Happy August, everybody! Have you spotted any signs of Christmas Creep out and about? It’ll be here before you know it! Anywho, on this week’s show, Joe & Johnny-5 take a look at “Christmas with the Joker”, the first of two holiday episodes produced for Batman: The Animated Series! Batman and Robin’s quiet Christmas Eve is interrupted by The Joker, who’s kidnapped Commissioner Gordon and set up all sorts of holiday havoc.
Where did “Jingle Bells, Batman Smells” come from? What did Batman think of It’s A Wonderful Life? What is it about Batman that always seems to work so well with Christmas? Just a few of the questions raised in this episode. Come join us!
Every once in a while you hit a brick wall, and your only options are to give up or to power straight through it. That’s the situation we found ourselves in this week, as we finally subjected ourselves to the astoundingly brain-dead children’s comedy SANTA WITH MUSCLES. Hulk Hogan basically plays himself as a do-gooder fitness guru who gets conked on the head just hard enough to believe he’s Santa Claus while defending a beleaguered orphanage from a wacky mad scientist played by Ed Begley, Jr. That is the saddest sentence I have ever written.
It’s six months til Christmas, the 4th of July is right around the corner, so what better time to discuss a Jaws movie?! Jaws: The Revenge, to be specific, the movie that IMDb’s users have declared the 27th worst movie ever made. It’s also the one Jaws movie that actually takes place around the holidays, so like it or not, here we come!
Also in this episode, the guys take a stab at writing their own Jaws sequel, Joe and Bradford actually learn something about foreign culture from this movie, and a Winnie The Pooh meme short circuits J-5’s brain…
With a brand new X-Men film currently in theaters, and with Mr. Bradford on sabbatical, Joe & J-5 take it upon themselves to discuss the 90s animated X-Men series and it’s Christmas episode, “Have Yourself a Morlock Little X-Mas”. The Morlocks have lured the X-Men into their lair to deliver an X-Mas miracle. Can Jubilee, Wolverine and Storm save a young mutant’s life and get back home in time for Gambit’s X-Mas dinner? In 22 minutes, you’d better believe it!
Also in this episode, Joe waxes on about Dark Phoenix, the guys commiserate about the state of streaming television, and what constitutes a miracle in a world where everyone has mutant powers.
We’re wrapping up Ani-May this week with what I can honestly say is one of the finest holiday films we’ve ever featured on the podcast! Satoshi Kon’s 2003 holiday opus Tokyo Godfathers is a fairy tale about redemption, miracle babies, and all the good stuff you would hope a Christmas movie would be about, all wrapped in the guise of a quest narrative that’s slightly comedic and very melodramatic, but it all works out in the end.
Joining us this week are Niall Flanagan and Dwayne Moloney of the Secret of the Sailor Madness podcast. Niall and Dwayne are the best animation experts we know, leading us through the finer points of Satoshi Kon’s catalog, mid-2000s Japanese culture, proper “Ode to Joy” usage, and a whole lot more!
Ani-May soldiers onward! We’re back with another Stocking Stuffer, this week tackling “Christmas at Tiffany’s”, a Christmas episode from stalwart anime series Lupin the Third‘s second series. Lupin & Co. spend the holiday in New York City when they’re offered the chance to rob the world famous Tiffany’s for fun and profit. Will the heist go off without a hitch? Or will the gang find themselves behind bars for Christmas? We break it all down this week! There’s holiday heists, there’s lightsabers, there’s even a cameo from a certain Home Alone 2 hotel. It’s all here!
Welcome to Ani-May, everybody! Bradford is taking the reins this month and programming the next few episodes. Kicking things off, we’re dipping into the Netflix anime series Aggretsuko, and its season-capping holiday special “We Wish You a Metal Christmas”. It’s a little bit The Office, a little bit Dethklok, and 1000x more adorable than that description might suggest.
Will this month’s first anime be the one that melt’s Joe’s icy gaijin heart? Or will Bradford’s anime goodwill tour have to soldier onward? The answers to those questions may surprise you! (Or maybe not. I don’t know you.)