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September 22nd, 2022    

Pop Goes The Classics - Finding Nemo Live Watch

On a special episode of Pop Goes The Classics, Andy Atherton rides solo to do a live watch of 2003’s Finding Nemo. Originally broadcasted live on Stream Lounge, he gives his thoughts on the “Bamb’s mom”-type moment at the beginning of the film; underwater animation; Barracuda fishing; Nemo’s lucky fin; the great foreshadowing early on; funny clownfish; Marlin’s neurosis; Ellen DeGeneres as Dory; short-term memory loss; Bruce the shark; the nods to Jaws; breaking wind in the ocean; The Tank Gang; fish impressions; Dory’s alternate names for Nemo; the EAC; jellyfish stings; grabbing shell with Crush; fish accents; exit buddies; speaking whale; cleaning fish tanks; the Aqua Scum; fish playing dead & Marlin’s character arc. So remember: fish are friends, not food & just keep swimming,

 

To watch along on Stream Lounge, click this link:

https://www.streamlounge.io/watch/01f81acd-a950-41e2-ab86-f48ed25f5d9c

September 8th, 2022    

Pop Goes The Classics - Pocahontas (1995)

On the twenty-ninth installment of the Pop Goes The Classics series looking at the Disney animated features, Mirandia Berthold, Andy Atherton & Steve Riddle look at 1995’s Pocahontas. They discuss the many aspects of the film including: the challenge the film had following the massive success of The Lion King; the effective setting the stage of the explorer’s dangerous voyage to the America as well as the conveyance of the native American way of life; the Romeo & Juliet aspects of the story with John Smith & Pocahontas; the fun sidekicks Meeko, Flit & Percy; the musical score and how the songs “Just Around The Riverbend” & “Colors of the Wind” move the story forward; Grandmother Willow’s sage advice; the delusions, ignorance and ruthlessness of Governor Ratcliffe; how the movie doesn’t shy away from violence; how historically accurate it is and whether or not the ending is a satisfying one.

September 1st, 2022    

Pop Goes The Classics - Monsters, Inc. Live Watch

On a special episode of Pop Goes The Classics, Andy Atherton is joined by Logan Crosland to do a live watch of 2001’s Monsters, Inc. Originally broadcasted live on Stream Lounge, the duo gives their thoughts on the physical comedy of Mike & Sully; the duo of Billy Crystal and John Goodman; the monsterization of the city of Monstropolis; scare training; the engineering of the scare floor; impressive scare totals; poor George Sanderson; 2319s; bad coffee; odorant scents; Boo the ninja; the sushi greeting; alphabetized DVDs; Bring Your Obscure Relative To Work Day; singing on the toilet; the horrific ways monsters dispose of garbage; Randall’s nefarious plot; mispronounced insults; Sully’s scare face; the best places to be banished; fighting an invisible opponent; Waternoose’s heel turn; hope for a Monsters, Inc. rollercoaster; Roz, undercover agent and Mike’s bad jokes.

 

To watch along on Stream Lounge, click this link:

https://www.streamlounge.io/watch/b1f05eb7-8d00-4dc3-86be-a1e0b37fc731

August 18th, 2022    

Pop Goes The Classics - Toy Story 2 Live Watch

On a special episode of Pop Goes The Classics, Andy Atherton is joined by Steve Riddle to do a live watch of 1999’s Toy Story 2. Originally broadcasted live on Stream Lounge, the duo gives their thoughts on the fun video game opening sequence; Buzz in his element; Woody’s neurosis; cowboy camp; the plight of broken toys; yard sales; toy rescue missions; Toy Story CSI; Disney Hollywood Studios’ Toy Story Land; Pixar easter eggs; Stinky Pete stealing from Yosemite Sam; Jessie’s PTSD; crunchy vs. puffed cheese doodles; toys causing car pileups; “The Cleaner”; new and improved toys; Jurassic Park parodies; Rock’em Sock’em Robots; The Poultry Man;  Mr. Potato Head’s limbs; dueling Buzz Lightyears; Zurg entering the fray; the physics of Slinky’s, airport conveyor belts and whether or not this film is superior to the first one.

 

To watch along on Stream Lounge, click this link:

https://www.streamlounge.io/watch/e8172d8e-7b07-4a21-8307-50e2448afa31

August 4th, 2022    

Pop Goes The Classics - A Bug’s Life Live Watch

On a special episode of Pop Goes The Classics, Andy Atherton rides solo to do a live watch of 1998’s A Bug’s Life. Originally broadcasted live on Stream Lounge, he gives his thoughts on the great ensemble voice cast; the animated take on The Magnificent Seven; The Twig of ’93; Flik’s Doc Brown-esque inventions; the lifespan of ants; how terrifying Hopper is; rabid grasshoppers; Flik’s fool’s errand; PT Flea the carnie; Bug City; Thud, the “Mongo” of the movie; comedy of misunderstandings; movie parallels; The War Magician; Heimlich’s obsession with becoming a butterfly; bug celebrations; the nefarious plot of the grasshoppers; bug pep talks; Russian gibberish; metal in the microwave; PT Flea ruining the troupe’s plans & the first set of Pixar outtakes.

 

To watch along on Stream Lounge, click this link:

https://www.streamlounge.io/watch/27a22566-3138-4b0b-8c61-ce31aa0e4f0f

July 21st, 2022    

Pop Goes The Classics - Toy Story Live Watch

On a special episode of Pop Goes The Classics, Andy Atherton rides solo to do a live watch of 1995’s Toy Story. Originally broadcasted live on Stream Lounge, he gives his thoughts on Woody’s town halls; the arrival of Buzz Lightyear; why Hamm is kind of a tweener; laser envy; Don Rickles as Mr. Potato Head tailoring his act for little kids; the Toy Story Sega Genesis game; moving buddies; Buzz’s terminology; Cal Arts; Pizza Planet; “The Claw”; Sid’s sadism; Frankentoys; tea parties with Mrs. Nesbit; the rules of toys; falling with style & whether or not the first fully CGI animated feature film holds up. To Infinity And Beyond!

 

To watch along on Stream Lounge, click this link:

https://www.streamlounge.io/watch/48954a2d-8cb7-4c16-a87b-09d844ce158c

June 30th, 2022    

Pop Goes The Classics - The Lion King (1994)

On the 28th edition of Pop Goes the Classics, Steve Riddle, Mirandia Berthold, and Andy Atherton embrace the Circle of Life as they discuss the 1994 hit, The Lion King. The trio talk about the many great aspects of the film including: the breathtaking Pride Lands; the voice-casting of the characters; the epic soundtrack of the film; whether Scar is truly one of the most underrated villains in Disney history; the trauma kids endured thanks to Mufasa's death; Timon and Pumbaa: the greatest friends a lion could have; the importance of Nala; the lack of finishing the job by Shenzi, Banzai, and Ed; the memorable hero's journey that Simba takes, and if the combination of this film, Aladdin, and Beauty and the Beast is the greatest 3-film stretch in Disney history. So grab your grubs, kick back in the shade, and leave your worries behind as Steve, Mirandia, and Andy continue their trek through the Disney Renaissance. Hakuna Matata!

June 2nd, 2022    

Pop Goes The Classics - Aladdin (1992)

On the twenty-seventh installment of the Pop Goes The Classics series looking at the Disney animated features, Andy Atherton, Steve Riddle & Mirandia Berthold look at 1992’s Aladdin They discuss the many aspects of the film including: the force of nature that Robin Williams was as The Genie; The Cave of Wonders; the conniving villain Jafar; where Iago ranks amongst Disney henchmen; the musical numbers that enhance the story tremendously; the romance between Aladdin & Jasmine; the sidekicks Abu & Carpet & the true messages of the story: being yourself and brains over brawn. The Disney Renaissance is truly under way!

May 5th, 2022    

Pop Goes The Classics - Beauty & The Beast (1991)

On the twenty-sixth edition of Pop Goes the Classics, Mirandia Berthold, Steve Riddle, and Andy Atherton, continue their trek through the Disney animated features with a tole as old as time, Beauty and the Beast. Our trio will continue forward in the renaissance to discuss and even debate what some believe to be the best animated films to ever hit the big screen. From the breakdown of the music score to the discussion of age and time discrepancies that appear and all the fun in between. So please sit back and Be our guest on this months episode!

April 7th, 2022    

Pop Goes The Classics - The Rescuers Down Under (1990)

On the twenty-fifth edition of Pop Goes the Classics, Steve Riddle, Andy Atherton, and Mirandia Berthold continue their trek through the Disney animated features with The Rescuers Down Under. The first official sequel in Disney history, the trio discuss it being the first sequel, the US's fascination with Australian culture in the early 1990s, the vast Australian Outback, the majestic beauty of Marahute the eagle, Cody: Boy Adventurer, comparing Percival McLeach and Medusa as villains, the return of Bernard and Miss Bianca and their budding romance, the plights of Wilbur, the cool factor of Jake, the dramatic climax of the film, and whether the film would've worked better if it weren't a "Rescuers" film. So join Steve, Andy, and Mirandia as they have some interesting debates about this film and as the trio continue their trek through the Disney Renaissance.

March 10th, 2022    

Pop Goes The Classics - The Little Mermaid (1989)

On the twenty-fourth installment of the Pop Goes The Classics series looking at the Disney animated features, Mirandia Berthold, Andy Atherton & Steve Riddle look at 1989’s, The Little Mermaid. This story is loosely based on the 1837 Danish Hans Christian Anderson fairytale of the same name. Listen as they take a dive, under da sea, to discuss: statues; Ariel’s behavior; where Ursula ranks as an all-time villain; the trio of Flounder, Sebastian & Scuttle and more baffling things they now see as adults. Make sure to stick with them as they talk about all the super fun music that comes from this film and all the core memories they’ve obtained with. And with this film, the Disney animated films renaissance officially begins!

February 10th, 2022    

Pop Goes The Classics - Oliver & Company (1988)

On the twenty-third installment of the Pop Goes The Classics series looking at the Disney animated features, Andy Atherton, Steve Riddle & Mirandia Berthold look at 1988’s Oliver & Company. They discuss the many aspects of the film including: how the adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic is translated in the film; the cast of well-known actors providing the voices; how the movie captures New York City; the modern-day setting; how catchy Billy Joel’s “Why Should I Worry?” is; the obligatory henchmen duo of Roscoe & DeSoto; the bond Dodger and the gang has with each other; the terrifying and ruthless portrayal of Sykes as well as the violence & gruesomeness around his demise and how it is the last release before “the second golden age” of Disney animated films begins.

January 13th, 2022    

Pop Goes The Classics - The Great Mouse Detective (1986)

On the twenty-second installment of the Pop Goes The Classics series looking at the Disney animated features, Mirandia Berthold, Andy Atherton & Steve Riddle look at 1986’s The Great Mouse Detective. They discuss the many aspects of the film including: the somewhat scary opening of the film; the casting of the legend Vincent Price as Ratigan; comparisons of Fidget to Creeper; Felicia the cat being Ratigan’s own Rancor creature; the gusto of Olivia; Toby the basset hound; Dawson & Basil as a pairing; the nefarious plan of the “puppet government” & the exciting climax of the film at Big Ben.

December 24th, 2021    

Pop Goes The Classics - Mickey’s Christmas Carol Live Watch Special

On a special episode of Pop Goes The Classics, Andy Atherton rides solo to do a live watch of Mickey’s Christmas Carol. Originally broadcasted live on Stream Lounge, he gives his thoughts on the casting of different Disney characters in the roles of the Dickens’ story; Scrooge McDuck living up to his name; how compact the story is; the incredible animation & the how it should be required viewing every season.

 

To watch along on Stream Lounge, click this link:

https://streamlounge.io/watch/ddec7fca2-7b4d-45ce-a9f9-93c5cd63cdf2?broadcastId=5ae6807a-444d-4731-bf98-f23473b8f829

December 16th, 2021    

Pop Goes The Classics - The Black Cauldron (1985)

On the twenty-first installment of the Pop Goes The Classics series looking at the Disney animated features, Mirandia Berthold, Andy Atherton & Steve Riddle look at 1985’s The Black Cauldron. They discuss the many aspects of the film including: the dark and ominous scenes; Hen Wen The Pig’s powers; Gurgi’s character arc; where The Horned King ranks amongst the Disney villains (including his demise); some of the more “adult” jokes that hopefully fly over kids’ heads; the great value Sanderson sisters; the undead army; Creeper, the under-rated henchman & why the film may not get the respect it deserves

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