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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Today we are taking a look at the career of choreographer-turned-director, Kenny Ortega! Kenny Ortega is responsible for some of the most iconic dance scenes of the 1980's, from the lift in “Dirty Dancing” to Duckie’s moves in “Pretty in Pink.” He went on to direct some of Disney’s cult classics that will be remembered for generations.
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Welcome Back! This week for June Tunes, we decided to have a little fun and rank our top 10 Disney Villain songs!
It’s undeniable that Disney music is an iconic element to the studio’s best animated films. Disney songs have permeated American (and sometimes world) pop culture throughout the last 70 years. Some songs are tender moments between characters while others are show-stopping power ballads that we belt out in our cars. Today, we’re taking a look at some of the most fun and interesting entries in the Disney songbook: The villain songs.
These songs are incredibly important in terms of introducing the audience to the main antagonist, giving us a look into the mind and motivations of a character. A good villain song is fun to listen to and perform, and it brings (sometimes) much-needed depth to these intriguing characters!
We’re bringing you a top 10 list of our favorite villainous tunes, with some background and history on each.
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Hello Cassettes and welcome back to The Black Case Diaries podcast! We are on week 2 of June Tunes, and this is a very special episode. We have covered film concepts and individual movies, but today is our first-ever biography episode!
A while back, we did some episodes about movie scores. We talked about prominent composers and themes we think every movie fan should know. But today we are highlighting one man in particular: John Williams.
This man has majorly influenced not just film music, but mainstream American culture for the last 45 years. Even if you don’t know his name, you might know his music. His themes have made you feel inspired, scared, happy, and sad; and they may have even convinced you to believe in magic.
So come jam with us while we talk about the man, the myth, the movie music legend: John Williams!
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Welcome to season 4 of The Black Case Diaries! We decided to return strong with our now annual series on movie music: June Tunes! This month we will be covering various topics all involving music in movies. Today we’re starting with an all-time favorite: The Blues Brothers!
In the summer of 1980, a film that defied description raced into theaters. The Blues Brothers starred two big names from SNL, an all-star list of Rhythm and Blues legends, and one of the biggest budgets in comedy history. Even John Landis, the film’s director, wasn’t sure what genre the film belonged in. Is it a comedy? Musical? Forty years later, one thing is for certain: it’s a cult classic of epic proportions.
Ride along with us as we talk the history of the band, SNL sketch, and the film. You will find show notes and links on our blog: https://www.blackcasediaries.com/blog
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Hey everyone and welcome back to the season 3 finale of The Black Case Diaries! Last week we wrapped up our series on Animation, and today we have decided to completely shift gears to discuss one of our favorite TV shows.
In February of 2006, UK audiences were introduced to a new multi-camera sitcom created by Graham Linehan (co-creator of another popular sitcom, Father Ted) called The IT Crowd. It followed a young woman named Jen, a new hire at an ambiguous company. She is shocked to discover that she has been placed in the IT department, located in a cluttered space within the darkest depths of the building. There she meets Moss and Roy, two computer savvy nerds lacking in people skills.
Join us as we talk about the making of the show and our favorite episodes! You can find show notes and sources https://www.blackcasediaries.com/
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