Kung Fu Panda

February 5, 2016

This is one of the most special and important animated movies to me. It's a classic example of being perfectly underestimated. Both the movie and it's rotund protagonist are anticipated by most to be a goofy, shambolic collection of pratfalls, but both turn out to be so much more.


Jerome McIntosh of GameBurst joins Sharon and I to discuss what may be the pinnacle of Dreamworks' animated achievements to date, and to me, certainly rivals the best of Disney, pixar and Studio Ghibli. 


Next week: Kung Fu Panda 2, followed I'm sure at some point by Kung Fu Panda 3.

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Peter Pan

September 25, 2015

[SOM #135]


This is a look at three major cinematic outings for the boy who never grew up.


00.02.00: Peter Pan (1953)

00.39.00: Hook (1991)

01.08.00: Peter Pan (2003)


The first includes Mr Daniel Floyd of Extra Credits and focuses on the animated Disney movie. The second part we take a look at the Spielberg live action sequel and the third is the 2003 adaptation directed by P.J. Hogan.


Were's honestly not all that keen on the first two, although both have their strengths (the Spielberg offering, more so; Hoffman, Smith, Hoskins, Basco, Williams, that poster), but we LOVE the third, so if you can stick around through what we find troubling you can come with us and get to the heart of Pan, interpreting all kinds of deeper elements in the telling of the story.


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Cinderella / Alice in Wonderland

September 4, 2015

[SOM #134]

The Disney shows continue with parts 12 & 13. Daniel Floyd of Extra Credits joins us once again to discuss the much-needed success of Cinderella for cementing Disney as more than just a one-hit wonder. Following this we delve into the absurd ramblings of Lewis Carol to talk about Alice in Wonderland.

According to the Disney of the early 1950s royals will chase you down on black horses in the middle of the night, base the future of their family upon footwear, play croquet with live animals, hold complex legal disputes over jam tarts and cut your head off for the slightest offense. Either way don't go anywhere near Buckingham palace.


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Disney’s Wartime Films

August 28, 2015

[SOM #133]

The Disney specials continue with parts 6-11 covering the period between 1942 and 1949 when, due to World War II the studio held off on major animated features and instead focused on cheaply produced package films designed to foster relations with South America and keep their struggling animation house afloat. 

It's an odd bunch, comprising Saludos Amigos, The Three Cabelleros, Make Mine Music, Fun and Fancy Free, Melody Time and The Adventures of Ichabod & Mr Toad. Virtually none of these are remembered or cherished and on listening to this episode you'll understand why. Daniel Floyd shoulders the majority of the appraisal this time. 

Next episode, Disney goes all-in as they put all of their money and resources into seeing if the world wants another story of a fairy-tale princess. 

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Dumbo / Bambi

August 21, 2015
[SOM #132]

The Disney specials continue with parts 4 & 5 in a double bill. Dumbo and Bambi were two differing attempts from the studio to gain a success after the disappointing receptions to Pinocchio and Fantasia. Dumbo cost a lot less to make and Bambi was all about the artistry and portrayal of real animals. Find out in this episode if the elephant picture flew and how well the realism of the animals sat with jugs of syrupy cuteness. 

Of course there's also the matter of the mother's of these two creatures. One gets locked up and deemed insane, the other gets shot dead by the most terrifying monster of all. Both of these moments have a profound effect on what we take away from the viewing experience.

Daniel Floyd of Extra Credits joins Alex & Sharon again to delve into these two.


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Fantasia

August 14, 2015

[SOM #131]

The first show under the new name is the third of the Disney animated classics. Over the next year we're going to cover every single one of these. Some in fairly short order, others in extensive detail, and Daniel Floyd of Extra Credits is with us every step of the way.

This one was a big risk for Disney. Snow White did insanely well, Pinocchio cost $2.2 million but only made one million back in 1940, their third had to cement the studio as more than just a flash in the pan success. Walt saw it as a transcending of the cinematic experience, and a project that could be added to and built upon for years. Instead it bored, bemused and bewildered audiences and took decades to become the revered classic it now stands at.

We pull no punches in delivering our personal takes on the many sections of this movie.


Once again Retro Asylum are in the three finalists in the video games category of the podcast awards. We suggest you vote for them. 
http://newmediaeurope.com/2015/uk-podcasters-awards-the-nominations-are-in/?utm_content=buffer53224&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

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Fantastic Four / 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer

August 7, 2015

[Drift #77]


With the new Fant4stic movie emerging onto the big screen we take a look back on the 2005 version and its 2007 sequel. Were they really all that bad? More to the point, taking the unreleased 1994 Roger Corman version into account, are ALL Fantastic Four movies simply an exercise in keeping the license going rather than in making a superhero family movie that people will love?

If you haven't done this yet you should be listening to us on the new podcast feed. If yours isn’t updating it’s because you still have the old feed so go to iTunes, find the new one and click subscribe. Or come to our new podcast blog at http://digitaldrift.podbean.com/ You’ll find the RSS feed there, and you can also become one of our dedicated followers. 

Also a special announcement: Our buddies over at Retro Asylum are in the three finalists in the video games category. We suggest you vote for them. 
http://newmediaeurope.com/2015/uk-podcasters-awards-the-nominations-are-in/?utm_content=buffer53224&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

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Ant-Man

July 30, 2015

[Drift #76]

Our Marvel shows continue with this tiny treasure of a movie. 

For the best experience combine this with our School of Movies YouTube episode on Ant-Man and the virtue of the small. 

Also when this goes out in podcast form it will be on the new feed so be sure to find and subscribe on iTunes. You'll know immediately which one the new Digital Drift is. 

Also come to our new podcast blog on Podbean and click FOLLOW. We'd like to see how the social networking works on there.

James Carter of Cane and Rinse, Lorin Grieve of A Year of Steam and Mike Hearn of Walter the Wicked join us to discuss the pint-sized pugilist of the Marvel universe and why we loved this story so much. 

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Avengers: Age of Ultron

July 15, 2015

[Drift #64]

The Marvel Cinematic Universe reunites the whole team and then adds some more heroes and super-antagonists for good measure. Can such an immense collection of colourful personalities possibly be threaded cohesively into an even more elaborate juggling act that matches the original?

Once again we go deep on the characters, outlining what this means for the history and how it functions as a film. 

Joining Sharon and I once again are Joshua Garrity of Cane and rinse, Jerome McIntosh of GameBurst and Lorin Grieve of A Year of Steam. 

The next story in the New Century universes begins this week, so look for the rather special first episode of Tiger's Eye on iTunes and please do give us a review for Secret Rooms if you enjoyed it. That will help this ongoing audio drama series of ours gain visibility, traction and word of mouth. 

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Guardians of the Galaxy

July 15, 2015

[Drift #28]

This is the tenth of the Marvel Cinematic Universe podcasts.

We talk at length about the transition from obscure Marvel comic to breakout success, how the characters differ across the mediums taking many detours into the depiction of female and black characters in comic book movies, the inspired soundtrack, the hilarious, often touching performances, the detail-filled worlds and of course the vibrant, fun-filled rollicking space adventure now finally earning recognition. 

This is also the first of a trilogy of unrelated movie reviews all celebrating some of the best aspects of the human spirit. Next week it's The Lego Movie, followed by The Iron Giant, which also makes this a Chris Pratt and Vin Diesel appreciation trio. This is because episode 30 is my 400th podcast (give or take a few dozen, Digital Cowboys ran for 209 episodes and Digital Gonzo for 161). 

Joining Sharon and I are Jerome McIntosh of the GameBurst podcast, Mike Hearn from the webcomic Walter the Wicked, from the Digital Drift community Rose Lynn and longtime Guardians comic fan Doctor Lorin Grieve. James Batchelor also makes a special guest appearance as The Henchman Agent, returning from his stint on the James Bond and Batman podcasts. 

Each has an epic running time. The discussion for all three went super-in depth for what might be perceived as kids movies by anyone who doesn't listen to this show, and while we kept things clean for the other two it does get dark for Guardians at times so be aware of that going in. We brought in multiple voices across the board for a broader range of perspectives and experience and I've gone all out on the music and clips. 

Listen out for my suggestions for Awesome Mix Vol. 2. A Marvel No-Prize to anyone who can give us the complete track listing for these hypothetical, thematically consistent tracks on the forum. 

There are various readings from 'We Are Groot: ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ Celebrates Heroes With Authentic Psychological Deficits' written for Comics Alliance by by Dr. Andrea Letamendi

http://comicsalliance.com/guardians-galaxy-psychology-analyisis-trauma/

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