Way Too Seriously

Way Too Seriously

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Way Too Seriously is a weekly podcast in which Jan and Paul Moffett talk about the implicit biases, the assumptions, and the thematic implications of kids’ movies with exactly the appropriate level of seriousness.
Wreck-It Ralph: The Medal Was Not A Metaphor
Oct 19
On this episode of WTS we’re talking about Wreck-It Ralph. We talk about the importance of representation in both movies and video games, about accepting the role society assigns for you, and about whether girls should reject being princesses.
Annie: Who’s Your Daddy Warbucks?
Oct 12
On this episode of Way Too Seriously we are talking about 1982’s Annie. We talk about undifferentiated otherness, the calcification of gender roles and whether capitalism can be redeemed.
Yellow Submarine: All Together Now
Oct 5
On this episode of WTS we’re talking about the Beatles’ “Yellow Submarine.” We talk about art education for children, drugs and rock and roll, and whether it’s actually true that all you need is love. We also stray from our central premise a little to…
The Breadwinner: Beauty and Suffering
Sep 28
In this episode we talk about war, socially constructed gender roles, and whether animated kids’ movies are less valuable as serious art than grown-up movies.
Early Man: Wait. Is This a Secret Sports Movie?
Sep 21
In this episode of WTS we’re talking about Early Man. We talk about all-male sports teams, compulsory heterosexuality, whether England is a caveman country compared to the advanced bronze age of Europe, and whether a solid pun justifies gendered language.
Holes: No Good Dirty Rotten Podcast Stealing Great Great Grandfather
Sep 14
In this episode of WTS we talk about gypsies, chain gangs, and boy stories.
Muppets Most Wanted: Hey, a Sequel!
Sep 7
In this episode of WTS we talk about flattening difference, myopic worldviews, and why all the female characters are in love with a frog.
Teen Titans Go: Everybody Gets a Movie!
Aug 31
In this episode of WTS we talk about representations of femininity, representations of masculinity, and men in disguise dressed as women. We also gush about the pre-movie short that featured Batgirl!
The Greatest Showman: There’s a Podcaster Born Every Minute
Aug 24
In this episode we talk about The Greatest Showman, flattering biopics, women scorned, and women as instruments of class conflict.
The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe: Care for Some Turkish Delight?
Aug 17
On this episode of WTS we talk about allegory, casual sexism in both the book and the movie, and who exactly the main character of this story is.
Everything That I Need: Muppets 2011.
Aug 10
In this episode, we talk about 2011’s Muppets. Not to be confused with the Muppet Movie. We talk about whether the Smurfette Principle should actually be called the Miss Piggy Principle, racialized muppets and women who are relentlessly positive.
Babies: Wah.
Jul 20
This week we’re talking about a documentary: 2010’s “Babies.” We talk about truth in documentary film, misery tourism, and body positivity. We hope you enjoy!
The Incredibles 2: This Time it’s Personal
Jul 13
In this episode of WTS, we talk about Incredibles 2. We break down the world of parenting, villiony and stretchiness.
Ferdinand: A Bunch of Bull
Jul 6
In this episode of WTS, we discuss Ferdinand, we talk about toxic masculinity, animal rights and lots of other bull.
Coco: The Cactus is also Me
Jun 29
In this episode of WTS we’re covering Coco. We talk about bilingualism, appropriation, erasure of disability, and the inevitability of both death and of being forgotten.
Kiki’s Delivery Service: Childhood is Magical
Jun 22
In this episode of WTS we’re talking about Kiki’s Delivery Service. We touch on coming of age, why it’s easy to do a queer reading of Kiki’s Delivery Service, and whether kids these days are spoiled and ungrateful.
Wonder: Punch your Problems Away!
Jun 15
In this episode of WTS we talk about emotionally present fathers, disability inspiration porn, and solving problems with violence.
Toy Story 3: A Potato’s Soul
Jun 8
On this episode of WTS we’re talking about Toy Story 3. We discuss Barbie’s political philosophy, Ken’s girly handwriting, and the metaphysics of identity as it applies to Mr. Potato Head.
Toy Story: The Toys Are Alive!
Jun 1
On this episode of WTS we talk about male whiteness as the standard, whether it was a different time, and the semiotic meaning of pop tarts.
WALL-E: Bleep Bloop
May 25
In this episode of WTS we talk about romance between robots, messages of individuality from soulless multinational corporations, and whether environmental movies need to stop pulling their punches.
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: When Werewolves Attack
May 18
On this episode we talk about Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. In this episode of WTS we talk about shrunken heads, fat shaming, and whether checking out your hair from the back is sexist.
Beauty and the Beast 2017: There Must Be More Than This Podcasting Life
May 11
On this episode we talk about the 2017 live-action version of Beauty and the Beast. We talk about Disney’s First Openly Gay Character™, whether cross-dressing is hilarious, and whether the serving classes are morally responsible for their masters.
The Incredibles: Equality is Villainous
May 4
On this episode we talk about The Incredibles. We cover married people who like each other, whether it’s bad to reward mediocrity, the damselling of Mr. Incredible, and why it’s Supergirl, not Superwoman.
Aladdin: Magic Ions
Apr 27
On this episode we talk about Disney’s Aladdin. We also talk about fetishized exoticisation of Arabia, whether women are prizes to be won, and whether it’s acceptable to transform a monkey into an elephant without his consent.
Zootopia - A Podcast That Makes the World a Better Place
Apr 20
In this episode we’re talking about Zootopia, so obviously things get a little heated. We talk about pop stars, why the patriarchy hurts everyone, nature vs nurture, and racial profiling.this very movie!
A Wrinkle in Time: The Flying Lettuce Leaf
Apr 13
In this episode we talk about kicking your characters when they are down, why mediocre movies are important, and optimism. We also talk about the “racial Bechdel test”, which we both forgot is called the DuVernay test, after Ava DuVernay, the director of…
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: The Room of Hushy Hush
Apr 6
This episode of WTS is all about Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. We talk about why nobody feels bad for Moaning Myrtle, why Hermione has nicer hair in this movie, and whether we should care about House Elf rights.
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone: Slytherin was Robbed
Mar 30
This episode of WTS is all about Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. We’re focusing only on the movie, and trying our darndest not to turn this into an episode about the book(s). We talk about why the chosen one is a boy, the ethics fat shaming, and…
Despicable Me: Miss Hattie is the Real Villain
Mar 23
On this episode of WTS we’re talking about Despicable Me. The first one. We talk about orphanages, child-endangerment, easily flattered women, and why Bee Gees dance parties are monstrous.
Despicable Me 2: Let’s Go To The Mall, Everybody!
Mar 16
On this episode of WTS we’re talking about Despicable Me 2. That’s right, it was 3 last week and 2 this week. We’re doing this in backwards order. We talk about stereotypes as a villain’s gimmick, the idea of macho, and why this movie missed an…
Despicable Me 3: This time it’s Despicabler
Mar 9
On this episode of WTS we’re talking about Despicable Me 3. We talk about whether all women are naturally destined for motherhood, the male gaze, wacky ignorant foreigners, and whether child-marriage is funny.
The Boxtrolls: Say Cheese!
Mar 2
On this episode of WTS we’re talking about Boxtrolls. We cover Laika’s race problem, cheese as a metaphor for social privilege, and whether everything would be better for everyone if Mr. Snatcher could just be a drag queen.
The Secret of Kells: A Podcast That Will Turn Darkness Into Light
Feb 23
In this episode we talk about people of colour in the middle ages, whether Vikings should count as humans, and what that great big tall tower in Kells reminds us of.
Paddington 2: They’re Listening To Our Podcast!
Feb 16
Hi everyone! In this episode we discuss 2018’s Paddington 2! We get way too serious about judicial reform, maternal bravery and perfect sequels.
Babe 2: Pig in the City - What Did I Just Watch?
Feb 9
Hi everyone! We’re talking about Babe: Pig in the City this week. In this sequel to last week’s episode we talk about the surrealness of Babe: Pig in the City, Mrs Hoggett’s new accent, city life vs country life and the ethics of monkeys in wigs.
Babe: That’ll Do
Feb 2
In this episode we talk about “Babe.” We cover animal husbandry, the assumption of male as default, and whether it’s ok to eat an animal as long as you’ve never actually heard it talk.
Ballerina/Leap!: Dance Like Nobody’s Watching Except Your Teacher Who Will Judge You
Jan 26
In this episode we’re talking about a movie that was called Leap! in the United States but Ballerina everywhere else! We talk about how just because someone kisses you that doesn’t mean she’s your girlfriend, VICTOR. We also cover competitive female…
Totoro: Hey, Let’s Go!
Jan 19
This episode of WTS is all about the Studio Ghibli classic: Totoro! In this episode we talk about environmentalism, ignoring the rules of narrative structure, and why Granny should not be your childcare role model.
Calvin and Hobbes: Scientific Podcast Goes Boink
Jan 17
In this episode we temporarily turn away from movies and talk about Calvin and Hobbes. We also talk about Beethoven, Cersei Lannister, and why you shouldn’t tell a little girl that a little boy is picking on her because he likes her.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: Oompa loompa doompa dee don’t
Jan 12
On this episode we talk about Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. That’s the 2005 version with Freddie Highmore as Charlie, not the 1971 one with Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka, which isn’t called Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at all, it’s called Willy…
Paddington: It’s just Peru
Jan 5
On this episode we talk about 2015’s Paddington. We cover the man-in-a-dress trope, immigration and the whether Paddington is more popular than Winnie the Pooh.
Mailbag
Dec 22, 2017
On this episode we don’t talk about any movie! Or maybe we talk about all of them! We’re reading your feedback!
The Muppet Christmas Carol: Beaker Flips the Bird
Dec 15, 2017
On this episode we talk about the horror of Victorian poorhouses, whether it counts as passing the Bechdel test when the “woman” is a pig voiced by a man, and why if Tiny Tim doesn’t make you cry you’re a monster that’s right I said it.
The Peanuts Movie: Anybody Want a Peanut?
Dec 8, 2017
In this episode of Way Too Seriously we’re talking The Peanuts Movie. We talk about nostalgia, Strong Female Characters,™ Peanuts’ race problem, and why Charlie Brown should remain a loser.
The Nightmare Before Christmas: Agree to Disagree
Dec 1, 2017
In this episode of Way Too Seriously we’re talking about The Nightmare Before Christmas. Jan and Paul don’t quite see eye to eye about this movie. We disagree about whether this is a Halloween movie or a Christmas movie, whether Oogie Boogie is…
Captain Underpants: Insert Poop Joke Here
Nov 24, 2017
In this episode of Way Too Seriously we’re talking Captain Underpants. We cover “boy books,” toxic masculinity, and whether Lunch Lady is an identity.
Kubo and the Two Strings: Play that Shamisen Music (White Boy)
Nov 16, 2017
In this episode of Way Too Seriously we talk about the Studio Laika movie Kubo and the Two Strings. We especially talk about cultural appropriation, the Smurfette Principle, cultural appropriation, fear and bullying, and cultural appropriation.
The Book of Life: No Bull
Nov 10, 2017
In this episode we talk about The Book of Life. In particular, we talk about the importance of representation, whether women are prizes to be won, and tomato sauce.
The Lion King: The Circle of Know Your Place
Nov 3, 2017
In this episode, about The Lion King, we talk about the divine right of kings, why there are so many white American voice actors in this movie about Africa, and whether male lions are lazy freeloaders or important members of the pride.
Hotel Transylvania 2: Undie Harder
Oct 27, 2017
In this second Halloween-themed episode of WTS Paul and Jan talk about Hotel Transylvania 2. We talk about infantilized women, incompetent men, and loving children for who they are.
Bonus Trivia: Paranorman
Oct 26, 2017
Every week we make a short bonus trivia challenge episode inspired by each episode of WTS. This is the episode we recorded to go with Paranorman, we’ve decided to share it with you all! If you like the sound of this, you can one just like it for every…
Paranorman: When Puritans Attack!
Oct 20, 2017
In this Halloween-adjacent episode of WTS Paul and Jan talk about Paranorman. Our conversation touches on the Bechdel Test and the Smurfette Principle (again!), the relationship of bullying to zombieism, and what speaking to the dead has to do with being…
Moana: Know Who You Are
Oct 13, 2017
In this episode of WTS Paul and Jan talk about Moana. We talk about how trauma affects identity, whether Maui should have been a skinny guy, and why the best romantic subplot is no romantic subplot.
The Little Prince: Essential Viewing
Oct 5, 2017
In this extra long episode of WTS Paul and Jan talk about The Little Prince. This movie is based on a book which was a beloved childhood favourite for Paul, so in this episode we talk about the relationship of the movie to the book. We also talk about why…
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2: This Time It’s Personal
Sep 29, 2017
In this episode of WTS Paul and Jan talk about Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2. We also talk about the evils of hero worship, why it matters if you confuse an ape for a monkey, the moral argument for veganism, and why the workers must seize the means…
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs: Don’t @ Us
Sep 22, 2017
In this episode, all about Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, we talk about adapting picture books to movies, why a girl can’t be both cute and smart, and why fat people in movies are evil.
Song of the Sea: Come Away, Oh Human Child
Sep 15, 2017
In this episode we talk about why it’s good to feel your feelings, whether fairy tales are colonialist by nature, and how overprotective parenting can harm children.
Muppets From Space: Why Are There So Many Movies With Muppets?
Sep 8, 2017
In this week’s WTS Paul and Jan talk about Muppets From Space! We talk about loving the Muppets, why accepting weirdos is good, and why your story matters even if you don’t know it. And Paul goes on a long rant about his least favourite Muppet.
UP!: This is not a Children’s Movie
Sep 1, 2017
In this week’s WTS Paul and Jan talk about UP! We talk about why it’s sadder when old people die, the value of letting go of the past, and we wonder how if all the doggies are boy doggies there are ever more doggies.
Hook: Peter Pan is Not Batman
Aug 25, 2017
In this week’s WTS Paul and Jan talk about Hook, representation, why every female character wants to kiss Peter Pan, and food fights!
The Great Mouse Detective: Featuring Very Busty Mice
Aug 18, 2017
In this week’s WTS Paul and Jan are talking about a Disney classic neither of them have nostalgia for: The Great Mouse Detective! We talk about Vincent Price, damsel mice, and systemic anti-rat bias.
Walking With the Dinosaurs 3D: “Hey Look! A Full Moon!”
Aug 11, 2017
Jan and Paul are watching a movie this week that they didn’t choose. You don’t have to have seen this movie to listen to the episode: we’re talking about Walking With the Dinosaurs 3D. We talk about mating habits of anthropomorphized animals, whether a…
Inside Out: What if Even Doublemint Gum Can’t Make You Smile?
Aug 4, 2017
Jan and Paul return to Pixar to talk about Inside Out. We talk about depression, explaining theories of mind to children, and whether it’s possible for a bus driver to be a complete human being.
Prince of Egypt: The American Guy is Always the Hero
Jul 28, 2017
In this episode of Way Too Seriously, Jan and Paul talk about Prince of Egypt. We talk about how nice it is to hear Patrick Stewart in anything, about whether it’s all cool to give women as gifts (spoiler: it’s not), about white actors playing African…
Toy Story 2: All Collectors Are Evil
Jul 21, 2017
In this episode of Way Too Seriously, Jan and Paul talk about Toy Story 2, even though they’ve never talked about Toy Story. Oh well. We talk about why holding on to your childhood is tempting but futile, whether toy dinosaurs can be girls, and whether…
The Wizard of Oz: Of Blizzards, Lizards, and Gizzards
Jul 14, 2017
In this episode of Way Too Seriously, Jan and Paul talk about The Wizard of Oz, how passing the Bechdel test really should be easy, whether Munchkins are better than Hobbits, and whether it’s better to be a friend of Dorothy than to actually BE Dorothy.
Megamind: Everybody Loves Roxie
Jul 7, 2017
In this episode of Way Too Seriously, Jan and Paul talk about Megamind. We express our sympathy with Dreamworks for always being the runner-up, this time to Despicable Me. We also talk about why Roxie is a love interest for every male character in the…
Lego Batman: Joker Loves Batman
Jun 30, 2017
In this episode of Way Too Seriously, Jan and Paul talk about Lego Batman, and Jan mentions Krypto the Wonder Dog at least twice. We also talk about whether Batgirl is a Smurfette, the homoerotic subtext of Batman and Joker, and DC’s race problem.
Hotel Transylvania: “Zing” is Not a Thing
Jun 23, 2017
In this first full episode of Way Too Seriously, Jan and Paul talk about Hotel Transylvania, the insidious idea of fathers owning their daughters, how love at first sight is a terrible concept, and why disability is not monstrous.
Introduction to Way Too Seriously
Jun 20, 2017
In this intro episode to Way Too Seriously Paul and Jan introduce themselves and the idea for this show. See you next Friday for our first full episode!