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4 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Astrid Goldsmith. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Astrid Goldsmith, often where they are interviewed.

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4 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Astrid Goldsmith. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Astrid Goldsmith, often where they are interviewed.

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The Emperor's New Groove (2000) (with Astrid Goldsmith)

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Voted for by the Fantasy/Animation community on social media as the inaugural #feelgoodfananim, Episode 44 of the podcast looks at the Walt Disney studio’s cel-animated feature The Emperor's New Groove (Mark Dindal, 2000). Chris and Alex are also joined by their very first returning guest, award-winning animator Astrid Goldsmith (a.k.a. Mock Duck Studios), to discuss the troubled production history, buddy narrative and anarchic comic structures of a film that marked a seismic formal shift in the familiar Disney style. Or did it? Listen as the trio make their way through The Emperor’s New Groove’s adherence to the Disney formula and its ambiguous relationship to the Disney Renaissance, while remembering the landscape of Hollywood animation in the 1990s where the film began life as “The Kingdom of the Sun”. Other topics include the fantasy of The Emperor’s New Groove’s strongly self-reflexive register and complex use of voiceover narration; character design, anthropomorphism and talking llamas; and what happens if you pull the wrong lever.

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Apr 13 2020 · 1hr 13mins
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The Valley of Gwangi (1969) (with Astrid Goldsmith)

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Part-Western, part-dinosaur epic, The Valley of Gwangi (Jim O’Connolly, 1969) is a fantasy that combines the icons and images of the frontier myth together with stop-motion animation directed by Ray Harryhausen, a project that he had himself inherited from his mentor Willis O'Brien. Set in Mexico at the turn of the 20th century, and with a plot that involves the capture of a living Allosaurus by a gang of cowboys, The Valley of Gwangi stands as Harryhausen’s final ‘dinosaur film’, one whose effects imagery is the fullest expression of his unique handling of stop-motion creatures. Joining Chris and Alex for episode 33, and to discuss the power of The Valley of Gwangi’s stop-motion puppetry, is award-winning animator Astrid Goldsmith (a.k.a. Mock Duck Studios). Topics include the film’s fantastical treatment (and manipulation) of generic conventions; the organisation of interconnected spatial ‘arenas’ that structure the Western Fantasy narrative; and the interplay of live-action and animated elements during the film’s celebrated ‘rope battle’ between man and dinosaur.

Nov 04 2019 · 1hr 19mins

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Astrid Goldsmith: Puppets, politics, and The Wind in the Willows with extra Wombles

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Astrid Goldsmith is an award-winning stop-motion animator. After tuition from Great Uncle Bulgaria and 12 years of hand-making models for other people - including Garth Jennings (for “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”), the boy band Blue and the unrelenting Duracell Bunny - she made her debut solo film, “Squirrel Island”. Astrid’s animations question the impact of human policy on the natural world, and her latest commissioned film, “Quarantine”, was nominated for the Debut Director Award at the Edinburgh TV Festival’s New Voice Awards. In this in-depth conversation, we talk grey squirrels vs. red squirrels, badgers as a focus for nationalism, how “good and bad” animals are an unfair human construct, and how anthropomorphic animation lends itself perfectly to deeper reflection about us and about our diverse ecosystem.

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Apr 04 2019 · 52mins
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7: Director, Model Maker & Stop Motion Animator - Astrid Goldsmith

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Astrid Goldsmith is a multi-talented, award-winning Animator, specialising primarily in puppet stop motion. She has worked on many projects including some well known adverts such as - The Alaphant for Ford Fiesta, The Duracell Bunny and in a very recent addition, the troll in Nike's Never Ask campaign. In this episode of Greater Than 11%, Renee and Astrid discuss the process of using Bolex film cameras and how Astrid created numerous grey and red Squirrels for her masterpiece that is Squirrel Island.

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Oct 23 2018 · 46mins