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Episode 38: Hamid Rahmanian

Join Whitney Grace as she speaks with artist Hamid Rahmanian, who is the director, writer, and creator of Feathers of Fire.  Rahmanian’s Feathers of Fire is a brilliant, animated shadow puppet stage show adapted from the Persian epic The Shahnameh.

Toon-In Talk Episode 37: Niki Smith

Whitney Grace interviews graphic novel writer and artist Niki Smith about her new LGBTQA fantasy novel, The Deep and Dark Blue.  Whitney not loves the Niki Smith’s graphic novel, but the pandemic has gotten to her mental health in the form of delusions and illusions of grandeur.

Toon-In Talk Episode 36: Rob Paulsen

Rob Paulsen takes some time from his busy voice acting schedule to spend some time with host Whitney Grace and things get weird.

Episode 35: Michael Dooley

Oh, dear!  I did it again!  I went on an unintended hiatus, but I’m back and raring to get the podcast rolling again.  In episode 35, I speak with Michael Dooley is a professor at the Pasadena Art Center.  I’ve guest lectured at his class on Lotte Reiniger.  He’s one of the coolest behind the scenes professionals I’ve spoken with because he’s a true geek.  Beyond his geekdom, he’s a writer, photographer, comic historian, and designer.

Episode 34: Chris Prynoski

Whitney Grace is digging through her queue of old new stock interviews and pulls this beauty out with Chris Prynoski!  Chirs Prynoski is the founder and head of Titmouse Inc., an independent animation studio that’s been making a name for itself since 2000.  Titmouse Inc. has worked on a variety of cartoons for Disney, Adult Swim, and Netflix as well as feature films Nerdland, Teen Titans Go, and the new Foxy Trotter and Hanazuki.

Episode 33: Jerry Beck

Join Whitney Grace in this blast down memory lane with an old episode from her now defunct first podcast.  In this episode, Whitney interviews renowned animation historian Jerry Beck.  They delve into Beck’s career and animation history.

Episode 32: Mathew Klickstein

I’m back and done explaining about the current state of my mental health.  It’s actually doing pretty well, at least the voices tell me so.  FYI, if if you aren’t aware I have a dark sense of humor, particularly at my own expense, because I find it hilarious.  (If you didn’t catch on, that means I don’t have voices in my head. Unicorns and llamas are another story.)

Give me a round of applause and praise me to the high heavens, because I finished episode 32!  Whoopee!

Beat that depression!

This interview is with my fellow writer Mathew Klickstein, who has been on Toon-In Talk before to discuss his book Slimed!: An Oral History of Nickelodeon.  In episode 32, Mat has returned to talk about his newest book (at least it was new in 2018 when I recorded the interview) Springfield Confidential.

Mat wrote Springfield Confidential with former lead Simpsonswriter Mike Reiss, who also went to Harvard, headed the National Lampoon, and also writes children’s books.  Mat and Mikes’ book digs into the history of America’s longest running sitcom The Simpsons and reveals secrets, stories, and humor behind the show.

You’ll notice I didn’t write show notes for episode 32.  I’ve never liked writing show notes, so taking Mat’s advice I stopped doing it.  All right!  I am making myself happier about making my podcast.

Episode 31: Interview With Myself

I wanted to offer more details about my hiatus.  In episode 31 of Toon-In Talk, I interview myself and describe my experiences being misdiagnosed with autism, depression, bullying, PTSD, and other issues.

I’ve said it once and will continue to say it for the remainder of my life: being misdiagnosed effs up your life.  My life was effed up for years and I’m still dealing with the consequences today.

While I have a supportive family, animation, comic books, and puppetry really become the things that made my worth living.  Take a listen and hear part of my story.  I say part because I haven’t written the rest yet.  (Aren’t I poetic? HA!)

Episode 30: “Interview” With Frank Welker

I made this last year as an April Fool’s joke that got out way too late.  It was an attempt at coming back from hiatus the first time, but no dice.

I would love the chance to interview the real Frank Welker, but he’s harder to pin down than me during tax season.  Did I just write that?  Oh boy…I pay my taxes, I swear unless my CPA is pocketing my money and running.  That would explain why he took off to Bermuda and has an office there now…

While I investigate my CPA, enjoy this “interview” with cartoon voice over king, Mr. Frank Welker.

Toon-In Talk Episode 29: Interview with Brenda Chapman

Hello and welcome to twenty-ninth episode of Fanboy Nation’s Toon-In-Talk, your rendezvous for animation interviews.  Concluding Whitney’s longer than expected series the Ladies of Animation is an interview with Academy Award winner director Brenda Chapman.  Brenda is best recognized for her work as the writer and director of Pixar‘s Brave and the director of DreamWorks’s The Prince of Egypt.  She also had an extraordinary career at Disney working on Beauty and the BeastThe Little Mermaid, and The Lion King.  Brenda Chapman has since embarked on an independent creative career with her husband, director Kevin Lima.

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  • Brenda Chapman is the director of Brave and Prince of Egypt. She has worked in the animation industry since the early days of the Disney Renaissance and first worked on The Little Mermaid.
  • As many an animator, Brenda grew up watching Looney Toons and through close, personal connections contacted Disney Feature Animation, who sent her a brochure about CalArts.
  • The main influence on Brenda’s work was her mother.
  • Brenda had the privilege to know legendary animator Joe Ranft and he encouraged her to concentrate more on storytelling.
  • Brenda has experience storytelling for the screen and page. The biggest difference for her is that regular prose writing demands more detail that is usually visually communicated.
  • When Brenda was applying for jobs after CalArts, she put together a portfolio consisting of her clean-up work and tossed in a storyboard in the back. Disney loved her storyboard over her clean-up animation.
  • She shared that the only reason why Disney hired her was due to her gender, but once she was in the department Brenda never felt any discrimination.
  • Whitney is curious about the chaotic neutral will o’wisps in Brave and Brenda clears up her confusion.
  • Brenda shares the lowdown on George Lucas’s Strange Magic that delivered an odd story. In short, there wasn’t much of a story to begin with.
  • Brenda shared that getting a greenlight and keeping her job on an animated film are some of the biggest challenges she faced.
  • Brenda is keeping busy with many writing projects and is starting a company with her husband.
  • Brenda’s husband, Kevin Lima, isn’t a stranger to animation. He directed Disney’s Tarzan, Enchanted, and A Goofy Movie.
  • Brenda declares that girls need to get out there and animate.

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