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Join Ben Mitchell, Steve Henderson, Laura-Beth Cowley and guests for Skwigly's animation podcasts, where interviews with world famous industry legends and skilled craftspeople go alongside cheery conversations about the world of animation. You can select from our sub-categories: Skwigly Film Club, Intimate Animation, Independent Animation and the main Skwigly Animation Podcast.

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Join Ben Mitchell, Steve Henderson, Laura-Beth Cowley and guests for Skwigly's animation podcasts, where interviews with world famous industry legends and skilled craftspeople go alongside cheery conversations about the world of animation. You can select from our sub-categories: Skwigly Film Club, Intimate Animation, Independent Animation and the main Skwigly Animation Podcast.

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Great banter between two witty co-hosts, keeping listeners informed of the latest developments in worldwide (not just mainstream Hollywood) animated film. Providing near-constant, on-the-ground coverage of many of the biggest European animation festivals, they consistently manage to score interviews with established industry giants (Glen Keane, Bill Plympton, Joanna Quinn, etc.) as well as up-and-coming indie talent. In addition, listeners are treated to their day-to-day adventures, and mishaps, being two young filmmakers themselves, successfully navigating the world of freelance/indie animation. Exciting, funny, and well-produced, it's always a thrill to see when a new episode has dropped. Even if you aren't directly involved in the industry yourself, Ben and Steve make one feel like an insider, privy to all sorts of behind the scenes info and the latest developments.

Love it so much i wish it was weekly!!

By jr.holman - Mar 08 2013
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This is an amazing podcast!! Steve Henderson and Ben Mitchell are two well informed animators as well as interviewers. I love what they have to say because it is not just about British animation or the animation that they are producing. They are very knowledgable about animation, animation tecniques, and have a great chemistry with their interviewees. They can banter with eachother and head off on tangents but it is never a dull moment with these two. I just wish it was a weekly podcast as opposed to a monthly one.

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7 Ratings
Average Ratings
7
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0

Here's Hoping for Many More Episodes to Come!

By DudeMeBruh - Mar 13 2018
Read more
Great banter between two witty co-hosts, keeping listeners informed of the latest developments in worldwide (not just mainstream Hollywood) animated film. Providing near-constant, on-the-ground coverage of many of the biggest European animation festivals, they consistently manage to score interviews with established industry giants (Glen Keane, Bill Plympton, Joanna Quinn, etc.) as well as up-and-coming indie talent. In addition, listeners are treated to their day-to-day adventures, and mishaps, being two young filmmakers themselves, successfully navigating the world of freelance/indie animation. Exciting, funny, and well-produced, it's always a thrill to see when a new episode has dropped. Even if you aren't directly involved in the industry yourself, Ben and Steve make one feel like an insider, privy to all sorts of behind the scenes info and the latest developments.

Love it so much i wish it was weekly!!

By jr.holman - Mar 08 2013
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This is an amazing podcast!! Steve Henderson and Ben Mitchell are two well informed animators as well as interviewers. I love what they have to say because it is not just about British animation or the animation that they are producing. They are very knowledgable about animation, animation tecniques, and have a great chemistry with their interviewees. They can banter with eachother and head off on tangents but it is never a dull moment with these two. I just wish it was a weekly podcast as opposed to a monthly one.

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Rank #1: Skwigly Podcast 79 (05/04/2018) - Simon Tofield

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Presenting the 79th episode of the Skwigly podcast!

Special guests:
•Simon Tofield, creator of the online sensation "Simon's Cat" that celebrated its tenth anniversary this year.

Presented/edited by Ben Mitchell and Steve Henderson
Produced by Ben Mitchell
Music by Ben Mitchell

Apr 04 2018

1hr 25mins

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Rank #2: Skwigly Podcast 87 (28/11/2018) - John Kahrs

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Presenting the 87th episode of the Skwigly podcast!

In this episode we meet John Kahrs, director of Google Spotight Stories' latest offering 'Age of Sail'.

Presented by Ben Mitchell and Steve Henderson
Interview conducted by Steve Henderson
Edited and produced by Ben Mitchell
Music by Ben Mitchell

Nov 28 2018

1hr 31mins

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Rank #3: Skwigly Podcast 46 (23/03/2016) - Charlie Kaufman & Duke Johnson

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The 46th Skwigly podcast, brought to you by skwigly.com
Presented by Ben Mitchell and Steve Henderson.
Special guests: Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson, directors of 'Anomalisa'

Produced and edited by Ben Mitchell
Music by Ben Mitchell

Mar 23 2016

43mins

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Rank #4: Skwigly Podcast 54 (13/07/2016) - Michael Thurmeier & Lori Forte

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The 54th Skwigly podcast, brought to you by skwigly.com
Presented by Ben Mitchell, Wesley Allard and Steve Henderson.

Special guests: Mike Thurmeier (director) and Lori Forte (producer), the team behind the 'Ice Age' movie series whose latest installment 'Ice Age: Collision Course' is released in the UK this week.

Produced by Ben Mitchell
Edited by Ben Mitchell & Wesley Allard
Music by Ben Mitchell

Jul 12 2016

1hr 13mins

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Rank #5: Skwigly at KLIK! 2017 Podcast Minisode: Filmmaker's Talkshow 3

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Skwigly are proud to present a series of exclusive podcast minisodes from this year's edition of the KLIK! Amsterdam Animation Festival.
In episode 3 we hear from attending filmmakers in conversation with Hans Walther as part of KLIK!'s Filmmakers Talkshow.
Featured in this episode:
Jasmine Elsen('Rascal')
Ludwig Camarillo ('Chair: Animation For Art Lovers')
Kiril Mirkov ('Creature Pinup')
Martanoemí Noriega and Tomas Cortés-Rosselot (Mandi, The Little Cockroach)

Produced, presented and edited by Ben Mitchell
Interviews conducted by Hans Walther
Thanks to Marion Poeth

Oct 26 2017

46mins

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Rank #6: Skwigly Podcast 90 (15/04/2019) - Justin K. Thompson & Chris Butler

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Presenting the 90th episode of the Skwigly podcast!

In this episode we meet Justin K. Thompson, production designer on the critically-acclaimed and Oscar/BAFTA/Golden Globe-winning 'Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse', coming soon to DVD/Bluray.
We also welcome back previous podcast guest Chris Butler, director of Laika's latest stop-motion feature film extravaganza 'Missing Link', now in cinemas worldwide.

Also discussed in this episode: Early trailers for 'Toy Story 4' and 'Shaun the Sheep 2' as well as recent animated series aimed at adults including 'Love Death + Robots' and 'The Shivering Truth'.

Presented by Ben Mitchell with Steve Henderson and Laura-Beth Cowley
Interviews conducted by Ben Mitchell and Laura-Beth Cowley
Edited and produced by Ben Mitchell
Music by Ben Mitchell

Apr 15 2019

1hr 36mins

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Rank #7: Skwigly Podcast 86 (31/10/2018) - Sylvie Trouvé and Dale Hayward

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Presenting the 86th episode of the Skwigly podcast!

In this episode we meet Sylvie Trouvé and Dale Hayward, directors of the NFB short 'Bone Mother'.

Presented by Ben Mitchell with Steve Henderson and Laura-Beth Cowley
Interview conducted by Laura-Beth Cowley
Produced by Ben Mitchell
Music by Ben Mitchell and Wez Allard

Oct 31 2018

1hr 29mins

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Rank #8: Skwigly Podcast 76 (24/01/2018) - Nora Twomey

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Presenting the 76th episode of the Skwigly podcast!

Special guest:
•Nora Twomey, director of the latest Cartoon Saloon feature film 'The Breadwinner' which has been nominated for Best Animated Feature at the 90th Academy Awards.

Presented by Ben Mitchell and Steve Henderson
Produced & edited by Ben Mitchell
Music by Ben Mitchell

Jan 24 2018

1hr 15mins

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Rank #9: Skwigly Podcast 51 (01/06/2016) - Bill Plympton (Plymptoons)

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The 51st Skwigly podcast, brought to you by skwigly.com
Presented by Ben Mitchell and Steve Henderson
Special guest: Bill Plympton of Plymptoons, discussing his latest upcoming features "Hitler's Folly" and "Revengeance"

Produced and edited by Ben Mitchell
Music by Ben Mitchell

Jun 02 2016

46mins

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Rank #10: Skwigly Podcast 80 (03/05/2018) - Isle of Dogs

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Presenting the 80th episode of the Skwigly podcast!

In this episode we report from the first Cardiff Animation Festival and chat with key members of the team behind "Isle of Dogs":
•Kim Keukeleire, lead animator
•Josh Flynn, fabricator
•Kerry Dyer, head of puppet hospital
•Tim Allen, key animator

Presented by Ben Mitchell and Steve Henderson with Lauren Orme and Dani Abram
Interviews conducted by Ben Mitchell and Laura-Beth Cowley
Produced and edited by Ben Mitchell
Music by Ben Mitchell

May 03 2018

2hr 7mins

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Rank #11: Skwigly Podcast 88 (24/12/2018) - Caroline Thompson

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Presenting the 88th episode of the Skwigly podcast!

In this episode we look back on 25 years of the stop-motion classic The Nightmare Before Christmas and welcome the film's writer Caroline Thompson to the podcast to discuss her career and contributions to the film and other works including Edward Scissorhands and The Corpse Bride.

Also discussed in this episode: The online reaction to Spider Verse and the animated shorts in the running for 2019 Oscar nominations.

Presented by Ben Mitchell and Steve Henderson
Interview conducted by Ben Mitchell
Edited and produced by Ben Mitchell
Music by Ben Mitchell

Dec 23 2018

1hr 26mins

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Rank #12: Skwigly Podcast 52 (15/06/2016) - Chris Renaud

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The 52nd Skwigly podcast, brought to you by skwigly.com
Presented by Ben Mitchell and Steve Henderson with Katie Steed and Julia Young.

Special guest: Chris Renaud, director of the Illumination film 'The Secret Life of Pets', premiering this week at the Annecy International Animation Festival

Produced & Edited by Ben Mitchell
Music by Ben Mitchell

Jun 15 2016

39mins

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Rank #13: Skwigly Podcast 91 (25/06/2019) - Regina Pessoa & Jérémy Clapin

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Presenting the 91st episode of the Skwigly podcast!

In this episode we meet NFB director Regina Pessoa, whose return to short filmmaking 'Uncle Thomas: Accounting for the Days' has recently earned her two prizes at this year's edition of the Annecy International Animated Film Festival. We also hear from fellow Annecy award-winner Jérémy Clapin to discuss his highly-anticipated feature film 'I Lost My Body', coming soon to Netflix.

Also discussed in this episode: Making 'Aladdin' hip, the plight of long-running Brazilian festival Anima Mundi and other highlights among this year's Annecy festival award winners.

Presented by Ben Mitchell and Steve Henderson
Interviews conducted by Ben Mitchell and Steve Henderson
Edited and produced by Ben Mitchell
Music by Ben Mitchell

Jun 25 2019

1hr 29mins

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Rank #14: Skwigly Podcast 55 (27/07/2016) - Paul Driessen

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The 55th Skwigly podcast, brought to you by skwigly.com
Presented by Ben Mitchell and Steve Henderson.
Special guest: Paul Driessen, multi-award-winning veteran animation director whose filmography includes 'The Boy Who Saw the Iceberg', 'Oedipus', '2D or Not 2D', the Oscar-nominated 'Three Misses' and his latest short 'Cat Meets Dog'

Produced and edited by Ben Mitchell
Music by Ben Mitchell

Jul 26 2016

1hr

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Rank #15: Skwigly Podcast 89 (22/02/2019) - Louise Bagnall & Nuria González Blanco

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Presenting the 89th episode of the Skwigly podcast!

In this episode we meet Louise Bagnall and Nuria González Blanco, director and producer respectively of the Oscar-nominated Cartoon Saloon short film 'Late Afternoon'.

Also discussed in this episode: The concerning first look at Will Smith's Genie in Disney's 'Aladdin' remake and the encouraging outcome of this year's BAFTAs.

Presented by Ben Mitchell and Steve Henderson
Interview conducted and edited by Steve Henderson
Edited and produced by Ben Mitchell
Music by Ben Mitchell

Feb 22 2019

51mins

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Rank #16: Skwigly Podcast 84 (19/08/2018)

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Presenting the 84th episode of the Skwigly podcast!

In this episode we meet Josh Weinstein, animation writer/producer whose credits include 'The Simpsons', 'Futurama', 'Gravity Falls' and the recently-dropped Netflix series 'Disenchantment' which he developed alongside creator Matt Groening.

Also discussed in this episode: The challenges TV pilots face in representing the series to come and the potential perils of festival submissions.

Presented by Ben Mitchell and Steve Henderson
Interview conducted by Steve Henderson
Produced by Ben Mitchell
Music by Ben Mitchell

Aug 19 2018

1hr 31mins

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Rank #17: Independent Animation 06 - Tonko House

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In the sixth episode of Independent Animation, our companion podcast series to the Skwigly tie-in book "Independent Animation: Developing, Producing and Distributing Your Animated Films" (Taylor & Francis/CRC Press), we catch up with Robert Kondo of Tonko House - whose projects include the Oscar-nominated short film 'The Dam Keeper' and its recently-concluded graphic novel series spin-off - to discuss what the independent studio has been up to since branching off from Pixar with fellow alum Dice Tsutsumi.

Written, edited and produced by Ben Mitchell

Jul 21 2019

39mins

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Rank #18: Independent Animation 05 - Remembering Rosto

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In the fifth episode of Independent Animation, our companion podcast series to the Skwigly tie-in book "Independent Animation: Developing, Producing and Distributing Your Animated Films" (Taylor & Francis/CRC Press), we remember the phenomenal work of Dutch filmmaker Rosto, who sadly passed away earlier this year. With a body of work spanning 20 years and all manner of mixed-media approaches, Rosto's films perfectly married his enthusiasm for music with captivating, dreamlike and, at times, horrifying visual storytelling.
This podcast features our final interview with Rosto (originally conducted for Marimo magazine), discussing the concluding chapter of his Thee Wreckers tetralogy "Reruns".

May 15 2019

41mins

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Rank #19: Skwigly Podcast 83 (24/07/2018) - Trevor Jimenez

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Presenting the 83rd episode of the Skwigly podcast!

In this episode we meet Trevor Jimenez, director of the short film 'Weekends' that recently won the Jury Award and Audience Award at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival as well as ten other festival awards and counting.

Presently playing in competition at Anima Mundi, upcoming screenings include Animation Block Party, Fantoche and Anibar.

Also discussed in this episode: The reaction to She-Ra's redesign, Annecy and S.A.S. highlights, Brad Bird vs. bloggers, the premiere of 'Chuck Steel: Night of the Trampires' and Vice's bizarre 'Simpsons' article.

Presented by Ben Mitchell and Steve Henderson
Interview conducted by Steve Henderson
Produced and edited by Ben Mitchell
Music by Ben Mitchell and Wez Allard

Jul 24 2018

1hr 15mins

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Rank #20: Skwigly Podcast 81 (07/06/2018) - Alison Snowden & David Fine

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Presenting the 81st episode of the Skwigly podcast!

In this episode we're thrilled to welcome animation power couple Alison Snowden and David Fine, whose short filmography includes the Oscar-nominated "Second Class Mail" and the Oscar-winning "Bob's Birthday" that inspired the hit TV series "Bob and Margaret".
Alison and David have returned to the world of shorts with "Animal Behaviour", their first in twenty years produced with the National Film Board of Canada and screeening this month at Animafest Zagreb, the Annecy International Animated Film Festival and the Edinburgh International Film Festival.

Presented by Ben Mitchell and Steve Henderson
Produced and edited by Ben Mitchell
Music by Ben Mitchell

Jun 06 2018

1hr 8mins

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