Monday 24 June 2013

The A113Animation Podcast Episode 2 - Epic

Damien's absent this week, so Munir and I discuss Epic alone. There's some varied opinion on the film as I quite liked it and Munir... well, he didn't. We've also got a far more stacked news schedule than we had last time round, so, alongside a range of topics including Disney, Pixar, Brad Bird, Star Wars and WWE, we review Blue Sky Studios' Epic! Fans of Arrested Development won't be disappointed either, as we discuss season 4 of the show. Listen to the podcast for rants galore and to hear me utter the phrase "yolo and so forth".

Apologies for the background noise, we had some recording issues and sadly our limited recording equipment is showing, but we've done our best to edit most of it out. Hence the long wait. The episode is available on Podomatic now, and will be appearing in our iTunes feed and Stitcher playlist soon. Full show notes for the episode are below.

News [00:01:44]

Arrested Development season 4 discussion [00:44:04]
  • Running gags we enjoyed.
  • Really though? Not a single chicken dance?
  • Where does it go from here?

Epic discussion [00:50:08]
  • Munir's "bitter disappointment" in the film.
    • High expectations, not met.
    • Why animated movies should strive to be more than just 'fun'.
  • William, though, liked it.
  • The voice acting was hit or miss.
  • Discussion of the film's characters.
    • Munir's unparalleled hate for Professor Bomba: "I wanted to kill him".
    • Nod looks far too much like Flynn Rider.
  • The story wasn't focussed enough for Munir.
  • Munir dresses down Blue Sky's filmography.
  • Spoiler-filled section [01:06:18]:
    • Takes itself too seriously.
    • Munir blasts Professor Bomba as "one of the worst characters I've ever seen in animation".
    • Listener opinion on the film.
    • The problem with endings in animated films.
    • Our problems with this ending.
  • Our ratings [01:25:41]
  • Munir's Epic review:
Recorded Saturday 1st June, 2013. Runtime 01:27:58, 80.5 MB


Official description for the episode: From the animation news, views, reviews and interviews site,, comes the A113Animation Podcast! Hosted by William Jardine, and co-hosted by Damien Chevrier and Munir Abedrabbo, join us as we discuss everything animated - and a lot more besides.

On episode 2 of the A113Animation Podcast, William and Munir are down a co-host, as Damien's off sick. Nonetheless, the duo cover recent animation news, including Big Hero 6, Toy Story of Terror, Planes, Brad Bird, Star Wars, WWE and The Flintstones (ugh) and more! The episode also features, randomly, a discussion of season 4 of Arrested Development. Then things conclude with a spoiler-free and spoiler-filled two-part review of Blue Sky Studios' Epic. Complete with rants galore and the phrase "yolo and so forth", listen to and download episode 2 of the A113Animation Podcast now!

Full show notes at

The intro and outro used are "The Adventures of Tintin" by John Williams and is copyright Sony Classical. All clips used are copyright their respective owners. Else, all rights reserved.


Episode 3 of the A113Animation Podcast will focus on Monsters University and arrive late July.


  1. Al of Pixar Corner26 July 2013 at 01:20

    Interesting what you guys said about Newt, about how maybe they could rework the story a bit so that it's not as similar to Rio. I do hope they bring it back eventually. When I visited the studio in 2011 and asked about the film, I was simply told, "We'll see", so here's hoping.

  2. William Jardine27 July 2013 at 14:22

    Damn straight! I'll be genuinely sad if we never get to see it.