Episode 6 – Frozen

Elsa singing in her castle

Marc Drummond and Matt Robison talk about the 2013 Disney hit Frozen.

In the course of the discussion, we cover several topics, including: the sudden transformation of Hans, Frozen’s relation to the Disney renaissance that kicked off in 1989, the subversion of fairy tale tropes, romantic comedies going all the way back to Pride and Prejudice, the questionable decisions of Anna and Elsa’s parents, the many voices of Alan Tudyk, the similarities to Wicked, and the how the songs bring out and foreshadow the main themes of the movie.

There are also some dad jokes sprinkled throughout this episode. We apologize. But not really.

Documentary referenced in regards to the Disney Renaissance: http://www.wakingsleepingbeautymovie.com/

In Pride and Prejudice, it’s Mr. Darcy and Mr. Wickham.

The How It Should Have Ended Video:

Psalm 103:4

…for he knows how we are formed, he remembers that we are dust.

Episode 5 – The Emperor’s New Groove

Kuzco being admired

Ryan Szrama and Matt Robison talk about the 2000 Disney movie, The Emperor’s New Groove.

Some of the topics discussed: the strange history of the film and its connection to The Lion King, what kids laugh at versus what adults laugh at, the use of an unreliable narrator, llamas, the strange yet wonderful character of Kronk, that mysterious extra lever, awkward calls with Sting, and comparisons to more recent Disney films.

The scene from the 1958 movie The Fly. Warning: it’s actually kind of disturbing.

The opening of Citizen Kane with monkeys:

In case you’ve forgotten it, here’s the ending credits music. It sounds like it’s from another movie altogether. And that’s because it is from another movie.

About Ryan: 

Ryan Szrama is a married father of three living in Greenville, SC. He travels the world peddling open source software but always looks forward to coming home to his family. They love watching funny shows and movies, making a habit of laughing together to keep pride at bay and make it safe for everyone to admit their mistakes.