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Episode 12: Anastasia – Rasputin, The Dork of the Night

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The gang is back together for a full episode. This episode features a long discussion about the 1997 animated classic Anastasia. And where did the Nerdy Couch Discussion go, you may ask? Don’t worry, this episode is a bit unconventional and the NCD is nestled in the middle of the main discussion.

Highlights:

  • News: Maggie Simpsons 3D short, Pixar Disney California Cruise, A Cat in Paris released
  • Main Discussion: Don Bluth and Gary Goldman’s Anastasia
  • Gary Goldman: the forgotten part of the Bluth duo
  • Is Anastasia the pinnacle of Don and Gary’s career?
  • “My Fair Lady” plot?
  • Making-of featurettes hosted by…Aaliyah?
  • Mini Nerdy Couch Discussion:  R&B songs over the credits in the 90s
  • Gangster Anastasia & greasy Dimitri
  • Why do so many people think Anastasia is a Disney movie?
  • Dimitri: face doesn’t match the actor, best looking animated mantagonist?, “I don’t know what to tell you”
  • Anastasia: a witty romcom leading lady; grand duchess, not princess; first to elope,
  • Where would Anastasia rank among the Disney princesses?
  • Would there be an uprising by Disney or Bluth fans is Disney bought the rights to Anastasia?
  • Rasputin: should we fear or pity him as the villain?, eternal leprosy
  • Mason’s 3 reasons why Rasputin is a pathetic villain
  • Bartok and Rasputin’s unhealthy relationship
  • Conspiracy time and villain metaphysics: no time in limbo aka the TIME VORTEX!
  • Why do kings always keep the creepy advisors around?
  • Pooka: the REAL villain of the movie, throwaway character
  • Sophie: voice actress thought her character’s design was too big
  • Vladimir: member of the royal court, quotes
  • Need to know Russian history to understand the film?
  • Songs: Disney playlist worthy, “people sing when they are too emotional to talk anymore”, is “Once Upon a December” or “Journey to the Past” the more memorable song
  • Lots o’ CGI: problems with objects, beautiful layouts, innovative, the pegasus
  • Live action reference or full on rotoscoping?
  • Clarification: we don’t think rotoscoping is the greatest thing ever
  • Best scenes: travel montage, glowing mystical sparkles, very Haunted Mansion-esque ghostly people
  • Unanswered questions: Russia and Anastasia’s memory, Dimitri and the music box, Mason’s enchanted palace theory
  • Morgan and Chelsea debate Anastasia’s changing hair length
  • Listener trivia question: How do you feel about Rasputin as a villain?
  • Let’s rate it!
  • “Art of Brave” contest new deadline: June 30. Enter now!
  • Bloopers: cool ringtone, Chelsea can’t speak today, Princess Tanya

Runtime: 1:28:14, 41.4 MB

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About Morgan Stradling

Morgan is a native of Arizona and is a desert rat who loves the heat--she doesn’t even turn on the AC in her car in the middle of the summer! She loves big eyeliner, Survivor, Lady Gaga, and, of course, animated films. She has her MBA in Marketing from ASU and now works as a Product Manager for a tech company. Follow her on Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.