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Wreck-It Ralph

This week we spend a lot of time talking about snack foods so please eat before listening or you may find yourself with a donut craving. No cuts, no buts, no coconuts.

We also talk about bullies, pop culture references that don’t age well, and the necessity of tragic backstories for female characters.

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The Incredibles

Synopsis:

In this week’s episode, we take a look at 2004’s The Incredibles. Winner of two Academy Awards (Best Animated Feature and Best Sound Editing), this film was Pixar’s superhero opus. We talk about how this movie prompted changes in the original Fantastic Four, and the parallels between this film and several others.  

 

As Pixar’s first PG movie, we also talk about all of the violence, and how bad guys actually die on screen. This feels noteworthy to us, and signals a change in our tolerance for violence, even if it’s just of the animated variety.

But we also talk about what makes this movie, well, incredible. The relationships are vibrant, the parenting is top-notch, and the vision of what family is and can be is inspiring and relatable.

 

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Happy Feet

We cannot tell a lie...we are not fans of this one.

This week, we complain about our least favorite movie to date: the absolute WTFery that is Happy Feet. A movie with realistic animated penguins (maybe too realistic), and a “big message” about conservation. We drop a lot of f-bombs but who can blame us with a film that is so full of racism, sexism, and weird covert sexual undertones? It’s possible that 2006 was a simpler time, but even so, this movie has some issues.

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Sing

This week’s movie is one we love. From a giant cast full of actors we like, to a soundtrack we don’t actually mind listening to in the car, there’s a lot to appreciate here. We talk about the many feats of engineering, what true punk actually is, and how masterful the story is overall.

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Beauty and the Beast


This week on the show, we’re taking a look at the live action version of Beauty and the Beast. And uh, spoilers, but...we kinda hated it.

This is a hard thing to reconcile for two Millennials who grew up loving the original animated version. But alas, there was a lot we didn’t love about this movie.

We talk about the differences between the live action version and animated version at length, plus we discuss what becomes unintentionally more real by virtue of being live action. We also dig into the history of the time period, and talk about Belle’s probable social standing.

And if you think we’re not going to talk about the implications of Stockholm Syndrome and whether or not this can ever even BE a love story, then you don’t know us very well yet.

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Tangled

When was the last time you really considered the movies your kids were watching? How often do you sit down and watch with them? What are the lessons your children are learning?

Welcome to Latchkey Movies--the podcast where we take a critical look at the movies your kids are watching without your supervision.

We believe that the movies our kids are watching shape their culture. We believe that even if they don't fully understand them, they internalize these messages into their personalities, values, and beliefs about the world. We believe that the lessons they learn watching these movies are what they go forth into the world and practice.

Some of these movies are absolutely amazing. They’re teaching our kids about fairness, inclusion, standing up for what they believe in, and that it’s okay to be different. But some of these movies are not at all deliberate about the stories they are telling, and they are no longer in keeping with what we want to see in our children's world.

We AREN'T talking about censorship. We can't tell you what your kids should watch. But we can tell you what OUR kids watch, and how we feel about them watching it.

The truth is, parenting is a crapshoot, and we’re all probably going to be paying for our kids therapy bills. But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t make as many deliberate choices about what they’re watching as we can.

In this episode, we’re looking at Tangled, the film designed to teach your kids how to spot a narcissist. We talk about how this movie was marketed, animal sidekicks, art history, and whether or not the fairytale ending is good enough.

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