Anime, Movie

Episode 59 — Kiki’s Delivery Service

Ali discusses the movie, Kiki’s Delivery Service, written, produced and directed by Hayao Miyazaki. She reminisces about watching the movie with her siblings and gushes over how much she loves Kiki’s black cat, Jiji. She also talks about the powerful message of finding what inspires you in order to regain your confidence as depicted through Kiki’s journey in this coming-of-age film.

Animation, Short Story, Television

Episode 58 — Hey Arnold! + “Care”

Ali discusses the amazing Nicktoon, Hey Arnold!, created by Craig Bartlett. She shares her interesting interpretation of the show’s title when she was a kid, poignant moments that move her to tears, various lines that always crack her up, key scenes that stood out to her as a kid and what she feels is the all-encompassing theme of the series. She also talks about the qualities she admires most about Arnold and the reasons Helga G. Pataki is one of her all-time favorite characters. Afterward, she shares a Hey Arnold! story she wrote called “Care.”

Animation, Short Story, Television

Episode 55 — Ed, Edd n Eddy + “Edd the Stud”

Ali discusses the gut-bustingly hilarious cartoon, Ed, Edd n Eddy, created by Danny Antonucci. She shares her favorite episodes, quotes and fourth wall breaking moments, plus a few behind-the-scene tidbits and her theory on what’s under Double Dee’s hat. She also shares her thoughts on the fitting series finale, Ed, Edd n Eddy’s Big Picture Show, and she shares an Ed, Edd n Eddy story she wrote called “Edd the Stud.”

Animation, Movie, Short Story

Episode 54 — Invader ZIM: Enter the Florpus + “Sitting in a Tree”

Ali discusses the movie, Invader ZIM: Enter the Florpus, written by series creator, Jhonen Vasquez. She shares everything she loved about the movie in all of its ridiculous glory, from the incredible visuals to the hilarious dialogue to the surprisingly sweet moments. Afterward, she shares another Invader ZIM story she wrote called “Sitting in a Tree.”

If you haven’t already, be sure to check out Episode 9 — Invader ZIM + “Dodgeball of Doom.”

Personal Tales, Short Story

Episode 53 — First Anniversary! + “Rules of Rejection”

Ali celebrates the first anniversary of Storytelling Saga by sharing behind-the-scene details of the podcast from preparing, recording and editing to her goals for the podcast as it heads into its second year. She also shares some advice if you’re thinking about starting your own podcast, and she shares an extremely short story she wrote a while back called “Rules of Rejection.”

Animation, Movie

Episode 52 — Rocko’s Modern Life: Static Cling with Sylvie

Ali and special guest, Sylvie, discuss the Netflix special, Rocko’s Modern Life: Static Cling, written by series creator, Joe Murray, with additional writing from Mr. Lawrence, Martin Olson, Cosmo Segurson, Dan Becker and Tom Smith. They discuss first reactions to finding out Rocko’s Modern Life was getting a special, favorite meta jokes and callbacks, thoughts on the overall theme and message, their opinions on how this special compares to other Nicktoon reboots and much more!

Check out Sylvie’s podcasts, the Sylvie Soul Writing podcast and The Vacant Lot – a Hey Arnold! podcast, as well as her website, sylviesoul.com. Also, be sure to follow her on Twitter.

Animation, Television

Episode 50 — Rugrats

Ali discusses her all-time favorite childhood cartoon and one of the original three Nicktoons, Rugrats, created by Arlene Klasky, Gábor Csupó and Paul Germain. She shares some of her favorite episodes and heartwarming moments throughout the series, plus all the ways she admires her favoritest baby, Tommy Pickles. A baby’s gotta do what a baby’s gotta do!