Ep. 24 - The Secret of Magic Island

March 12, 2018

On this episode, Mark Freado Jr. (Spectacle Theater) joins me to discuss The Secret of Magic Island.  

Jean Tourane was a French filmmaker and artist that worked almost exclusively with live animals.  In 1957, he released The Secret of Magic Island, his first feature length film. Mark and I discuss all things Jean Tourane, including his children's television series, Saturnin, which was later edited into Dynamo Duck for Fox Kids.  Come for the tale of the little duck that could, stay for the terrible French accents we provide.

This episode's shelter shoutout goes to Sean Casey Animal Rescue!  Go show them some love.

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Ep. 23 - Best in Show

February 12, 2018

On this episode, Hannah from the Film Roast podcast joins me to discuss Best in Show.  The 2001 Christopher Guest mockumentary about the dog show circuit.  Our challenge this episode, was talking about a film that had no professional dog actors! All the dogs in the film were actual show dogs.

This episode's shelter shoutout goes to 1 Love Dog Rescue in Auburn, CA!  Go show them some love.


Ep. 22 - The Witch

January 28, 2018

After a few month's hiatus, I'm back!

On this episode, Andrew Swafford from Cinematary joins me to discuss 2015's The Witch.  When The Witch was release back in 2015, a new internet sensation was born in the form of Black Phillip.  In this episode, we not only take an in-depth look at Black Phillip, but we also talk about how all the animals in film were used.  

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Ep. 21 - St. Trinians

November 14, 2017

On this episode, Meghan Griffin (Judging Book Covers & Fableulous Retelling podcasts) joins me to discuss 2007's St. Trinians.  Based on a series of cartoons by Ronald Searle, and the films of the 1950s, St. Trinians centers around a girl's boarding school where the students rule the school. The film stars Rupert Everett, Colin Firth, and, of course, Dolly the dog.

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Ep. 20 - Cat People

October 23, 2017

On this episode, Kristen Lopez from Ticklish Business joins me to discuss all things Cat People.  Val Lewton's 1942 masterpiece tells the story of a young Serbian woman, haunted by family curse that turns her into a panther under certain circustances.  

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Ep. 19 - The Thing

September 18, 2017

On this episode, Courtney from Chicks with Flicks joins me to discuss one of the best dog actors of all time, Jed from The Thing. Not since Jones from Alien has an animal been so closely tied to a franchise. There is no The Thing without Jed.

Links discussed in this episode:

  1. Second Chance Animal Sanctuary
  2. Safe Haven Animal Rescue
  3. WildCare Foundation

Ep. 18 - Beginners

June 24, 2017

In this episode, Mariela Azcuy (Univision) and producer Autumn Tarleton join me to discuss 2010's Beginners.  Written and directed by Mike Mills, Beginners tells the story of Oliver (Ewan McGregor), a man dealing with loss and loneliness.  The story jumps around in time to include Oliver's childhood, his father's coming out as gay and dying of cancer, and a new romance in his life.  Most importantly, the film features an adorable scamp of a dog, Arthur.  

BONUS: This episode also features an interview with my mother.

Links discuss in this episode:

Sea Bird Sanctuary

North Shore Animal League



Ep. 17 - Link

March 20, 2017

March monkey madness continues!  In this episode, John Cribbs of The Pink Smoke joins me to discuss the ultimate killer monkey-butler film, Link.

Links discussed in this episode:

Columbia-Greene Humane Society


Ep. 16 - Every Which Way But Loose

March 4, 2017

In this episode, Barry Champlain (co-host of Mouth Feel) joins me to discuss everyone's favorite orangutan, Clyde, from 1978's Every Which Way But Loose.

Links discussed in this episode:
Oxford-Lafayette Humane Society


Ep. 15 - The Doberman Gang

January 3, 2017

In this episode, guest Lucas Smith joins me to discuss the 1972 film, The Doberman Gang.  A film about a talented animal trainer who uses a pack of Dobermans to commit a bank robbery.  Based on a true story! (just kidding)

Links discussed in this episode:
Brooklyn Animal Action