Erich Schoeneweiss (Geek Out Loud, Del Rey Books) and Sarah Woloski (Fangirls Going Rogue, Skywalking Through Neverland) join Teresa Delgado and Tricia Barr on the latest episode of Fangirl Chat to talk about the emotional highs and lows of Disney Pixar’s Inside Out. Our own childhood adventures with imaginary friends and traumas play into our discussion.
While we didn’t delve too much into some of these great articles, everyone had done their research, including some neat Easter eggs in the movie.
“It’s All In Your Hear: Director Pete Docter Gets Emotional In Inside Out” via NPR “Inside Out and the Pixar Formula: What if [Thing] Had Feelings?” via ScreenRant “What Will Pixar’s Next Movie Do For Girls?” via Vulture “Why Inside Out Will Start An Important Conversation About Mental Health” via HelloGiggles
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4/5ths of the Rebel Yell Council return to the podcast for discussion of the Star Wars Rebels Season 2 opener, Siege of Lothal. Some of the recent storytelling choices for this second Rebels season, as well as this episode itself, have invoked my small galaxy syndrome feelings, but even I agree with the rest of the Council that Darth Vader is one not to be messed with on this show.
There’s also much to discuss about the Empire’s interest in the planet itself, speculation about Ahsoka, and of course “space married” makes an appearance. It’s always an interesting conversation when Steve, Teresa, Erich, and I are all at the same table.
“Rebel Yell – Siege of Lothal” can be found:
on iTunes under Disney Vault Talk
on the Geek Out Loud website
Kay grew up wanting to be an astronaut. After seeing Star Wars, she wanted to be Princess Leia, Han Solo, and an astronaut. Life’s taken her on a bit of a different path, but she’s still a Star Wars fangirl at heart who enjoys surprising people with how geeky she really is. Currently a voice actor, photographer, and artist who also consults in communications and marketing, Kay spends the little bit of free time she has reading, writing, learning and, of course, making pew pew noises. She would pick up more jobs and hobbies if she was a Time Lord. You can follow her on Twitter.
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The June episode of Hyperspace Theories tackles ideas about speculation and storytelling from several different perspectives.
We begin with our intermittent Spoilers Beware segment in light of several recent news items about The Force Awakens. One of them – the upcoming line of themed makeup from Cover Girl – includes some tiny hints about movie dialogue in officially licensed products. We also discuss promotional art from Russia that seems to have escaped the veil of secrecy a bit early, and what appears to be a leaked screenshot from the film previously described in various rumor reports. If you don’t want to hear any speculation based on possible The Force Awakens actual material, then skip over this segment.
For our segment on the methodologies of speculating, we return to a fun way to consider how new Star Wars stories might unfold in the future: assessing the impact of various influences on the storytellers. This month we discuss acclaimed animated filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki. Although his influence on George Lucas is not as direct as other Japanese artists like Akira Kurosawa, he has been a direct influence on the creators of Star Wars Rebels. Dave Filoni has related that Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy specifically identified Miyazaki as an artist the Rebels team should draw upon for inspiration. In sharing our reactions to Princess Mononoke, Howl’s Moving Castle, and Spirited Away, we discuss Miyazaki’s approach to characters, plot, visuals, and storytelling and the ways in which we see his influence appearing in Rebels. Kay . . . → Read More: Hyperspace Theories Episode 10: Rey, Resources, and Whimsy Courtesy of Miyazaki
Inside Out is a movie with a simple enough-sounding premise executed well. It’s the story of an 11-year old girl dealing with growing up and changes in her life, made all the more interesting by telling large parts of her tale through the personified emotions in her head. Not only are there several female characters pushing the story forward, but this whole thing is something that seems so rare at the movies today – an original concept.
I have to admit that when I saw the trailer, I wondered if they’d be able to make the journey captivating enough but they managed it without a problem. There’s a lot to take in when it comes to how everything in your mind works together and while there’s plenty of concepts that will probably go over younger audience members’ heads, Inside Out can leave adults with plenty to think about.
Not every screen actor makes a good voice actor, but Amy Poehler as the take-charge embodiment of Joy beautifully delivers all the nuances required of her character without ever pushing her into being grating. She really wants what’s best for Riley and that’s supported by the story showing us just enough of Riley in the larger world to make the audience want that too.
There are plenty of corny moments including the overuse of one joke in particular. And despite knowing the emotions are supposed to appear as kinetic energy, I kept thinking they looked more like glowing felt. But those are . . . → Read More: Inside Out: The Review
It’s Episode 20: time to celebrate our 20th epiversary! What better way than to start out with the San Diego Comic-Con The Force Awakens toy announcement at Entertainment Weekly!
In other news, Sarah Woloski spots talk of strong female characters in Disney Infinity 3.0 during John Vignocchi’s interview with Game Informer. Teresa Delgado shares her excitement for the upcoming show Supergirl, featuring Harrison Ford’s wife Callista Flockhart in a lead role. Sarah and Teresa fangirlflail after seeing the Ahsoka feature video that was part of the Star Wars Rebels Season 2 roll-out by Lucasfilm. Tricia Barr shares her own fangirl flail moment upon seeing her article about Han Solo in Star Wars Insider #158.
An article on Hello Giggles about the new female Jedi Masters at Disneyland’s Jedi Training Academy kicks off a Star Wars Weekends discussion. Tricia interviews Steve Blum and Daniel Logan and also shares highlights from the Stars of the Saga show with Warwick Davis.
The main segment poses the question “What are your favorite musical moments from the movies?” Teresa, Tricia, and Sarah each pick three and to round out a top ten list Sandra Choute adds her favorite moment. The choices range all six movies. Sarah does a fantastic job of cutting in the music, making this a must-listen episode. And it might just get you even more excited for The Force Awakens!
The character discussion mulls over the possibilities for Barriss Offee.
Don’t forget you can get your own . . . → Read More: Steve Blum and Daniel Logan Talk to Fangirls Going Rogue
Jurassic World is a dino-sized blockbuster. Longtime Jurassic fangirls Teresa Delgado and Tricia Barr invited Geek Kay to chat about whether the latest entry in the dinosaur franchise lived up to the original. We didn’t all agree, but the conversation highlights the many different expectations that the audience brings to the storytelling experience.
You can read Kay’s review here.
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When you make a meta statement early on in your movie, the path forward can be tricky. It’s been clear from the advertising as well as the film itself that Jurassic World’s message is in regards to the concept of a “summer blockbuster sequel”. Like the idea that these movies should be bigger, louder, and have more explosions, within the movie the park’s effort to impress their audience means their newest dinosaur should be bigger, scarier, and a greater danger to anyone remotely near it.
But then the movie goes on to be nothing more than a typical summer blockbuster sequel. That’s not a horrible thing, but it also means the movie kind of condemns itself. It’s certainly entertaining and the dinosaurs are very well done, but it never rises above anything more than a tribute to Jurassic Park.
Hat tips and nods to the original abound. Chances are though, it won’t make you jump out of your seat in quite the same way as the first story. The characters are unfortunately rather flat and while Claire is the character with a story arc, it’s neither the vehicle for a great female lead that the director says it is or a great male lead like the marketing indicates.
The best way to enjoy this movie is to temper your expectations. Don’t come banking on the tension, gravity, or heart of the original, but keep your nostalgia antennae up and you’ll probably find this a fun ride.
To hear more of . . . → Read More: Kay Reviews Jurassic World
“Here. You’ll like this,” he said, practically shoving the book into my hands. It was by Naomi Novik, an author I wasn’t familiar with and it felt a little strange to be holding a book I hadn’t known was coming out. While a majority of the books I review on here these days have to do with Star Wars, I occasionally peruse the coming soon lists of other areas of interest too. I’m used to knowing author names, what else they wrote, and what the story was generally going to be about.
But holding Uprooted, I had no clue. I was tempted to ask why he thought it’d be a good fit for me, but I held my tongue. This was a chance to go into a book fresh and I was going to take it.
I quickly learned the story is told from the perspective of a 17-year-old girl named Agnieszka, who lives in a valley near a dangerous wood. Once every ten years the local wizard arrives to choose a girl who will serve in his tower for the next ten years and in turn he protects the villagers from the wood. Everyone is sure the next to be chosen will be Agnieszka’s best friend Kasia, who is practically perfect in every way. But events don’t proceed as everyone expects.
The rest of the plot, I will leave for you to discover when you read this book–because I highly encourage you to read this book. Naomi Novik . . . → Read More: Kay Reviews Naomi Novik’s Uprooted
The Force Awakens won’t be the only blockbuster of 2015. On June 1, The Hunger Games official Twitter account shared the official movie poster, and so the science fiction franchise began its rollout for the final movie in the lucrative series. Two days later Jennifer Lawrence’s Facebook page surprised fans with an image from the movie. The first look featured above reveals Katniss and her comrades-in-arms in full battle gear, and not her Mockingkay battle armor from Mockingjay Part One.
Others members of the cast and production team popped up on media using the hashtag #unite, including Josh Hutcherson, Sam Claflin, Gwendoline Christie, Nina Jacobsen, and Francis Lawrence. Jacobson and Francis Lawrence also tweeted from the last days of shooting, including the epilogue on June 5 and the final day of filming on June 7.
Today, the first trailer dropped; it showcases Katniss in her battle armor and made up. Fans of the books will notice some tugs at the heartstrings sprinkled across the spot, so get out your hankies. Book fans might also recognize an important scene from the ending, but without context the trailer suggests… SPOILERS! We also got our first image of Christie, who is playing Captain Phasma in The Force Awakens, as District 2 victor-turned-rebel Lyme.
No doubt, this is a war movie taking a shot at the meta of pop culture. In the words of the incomparable Finnick Odair, “Welcome to the 76th Hunger Games.”
Tricia Barr took her understanding of brand . . . → Read More: Mockingjay: Part Two Rollout Has Begun
The ninth episode of Hyperspace Theories discusses the Vanity Fair feature on The Force Awakens. . . . → Read More: Hyperspace Theories Episode Nine: The Force Awakens in Vanity Fair