Welcome to Cinematica Animalia! If you share our love of both science and movie monsters, then tune in as we - two ecologists, one veterinarian, and a writer - explore the ecology and physiology of cinematic creatures; explaining what works, what mostly doesn’t, and how the movie’s plot is subsequently affected. At the end of the day, we just love talking about science. Check out our website, www.cinematicaanimalia.com .
S4E29- It's A Clover, Not A Shower(Cloverfield- 2008)
This week the Cinematica team dishes on the 2008 rom-com Cloverfield! We learn how rebar impalement is a "walk it off" kind of injury, that found footage is really lost footage, and in addition to being lost in New York City Kevin McCallister style, poor Slusho was also heavily parasitized.
00:00:38 – Introduction and News
00:05:41 – Movie Introduction and Trivia
00:17:33- Science Discussion
00:50:06- Story Discussion
00:57:18- Final Thoughts
S4E28- Things That Go Spelunk In The Dark(The Descent- 2005)
Descend into the horror of, well, The Descent (2005). Join the Cinematica team as we spelunk and debunk the common misconceptions of cave critters, why squirrels' ankles are relevant, and to see or not to see seems to be the question.
00:00:34 – Introduction
00:06:45 – Movie Introduction and Trivia
00:22:00- Science Discussion
00:57:04- Story Discussion
01:03:44- Final Thoughts
S4E27- Hakuna Matata (Lion King- 1994)
A young boy's uncle murders his father and attempts to murder him in a bid for his inheritance and prime real estate. This week Cinematica Animalia journey's into the animated classic The Lion King (1994). We are joined by conservation ecologist, Maria Gatta to discuss why hyenas so unfairly get a bad rap, how Scar and Mufasa easily could've shared the pride, and what actually happens in a trophic cascade.
00:00:35 – Introduction
00:05:56 – Movie Introduction and Trivia
00:16:44 – Interview With A Conservation Biologist (Maria)
00:34:32- Science Discussion
00:44:52- Story Discussion
00:50:33- Final Thoughts
S4E26- Mean Green Mother From Outer Space (Little Shop Of Horrors- 1986)
Who wants to talk about that unusual plant in the window? Join the team this week as they discuss the 1986 classic Little Shop of Horrors. Listen as they relive the songs, argue over how a plant would consume unsuspecting shop owners, and discuss which of theatrical endings was the best. Experience their thoughts on why Audrey II is really a Mean Green Mother.
00:00:32 – Introduction and News
00:06:51 – Movie Introduction and Trivia
00:19:21 – Science Discussion
00:51:19- Story Discussion & Final Thoughts
S4E25- To Catch A Predator (Predator- 1987)
This week, the Cinematica team decides who has the deadliest guns: Arnold, Carl, or the Predator (1987). In this classic film, we take a laser focused look into how this dreaded alien can not just climb up and down trees, but jump from them as well. We'll also "rave" about its glowing blood, talk about what might be a memorable but vestigial left over, and explain why Jean Claude doesn't give a Damme about this movie.
00:00:31 – Introduction and News
00:03:44 – Movie Introduction
00:09:54 – Trivia
00:15:16 – Science Discussion
00:40:32- Story Discussion
00:47:50 – Final Thoughts and Sign-Off
S4E24- Birds Of A Feather Shlock Together
Taking a small movie break this week to explore the beaked and winged monstrous corners of Sam's mind with his very own Make A Monster episode. How will the terrifying Raptor McGooseface hold up under the Adam and Dave's critique? What are religious zealouts in the Amazon in for?
00:29 – Introduction and News
05:58 – Sam Makes A Monster
21:07 – Libby Makes A Movie
27:09 – Adam and Dave Examine Said Monster
59:35 – Final Thoughts and Sign-Off
Rock and Stone!
First off this podcast is great.
I had heard about this podcast in the DRG discord (I go by Dödsräv there) and it peaked my interest so I decided to check it out and I wasn’t disappointed.
Keep up the good work!
Rock and Stone!
Dedicated to SCIENCE!
First and foremost, I’m a huge monster fan, growing up with Godzilla and other kaiju. When I studied paleontology, I learned how improbable such creatures actually are in the real world. This podcast does what the layman struggles with — putting hard science into play with regards to our favorite beasties from movie, television, and literature. Informative, funny, and engaging — every host is a wealth of information and sly mockery, without hating on their subjects; there’s a thread of love and enjoyment for the monsters that comes through. I highly recommend this podcast.
Fun new show!
Such a fun new show! I’ve learned so much. People should be getting in on the ground floor of this one