Episode 118: the return of the watercooler: Spiderverse, Oscar shortlist and more

January 21, 2019

After a lovely holiday break, the AFA Podcast is back with the first episode of 2019!


Rachael, Dan and Nina return to share their holiday viewing experience including Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse, Hinamatsuri, Planet With, High Score Girl, and the collection of short films expected to be at this year's Oscar nominations.


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The Team: 









  • List of Animated Shorts Discussed (Bare in mind that some of these shorts are no longer available to view online).
  • Hinamatsuri and Planet With can be found on Crunchyroll and VRV
  • High Score Girl can be found on Netflix

Christmas 2018: The Nightmare Before Christmas

December 21, 2018

Join us for a fireside festive chat as we discuss one of our favourite Christmas Movies- The Nightmare Before Christmas! Sleighchael, Christingle, Danta Clause and Nina Noel discuss their memories of the film and talk about its history and legacy.

Merry Christmas to all our listeners- and we'll be back in 2019 with more animation fun!


Episode 117: PRINCESS MONONOKE [or “Chekhov’s Wolf’s head”]

December 17, 2018

Welcome to a very special episode of The AFA Podcast- in honour of the website's 5th anniversary! We wanted to do something special for this episode and what could be better than the much requested topic of Hayao Miyazaki's masterpiece Princess Mononoke?

Rachael, Chris, Dan and Nina talk about our memories of the film and what makes it so special in this deep dive episode. Be aware that we talk specific scenes and plot details throughout, so if you have yet to see the film and wish to avoid spoilers, this is not the episode for you!

Full show notes at animationforadults.com


Episode 116: The Annies, Emiles, Evangelion, Blade Runer and More

December 13, 2018

The AFA Podcast is back for (probably) our final news and watercolour discussion episode of 2018.  Join Chris, Rachael, Dan and Nina as we catch up with the latest stories in the animation world!


We start by saying a sad farewell to SpongeBob creator Stephen Hillenburg,  Then talk awards (0:12) with   The Annies and Golden Globes  Nominations and the winners at the Emiles,   Then it's the latest news from Netflix (0:22) including  Evangelion, Cowboy Bebop and Roald Dahl. Finally, we pay a visit to the Watercooler ( 0:50): This week's items include the BBC documentary Secrets Of British Animation, Kabaneri, She-Ra,  and Ralph Wrecks The Internet.  Full show notes at animationforadults.com


This episode is brought to you in association with Neverending Man Hayao: Miyazaki, in US cinemas December 13 and 18 from GKIDS Films. Get your tickets here


Episode 115: Mirai (and The Lion King)

November 29, 2018

It's something of a reunion this week as Chris, Rachael, Dan and Nina are back together for the first time in weeks! And it's for an auspicious occasion- the western release of Mamoru Hosoda's latest film Mirai.

Before we get stuck into the film we discuss the new (NOT Live Action) trailer for The Lion King, Then (0:30 aprox) we take our deep dive into Mirai. Caution: We discuss the film in some detail so if you are super spoiler-averse you may want to wait until you've seen the film yourself.

Mirai is in US cinemas via GKIDS Films for an event screening November 29 and December 5 and 8, with a limited traditional release from November 30: Get your tickets here.


Episode 114: Netflix, Toy Story 4, New She-Ra and More

November 22, 2018

This week Chris and Dan talk about Netflix's gigantic animated slate and all their recent announcements. Then its time to talk about the Emile Awards (0:29), plus the new trailers (0:32) for Toy Story 4, Detective Pikachu and LAIKA's Missing Link.

Then in the Watercooler (1:00) its time to talk In Another World With My Smartphone, She-Ra And The Princesses Of Power, Dragon Pilot and more!



Episode 113: Cowboy Bebop

November 8, 2018

Its time to blow this scene get everyone and the stuff together 321 Lets Jam Yep its time for The AFA Podcast to talk Cowboy Bebop as the series is 20 years old this year Join us for a deep dive discussion as Rachael Nina and Chris discuss what makes this series so special as well as discussing the Movie favourite episodes and even ponder how the series could maybe returnThe episode was supposed to be released in time for Halloween the movie takes place at that time of year but unfortunately due to circumstances beyond our control it was delayed sorry about that We hope youll find it was worth the waitThis episode contains some strong language and fairly mild spoilers


Episode 112: Warner Bros, Crunchymation, Penguin Highway, Zombillenium and more [or “Penguins and boobs”]

October 26, 2018

This week Rachael and Chris are here with another mixed bag episode Its short but sweet and we cover a lot Firstly its time to talk news this week we cover topics including the CrunchyrollFunimation deal ending Warner Bros Animation Movie Plans and moreThen its time to talk some stuff weve been watching over by The Watercooler 022 Our main discussion is Penguin Highway before moving on to discuss The Dragon Prince 041 Zombillenium and Dragon Pilot


Episode 111: Spider-Verse, Dogtanian, Hilda and More

October 18, 2018

This week the podcasts UK contingent Chris and Dan fly solo to discuss the latest animation news Firstly we say a sad farewell to Roger Mainwood Will Vinton and Adam Burke Then we discuss the the lineup of Animation Is Film Festival 2018 and The new SpiderMan Into The SpiderVerse trailer and the Dogtanian And The Muskehounds movieFinally 050 we stop off by The Watercooler to discuss Netflixs Hilda and The Dragon Prince


Episode 110: My Neighbour Totoro [or “That bloody goat!”]

October 8, 2018

Hey lets go Its the AFA Podcasts longawaited deepdive episode on The Hayao Miyazaki classic My Neighbour Totoro to celebrate the films 30th anniversary Chris Rachael and Dan discuss their memories of the film as well as looking at its lasting cultural impact and getting into just what makes this film so very special