Ali discusses the first Pixar feature film, Toy Story (1995), and its sequels, Toy Story 2 (1999), Toy Story 3 (2010) and Toy Story 4 (2019). She shares her favorite moments from each movie that make up this phenomenal franchise and capture the universal themes of friendship, growing up, purpose, unconditional love and adventure from these beloved toys.
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.
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.
Ali discusses the nautical Nicktoon, SpongeBob SquarePants, created by Stephen Hillenburg. She shares her favorite episodes, hilarious quotes, classic songs and various memories growing up with this iconic show. She also reminisces about seeing The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie and SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical.
Ali discusses the hilarious Nicktoon, The Angry Beavers, created by Mitch Schauer. She shares her favorite episodes, funny exchanges and sweet brotherly moments, plus plenty of the show’s distinct mispronunciations. She also talks about why her opinion has changed from when she was a kid on which of the Beaver brothers is her favorite.
Ali and special guest, Patricia Miranda of Old School Lane, each share their top 5 favorite animated antagonists.
You can check out Old School Lane on YouTube and find updates on Facebook and Blogspot as well as by following Patricia on Twitter. Also, be sure to give Ali’s blog interview with Patricia a read: An In-Depth Chat with the Co-Founder of Old School Lane.
Ali discusses the Disney movie, Zootopia, praising its writing, animation, voice acting and music, all of which contribute to the film’s incredibly pertinent message. Afterward, she shares a Zootopia story she wrote called “Just One Date.”
Ali discusses Pixar’s 22 rules of storytelling compiled by former Pixar storyboard artist, Emma Coats, drawing examples from various Pixar films along the way with each screenwriting tip.
Ali discusses the first original animated Peanuts special, A Charlie Brown Christmas, written by Charles Schulz. She shares some interesting facts about the special and cites all the moments that make it so iconic.
Ali discusses the animated Christmas special based on the book of the same name, Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! She shares her favorite moments and cites some lyrics from the classic song, “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch.”