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.
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.
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.
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.
In this episode of WTS we talk about gypsies, chain gangs, and boy stories.
In this episode of WTS we talk about flattening difference, myopic worldviews, and why all the female characters are in love with a frog.
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!
In this episode we talk about The Greatest Showman, flattering biopics, women scorned, and women as instruments of class conflict.
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.
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.
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!
In this episode of WTS, we talk about Incredibles 2. We break down the world of parenting, villiony and stretchiness.
In this episode of WTS, we discuss Ferdinand, we talk about toxic masculinity, animal rights and lots of other bull.
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.
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.
In this episode of WTS we talk about emotionally present fathers, disability inspiration porn, and solving problems with violence.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hi everyone! In this episode we discuss 2018’s Paddington 2! We get way too serious about judicial reform, maternal bravery and perfect sequels.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
On this episode we don’t talk about any movie! Or maybe we talk about all of them! We’re reading your feedback!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In this week’s WTS Paul and Jan talk about Hook, representation, why every female character wants to kiss Peter Pan, and food fights!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!