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 family, told from the perspective of young teenager, Clarissa. Tackling subjects like crushes, grades, and annoying siblings, the series struck a chord with young viewers and their families, and would go on to headline the SNICK line-up.
So, if you’re wondering how this show came to be, don’t worry, we’re here to explain it all for you!
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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 was unlike any Nicktoon before it, a strange--yet hilarious--show that perfectly harnessed the magic of 90's Nickelodeon.
Today we’re covering the history of this often-forgotten gem. So, grab your popcorn, sit back, relax, and let us turn the pages for you.
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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 second chance. This could mean two things: a movie we saw once and hated, but enjoyed the second time--OR a movie that was unpopular with critics and viewers, that we think deserves a second look.
Well, that was a long time ago. So, we’re giving that episode a second chance with new equipment, new research skills, and new movies that deserve another watch!
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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-world consequences.
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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’t appropriate for specific audiences?
Censorship is a big part of film history and the movie-making process. Although the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) does not censor films, many would argue that it is their ratings that determine the success of a film at the box office or whether a film will get marketed at all. The rating process is notoriously mysterious, and the people involved are generally anonymous. Because of this, many filmmakers have voiced their frustration with the process and the power that the ratings have over the film industry.
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, and the rest of the Muppets as they put together a live performance with a special guest. The show followed back-stage hi jinks, and even included commentary from Statler and Waldorf, grumpy critics from the upper balcony.
The show became more popular than anyone could have imagined, and the appeal of The Muppets continues today. So, it’s time to play the music, it’s time to light the lights, it’s time to learn about the muppets on the BCD tonight!
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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 on some of the highlights!
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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. Come join us as we discuss some famous comedy parodies (specifically of the Zucker, Abrahams, and Zucker variety.)
This episode we have a special guest! She hosts the awesome podcast, Your Brain on Facts. Please welcome Moxie LaBouche! We want to thank her for coming up with the topic for the week which is Screwball Comedy Parodies!
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 Jam!
Join us as we talk about the making of this 90s classic!
Join us this week as we honor summer and baseball with an episode about The Natural!
Based on the novel by Bernard Malamud, this film paved the way for successful baseball movies. Join us as we talk about its legacy!
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