Animation, Movie

Episode 12 — The Rugrats Movie

Ali discusses The Rugrats Movie, the first theatrical film based on her all-time favorite childhood cartoon, Rugrats, created by Arlene Klasky, Gábor Csupó and Paul Germain. She reminisces about the hype leading up to the movie and her experience dancing to one of the songs from the soundtrack. She also shares her favorite quotes and talks about the emotional moments that still make her tear up all these years later.

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Television

Episode 11 — The Last Man on Earth

Ali discusses the post-apocalyptic comedy, The Last Man on Earth, created by Will Forte. She recaps story arcs from each season while referencing the show’s silly humor as well as its many dark moments.

Animation, Short Story, Television

Episode 9 — Invader ZIM + “Dodgeball of Doom”

Ali discusses the cult Nicktoon, Invader ZIM, created by Jhonen Vasquez. She talks about her favorite episodes, quotes and character interactions while sharing various behind-the-scenes facts she’s learned about the series. She also expresses her excitement about the upcoming TV movie, Invader ZIM: Enter the Florpus, and she shares an Invader ZIM story she wrote called “Dodgeball of Doom.”

Animation, Television

Episode 8 — It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

Ali discusses the third original animated Peanuts special, It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, written by Charles Schulz. She shares her favorite moments and touches on Peanuts’ influence in other works of animation.

Writing

Episode 7 — Writing Tips

Ali shares writing tips with a focus on key elements to crafting a story, including character, conflict, dialogue and more. She also talks about the classic rule of showing vs. telling, and she shares a few tips on how to combat writer’s block.