Generally our Bootlegg’d segments look at the great, the awful, the sensational and the weird. But what if a movie was… blander? Balto is the very model of a standard kid’s feel-good movie from the mid-90’s with a gimmick of being based on a real story. But what it provides in spectacle and good-will toward dogs (dogwill), it lacks in pacing, message, and character development. Listen in as we talk about where it came up short, and how we would have changed this from an okay movie into a very good boy.
Put on your best tux and shine those shoes, because today we have a special guest on the Cartoncast for our Bootlegg'd segment. Jeff Ryan, author of 'A Mouse Divided', has agreed to talk to us about the creators of the immortal Mickey Mouse, and how their falling out propelled one to greatness - and the other to obscurity. Today we tackle "Fiddlesticks", an Ub Iwerks production shortly after he left Walt Disney to strike out on his own, starring 'Flip the Frog'. Listen in to find out what we think of this solo venture, and how it stacks up to the Mouse himself.
Welcome again to our Bootlegg'd segment, where we tune in this time to watch "Sita Sings the Blues", an animated adaptation of The Ramayana, a famous and hugely influential Indian epic. This incarnation of the story focuses on a woman's struggle to be worthy of her husband's love, but the movie is about a whole lot more, including thinly veiled domestic abuse parallels, the author's own personal struggles, and anachronistic media presentations from across the ages that somehow form a more perfect whole. And our discussion is about even more than that, so get ready for a record-breaking number of disclaimers at the top of the episode, the eternal struggle of separating content from creator, and an unreasonable number of Jojo's references. That's all!
Welcome to a world in disarray, and a story of humanity hanging on to supremacy by its fingernails. Nausicaa of the Valley of the wind can be recommended for many things - its storytelling, an effective and independent female protagonist, being the effective start of the famous Studio Ghibli - but at its core is much more than that. The excellent art design and worldbuilding allow Miyazaki to breathe his ideal of pacifism into a compelling fantasy tale that's brimming with imagination and message. So jump on your radical airgliders and make sure you have your full complement of insect repellent - it's gonna be a wild ride.
In the adolescence of animated features, Little Foot and his motley band of dinosaurs captured the hearts of children everywhere. Drawing inspiration from titans like Fantasia and Bambi, as well as that indefinable natural allure of the titans that once ruled the earth, The Land Before Time has endured the eons. Join us - as well as special guest J.T. Andrews of the Cocktail Party Congress - to rediscover a story about loss, community, and love.
Wendell Jones of Sideshow Sound Theatre (That's "r-e") joined us to talk about this unique and emotion-driven classic. Some pieces have stood the test of time and look as good now as they did in 1940, while others are Toccata and Fugue. While it may not have lived up to Disney's dreams during his lifetime, Fantasia remains an important piece of culture. In that, it is not unlike the Cartoncast.
From Darkwing Duck to Cybersix to Lupin III, we've been dealing with Noir-like properties for some time. But, in a bizarre twist, Who Framed Roger Rabbit is the clearest Noir example we've seen yet. Add to it one of the best examples of blending live-action and animation mediums, glaze it with classic cartoon references, and generously sprinkle Bob Hoskins' legendary performance, and what you get it a sublimely entertaining movie that stands in a class all its own. So put on your four-fingered gloves, establish some mood lighting, and have some chips and Dip handy - you're in for a good time.
You will often hear Ben and Zane relentlessly make fun of shows we don't like, or get excited and rave about shows we do like, but we're starting a new hundred episodes with an oddity: relentlessly making fun of a movie we genuinely enjoyed, and which less cynical people find emotionally resonant. It's beautiful, it's meaningful, it's short, and it's just so, so full of its own message. Enjoy the cherry blossoms.
The bizarrely-memetic Bee Movie was an odd spike in the twilight of Jerry Seinfeld's career, and one he oddly but in a lot of effort to make happen. What is it that's so memeworthy? Why did Jerry Seinfeld do it? Do the tenets of Bee Law inherently favor yellowjackets or bumblebees? These questions, and many, many more are asked in this Bootlegg'd segment.
Ferngully: The Last Rainforest has long been a blind spot in the Cartoncast catalog, but one we took pleasure in rectifying. This was the clearest expression of a single idea we've encountered yet, and is fondly remembered. As a piece of environmentalist literature, it falls somewhat short of a full message, but as a piece of entertainment it passes with flying colors. We found the "romantic subplot" to be especially compelling, if a little queasy. However, as Zane wisely said, our children, and our children's children, are 'the next great elder to be in the future'.
Come to life and join Ben, Zane, and Dan for the adventure of a lifetime, or at least until our warranty is up. The Brave Little Toaster is a classic film made by proto-Pixar-people that gets a bad reputation for its honest take on serious themes (with a few...gratuities). Great for children, adults, and anyone willing to confront their own mortality. Plus toast!
Join the Cartoncasters for this special Bootlegg'd segment, where we look at an anime film for the first time. Lupin III is a very successful, long running franchise, which showcases a Japanese twist on the much beloved spy genre. Its long history produced many incarnations of Lupin III with wildly varying quality, similar to the history of James Bond. The Mystery of Mamo is one of the more beloved examples, with all that quick-witted Lupin goodness, mildly soured by an emergency injection of Heinlein right at the finish.
It's that time again, my dear Dawson! Time for Ben and Zane to talk about Sherlock Holmes yet again in this Bootlegg'd segment! The Great Mouse Detective is perhaps the most kid-friendly Sherlock that Disney's audience has ever seen, but could the added accessibility to a younger demographic come at too high a price? The game is afoot!
Join the Cartoncast as we watch a fast-paced post-apocalyptic 80's time-travel movie about industrial espionage and urban decay: The Jetsons Meet the Flintstones. Watch what is basically a couple of episodes of the show based off the Honeymooners and the show based off the show based off the Honeymooners. Wacky misunderstandings, suicidal robots, and disproportionate revenge, this movie has it all. We didn't enjoy watching it, but hey, it's a livin'.
Did you like the American Tale movies but thought that the Hitler imagery wasn't quite strong enough? Then put on your best Peter Falk impression and check out Wizards in this Bootlegg'd segment, where Ben, Zane, and our guest Bill Adcock look at the unique animation choices and heavy subject matter that made this movie a cult hit. Content warning: Nazi propaganda and 70's porno music.
What does a podcaster see? This week in the Cartoncast's reoccurring Bootlegg'd segment, we dive headfirst into A Scanner Darkly, a movie inspired by a book of the same name, written by Philip K. Dick. With a unique animation style and a mindscrew of a plot twist that makes Fight Club look like freakin' Goodnight Moon, A Scanner Darkly delivers equal parts stoner comedy and nightmarish psychological torment. If you dare, listen in, and hope that the Cartoncast can see clearly into this eclectic experience.
Welcome back to the Cartoncast - or should I say, the Burtoncast? This week we revisit our Bootlegg'd segment for Corpse Bride. The mood was just terrifing/punny enough to entice our resident horror expert, Dan 'Delights in Existential Ennui' Caves. With an appreciation of the freedom of death that is sure to lead to an intervention, the Cartonists (and guest) dive into the belly of Corpse Bride to get to the heart of the matter. Yadda yadda sticks to your ribs.
Join Ben and Zane for our Bootlegg'd segment, where we hitch a ride on the Fievel Goes West train in hopes of a better life free of cats. With top-notch voice actors, beautiful animation, and just the right blend of comedy, melancholy, and hope, this movie distracts you from the fact that they just reused the same plot from the first one, and added the best love scene in any movie, ever.
Welcome to our newly imagined Bootlegg'd segment, where the Cartoncasters review a full-length animated film! This week, they test the cut of their sails and the keel of their haul by taking an in-depth look at Disney's adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island. Space whales and solar sails are only a few treasures to be found in this podcast, so tune in to find out what Ben and Zane think of Treasure Planet.