15 Must-Hear Animation Podcasts in 2021

Evelyn Trainor-Fogleman

5/28/21

If you’re an animator or just someone passionate about the art of animation, some fantastic podcasts are being produced that you need to check out. 


These podcasts range from educational content about how to improve your animation skills to fun and insightful takes on the latest developments in the world of animation.

 

No matter what your taste, we’ve rounded up our picks for the 15 best animation podcasts of 2021 that you need to add to your subscription list.


Animation Industry Podcast

This podcast is run by veteran stop-motion animator Terry Ibele and combines stories of his own experiences in the animation industry with helpful tips on growing your own animation career, as well as interviews with other industry leaders. 


This is perfect for listeners who like “shop talk” and want to recreate the feeling of sitting down for a drink with insider experts.

 

  • Number of Reviews on Apple Podcasts: 11
  • Average Star Rating (out of 5): 5
  • Link to Stream


Animation Addicts Podcast

The Animation Addicts podcast is perfect for people who are passionate about the latest and greatest developments coming out of the leading animation studios. 


Hosts Morgan Stradling, Chelsea Robinson, and Mason Smith discuss a different animated film in each episode, focusing largely on films produced by Disney, Pixar, DreamWorks, and other large studios. A great listen if you're a Disney fanatic or just like diving a little bit deeper into the art of building a crowd-favorite animated film.

 

  • Number of Reviews on Apple Podcasts: 337
  • Average Star Rating (out of 5): 4.5
  • Link to Stream

 

Directing Animation Livecast

An accomplished director and animator, Scott Wise shares his rich knowledge of what it takes to be a successful animation director in this monthly podcast that is absolutely crammed full of valuable information. 


From deep-dive conversations with leading animation producers to his own recounting of his journey to directing his first animated feature film, if you're interested in animation direction, this podcast is a don't-miss.

 

  • Number of Reviews on Apple Podcasts: N/A
  • Average Star Rating (out of 5): N/A
  • Link to Stream

 

Skwigly Animation Podcast

Skwigly is a long-time favorite of animation podcasts. They've been airing semi-weekly podcasts since 2012 and focus on in-depth interviews with some of the leading professionals in the animation field. 


If you want to get an insider to peek into what's going on in the world of animation, this is a fantastic podcast to add to your list.

 

  • Number of Reviews on Apple Podcasts: 8
  • Average Star Rating (out of 5): 5
  • Link to Stream


Overly Animated

Overly Animated is the perfect podcast for fans of animated TV shows such as Rick and Morty and Steven Universe. 


Each episode discusses one of these popular shows or other animated movies and is hosted by Dylan Hysen, who provides interesting and entertaining commentary with a passion that many animation fans will relate to.

 

  • Number of Reviews on Apple Podcasts: 102
  • Average Star Rating (out of 5): 4
  • Link to Stream 


The Visual Storytelling Podcast

If you like knowing how “the sausage gets made” in the animation industry, The Visual Storytelling Podcast is the perfect listen for you. It features interviews and discussions covering every stage of the animation process, from the storyboard process and concept to getting an animation project out to your audience. 


If you’re struggling to get started on your own animation journey, this podcast may give you the knowledge and inspiration you need to take off.

 

  • Number of Reviews on Apple Podcasts: 347
  • Average Star Rating (out of 5): 5
  • Link to Stream

 

School of Motion Podcast

School of Motion is a fantastic podcast for anyone looking to improve their skills with animation software like Adobe After Effects, Photoshop, and Cinema 4D. 


This podcast highlights not only key feature changes but also interviews leading creatives in the field to get their insights, tips, and tricks to succeeding in the world of animation.

 

  • Number of Reviews on Apple Podcasts: 291
  • Average Star Rating (out of 5): 5
  • Link to Stream

 

What A Cartoon! Podcast

Created by the successful creative team behind the Talking Simpsons podcast, What A Cartoon! is a fun podcast that dives into a different cartoon each week, discussing everything from animation to storytelling to pop culture. 


Hosts Henry Gilbert and Bob Mackey keep things light and fun, making this a great weekly listen.

 

  • Number of Reviews on Apple Podcasts: 313
  • Average Star Rating (out of 5): 4.5
  • Link to Stream

Rubber Onion Animation Podcast

Hosted by Steven Brooks, the owner of a hand-drawn animation studio based in Brooklyn, NY, Rubber Onion is a buffet of animation industry knowledge. 


From fan-art contests to in-depth animation reviews, Rubber Onion works hard to engage with its audience and create a fun, inclusive space to nerd out about all things animation.

 

  • Number of Reviews on Apple Podcasts: N/A
  • Average Star Review (out of 5): N/A
  • Link to Stream

 

The Bancroft Brothers Animation Podcast

Twin brothers Tom and Tony Bancroft are former Disney animators who are on a mission to inspire the next generation of up-and-coming animators. 


They interview industry experts and use their first-hand experiences at one of the largest animation studios in the world to help guide their listeners through the ups and downs of professional animation.

 

  • Number of Reviews on Apple Podcasts: 375
  • Average Star Rating (out of 5): 5
  • Link to Stream

 

The DIY Animation Show

Ready to start your career as an independent professional animator? This podcast is designed to walk you through every step of the process, whether you’re looking to produce your first feature film or just getting started on your first short. 


They release monthly episodes, so you'll want to keep this one saved to get the latest tools to add to your animation toolbelt.

 

  • Number of Reviews on Apple Podcasts: 50
  • Average Star Rating (out of 5): 5
  • Link to Stream

 

Nick Animation Podcast

If you were a fan of Nickelodeon cartoons as a kid (or still to this day), you won't want to miss this in-depth dive into the minds of popular Nickelodeon animators and voice talent as they share their stories. 


This is a great podcast for animators looking for insider insight, as well as cartoon fans looking for fun and informative background on their favorite shows.

 

  • Number of Reviews on Apple Podcasts: 856
  • Average Star Rating (out of 5): 4
  • Link to Stream

 

Make It Then Tell Everybody

Another podcast designed to help animators get “unstuck” during their creative journey, Make It Then Tell Everybody is slightly unlike the other podcasts we’ve discussed so far as it focuses on comic and illustration artists more so than animators. 


However, animators can seriously benefit from the storytelling advice and creative tricks of the trade that are designed to help young creatives finally break into the world of professional creation.

 

  • Number of Reviews on Apple Podcasts: 70
  • Average Star Rating (out of 5): 5
  • Link to Stream

 

The Illustration Department Podcast

Another podcast that expands beyond strictly animation and instead focuses on talking to a wide variety of creators, from graphic designers to publishers, and gaining their unique insight into what it means to be a professional creative. 


Another great podcast for those looking to expand beyond the focus of animation and build a greater understanding of the creative industry as a whole.

 

  • Number of Reviews on Apple Podcasts: 224
  • Average Star Rating (out of 5): 5
  • Link to Stream

 

Mograph Podcast

Popular animation education website Mograph puts out a weekly podcast hosted by Dave Koss and Matt Milstead. 


Not only does this podcast help you refine your skills and keep up-to-date on the latest in animation software, but it also contains helpful tips to build your professional brand as an animator, as well as practical guides on how to handle clients, contracts, and so much more.

 

  • Number of Reviews on Apple Podcasts: 60
  • Average Star Rating (out of 5): 5
  • Link to Stream

 

 

No matter what stage of your animation career you may be navigating, there’s tons of information to be found in these podcasts to help you work smarter and gain a greater understanding of the wide world of animation as it continues to evolve.


If you’re struggling to work closely with your animation team and clients in the world of remote work, check out Evercast. Evercast allows you to stream your edit sessions in HD while video chatting and exchanging notes with your team, all under one platform. It works with any popular animation software and will allow your team to work together seamlessly through every step of the creative process.

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Evelyn Trainor-Fogleman is a writer based in New York City. After over half a decade in the film industry, she came back to her Journalism roots to write for a variety of media outlets about subjects including technology, business, marketing, and social and environmental justice.

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15 Must-Hear Animation Podcasts in 2021

Evelyn Trainor-Fogleman

8 min read time

If you’re an animator or just someone passionate about the art of animation, some fantastic podcasts are being produced that you need to check out. 


These podcasts range from educational content about how to improve your animation skills to fun and insightful takes on the latest developments in the world of animation.

 

No matter what your taste, we’ve rounded up our picks for the 15 best animation podcasts of 2021 that you need to add to your subscription list.


Animation Industry Podcast

This podcast is run by veteran stop-motion animator Terry Ibele and combines stories of his own experiences in the animation industry with helpful tips on growing your own animation career, as well as interviews with other industry leaders. 


This is perfect for listeners who like “shop talk” and want to recreate the feeling of sitting down for a drink with insider experts.

 

  • Number of Reviews on Apple Podcasts: 11
  • Average Star Rating (out of 5): 5
  • Link to Stream


Animation Addicts Podcast

The Animation Addicts podcast is perfect for people who are passionate about the latest and greatest developments coming out of the leading animation studios. 


Hosts Morgan Stradling, Chelsea Robinson, and Mason Smith discuss a different animated film in each episode, focusing largely on films produced by Disney, Pixar, DreamWorks, and other large studios. A great listen if you're a Disney fanatic or just like diving a little bit deeper into the art of building a crowd-favorite animated film.

 

  • Number of Reviews on Apple Podcasts: 337
  • Average Star Rating (out of 5): 4.5
  • Link to Stream

 

Directing Animation Livecast

An accomplished director and animator, Scott Wise shares his rich knowledge of what it takes to be a successful animation director in this monthly podcast that is absolutely crammed full of valuable information. 


From deep-dive conversations with leading animation producers to his own recounting of his journey to directing his first animated feature film, if you're interested in animation direction, this podcast is a don't-miss.

 

  • Number of Reviews on Apple Podcasts: N/A
  • Average Star Rating (out of 5): N/A
  • Link to Stream

 

Skwigly Animation Podcast

Skwigly is a long-time favorite of animation podcasts. They've been airing semi-weekly podcasts since 2012 and focus on in-depth interviews with some of the leading professionals in the animation field. 


If you want to get an insider to peek into what's going on in the world of animation, this is a fantastic podcast to add to your list.

 

  • Number of Reviews on Apple Podcasts: 8
  • Average Star Rating (out of 5): 5
  • Link to Stream


Overly Animated

Overly Animated is the perfect podcast for fans of animated TV shows such as Rick and Morty and Steven Universe. 


Each episode discusses one of these popular shows or other animated movies and is hosted by Dylan Hysen, who provides interesting and entertaining commentary with a passion that many animation fans will relate to.

 

  • Number of Reviews on Apple Podcasts: 102
  • Average Star Rating (out of 5): 4
  • Link to Stream 


The Visual Storytelling Podcast

If you like knowing how “the sausage gets made” in the animation industry, The Visual Storytelling Podcast is the perfect listen for you. It features interviews and discussions covering every stage of the animation process, from the storyboard process and concept to getting an animation project out to your audience. 


If you’re struggling to get started on your own animation journey, this podcast may give you the knowledge and inspiration you need to take off.

 

  • Number of Reviews on Apple Podcasts: 347
  • Average Star Rating (out of 5): 5
  • Link to Stream

 

School of Motion Podcast

School of Motion is a fantastic podcast for anyone looking to improve their skills with animation software like Adobe After Effects, Photoshop, and Cinema 4D. 


This podcast highlights not only key feature changes but also interviews leading creatives in the field to get their insights, tips, and tricks to succeeding in the world of animation.

 

  • Number of Reviews on Apple Podcasts: 291
  • Average Star Rating (out of 5): 5
  • Link to Stream

 

What A Cartoon! Podcast

Created by the successful creative team behind the Talking Simpsons podcast, What A Cartoon! is a fun podcast that dives into a different cartoon each week, discussing everything from animation to storytelling to pop culture. 


Hosts Henry Gilbert and Bob Mackey keep things light and fun, making this a great weekly listen.

 

  • Number of Reviews on Apple Podcasts: 313
  • Average Star Rating (out of 5): 4.5
  • Link to Stream

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Rubber Onion Animation Podcast

Hosted by Steven Brooks, the owner of a hand-drawn animation studio based in Brooklyn, NY, Rubber Onion is a buffet of animation industry knowledge. 


From fan-art contests to in-depth animation reviews, Rubber Onion works hard to engage with its audience and create a fun, inclusive space to nerd out about all things animation.

 

  • Number of Reviews on Apple Podcasts: N/A
  • Average Star Review (out of 5): N/A
  • Link to Stream

 

The Bancroft Brothers Animation Podcast

Twin brothers Tom and Tony Bancroft are former Disney animators who are on a mission to inspire the next generation of up-and-coming animators. 


They interview industry experts and use their first-hand experiences at one of the largest animation studios in the world to help guide their listeners through the ups and downs of professional animation.

 

  • Number of Reviews on Apple Podcasts: 375
  • Average Star Rating (out of 5): 5
  • Link to Stream

 

The DIY Animation Show

Ready to start your career as an independent professional animator? This podcast is designed to walk you through every step of the process, whether you’re looking to produce your first feature film or just getting started on your first short. 


They release monthly episodes, so you'll want to keep this one saved to get the latest tools to add to your animation toolbelt.

 

  • Number of Reviews on Apple Podcasts: 50
  • Average Star Rating (out of 5): 5
  • Link to Stream

 

Nick Animation Podcast

If you were a fan of Nickelodeon cartoons as a kid (or still to this day), you won't want to miss this in-depth dive into the minds of popular Nickelodeon animators and voice talent as they share their stories. 


This is a great podcast for animators looking for insider insight, as well as cartoon fans looking for fun and informative background on their favorite shows.

 

  • Number of Reviews on Apple Podcasts: 856
  • Average Star Rating (out of 5): 4
  • Link to Stream

 

Make It Then Tell Everybody

Another podcast designed to help animators get “unstuck” during their creative journey, Make It Then Tell Everybody is slightly unlike the other podcasts we’ve discussed so far as it focuses on comic and illustration artists more so than animators. 


However, animators can seriously benefit from the storytelling advice and creative tricks of the trade that are designed to help young creatives finally break into the world of professional creation.

 

  • Number of Reviews on Apple Podcasts: 70
  • Average Star Rating (out of 5): 5
  • Link to Stream

 

The Illustration Department Podcast

Another podcast that expands beyond strictly animation and instead focuses on talking to a wide variety of creators, from graphic designers to publishers, and gaining their unique insight into what it means to be a professional creative. 


Another great podcast for those looking to expand beyond the focus of animation and build a greater understanding of the creative industry as a whole.

 

  • Number of Reviews on Apple Podcasts: 224
  • Average Star Rating (out of 5): 5
  • Link to Stream

 

Mograph Podcast

Popular animation education website Mograph puts out a weekly podcast hosted by Dave Koss and Matt Milstead. 


Not only does this podcast help you refine your skills and keep up-to-date on the latest in animation software, but it also contains helpful tips to build your professional brand as an animator, as well as practical guides on how to handle clients, contracts, and so much more.

 

  • Number of Reviews on Apple Podcasts: 60
  • Average Star Rating (out of 5): 5
  • Link to Stream

 

 

No matter what stage of your animation career you may be navigating, there’s tons of information to be found in these podcasts to help you work smarter and gain a greater understanding of the wide world of animation as it continues to evolve.


If you’re struggling to work closely with your animation team and clients in the world of remote work, check out Evercast. Evercast allows you to stream your edit sessions in HD while video chatting and exchanging notes with your team, all under one platform. It works with any popular animation software and will allow your team to work together seamlessly through every step of the creative process.