Ink & Paint: A Journey Through the Disney Animated Classics
Ink & Paint is a podcast journey through the Disney animated classics! Each week, host Daniel Lammin and a special guest will look at each film in the official Disney animated canon, and talk about their artistic, historical and social context. Subscribe now to make sure you don’t miss an episode!
The Silver Age comes to an end! Daniel is joined by Melbourne Fringe Creative Director/CEO and foster carer Simon Abrahams to look at the joyous jungle classic 'The Jungle Book' and how it depicts the relationship between children and non-biological caregivers.
For extensive show notes and rare images, visit https://www.inkandpaint.com.au/episode-21-the-jungle-book
Daniel is joined by award-winning performer and co-creator of the StoryKids podcast Verity Hunt-Ballard to look at the beloved musical classic ‘Mary Poppins’ and discuss why the character and film has become such a beloved cultural icon, the film’s transition to the stage, and the messages that lie at its heart.
For extensive show notes and rare images, visit https://www.inkandpaint.com.au/episode-20-mary-poppins
Daniel is joined by teacher Billy Kanafani to look at the gorgeous medieval fantasy ‘The Sword in the Stone’, and discuss how the film depicts the vital and complicated relationship between teachers and students, and the importance of education in teaching young boys to be good men.
For extensive show notes and rare images, visit https://www.inkandpaint.com.au/episode-19-the-sword-in-the-stone
Daniel is joined by production designer, architect and fashion designer Eugyeene Teh to discuss the groundbreaking Disney classic 'One Hundred and One Dalmatians', how it draws from contemporary influences for its dynamic new look, and how the Xerox process changed animation forever.
For extensive show notes and rare images, visit https://www.inkandpaint.com.au/episode-18-one-hundred-and-one-dalmations
Daniel chats with award-winning film historian, author and artist Mindy Johnson about the important contributions of women to Disney animation in the first four decades of the studio, the opportunities that were offered to them and how their incredible work paved the way for the generations of women to come.
For extensive show notes and rare images, visit https://www.inkandpaint.com.au/in-betweener-8-the-women-of-disney
In the second part of our look at the legendary animated classic 'Sleeping Beauty', Daniel is joined by theatre director Stephen Nicolazzo to discuss the film’s visual storytelling, the relationship between Aurora and Philip and its lasting legacy on animation, cinema and art.
For extensive show notes and rare images, visit https://www.inkandpaint.com.au/episode-17-sleeping-beauty-part-2
Daniel is joined by Australian Ballet principal artist Dimity Azoury to begin our two-part look at the monumental animated classic ‘Sleeping Beauty’, discussing the influence of Tchaikovsky’s beloved ballet on the film and the drive for perfection in artistic pursuits.
For extensive show notes and rare images, visit https://www.inkandpaint.com.au/episode-16-sleeping-beauty-part-1
In part two of our In-Betweener on Disneyland, Daniel looks at the building of the park, the landmark companion television series, the chaos of its opening day and its lasting cultural impact.
For extensive show notes and rare images, visit https://www.inkandpaint.com.au/in-betweener-7-disneyland-and-the-american-dream
Daniel is joined by veterinarian Daniel Taft to look at Disney’s enduring canine romance ‘Lady and the Tramp’, how it represents the relationship between dogs and their owners, and why we have such great affection for them.
For extensive show notes and rare images, visit https://www.inkandpaint.com.au/episode-15-lady-and-the-tramp
In part one of our In-Betweener on Disneyland, Daniel looks at how the iconic amusement park came to be, Walt’s inspiration, and the unusual plans to finance the ambitious undertaking.
For extensive show notes and rare images, visit https://www.inkandpaint.com.au/in-betweener-6-the-road-to-disneyland
Daniel is joined by social historian Frank Golding to look at Disney’s swashbuckling adventure 'Peter Pan', discuss the real experiences of children removed from their families, the complex roles of mothers and fathers in a child’s life, and the reality of never wanting to grow up.
For extensive show notes and rare images, visit https://www.inkandpaint.com.au/episode-14-peter-pan
Daniel is joined by academics Dr Elizabeth Hale and Anna Mik to talk about Disney’s legendary adaptation of ‘Alice in Wonderland’, the importance of the original novel, how the two works act in conversation with one another, and possible meanings behind Alice and her Wonderland.
For extensive show notes and rare images, visit https://www.inkandpaint.com.au/episode-13-alice-in-wonderland
The Silver Age begins with the beloved romance 'Cinderella'. Daniel is joined by theatremakers Katrina Cornwall and Morgan Rose to talk about the dangerous expectations set up by romance narratives, the trope of women in conflict over the attention of a man and a modern version of the 'Cinderella' story in 'The Bachelor'.
For extensive show notes and rare images, visit https://www.inkandpaint.com.au/episode-12-cinderella
Daniel chats with acclaimed Disney historian J.B. Kaufman about his work and research, his experiences at the Disney Archives, some of his most exciting discoveries and projects he hopes to pursue in the future.
For more information, visit https://www.inkandpaint.com.au/in-betweener-5-researching-disney-with-jb-kaufman
Daniel is joined by entertainment writer Louis Peitzman to talk about one of the great forgotten gems of Disney animation, ‘The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad’, the film’s complicated origins, and its unusual impact of American popular culture.
For extensive show notes and rare images, visit https://www.inkandpaint.com.au/episode-11-the-adventures-of-ichabod-and-mr-toad
Daniel looks at Walt Disney’s testimony to the House Un-American Activities Committee in October 1947, his complicated relationship with politics, and the contentious rumours about him that persist to this day.
For extensive show notes and rare images, visit https://www.inkandpaint.com.au/in-betweener-4-the-politics-of-walt-disney
Daniel is joined by Disney historian JB Kaufman to look at the first three package films, discuss how they came to be, and why these mostly forgotten films are an important chapter in the history of Disney animation.
For extensive show notes and rare images, visit https://www.inkandpaint.com.au/episode-10-the-package-films-make-mine-music-fun-and-fancy-free-melody-time
We look at the work from Walt Disney Productions during the Second World War, and Ink & Paint producer/editor Alex Amster joins Daniel to chat about the propaganda films.
For extensive show notes and rare images, visit https://www.inkandpaint.com.au/in-betweener-3-disney-goes-to-war
We begin our journey through the Wartime Era with the two South American-themed Good Neighbor films. Daniel is hooked by comedy writer and performer Djovan Caro to discuss their handling of cultural representation, their technical achievements and their legacy today.
For extensive show notes and rare images, visit https://www.inkandpaint.com.au/episode-9-the-good-neighbor-films-saludos-amigos-the-three-caballeros
The Golden Age of Disney Animation comes to an end! Daniel is joined by Melbourne-based psychologist Chris Cheers to discuss the 1942 masterpiece ‘Bambi’, how it depicts early childhood development, the iconic death of Bambi’s mother, and why the film elicits such a strong emotional response from its audience.
For extensive show notes and rare images, visit https://www.inkandpaint.com.au/episode-8-bambi
Daniel tells the history of the union strike at Walt Disney Productions in May 1941, one of the most important events in the history of the company, and the unusual feature film released in the middle of it, the pseudo-documentary ‘The Reluctant Dragon’.
For extensive show notes and rare images, visit https://www.inkandpaint.com.au/in-betweener-2-the-disney-strike-and-the-reluctant-dragon
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Daniel is joined by esteemed American art historian Dr Carmenita Higginbotham to discuss one of the most beloved of the Disney classics, ‘Dumbo’. They talk about its representation of race, gender and class, how ‘Dumbo’s’ coming-of-age narrative relates to the wider Disney canon, and how to make sense of the controversial final act.
For extensive show notes and rare images, visit https://www.inkandpaint.com.au/episode-7-dumbo
Introducing Ink & Paint In-Betweeners, a series of bonus episodes expanding on the story of the Disney animated classics. In our very first In-Betweener, Daniel chats with Sydney-based artist and animator Todd Fuller about the intricacies of the animation process.
For extensive show notes and rare images, visit https://www.inkandpaint.com.au/in-betweener-1-the-animation-process
In the second half of our two-part look at ‘Fantasia’, Daniel is once again joined by composer and conductor Ashlee Clapp to talk about the second act of the concert feature, including ‘Dance of the Hours’ and ‘Night on Bald Mountain’, its troubled release and eventual redemption.
For extensive show notes and rare images, visit https://www.inkandpaint.com.au/episode-6-fantasia-part-2
Daniel is joined by composer and conductor Ashlee Clapp in the first part of their conversation on the monolithic animated classic ‘Fantasia’, looking at its development and the first act of the film, including ‘The Nutcracker Suite’ and ‘The Sorcerer’s Apprentice’.
For extensive show notes and rare images, visit https://www.inkandpaint.com.au/episode-5-fantasia-part-1
Daniel is joined by acclaimed theatre director Sam Strong to look at ‘Pinocchio’, the second Disney animated feature, and one of the greatest films ever made. They chat about the remarkable storytelling, the importance of coming-of-age stories and whether its moral certainty still works today.
For full show notes, visit https://www.inkandpaint.com.au/episode-4-pinocchio
The journey through Disney’s animated features begins! Daniel and co-artistic director of The Rabble, Emma Valente, chat about the landmark classic ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’, the film’s complicated gender politics and its important artistic legacy.
For full show notes, visit http://www.inkandpaint.com.au/episode-3-snow-white-and-the-seven-dwarfs
Daniel and Melbourne-based director and producer Nicholas Colla continue with their look at the early Disney shorts with an Oscar-winning trio of Silly Symphonies, ‘Flowers and Trees’, ‘Three Little Pigs’ and ‘The Old Mill’, and how they would influence the feature films that followed them.
For full show notes, visit http://www.inkandpaint.com.au/episode-2-early-disney-shorts-part-2-flowers-and-trees-three-little-pigs-the-old-mill.
In our very first episode, Daniel is joined by Melbourne-based director and producer Nicholas Colla for a two-part look at some of the early Disney shorts. This first episode covers the debut of Mickey Mouse in ‘Steamboat Willie’ and the first Silly Symphony short, ‘The Skeleton Dance’, as well as the early days of Walt Disney Animation and Mickey’s creator, animator Ub Iwerks.
For full show notes, visit http://www.inkandpaint.com.au/episode-1-early-disney-shorts-part-1-steamboat-willie-the-skeleton-dance.
On the 4th May 2020, begin a journey through the Disney animated classics with ‘Ink & Paint’, hosted by SWITCH writer and Disney obsessive Daniel Lammin. Each week, host Daniel and a special guest will look at each film in the official Disney animated canon and talk about their artistic, historical and social context. Join us in celebrating these beloved films and discovering exciting new perspectives on their important and often controversial legacies. Subscribe now to make sure you don’t miss our first episode on two of the early animated shorts, ‘Steamboat Willie’ and ‘The Skeleton Dance’.