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Annie: Who's Your Daddy Warbucks?
Episode 69 • Published Oct 12, 2018

On this episode of Way Too Seriously we are talking about 1982’s Annie. We talk about undifferentiated otherness, the calcification of gender roles and whether capitalism can be redeemed.


Yellow Submarine: All Together Now
Episode 68 • Published Oct 05, 2018

On this episode of WTS we’re talking about the Beatles’ “Yellow Submarine.” We talk about art education for children, drugs and rock and roll, and whether it’s actually true that all you need is love. We also stray from our central premise a little to just talk about The Beatles.


The Breadwinner: Beauty and Suffering
Episode 67 • Published Sep 28, 2018

In this episode we talk about war, socially constructed gender roles, and whether animated kids’ movies are less valuable as serious art than grown-up movies.


Early Man: Wait. Is This a Secret Sports Movie?
Episode 66 • Published Sep 21, 2018

In this episode of WTS we’re talking about Early Man. We talk about all-male sports teams, compulsory heterosexuality, whether England is a caveman country compared to the advanced bronze age of Europe, and whether a solid pun justifies gendered language.


Holes: No Good Dirty Rotten Podcast Stealing Great Great Grandfather
Episode 65 • Published Sep 14, 2018

In this episode of WTS we talk about gypsies, chain gangs, and boy stories.


Muppets Most Wanted: Hey, a Sequel!
Episode 64 • Published Sep 07, 2018

In this episode of WTS we talk about flattening difference, myopic worldviews, and why all the female characters are in love with a frog.


Teen Titans Go: Everybody Gets a Movie!
Episode 63 • Published Aug 31, 2018

In this episode of WTS we talk about representations of femininity, representations of masculinity, and men in disguise dressed as women. We also gush about the pre-movie short that featured Batgirl!


The Greatest Showman: There’s a Podcaster Born Every Minute
Episode 62 • Published Aug 24, 2018

In this episode we talk about The Greatest Showman, flattering biopics, women scorned, and women as instruments of class conflict.


The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe: Care for Some Turkish Delight?
Episode 61 • Published Aug 17, 2018

On this episode of WTS we talk about allegory, casual sexism in both the book and the movie, and who exactly the main character of this story is.


Everything That I Need: Muppets 2011.
Episode 60 • Published Aug 10, 2018

In this episode, we talk about 2011’s Muppets. Not to be confused with the Muppet Movie. We talk about whether the Smurfette Principle should actually be called the Miss Piggy Principle, racialized muppets and women who are relentlessly positive.


Babies: Wah.
Episode 59 • Published Jul 20, 2018

This week we’re talking about a documentary: 2010’s “Babies.” We talk about truth in documentary film, misery tourism, and body positivity. We hope you enjoy!


The Incredibles 2: This Time it's Personal
Episode 58 • Published Jul 13, 2018

In this episode of WTS, we talk about Incredibles 2. We break down the world of parenting, villiony and stretchiness.


Ferdinand: A Bunch of Bull
Episode 57 • Published Jul 06, 2018

In this episode of WTS, we discuss Ferdinand, we talk about toxic masculinity, animal rights and lots of other bull.


Coco: The Cactus is also Me
Episode 56 • Published Jun 29, 2018

In this episode of WTS we’re covering Coco. We talk about bilingualism, appropriation, erasure of disability, and the inevitability of both death and of being forgotten.


Kiki’s Delivery Service: Childhood is Magical
Episode 55 • Published Jun 22, 2018

In this episode of WTS we’re talking about Kiki’s Delivery Service. We touch on coming of age, why it’s easy to do a queer reading of Kiki’s Delivery Service, and whether kids these days are spoiled and ungrateful.


Wonder: Punch your Problems Away!
Episode 54 • Published Jun 15, 2018

In this episode of WTS we talk about emotionally present fathers, disability inspiration porn, and solving problems with violence.


Toy Story 3: A Potato’s Soul
Episode 53 • Published Jun 08, 2018

On this episode of WTS we’re talking about Toy Story 3. We discuss Barbie’s political philosophy, Ken’s girly handwriting, and the metaphysics of identity as it applies to Mr. Potato Head.


Toy Story: The Toys Are Alive!
Episode 52 • Published Jun 01, 2018

On this episode of WTS we talk about male whiteness as the standard, whether it was a different time, and the semiotic meaning of pop tarts.


WALL-E: Bleep Bloop
Episode 51 • Published May 25, 2018

In this episode of WTS we talk about romance between robots, messages of individuality from soulless multinational corporations, and whether environmental movies need to stop pulling their punches.


Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: When Werewolves Attack
Episode 50 • Published May 18, 2018

On this episode we talk about Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. In this episode of WTS we talk about shrunken heads, fat shaming, and whether checking out your hair from the back is sexist.


Beauty and the Beast 2017: There Must Be More Than This Podcasting Life
Episode 49 • Published May 11, 2018

On this episode we talk about the 2017 live-action version of Beauty and the Beast. We talk about Disney’s First Openly Gay Character™, whether cross-dressing is hilarious, and whether the serving classes are morally responsible for their masters.


The Incredibles: Equality is Villainous
Episode 48 • Published May 04, 2018

On this episode we talk about The Incredibles. We cover married people who like each other, whether it’s bad to reward mediocrity, the damselling of Mr. Incredible, and why it’s Supergirl, not Superwoman.


Aladdin: Magic Ions
Episode 47 • Published Apr 27, 2018

On this episode we talk about Disney’s Aladdin. We also talk about fetishized exoticisation of Arabia, whether women are prizes to be won, and whether it’s acceptable to transform a monkey into an elephant without his consent.


Zootopia - A Podcast That Makes the World a Better Place
Episode 46 • Published Apr 20, 2018

In this episode we’re talking about Zootopia, so obviously things get a little heated. We talk about pop stars, why the patriarchy hurts everyone, nature vs nurture, and racial profiling.this very movie!


A Wrinkle in Time: The Flying Lettuce Leaf
Episode 45 • Published Apr 13, 2018

In this episode we talk about kicking your characters when they are down, why mediocre movies are important, and optimism. We also talk about the “racial Bechdel test”, which we both forgot is called the DuVernay test, after Ava DuVernay, the director of this very movie!


Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: The Room of Hushy Hush
Episode 44 • Published Apr 06, 2018

This episode of WTS is all about Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. We talk about why nobody feels bad for Moaning Myrtle, why Hermione has nicer hair in this movie, and whether we should care about House Elf rights.


Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone: Slytherin was Robbed
Episode 43 • Published Mar 30, 2018

This episode of WTS is all about Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. We’re focusing only on the movie, and trying our darndest not to turn this into an episode about the book(s). We talk about why the chosen one is a boy, the ethics fat shaming, and whether the Sorting Hat is inherently monstrous.


Despicable Me: Miss Hattie is the Real Villain
Episode 42 • Published Mar 23, 2018

On this episode of WTS we’re talking about Despicable Me. The first one. We talk about orphanages, child-endangerment, easily flattered women, and why Bee Gees dance parties are monstrous.


Despicable Me 2: Let’s Go To The Mall, Everybody!
Episode 41 • Published Mar 16, 2018

On this episode of WTS we’re talking about Despicable Me 2. That’s right, it was 3 last week and 2 this week. We’re doing this in backwards order. We talk about stereotypes as a villain’s gimmick, the idea of macho, and why this movie missed an opportunity to explore how growing up is a kind of loss.


Despicable Me 3: This time it's Despicabler
Episode 40 • Published Mar 09, 2018

On this episode of WTS we’re talking about Despicable Me 3. We talk about whether all women are naturally destined for motherhood, the male gaze, wacky ignorant foreigners, and whether child-marriage is funny.


The Boxtrolls: Say Cheese!
Episode 39 • Published Mar 02, 2018

On this episode of WTS we’re talking about Boxtrolls. We cover Laika’s race problem, cheese as a metaphor for social privilege, and whether everything would be better for everyone if Mr. Snatcher could just be a drag queen.


The Secret of Kells: A Podcast That Will Turn Darkness Into Light
Episode 38 • Published Feb 23, 2018

In this episode we talk about people of colour in the middle ages, whether Vikings should count as humans, and what that great big tall tower in Kells reminds us of.


Paddington 2: They’re Listening To Our Podcast!
Episode 37 • Published Feb 16, 2018

Hi everyone! In this episode we discuss 2018’s Paddington 2! We get way too serious about judicial reform, maternal bravery and perfect sequels.


Babe 2: Pig in the City - What Did I Just Watch?
Episode 36 • Published Feb 09, 2018

Hi everyone! We’re talking about Babe: Pig in the City this week. In this sequel to last week’s episode we talk about the surrealness of Babe: Pig in the City, Mrs Hoggett’s new accent, city life vs country life and the ethics of monkeys in wigs.


Babe: That’ll Do
Episode 35 • Published Feb 02, 2018

In this episode we talk about “Babe.” We cover animal husbandry, the assumption of male as default, and whether it’s ok to eat an animal as long as you’ve never actually heard it talk.


Ballerina/Leap!: Dance Like Nobody’s Watching Except Your Teacher Who Will Judge You
Episode 34 • Published Jan 26, 2018

In this episode we’re talking about a movie that was called Leap! in the United States but Ballerina everywhere else! We talk about how just because someone kisses you that doesn’t mean she’s your girlfriend, VICTOR. We also cover competitive female relationships, and how passion and talent don’t always go together.


Totoro: Hey, Let’s Go!
Episode 33 • Published Jan 19, 2018

This episode of WTS is all about the Studio Ghibli classic: Totoro! In this episode we talk about environmentalism, ignoring the rules of narrative structure, and why Granny should not be your childcare role model.


Calvin and Hobbes: Scientific Podcast Goes Boink
Episode 32 • Published Jan 17, 2018

In this episode we temporarily turn away from movies and talk about Calvin and Hobbes. We also talk about Beethoven, Cersei Lannister, and why you shouldn’t tell a little girl that a little boy is picking on her because he likes her.


Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: Oompa loompa doompa dee don’t
Episode 31 • Published Jan 12, 2018

On this episode we talk about Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. That’s the 2005 version with Freddie Highmore as Charlie, not the 1971 one with Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka, which isn’t called Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at all, it’s called Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory so there really shouldn’t be any confusion. In this episode we talk about supporting art made by bad people, about whether Oompa Loompas are redeemable, and about why candy is only bad if you are fat.


Paddington: It’s just Peru
Episode 30 • Published Jan 05, 2018

On this episode we talk about 2015’s Paddington. We cover the man-in-a-dress trope, immigration and the whether Paddington is more popular than Winnie the Pooh.


Mailbag
Episode 29 • Published Dec 22, 2017

On this episode we don’t talk about any movie! Or maybe we talk about all of them! We’re reading your feedback!


The Muppet Christmas Carol: Beaker Flips the Bird
Episode 28 • Published Dec 15, 2017

On this episode we talk about the horror of Victorian poorhouses, whether it counts as passing the Bechdel test when the “woman” is a pig voiced by a man, and why if Tiny Tim doesn’t make you cry you’re a monster that’s right I said it.


The Peanuts Movie: Anybody Want a Peanut?
Episode 27 • Published Dec 08, 2017

In this episode of Way Too Seriously we’re talking The Peanuts Movie. We talk about nostalgia, Strong Female Characters,™ Peanuts’ race problem, and why Charlie Brown should remain a loser.


The Nightmare Before Christmas: Agree to Disagree
Episode 26 • Published Dec 01, 2017

In this episode of Way Too Seriously we’re talking about The Nightmare Before Christmas. Jan and Paul don’t quite see eye to eye about this movie. We disagree about whether this is a Halloween movie or a Christmas movie, whether Oogie Boogie is troublingly racialized, and whether Sally is a protagonist or a flat support character.


Captain Underpants: Insert Poop Joke Here
Episode 25 • Published Nov 24, 2017

In this episode of Way Too Seriously we’re talking Captain Underpants. We cover “boy books,” toxic masculinity, and whether Lunch Lady is an identity.


Kubo and the Two Strings: Play that Shamisen Music (White Boy)
Episode 24 • Published Nov 16, 2017

In this episode of Way Too Seriously we talk about the Studio Laika movie Kubo and the Two Strings. We especially talk about cultural appropriation, the Smurfette Principle, cultural appropriation, fear and bullying, and cultural appropriation.


The Book of Life: No Bull
Episode 23 • Published Nov 10, 2017

In this episode we talk about The Book of Life. In particular, we talk about the importance of representation, whether women are prizes to be won, and tomato sauce.


The Lion King: The Circle of Know Your Place
Episode 22 • Published Nov 03, 2017

In this episode, about The Lion King, we talk about the divine right of kings, why there are so many white American voice actors in this movie about Africa, and whether male lions are lazy freeloaders or important members of the pride.


Hotel Transylvania 2: Undie Harder
Episode 21 • Published Oct 27, 2017

In this second Halloween-themed episode of WTS Paul and Jan talk about Hotel Transylvania 2. We talk about infantilized women, incompetent men, and loving children for who they are.


Bonus Trivia: Paranorman
Episode 20 • Published Oct 26, 2017

Every week we make a short bonus trivia challenge episode inspired by each episode of WTS. This is the episode we recorded to go with Paranorman, we’ve decided to share it with you all! If you like the sound of this, you can one just like it for every episode of WTS by supporting us on Patreon!


Paranorman: When Puritans Attack!
Episode 19 • Published Oct 20, 2017

In this Halloween-adjacent episode of WTS Paul and Jan talk about Paranorman. Our conversation touches on the Bechdel Test and the Smurfette Principle (again!), the relationship of bullying to zombieism, and what speaking to the dead has to do with being gay.


Moana: Know Who You Are
Episode 18 • Published Oct 13, 2017

In this episode of WTS Paul and Jan talk about Moana. We talk about how trauma affects identity, whether Maui should have been a skinny guy, and why the best romantic subplot is no romantic subplot.


The Little Prince: Essential Viewing
Episode 17 • Published Oct 05, 2017

In this extra long episode of WTS Paul and Jan talk about The Little Prince. This movie is based on a book which was a beloved childhood favourite for Paul, so in this episode we talk about the relationship of the movie to the book. We also talk about why grown-ups are ridiculous, what it means to be essential, and why we wish this children’s movie had featured some more deaths.


Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2: This Time It’s Personal
Episode 16 • Published Sep 29, 2017

In this episode of WTS Paul and Jan talk about Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2. We also talk about the evils of hero worship, why it matters if you confuse an ape for a monkey, the moral argument for veganism, and why the workers must seize the means of production to overthrow capitalism.


Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs: Don’t @ Us
Episode 15 • Published Sep 22, 2017

In this episode, all about Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, we talk about adapting picture books to movies, why a girl can’t be both cute and smart, and why fat people in movies are evil.


Song of the Sea: Come Away, Oh Human Child
Episode 14 • Published Sep 15, 2017

In this episode we talk about why it’s good to feel your feelings, whether fairy tales are colonialist by nature, and how overprotective parenting can harm children.


Muppets From Space: Why Are There So Many Movies With Muppets?
Episode 13 • Published Sep 08, 2017

In this week’s WTS Paul and Jan talk about Muppets From Space! We talk about loving the Muppets, why accepting weirdos is good, and why your story matters even if you don’t know it. And Paul goes on a long rant about his least favourite Muppet.


UP!: This is not a Children’s Movie
Episode 12 • Published Sep 01, 2017

In this week’s WTS Paul and Jan talk about UP! We talk about why it’s sadder when old people die, the value of letting go of the past, and we wonder how if all the doggies are boy doggies there are ever more doggies.


Hook: Peter Pan is Not Batman
Episode 11 • Published Aug 25, 2017

In this week’s WTS Paul and Jan talk about Hook, representation, why every female character wants to kiss Peter Pan, and food fights!


The Great Mouse Detective: Featuring Very Busty Mice
Episode 10 • Published Aug 18, 2017

In this week’s WTS Paul and Jan are talking about a Disney classic neither of them have nostalgia for: The Great Mouse Detective! We talk about Vincent Price, damsel mice, and systemic anti-rat bias.


Walking With the Dinosaurs 3D: "Hey Look! A Full Moon!"
Episode 9 • Published Aug 11, 2017

Jan and Paul are watching a movie this week that they didn’t choose. You don’t have to have seen this movie to listen to the episode: we’re talking about Walking With the Dinosaurs 3D. We talk about mating habits of anthropomorphized animals, whether a movie about dinosaurs should be considered a nature documentary, and whether dinosaurs wear lipstick.


Inside Out: What if Even Doublemint Gum Can’t Make You Smile?
Episode 8 • Published Aug 04, 2017

Jan and Paul return to Pixar to talk about Inside Out. We talk about depression, explaining theories of mind to children, and whether it’s possible for a bus driver to be a complete human being.


Prince of Egypt: The American Guy is Always the Hero
Episode 7 • Published Jul 28, 2017

In this episode of Way Too Seriously, Jan and Paul talk about Prince of Egypt. We talk about how nice it is to hear Patrick Stewart in anything, about whether it’s all cool to give women as gifts (spoiler: it’s not), about white actors playing African characters, and about why 2D traditional animation was great.


Toy Story 2: All Collectors Are Evil
Episode 6 • Published Jul 21, 2017

In this episode of Way Too Seriously, Jan and Paul talk about Toy Story 2, even though they’ve never talked about Toy Story. Oh well. We talk about why holding on to your childhood is tempting but futile, whether toy dinosaurs can be girls, and whether it’s ok for a villainous character to be racist.


The Wizard of Oz: Of Blizzards, Lizards, and Gizzards
Episode 5 • Published Jul 14, 2017

In this episode of Way Too Seriously, Jan and Paul talk about The Wizard of Oz, how passing the Bechdel test really should be easy, whether Munchkins are better than Hobbits, and whether it’s better to be a friend of Dorothy than to actually BE Dorothy.


Megamind: Everybody Loves Roxie
Episode 4 • Published Jul 07, 2017

In this episode of Way Too Seriously, Jan and Paul talk about Megamind. We express our sympathy with Dreamworks for always being the runner-up, this time to Despicable Me. We also talk about why Roxie is a love interest for every male character in the movie, whether the fact that Megamind is blue makes him count as a person of colour, and Brad Pitt and the nature of privilege.


Lego Batman: Joker Loves Batman
Episode 3 • Published Jun 30, 2017

In this episode of Way Too Seriously, Jan and Paul talk about Lego Batman, and Jan mentions Krypto the Wonder Dog at least twice. We also talk about whether Batgirl is a Smurfette, the homoerotic subtext of Batman and Joker, and DC’s race problem.


Hotel Transylvania: “Zing” is Not a Thing
Episode 2 • Published Jun 23, 2017

In this first full episode of Way Too Seriously, Jan and Paul talk about Hotel Transylvania, the insidious idea of fathers owning their daughters, how love at first sight is a terrible concept, and why disability is not monstrous.


Introduction to Way Too Seriously
Episode 1 • Published Jun 20, 2017

In this intro episode to Way Too Seriously Paul and Jan introduce themselves and the idea for this show. See you next Friday for our first full episode!