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Star Wars Day, Disney Way

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Original air date: Monday, May 04, 2015

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!

Retro Outlaw interprets Princess Leia as the Coppertone girl

Retro Outlaw interprets Leia as the Coppertone girl. Google it!

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.

Han Shot First!

Han Shot First!

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!

Looking Back, Looking Forward

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Original air date: Monday, January 12, 2015
Episode Description:

Looking back at the history of Hollywood has been a source of inspiration for us at Pop Conscious, so join in on our discussion about our recent outing to the Hollywood Costumes Exhibition at the Oscar Museum. We’ll play the prediction game, Unity-style, and affirmatively declare what we would like to see more of in pop culture and entertainment in 2015. Join us in shaping our collective future!

Malayna’s Pre-Show Notes:  LISTEN to hear how the conversation REALLY went!  (Especially the part about Jesus Versus the Aliens!)

The Inspiration cycle – an artist is inspired –> inspires others to help create and market –> inspires the audience –> who are inspired to create!

 

Hollywood Costumes Exhibition at the Oscar Museum – #Hollywood Costume http://www.oscars.org/hollywoodcostume/

  • Mary Poppins, Indiana Jones, royalty: Shakespeare in Love, Marie Antoinette,
  • Birds, Django Unchained, Sweeney Todd
  • Cleopatras, Superheroes, Darth Vader, Meryl Streep
  • Titanic, Moulin Rouge, Marilyn Monroe, Wizard of Oz shoes

As You Wish book by Cary Elwes – Heart is the magic ingredient

Downton Abbey ornaments exchanged at Christmas

NEWish shows I checked out and wanna see more like them:

  • Agent Carter – 1940’s capable woman agent, after Capt American disappears,
  • Scorpion – geniuses solve real word, real-world problems
  • Elementary –
  • Galavant – Timothy Omundson (Psych) – saw him at the Magic Castle (built 1908)

 

Predictions:

  • Geena Davis Institute for Gender in Media – seejane.org – You have the power to change the face of children’s programming. With your help, if she can see it, she can be it. Your donation will further our research efforts and fund continuing curriculum development for young children.
    • “In a World” – Lake Bell
    • 2015: The year women take back tech
    • Hedy Lamarr – Invention of Spread Spectrum Technology – women-inventors.com/Hedy-Lamarr

Although better known as an actress, she was also an inventor and a pioneer in the field of wireless communications, along with co-inventor George Anthiel, she developed a “Secret Communications System” to help combat the Nazis in World War II. Lamarr and Anthiel received a patent in 1941, but the enormous significance of their invention was not realized until decades later. It was first implemented on naval ships during the Cuban Missile Crisis and subsequently emerged in numerous military applications. But most importantly, the “spread spectrum” technology that Lamarr helped to invent would galvanize the digital communications boom, forming the technical backbone that makes cellular phones, fax machines and other wireless operations possible.

  • BFF’s have it all
    • Tina Fey & Amy Poehler should play us in a new movie.
    • Bentonville Film Festival – Celebrating Women and Diversity in Film is First to Guarantee Theatrical, Television, Digital and Retail Home Entertainment Distribution for Winning Films – Geena Davis : “my message is to look at the world of the movie and make whatever you were already going to make, already planning to write — maybe it’s already written — but before you cast it, go through and change a bunch of first names to women, figure out where you can add characters of diversity and, bam, you’ve really improved the film and broadened the audience and probably made it much more interesting than it was in the first place.
  • Shift from lowest common denominator to highest we can reach – celebrating the strength and power within each of us, the heart and the beauty, and not the worst of us. What Oprah did for daytime talk shows, everyone in entertainment can do for whatever media they use.   Let’s use pop culture to harness what people are naturally drawn toward and raise them up.