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The Mukpuddy Animation podcast that chats with the amazing talent from our New Zealand based studio (and beyond) about creativity, inspiration and working life in the animation industry. New episodes bi-weekly. Hosted by animators Josh Marchant and Simon Crane. Theme Music by Dane Jacobs.
 
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Bryn Kettle is an animator turned storyboarder at Mukpuddy, as well as a multi-talented character designer and writer. We chat with Bryn about their unique animation philosophy, developing concepts just for the fun of it, the right and wrong ways to break-the-fourth-wall and dragging Josh for constantly mentioning his holiday. But that's not all fo…
 
Simon and Josh immediately break our own rule and discuss a lot of Star Trek at the top of show. Jump to 25:00 to skip the Trek Talk. We look back at the previous months guests before jumping in to discuss all the movies, comics and even radio dramas we've been enjoying. We also celebrate two of our favourite actors: Nichelle Nichols and David Warn…
 
Joel Spencer is an animator for Mukpuddy but is perhaps best known as JoelyMoley for their independent, conversational and absurd animation. We swap tales about the minimum wage jobs we quit in order to join Mukpuddy, the uphill battle of being a YouTube Animator and learning Flash on the job. We also discuss our favourite superheroes: Batman, Spid…
 
Chris Maguren is a self described 'animation generalist' who like his family, works hard and plays hard. As a team leader at Mukpuddy, he manages a team of animators, on top of his regular animation duties. He also does regular freelance work and still makes time to play sports and enjoy his other hobbies. We chat with Chris about the first nationa…
 
Aleks is back (already) to chat with us in person about the Vision Feast Film Festival, which has just celebrated it's sixth year recognizing, celebrating and cultivating the creative community in New Zealand and around the globe. Festival Founder Aleks explains the origins, ethos and potential future of Vision Feast. And after about 2-hours of tha…
 
Alan Parr is a writer and animatic editor at Mukpuddy, in addition to writing his own kids book 'Wilbur's Cosmic Cone' (illustrated by Mukpuddy's own Anna Lee). Despite technical difficulties recording this episode (We suspect Alan is cursed or perhaps bewitched), we discuss the process of writing, publishing and distributing a children's book duri…
 
Simon and Josh sit down for an informal catchup to look back on the podcast so far and let you know what you can look forward to in future episodes. We also chat about the comfort movies we've watched while both sick this winter and (because we know you can't get enough) we round out the show with a Star Trek discussion, conveniently placed at the …
 
Doug McFarlane is an animator, actor, artist and singer for his all-ginger metal band BLOODNUT. He chats with us about what it's like being a jobbing extra for film and TV, how there's never been a better time to be a vegan and how fanart mashups are art too. We also spend time yarning about Mike Flanagan, Orson Welles and Betty White. Now THERE'S …
 
Aleksander Sakowski phones in from Down Under (or slightly further up, for us) to explain why compositing animation is like a sandwhich. We chat about his futurist opus 'The Mecha Genesis', the incredible work he's made through his own production company and even such lofty ideas as the possibility of being able to look into the past (for example, …
 
Mike Glasswell, alias David Gleesman, chats with us about his many odd jobs before becoming an Animation Supervisor at Mukpuddy and finding creativity in his personal life. He also tries to explain the basics of Twitch streaming to Simon, how to play it cool when meeting your heroes and by some disturbance in the Force, there's hardly any Star Wars…
 
Kurt La Roche chats with us about his vital role at the studio in drawing, building and organizing digital assets for animation. He talks about his background in traditional fine arts and relearning how to draw in lead character designer Alex Leighton's signature style or as we like to say, studying Alextology. No, it isn't a cult. Josh and Simon t…
 
In our longest episode yet, we chat with TWELVE guests from around the studio about that inescapable force in pop culture, Star Wars. We chat with people who love the series, others who love particular parts and even a few who don't get what all the fuss is about and are sick of all the nerdy references. Maclunkey! Yub-Nub! Ootini! 5:11 - Mike Glas…
 
Becky Kuek is a Writer/Director/Actor and the creator of Tales of Nai Nai! In this episode, we chat about her incredibly diverse career, leaping from different roles to different mediums. We also find time to discuss soap operas, stuffed toys and quarter-life crises! Follow Becky @beckykuek on Instagram and Twitter For updates on LONG x XIA and DAT…
 
Tim Evans is a founder of Mukpuddy and creator/writer of original animated series including The Barefoot Bandits, Jandal Burn, The Drawing Show and The Adventure of Tumeke Space. In this episode, we chat with Tim about his knack for putting together creative teams, being unable to mentally visualise and how that relates to personal creativity. Also…
 
To celebrate First Contact day (May the 4th for Trekkies) Simon and Josh sit down to answer burning questions non-Trekkies need answers to, such as what is Star Trek? Which one is Spock? Why don't you get a life? Is There in Truth No Beauty? Who Mourns for Morn? Now you too can understand these in-jokes and many more! Simon recommends these channel…
 
Ryan Cooper and Alex Leighton are two of the founders of Mukpuddy Animation and creators of original animated series including The Barefoot Bandits, Jandal Burn, The Drawing Show and The Adventure of Tumeke Space. In this episode we chat about the realities of living their childhood dreams, the hustle of pitching and selling their original ideas an…
 
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