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88 minutes | Nov 1, 2021
Episode 70 - Coco
WHAT?! Another episode!? Didn’t one just come out yesterday?? Yes, yes it did. In honor of this special holiday weekend we give you TWO episodes back to back!! So, for Dia de los Muertos and for our friend Jimmy, we discuss “Coco” from 2017. In the beginning of the episode we make a BIG announcement about the future of this podcast. It was a big decision, but we think the time has come. We both love this movie SO much and think it is truly one of its kind. It is the first Disney/Pixar movie to truly dive deep into another culture and is from the perspective of that culture. We love the animation, the colors, the story, the touching moments, and everything else! Joel tells us his personal experiences growing up in a Mexican household and making ofrendas or visiting people in the cemetery. He also researches some other traditions in Mexico to celebrate the dead…which are pretty macabre, but also fascinating. From hidden Easter eggs, to favorite characters, we cover all the fun facts! So listen to this ~very special~ episode and enjoy!
79 minutes | Oct 31, 2021
Episode 69 - Hocus Pocus
Happy Halloweeeeeen Disney friends! And welcome to our special ~bonus~ episode! We couldn’t go another Halloween without watching one of the most classic Disney Halloween movies, “Hocus Pocus” from 1993. This movie is an annual tradition for many, including our very own Joel. Avery isn’t into scary movies, which means this movie is perfect for her! It has all the witchey qualities without being too scary. Avery doesn’t remember it very well, so part 1 is quick, but we do include some hilarious and awful Halloween jokes. In part 2, we discuss the overuse of the word “virgin” in a Disney movie, how long it would take a cat to learn English, some of the adult humor throughout the film, and a TED talk about magic and its portrayal in pop culture. We include some fun behind the scenes facts and more! So listen to this week’s spooky episode! Mwahahah
88 minutes | Oct 25, 2021
Episode 68 - The Princess Diaries
Can you believe this movie is 20 years old?! Feel old yet?? This week we are joined by a ~special guest~a coworker of Avery and former coworker of Joel. It’s been a long time coming, but he finally worked up the nerve to join us, so listen to this episode to find out who it is! Our guest finally agreed to join us, partly, because this is one of his favorite movies! This week we discuss “The Princess Diaries” from 2001. This is the movie that launched Anne Hathway’s career and we will be forever grateful for it. In Part 1 we try to remember the movie, which comes easy to our guest since he watched the movie a month before. However, Joel and Avery hadn’t seen this movie in awhile. Avery definitely had watched this many, many times, but still has trouble remembering the ending. There is discussion of what a principality really is (which this movie gets wrong!) and the problems with monarchy and our lack of knowledge of how the English government works. Joel also tells us what the original story is and the books this is based on. So join us and listen to us discuss this silly, fun teenage fantasy movie from our childhoods!
65 minutes | Oct 18, 2021
Episode 67 - Scooby Doo
Rooby Rooby Roooooo! Herro! This week Joel chooses one of his favorite movies from his childhood as our DisNOT choice for October, “Scooby-Doo: The Movie” from 2002. I guess this counts as a spooky October movie choice? Thankfully it’s not that scary or Avery would not watch it. We both had seen this movie growing up, but Joel watched it waaaay more(and way more recently too). We both agree this is the BEST cast for a Scooby Doo movie. We love the real life/on screen couple of Sarah Michellle Gellar and Freddie Prinze Jr. NO ONE can play Shaggy like Matthew Lillard and one of Joel’s biggest crushes growing up was Linda Cardenllini who plays Velma. *Chef’s kiss* We also love the “hidden” weed jokes throughout the whole movie, basically calling out Shaggy for being a huge stoner. Originally, this movie was going to be geared more for adults so there was going to be WAY more stoner humor, but it ended up being cut. Avery has a few critiques with the plot and storyline, but overall, enjoyed it for what it is. Joel, of course, loved it as always. So join us and listen as we laugh, analyze, and summarize Scooooooby Doooooby Doo!
63 minutes | Oct 11, 2021
Episode 66 - The Fox and the Hound
*Insert Beethoven’s 5th Symphony* We did it. We finally succumbed to the pressure and agreed to watch THE SADDEST Disney movie from our childhoods. Joel did not want to watch “The Fox and the Hound” from 1981, but Avery forced him. We knew we had to do this one day and that day has come. Why Disney chose to make this a children’s movie will always be a mystery, especially once you learn about the book this is based on. We were both dreading the sadness and feels this movie gave us as children, but after watching this again as adults, we still don’t like it. However, it was not AS bad as we thought. We both remembered the movie wrong and thought worse things happened, but apparently we remembered wrong. It still was just a melancholy film that had a weird plot, weird storytelling, bad characters, and sad music. We tell each other what happy movie we will watch after watching this, we share an even sadder movie we both watched together in the theater, and bond over our horror at the original book’s story and how anyone could possibly have thought it would make a great children’s film. Anyways, watch this movie or don’t, it’s up to you, but join us and listen to our podcast because we promise we’ll make you laugh!
51 minutes | Oct 4, 2021
Episode 65 - Jungle 2 Jungle
Hello Disney friends! Happy Monday and Happy spooooooky season! This week Joel chose a movie from his childhood he remembered as being fun, light-hearted, and a little silly….well, A Lot silly, “Jungle 2 Jungle” from 1997. If you didn’t know, this is actually a remake from a French film called “Little Indian, Big City” from 1994. Listen to this episode to learn just how similar these two movies really are. Avery couldn’t remember if she had actually seen this film, or just the trailer, but she has very few memories of it. Joel remembered some scenes clearly, like Martin Short’s character screaming inside of a car, and enjoyed this as a kid, but he isn’t sure if it will hold up today. In Part 2, we both agree this movie should stay in the 90s. It was rated the worst movie of 1997 by a reviewer, and we might agree with him. Listen to this episode to hear our review and what parts worked and what parts really didn’t work. So pull up your hiking socks as we march through this jungle of a movie and listen to this week’s podcast episode on “Jungle 2 Jungle”!
89 minutes | Sep 27, 2021
Episode 64 - Hook
Happy Monday everyone! We hope you all had a wonderful weekend. I guess it’s Fall already, which we’ve noticed in San Diego with rainstorms, lightning, and thunder this past week. Pretty crazy! This month’s DisNOT episode was chosen by Avery and is an ultimate 90s classic! “Hook” from 1991 with Robin Williams is our choice this month. This is definitely a favorite of ours and we have seen it many, many times. Avery admits to a childhood crush she hadn’t even realized, we talk about all the surprising cameos in this movie, Avery isn’t as impressed with the sets as most people were, Joel re-enacts the Lost Boys inspirational workout song(amazing!), and we crow and say “Rufio” about a dozen times. We love this movie and cannot understand why the critics do not. It might not have done the best at the box office, but this movie will go down in nostalgic fame for us 90s kids. We love it and so should you! So join us and listen to Joel and Avery as we discuss this marvelous, magical movie!
82 minutes | Sep 20, 2021
Episode 63 - Mary Poppins
Yes, it took us 63 episodes to finally do Mary Poppins. Hey, there are just so many amazing Disney movies we forget about the classics sometimes. We are finally here at another Disney classic, “Mary Poppins” from 1964 with Dame Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke. If you have nothing to do for two hours and 19 minutes, then watch this movie and join us after for our discussion. In Part 1 we talk about some of the memories we have of this movie. We remember some scenes pretty clearly, like the chalk cartoon world or the laughing/floating scene. Avery also tells a terrible joke about Dick van Dyke and how he got his name. We also mention how every kid practiced saying “supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.” If you can’t say that word then you don’t love Disney. Just kidding. It is pretty crazy how many people can say it though. That and antidisestablishmentarianism. Why? Who knows. LOL. After watching the movie again we realized how much of the movie we forgot and how it really feels like a bunch of short stories mashed together into a movie. Some scenes truly didn’t add anything to the plot, but were still funny or had good music, so why not? Avery loves the “Feed the Birds” song and apparently so did Disney! It was his favorite song and was played at his memorial. As we discuss the movie we sprinkle in some fun facts, the history of the book and how the author felt about the movie, and which characters we loved and why. So buckle up and get ready for a magical adventure while you listen to “Once Upon a Nostalgia” with Avery and Joel!
94 minutes | Sep 13, 2021
Episode 62 - The Parent Trap
Hello Disney Friends! We hope you had a wonderful weekend! This movie is very special to both Avery and Joel...I mean, who doesn’t love “The Parent Trap” from 1998 with the adorable Lindsay Lohan?! Did you know this was her very first role? Amazing. Also, how long did it take you to realize she played both twins and was not actually a twin in real life? It took us an embarrassingly long time! Haha This movie also inspired the classic combination of oreos and peanut butter. We get into a long discussion about our experiences with oreos and peanut butter. If you don’t like it, you’re wrong. We also debate on whether Lindsay Lohan is pulling off the British accent (if you’re a British person can you please tell us what you think??). We have very strong feelings about our favorite characters and opposite feelings toward Meredith. We also segue the conversation from money and happiness to weird sibling rivalry to all the adaptations this story has. There’s A LOT of different versions all over the world of this story! This episode is full of random facts, funny stories, and why we love this movie SO much! So grab some oreos and peanut butter and listen to “Once Upon a Nostalgia” with Avery and Joel.
73 minutes | Sep 6, 2021
Episode 61 - Oliver and Company
Good day to one and all! We hope you had a lovely weekend...and say Happy Birthday to our favorite podcaster, Avery! It was her Birthday on Saturday! This week Joel chose a movie NOT from the 90s! Whaaaat?? But as you’ll hear in the episode, it was released on VHS in the 90s, and only had a moment in theaters in the 80s...so it kind of is a 90s film. “Oliver and Company” came out in 1988 and on VHS in 1996. We both LOVE this movie, but Avery wasn’t able to watch it as much as Joel. They both owned the VHS, but sadly, Avery’s tape broke and so after that she had no way of watching this movie. We both love the amazing soundtrack, the goofy characters, the adorable story, and just everything about this film. Do you know who voiced the main character, Dodger, and who sang all his songs?? The one and only Bon Jovi! No wonder the music is so good! Joel does some live action googling and researches the similarities between this movie and the story it’s based off of, Oliver Twist. We’re not sure you could really call this a version of Oliver Twist, but there are a few similarities. There are definitely some moments of questionable reality as well, besides talking animals running amuck in New York...but in the end, we still love every part. So join us and listen to us discuss “Oliver and Company”!
92 minutes | Aug 30, 2021
Episode 60 - Finding Nemo
Hello Disney Friends! Happy Monday! We hope you all had a wonderful week...but let’s make this week ever better! Anyone who hasn’t seen this movie, stop reading or doing whatever you’re doing and go watch “Finding Nemo” from 2003! We LOVE this movie. I mean, who doesn’t? Avery and Joel both watched this film countless times growing up. Avery had watched it more recently, since this is her favorite Pixar(tied with The Incredibles) movie. Both of us know the story, can quote lines from it, and know pretty much everything that happens. In Part 1, we discuss Australian accents, the geography of Hawaii, and movies we watched in school. In Part 2, we do a lot of googling. So be prepared to learn some pretty awesome marine biology facts! Avery also calls out the most unrealistic part of this film, which you might be surprised to find out what we think that is. Hint: It involves a man’s bathroom habits. We both love this movie so much and get so excited to talk about it and review it, that we basically go scene by scene through the whole movie...so if you haven’t seen this in awhile, don't worry, we basically tell you everything that happens. Lol. So if you love Finding Nemo as much as we do, then laugh along and listen to this week’s podcast episode! Enjoy!
66 minutes | Aug 23, 2021
Episode 59 - The Sandlot
Hello Disney Friends! Welcome to this month’s DisNOT episode! As 90s kids, of course we choose a movie from the 90s that gives us all the nostalgic feels that the classic Disney movies give us…”The Sandlot” from 1993. Also, fun fact! This movie was made by Fox studios, which Disney bought out, so you can watch this on DisneyPlus, even though it wasn't made by Disney. Yay! Joel remembers this very fondly and watched this many times growing up, however, he mostly watched it in Spanish, so he knows the movie really well...just maybe not the voices as much. Avery watched this a few times growing up, but she didn’t own it and doesn’t remember the basic plot. She does remember the main parts though, like playing baseball on the Sandlot and their love for Babe Ruth, the pool scene, and the chase scene at the end. She also was a big baseball fan growing up(and still is...GO GIANTS!) and admired Babe Ruth. Listen and find out what she did in honor of him and this movie. There were definitely some parts of the movie we didn’t remember and it was fun watching this now and still loving it! Between all the sarcastic comments made by Ham, to the sweet side of Benny, to fun facts from behind the scenes, we really cover all our bases. ;) Like what I did there? Anyways, if you like baseball, friendship, old movies, or just want to laugh, then join us and listen to our podcast on, “The Sandlot”!
59 minutes | Aug 16, 2021
Episode 58 - Bambi
Hello again Disney friends! Happy Monday! This week we jump back in time to a classic, one of the OG Disney movies….”Bambi” from 1942. Joel admits that the only time he might have seen this was when he was a young, wee lad. Therefore, his memories are far and few between. Avery thinks she remembers this movie very well, and for the most part she does. However, in Part 1 she makes a few major mistakes while trying to remember the plot. She gives a few plot points away to Joel and he is blown away by the lack of memory he has for this movie. Spoiler: Bambi’s mom doesn’t die in the beginning of the movie! We get into an interesting debate about hunting, the morals of hunting, and how sometimes hunting can be done conscientiously. After watching this movie, Joel is VERY surprised at his reaction to it. Listen to find out if he liked it more than he thought he would or not at all. We talk about all the cute animal characters, the rainstorm song, and how funny it was when the boys all got “twitterpated”. So if you’ve never seen Bambi, then go watch it. If it’s been a loooong time, go watch it. If you saw it yesterday, then ok, maybe just listen to our podcast and Enjoy as we talk about “Bambi”!
57 minutes | Aug 9, 2021
Episode 57 - George of the Jungle
Happy Monday Disney Friends! It has been ONE WHOLE YEAR since we started releasing these. That’s crazy! We’ve had so much fun traveling back to our childhoods and rewatching some of our favorite movies. We hope you’re watching and listening along with us! This week, we stay in the 90s (what a surprise! lol) and discuss, “George of the Jungle” from 1997. Joel has many fond memories of this film since it was one of the few VHS his Grandmother owned in Mexico. He would spend long summers in her small town and spent his days playing video games and watching George of the Jungle. Avery did not have as much nostalgia for this, probably because this was one of those “boy humor” movies that she just didn’t get into as a little girl. We don’t want to perpetuate stereotypes, but this movie definitely has a certain “type” of humor. After watching it again, however, she did find it to be hilarious and absolutely ridiculous. If you watch this movie, just know, do NOT try to analyze it logically. There is NO logic to it and that’s fine. This movie is ridiculous in every way possible. We review the movie, try to sprinkle some fun facts throughout, and discuss the exact curvature of Brendan Fraser’s muscles. So if that sounds like something you want to hear, then listen and enjoy this week’s episode!
68 minutes | Aug 2, 2021
Episode 56 - Monsters Inc.
Hello fellow Disney friends! Happy Monday and Happy August! Can you believe “Monster Inc” came out 20 years ago?? Feel old now? So do we. Joel and Avery discuss the benefits of streaming services releasing movies on their “premier access” vs. actually going to the movies. We see the benefit of both, but some movies you just HAVE to see in theaters. In Part 1, Avery picks her favorite character, even without remembering much of the movie...but it takes awhile for us to get on the same page about which character we are talking about. Lol. In Part 2 Joel and Avery both agree this plot is pretty messed up. Making children scream? Kidnapping children? Like, how did this Corporation even begin? Where did the doors come from?? We have questions, Pixar. Joel had a lot of nostalgia for this film, Avery not so much. However, we both loved it and laughed along even more now as some of the quirky lines went over our heads as children. Avery also re-tells the original idea this movie was based off and it is UH-mazing. We wish they would make that movie too! This episode comes at a perfect time because the new show on Disney+ is out now and has 5 episodes out of ten already released. So after you watch Monster Inc, then of course listen to our podcast, you can go enjoy the sequel “Monsters at Work”! So listen and enjoy as we discuss “Monsters Inc” from 2001!
65 minutes | Jul 26, 2021
Episode 55 - Jumanji
Hello Hello! Happy Monday Disney Friends!! Do you hear something? Maybe a drumming sound with unexplained origin? That’s right, that’s the sound of this week's movie, 1995’s Jumanji. In this month's Dis-NOT choice, we take a stroll down Joel’s favorite era, the 90s and take a look at the movie that scared young Avery and that left young Joel in awe. After rewatching the movie, we discuss the possible origins of this chaotic board game, the hilariousness of CGI monkeys and of course, the amazing performance of the late Robin Williams as well as the rest of the main cast! Just grab a snack and try to relax as we dive into the insane world of… Jumanji.
91 minutes | Jul 19, 2021
Episode 54 - Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
Hello Hello! Happy Monday Disney Friends!! We are SO excited because this episode we have a special guest! Avery’s childhood friend, Valerie, joins us in this episode to discuss “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl” from 2003. This was such a fun trip down memory lane for Avery and Valerie. The reason we chose this film was Avery remembered going to the midnight premier of one of the Pirates films with Valerie. It was our first midnight premier and we were like, 12 or 13 years old. Midnight premiers used to be the most fun and exciting events. If you used to go to them, then you know. We may even share a few pictures for proof later this week on our IG. All of us had seen this movie, but it had been awhile for all three of us. After re-watching the movie, we discuss some of our favorite scenes, character moments, and lines. Valerie shares some fun facts about wigs and syphilis. You’ll have to listen to the episode to understand that one. The music is iconic, Jack Sparrow is a living legend, and we loved this one so much we all decided to binge the rest of the movie series this week. So listen and be inspired to join us in watching Pirates of the Caribbean! Enjoy!
87 minutes | Jul 12, 2021
Episode 53 - The Lion King
Yes, it took us 53 episodes to FINALLY do this movie. We don’t want to be so mainstream, so we went off the classics for a while...but we’re back! This week we discuss the 1994 classic, “The Lion King”. We both were very familiar with this movie, Avery more so because she had seen it more recently. We also both watched the new CGI version and did not like it one bit. However, we do LOVE this one! In Part 1 we go through some of the saddest Disney deaths, we talk about the Broadway show, and possible future Halloween costumes for Avery and Joel. In Part 2 we discuss how amazing the music is(duh) and how much more meaningful some of the lines between Mufasa and Simba are than we first realized. This movie is scattered with powerful messages that flew over our heads when we were children, but now we can really appreciate what this movie is telling us. This really is a magical film and one we both treasure. So please enjoy our discussion of “The Lion King”!
82 minutes | Jul 5, 2021
Episode 52 - National Treasure
Hello Disney Friends and Happy 4th of July!! We hope you had a wonderful 4th, maybe even hung out with friends, watched some fireworks...it finally feels like life is getting back to normal after COVID and it feels SOOO good! We tried to theme this episode, so this week we discuss “National Treasure” from 2004. Some of you might not have realized this was made by Disney, but it was! So it counts! It also is about American History and stealing the Declaration of Independence is a main topic in this movie, so it definitely relates to the 4th of July. We talk about some memories we have of past 4 of the Julys...mostly about working in a restaurant. We have a fun chat about escape rooms, midnight premieres, and allllll the great and terrible movies Nicholas Cage has been in. We both agree on our favorite character in Part 1 and that doesn’t change after watching the movie. Listen to find out who we both love. In Part 2, we basically nerd out on the whole movie. We love it so much and go through the whole thing and which parts we love the most. This movie is truly the perfect rainy day movie. Bored? Watch this. Hungry? Watch this. On a date? Come home and watch this. Just kidding….sorta. But really, we love everything about it and it keeps us entertained from start to finish and even after the hundredth time. So enjoy our episode on “National Treasure'', as this film truly is a National. Treasure. ;P Enjoy!
65 minutes | Jun 28, 2021
Episode 51 - Matilda
Hello Disney Friends! Welcome to our 5th DisNOT episode! We chose a 90s classic, “Matilda” from 1996. Based on the classic children’s novel by Roald Dahl (Yeah, we don’t know how to pronounce that either) and directed by the infamous Danny Devito, this movie could not be any better. We LOVE the suspense of disbelief one must have for this movie. You truly must have the imagination of a child and look through a child’s eyes to believe this fantasy. In Part 1, you can hear Avery and Joel argue about the songs in this movie(hint: Avery was right). Joel almost ruins this film with an awkward, dramatic pause. Just listen...you’ll hear it. After watching this movie as adults, we couldn’t stop raving about it. Everything was done perfectly. Perfect casting. Perfect acting. Perfect dramatization. Perfect setting. We love everything about this movie! I’m sure you can guess our ratings at the end ;) We also sprinkle some fun facts about how they created the “Trunchbull” look and how they got the children to actually seem scared of her. If you haven’t watched this movie in awhile, now is the time to do it. So please go watch Matilda, then come listen to our podcast! Enjoy!
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