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The first entry in the now-ubiquitous 'Sonic the Hedgehog' film franchise starring James Marsden and Jim Carrey, with Ben Schwartz providing the voice of the classic Sega mascot, 'Sonic the Hedgehog' was released in early 2020 to an enthusiastic audience. The movie managed to win over a younger crowd who had inherited the legacy of the 90s icon, an…
 
'Puss in Boots: The Last Wish' is the sequel to 2011's 'Puss in Boots' and is the sixth film in the 'Shrek' franchise from DreamWorks Animation. Philip and Bridget discuss this new theatrical release, the studio's 43rd feature, and measure it up against today's cinematic landscape. 'Puss in Boots: The Last Wish' finds the literary hero Puss reckoni…
 
Philip and Bridget discuss 'Strange World' from Walt Disney Animation Studios. The Walt Disney Company celebrates its 100th anniversary and its feature animation division's 61st animated film, coinciding with a new castle logo redesign to celebrate the centennial milestone. With a premise pulled from pulp novels of the early twentieth century, 'Str…
 
Philip is joined by his sister Samara and her husband Elliott in discussing the new 'Star Wars' series on Disney+, 'Andor'. This live-action sci-fi drama details the origin of Cassian Andor, co-protagonist of the 2016 film 'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story' about the mission to steal the Death Star plans from the evil Galactic Empire. Cassian finds him…
 
Jodi, Bridget, and Philip return to the world of 'Enchanted' in its sequel 15 years in the making. Set around a decade after the original film, Giselle and Patrick have a child of their own, the infant Sofia, and Morgan is entering her senior year of high school. They move from their Manhattan apartment to the idyllic suburb of Monroeville, but Mor…
 
Jodi, Bridget, and Philip discuss the seminal 2007 Disney animated/live-action hybrid 'Enchanted,' from director Kevin Lima. This film would usher in the post-Rennaissance era of the Disney Princess which saw a soft revival with 'The Princess and the Frog' and truly exploded with CGI hits like 'Tangled' and 'Frozen.' Amy Adams portrays Giselle, a b…
 
Philip and Bridget discuss ‘Zootopia+’ from Walt Disney Animation Studios, the six-part anthology set in the world of the film ‘Zootopia’ from 2016. Other topics in this this episode include ‘Grogu and the Dust Bunnies’ from Lucasfilm and Studio Ghibli, Taylor Swift’s ‘Midnights,’ and future ‘Avatar: The Last Airbender’ spin-offs. Follow The Thawed…
 
Philip, Bridget and Alex discuss 'Wendell & Wild' from 'Coraline' and 'Nightmare Before Christmas' director Henry Selick. Released October 2022 on Netflix, the film stars Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele respectively as the eponymous duo Wendell and Wild, two mischievous demons in the service of arch-demon Buffalo Belzer. The film was originally…
 
Bridget, Alex and Philip have a general chat about animation, entertainment and pop culture news and topics. Come hang with the ThawedCast in this laid-back episode containing everything from the upcoming 'Super Mario Bros.' movie to celebrity encounters. Also each co-host has his or her own Mandela-effect moment, so there's also that. Follow The T…
 
Alex, Philip and Bridget put out an APB on 'Monster House' from 2003, directed by Gil Kenan, about a villainous house that eats people (and dogs)! This edgy horror-comedy for kids is the perfect balance of kid-friendly intrigue and clever, tongue-in-cheek dialogue from the animation house behind 'The Polar Express.' Having made the tonal shift from…
 
Alex, Heather and Philip review the 2003 animated TV special, 'Scary Godmother: Halloween Spooktakular' from Mainframe Entertainment. The Canadian studio behind classic kids' shows like 'ReBoot' and 'Beast Wars' obtained the TV rights to Jill Thompson's 'Scary Godmother' book series in the late nineties. They eventually produced two hour-long TV sp…
 
Philip and Bridget discuss the long-awaited sequel to the 1993 Halloween classic 'Hocus Pocus'. 'Hocus Pocus 2' is now streaming on Disney+ and features the return of Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy to their iconic comedy trio of seventeenth-century witches from Salem. This time they are awoken by a pair of teenage girls who ha…
 
The ThawedCast takes a journey back to 1982 to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the release of 'TRON' from Walt Disney Pictures. Jodi, Alex, and Philip share their thoughts and varying degrees of enthusiasm for the film, which delivers a truly unique visual experience whose lack of direct imitators perhaps illustrates its mixed reception amongst m…
 
Philip and Bridget discuss 'Inside Out,' directed by Pete Docter and the first of two films released by Pixar Animation Studios in 2015. 'Inside Out' imagines a world inside the human mind. We spend the 95-minute runtime getting to know the world inside the 11-year-old Riley's head. After giving us a look inside the world of anthropomorphic toys, b…
 
Alex, Bridget and Philip discuss 2015's 'The Good Dinosaur' from Pixar Animation Studios. This film was the directorial debut of Peter Sohn, and the second Pixar film release of its year following 'Inside Out.' While it underperformed at the box office, it was a stunning technical achievement in combining Pixar stylization with hyper-realistic envi…
 
2022 saw the release of Pixar's 'Lightyear' in theaters in June and on Disney+ in August. For 27 years, audiences of all ages have gotten to know and love the heroic Space Ranger voiced by Tim Allen in the world's first-ever fully computer-animated feature film. Rumors have long floated of a spinoff portraying a human Buzz, describing a fictional u…
 
Philip and Bridget review the latest theatrical film from Dreamworks Animation, 'The Bad Guys' featuring the directorial debut of Pierre Perifel. This comical caper is based on the graphic novel series by Andrew Blabey of the same name, which first saw publication in 2015 and is ongoing as of 2022. The film stars Sam Rockwell as Mr. Wolf or simply …
 
Philip, Alex, and Bridget review the latest season of "Stranger Things," which saw its fourth season debut on Netflix on May 27, 2022. It's 1986, and Will, Eleven, Joyce and Jonathan have moved from Hawkins to California. Eleven has difficulty adapting to the new environment. A new threat has awakened in Hawkins, and the leader of the school Dungeo…
 
Jodi, Alex and Philip celebrate the 100th edition of the ThawedCast with a discussion of the musical 'Hamilton,' written, composed by and starring Lin-Manuel Miranda as seen on Disney Plus. This breakout musical and its dynamite cast made history with the show's popularity following its 2015 Broadway debut. The original cast was filmed in June 2016…
 
Alex and Philip review ‘Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers,’ the 2022 live-action/animation hybrid film from Disney. Released straight to Disney+, ‘Rescue Rangers’ features a wide variety of animation styles, an abundance of madcap hijinks, and some brutally incisive commentary on the film industry. The film is the directorial follow-up to the satirical …
 
Jodi and Philip discuss the series of nine short films from various Japanese animation studios who were tasked with telling a story set within the 'Star Wars' universe. Entrusted by Lucasfilm with broad creative freedom to explore some of the less-trodden territory of the Galaxy Far Far Away, these projects provide a diverse array of styles and sce…
 
Brother-sister duo Philip and Samara review 'Moon Knight' from Marvel Studios on Disney Plus. The Oscar Isaac-led, six-part series follows Steven Grant, a museum employee and ancient-Egypt enthusiast living in London who suffers from dissociative spells, often finding himself in strange places and perilous situations with no memory of how he got th…
 
The 60th feature from Walt Disney Animation, 'Encanto' takes place in mid-20th century Colombia in an enchanted village led by a family who has been blessed with a magical home and miraculous abilities. La Familia Madrigal's matriarch, Abuela Alma was gifted an enchanted candle after overcoming the hardship of fleeing her home and witnessing the de…
 
Jodi and Philip review and discuss 'The Batman,' the new film starring Robert Pattinson from Warner Bros. and DC Comics. This all-new interpretation of Batman, his rogues gallery and the infamous setting of Gotham City finds wealthy heir Bruce Wayne at the start of his third year of masked vigilantism. His Bat-cave, suit, gadgets, and working relat…
 
Jodi, Alex and Philip discuss the new Pixar film, 'Turning Red,' available now on Disney+. The third major animated Pixar film to be released directly to the streaming service with no premium surcharge, 'Turning Red' has been an object of praise and criticism for tackling themes of adolescence. Any risk of an awkward family viewing experience is gr…
 
Dawson and Philip discuss 'The Book of Boba Fett,' the seven-part live-action 'Star Wars' series on Disney+, released December 2021. The series picks up where season 2 of 'The Mandalorian' left off, this time following the adventures of former bounty hunter Boba Fett as he ascends within planet Tatooine's organized crime apparatus. The show takes p…
 
Philip and Jodi discuss 'Dune: Part One' from Warner Bros. Pictures and Denis Villeneuve, visionary behind such films as 'Arrival' and 'Blade Runner: 2049'. 'Dune' is based on the 1965 novel by Frank Hebert detailing the life of Prince Paul Atreides of Caladan, who in the far future leaves his home planet with his family, led by his father Duke Let…
 
The Addams Family takes a vacation in this sequel to 'The Addams Family' (2019), a computer animated take on the long running comic series by Charles Addams. The Addams Family has appeared in various sitcoms and films throughout the years and this latest iteration imagines the iconic family more-or-less as the appear in the classic illustrations. P…
 
Jodi, Dawson and Philip review and discuss Stanley Kubrick's 'The Shining' from 1980. A film that has gone on to influence numerous filmmakers and storytellers, 'The Shining' is an adaptation of Stephen King's 1977 novel of the same name. These two creative powerhouses were sure to deliver an enduring film; however King ultimately disapproved of Ku…
 
Jodi and Philip discuss 'The Last Unicorn' (1982) from Rankin/Bass Animated Entertainment. Directed by Arthur Rankin Jr. and Jules Bass, the animation was primary completed by Topcraft in Japan, which would later be acquired by Studio Ghibli. A majestic and mysterious unicorn inhabits and enchanted forest, but overhears that she may be the only rem…
 
Alex, Hannah, and Philip discuss the 1970 film 'The Aristocats' from Walt Disney Animation. Centered around a group of cats that are promised a huge inheritance, the cats' future is threatened when the person promised the inheritance after the cats are gone learns of the will. Cartoon hi-jinks ensue as Duchess, Marie, Berlioz, and Toulouse find the…
 
Philip, Jodi, and Alex review 'Vivo' from Columbia and Sony Pictures Animation, released in the U.S. on Netflix in August 2021. Directed by Kirk DiMicco and co-directed by Brandon Jeffords, this Cuba/Florida travelogue is the brainchild of Lin-Manuel Miranda, who first pitched the idea of a singing monkey--or kinkajou--back in 2010, following the B…
 
Philip and Hannah welcome new guest Alex to the ThawedCast to discuss the new film from Pixar, 'Luca,' released in the U.S. exclusively on Disney+ on June 18th. This directorial debut from Enrico Casarosa, who previously made the Pixar short 'La Luna' (2011), follows an Italian shepherd boy who lives with his family under the sea. Unlike classical …
 
Hannah, Jodi, and Philip discuss the 1961 Disney film ‘One Hundred and One Dalmatians.’ This was the first feature-length film to use Xerox photocopying to save on animation costs. At the domestic box office it went on to gross around 850 million in today’s dollars, second only to ‘Snow White’ (1937) in this particular ranking (animated domestic gr…
 
Philip is joined by Jodi, Hannah, and newcomer Heather Coy to discuss the new live-action spinoff of an animated Disney film, 'Cruella.' The film explores an alternative take on the classic villain Cruella de Vil from the 1961 classic, 'One Hundred and One Dalmations.' Like 'Maleficent' before it, 'Cruella' revels in the undeniable fascination that…
 
Philip is joined by Hannah, Dawson and Jillian to discuss the 1995 Disney Toon feature 'A Goofy Movie.' This quintessential piece of 90s Disney nostalgia was somewhat buried by other priorities from Disney surrounding its release but managed to find a place in the hearts of millions of fans who admire the film for its heartfelt story and its classi…
 
Dawson and Jillian join Philip to discuss the new animated film from Sony Pictures Animation and Netflix, 'The Mitchells vs. the Machines.' Originally announced as a theatrical feature under the title 'Connected,' the film examines the pitfalls of modern technology and its impact on a typical Michigan family who embark on a cross-country road trip.…
 
Jodi, Hannah and Philip discuss 'Zootopia' from Walt Disney Animation Studios. Released in February 2016, this film is a resounding allegory for human sociology whist providing an intriguing criminal caper plot in the tradition of action films like 48 Hrs. and Lethal Weapon. Judy Hopps is the first rabbit police officer to graduate into the Zootopi…
 
Dawson and Philip review and discuss 'Mortal Kombat' from Warner Bros. and New Line Cinema, a new release in theaters and on HBO Max based on the long-running 'Mortal Kombat' video game series. MMA fighter Cole Young is recruited by Jax, a mercenary with the same mysterious tattoo. Soon after the two meet, however, they are hunted by a warrior from…
 
Jodi and Philip discuss the eighth feature film from Aardman, an animation studio based in Bristol, England. Famous for their signature claymation style, 'Farmageddon' is their latest stop-motion photography project having spent almost two years in front of cameras and is a sequel to 2015's 'Shaun the Sheep Movie.' Shaun the Sheep has enjoyed a hea…
 
Godzilla vs. Kong is the fourth entry in the Warner Bros./Legendary Entertainment "MonsterVerse" and features the highly anticipated showdown between Godzilla and King Kong. Directed by Adam Wingard, the film balances its titanic conflict with a human story of mystery and hubris. ThawedCasters Dawson and Philip dive into the fantastical inner-world…
 
Philip, Hannah, Jodi, and Lara review and discuss the 2020 Netflix/Pearl Studios feature 'Over the Moon,' directed by Glen Keane and co-directed by John Kahrs. Fei Fei is a young Chinese girl who experiences dramatic loss at an early age. Her interests in science and mythology intertwine when a sudden wave of grief overcomes her, and she builds a r…
 
Hannah and Philip usher in spring with a retrospective on the 2015 short film from Walt Disney Animation Studios, 'Frozen Fever.' A little over a year after 'Frozen' was released, directors Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee, along with many of the 'Frozen' team including Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, delivered a short follow-up depicting the s…
 
Dawson, Hannah, and Philip welcome Courtny Schultz onto the podcast to discuss the new release from Walt Disney Animation Studios, 'Raya and the Last Dragon.' Available via purchase on Disney+ and in theaters, 'Raya' is the first Disney animated feature of the 2020s and was directed by Don Hall and Carlos López Estrada, with Disney story veterans P…
 
The Ehlke siblings Philip, Dawson, and Samara talk Studio Ghibli and their latest release 'Earwig and the Witch' (2020) from director Goro Miyazaki, son of acclaimed animator Hayao Miyazaki. This is the first CGI animated film from Studio Ghibli, and it features the young Erica Wigg, a.k.a "Earwig," who becomes the foster child of a witch and her d…
 
Philip discusses the 1989 film from writer/director/producer Hayao Miyazaki, 'Kiki's Delivery Service,' based on the 'Mary Poppins'-esque children's novel by Eiko Kadono. Kiki is a witch-in-training who, according to tradition, must go off and prove herself upon turning 13. She takes her trusty cat Jiji, her radio, and her mother's broom to find a …
 
Jodi, Hannah and Philip discuss the 2019 epic romance film from Makoto Shinkai and CoMix Wave Films 'Weathering with You.' The film involves two teenagers struggling to survive in Tokyo who experience a streak of good luck once they meet up and start a business. After a chance meeting at McDonald's and later outside a nightclub, Hina, a recently or…
 
Dawson and Philip take a trip back to 2016 with Japanese animated film 'Your Name' from writer/director Makoto Shinkai and CoMix Wave Films. Two high-schoolers from different worlds find themselves mysteriously intertwined as they each experience episodes of missing time, quickly learning that they've been periodically switching bodies for a day at…
 
Jodi and Philip review and discuss 2019 animated action film 'Spies in Disguise' from Blue Sky Studios and 20th Century Fox. Inspired by the animated short film "Pigeon: Impossible," this team-up film presents an unlikely duo in super-spy Lance Sterling and quirky inventor Walter Beckett. Walter's genius is matched only by his oddness, which result…
 
Philip and Dawson revisit an ambitious attempt by Disney Animation to release a non-musical, action-adventure film aimed at older kids and fans of genre fiction. Patterned after classic historical adventure serials, which in turn spawned films like 'Indiana Jones' and 'The Mummy,' 'Atlantis: The Lost Empire' seeks to immerse the viewer in a wondrou…
 
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