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    Planting and Payoff - Featuring Mad Max: Fury Road 

    Are Disney Villains Going Extinct? 

    The Whole Plate: Transformers and Film Studies 

    The Whole Plate: Auteur Theory vs. Michael Bay 

    The Whole Plate: Why is it So Hard to Remember What Happens in Transformers? 

    Mel Brooks, The Producers and the Ethics of Satire about N@zis 

    The Whole Plate: Genre 

    The Whole Plate: The Problem of Lady Robots 

    Pocahontas Was a Mistake, and Here's Why! 
  • Lindsey opens the video by pointing out that the currently shunned Pocahontas bears quite a few similarities to the recent critical darling Moana. And ends the pitch with asking, "That's never been done before, has it?"
  • Lindsay's snark at how almost self-parodic Pocahontas is, wondering why Meeko didn't have a cute snarky one-liner to plaster landfills-worth of merchandise.
    "Rabies? More like HEYYYYY-bies!"
  • Lindsay notes that the most sexualised Disney heroines were Pocahontas, Jasmine and Esmerelda. As in all the non-white ones up until that point.
    "Funny that."
  • After discussing the developmental process of Pocahontas and the questionable legacy it left behind, in order to explain what it ultimately means, Lindsay has to tread into some pretty controversial territory:
    Lindsay: So, cultural appropriation! (smile awkwardly falters) RIP comment section.
  • As Lindsay explains how even after the backlash against Pocahontas Disney has since made 4 more films about indigenous peoples, she realizes how two of them involve their protagonists turning into large mammals to learn a lesson.
  • "Colonialism has had an incalculable impact on human civilization. That's why it's so difficult to parse out the impact of 'Group A being portrayed by dominant cultural Group B'. In Disney movies. But that's why we're here. We're here to fix colonialism, y'all." (screen gets imposed with flashing MLG JPEGs to airhorns and "Turn Down For What", with a flashing sign "WE DID IT, COLONIALISM SOLVED")

    The Complex Feels of Guardians of the Galaxy v. 2 

    The Whole Plate: The Male Gaze vs. The Men 
  • The thumbnail for the video is a thing of beauty: A collage of Sam Witwicky, Cade Yeager and Agent Simmons making stupid expressions as Lindsay herself is making goofy glasses using her fingers.

    The Whole Plate: Framing Megan Fox 

    The Revisionist World of Disney: Mary Poppins, Walt Disney and Saving Mr. Banks 
  • Going through the film's themes of maintaining artistic integrity to selling out, Lindsay briefly mentions how it's likely for the greater good, pulling up a shot of a teary-eyed Travers hugging a big Mickey Mouse plushie in bed.
    Lindsay: That's right, you get in the bed with the mouse, Pam. GET IN BED WITH THE MOUSE.''
  • Her talking about the portrayals of Travers and Disney. How she calls Emma Thompson doing a great job being charming and relatable "while being an abject unequitable jerk", while Disney by Tom Hanks is well, "It's Tom Hanks."
  • Her brief mentions of the odd Socialism-curious-ness within Mary Poppins.
    Jane: Please let me feed the birds!
    George: Whatever for?
    Michael: I have tuppence from my money box!
    Jane: Just this once, please!
    George: Waste your money on a lot of ragamuffin birds? Certainly not!
    Lindsay!Michael: (with a thick Cockney accent) But I want to redistribute the wealth, faaather!
    • Not long afterwards, she mentions the film's subtle satire on the bank system, where taking the tuppence of a kid who just wants to feed the birds causes a bank run.
      Michael: Give it back!
      Lindsay!Michael: The people shall seize the means of production! Feed the birds!
  • Lindsay points out how in spite of the common criticisms of the movie polishing Walt Disney's edges, that's not what the film is about.
    Lindsay: I mean, did we really need a scene where he takes a break from the filming of Mary Poppins to discuss the evils of communism?
  • Lindsay goes through how Disney tends to be more associated with a brand than historical accuracy, citing Beauty and the Beast and how it's only roughly set in France, but not in a way that makes you go "Oh, Beast and/or his descendants are going to meet a grizzly fate in a few years," followed by footage of someone being guillotined and a shot of Lumière, Cogsworth and Mrs. Potts mourning.
  • The subtle, unspoken joke of Lindsay discussing how "Cultural appropriation and historical revisionism are kind of integral to the Disney brand" while wearing a giant sombrero at Disney World.

     The Case for Disney's The Hunchback of Notre Dame 

     Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Genres Tell No Tales 

Alternative Title(s): The Nostalgia Chick 2017 Episodes


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