Way Too Seriously


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!