Where does one go from Disney? Malayna welcomes former Disney animator Dave Zaboski to learn about creative living! A classically trained painter and illustrator, he has co-created several national children’s books including one with Deepak Chopra. He has created concept art for film and game projects, and travels and teaches creativity and innovation as a public speaker. Spirituality and creativity infuse everything he does, so join us to learn tips on seeing your own life as an evolving work of art!
May the fourth be with you! Things have changed since the originally-released, history-making, Star Wars Trilogy. A prequel trilogy came out, and in 2012 the brainchild of George Lucas was adopted by Disney. Disney is known for magic, fantasy, and imagination. Stacy and Malayna will talk about the impact both have had on pop culture, and how we can use what they’ve taught us so far as tools to improve our lives, as we look forward to when The Force Awakens!
We must admit, there was a disturbance in The Force as we attempted to present our podcast on May 4th. Here’s your guide to navigate around the technical difficulties!
We started off with some poor pronunciations of Organisms named after Star Wars characters, which you can find detailed at the link included here.
We discussed a timeline of Star Wars films releases and our memories. I mentioned that I remembered seeing the original one at The Egyptian (but it may have been Return of the Jedi, actually….). Stacy thought that I might have been referring to The El Capitan, across from the Chinese Theater, but nope! Links included to show that we eventually checked our facts!
Aside from a dog barking about 5 minutes in, all was well until we mentioned the documentary The People vs. George Lucas.
The Force responded by kicking us off the air for 2 full minutes.
So skip to 18:00 minutes into the show, when we pointed out the metaphor — the idea that people being upset with the creator of the Star Wars universe is like us shaking our fists at our Creator (God, or whatever name you choose) for something we don’t like about our world. George Lucas created this whole universe that we all love, and then we got mad at him for what did with his creation.
Around 24 minutes into the show, another glitch of about 15 or 20 seconds hit us, but we course-corrected and continued to talk about the Han Shot First issue! (Shooting who? Greedo! I was right! I second guessed myself into thinking I meant Boba Fett. But I didn’t. I totally meant Greedo.)
The rest went without a hitch:
Between the 26 and 27-minute mark, we got into the next installment, The Force Awakens, with JJ Abrams directing. (Click to see a trailer!)
Stacy, as a one time, Star Wars Fan Club member, examines why it had such an impact on her young self: 1) the excitement of living in the unknown of space * Leia as a strong female role model * Technology as our friends – (Wall-E, Big Hero 6 – Androids are our phone friends) * It’s a story about family and reconnection * Embrace others – like Wookies, Ewoks, etc.
Malayna pointed out the Joseph Campbell / Hero with a Thousand Faces connection – mythical language of all human stories, from King Arthur to Beowulf… The Hero’s Journey inspired us all using the same tools. And the book The Writer’s Journey – written by a story consultant at Disney- impresses the importance of these archetypal characters, on a journey we’re all on. Any of our holy books, can be a description of our spirit’s journey through the human experience. These stories are that too – all stories are.
People vs George Lucas 2 – due out later in 2015 – the Disneyfication of Star Wars franchise. JJ Abrams did a great job with the Star Trek universe.
We looked at the messages of Disney movies, and what we can learn from them if we look.
We talked about the TV show Heroes, which was on NBC and created by Tim Kring. (Not Disney, not ABC.)
And finally we summed it up that all these stories about princes or princesses are about us – we are all heirs to the kingdom! As such, we have a responsibility to self, community, and environment – to being our best selves, take on that royal role.
Resonate with stories that call us to be better – step into those roles, and use them as tools to inspire!
We at Pop Conscious believe in the power of pop culture and the media to influence people positively, so we‘re going to find ways to illustrate the connection between entertainment and enlightenment using the Twelve Powers: Faith, Strength, Wisdom, Love, Power, Imagination, Understanding, Will, Order, Zeal, Elimination, and Life. Can we do it? Tune in and find out!
- Faith –
- Music: George Michael “Faith”
- Movie: Steve Martin – Leap of Faith
- Count of Monte Cristo – “God believes in you” , Strength, (Revenge)
- “If you build it, they will come” Field of Dreams
- Strength – Perseverance
- Music: “Strong Strong man to ever let you go,” – Rick Astley
- Movie: Hulk, Avengers, Superheroes, Mutants – within us, but unknown – superherodb.com
- TV: Wrestling, Bionics, Mutants
- Music: Schoolhouse rock, It’s in Every One of Us – David Pomeranz, Don’t Eat Yellow Snow – Pop Music Wisdom
- Movie: harry Potter’s Dumbledore, Gandalf in the LOTR
- TV: Oprah, Daily Show, Perception & Eli Stone – visions,
- Mentors: Jiminy Cricket, Fairy Godmother, Merlin, Obi Wan
- Love – Harmonizing Force
- Music: Higher Love – Steve Winwood, Divine Love Chant – Unity North Choir,
- Movie: Butcher’s Wife – “Love is the leap that won’t be denied.” Demi Moore, Jeff Daniels, (…& Malayna Dawn!)
- Broadway: Wicked (For Good), Frozen
- Power / Mastery of Self
- Music: M-Pact, acapella
- Movie: The Color Purple,
- TV: Downton Abbey, Grey’s Anatomy, talent shows
- Music: With Imagination, I’ll Get There – Harry Connick Jr. (When Harry Met Sally – 25th Anniversary!) John Lennon – Imagine
- Movie: Lego Movie, Life is Beautiful
- Other: Disney, Broadway, Cirque du Soleil ! Read the rest of this entry
We at Pop Conscious are Anglophiles. As much as we are proud to be Americans, we also admire England, its people, and its culture. Join us as we share our love of the British invasions into our pop culture awareness in music, comedy, film, television, and wherever we can find it. Pip, Pip, Cheerio!
Moral of the story: We can declare our independence, and still celebrate our shared history.
We also learned that it’s hard to talk. Listen and find out!
SHOW NOTES (from Malayna):
~ My dad was in the British Royal Navy, and lived in England for a short time before coming to the US
~ I went to London for the first time when I was 7 years old
Early pop culture influences:
• Mary Poppins – Julie Andrews – (Practically perfect in every way), Bedknobs & Broomsticks, Alice in Wonderland
• Shakespeare in 5th grade – Midsummer Night’s Dream – I was stage manager. The same year, My Fair Lady was the musical, I played Mrs. Higgins, Henry Higgin’s mum. On the school bus, there was a kid who used to lead us in Beatles sing-alongs on the way home.
• Monty Python & Fawlty Towers – 1985
• My bro loved The Who, my dad took him to see them live in 1982.
• The British Invasion the 1960s influx of British music groups like The Beatles, The Dave Clark Five, Herman’s Hermits, The Kinks, The Rolling Stones, and The Who
(paraphrased from Wikipedia)
• “Second British Invasion” The 80’s New Wave –In 1981, MTV ushered in new wave’s most successful era in the United States. British artists had learned how to use the music video early on — (especially Duran Duran’s musical travelogues of exotic locales like Sri Lanka & The Maldives). New wave artists from the UK included Culture Club, Duran Duran and ABC, and The Thomson Twins. (paraphrased from Wikipedia)
...Queen, George Michael, Elton John,
• Do They Know It’s Christmas by Bob Geldof 1984, Live Aid 1985
• Far Pavilions – 1984 – Amy Irving & Ben Cross (Story of forbidden love in 1800’s Indi Read the rest of this entry
Original air date: Monday, July 07, 2014
Pop Conscious welcomes actress and producer, Sherry Hursey, back to the show, to talk more about the creation of her children’s show, Lilly’s Light, and the importance of the messages that children get from the media. From Sesame Street and Schoolhouse Rock to The Disney Channel and YouTube, we’ll also talk about how parents and other adults can invite their own inner children out to play.
Links to explore:
Research / Show Notes – Keep in mind that the research doesn’t always get mentioned on the show, since it’s a conversation which can take a turn at any time! But here’s what I learned researching the history of Children’s TV:
- Early children’s shows in the 40’s and 50’s included Kukla, Fran and Ollie and Howdy Doody, and involved puppets. CBS started airing cartoons in 1955 as part of The Mighty Mouse Playhouse.
- 50’s saw the beginning of franchised children’s TV — Romper Room and Bozo the Clown had local hosts and focused on the local community. (Bozo later became Ronald McDonald!)
- Parents, teachers and social scientists began to turn to their legislators to regulate harmful effects of children’s TV viewing.
- In the 60’s, weekend mornings became the time for cartoons, evolving into the good ol’ Saturday morning cartoons – which meant several hours of programs for kids.
- In the late 60’s Sesame Street was born, and was not only educational, but also entertaining enough to become the most successful national children’s program of all time.
Sherry mentioned the impact of watching Disney on Friday nights when she was young, and seeing the live action musicals like Chitty, Chitty, Bang, Bang and Mary Poppins, and howthey influenced her creation of Lilly’s Light.
Malayna mentioned the image of a lighthouse reminding her of Pete’s Dragon, with Helen Reddy.
On the subject of our inner children wanting to come out to play, it seemed like grown-up-oriented animated and stop-motion series are aimed at that, and not at all suitable for children! (But we can’t deny they’re funny.) Like:
The Simpsons, South Park, Family Guy, Archer, & Robot Chicken.
Morals of the story: Apply childlike enthusiasm and the belief that the world is for you (not against you), and creativity/imagination to daily life; Let your heart be your guide!