Animation, Movie

Episode 64 — The Little Mermaid

Ali discusses the movie that kicked off the Disney Renaissance era, The Little Mermaid. She talks about why “Part of Your World” is her all-time favorite Disney song and recaps her favorite moments from this beloved film.

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, 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.”

Be sure to also check out Episode 9 — Invader ZIM + “Dodgeball of Doom.”

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, Movie

Episode 43 — South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut

Ali discusses the movie, South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut, written by series creators, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, along with Pam Brady. She reminisces about watching the movie for the first time with her siblings on a long car ride home, re-living all the filthy language and fantastic songs.

Movie, Novel

Episode 37 — The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

Ali discusses the movie adaptation of the first book in Ann Brashares’ bestselling young adult novel series, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. She tracks the story arcs of each of the four main characters while touching on the timeless themes of self-love, growth, family, grief and, above all else, the true bond of everlasting friendship.

Animation, Movie

Episode 36 — Aladdin

Ali discusses her all-time favorite Disney movie, Aladdin. She quotes her favorite lines and reminisces about watching the film repeatedly as a kid. She also compares the movie to its Broadway musical adaptation.