Episode 5x11 - Lilo and Stitch
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1y ago
Finish the canon with us with our take on Lilo and Stitch, a supersized episode with eight - yes, EIGHT - guests that make up part of our podcast ‘Ohana contributing their own unique perspectives to this fan favorite film.  ‘Ohana means family, and family means no one gets left behind or forgotten. We promise our long run time is worth not being left behind!  Don’t miss: The way this movie breaks our hearts and puts them back together again a million and one times How many elements of Hawaiian culture and specific Kauai references Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois make central to this ..read more
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Episode 5x10 - Encanto
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by Defining Disney
1y ago
Drawers, floors, doors - let’s go! Come with us and the family Madrigal as we unpack Encanto, a magical tale of a family blessed with gifts and riddled with trauma, set in beautiful Colombia. Don’t miss: The way this film’s team learned from other past films to make this one the best it could possibly be How many specific Colombian cultural elements the film incorporates A discussion of the character development within this film, both in range and growth, that sets the new gold standard for the category in our rubric Our final score, which sets the bar high for any future Disney films we may ..read more
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Episode 5x08 - Pocahontas
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by Defining Disney
1y ago
As historically inaccurate and insensitive as it is, the time has come in our journey to tackle Pocahontas, Disney’s very fictional retelling of historical events between the colonists of Jamestown and the Native American Powhatan tribe. Don’t miss: The way the music of this film saves its bacon on several fronts How interruptions from studio exec Jeffrey Katzenberg caused stumbling blocks in character development A discussion of how many things Disney got wrong about Native Americans, despite the fact that they did make far more of an effort than most studios at the timea Our final score, wh ..read more
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Episode 5x07 - The Fox and the Hound
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by Defining Disney
1y ago
Get the tissues, y’all - it’s time for us to take on The Fox and the Hound, one of Disney’s Dark Age films that really pulls at the heartstrings.  Don’t miss: The reason Amos Slade is one of the scarier villains we encounter in the canon, despite his immaturity of holding a grudge against a literal adolescent animal How some of the imagery in this film quickly gets burned into your mind A discussion of the theming nuances of this film that help us make a guess at where in America it might take place Our final score, which strikes the balance between the strong moments and its lack of sta ..read more
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Episode 5x06 - Winnie the Pooh
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by Defining Disney
1y ago
Join us for a trip down memory lane to the Hundred Acre Wood for 2011’s Winnie the Pooh, the last hand-drawn animated film at Walt Disney Animation Studios - for now. Don’t miss: The surprisingly linear story for a Pooh film, which are typically episodic How cleverly the dialogue is played on to create the main conflict of the story A discussion of the film’s effect on the studio’s approach to hand-drawn animation and that outlook moving forward Our final score, which reflects the strength of story and the nostalgic notes they didn’t quite hit PLUS, we talk through all the thoughts our audie ..read more
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Episode 5x05 - Pinocchio
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by Defining Disney
1y ago
We’re back for our home stretch of Disney’s animated canon with our take on Pinocchio, an early Golden Age classic where Disney pushed the envelope both in content and technology. Don’t miss: The meandering, episodic nature of the story - a risk for Walt Disney in only his second film How frighteningly sinister some of the villains are in this film, compared to others across the canon A discussion of the film’s treatment of magic, which is… questionable at best Our final score, which reflects the difficulties with story and character opposing the strength of visuals PLUS, we talk through all ..read more
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Episode 5x04 - Sleeping Beauty
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2y ago
Confront the Mistress of All Evil with us as we discuss Sleeping Beauty, one of Disney’s most visual-forward films that unfortunately trades style for substance in some cases. Don’t miss: The iconic art style of this film that makes nearly every shot a frameable masterpiece How the title misleads the audience about who the real protagonist of the film is A discussion of the film’s score, which is largely lifted from the original Tchaikovsky ballet Our final score, which represents the peak of the Silver Age PLUS, we talk through all the thoughts our audience had when they watched the movie ..read more
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Episode 5x03 - Dinosaur
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by Defining Disney
2y ago
Travel back in time with us as we break down Dinosaur, Disney’s only prehistoric adventure, which combined incredible technological advances with an excellent score and still somehow ended up lackluster. Don’t miss: The strong visual elements of the film that unfortunately couldn’t save its story How the character development absolutely tanks this film’s score A discussion of the sheer power of James Newton Howard’s score in this film Our final score, which mirrors the beginning of the Digital Age PLUS, we talk through all the thoughts our audience had when they watched the movie, including ..read more
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Episode 5x02 - Raya and the Last Dragon
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by Defining Disney
2y ago
Take the first step with us as we break down Raya and the Last Dragon, the first post-pandemic outing for Walt Disney Animation Studios that took us all on maybe exactly the adventure we needed. Don’t miss: The strong story score for the film, despite starting with two montages How the soundtrack helps differentiate between the different locations the film takes places in A discussion of the fact that it’s kind of a miracle this film got made at all Our final score, which is maybe a little lower than we expected after our first look bonus episode PLUS, we talk through all the thoughts our au ..read more
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Episode 5x01 - Beauty and the Beast
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by Defining Disney
2y ago
Be our guest for our Season 5 premiere - Beauty and the Beast! Join us as we tackle this evergreen Disney classic and break down exactly why it means so much to so many Disney fans, casual and hardcore. Don’t miss: The punch of character development this film packs, not just for our lead and romantic interest, but for the villain as well How this soundtrack doesn’t just take a stage-geared approach, but has layers and layers of interconnectivity to underscore character arcs and even make commentary on the world around us A discussion of the film’s ubiquity across Disney culture, and for good ..read more
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