So, for a few years, Disney’s animation machine was looking a little flimsy, churning out a string of movies that people sort of liked (Brave, Cars 2, Mars Needs Moms) without really remembering. But recently, the House of Mouse has really turned things around with a string of hits that’ll be just as worth watching ten years from today as they are now. Wreck-it Ralph, Zootopia and Frozen effectively put Disney Animation back on top of Trusted Children’s Entertainment Mountain.
Next up: Moana, the teen Polynesian princess who will anchor Disney’s next big princess movie. It was set to drop in 2018, but Disney is clearly feeling cocky, because they bumped it to this year. The movie will feature Disney’s fifth princess of color, and their second heroine of Pacific Islander descent, and be their first animated movie to feature music from Lin-Manuel Miranda. It also features Dwayne Johnson’s voice acting abilities, so there’s something for everyone here. The first teaser doesn’t give us a look at much but, by god, that is some beautiful animation.
The movie comes in November, so savor this time, because after it’s out, you probably won’t hear any songs besides the Moana soundtrack for the next, oh, thousand years.
Jason is the cofounder of the iconic non-profit Invisible Children which was founded to increase awareness of the horrendous activities of the LRA in Central Africa. Jason was also the director of the iconic Kony 2012 film that took the world by storm. In this two-part interview Jason and Branden talk about what it means to create a movement, what Jason experienced during his breakdown and subsequent recovery, and Jason’s experience in the world of theater.
Aharon Rabinowitz is the head of marketing for Red Giant based in New York City. During our conversation, we discussed the importance of work life balance, his start as a production intern at Sesame Street and why artist’s feel personally offended when you reject their work.
United gets their cheap on, fake news, and Trump hired who?
Welcome to Episode IV. This week, Dan spends some time with his favorite singer/songwriter, Matthew Perryman Jones. Matthew and Dan talk about panic attacks, growing up in Atlanta, the way music is informed by pain and suffering and the way music gives freedom.
If you have spent any time watching television in the last decade you have most likely heard one of Mattew’s songs on shows like Grey’s Anatomy, Pretty Little Liars, One Tree Hill and many others. His insightful writing and voice have drawn comparisons to Leonard Cohen and Jeff Buckley, and he is on the short list of songwriters who skillfully weave the deeply philosophical and the vivid utterly human without ever losing sight of either.
To get his new album Cold Answer, (which features the three songs from him you heard on this episode), visit MPJmusic.com.
Branden sits down with writer and speaker Tyler Huckabee days after Donald Trump was elected President of the United States to talk about empathy, justice, listening, and where we go from here.
Special Election Edition, President Trump to legalized weed and everything in between.
This week we reflect on the election and discuss our strategies for staying sane.
Luca and Ilenia are the founders of Illo, a studio based in Turin, Italy. During our conversation, we discussed their self-driving video bot named Algo, how Illo was formed and how they’ve crafted a unique office culture.
This week we discuss Beyonce’s night at the CMAs, last minute election plans and how SNL might save us all.
We appreciate everyone sticking with us through this long hiatus but are planning our return even as we speak, with a bunch of new goodies and an updated format. In the meantime, here’s a brief primer on Marvel’s Sorcerer Supreme, Doctor Strange — just so you can go into the movie knowing what you’re getting yourself into.