The Bancroft Brothers Animation Podcast

As 2022 comes to a close, the Bancroft Bros discuss where the animation industry sits and where it seems to be headed in 2023. Listen and let us know what you think lies ahead in 2023! 

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Category:animation -- posted at: 9:13am PDT

In this EPIC podcast, the Bancroft Bros celebrate Netflix's newest animated film, "Guillermo Del Toro's Pinocchio" by interviewing, not one, but FOUR team members- the directors, Guillermo Del Toro and Mark Gustafson first, and then Supervising animator Brian Leif Hansen and character fabricator Georgina Hayns!  This is the podcast to listen to BEFORE you watch the BEST Pinocchio film since the OG from the 40s!  Let's do this!  

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Category:animation -- posted at: 9:08am PDT

The Bros went to Lightbox Expo 2022 and held a LIVE podcast with a standing room-only crowd about the amazing Netflix show “Arcane” !  Co-creator Alex Yee and Executive Producer Melinda Dilger open up about how it all started and tell some BTS stories!   

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Category:animation -- posted at: 10:07am PDT

Hi Gang! This week’s Podcast for Friday will be our interview with the creators of Netflix’s new limited animated series "Oni: Thunder God’s Tale”. We had the pleasure to interview, via zoom, The co-creator/ Director Daisuke “Dice” Tsutsumi, the Exec Producer Robert Kondo and the Producer Sara Sampson. It was a short interview becuase of some tech problems and their limited time. The zoom call audio is up on the Dropbox and ready for cutting.There are no sponsors mentioned in our interview so we hope that Preston can add them in. The series has already released a couple weeks ago so this is an “after the release interview”

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Category:animation -- posted at: 12:26pm PDT

When you think of "Fall and animation" combined, how do you NOT think about "Over the Garden Wall"?!?  In this podcast, Tom and Tony host a podcast with the creator of that fall animated classic, Patrick McHale, hosted LIVE at Lipscomb University!  What's Patrick up to now, will there ever be more OTGW, and who/what are his inspirations will surely be discussed! 
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Category:animation -- posted at: 11:31am PDT

OH YEAH- we got the director of "A Nightmare Before Christmas" talking with the Bancrofts in HALLOWEEN MONTH!  Better yet, we not only talk about that classic film but also his NEW upcoming Halloween film, co-written and produced with the great Jordan Peele:  "Wendell and Wild" coming from Netflix!  If you love creepy stop motion films (Corpse Bride, Coraline, Frankenweenie, anyone?) then this is the podcast episode for you!   


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Category:animation -- posted at: 7:07am PDT

The Brothers discuss the pros and cons of online drawing challenges in this episode. (SPOILER ALERT: It's mostly "pros"!) While talking about all of them out there, we realize that Inktober is about to start and we make a challenge and pick a theme for what we will draw, starting now!  Oh, yeah, it's creepy and full of Disney magic! 
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Category:animation -- posted at: 5:37am PDT

The brothers Bancroft dive into what it takes to pitch and show-run an animated series for Dreamworks with this episode! Hulu’s “The Mighty Ones” is starting its 2nd season, and we interview co-creator, Sunil Hall and Exec Producer, Greg Miller about how it started as an idea to final series and the path it took along the way!

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Category:animation -- posted at: 12:51pm PDT

"How To Start a Virtual Animation Studio" - In this special edition of the Bancroft Brothers Animation Podcast, Tony interviews Tom about his recently launched animation company: Pencilish Studios.  In this discussion, Tom opens up about why he started the company at the start of a worldwide pandemic, what's different now from when the major studios were launching back in the 40s, and what new ways of funding there are for launching your dream company!

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Category:animation -- posted at: 6:21am PDT

The Bancroft Bros finally talk anime!  More specifically,  they talk about the profound influence that Hayao Miyazaki - and Studio Ghibli- had on us and the Disney studios in the 90s!  

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Category:animation -- posted at: 10:00am PDT

While the cat is away, the mouse will play! With Tom out of town, Tony goes it alone with long time friend and Character Designer of the OG Kim Possible and Clerks, Stephen Silver! Tony and Stephen have an informal discussion about artistic influences, finding joy in your life and his new job as a artistic recruiter at Walt Disney TV Animation. He has gone from being an artist who showed his portfolio to Disney to now being the one to review portfolios for Disney! And he has a lot to say about how to get a job in today’s animation marketplace. Listen up y’all!

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Category:animation -- posted at: 3:00am PDT

Genndy Tartakovsky

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Category:animation -- posted at: 3:00am PDT

Susan Egan

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Category:animation -- posted at: 2:00am PDT

The Bancroft Brothers go back to the "well" in this follow up to one of our most popular podcast subjects: Telling some stories about when we were at Disney in the 90s to 2000s.  In this episode, Tom finally tells his "Wedding story" that almost ended his marriage before it started and all of it was planned by Tony and the Disney crew!  Stay till the end when the brothers share their favorite Glen Keane moments too!


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Category:animation -- posted at: 12:53pm PDT

The Bancroft Brothers celebrate their 200th episode with special guest, yes, The Little Mermaid herself; Jodi Benson! We dive under the sea to reminisce about the Disney film, all things childcare and Glen Keane (we said it). This one has it all!
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Category:general -- posted at: 7:05am PDT

The Bancroft Bros talk with good friend Bobby Chiu about the upcoming LIVE “Lightbox Expo” and how it all started. Bobby is a self-made success story with multiple companies all formed around teaching the next generation of concept artists!  Listen and learn! 



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Category:animation -- posted at: 11:49am PDT

Ok, let’s get into it: NFT’s! The BBros discuss the controversy that is the NFT marketplace. Is it a great new business option for artists? We speak with Gal Yosef an artist who’s life was dramatically changed 2 years ago all because of his art being sold as NFTs. Yosef breaks down the most important elements to success in NFTs and makes sense of it all for the artist.


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Category:animation -- posted at: 6:22am PDT

In this Episode, The Bancroft’s talk to old Disney pal and Director of many Disney sequels and projects.  Well, actually he talks and the Bancroft’s listen to one inspiring story after another of beating all the odds to make his dream of working for Disney come true!  

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Category:animation -- posted at: 6:51am PDT

By popular demand of our five listeners, this episode is part 2 of the two part series, “The Business of Animation!”  In this episode we discuss pricing, job titles, and much more!

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Category:animation -- posted at: 11:26am PDT

This week the Brothers discuss the Business of Animation in the 1st of a 2 part series. 
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Category:animation -- posted at: 3:00am PDT

Did you know that the hugely popular Veggietales was the FIRST computer animated series?  In this podcast, hear from Veggitales creator Phil Vischer about how he created his revolutionary series about Christian vegetables, it's rise to success and how he lost it.  Also, some amazing early computer animation history- all in this fun, live episode!

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:53am PDT

Academy Award nominated director and co-creators Alberto Mielgo and Leo Sanchez join the Bancroft twins to discuss their “Best Animated Short film”, Windshield Wiper.  It’s a story of passion that lasted 7 years in the making!  Listen to two innovators discuss how they stayed focused inbetween creating Hollywood hit films to create a masterpiece that may go all the way!  

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Category:animation -- posted at: 7:31am PDT

The Bancroft Brothers will be together again after over 30 years of living apart!  Why is Tony leaving California, the heart of the animation industry, after all these years?  Retirement?  Nope! Listen on and find out his reasons for making this huge decision!

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Category:animation -- posted at: 7:40am PDT

Guests Carrena Kingdom, Mary Ann Malcom, and Justin Rasch join us for our live panel with Blizzard Entertainment.
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Category:animation -- posted at: 4:30am PDT

Where do you go if you were a Pixar animator, animated and directed for Tonko House and now produce Academy-nominated short films like last years, Opera and this years VR short Namoo (fingers crossed)? Well, The Bancroft Brothers Animation Podcast of course! The BBros sit down with the ever creative Erick Oh and talk about his ambitions for storytelling and animation, his new VR short with Baobab Studios and how he spent researching and animating a curious octopus named Hank! Oh, it gets real up in here!

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Category:animation -- posted at: 2:00am PDT

In this fun episode, the Bancroft Bros talk to the two director’s of Disney’s “Encanto”, Byron Howard and Jared Bush.   Find out how the film evolved from early concepts to the entertaining film that it is!  Watch it on Disney+ or at theaters first! Some minor spoilers ahead!

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Category:animation -- posted at: 8:13am PDT