August 26, 2015 @ 10:15 am

Flipped Podcast #13: Jason Ryan

Welcome to Episode 13 of Flipped with CG animation director, animator and teacher, Jason Ryan.

Jason is a multi-talented Irish animator whose career has spanned the last 20 years on such films as Fantasia 2000, Chicken Little, Meet the Robinsons, Kung Fu Panda 2, The Croods and most recently Big Hero Six (to name a few). 

Alongside to his film work Jason also teaches animation online through his own site and iAnimate which I can personally recommend as a great way to learn character animation and productive workflow through traditionally-based methods, mentor-supported training sessions and clearly explained online tutorials. If you would like to know more please check out the links below.

Podcast Contents
00:00 - Intro
01:00 - Interview start - Brush with accountancy
03:30 - Starting out in Dagda
05:45 - Joe Grant memories
06:50 - CG Animation, love at first sight & video game animation
13:15 - Coming to America - Fantasia 2000
19:16 - Disney's Dinosaur
23:29 - 3D Theme Park animation - working with Eric Goldberg
30:38 - Chicken Little - animating acting
34:58 - Leaving Disney
38:50 - Pre-poduction animation
40:10 - Working at Dreamworks
45:21 - Feature pipeline - character teams v sequence teams
48:12 - Baseball trading animators
51:28 - The animation process and workflow
1:12:14 - Outro

An interesting article about the video game Jason worked on can be found here 

The Steadfast Tin Soldier sequence from Fantasia 2000


The Magic Lamp from Disney Seas Tokyo attraction

Chicken Little

Jason's Dreamworks Reel

For more information on iAnimate - visit

Really huge thanks to Jason for taking the time to talk to us and thanks to Gareth Lee at Animation Skillnet for helping facilitate the interview.

We hope you enjoy the podcast - let us know what you think at flippedpodcast(at) or contact us on our facebook page

Flipped was produced by Aidan McAteer & Megan McMahon, edited by Aidan McAteer and Megan McMahon and featured music from