After clearing a three-assignment hurdle, I gave myself a treat on Thursday and finally got down to listening to this episode. Here’s my review:
Intro - What is the music playing in the background? Welcome Geoff CB!
Trivia segment - Oh, I know this one… it’s on the tip of my tongue… argh… I give up.
News - Woohoo, 2217 listeners! Largest audience in RP’s history? That’s incredible! Wonder why the sudden surge in listener numbers?
Ahaha, Meet Kevin is such a cute clip! I loved it when she coughed after eating the balloon.
Twitter and the blimp were one of the most creative advertising effects I’ve seen.
I remember one of the reviewers on RT’s entry for Wall-E did a bad review on purpose (you can tell from his biased stance and poor arguments).
The Toy Story teaser is awesome. You can’t defeat Buzz, he wins every time.
Can’t wait for the new branch to open! More recruitment opportunities, not to mention more ancillary entertainment for us fans!
There’s already a second issue for both series? Doc Sunbright sounds interesting, and I want to read the origins story for some of Radiator Springs’ inhabitants.
Bug’s Life for Blu-Ray! Excelleent.
Forum Talk - That’s a useful thread on getting autographs, not to mention we can see the replies some people get. TSS, you got a family member who works at Pixar? Maybe you should send a little fan-mail to Mr Bird… your relative can help out.
Where’s this post of Netbug getting a reply from Wall-E? I’ve gotta go thread-diving, man she’s so lucky!
As for the ‘What about the ladies’ thread, I think that Pixar has pretty strong female leads. Sally wasn’t mentioned, but I thought she was a pretty independent character (she quit her job and doesn’t fall for Lightning easily). The examples you gave of Helen and Eve were great! What happened to submissive Bo Peep by the way? She wasn’t in the TS3 teaser to my recollection… I think Celia from Monsters Inc was pretty boring (though I haven’t watched the film for ages). Yeah, I respect Pixar for giving representation to minorities (like the Latino lowrider Ramone, the black superhero Lucius Best, and Asian Wilderness Explorer Russell). The same can’t be said for Dreamworks, which seems to give more screentime to furry, talking, bipedal animals.
‘Summer’ here in Oz is weird… it’s cold! Anyway, I’m not doing anything this mid-year cos’ I got final-year projects coming up… but I wish everyone who’s going on vacation to have a great trip!
Thread of the episode - I gotta look for Hog-Hug’s thread. Lucky her!
Fan creation of the episode - Again, I’ve gotta look for Archibald’s comic. Crossovers are my kinda thing, can’t wait to read it!
Pixar Planet News - Good on you Mitch, for setting up the Trading Post. I don’t have much merchandise to trade, except for a couple of film posters and movie magazines. That’s very generous of you!
Happy Birthday wishes - Where’s the opening quotes from? “Happy Birthday! Aw… googly woogly, you remembered! Happy Birthday!” The last sounds like Sully. Nice background music of “If I Didn’t Have You”. Are all these Monsters Inc references throughout the episode a precursor to the fan commentaries?
Song request - Excellent song choice, Al-Bob! One of my favourite Pixar songs, and the music video is freakin’ awesome! Brings back such sweet memories of my first viewing of Cars in theatres, and the start of my fan-love for Pixar… “Gimme gimme gimme yeah!”
Quiz segment - Ahahah! First Date! “Ba-ba-baaah…” And Define Dancing!
I only got the ‘Love Lounge’, ‘the last film to use the 3-D logo’, ‘Brad Bird annoyances’ (People saying “Yes” and fist pumps? Haha, now we know how to cheer in front of Mr Bird!), ‘Death by Monkeys’, ‘Space Ranger’, ‘Mozart’ 'Pete Docter’s parents are doctors (But only because I guessed. That still came as a surprise to me!), ‘Wilhelm Scream’ (because I heard the TS one before in a film compilation), and 'Hopper being Molt’s brother.
Congrats, Peter! 4.5 ain’t too shabby either, Mitch!
Upcoming Pixar Events: I’m looking forward to the Pixar soundtrack compilation, Art of Up and of course, Up (on September 3rd).
Answer to Trivia Question: Oh yeah, golden! Bob Peterson is awesome, huh?
Outro: What track is that playing? Big show of the year? Ooh…
Disclaimer: Never heard this before! Haha, legalities… must cover your back, huh Nice jazzy number from the scene where Bob arrives at Nomanisan.
Okay, overall, pretty well-organised and tighter (less clutter on the News section, good job). In fact, it may be too tight, this episode felt a little short for me. Maybe you guys can maintain this amount of segments and lengths and add another song request (I’m not sure of the demand, but it would be good if there were more songs to listen to for ‘downtime’…)? I think I’ve suggested this before , but anyway, you could perhaps consider it for future episodes. Just a suggestion, and of course, it depends on song request demands and time available, so no worries. Maybe you could also use the additional ‘airtime’ to advertise forum community events like the fan commentaries or ‘Thank You’ card projects?
Audio quality is a little fuzzy, though that’s more to blame for the Internet connections and the headsets people than anything… hosts banter are much better and more ‘natural’, kudos on that!
Great work on Episode 11, people! The Quiz segment is a great addition, and do consider my suggestion for two songs an episode (of course, if there’s enough ‘airtime’ and demand). It’s good also you’re keeping up with the once-every-three-weeks schedule, that feat of coordination in itself is a miracle what with our busy lives nowadays! I look forward to the “Big Show of the Year” with great anticipation!