In support of Dreamworks releasing Doug Unplugs Season 2, we spoke with co-executive producer Aliki Theofilopolous. She told us about her experience with regular animation vs computer-generated animation and how the challenges help her navigate the story-telling in a more clever way.
She's also known for her work on Descendants, but she kicked off her career on films like Tarzan, Mulan, and Hercules, so we obviously discussed her time with Disney as well as her career with Dreamworks. Aliki also provides her voice to a character in the series so we got her perspective from several angles and had a great time!
Be sure to check out Doug Unplugs Season 2, now on Apple TV+!
More episodes from "Literary Joe's Inner Child Podcast"
Eternals with Weta Digital VFX Supervisor Matt Aitken & Animation Supervisor Sidney Kombo-Kintombo
23:56The focus of this interview is the newest Marvel film, Eternals. Speaking with Weta Digital's VFX Supervisor and Animation Supervisor Sidney Kombo-Kintombo. We go into detail about how they did the effects in the film, including Angelina Jolie's character of Thena being CGI apart from her face for the entire film, the evolution of the deviants, the scenes with Arishem, and the focus on each of the Eternals' celestial powers. Excitingly, we also spoke about the popular mid-credits scene in Eternals in which Harry Styles and Patton Oswalt are introduced as Eros and Pip the Troll respectively. We learned about how the actors were riffing and ad-libbing in the scene and how Patton Oswalt wasn't even short enough - he had to act on his knees! I think you guys will learn a lot with this one, and Matt and Sidney are awesome guys to speak with and did an incredible job with the cinematics.
Blade Runner: Black Lotus with Jessica Henwick, Stephen Root, & Will Yun Lee
9:04To promote Blade Runner: Black Lotus ahead of its Adult Swim premiere, we were able to join in on the press junket and speak with several of the cast members that voice in the new anime series from Toonami and Crunchyroll. In this chat we spoke with Jessica Henwick (Iron Fist, Star Wars), Stephen Root (Office Space, Get Out), and Will Yun Lee (Altered Carbon). We talk in detail about the voice acting process for each of them as well as their experience with sci-fi roles inspired by Blade Runner itself. I hope you enjoy it, and be sure to tune into Blade Runner: Black Lotus when it premieres on Adult Swim this Saturday, November 13th!
Hell Hath No Fury Part IV With White Elephant, Paul‘s Promise & Star Trek Actor Josef Cannon
32:43This interview features the incredibly talented thespian Josef Cannon and we chat about his role in the brand new WWII period piece Hell Hath No Fury and what it was like to be the only person of color in the cast, particularly during the setting of the film. We also dig into his work on Paul's Promise, another period piece Josef performs in. In this role, however, Josef is portraying a real-life human being, so we discussed how his research differed for both period piece roles and how his headspace changed between the characters. Josef touches on White Elephant, another upcoming film of his starring John Malkovich and Michael Rooker. We also chat about the prosthetics he used during his time on Star Trek and The Orville, and we even dived into the time someone tried to sell him his own movie on bootleg. There's a multitude of topics touched on in this episode and we cover a range of conversations that holds a little something for everyone, so I hope you enjoy it. And don't forget to check out Hell Hath No Fury, now in theaters and on VOD.
Smart Girl, Blade Runner & DC Comics with Spanish Comic Creator & Artist Fernando Dagnino
17:48In this interview, I chat with Spanish artist Fernando Dagnino Guerra, professionally known as Fernando Dagnino. We chat about his brand new graphic novel, Smart Girl, which was released this week from Titan Comics. Smart Girl was initially published in French and then Spanish before getting an English translation, and this is the first time that the comic will be available to such a wide audience. We chatted about what things might have been lost in translation between the old and new releases and how the dialogue was revised to make the dialect sound more like American English. Fernando also handles the Blade Runner: Origins project from Titan Comics, and we talk about how he has come full circle as the project was a huge influence and inspiration on Smart Girl, to begin with. He explains a lot about the terms used in the book and where they stem from as well as why he chose the words he made up. As Fernando also worked under the DC Comics banner, we discussed his time with the publisher and why he chose to branch back out to write his own stories. He also gave us a tease of the thriller he's releasing next year titled Winter Queen. It was an absolutely informative chat and we had a great time, so I hope you guys enjoy it - and don't forget to check out Smart Girl, on sale now from Titan Comics!
Gangs of New York, Mortal Kombat & Hell Hath No Fury with Actor & Stunt Coordinator Dominique Vandenberg
27:09Belgian stunt choreographer, actor, and comic creator Dominique Vandenberg stopped by the show to talk up his latest feature, Hell Hath No Fury. This continues our coverage of the WWII period piece, and while we had Dom we also chatted about some of his projects in the past such as Gangs of New York, Mortal Kombat, and The Honorable. I spoke to Dom about his experience in the French military and his knife-fighting and martial arts skills, which he used to coordinate stunts and train actors like Leonardo DiCaprio, Liam Neeson, and Daniel Day-Lewis. We also chatted about The Honorable, a film he made about a character from his own comic book, The Mercenary, and what other plans he has for the graphic novel adaptations in the future. I hope you guys have as much fun as we did, and don't forget to check out Hell Hath No Fury, now on digital!
Back To The Outback with Directors Clare Knight & Harry Cripps
12:36In this chat, we speak with the directors Clare Knight and Harry Cripps, both of which have roots in animation. They promote Back to the Outback, their new co-directed animated feature that will debut on Netflix in exactly one month - on December 10th. We dig into why they chose the snake, koala, thorny devil, and the other animals as the protagonists in this film and also touch a bit on the musical aspects of the movie. There's a lot more that we dive into, so I hope you enjoy, and don't forget to check out Back to the Outback on Netflix this December!
Hell Hath No Fury Part III with Lead Actress Nina Bergman
19:29In order to celebrate the theatrical and digital releases of Hell Hath No Fury, we caught up with the cast and crew, and in this episode, we chat with the star of the film herself - Nina Bergman! Set during WWII, Hell Hath No Fury is a period piece and Nina had to have her head shaved and marked by the Nazis while playing a French resistance fighter. We talked about the emotions she was going through in her head when filming punishment scenes that happened in history. Nina has a wide range in her history of films, having played the first female pilot in another period piece as well as performing much in theater. It's a killer time, and you guys will love it! Also, don't forget to check out Hell Hath No Fury, which hits digital today!
Hell Hath No Fury & The Matrix with Actor & Martial Artist Daniel Bernhardt
20:49To continue our coverage and support of the new film Hell Hath No Fury, which hits theaters tomorrow, we've got a brand new chat for you guys with actor Daniel Bernhardt! Hell Hath No Fury is a period piece set during World War II and Daniel plays a role with a lot of layers that we dig into here while trying to avoid spoilers. The movie itself is filled with action and intrigue, and we had lots to touch on. Of course, we had to focus a bit on the Matrix, as Daniel is set to reprise his character in the new film after two decades. We touch on that experience and how he wound up back in the fold after all these years, and it was an incredibly informative and wonderful time. Also, don't forget to check out Hell Hath No Fury, in theaters tomorrow, November 5th, and on digital on November 9th.
My Hero Academia Part III with Rody & Flect Turn Voice Actors Ryan Colt Levy & Robbie Daymond
6:25To round out our My Hero Academia: World Heroes' Mission coverage, here's the third chat in the series, this time featuring Rody Soul voice actor Ryan Colt Levy and Flect Turn voice actor Robbie Daymond. Both of the guys are great, and Robbie's been on the show before talking about playing Spider-Man, so it's a fun time. Meanwhile, Patrick has an intensely low voice, you have to hear it for yourself. Enjoy the chat and be sure to check out My Hero Academia: World Heroes' Mission in theaters tomorrow, October 29th!
Hell Hath No Fury with Director, Screenwriter & Stunt Coordinator Jesse V. Johnson
32:41The incredible Jesse V. Johnson joins me in this chat to speak about his new directorial feature film Hell Hath No Fury, which hits theaters next Friday. Hell Hath No Fury is a period piece set during World War II that involves a multitude of action and intrigue, and we're talking with the full cast, so we wanted to preface those with the perspective of the director himself. Since Jesse is also a stunt coordinator and screenwriter in addition to being a director and has worked on a number of projects, so he had a trove of knowledge to share, and I hope you guys enjoy it! Also, don't forget to check out Hell Hath No Fury, in theaters Friday, November 5th, and on digital on November 9th.