The Soviet Russian 1985 Hobbit Movie with Vlad Barash

  
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Vlad Barash is back to talk about the 1985 Soviet Russian production of The Hobbit! Check out Vlad’s website to see his various projects, including the game he co-wrote with his partner, Lorraine Fryer, Demon Mark: A Russian Saga

If you want to watch what we watched for this one, here’s a handy link with English subtitles. And here is a link to a video without subtitles, but with better visuals.

Image Description: Gandalf from the 1985 Russian Hobbit.

We have a tangent about Lindsay Ellis, including some discussion of her three part series on Peter Jackson’s Hobbit movies (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3), and some discussion of her Cats video. We also talk a bunch about spiders—both real and fictional. Oh, and the amazingly bizarre Gollum costume in this film…

Image Description: Gollum, from he 1985 Russian Hobbit. Green face paint, a green spandex… swim cap??? and, uh… fangs? We are really not sure what is going on here.


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1980s Soviet TV with Vlad Barash

  
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We had writer and researcher, Vlad Barash on to talk about his childhood TV memories of Soviet Russia. Check out the game he co-wrote with his partner, Lorraine Fryer, Demon Mark: A Russian Saga!

We’re reversing the order of our episodes this time and taking a deep dive in to the larger context in which next week’s feature presentation originally appeared, and it is wild!

We started with this collection of Russian ads from the 80s. ***Warning, there are some flashing colors in the first of these ads, so if you are very sensitive to flashing lights and colors, take heed!***

These were a total trip. What is happening with that floating light?? And the amount of awkward standing around in both the suits and walkman commercials! Just wow!

Next we took a look at an anti drinking PSA that was a live action musical number in the middle of the animated Russian version of Treasure Island.

Vlad translated for us, so we know that these bad rock ‘n’ roll pirates don’t want you to drink! Maybe instead you should try working out!

We also watched a couple of more recent things, including this commercial for the candy that Vlad says is evocative of Russian childhood.

And this 1997 Pizza Hut commercial with Gorbachev in it!

The story behind this commercial is fascinating, and you can read all about it here!

Coming up next week: The Hobbit! As produced in Soviet Russia! If you want to watch at home beforehand, here’s a handy link with English subtitles. And here is a link to a video without subtitles, but with better visuals.

Thanks for listening!


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After These Messages: The Simpsons are Sell Outs

  
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After watching the first two episodes of The Simpsons, we sampled a few of the VAST ARRAY of commercials in which The Simpsons appeared! But first we took a look at some other things.

Here’s Nancy Cartwright showing off MAD voice acting skills. This video is only 36 seconds long, and super impressive!

We also watched the very first Simpsons short from the Tracey Ullman Show.

The animation in this is definitely rougher, and whoa, that Homer voice!

We also talked about the 1985 Life In Hell variation on the Pledge of Allegiance. The more common one to find on the internet now is from 1991, but the 1985 one is what Julia remembers from elementary school. in particular, “One nacho, underpants…” And here’s the Reddit post with the 1991 version for comparison. And here’s the comic Geoffrey remembers with Bongo’s song.

Okay, let’s talk commercials! If you have ever wanted to see what the Simpsons look like naked, this French detergent commercial is for you! We only talk about the first 44 seconds of this video, so if you want to be up to speed on our conversation, you can cut out early.

Of course we had to revisit the Butterfinger commercials that Julia actually remembered seeing in elementary school.

Geoffrey also recommends the Bizarre Albums podcast, and specifically the episode about The Simpsons Sing the Blues.

We also watched the Simpsons advertising Burger King, and man, those Halloween toys look pretty sweet…

But while Butterfinger and Burger King seemed to really embrace the humor of The Simpsons, Toyota decided to go a much more serious (and boring) route.

Finally, BREAKING NEWS! Julia’s mother listened to our last episode and actually watched three episodes of The Simpsons and LIKED them!!! WOW!!!


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