Right Now in Drawn: The Story of Animation

Throughout the production of Drawn, there have been so many great moments in interviews that didn't quite fit into any of our episodes, but we wanted to make sure that listeners got to hear them. So today, it's all random interview moments.

The Villains

Bad guys are integral to driving the plots of many stories, and animation is no different. What makes the perfect villain in animation, and why do we love them so much?

Women in Animation

While most of the high-profile positions in animation have been occupied by men for decades, women have been part of animation from the beginning. How has the industry changed for women over the years, and what does the future hold?

The Sound Effects

Boing! Zip! Crash! The sound of animation is a character all its own. Who designs the non-music soundscape of a cartoon, and how does that work impact the final product?

Music of 'Toons

Viewers may not always realize how deeply the music in a cartoon affects them. But without the score, we'd be emotionally lost. How do composers deftly handle that crucial emotional manipulation?

The Animated Future

From the Jetsons to Futurama, cartoons have long been envisioning what the world will be like in the space age. In many ways we’ve surpassed what animation told us to expect from technology.

You Know, for Kids!

Cartoons have gone through a number of identity shifts in terms of their intended audience. How did a medium initially aimed at adults become such an essential part of childhood, and then blossom again as a medium full of adult-oriented content?

The Voices of Childhood

From Mel Blanc and June Foray to Tara Strong and Billy West, some of the most familiar sounds of childhood come from the mouths of rarely seen actors. Who are the people behind the voices that make us laugh, and how did this become a career?

Cartoon Consumables

From Oswald the Lucky Rabbit candies to today’s mass-market collectibles, cartoons have driven an entire industry of branded merchandise. How did it go from pez dispensers to housewares to amusement parks?

Bugs Bunny: Culture Guide

Since 1950, kids have been learning about opera from Bugs Bunny. And he probably was the first drag performer most people can remember seeing. How did the wascally wabbit become a cultural influencer?

Before There Were Icons

Bugs Bunny and Mickey Mouse are stars in their own right, but there were cartoons before either of those characters existed. What sorts of creatures and comics were dancing across screens in animations early days?

How Cartoons Get Made

While some technology has changed over the years, in many ways, the path from an idea to a finished cartoon has remained the same. How does a cartoon come to life, and what does the future hold for animation?

“Drawn” is an exploration of cartoons with an insider’s perspective, including show creators, voice actors, historians, animators and business leaders.

Drawn: The Story of Animation - Trailer

We're in the midst of a new golden age of animation, and this podcast takes a look at the where the industry has been and where it's going -- from the inside. Through dozens of interviews Drawn takes listeners on a unique cartoon journey.