POP ART: Episode 64, Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were Rabbit/Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde


MONSTERBATING: “You can hop, but you can’t hide”. Join film enthusiast and blogger Tony Cogan (Coogs Reviews) as we discuss Wallace and Gromit: Curse of the Were Rabbit and the 1931 Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, two films about experiments that go wrong and result in the creation of a monster (don’t you hate when that happens?).

Also, enjoy an episode that covers some of the same ideas: Jurassic Park/Frankenstein/Bride of Frankenstein/Son of Frankenstein at https://anchor.fm/dashboard/episode/elsfom as well as Apple, Spotify and other streaming services.

Don’t you hate it when something goes a little wrong? You create a person out of spare body parts and they go on a murderous rampage. You create dinosaurs out of DNA and they go on a murderous rampage. You create a serum to get rid of the bad part of you and you go on a murderous rampage. You create a mind manipulator for bunny rabbits and you end up going on a murderous rampage of…well, vegetables, but the principle is the same. Sounds like it’s time for Episode 64 of Pop Art, the podcast where my guest chooses a movie from popular culture, and I’ll select a film from the more art/classic/indie side of cinema with a connection to it. This time, I am happy to welcome as my guest, film enthusiast and blogger Tony Cogan, who has chosen as his film the stop motion animated comedy Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, while I have chosen the pre-code horror film Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, both films about scientific experiments gone wrong resulting in the creation of a monster.

And in this episode we’ll answer such questions as: How do you pronounce Jekyll? What does a director do on an animated film? How were the special effects achieved in Dr. Jekyll…? What is the difference between American and British horror/sci-fi films of the 1950s and 60s? Why did Wallace Beery tie with Frederic March for Best Actor at the Oscars? Just what is it about animated films and their increase in popularity? What’s innovative about the opening scene in Dr. Jekyll? What movie beat out Wallace and Gromit by $200,000 the 2nd week of opening? Why did posters have to be altered in Portland, Dorset, UK? Who is Rose Hobart and why were they saying all those terrible things about her? What is the Wilhelm scream?

Check out Tony’s blog Coogs Review at https://coogsreviews.wordpress.com/author/tonycoogs/

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POP ART: Episode 63, Donnie Darko/Harvey


TELL ME ABOUT THE RABBITS, GEORGE: Join me and screenwriter Joshua Montcalm (Dark Web: Cicada 3301) as we talk rabbits; dirty disgusting rabbits; six-foot tall anthropomorphized rabbits in the WTF cult classic Donnie Darko and the Golden Age Jimmy Stewart classic Harvey.

“Deus ex machina”. At one time or the other, we’ve all had imaginary friends. Sometimes they were human, sometimes they weren’t. Sometimes nice, sometimes not. And sometimes, just sometimes, they’re six foot tall anthropomorphized Leporidae lagomorpha, Sounds like it’s time for Episode 63 of Pop Art, the podcast where my guest chooses a movie from popular culture, and I’ll select a film from the more art/classic/indie side of cinema with a connection to it. For this episode, I am happy to welcome as my guest, screenwriter Joshua Montcalm, who has chosen as his film the WTF cult classic Donnie Darko, while I have chosen the Jimmy Stewart golden age classic, Harvey, both films about someone who interact with a six foot tall anthropomorphized rabbit,

And in this episode we answer such questions as: What did the director of Harvey do that got him to leave Germany and come to the US? What the hell does Donnie Darko even mean and is it Determinism v. Existentialism? Why did Jimmy Stewart suggest Harvey have wider shots at times? Who is the linguist that said that “cellar door” was the most beautiful phrase in the English language? Why did both films have trouble making their money back? Wouldn’t it be great to be drunk 24 hours a day? What did Kevin Smith say about Richard Kelly?

Check out Joshua’s film Dark Web: Cicada 3301 at https://www.imdb.com/title/tt8110246/?ref_=nm_flmg_wr_2 and on Hulu

Check out my blog at https://howardcasner.wordpress.com/

My books, More Rantings and Ravings of a Screenplay Reader, The Starving Artists and Other Stories and The Five Corporations and One True Religion can be found at https://www.amazon.com/s?k=howard+casner&ref=nb_sb_noss

Meanwhile, like, follow or comment on my podcast. I’d love to know what you think. And check out the other episodes. On ITUNES and PODOMATIC. https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/pop-art/id1511098925 & https://hcasner65579.podomatic.com/, Anchor: https://anchor.fm/howard-casner, and Spotify https://open.spotify.com/show/5jX4noVGArDJdmcFtmrQcG , Sticher: https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/pop-art, Google Podcasts: https://podcasts.google.com/…, Breaker: https://www.breaker.audio/pop-art, Pocketcasts: https://pca.st/vfjqj6j6, Radiopublic: https://radiopublic.com/pop-art-GExxNb and other streaming sites

Check out my Script Consultation Services at http://ow.ly/HPxKE. I offer several types of service. Testimonials can be found at the blog entry.

Ever wonder what a reader for a contest or agency thinks when he reads your screenplay?  Check out the second edition of my screenwriting book, More Rantings and Ravings of a Screenplay Reader published on Amazon at https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07GD1XP9Y