Listen to The Hollywood Reporter's Full Animation Roundtable on 'Behind the Screen'

Guests include Jennifer Lee ('Frozen 2'), Dean DeBlois ('How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World'), Jill Culton ('Abominable'), Jinko Gotoh ('Klaus') and Josh Cooley ('Toy Story 4').
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From left: Dean DeBlois, Jill Culton, Jennifer Lee, Jinko Gotoh and Josh Cooley

The full conversation from The Hollywood Reporter's 2019 Animation Roundtable is now available as a special episode of The Hollywood Reporter's Behind the Screen podcast.

Recorded Sept. 26 at the Warwick in Hollywood, the guests are Jennifer Lee, Dean DeBlois, Jill Culton, Jinko Gotoh and Josh Cooley.

Lee is the writer and one of the directors of Frozen 2, as well as chief creative officer at Walt Disney Animation Studios. Lee and Chris Buck won Oscars for 2013's Frozen and reteamed to make the sequel.

DeBlois is the writer, director and executive producer of DreamWorks Animation’s How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World. He also wrote and helmed the previous two films in the emotional coming-of-age story, both of which were Oscar-nominated.

Culton is the writer and director of DWA’s yeti tale Abominable. During her decade at Pixar, her credits included serving as story artist on Toy Story and Toy Story 2. Her helming credits include Open Season

Gotoh is producer of Netflix’s Santa Claus origin story Klaus, which was directed by Despicable Me co-creator Sergio Pablos. Her recent credits also include The Little Prince and The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part. She is also vice president of the non-profit Women in Animation.

Cooley made his feature directorial debut with Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story 4. At Pixar, he also was a writer and head of story on the Oscar-winning pic Inside Out.

The Dec. 20 episode of Behind the Screen will feature THR's 2019 Cinematographers Roundtable, featuring Roger Deakins (1917 and The Goldfinch), Natasha Braier (Honey Boy), Cesar Charlone (The Two Popes), Caleb Deschanel (The Lion King), Rodrigo Prieto (The Irishman) and Robert Richardson (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood).

Edited versions of both roundtables are additionally available in The Hollywood Reporter, in print and online.

Hosted by THR tech editor Carolyn Giardina, Behind the Screen features directors, cinematographers, composers, editors and other artists behind the magic of motion picture production.

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