The animation duo discusses how they broke into the industry, what it took to launch Chubby Beagle animation studio, and how they funded their Drag Queen superhero film.
Check out Terry Ibele’s Animation Industry Podcast, featuring a new podcast every week focusing on the stories of today’s animation professionals - how they got to where they are, and what they learned along the way. Now home to 165 episodes, the podcasts cover all areas of the industry, including storyboarding, writing, animating, directing, visual development, and game design.
Guests have included Aaron Augenblick, the notorious JJ Villard, Spike & Mike’s Spike Decker, Disney Director John Musker, Sony Lead Animator Humberto Rosa, Cuphead’s Tina Nowracki, Frederator’s Fred Seibert, Tumble Leaf’s Scarlet Nelson, and many others from major animation studios all over the world.
His most recent interview is Episode 165: Karen and Bill on Animating Maxxie LaWow: The First Drag Queen Super-Hero Film
This episode features Karen and Bill Drastal, co-founders of Chubby Beagle animation studio. The Drastals are both seasoned animators, having worked in 2D, production, storyboarding, and directing with companies including Google, Bento Box, and Warner Brothers. In this chat, they share how they came to work on the first-ever drag queen superhero feature film, Maxxie LaWow.
Tune in to Ibele and the Drastals to hear:
- Where Maxxie LaWow got its funding
- What it took to start Chubby Beagle animation studio
- How each of the Drastals got their break in the industry
- Check out Chubby Beagle’s website
- Check out Chubby Beagle on Instagram
- Check out the Maxxie LaWow Indiegogo
- Follow Maxxie LaWow on Instagram
Ibele, himself a stop-motion animator (see AWN’s Fresh Takes piece on his whimsical short, The Silly Duck Wizard, deftly digs into all manner of topics, encouraging interviewees to share insights and opinions on a wide range of topics like pitching shows, marketing your work online, key skills studios look for when they bring on talent in storyboarding, vizdev, character design, and animation.
In 2018, Ibele, who lives in Toronto, decided to quit his career as a Marketer and pursue his love for animation. Since then, he’s become well known for his viral animation productions, which include the previously mentioned Silly Duck Wizard, which is how AWN first came to know him and his work.
Dan Sarto is Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Animation World Network.