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In the summer of 1985, Walt Disney studios released a sequel to one of Hollywood’s most iconic films. Except--it wasn’t really a sequel. There were some characters with the same names, and it was based on the same source material, but the setting and tone were completely different. The director of this new movie, Walter Murch, called it “dark” and …
 
Hello and welcome back to the BOO Case Diaries! This week we're continuing the month of Halloween by tackling the ghostly mid-90s classic, Casper! Come join us as we take a look at the history of everyone's favorite friendly ghost, and the making of his full-length feature film! As always, check out our website for show notes and sources! Thank you…
 
Welcome back to the BOO Case Diaries! It's the second Thursday in October and we are diving deep into the Halloween season with the history of Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas! Released on October 13th, 1993, this film gleefully celebrates everything strange and wonderful about Halloween. Brought to life by a powerhouse team, led by Tim …
 
Hello, Cassettes! This week, we are wrapping up our SNICK-tember and heading right into the spookiest month of the year with a special episode on the iconic show, Are You Afraid of the Dark?! Many episodes of the show took inspiration from classic literature. So, join us this week as we look at three tales and the stories that they came from! You W…
 
In August of 1996, Nickelodeon viewers met Kenan Rockmore and Kel Kimble, two best friends with a knack for trouble. This week we asked our dear friend, Jaren Lewis to join us as we take a look at the history of the hilarious SNICK-com, Kenan and Kel! Kenan and Kel had it all: an iconic theme song, quotable catch-phrases, and two lead actors with i…
 
It's the last day of summer, which means it's time to revisit the classic episode of The Adventures of Pete and Pete: What We Did on Our Summer Vacation. Join us for a (brief) discussion on this beautiful episode about the magic of summer and its bittersweet end. Farewell, Summer!By Adam, Marci, and Robin
 
Welcome to week two of SNICK-tember! In the spring of 1991, even before SNICK existed, Nickelodeon premiered its first live-action show with a female lead. It starred (a fairly unknown) Melissa Joan Hart, and became a massive cable success, paving the way for many shows like it to follow. Clarissa Explains it All followed the lives of the Darling f…
 
Welcome to SNICK-tember! Each week will feature an episode on a SNICK TV show. The first one on our list? Ka-BlaM! Ka-BlaM! was billed as “A New Kind of Cartoon Show,” that featured a mixture of different shorts in a variety of mediums. It played as a video comic book, with the animated hosts Henry and June guiding you through the pages. Ka-BlaM wa…
 
Way back, in the ancient time of 2018, we started our podcast. Back then we were a different show. We did less research, almost no scripting, and we also had only one microphone. This was how we recorded our second episode: The Case of Second Chances. If you never listened to it, the three of us each brought a film that we believed deserved a secon…
 
Welcome back to The Black Case Diaries! Every once in a while, we take some time to learn about a movie concept. For the first time on our show, we focused on a problematic film trope: The Manic Pixie Dream Girl. Come join us as we discuss this term's origin, specific examples, the affect that the term has has on pop culture, and possible real-worl…
 
This week, we dove deep into the black case to bring you an episode about the history of film censorship and the current MPAA rating system! We all know the ratings well: G, PG, PG-13, R, NC-17, Unrated, or not-yet-rated. But, where do these ratings come from, and how did they come to be? What do these ratings really mean in terms of what is or isn…
 
Hello and thank you for joining us once again at The Black Case Diaries! Today, we’re taking a look at one of Jim Henson's most well-known and beloved creations: The Muppet Show. The Muppet show aired from 1976 to 1981, five seasons of perfect insanity and uninhibited joy. It followed Kermit, a hapless producer and host of a weekly variety show, an…
 
Welcome back to another episode of The Black Case Diaries! This week we're talking about the career of one of the most prolific voice talents of all time: June Foray! From Rocky the Flying Squirrel to Talky Tina, June entertained millions over the course of her 85-year career. We couldn't possibly talk about everything June voiced, but we touched o…
 
What makes a screwball comedy? Well, to get technical, screwball comedies began as a sub-genre of romantic comedy in the 1930’s. The term has become a little more broad over time, and movies that we consider to be screwball comedies today might not focus specifically on a love story, but have elements that still turn the classic romance on its head…
 
In the 1990's, there was no bigger star than Michael Jordan. He was everywhere and on everything. He was a hero, a God among men, “the greatest basketball player of all time.” Mix that with the iconic image of Bugs Bunny, a killer soundtrack, and state-of-the-art special effects, and you have the highest grossing basketball movie of all time: Space…
 
Today we are taking a look at the career of choreographer-turned-director, Kenny Ortega! Kenny Ortega is responsible for some of the most iconic dance scenes of the 1980's, from the lift in “Dirty Dancing” to Duckie’s moves in “Pretty in Pink.” He went on to direct some of Disney’s cult classics that will be remembered for generations. Check out ou…
 
Welcome Back! This week for June Tunes, we decided to have a little fun and rank our top 10 Disney Villain songs! It’s undeniable that Disney music is an iconic element to the studio’s best animated films. Disney songs have permeated American (and sometimes world) pop culture throughout the last 70 years. Some songs are tender moments between chara…
 
Hello Cassettes and welcome back to The Black Case Diaries podcast! We are on week 2 of June Tunes, and this is a very special episode. We have covered film concepts and individual movies, but today is our first-ever biography episode! A while back, we did some episodes about movie scores. We talked about prominent composers and themes we think eve…
 
Welcome to season 4 of The Black Case Diaries! We decided to return strong with our now annual series on movie music: June Tunes! This month we will be covering various topics all involving music in movies. Today we’re starting with an all-time favorite: The Blues Brothers! In the summer of 1980, a film that defied description raced into theaters. …
 
Hey everyone and welcome back to the season 3 finale of The Black Case Diaries! Last week we wrapped up our series on Animation, and today we have decided to completely shift gears to discuss one of our favorite TV shows. In February of 2006, UK audiences were introduced to a new multi-camera sitcom created by Graham Linehan (co-creator of another …
 
Welcome back to our last episode in our animation series! This month we talked about the history of animation: a story of passion, ego, and innovation. We’ve covered the Disney Exodus, the history of Pixar, stop-motion, and of course LAIKA. Today, we wrap up our series with an episode about a studio that has been enchanting audiences with breathtak…
 
Welcome back to yet another week about animation! This week, we’re continuing our look at Stop-Motion with a studio that stands on its own as a leader in claymation. Since its founding in 2005, Laika has been making a name for itself among the animation elite. Though stop-motion is not the most popular or cost-effective form of animation, they cont…
 
Hey Cassettes! Welcome back to another episode about animation! This week we're covering the history and process of stop-motion! We all know that animation takes patience, but none so much as stop-motion animation. Animators spend years meticulously creating hand-built sets and characters, moving their pieces millimeters at a time for at least 24 f…
 
Welcome back to our month of Animation! This week we are going to focus on one particular studio that hopped into the animation world back in the mid-1980s, and completely changed the game. Since its first feature film in 1995, Pixar has been a symbol of animation excellence. Not only that, it became known for rich, original storytelling that engag…
 
Hey everyone, welcome back to our series on Animation! This week, we’re continuing to look at the development of other major animated film studios through the lens of The Disney Exodus; an event that took place over the course of a few decades, but ultimately occurred in the late-70's and early 80's, when animators left the studio to pursue other p…
 
Hello Cassettes, Happy Animation April! This month we're focusing on the animation medium, its history and some of its major studios/films. This week we are starting with a general history of animation through the cartoons and films of the early 20th century! This week, we’re taking a look at the history of animated films and their evolution throug…
 
Love them or hate them, zombie movies have their place in cinematic history. These films featuring the living dead have been around as early as the 1930’s. Not long after that, however, a new genre appeared: The Zombie Comedy. In 2004, Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg utilized the zombie concept and created Shaun of the Dead: a modern Zom-Rom-Com about …
 
Fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, giants, monsters, chases, escapes, true love, miracles. Doesn’t sound too bad right? Today we’re talking about the greatest love story ever told. It tells of a love so pure it can be simplified to three words: As You Wish. “The Princess Bride” galloped, soared, and leapt into theatres in the fall of 1987 and has…
 
Hey Cassettes and welcome back to the Christmas Case Diaries! This month we’re focusing on Christmas TV specials, but this episode is EXTRA special because we will be talking about movies as well. The 1960's was a decade that brought us a lot of classic Christmas specials. Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, A Charlie Brown…
 
Hey Cassettes, welcome to season 3! We’re starting the season off strong with episodes about some of our favorite Christmas specials. So for our first episode, we are going to focus on one of the oldest holiday TV specials airing today: A Charlie Brown Christmas! Join us as we discuss the history of The Peanuts and the making of this wonderful holi…
 
When people told themselves their past with stories, explained their present with stories, foretold the future with stories, the best place by the fire was kept for... The Storyteller. In 1987, a TV show unlike any other premiered on NBC. It had a simple premise: an old man sits by the fireplace and tells his dog a story. The Storyteller starred Jo…
 
It's Halloween, Cassettes! This year we got lucky, and Halloween landed on a Thursday! So, we're bringing you the best Disney Halloween episode we possibly can! Back in the early 1980s, The Wonderful World of Disney aired a Halloween special comprised of animated clips from some of their spookiest works. It was called, "Disney's Halloween Treat." T…
 
Happy Thursday, Cassettes! So far this October, we've covered witches, the boogeyman, and aliens. Now, we're talking about ghosts! Come join us for our second-to-last episode on A Disney Halloween, where we talk about the 1986 & 1987 Disney movies "Mr. Boogedy" and "Bride of Boogedy"! This lesser-known Disney film was many children's first experien…
 
Welcome to week three of A Disney Halloween! Back in the late 1970s, Walt Disney wanted to attract older audiences to their films. So, they attempted to cover more adult ideas and concepts. One of the results of this experiment was The Watcher in the Woods (1980)! Starring Bette Davis and Lynn Holly Johnson, this science fiction horror film deliver…
 
We've all been there. You're the new kid in school, because you skipped a grade. That's okay with you, you don't mind leaving childhood behind. Then, just as you're getting used to your new teachers and classmates, the Boogeyman frames you for vandalism, breaking and entering, and theft. No? That's never happened to you? What about suddenly seeing …
 
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