Looking for something to listen to? We asked our Brown Bag team to tell us about some great animation podcasts they've been getting into and wanted to shout out about. We’ve compiled a handy list of their suggestions to add to your queue!
Check them out and be sure to let us know what you think or any we may have missed in the comments below!
A studio favourite, the DRAWN podcast, hosted by Holly Frey, is a must have for all animation lovers featuring great interviews with various industry heavyweights and discussing a wide and fun range of topics like The Villains of animation, Music of 'Toons, and How Cartoons Get Made, to name but a few.
The Bancroft Brothers Animation Podcast provides an entertaining and educational look at animation. Tom Bancroft and Tony Bancroft, two ex-Disney animators, discuss the art and business of animation with some of the industries biggest talents from Glen Keane to Brad Bird to Don Hahn.
Hosted by Hector Navarro, the Nick Animation Podcast takes you behind the scenes and into the brains of some of the animation creators, artists and voice talents of Nickelodeon shows.
Hosted by Breana Williams and Waymond Singleton, Black N' Animated is an animation podcast to educate, inform and inspire Black artists pursuing careers in animation. The series features lots of great interviews with animation professionals and discusses some of the main stuggles and challenges in the industry.
From the awesome Skwigly Animation Magazine comes The Skwigly Animation Podcast! A great place to get your dose of animation news, interviews and reviews from the UK. The series features interviews with some of animation's greatest talents, focusing on their personal perspective of the artform and also takes you through the history of animation, right up to the present day!
With over 90 episodes under their belt, The Ink & Paint Folk Podcast is a great source of insight and info into the inspiring women and non-binary folk in the animation industry. With plenty of interviews featuring amazing stories and experiences to get you motivated, creativity fuelled and eager to lead, this is definitely a series to dive into! You can find some great featured episodes on the WIA website to get you started.
This series was set up by an animator Clay Kaytis whose credits include Tangled, Wreck-it Ralph and Frozen! And, although no new episodes are being created, the series features some notable interviews with animation legends Glen Keane and Ray Harryhausen and other creatives that Clay has worked with in the past.
In this series, accomplished voice actor Rob Paulsen sits down with various other voice actors to discuss their experiences, reading scripts, and re-enacting famous film scenes with cartoon voices!
Hosted by Liam Geraghty, Meet Your Maker is a show about the people who make the things we love. From board game designers to video game music composers and from city architects to animators, it goes behind the curtain, inside the mechanics and onto the pages of scribbled on, ink soaked notepads to hear stories of how people make the things they make!
Hosted by Disney Visual Development Artist/ Illustrator Chris Oatley, The Visual Storytelling Podcast (formerly Paper Wings Show) features terrific interviews with creatives from all aspects of the animation process, with great advice for artists and writers alike. And also some helpful tips for dealing with creative roadblocks, like anxiety or fear of failing.
You can also check out more from Chris on his YouTube channel.
Hosted by Emmy winning creator and award winning artist, Bobby Chiu, the Chiustream podcast discusses art and life as an artist. Bobby interviews top artists working in film, animation, tv, illustration, games (Iain McCaig, Craig Mullins, Brenda Chapman) and shares his own thoughts and philosophies about art and being an artist.
Hosted by Angela Entzminger and Jeff Schuetze, The Animated Journey is a bimonthly animation podcast featuring animation professionals currently working in television, film and games. Veterans as well as newly minted professionals in the field share their tales of becoming a part of the animation industry and how they continue to enjoy the journey!
Hosts Tim McCourt and Sam Taylor, members of The Line Animation Studio, talk to some of their favourite filmmakers and animation creators in this nifty podcast series.
Hosts Cory Casoni, Brad Guigar and Scott Kurtz have been creating and publishing content online for a very long time. And they are pretty good at it. In this podcast series they discuss art, test new media technologies, talk to other industry professionals, and share some laughs.
The Allan McKay podcast is a creative and career related podcast focused on artists in Design, Film, Visual Effects and Video Games. Each episode typically features Allan interviewing other artists in the film or games industry, designers, or book authors, developers or entire software or film or game teams. Episodes range from interviews with Blizzard, Blur, Autodesk, ILM, Pixar and more!
Hosted by Dan Berry, this is a great podcast for anyone interested in illustration and storytelling! Featuring some terrific interviews with comic artists as they discuss how they approach their work and make stylistic decisions. There's some great inspiration for Storyboard Artists and also some great advice for creatives on their journey!
A show for MoGraph artists by MoGraph artists, featuring interviews with Designers, Animators, Producers, and other folks in the Motion Graphics industry. Get deep into the geeky world of Adobe After Effects, Cinema 4D, Photoshop and Illustrator and learn a whole bunch of new tricks.
Not specifically an animation podcast but Scriptnotes, hosted by John August and Craig Mazin, is a super awesome series all about screenwriting (and occasionally, writing for animation). Useful for any and all storytellers!
Veteran Animator Brian Finlay hosts the 'Drawn to It' series which boasts an impressive round up of guests with great stories to share and help creatives (especially animators) feel inspired and charged up. Brian discusses the animation journey with his guests, the ups and downs, overcoming obstacles and creative blocks, and refreshingly also cover mental health!