Insights into Entertainment

Insights Into Entertainment: Episode 21 "MAD about Disney"

July 08, 2019 Joseph and Michelle Whalen Season 1 Episode 21
Insights into Entertainment
Insights Into Entertainment: Episode 21 "MAD about Disney"
Chapters
00:00:00
Introduction
00:02:40
Disney Detective
00:13:37
Entertainment News
00:26:53
In Memory
00:29:51
Michelle's Insightful Pick of the Week
00:33:03
Joe's Insightful Pick of the Week
00:40:21
After thoughts
Insights into Entertainment
Insights Into Entertainment: Episode 21 "MAD about Disney"
Jul 08, 2019 Season 1 Episode 21
Joseph and Michelle Whalen

Disney Detective this week takes a look at some casting information regarding the new Live Action version of The Little Mermaid and Doctor Strange 2, we catch up with Aladdin and its performance a the box office. Then we take a look at changes coming to a favor magazine from years gone by, we talk about more news of the Michael Jackson documentary Leaving Neverland and we pay tribute to a former Laugh-In star who recently passed away. We finish up with a couple of great Insightful Picks of the Week and some weird after thoughts.

Show Notes Transcript Chapter Markers

Disney Detective this week takes a look at some casting information regarding the new Live Action version of The Little Mermaid and Doctor Strange 2, we catch up with Aladdin and its performance a the box office. Then we take a look at changes coming to a favor magazine from years gone by, we talk about more news of the Michael Jackson documentary Leaving Neverland and we pay tribute to a former Laugh-In star who recently passed away. We finish up with a couple of great Insightful Picks of the Week and some weird after thoughts.

Speaker 1:

Insightful podcast by informative hopes , insights into a podcast network.

Speaker 2:

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Speaker 3:

come to insights into entertainment, a podcast series, taking a deeper look into entertainment and media, your hosts, Joseph and Michelle , Waylon , a husband and wife, team of pop culture fanatics , or exploring all things from music and movies to television and fandom.

Speaker 2:

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Speaker 4:

welcome to insights and entertainment. This is episode 21 I'm mad about Disney. I'm your host, Joseph Waylan and my lovely and talented cohost, Michelle Wayland. Hello my love. How are you today dear? Yeah , I'm okay. Yeah. One of those days. I know you're not feeling so well. Yeah, I had some sort of weird illness that's still kind of lingering, so I'm kind of in a fog so, well, I appreciate you mustering up the energy to join us today for this. Thank you. Just wouldn't be the same without you, since I pretty much wrote it all pretty much. Yeah. Yeah. And John Pat Yourself on the back there to do that . So in our Disney detective, we have some little mermaid casting news. We have some box office information on Aladdin and then we will move on to our entertainment news. Some sad news about a magazine, I think both of us , uh , were fond of in her earlier years. Some , uh , casting news on Dr Strange, the Michael Jackson leaving Neverland controversy that just doesn't seem to want to go away. Go Away. Then we have a brief and memorial and then we'll move on to our insightful picks of the week. And I don't think we have afterthoughts unless they actually turn out three truly afterthoughts by the time we get there. Cause sometimes that does happen. That does happen on the fly. So shall we get into a deer ? Let's do it. All right .

Speaker 5:

Uh ,

Speaker 4:

go for a Disney detective. So more little mermaid , uh , news has been popping up. Um , just the other day , uh , it was announced that R and B singer, Hailey Bailey, not Heli Barry , um, has been tapped to closure . That's what I thought it was when I first saw [inaudible] has been tapped.

Speaker 6:

Play rel in the live action. And what's actually kind of funny is about that is that you're not the only one. There were many, many people, there were actually many people on Twitter that had actually congratulated Halle Berry and she didn't even hadn't heard the news yet and was like, wait, what? And she actually sent out tons of congratulations to , so now jelly fails . The means to do is have a role cameo role for Halle Berry, right . Like to play the mom or something, you know, in the movie that that would actually be kind of cool. So although , uh , Rob Marshall, who we've mentioned before, who's going to be the director of it, he spent many months, you know, meeting with various people. She obviously got the , uh, the nod. She and her sister are actually part of an RMB group . A, it's Chloe x Haley I guess is a , the, the name of the group. Um, and they've actually been together since 2015 as a group. They actually started out as youtube performers covering , um , Beyonce songs. And they actually got discovered through that. And actually at one point in time opened for Beyonce on her lemonade tour. So that was kind of cool how her and her sister Kinda came up. Um, she's , uh, currently in , uh , stars in the free form series of grown grown ish, which is a spinoff of blackish. So she's, you know, been been up and coming. So she obviously just got cast. Um, they've also a , there's um, Jacob , uh, trembly I believe is his last name, who has been tagged to play flounder and a rapper . Aquafina is gonna be playing scuttle. Obviously. Last week we talked about Melissa McCartney. Um, it seems it's still in talks. She hasn't a hundred percent been picked for Ursula, but it's, you know, it's uh , obviously very, very close to, to being finalized. So obviously there's a lot of back and forth about this being her, her being picked. There are some people that are like, this is awesome, this is great. There are some people that are like, how can a , um , a black woman be the little mermaid? And a lot of people who are like, it's a fish, right? What does it matter what color? You know, it's one thing, you know, jasmine, you know Milan , you know Marita . Yes, those are, you know, ethnics stories, stories, right? You wouldn't have, you know, certain other characters playing those, but we're talking about a fish here, right? She can be whatever she wants to be. And actually what's been really cool too is there's a whole bunch of fan art that has actually popped up now with her as, you know, the Little Mermaid, right ? Util, you know, renditions of her with like purple-y red hair and things like that. That was actually another , um, uh, another quote I saw , um, that was basically from a fe , um, a fan who, hey, when I was growing up, I was a little red head girl that didn't have anybody, you know, to look up to. And when the Little Mermaid came out, I was able to say, Hey, look, I'm just like the little mermaid now. There's going to be a whole generation of little, you know, black girls who are going to be able to say, Hey, look, I'm just like the Little Mermaid.

Speaker 4:

Well. And, and on that same note, Disney does tend to have a ,

Speaker 7:

uh ,

Speaker 4:

disparity of minorities when it comes to the princess lineup . Um, so it's, it's, it's kind of Nice to see them diversifying their princess line up now

Speaker 6:

because not every little girl out there is, is a Caucasian girl and you have, you know, these other little girls that want to be able to say, I'm just like, you know, whoever, and here's, you know, here's a great opportunity. You know, Arielle is , is kind of a feisty little girl who, you know,

Speaker 4:

grows up very quickly. So, you know , and again, it's, the role itself is an ethnically agnostic role. Exactly. It could have , doesn't matter. You know, you could have had an Asian girl Asian and you know, and that doesn't matter. Could have been native American American. Yeah, exactly. So, yeah, I , you know, Kudos to Disney for diversifying for this and , and the other thing is, now you've got two little mermaids that you can look up to. Absolutely. What is wrong with that? Nothing at all. Nothing at all. So good for them. Yeah .

Speaker 6:

So, you know, definitely looking, looking forward to , to that. So in other Disney news, talking about occurrent live action, which is Aladdin . Disney's Aladdin Ha is becoming one of Disney's most successful live action remakes of an animated feature film. The movie crossed the 900 million mark at the global box office on Friday. Disney announced that the film had already pulled in 897.3 million globally and would be joining six other live action movies to cross the 900 a million dollars

Speaker 8:

ready everybody. So today we are on set filming Aladdin and it's just magical. This live action Aladdin took my breath away growing up with this character. And I always remember Jasmine, my strong and knows her own mind. When I think of when I was a little girl, she was the character I would always play because I could relate in some way. What we're trying to do is reimagine with a modern twist to it, where Naomi has done. But Jasmine is powerful and really unique. She brings that sense of empowerment to the character as a character that you know, but say refreshing incarnation Princess Jasmine folds the best for Agora bar and what's best for them. It's as she leaves . But rather than say that she wanted to lead , she shows the skills and the qualities of a leader. She has big aspirations and she sees a future that's greater for the kingdom and the city of Aga . The story is a progression of how she finally speaks out and it becomes the leader that she's destined to be. Today we are filming one of the new songs , speechless. She says, enough is enough. I have a choice here and I'm going to stand up for what I believe in. It's such a strong song, it's gonna be really special.

Speaker 6:

Very cool. So at some point where we'll actually get, see , summer is always busy for us. We always have lots of things going on on the weekends, so we need to definitely make time for it. So this puts the film in the categories like beauty and the beast. Jungle Book, Alice in Wonderland, and the three pirates of the Caribbean movies in that $900 million live action. Um, so in total, there are 55 films that have reached this mark for the Walt Disney Company. I'm a Latin is currently the third biggest movie of the year following Marvel Studios, Avengers end game and Captain Marvel. But this is actually the number one movie for the Disney Studios. No , right under, you know, marvel, even that , that's part of the group. And Disney's Aladdin, you know, has been a pleasant surprise. It was projected to make 75 to 85 million during it's opening weekend back , uh , during Memorial Day and it actually made 117 so it obviously did a lot better then. Most people were, were thinking it's all good news for Disney stock holders . Right? It sure is. But we happened to be them one of Medi . Um, you know, so it obviously, it , it gives Disney validation that remaking, you know, animated classics is, is working out for them. And we see that with

Speaker 4:

them going forward with, you know, the Little Mermaid. Um , every, every live action that they've made so far has been successful. They had two years with issues,

Speaker 6:

they haven't had any issues. And, and it's nice that even though they're remaking them, there is something different about it. Right. You know, and, and so that's kind of Nice for the people, you know, for the fans

Speaker 4:

to , you know, remember the movies from when they were a kid

Speaker 6:

and now they get to go and there's at least something, you know, I kind of know the story, but I don't know the whole story. And that was kind of the same thing with , um, with beauty and the beast. It was an interesting twist. You know, you kind of knew this was, this was this, and then all of a sudden you were like, oh, that's a nice little twist that I didn't see coming.

Speaker 4:

You know, the Nice thing is it doesn't, it doesn't obsolete. The old movies, the old movies still stand on their own as their own story. These are,

Speaker 6:

you know, in addition to those, and again, there's usually always some new songs like we just saw, you know, from the clip here, you know, you have some original songs, you know, some of the original songs from the original animation, a animated movie, and then something new to throw in. And you know, again, the characters have a different twist or, or something. So it's, it's nice that it's, it's familiar, but yet it's still kinda new.

Speaker 4:

Right. And they , they compliment the original movies. I think that's what the important thing.

Speaker 6:

Absolutely. Absolutely. So that is it for Disney detectives. Oh , righty.

Speaker 5:

Uh ,

Speaker 4:

so onto our entertainment news, we have the discontinuation of publishing of a magazine that I think you and I both read in our youth.

Speaker 6:

Yeah. This was, this was actually kind of sad news. Um, and actually I saw it through a tweet from weird owl . Um, and so , uh , mad magazine has decided that it is going to cease new publications more so on their regular basis. I'm so mad magazine, which has been famous for, you know what me worry. Um, and the mascot of Alfredi Newman is going to be coming off the new stands. I'm the owner. DC sent out a email on Wednesday night talking about it. It said that after at um , issue 10, there would be no new content except for end of year specials, which would still be all new. Um, and that anything else that came out would kind of be best of stuff. So , uh , it's been in publication for 67 years. So that's a pretty time for, you know, for that type of thing. Obviously the magazine was sold mostly in comic shops. Um, and you know, you had subscribers that, that got it in the mail. Um, DC did not explain why, you know, the, the stopping , um, of this , uh, the magazine was founded in 1952 by editor Harvey Kurtzman and publisher William Gaines . It actually debuted as a comic book in 1952 and then switched to a magazine format three years later. Um, the long running comics feature , uh, included the spy versus spy and a back page, a fold. You know, there was always a , a back page that you'd have to fold to get some sort of secret message. Like I said, a weird owl was among those lamenting about the news on Twitter on Wednesday night, saying that he was profoundly sad to hear about the developments. He said, I can't begin to describe the impact that it had on me as a young kid. It's pretty much the reason why I turned out weird , uh , goodbye to one of the all time greatest American institutions. And yeah, it, I remember, you know, reading mad magazine, you know, as a kid I w you know, I don't think I read it every issue that it came out, but it was definitely one of those things when I went to a store and saw it and I had, you know, allowance money.

Speaker 4:

Yeah. See I never, I never bought them or had the subscription. My best friend did. Okay . And I remember going over his house every time a new subscription came out and we'd sit there and page through the whole thing. That's awesome. Used to love reading the spy versus spy comics. That was always my favorite part.

Speaker 6:

Yeah. I always liked the parodies of the movies or like I seem to remember there was like a back to the future one and you know, it was all the pop culturey things. Obviously a lot of the political stuff I didn't understand back then. So it would actually kind of be interesting to go back and read it now. And that's why

Speaker 4:

it's episode 11, you know, issue 11 when they start doing some of the best jobs . Right. It'll be interesting to go back.

Speaker 6:

Oh definitely. I would definitely be interested in, in going back and seeing, you know, some of the stuff that, you know, I didn't, you know, see a , as a kid , um,

Speaker 4:

I have to wonder if the push towards digital publishing is that good .

Speaker 6:

Cause we've seen, you know, you've seen that with a lot of publications that, you know, the, they realize that people aren't getting things in print anymore. Um, you know, you even see it when you , you look online at certain magazines or, or , um, newspapers where you're allowed so many free ones and now I'm behind a pay wall. You know, now you have to pay because they need to make some sort of money. So, you know, I could see,

Speaker 4:

you know, looking at this

Speaker 6:

and looking at some of the clearings, how services like apples, news plus now where you pay a flat subscription and you get access to all of this content. I have to wonder if moving towards that model would be what, what a magazine like mad magazine would have to do in order to maybe , and maybe that's something, you know, maybe it, you know, they'll have so many people start, you know, buying it again, that maybe they'll realize, hey, you know what, maybe we can put out, you know, more content. Maybe not do. Because I think they were , um, it was every other month that a new issue was coming in .

Speaker 4:

Interesting thing about the path that they're going here is they're not killing the magazine, right. Just not putting it in a certain,

Speaker 6:

right. There's still going to be , right. There's still gonna be a year end special, which, you know, maybe it'll be thicker than the other ones

Speaker 4:

publishing it for subscribers, for instance. Right . And it's still going to be available in comic books. So, so this might be one of those, you know, wake up calls of, okay guys, the industry is really not moving in a direction that we can sustain things here. Here's your first warning. Here's your shot across the bow, right , that if we don't continue some traditional media outlets here, this magazine is going to go away. And here's the first outlet that you're losing. So it might, it might just be a marketing employee to try and get people interested in the magazine.

Speaker 6:

So we shall say , cool. So in a sort of Disney ish , not Disney ish moves , uh , it looks like Matt Smith might be playing the main villain in Dr . Strange too , while marvel hasn't officially released , uh , who to talk to .

Speaker 4:

Oh, Dr Strange too. I'm sorry.

Speaker 6:

Very funny. While marvel hasn't revealed , um, where they are for phase four yet, speculation is that during comic con that's supposed to be occurring next month, that that's where more news will be coming out. But obviously Dr Strange was a very , uh , beloved character. So the fact that, you know, him getting a second movie was already on the horizon. Uh, it sounded like that they were actually looking , um, to do the character baron , uh , mortal, Modo, Mordo , Morda , Baron Bordeaux . Um , that was the character that they were thinking that they were going with. And I guess now they're thinking about , um, nightmare. Okay. And that, that's who Matt Smith is going to be playing.

Speaker 4:

Dr Strange versus Dr Ho .

Speaker 6:

Right . And basically that was one of the things that, you know, that the news coming out was going to be kind of exciting for , um , fans of doctor who slash Sherlock because for years they wanted some kind of crossover between the two and hey, this is how you're going to get it in a completely different,

Speaker 4:

well, it is worth noting that the, the , uh, infinity stone that , uh, Dr Strange possesses is the time stone. Right ? So it does make, make sense. So, so the, so the villain here, the, here's the plotline. Okay . So the villain here steals the time stone puts it in an old police box and turns it into a Tardis. Right? Right. That would be awesome. And it's your biggest nightmare or something. Yeah.

Speaker 6:

So , um, you know, and this was kind of funny was that they said, you know, that , uh, in the article that they were already able to bring two Sherlocks together in a vendors , uh, infinity war and end game because you had obviously , um, benedict Cumberbatch who played Sherlock in the BBC and then you have Robert Downey Jr who played Sherlock in the, the movies, the more recent movies. And there was the funny meme , you know, that great. You brought these two Sherlocks together. They should have had some sort of line, you know, no shit Sherlock between the two of them. Um, so it'll be nice to have Sherlock and doctor who together in some way. Um, so obviously we'll probably hear more about this, you know, after San Diego comic con happens. So the last story that we have today in our entertainment section , um, is kind of a followup to one of our original stories when we first started our podcast on B story that won't design the story. Um, so obviously there was the documentary that was done that was on HBO , um, a , uh, called leaving Neverland, which was basically following , um, some of the accusers of Michael Jackson and you know, where they were , um, now, when , and , and whatnot. Um, so now it seems that there is a group , um, from various fan clubs who are suing Wade Robson and James Safe Chalk who are the two subjects of the HBO Documentary Leaving Neverland. Um, as Rutgers reports, the three organizations, which are the Michael Jackson community, the m j street, and on the line alleged that the documentary is sullying Jackson's image and are seeking a Cymbala symbolic damages of one euro each, which has a dollar 13. Not really sure why, but you know why you would ,

Speaker 4:

yeah. As the documentary that's sewing his images, not the actions of Jackson took while it was alive. Yeah. So it was very odd.

Speaker 6:

So the three fan clubs are suing in France due to the country's more strict , uh , defamation laws , um, which extend beyond a person's lifetime. The groups . Lawyer Emanuel Ludo , uh, won a similar case in 2014 against Jackson's Dr. Conrad Murray, who had been supplying the pop star with drugs in the days before his death. Um, regarding the fan clubs case, the lawyer , um , compared Robson and safe Chuck's allegations to a genuine lynching of Jackson. Okay,

Speaker 4:

well this is, this is another case of everyone's entitled to be offended by something and we're going to be offended by this. How did you even get a lawyer to take this case with no money involved? I don't know. So the lawyer, basically ,

Speaker 6:

we said in France, you cannot sell the , the images of the dead. Um, which is why he decided to take the case. There are moral and emotional suffering. And uh , when there's suffering, there's compensation. It's very simple. So a judge, a court's judgment , uh , is supposed to be delivered

Speaker 4:

around October 4th on this. So, and I think the probably get ran through with dishes. They have to prove that the statement said in a documentary or fall .

Speaker 6:

Right. And how do you do that? You can't because you have, he said, he said, and the one person is no longer around to , to defend themselves. So, and again, because they're only doing it to get a dollar out of it. Right . A dollar 13. Well, one euro , so I don't know , I guess you know, just

Speaker 4:

this is, yes , and this is some fan clubs that are just screaming for attention as well. And kind of an interesting thing was

Speaker 6:

a different article that I saw kind of going back to , um, weird owl is I saw that he had actually made a statement that in his upcoming concert tour, which we're actually going to be seeing this coming Friday , um,

Speaker 4:

which I don't know how that didn't make it into the afterthought. Well , because it's actually sold out. So I didn't want anybody going and what there's the whole tour sold out. No, I don't believe the whole tour sold out. All right. If I, we can throw it in the afterthoughts. Anyway, he actually had made a comment that he wasn't going to be performing any of his Michael Jackson parodies. 70% of his act is on Michael Jackson fairies . Michael Jackson pre proved to be such a target rich environment. That's the thing is, you know, eat it and fat.

Speaker 6:

We're , we're really the, the big too , you know , for him. But yeah, he kind of was backing away because that there's so much controversy right now going on.

Speaker 4:

Alright . Yeah , that's silly that he would back away from that. Well, I guess we'll find out on Friday when we, when we go to the concert, if he, if he changes his mind. So that is in entertainment news, right ? I think we have a brief, fortunately, a brief in this whale ,

Speaker 5:

uh,

Speaker 6:

who have we lost this week? So this week we actually lost a comedian , uh , rd Johnson. He was , uh, one of the stars on laughing . That's probably where most people were , would recognize him. Um, he was an Emmy winning star of the 60s and Seventies. Uh, the sketch comedy show, laughing. Um, he actually died on July 3rd in Los Angeles of heart failure. Uh, he was 90 and had been battling bladder and prostate cancer. Um, again, he was most known for , um, starring on laughing. Uh, one of his famous , uh , characters was Wolfgang Wolfgang, who had a very heavy German accent. And his catchphrase was the , the interesting . So that's so, you know, if you don't know who he was, you know, you know, some of his characters. Uh, he was born in Michigan and he actually started out performing in New York. Nightclubs was cast , uh, in the gentleman preferred blondes on stage. He ended up moving to Tell Vision , starring in, you know, various , uh, episodes of, of different shows like the twilight zone , um, uh, Hennessy and Sally. Um, then he actually went on to do episodes of [inaudible] , which lost in space, the partridge family, the Donna Reed show, a , he ended up making a couple of , uh, uh, movies or you know , um , costars you know, where I actually remembered him from was playing , um, Renfield in love at first bite. Ah , yeah . So that's where I always remembered him from. Um, but then later on he, you know, he went through the game show phase. Well , you know, the celebrity game shows of um, excuse me, of the match game and wheel of fortune and gong show. Uh, and then he even did, you know, stuff in the 80s with murder. She wrote night court, General Hospital. And actually actually he ended up doing extensive voiceover work , um, for justice justice league unlimited, the 13 ghosts of Scooby doo duck , ducktails and Animaniacs. Wow. That is a distinguished career. Yeah. So, you know, not, not so bad. Uh , he survived a , as uh , he is survived by his wife of 51 years and an older brother. Um , so sad news, but a good life and a good legacy to leave behind me with a career like that, you know, that's, that's impressive. That chore is. Alrighty. So are we ready for insightful picks of the week? I believe we are.

Speaker 5:

Uh ,

Speaker 6:

and to you my dear. Thank you. My Love . So , um , my show this week is from the CW. It's called the 100. Um, it's actually in its sixth season right now. And actually this past April has been renewed for a seventh season. Um, so basically the premise behind the show is when a new, when nuclear Armageddon destroys the civilization on earth, the only survivors are those on 12 international space stations there that are in orbit at the time. Three generations later, the 4,000 survivors living on this space, arc of length station , see that their resources are dwindling and are facing draconian measures establish to , um, ensure humanity's future. So they're desperately looking for a solution. The ARC leaders decide to send a hundred, hence the, the , uh , that's where it comes from. A juvenile prisoners back to the planet to test if it's habitable. Um, earth becomes Australia then . Um, so having always lived in space, the exiles find the planet fascinating and terrifying, but the feet of the human races in their hands and they must forge a path into the unknown. Um, so basically it starts off 97 years after there's been this nuclear apocalypse , um, and when the first hundred kids basically go down, they end up finding out that they're not alone. That there's a couple of races that have been on earth ever since and have kind of mutated. Um, you know, so you have one group of people called the mountain people who basically had locked themselves in , um, a bunker when, you know, before things had started, then you had, you know, the other group of people who were left out in the open and basically learned how to deal with the , um, the radiation that had occurred to them. And you know, this fight between all of them. Um, this current season actually jumped like 125 years because stuff had happened on earth. They basically had to leave because earth was basically destroyed and now they're on this other planet where they found people from when earth was actually still around. And the start of this apocalypse happened and you had a group of scientists that kind of went off earth to kind of recreate, you know, our civilization someplace else. So now they're dealing with those, you know, people. So it's , it's, you know,

Speaker 4:

it started out really good and then I kind of lost interest for a little while and then I kind of came back to it. So that's where I am with it right now. So giving it another try. Okay. Interesting. Thank you.

Speaker 5:

Uh,

Speaker 4:

so my pick of the week here should come with no surprise is a documentary. Oh my goodness. I would have never realized it. Not a science one or a history. One real time. This is actually a music documentary very different for you. Yes. This is a number eight in an eight part documentary series called remastered produced by Netflix. It's a 2018 documentary. This one is the lion's share in this eighth and final installment of the remastered music documentary series director Sam Coleman and show runners Jeff and Mike Zimbalist. Uh , pick up on the trails of three converging parties, South African writer and documentarian, Ryan Milan, a Zulu musician, a Solomon Linda, and a two time billboard top 10 hit. The result is a well crafted and sophisticated account of bitterness, longing and the all too common exploitation of black talent for white gain . So in this one, they actually dig into the origins of the song. The Lion Sleeps tonight. Interesting. It was originally a South African song from , um, uh , an artist who didn't understand the idea of even licensing, you know, music and soft . They did it for pure social and , uh, enjoyment , uh , by the name of Solomon Linda back in the 1920s and thirties. And it eventually was adopted by an American folk singer, Pete Singer , uh , Seger , um, who acknowledged the fact that, you know , it wasn't his original and he sort of insisted that royalties be paid back to the descendants of the original artists . And the recording company basically ignored that. And there was a long drawn out legal battle ultimately culminating in a legal fight with Disney for the 1994 version of lion king in which the song featured prominently. Um, and as much as I would have liked to have used this as an example to say how evil Disney is, Disney did initially fight it. Um, and I, after watching the entire documentary, I can understand why because they were really trying to use this British copyright law that South Africa had adopted. And you know, Disney basically say , you know, we're not buying it. And they tried to appeal to the , uh, the court system in South Africa. But when the lawsuit turned out to be valid or validated in the court system , uh, they immediately attempted to settle for a reasonable sum of money for back world teas and they agreed to pay royalties moving forward on the, on the , the law. So , um, Disney even went a step further and suggested that the money itself, instead of being paid out to a lump sum to the three daughters, the three surviving daughters of Solomon, Linda, who at the time were , were basically living in abject poverty , um, and the settlement, you know, if you do the math to sentimentalism out to two and a half million dollars, somewhere in there , um , no , and Disney's point was, well, you dropped two and a half million dollars on these people. They're not gonna know what to do with it. They're not gonna know how to spend it. They're gonna, it's going to get wasted. So Disney and Ashley , um , suggest if it didn't insist on having it put into a trust fund and have the trust fund manage for them. So it could be delved out, you know, and managed . And that's exactly what happened. And it turns out that, you know, they still managed to waste the money. But , uh, but very good documentary. Um , I, the thing that I found the story itself of the origins of the song and the trials and tribulations that went through to get to the point where it was at and how it was stolen and so forth. It was fascinating. What I really found interesting was this , um, journalists , this South African journalist , uh, Ryan Milan. It was almost as much a journey for him in his soul as it was for the song because he's the grand nephew of Daniel, Francoise Milan, who was the first South African prime minister who basically implemented apartheid. And, and he , um, Brian had this overwhelming sense of guilt at what his family had imposed on the black South Africans that he was deaf, desperately trying to find some way to work towards forgiveness. And he latched onto this story here knowing how important this song, which initially the song was called Moon Bay, which is the lion . And that eventually became anglicised into a whim away, which became a song on its own in the 50s and then eventually in the 60s the song itself was given a anglicised lyrics and became the lion king. And he knew how important it was from a cultural standpoint. You know, we talk about culture appropriation today on a regular basis. Well back then, you know it happened all the time that all the time nobody thought solely about it. So the Ryan wanted to find some kind of performance, some kind of penance for the South Africans at at, you know, recompense for what his family cause . And this was the crusade that he took out and this was like a 30 year crusade for this man. Finally get some kind of restitution given to the sisters and the sisters ultimately wound up well off, more well off than they were for it. And it was, it was touching to see his side of the story because the documentary follows the sisters . It follows the song. But there's subtle undertones to Ryan Milan. And His story, and that touched me more than anything else was that this guy was really trying to save, you know , not his family name, but his own sense of guilt at something he didn't do. It was something that his family had done . Um, so it's a very good documentary and I'm actually inspired now to go back and look at the other seven documentaries in the series now, but a remaster the lion's share is a 2018 documentary on Netflix and I recommend it. Very good pick. So we'll come back with an afterthought, right? Yes, we will. All right .

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let's get weird.

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How did you know that was going to be it? A , so as we mentioned , uh, this Friday we are going to be seeing weird Al Yankovic , um, with his strings attached tour . Um, we're actually gonna be seeing it in Philadelphia at the met, which is a new , um , venue that just opened recently. Uh, I believe they renovated it. So I'm actually looking forward to, to seeing what it looks like. If you , uh , look at pictures of it. It looks like that old classic type, you know, theater from, you know, the turn of the century type time Lincoln got shot in . Um, so yes, it is actually sold out. So if you are from the Philadelphia area , um, you might be able to find tickets , um, you know, really show us sold down . Right. The Philly show is sold out. He's actually playing in Cleveland, Ohio tonight, which is sold out Pittsburgh the next night, which is sold out. Then he's going to Ontario, Canada. That one actually looks like there's tickets available. Syracuse, which will be Thursday the 11th. There are tickets available for, then he plays Philadelphia, then he goes down to North Carolina, Virginia, then up to New Hampshire, Connecticut, a New York on July 20th. So I'm guessing there's a website people can look at . Yes. If you actually go to weird al.com backslash tour, you can find all of his tour dates. It looks like a right now, the tour goes until September 1st , um , ending right now at little rock, Arkansas at the Verizon arena. And there are tickets available for that. So it looks like there's a couple of shows here and there that are sold out. But for the most part, if you happen to be in an area , um, uh, definitely go and see it. Uh, this is when he pref , when he did his tour last year , um, it was a very, we never got tickets for it cause I don't think he w I think maybe he was in Atlantic city last year. It was a much smaller venues and it was much , um, it was a much more obscure concert. He was playing basically a lot of his quote unquote beside songs. Right. Um, more like fan favorites, you know, like if you've collected his albums throughout the years, you knew the songs. But if you were a casual listener of him, you probably didn't know the song. So this year , uh, the concert, it's basically he's playing his, his hits in his classics, doing his big productions with costumes and props and a video wall and actually having his band, his original band is all with him, background singers, and a full symphonic orchestra, which will definitely be, it'll just say big sound for weird owl . Yes, it definitely will. I've seen him a couple of times throughout the years. Um , always one of my favorite concerts to go see. Um, I don't think you've ever, I'd never seen him in concert, seen him in concert. We've kind of turned our daughter on to him, so I think she's looking forward to it. So it'll be a fun evening for sure. Oh, and we'll be back next week, hopefully with a , with reviews, reviews of it. Absolutely. So, and I think that's all we have for this week. I believe it is for joining us. Thank you dear for your time. All always . And uh , we'll be back next week with another fresh podcast. All right . Have a good week everyone. Bye everyone. Bye.

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Introduction
Disney Detective
Entertainment News
In Memory
Michelle's Insightful Pick of the Week
Joe's Insightful Pick of the Week
After thoughts