will have ice and water.

    I would like all teams to send me a video or two of the team working on the project. Keep it short and simple like you project. I want to show what it's like to make a film in 24 hours.

    And now, here are all the 2018 Woodbury Animation Teams...

    Mystery Shack Employees
    Sabrina Sands, Julie Metas, Rebekah Kamemoto, Cindy De Leon Siquin and Team Captain Vasilina Mikhaylova

    Team Captain Sal Carreiro, Jaicob Andino, Kayla Branson, Roger Alix and Amanda Way.

    Felicia Paredes,Team Captain Camila Maldonado, Emma Garcia, Jessica Ordaz and Jennifer Bose

    The Wood Chips
    (Our Freshmen Team)

    Mallory Collins,Team Captain Sage Pasos, Kevin Nunez, Maria Fiore and Megan Van Hoogmoed

       Fellowship of the Cintiq
    (Our Senior Team)

    Team Captain Jocelyn naves, Nicholas Posito, Rachel Samoysa, Maria Ordonez and Taylor Kowalczyk 

    Pann Cakes

    Team Captain Amit Geffner, Prabu Rajanapathy, Levi Ellis, Izzy Anderson and James Rodriguez

    The Hunky Lwnch

    Team Captain Caitlin Kinkead, Hans Voegeli, Cruz Godinez, Lawren Richardson and Shayne Cut

    The Animettes

    Brandy Williams, Emily Engel-Fletcher, Jay McPherson, Nicole Petrovsky and Team Captain Haley Lambert.

    Participating Schools 24 HOURS 2018:

    1. Academy of Art University, San Francisco, CA (7) 
    2. Art Institute of California San Diego, CA (3)  
    3. Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, TN (2)  
    4. Azusa Pacific University, Azusa, CA (2) 
    5. Belas Artes University, São Paulo, BRAZIL (6)  
    6. Bradley University, Peoria, IL (1) 
    7. Braunschweig University of Art, Braunschweig, Germany (1) 
    8. California Institute of the Arts, Valencia CA (9)  
    9. Capilano University, North Vancouver, BC CANADA (10) 10. Carnegie Mellon University, LA, CA (1) 
    11. Columbus College of Art and Design, Columbus, OH (5) 12. CSUC , Chico CA (7) 
    13. CSUF , Fullerton CA (7) 
    14. CSULA, Los Angeles CA (3) 
    15. CSULB,LongBeachCA (12) 
    16. CSUN , Northridge CA (13) 
    17. Design Centre Enmore TAFE, Enmore NSW AUSTRALIA (2) 
    18. DigiPen Institue of Tecnology, Redmond, WA (1)
    19. ELAC, East Los Angeles CA (3)  
    20. Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, Edinboro, PA (5) 21. Emily Carr University of Art & Design, Vancouver BC CANADA (1) 
    22. FAAP, Sao Paulo, Brazil (7) 
    23. Film School Zlin, Zlin, Czch Republic (1) 
    24. Grand Valley State University, Allendale Charter Township, Michigan (2) 
    25. Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (1)
    26. ITESMCampus Querétaro, MEXICO (7) 
    27. Kansas City Art Institute , Kansas City, MO (Missouri) (2) 28. Kendall College of Art and Design , Grand Rapids, MI (3) 29. Lipscomb University, Nashville, Tenessee (1) 
    30. Middle Tennessee State University , Murfreesboro, Tennessee (6) 
    31. Nevada State College , Henderson, NV (2)  32. Rangsit University, Bangkok Thailand (5) 
    33. Ringing College of Art and Design, Sarasota, FL (4) 
     34. SAE Institute México, Mexico City, MÉXICO (2) 
    35. Sam Houston State University, Huntsville TX (4) 
    36. San Jose State University, San Jose CA (5) 
    37. School of Visual Arts, NYC, NY (1) 
    38. Seneca College, Toronto CANADA (8) 
    39. SFSU, San Francisco, CA (1) 
    40. Sheridan College, CANADA (29) 
    41. Universidad delValle de Puebla Puebla, MÉXICO (1) 
    42. UFSC, Florianopolis, Brazil (1) 
    43. University of Bradford, UK (1)  
    44. University of California Berkeley , Berkeley CA (3) 
    45. University of Salford, Manchester, England (1) 
    46. University of Southern California , Los Angeles CA (4)  47. Villa Maria College, NY (3) 
    48. Virginia Commonwealth University, VA (2) 
    49. Woodbury University , Glendale CA (8) 

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