Ben and Zane were in a pickle. Due to a gaff in their taxes, it turned out half of their podcasting efforts needed to be written off as a counter-terrorism media operation to defend America from the villainous Cobra (over both land and air, to get full recompensation). They were in a bind until a G.I. Joe member, Egg Head, told them that the real secret to protecting America was to start in your communities: donating your time to homeless shelters, offering to be on the neighborhood watch, and to be sure to always be wearing a fabulously revealing ensemble. Those Cobra clowns won’t know what hit ‘em. Yo Joe!
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Ben and Zane had set up this stakeout weeks ago, but it might all be for nothing if their informant, Josh "Most Extreme" McCloud, shortchanged them with his tip. He told them to stay frosty, that the perp always returns to the scene of the crime. And when the crime is piracy, X marks the spot - X middle school, that is. They watched the target - one Cornelius Fillmore - for hours. He quipped, he deduced, he even did some sick backflips, but the kid was clean - his checkered past was far behind him. They kept watching, though. Kid was compelling.
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.
The Cartoncasters had an embarrassing problem. Someone - and we're not pointing fingers at anyone - stapled their butts together. Was it hilarious? Yeah, I mean it had its moments. Was it interesting? Not as much as you might think. Maybe it was a commentary on society or a dark look at the long-term effects of ostracism, but pretty much everybody just focused on how their butts were stapled together. Thankfully nobody talks about the incident any more. Too busy watching that guy who holds his breath and pokes holes in himself like a sponge.
It started innocently enough - Ben and Zane decided to go shopping for matching overalls. Little did they know that a cursory simultaneous trip to the bathroom would herald decades-spanning, dimension-hopping struggle for their very souls. They were whisked away to colorful, fantastic realms, curiously vertically-designed in nature. Strangely, no matter where they went, everyone knew who they were. Whether they were plumbers, doctors, athletes, explorers, or detectives - everyone was hooked on the brothers.
A short time ago, on a podcast network pretty nearby, Ben and Zane were trying to unravel the mysteries of the force. Thankfully, a nearby Jedi known as 'Ulysses' set them straight. It was really complicated, what with balance being ill-defined, and the whole mind-control thing. Basically, he claimed, the force just did whatever it wanted, and you either caught the wave or got out the way. They didn't much care for his answers, but at least they didn't have to talk to the B1's.
Ben and Zane had a problem. Or rather, they had no problems at all. All their cares had been danced away. Sure, their society was a fractured class-divided race-divided shantytown without access to electricity or felt cleaner, but none of that seemed to matter. The Cartoncasters had each other, they had music, and they had Hawaiian shirts as far as the eye could see. Which was not very far, living in a dark cave and all. Down in Fraggle Rock.
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!