Episode 173 - My Neighbor Totoro (となりのトトロ)

We finish our double feature with the 1988 Studio Ghibli film "My Neighbor Totoro" by Hayao Miyazaki, the fun contrast to last week's film "Grave of the Fireflies." The recognizable "Totoro" serves as Studio Ghibli's mascot, akin to Mickey Mouse and Disney. So, even if you've never seen the film, you've likely seen this character pop up in something. And now he's popping up in our podcast. Enjoy!

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Category:Film & Television -- posted at: 10:52am EDT

Episode 172 - Grave of the Fireflies (火垂るの墓)

This week it's the first part of a double feature. It's the 1988 Studio Ghibli film "Grave of the Fireflies," directed by Isao Takahata, which many describe as one of the saddest films of all time. So, it's appropriate that Sketchy, the saddest podcast of all time (sad as in pathetic), discuss this heartwrenching film.

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Category:Film & Television -- posted at: 10:09am EDT

Episode 171 - Pete's Dragon

This week it's the 1977 live action Disney musical "Pete's Dragon" that sprinkles in a few bits of animation (directed by Don Bluth) amongst such stars as Helen Reddy ("I Am Woman") and Mickey Rooney (from that racist part in "Breakfast At Tiffany's"). We figured it was just enough animation to qualify for this show. Enjoy!

Happy Up Here
by Röyksopp

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Category:Film & Television -- posted at: 10:45am EDT

Episode 170 - The Gorillaz

This episode has been planned for a while. It's a discussion of the animated band "The Gorillaz," formed by "Blur" frontman Damon Albarn and the "Tank Girl" comic book series creator Jamie Hewlett. With several albums (including the coveted "Demon Days"), a number of music videos, a rich backstory and an impressive list of collaborators (De La Soul, Lou Reed, Danger Mouse, and more), there was a ton to talk about. So, get into it and enjoy!

Happy Landfill
by The Gorillaz

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Category:Film & Television -- posted at: 10:00am EDT

Episode 169 - Daria

Sketchy discusses a listener request. It's MTV's "Daria," and it's as 90s alternative as you remember. Enjoy!

You're Standing On My Neck
by Splendora

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Category:Film & Television -- posted at: 5:54pm EDT