Talking The Mickey

Talking The Mickey

By Disney
In these less than worry-free days, take a deep dive into the Disney back catalogue with Ellie, Ethan, Georgia, and Ian. We discuss the good, the bad, and the flat-out nonsensical in the Wonderful World of the Disney animated collection.
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Ep 24 - Frozen 2 (and Peter Pan Fantasy Casting)
They say that some things never change but this week we're journeying into the unknown with Elsa, Anna, and a bunch of characters who mattered in Frozen 1 but largely stand around this time in Frozen 2.  This week's pick does some serious retconning of the Frozen Universe and we try to keep track of a whole new mythology in this financial boondoggle of a sequel.   Ellie,  Georgia,  Ethan, and Ian ask how can Anna's character be so on the nose with her sister but completely different around KrIstoff?   If the fire spirit can't be over fired or the wind spirit can't be over winded, how can Elsa be over frozen?  Finally, how much of this film was just highlight packages of Frozen 1?  We also went around the table (virtually), and gave our thoughts on who should be cast in the upcoming live adaptation of Peter Pan, now that Jude Law has signed on.  Catch up on some great Disney content and then join the conversation (@talkthemickey), Instagram (@talkingthemickey), or on our BRAND NEW Facebook page (@talkingthemickey). Why not leave a review for us on Apple Podcasts.  Give us a screenshot and we'll thank you in a shoutout on our next episode.
1:50:10
July 9, 2020
Ep 23 - Hamilton
With Hamilton dropping on Disney Plus on July 3rd, the team at Talking the Mickey weren’t going to throw away our shot to drop a review in time for July 4th - it felt quite apropos, after all. Ellie, Georgia, Ethan, and Ian discuss the challenges – and benefits – of the live musical experience vs the filmed approach, discuss our own suppositions about what Hamilton had in store for us, consider what other chart-topping song King George’s refrain reminded us of, and determine if there’s room for a retelling of Aaron Burr’s story with an all Kiwi cast. Come join a New Zealander, 2 Brits, and a Canadian talk about one of American’s founding fathers and then join the conversation on Twitter (@talkthemickey), Instagram (@talkingthemickey), or on our new Facebook page (@talkingthemickey) and have your comments featured on next week’s episode on Frozen 2. Why not leave a review for us on Apple Podcasts.  Give us a screenshot and we'll thank you in a shoutout on our next episode.
3:01:57
July 4, 2020
Ep 22 - The Princess and the Frog
This week we are Film Stories' reigning British Film Podcast of the Week and to celebrate we're "Goin' Down The Bayou' as Georgia's choice takes us to Mardi Gras and the city of New Orleans with "The Princess and the Frog."  Ellie,  Georgia,  Ethan, and Ian discuss a lot of people getting angry over a theme-park ride being rebranded, Ethan shares a personal story or two about his own experiences with the film during a difficult time in his life, Ellie is concerned at Lottie's attitude towards men, Georgia's bringing us Context Corner this week, and Ian's convinced every song in this 'glorified rom-com' (his words) is some sort of Jungle Book rip-off - with the exception of "Friends on the Other Side" which sounded a little too Aladdin for his taste.  Catch up on some great Disney content and then join the conversation (@talkthemickey), Instagram (@talkingthemickey), or on our new Facebook page (@talkingthemickey). Why not leave a review for us on Apple Podcasts.  Give us a screenshot and we'll thank you in a shoutout on our next episode. LOOK OUT FOR OUR BONUS EPISODE ON HAMILTON, DROPPING JULY 4TH
2:08:14
July 2, 2020
Ep 21 - Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey
It's time to go on an Incredible Journey.  Ellie's moves us up 1 year from Newsies into 1993 with Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey (itself a remake of a 1963 film)   Ellie,  Georgia,  Ethan, and Ian debate the merits of 2D animation vs voiceover and live animals, we go into great detail on the lengths the production team went to in order to ensure animal safety.  We all get a little emotional about the thoughts our respective pets may have in their heads and we deduce that Ethan might just be a soulless robot (but he likes cats - take that all you cat people).  Catch up on some great Disney content and then join the conversation (@talkthemickey), Instagram (@talkingthemickey), or on our new Facebook page (@talkingthemickey). We've also got some MASSIVE news to share about the podcast. So listen up. Why not leave a review for us on Apple Podcasts.  Give us a screenshot and we'll thank you in a shoutout on our next episode. Also, a massive thanks to our friends over at Feedspot who informed  us that they have included us in their "Top 60 Disney Podcasts You Must  Follow in 2020" rankings where we currently sit at #13 (and I believe  hold the ranking of the top film review Disney podcast in that list).   If you've got a podcast to promote, why not head over to Feedspot and  see how they can help you.  Catch our ranking at  https://blog.feedspot.com/disney_podcasts
1:51:32
June 25, 2020
Ep 20 - Newsies (and Hercules Fantasy Casting)
Headlines don't sell papes; Newsies sell papes!  It's a shame Newsies didn't sell many cinema tickets.  Ian's pick brings us back to 1992 and the first time most of us saw Christian Bale on our screens in the role of Jack Kelly in Newsies   Ellie,  Georgia,  Ethan, and Ian ask how Bill Pullman's character is able to spread the word of the Newsies strike through his own newspaper - are his Newsies not on strike?  Is Oscar Winner Robert Duvall the worst thing about this film and was Razzie (and Oscar) winner Alan Menken unfairly criticised for a pretty good soundtrack.  Did we ever find out what borough Spot Conlon was from and finally, did Davey even really learn how to be a Newsie on his half a day on the job?  We also went around the table (virtually), and gave our thoughts on who should be cast in the upcoming live adaptation of Hercules.  Catch up on some great Disney content and then join the conversation (@talkthemickey), Instagram (@talkingthemickey), or on our BRAND NEW Facebook page (@talkingthemickey). Why not leave a review for us on Apple Podcasts.  Give us a screenshot and we'll thank you in a shoutout on our next episode.   Also, a massive thanks to our friends over at Feedspot who informed  us that they have included us in their "Top 60 Disney Podcasts You Must  Follow in 2020" rankings where we currently sit at #13 (and I believe  hold the ranking of the top film review Disney podcast in that list).   If you've got a podcast to promote, why not head over to Feedspot and  see how they can help you.  Catch our ranking at  https://blog.feedspot.com/disney_podcasts
2:03:04
June 18, 2020
Ep 19 - The Wild
Sometimes the worst films make for the best episodes.  Ethan's pick brings us the 2006 computer-animated debacle that was "The Wild".   Ellie,  Georgia,  Ethan, and Ian debate why the film wanted to keep explicitly reminding us of much better Disney properties,  discuss the shameful Canadiana that was forced to the audience throughout the first act, consider why their were so many characters stuffed into this film if none of them were going to be developed or really have an arc, and ask if anyone cared about Ryan at any point in the film.  Also, who names a Lion cub "Ryan"???  Throw on Disney Plus, catch up on some great Disney content (or this film) and then join the conversation on Twitter  (@talkthemickey), Instagram (@talkingthemickey), or on our BRAND NEW Facebook page (@talkingthemickey). Also, a massive thanks to our friends over at Feedspot who informed  us that they have included us in their "Top 60 Disney Podcasts You Must  Follow in 2020" rankings where we currently sit at #13 (and I believe  hold the ranking of the top film review Disney podcast in that list).   If you've got a podcast to promote, why not head over to Feedspot and  see how they can help you.  Catch our ranking at  https://blog.feedspot.com/disney_podcasts
1:44:59
June 11, 2020
Ep 18 - Alice in Wonderland (1951)
Well I'm never eating Oysters again and you're late for a very important date with your favourite Disney themed podcast's review of Alice in Wonderland on our communal unbirthdays.  Georgia's pick brings us the Lewis Carroll literary classic brought to life through the animated genius of the Walt Disney company.   Ellie,  Georgia,  Ethan, and Ian debate at length the concept of a clever metaphor that's lost on the target audience, whether too many chefs in the kitchen did spoil the broth, what song needed to be substituted because Kathryn Beaumont wasn't that deft with it, is the Queen of Hearts a good villain or merely an iconic villain, and if everything is nonsense, can there be any substance to the film?  Throw on Disney Plus, catch up on some great Disney content and then join the conversation on Twitter (@talkthemickey), Instagram (@talkingthemickey), or on our BRAND NEW Facebook page (@talkingthemickey). Also, a massive thanks to our friends over at Feedspot who informed us that they have included us in their "Top 60 Disney Podcasts You Must Follow in 2020" rankings where we currently sit at #13 (and I believe hold the ranking of the top film review Disney podcast in that list).  If you've got a podcast to promote, why not head over to Feedspot and see how they can help you.  Catch our ranking at https://blog.feedspot.com/disney_podcasts
1:56:06
June 4, 2020
Ep 17 - Brave
This one's for all the gingers out there as Ellie's pick has us reviewing our 2nd Pixar film to this point in Brave   Ellie,  Georgia, Ethan, and Ian debate at length the importance of a fishing montage when the goal of the film is to prevent someone being a bear long-term, why is the idea of a mother-daughter relationship arc such a novel idea for a Disney film,  was Brave (the Oscar winner) even the best animated film Disney put out this year?  Which other Disney property made it onto the Scottish registry of Tartans over fifty years ago?  And what is with all the talk about destiny, fate, and choosing your path?  Throw on some Disney  Plus, catch up on some great Disney content and then join the  conversation on Twitter (@talkthemickey) or Instagram  (@talkingthemickey).
1:57:40
May 29, 2020
Ep 16 - One Hundred and One Dalmatians
Is Cruella de Ville actually a great villain or just the benefector of excellent character design and an iconic song?  That's the question we undertake this week as Ian's pick has us counting spots, literally.   Ellie,  Georgia, Ethan, and Ian debate the relative distance of London to Suffolk, why half the film is us watching dogs watching television, how can a variety of animals understand the twilight bark but only the dogs can respond?  Is Jasper underrated as a disney villain in his own right?  And what is Roger's wife's name anyways?  Throw on some Disney Plus, catch up on some great  Disney content and then join the conversation on Twitter (@talkthemickey) or Instagram (@talkingthemickey).
1:55:39
May 23, 2020
Ep 15 - The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Everything goin' Topsy Turvy this week as someone suggests Phoebus is 'just a discount Flynn Rider!'  Come join the podcast that puts the  Plus in Disney Plus, Talking The Mickey as Ethan's pick has us celebrating the Festival of Fools with Esmerelda, Quasimodo, Belle's Dad, and some guy trying to sell us Hot & Cool Hamburgers from McDonalds.   Ellie,  Georgia, Ethan, Ian, and Liam debate how dark is too dark for a Disney film, discuss why Frollo is mentioned enough when we consider the great pantheon of Disney villains, consider whether the gargoyles are actually alive or do they just exist in Quasi's mind, and ask ourselves if leaning so heavily into sitcom culture was the right feel for this film,   Throw on some Disney Plus, catch up on some great Disney  content and then join the conversation on Twitter (@talkthemickey) or Instagram (@talkingthemickey).
2:06:00
May 16, 2020
Ep 14 - Star Wars (A New Hope)
The force is strong with this one!  Come join the podcast that puts the Plus in Disney Plus, Talking  The  Mickey in a special cross-over event with our other Podcast, Best Film Ever, as we dip our toe into the epic franchise that is the Star Wars Universe.  While Disney Plus is releasing Rise of Skywalker to finish the Skywalker saga, we're going all the way back to the beginning with a special cross-over episode in honour of Star Wars Day alongside Liam from Best Film Ever.   Ellie, Georgia, Ethan, Ian, and Liam discuss just how bad the first cut of Star Wars was, we find out which surpising studios turned down George Lucas' "Untitled Space Opera", reveal which cast member was paid £20 to 'go away' by another member of the cast and debate whether you can simulatneously write a great story but a terrible script.  Throw on some Disney Plus, catch up on some great Disney  content and then join the conversation on Twitter (@talkthemickey) or Instagram (@talkingthemickey).
2:04:52
May 8, 2020
Ep 13 - Tinker Bell
Come join the podcast that puts the Plus in Disney Plus, Talking  The Mickey. as we stretch our wings in reviewing the 2008 birth of a Disney Fairies division, Tinker Bell.  Georgia's choice,  brings us to Pixie Hollow and a time long before the Darling children made their way to Never Land.    Ellie, Georgia, Ethan, and Ian discuss how and why Disney went in a direction to bump Tinker Bell up to main character status, consider if she's a likeable character or a bad Egg, discover some serious casting power in players of Tinker's crew and learn about the financial boon that this direct-to-DVD series became for the House of Mouse.  Throw on some Disney Plus, and  catch up on some great Disney content and then join the conversation on Twitter (@talkthemickey) or Instagram (@talkingthemickey).
1:49:45
May 6, 2020
Ep 12 - Mary Poppins
Step In Time to the podcast that puts the Plus in Disney Plus, Talking The Mickey. This week, Ellie's choice,  brings us to Edwardian England and the 'Age of Men' (at least according to Mr. Banks), in Mary Poppins.   Ellie, Georgia, Ethan, and Ian discuss the turbulent relationship between P.L. Travers and the Walt Disney company, consider which characters may be sociopathic, learn about a tapestry of casting considerations, and debate the quality (and difficulty) of some of the accents in the only Disney film to be nominated for Best Picture in Walt's lifetime.  Throw on some Disney Plus, and  catch up on some great Disney content and then join the conversation on Twitter (@talkthemickey) or Instagram (@talkingthemickey).
2:05:44
May 2, 2020
Ep 11 - Aladdin (1992)
10,000 years may give you such a crick in the neck but our Deep Dive this week will make you feel like a prince.  This week, Ian's choice, brings us to the ancient (post-apocalyptic?) land of Agrabah where we thoroughly examine Aladdin.   Ellie, Georgia, Ethan, and Ian discuss the turbulent development process which culiminated in the infamous Black Friday, Disney's treatment of its biggest star in Robin Williams, the ever-changing rules regarding the Genie's powers and if there are three different characters angling for the role of 'silent sidekick', which one's the cutest?  Throw on some Disney Plus, and  catch up on some  great Disney contet and  then join our conversation on  Twitter  (@talkthemickey) or Instagram  (@talkingthemickey).
2:15:13
April 28, 2020
Ep 10 - Treasure Planet
If you thought there was a rant in Lady and The Tramp, hold our tea!  This week we discuss the reimagining of Treasure Island in Space (a harder moniker to remember than you may think) with Treasure Planet.   Ellie, Georgia, Liam, and  Ian discuss the 70/30 rule, unfortunate post-millenium haircuts, how Treasure Planet may be the biggest financial blunder in Disney animation history, and how close it came to a truly bizarre sequel taking place.  Throw on some Disney Plus, and catch up on some  great Disney contet and  then join our conversation on Twitter  (@talkthemickey) or Instagram  (@talkingwithmickey).
1:49:11
April 20, 2020
Ep 09 - Wreck-It Ralph
Just because you are a 'bad guy' doesn't mean that you are a bad guy.  Wise words from the Russian who likes to crack men's skulls between his thights.  From the  podcast that puts the plus in Disney Plus,  Georgia's selection brings us into the world of our favourite video games (from today and yesterday) with 'Wreck-It Ralph.'  We find ourselves disussing how a film as fan-servicey as this on the surface could ask such mature questions about happiness, fulifilment, depression, and respect.  We  consider if Ralph might just be the best developed character in the history of Disney or whether Venellope ever had a redeeming moment.  Also, is there anything Alan Tudyk can't do?  Throw on some Disney Plus,  and catch up on some  great Disney  content  and then join our  conversation on Twitter (@talkthemickey) or Instagram (@talkingwithmickey).  Why not throw a review request our way?  Who knows, maybe your recommendation will spur our next review.
1:40:16
April 15, 2020
Ep 08 - The Sword In The Stone
If Merlin felt the 20th century was a 'modern mess' what would he make of life in 2020?  From the  podcast that puts the plus in Disney Plus, Ellie's selection brings us back home to Merry Old England with 'The Sword in the Stone.'  We find ourselves disussing yet another problem with casting and actors maturing over the process of production; we consider which famous person was Merlin's characteristics allegedly based on and we answer the immortal question: who was more memorable in this film, Madam Mim or the Lady Squirrels?  Throw on some Disney Plus, and catch up on some  great Disney  content  and then join our conversation on Twitter (@talkthemickey) or Instagram  (@talkingwithmickey).  Why not throw a review request our way?  Who  knows, maybe your recommendation will spur our next review.
1:38:46
April 12, 2020
Ep 07 - Cool Runnings (with Ethan)
Feel the rhythm, feel the rhyme, get on up, it's podcast time!  From the podcast that puts the plus in Disney Plus, Ian's selection brings us all the way to the frigid climates of Canada in mid-February with Cool Runnings.  We find ourselves disussing Disney's initial casting preferences.  Which one line was the only one to remain after extensive re-writes, we discuss the legacy of Canada's own John Candy, and find out which actor rose from being hired just to read the lines to others auditioning for the film to ultimately being cast and stealing the show. Throw on some Disney Plus, and catch up on some  great Disney  content and then join our conversation on Twitter (@talkthemickey) or Instagram (@talkingwithmickey).  Why not throw a review request our way?  Who knows, maybe your recommendation will spur our next review.
1:25:53
April 9, 2020
Ep 06 - Coco (with Ethan)
From the podcast that puts the plus in Disney Plus, an audience selection  brings us our newest film in the review library to this point (and our first Pixar review),  Coco.  We find ourselves disussing the intricacies of the Pixar team; we learn about how the director of Coco was nervous to set the project in Mexico for fear of not doing another culture's representation justice, and discuss what the impact is of a character's death on those watching the film.  Throw on some Disney Plus, and catch up on some  great Disney  contet  and  then join our conversation on Twitter (@talkthemickey) or Instagram  (@talkingwithmickey).  Why not throw a review request our way?  Who knows, maybe your recommendation will spur our next review.
1:47:04
April 9, 2020
Ep 05 - The Three Caballeros
From the podcast that puts the plus in Disney Plus, Georgia's selection brings us our oldest film in the review library to this point (again), The Three Caballeros.  We find ourselves disussing how important story is to a piece of art.  We learn about how politics and animation were used together as part of the American Goodwill movement of the FDR government and who decided that Donald Duck was the symbol of Americana?  Throw on some Disney Plus, and catch up on some  great Disney  contet and  then join our conversation on Twitter (@talkthemickey) or Instagram (@talkingwithmickey).
1:29:07
April 2, 2020
Ep 04 - Lady and the Tramp
Ellie's choice brings us our oldest film in the review library to this point, Lady and the Tramp.  We find ourselves disussing what exactly makes the essence of story and debate whether this should have been shelved for another 18 years.  We find ourselves resorting to labels of 'dog people' and 'cat people' while asking if the film wants us to 'hate people.'  We also learn which iconic scene Walt Disney wanted out of the film and which elements of the story were ripped from the pages of real life. Throw on some Disney Plus, and catch up on some  great Disney contet and  then join our conversation on Twitter  (@talkthemickey) or Instagram (@talkingwithmickey). 
1:32:59
April 1, 2020
Ep 03 - Pocohontas (with Liam)
For the first time, Liam joins the Podcast and brings us the 1995 classic, Pocohontas.  It's another week where we discuss big topics like reperesentation, gender roles, and what makes an appropriate narrative to retell for a family audience.  Moreover, Ellie, Georgia, Liam, and Ian consider how much creative license is appropriate with a story based in historical fact before wondering why Mel Gibson didn't even try an English accent at all.  Throw on some Disney Plus, and catch up on some great Disney contet and  then join our conversation on Twitter (@talkthemickey) or Instagram  (@talkingwithmickey) and we'll give you a warm, English welcome - sadly without the gift baskets.
1:22:51
March 30, 2020
Ep 02 - Mulan
Li Shang promises that he'll make a man out of Mulan.  Without the long-anticipated (by some) live-action remake, we're all revisiting the 1998 release of animated verison of Mulan.  Questions of gender roles and family roles are explored by Ellie, Georgia, and Ian as we try to upack if the values it upholds are still all that progressive for a 2020 audience.  Throw on some Disney Plus, and catch up on some great Disney contet and then join our conversation on Twitter (@talkthemickey) or Instagram (@talkingwithmickey) or else it'll be dishonour on you, dishonour on your family, and dishonour on your cow.
1:32:18
March 27, 2020
Ep 01 - Frozen
Do you want to build a snowman?  One of our hosts never answered the door as they've never seen the 2013 cultural phenomenon that was Frozen.  Will the whimsical tale that retcons every Disney trope melt their frozen heart or do they find themselves alone in an ice castle as the cold never bothered them anyway?
59:36
March 25, 2020