Movie Musical Shakedown Ep #25 - “Aladdin” (1992)

Movie Musical Shakedown Ep #25 - “Aladdin” (1992)

This week Chris and Nicole shakedown Disney's 1992 animated classic, "Aladdin". We chat about the design, music and the incomparable Robin Williams. We also answer the question, "Should this get a remake"...do we ever. 

Random Trivia: The opening scene with the street merchant was completely unscripted. Robin Williams was brought into the sound stage and was asked to stand behind a table that had several objects on it and a bed sheet covering them all. The animators asked him to lift the sheet, and, without looking, take an object from the table and describe it in character. Much of the material in that recording session was not appropriate for a Disney film.

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Movie Musical Shakedown Ep# 24 - “Singin’ in the Rain”

Movie Musical Shakedown Ep# 24 - “Singin’ in the Rain”

This week, Nicole and Chris tackle what many consider is the greatest movie musical of all time. We've been putting it off long enough. It's time to do "Singin' in the Rain."

Random Trivia: A microphone was hidden in Debbie Reynolds' blouse so her lines could be heard more clearly. During one of the dance numbers, her heartbeat can be heard, mirroring what happens to Lina Lamont in the movie itself.

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Movie Musical Shakedown Ep #23 - "Fiddler on the Roof"

Movie Musical Shakedown Ep #23 - "Fiddler on the Roof"

This week, guest co-host Tracy Danoff and I break down 1971's "Fiddler on the Roof". The film was a commercial and critical hit, going on to win 3 Oscars. 

Random Trivia Note: The film was a surprise hit in Japan, where its obvious love for crumbling tradition struck a chord with Japanese audiences.

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Movie Musical Shakedown Ep #19 - “Pocohontas”

Movie Musical Shakedown Ep #19 - “Pocohontas”

This week, we're shaking down Disney's 1995 animated film, "Pocahontas". While I wouldn't call this one of their classics, the film does have a few praiseworthy aspects. 

My guest co-host Melody Nicolette and I will be discussing the film's incredible cast, music, and making sure that some of the historical inaccuracies are rightfully pointed out. 

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Movie Musical Shakedown Ep #17 - "1776"

Movie Musical Shakedown Ep #17 - "1776"

This week we're shaking down one of my all-time favorite movie musicals, 1972's "1776". 

My guest co-host, Greg Ehrhardt, and I will be talking about its outstanding cast to its historical inaccuracies. But the fact that we're living in such political turbulent times, what better moment than to go back and remember how this country was founded. 

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Movie Musical Shakedown Ep #16 - "How to Succeed in Business..."

Movie Musical Shakedown Ep #16 - "How to Succeed in Business..."

This week we're shaking down a movie that's hard to watch in any lens, let alone 2019, 1967's "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying". 

We're going to discuss everything from whether or not this movie satirizes or makes light of sexual harassment, Bob Fosse coming to save the movie's choreography and Robert Morse's weird need to nuzzle his co-stars.

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Movie Musical Shakedown Episode #13 - "Mamma Mia!"

Movie Musical Shakedown Episode #13 - "Mamma Mia!"

Because we all love a good guilty pleasure now and then, this week's shakedown is a perfect movie to use as an escape for a couple of hours.

That's right, we're doing Mamma Mia this week!

My guest, Denise Smoker, and I talk about everything from the music, to the look of the film and Pierce Brosnon...

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Movie Musical Shakedown Ep #11 - "Carousel"

Movie Musical Shakedown Ep #11 - "Carousel"

This week we're deep diving into a movie that was likely as problematic in 1956 as it is in 2019. While it contains a gorgeous score, much of the story is hard to watch with a present day lens. 

But guest co-host Tracy Danoff and I discuss all of that and more. It's "Carousel"! Right here on the Movie Musical Shakedown. 

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Movie Musical Shakedown Ep #10 - "Newsies"

Movie Musical Shakedown Ep #10 - "Newsies"

My wife has two rules in our house: 1. Put the cap back on the toothpaste. 2. Don’t talk bad about Newsies. With this episode, I’ve broken both rules.

This week we're discussing one of the most influential movie musicals of the past 25 years and arguably, Disney's 2nd most popular live-action musicals of all time. That's right, it's time to Seize the Day, it's Newsies!

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Movie Musical Shakedown Ep #8 - "All That Jazz"

Movie Musical Shakedown Ep #8 - "All That Jazz"

On this episode, we’re going to be looking at a movie musical that the great Stanley Kubrick called one the best films he’s ever seen, "All That Jazz".

I’m going to be joined by my co-host and wife, Nicole, who is a big fan of this movie and as a dancer, incredibly qualified to break down this film.

It’s Showtime folks!  

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Movie Musical Shakedown Ep #7 - "South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut"

Movie Musical Shakedown Ep #7 - "South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut"

Bombs are flying, people are dying, children are crying, politicians are lying too. Cancer is killing, Texaco's spilling, the whole world's gone to hell, but how are you?

This week we dive into our first animated movie musical, "South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut". Surprisingly, one of the best movie musicals of the last 25 years.

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Movie Musical Shakedown Bonus Episode - "The Muppets Christmas Carol"

Movie Musical Shakedown Bonus Episode - "The Muppets Christmas Carol"

On this episode, we’ll be shaking down 1992’s, The Muppets Christmas Carol.

While the film didn’t have the initial commercial success producers were hoping for, it’s certainly become a holiday classic viewed by many as required viewing during the season. Which is why I wanted to do this special episode right before Christmas Day.

We’ll be discussing everything from the movie’s songs, incredible performance and its copious amounts of “chaîné turns.

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