Akiva Schaffer makes-up one third of the popular Lonely Island trio. He's also the director of Disney's new live-action/animated feature combo Chip 'N Dale: Rescue Rangers, which premieres this Friday May 20th on Disney+. Turns out Chip and Dale were *actors* on the popular late '80s/early '90s Rescue Rangers series. 30 years later, they reunite in a much different Hollywoodland, with a missing friend's case to solve. Schaffer discusses this wild and ambitious new movie.
It's a special 3rd Anniversary episode of the "Back To You Podcast"! Find out what the stars and makers of "Back To You" have been up to over the past year, as well as details on their upcoming major projects. Plus, I share some personal stories and play a few new interview clips all about "BTY".
Eric Goldberg draws the beloved character of The Genie on an episode of the new informational series Sketchbook (premiering this Wednesday April 27th on Disney+). Goldberg discusses how The Genie has remained a core part of his life in the 30 years since Aladdin — and a highly-anticipated Mickey Mouse short and documentary.
On June 17th, Pixar presents new sci-fi action/adventure film Lightyear. It's not about the "child's play-thing" from the Toy Story franchise. Lightyear is the movie Andy saw when he was young that made him fall in love with the space ranger Buzz Lightyear character, voiced by Chris Evans. After screening 30 minutes of footage, I spoke with director Angus MacLane (co-director of Finding Dory) and producer Galyn Susman (Toy Story 4).
New DreamWorks Animation feature The Bad Guys opens in theaters this Friday April 22nd. It’s based on a graphic novel series from Aaron Blabey about talking animal criminals in a complicated human world who are out to (possibly) change their image. Director Pierre Perifel and producers Rebecca Huntley and Damon Ross discuss casting, color choices and making DWA history.
Stephanie Kaliner is the executive producer and showrunner of new DreamWorks Animation series Pinecone and Pony. It's adapted from author Kate Beaton's popular picture book "The Princess and the Pony" and premieres this Friday April 8th on AppleTV+. Pinecone, a curious and adventurous girl, and her best friend — a pony named Pony — learn about themselves and the magical, extravagant world around them. Kaliner discusses her animation inspirations and what makes this series special.
Critics Choice and BAFTA-winning director Richard Linklater (Boyhood, the Before trilogy) has now made one of his most personal and exciting films to date. Apollo 10½: A Space Age Childhood (now on Netflix) is an animated exploration of being nine years old in 1969 and living near Houston, TX as NASA was getting ready to put a man on the Moon. Linklater shares what keeps him coming back to animation and why this is the perfect time for Apollo 10½ to launch.
A live segment on 99.5 The River WRVE-FM recapping the 2022 Oscars. Topics include: the Will Smith / Chris Rock controversy, presenter bits, James Bond tribute, "CODA" winning Best Picture, film and studio Oscar win facts, Kevin Costner and more.