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Writing Children’s Animation ft. Steven Darancette (Lalaloopsy/Tumble Leaf) (PT41)

Alex and Nick invite Steven Darancette, writer on Amazon’s Tumble Leaf and Nick Jr.’s Lalaloopsy, to discuss writing for TV children’s animation.

How does a non-primetime animation writers’ room work? What are some of the distinctions in TV age-groups? How strict are censorship and regulations for children’s content? What are unique challenges in writing for young kids versus young adults? Are there any mandates on an educational or promotional standpoint?

The Paper Team channels their inner child…



Getting started writing for TV children’s animation, how the writers rooms work, and discussing content (00:55)
Resources and Next Time On (40:51)


Steven Darancette on Twitter
Tumble Leaf on Amazon
Lalaloopsy (TV series)
Warner Bros. Animation
Batman: The Animated Series
Pinky and the Brain
Alan Burnett
Ozzy & Drix
“A Growing Cell” (2×08 – Ozzy & Drix)
Bleak Future
KODAK Super 8
The Tick (2001 TV series)
Jackie Chan Adventures
Krypto the Superdog
Guardians of the Galaxy (TV series)
Ben 10
Lalaloopsy (Dolls)
Bob the Builder
IATSE 839 (Animation Guild)


“Producing Animation” – Catherine Winder & Zahra Dowlatabadi

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Alex Freedman & Nick Watson

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One Comment

  1. KNau

    Great episode, guys!

    On the subject of animation writing I always like to drop the trivia that Chuck Lorre (Big Bang Theory, Two and a Half Men), Steven de Souza (Die Hard, Commando), and J. Michael Straczynski (Jeremiah, Babylon 5) all spent time writing Saturday morning cartoons. Heck, even Douglas Adams (Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy) wrote a couple episodes of Dr. Snuggles! So it is a way to hone your craft and there’s definitely precedent for the jump from animation writing to live action.

    Loving the podcast, keep up the great work!

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