As our current listeners are aware, our first season of The Three CommentEARS was hosted exclusively at FromScreenToTheme.com, an interactive and knowledgeable video podcast run by From Screen to Theme author Brent Dodge. We are in the process of making enhanced versions of these classic commentaries available here, in addition to Season Two’s upcoming commentaries (check out Season Two’s premiere commentary for Sleeping Beauty here).
However, if you wish to revisit these commentaries before they debut here, they are still available for streaming and download at FromScreenToTheme.com! It is highly recommended that listeners visit the original pages for syncing instructions. Those interested in simply downloading each commentary as a podcast are advised to right-click the “MP3” link below each episode description. Check out our handy guide to the first season below:
“The Three CommentEARS” Season One:
Episode 1: Cinderella – Our series begins with what essentially can be called a pilot episode, both technical and content-wise. Since we were focusing on finding our groove and style, some mistakes may surface, of which we have become aware.
Episode 2: Peter Pan – For our second episode, we provide critical analysis and characterization, informative backstory about the production, and the film’s impact to its audience on more personal levels.
Episode 3: Wreck-It Ralph – We discuss the history behind the various video game references, critical analysis and comparisons to other films in the Disney canon, informative backstory about the production, and the film’s own intercultural themes.
Episode 4: The Hunchback of Notre Dame – In this commentary, we take a look at the history behind the production, critical analysis and comparisons to other films in the Disney canon, and reflection on the film’s heavy marketing and merchandise.
Episode 5: Meet the Robinsons – This episode looks at the film’s production, our own interpretations regarding the “rules” of time travel, several theme park connections between the film and Disneyland, and the film’s recurring theme to “keep moving forward,” including its impact for the audience.
Episode 6: Monsters, Inc. – For our first Pixar feature, we discuss the production of the film, analysis of the character journeys, impact on a post-9/11 audience, and our own experiences with monsters in the closet.
Episode 7: The Sword in the Stone – Medieval Summer begins with 1963’s The Sword in the Stone. We discuss the production of the film, literary comparisons to both Arthurian Legend and the first book in T.H. White’s “The Once and Future King” tetralogy, intentional anachronisms that both contemporize and date the film, and our own personal views towards the film in both a childhood context and as academic study.
Episode 8: Robin Hood – The Medieval Summer concludes with 1973’s Robin Hood. We discuss the production of the film, earlier concepts set in the American South, literary comparisons to incarnations of Robin Hood and Aesop’s fables, the film’s connections to popular culture and world events of its era, and our own personal views towards the film in both a childhood context and as revisited nostalgia.
Episode 9: The Little Mermaid – To commemorate the new Diamond Edition Blu-Ray, we discuss the production of the film, the inner struggles and outward action of heroine Ariel, literary comparisons to the Hans Christian Andersen tale, the model and structure of the film in comparison to previous and future Disney Animated Classics, the film’s place within the 1980s teen movie genre, and our own personal views towards the film in both a childhood context and as revisited nostalgia.
Episode 10: Hocus Pocus – We celebrate the film’s 20th Anniversary with a commentary that looks at the film’s connections to Disney’s other forays into the supernatural and the macabre, tales from the production of the film, and several notable instances of illogical and anachronistic storytelling, while still celebrating the film’s loving tribute to the Halloween season, viewers’ reaction and nostalgia through the years, and our own personal views towards the film in both a childhood context and as revisited nostalgia.
Episode 11: Tangled – Just as Frozen hit theatres, we looked back on Disney’s most recent fairy tale retold: 2010’s Tangled. Unlike past commentaries, this one spends more time analyzing the story and characters, as each of us offers different interpretations, discourse, and criticism. In addition, we continue to delve into the production of the film, as well as the influence found in non-Disney sources, along with the film’s impact on viewers since its release.
Episode 12: Mary Poppins – Joining us for this commentary is special guest commentator Aaron Wallace, author of The Thinking Fan’s Guide to Walt Disney World: Magic Kingdom. For this episode, we take a look at the 1964 landmark film Mary Poppins. The film holds a special connection for all of us, as we trace its production, make comparisons to both the original P.L. Travers books and stage musical, and look into how it impacted our lives over the years. In addition, we examine some of the film’s spiritual themes, its high-ranking reputation within the Disney company, the various “Disney Achievements” represented within the film, several connections to 2013’s Saving Mr. Banks and Travers herself, and the film’s impact on all viewers since its release.
Episode 13: Beauty and the Beast – We feature three commentaries for your listening pleasure, as we take a look at the 1991 Academy Award-nominated film Beauty and the Beast. But this is not just one look at the film, we’ve created commentary tracks for three versions of the film. Both the Theatrical and Extended versions of the film feature commentary from Albert Gutierrez, Pedro Hernandez, and Kelvin Cedeño. This track focuses primarily on analysis and the film’s cultural impact, with production information peppered in at key points. In addition, Albert Gutierrez and Pedro Hernandez provide an additional commentary, meant to be played with the Work in Progress version of the film. This track takes a more expansive look at the production of the film, occasionally in comparison to other famous renditions of “Beauty and the Beast” lore.