Short Story

Episode 120 — Resolutions and Revivals + “Smile or Not”

Ali shares her New Year’s resolutions and talks about a few miscellaneous things including shows she’s been watching and upcoming revivals she’s looking forward to in 2021. Afterward, she shares a brand new short story she wrote called “Smile or Not.”

Smile or Not
Animation, Television

Episode 119 — A Chipmunk Christmas

Ali discusses A Chipmunk Christmas starring Alvin and the Chipmunks. She gives an overview of the Chipmunks and their debut song, “The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don’t Be Late),” as well as the animated series from the ’80s and The Chipettes before sharing her thoughts on this sweet Christmas special.

A Chipmunk Christmas
Animation, Interview, Television

Episode 118 — Admiration of Animation with Sam Kays

Ali interviews artist, Sam Kays. She shares about her experience as a background designer on Invader ZIM: Enter the Florpus, her favorite Invader ZIM character and episode, working as a design lead at OddBot, her thoughts on live-action/CGI remakes of 2D animated projects and much more!

Be sure to follow Sam on Twitter and check out A ROSY GLOW.

Animation, Interview, Television, Writing

Episode 117 — The Structure of TV with Shauna McGarry

Ali interviews TV writer and producer, Shauna McGarry. She shares how she got her start in the industry, what it was like working on Bajillion Dollar Propertie$, details about the award-winning Tuca & Bertie episode she wrote, “The Jelly Lakes,” a deeper look into the two BoJack Horseman season 6 episodes she wrote, “The Face of Depression” and “Angela,” her advice for writers and much more!

Be sure to follow Shauna on Instagram.

Interview, Writing

Episode 116 — Learning the Art and Craft of Screenwriting with Jacob Krueger

Ali interviews award-winning screenwriter, playwright, producer and director, as well as the founder of Jacob Krueger Studio, Jacob Krueger. Jake shares his journey into screenwriting and founding the studio, his thoughts on starting a project from character, plot or process, a deeper look into what’s behind writer’s block, the effect of negative and positive self-talk about your own writing, a different approach to the well-known concept of show, don’t tell and much more!

Visit writeyourscreenplay.com and check out the Write Your Screenplay Podcast.

Jacob Krueger
Animation, Television

Episode 115 — Character Study: Miriam Pataki

Ali discusses the heartbreaking reality of Miriam Pataki from Hey Arnold!, touching on episodes such as “Road Trip,” “The Beeper Queen,” “Helga on the Couch” and more.

Be sure to also check out Episode 65 — Hey Arnold! The Jungle Movie + “Audaciously Flirting” and Episode 58 — Hey Arnold! + “Care.”

Animation, Movie

Episode 114 — Rugrats in Paris: The Movie

Ali discusses the second Rugrats theatrical film, Rugrats in Paris: The Movie. She reminisces about seeing it in theaters, sharing her love of all the heartfelt moments and the addition of new characters to the Rugrats family. Plus, some interesting revelations she never knew about the 2000 hit song from the soundtrack, “Who Let the Dogs Out” by Baha Men.

Be sure to also check out Episode 50 — Rugrats and Episode 12 — The Rugrats Movie.

Animation, Movie

Episode 113 — The Nightmare Before Christmas

Ali discusses the stop-motion animated movie, Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas, sharing her thoughts on the plot, favorite songs and Jack and Sally’s love story.

The Nightmare Before Christmas

Movie

Episode 112 — The Addams Family

Ali discusses the movie, The Addams Family (1991), based on the characters created by cartoonist, Charles Addams, sharing her favorite lines while admiring the unbreakable love between this creepy, kooky, mysterious and spooky family.

The Addams Family