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 unconvential and the NCD is nestled in the middle of the main discussion.
■ 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 villian
■ Bartok and Rasputin’s unhealthy relationship
■ Conspiracy time and villian 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
■ Vladamir: 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 Anstasia’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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