I’m the Host A slightly deeper look at the media we all consume

In this episode about how to make a good remake, we're looking at westernized anime Voltron in two incarnations: Defender of the Universe (1984) and Legendary Defender (2016). We also poke fun at the sillier parts of Voltron and talk about good remakes of past, present, and (we hope) future.

Dept. of Corrections: Kerberos is an actual moon of Pluto that was descovered in 2011. Kurt was unaware of it's name. 

Links for this episode:
Voltron Defender of the Universe Intro

Voltron Legendary Defender Intro 

World Events Productions' Wiki page

Thundercats (1985) Intro
Note: Thundercats (2011) has only a title card and no intro, so a link is not provided here.

Patton Oswald expalins My Little Pony

TMNT (2006) Intro

Ducktales (2017) Trailer

Lasertime's Disney Afternoon episode

MC Frontalot - "I'll Form the Head"

 

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The battle for animation supremacy rages on. In the meantime we're looking at RWBY and Soul Eater to see how culture defines the heroes, villains, gender norms, teamwork, and badass weapons therein, and what--if anything--this tells us about eastern and western cultures. We also look at how to give souls to inanimate objects, the origins of all evil, and whether it's safe to use pure evil as a power source.

Media for this episode:

Rwby Volume 1

Soul Eater Episodes 1-7

World of Remnant: The Four Maidens 

Extra Credits: The Myth of the Gun

Rwby Vol. 4 Ch 8: A Much Needed Talk - Creation myth for Grimm and humanity @ 4:35 - 8:15 

World of Remnant Series - short videos that explain some parts of Rwby’s world in a deeper light

Links for this episode:

Seinfeld - “The Junior Mints”

Buzzfeed - “How The Comics Code Killed the Golden Age of Comics”

Thundercats Outtakes

Deptartment of Corections:
Blake’s “Wrong Fact” (trademark pending) of the episode was indeed about the definition of “akatsuki”: in English “akatsuki” directly translates to “dawn” or “daybreak”; what Blake was likely thinking of was that, if written phonetically using different kanji, “aka[i]” means “red” and “ “tsuki” means “moon”.

Not to be outdone, Kurt combined the technobabble terms "dynotherms" and "mega-thrusters" into dynothrusters. Whoops

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As a follow up to Blake's copyright episode, we look at the first volumes of RWBY and League of Extraordinary Gentlemen for ways the public domain can be used by creators to make original works. We also dig into some of the weird issues around the public domain and copyright, such as... Why a letter from 1755 is still not in the public domain, how a president's letters to his mistress are now fair game for smutty fiction, how an affidavit of a liar is a brilliant move, just how prevalent remixed public domain works are, and why the public should stand up to get the mouse out of the house.

Editor's Note: We had some microphone problems in this episode, so this recording may sound rough. Sorry. I've tried to clean it up as best as I can. Just know that if this is your first episode they usually sound better than this. Thanks. 

Companion episode: Copywrong: the Twin Blakes

The H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society

Eddie Izzard - "Hannibal on Skis"

Vicious promo

The Guardian - "Deadmau5 and Walt Disney settle mouse ears legal dispute"

Art Law Journal - "How Mickey Mouse Keeps Changing Copyright Law"

The Cut - "You’re Not Old Enough to Read This Steamy Erotica Written by an American President" 

Baron Von Munchausen's preface/affidavit

Myths & Legends podcast: Thor episodes

TV Tropes - "Captain Ersatz"

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It's going to be the future soon, so Ally's taking us on a detailed tour of vat-grown proteins and lab-created organs coming soon to a grocers/hospital near you! We also talk briefly about the media this week--Repo! the Genetic Opera and The Island--although we don't spend much time on these so you're probably safe to listen without watching these unless you're big worried about small spoilers.

This week's episode links will be found on the following pdf. Since Ally's notes were so long and comprehensive, this was taken from our shared Google doc. It also may give some insight into how we make our episodes? Free behind-the-scenes features below!

https://imthehost.podbean.com/mf/web/b28ptu/_028_-_Ally_-_Petri_Dish_-_Google_Docs_1_.pdf

 

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It's the end of the world as we know it, and we feel fine.

We're back, and Kurt has us prepping for the zombie apocalypse by reading/listening to World War Z by Max Brooks. We discuss how the meticulous research and exacting details of this book really make the horror out of the minor engineering problem that is the "Zack" invasion.

We also talk about memorable and favorite parts of the book, Kurt's time in the army, and our own Zombie Survival Teams.

Articles for this episode:

Nerdist: Max Brooks interview 

Wikipedia: “Sticky Bomb”

Radiolab: “Playing God” 

U.S. News.com: “Declassified Memo Hinted of 1941 Hawaii Attack” -

Wikpedia: “Pearl Harbor advance-knowledge conspiracy theory”

Cowcatchers on tanks - from World War 2 database - only a blurb in the article though. Search cowcatcher to find easier.

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How best to parent takes the front seat on this episode. We look at Captain Fantastic and The Wolfpack and discus the alternative path the fathers of these movies take to child rearing. When does guidance become control? How much of the differences are just fiction vs non-fiction? And why is The Mountain going around fracturing a kid's hand? 

Links for this episode:

Meet the Robinsons clip - T-Rex Arms

Wikipedia: The Simpsons - Spanking episode

YouTube: The Wolfpack trailer

YouTube: Captain Fantastic trailer

Drew Carey Show - Ryan Stiles' Cheeto...I mean...Pasta Brows.

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Our longest episode ever! We take a look back at Saturday morning cartoons for the naked cash grabs that they were. We're watching Transformers, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Captain N: The Game Master, and Captain Planet.

We look at how this weekly event came to be and what led to the eventual fall of the phenomenon. (And also, how much would it cost for you to buy an entire episode worth of toys?)

Links for this episode:

Marvel Wiki: Transformers Vol 1, Issue 3 (Guest-Starring Spider-Man!)

The Power Team (intro)

The Power Team (episode 1)

BraveStarrr: The Legend (1988) Intro (mistakenly called “Lonestarr” in episode)

Neil Cicierega - “Numbers”

http://www.unicron.com/ - Transformers Toy Index

http://www.tmnttoys.com/ - Ninja Turtles Toy Index

https://www.figurerealm.com/ - misc. Toy indexes

http://toyworth.com/ - toy pricing, old and new

Gizmodo: This is the First Weekend in America With No Saturday Morning Cartoons

The Turner Foundation

The Planeteer Movement

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Kurt brings Dr. Emmett L. Brown to stand trial for his crimes against the space-time continuum. We try hold time travelers to our sense of justice here in Hypothetical Time Court. Can "Doc" Brown explain his involvement with Libyan terrorists, setting fire to public roads, and endangering minors? 

Does time travel put the Doc beyond the reach of law and ethics? How much responsiblity does the inventor have over the misuse of their invention? 

Great Scott, this is heavy!

Links for this episode:

Why Doc Brown is the real villain of Back to the Future. (Gizmodo)

Doc Brown linked to 40 hit and runs over 500 year period (Reel News Network)

Why Back to the Future is Secretly Horrifying (Cracked - After Hours)

Time Travel: A History by James Gleick

Epic Rap Battles of History: Doctor Who vs. Doc Brown

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Ally promises us a fun look at objectivism when we watch to see if Brad Bird is trying to turn your kids on to Ayn Rand's philosophy. Ally also gives us a primer on the finer points of Objectivism so you can follow along.  

We also look at other uncomfortable ideas in media. Is Wreck-It Ralph about the futility of unions? Is Totally Spies a show about negative body image? Is Firefly about presenting a nicer face for the Confederate States of America? These answers or fewer on this week's episode!

Episode links:

Objectivism - Wikipedia

Ayn_Rand - Wikipedia

Mr._A - Wikipedia

Introduction to Ayn Rand's ideas - Atlas Society

No,Brad Bird isn't a disiple of Ayn Rand. - Slate

Is Totally Spies fetish fuel?

Blake's Wreck-it Ralph review aka The Blood Soaked Hands of Capitalism.

 
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