Disney films have enchanted and shaped childhoods for over 75 years, but when you watch them as adults there are things that make you want to unfreeze Walt's head and say "What The Hell, Guy!?" Tune in each week to hear Vicky, Nolan, and Jill rip apart, analyse and laugh at beloved childhood classics from the Disney catalogue.
Halloweentown High: Et Tu, Halloweentown?
No October Season would be complete without a visit to Halloweentown, but it is with great regret that we inform you this year's trip has been cancelled. This time, it's a bunch of Halloweentown teens who are coming to us - more specifically, to a Utah high school/adult learning annex. HALLOWEENTOWN HIGH may be aptly named anyway, since it's the high point in the series so far, but that might be damning it with faint praise. Join us as we see just how dumb and horny these Cromwell witches can be, see some familiar High School Musical faces, and play another game of We Want The D favourite "is that a real monkey?"
Don't Look Under the Bed: Gentleman Jack
Our collective October Season nightmare of Disney Channel Original Movies continues this week with DON'T LOOK UNDER THE BED. Its fan reputation may have you believe that this is a legit spooky story, and sure there may be a jump scare or two, but overall there's just way too many vests worn by the lead character for this to be truly threatening. And it doesn't matter how mean or prankful a boogeyman (or boogeyperson) is, when contrasted with the world's most charismatic imaginary friend there's just no way to find them truly frightening.
Z-O-M-B-I-E-S: Singing in the Basement
It's October Season which only means one thing - our hosts are going to be subjected to the horrors of a bunch of Halloween-ish Disney made-for-TV movies. And as you can imagine, this one is a doozy. Because Z-O-M-B-I-E-S is in many ways the spiritual successor to a few other high school-set DCOM musicals you may have heard of, and opinions are sharply divided on whether it is a worthy successor to the throne. The stakes have never been lower and the pastels have never been more sickly.
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil: A Whimsical Genocide
It's the most spookiest time of the year! We're kicking off this October Season with what isn't really a Halloween movie, but hey at least we're not starting with a DCOM. So MALEFICENT: MISTRESS OF EVIL will have to do. Which more or less encapsulates our hosts' feelings toward this Disney movie, as a follow-up to a film none of us really liked but had a number of things we liked about it. This sequel though? Not so much. But at the end of the day, it's still got Angelina Jolie and her striking features, weird skeleton, and delightful performance.
No Deposit, No Return: Safe Crackerjacks
After two hundred and seventy episodes, it's hard to imagine that a Disney movie could elicit a new reaction or response from any one of our hosts. Yet somehow, against all odds, NO DESPOSIT, NO RETURN has one of us nearly refusing to engage with it at all. Which is odd because on paper this movie is just another benign 1970s entry in the canon, featuring all the familiar hallmarks. Tediously long car chases, child endangerment, Don Knotts, etc, etc. Have a listen and maybe you can puzzle out what makes this movie differ from so many others...and also if you can figure out why it's called No Deposit, No Return and share it with us, that'd be swell.
Frankenweenie - Corporate Daddy
There's a chill in the air and the days are getting shorter, so it must mean it's time to bring our Summer of Sadness to a close (the year of eternal disappointment, and also fire and plague, will continue indefinitely). Our hosts end this summer series, appropriately enough, with Disney's FRANKENWEENIE; a feature length film based on one of Tim Burton's early short films that he produced during his first ill-fated tenure at the House of Mouse. In many ways a perfect summation of all of Burton's strengths and weaknesses, it provides plenty of interesting discussion fodder for Vicky, Nolan and Jill to mull over...and also cat poop.