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Over 15 years since monsters and children relations changed for the better, Monsters, Inc. still remains one of the shining examples of the Pixar formula. Originally recorded in 2013, this commentary features hosts Albert “Put That Thing Back” Gutierrez, Pedro “Where It Came From” Hernandez, and Kelvin “Or So Help Me” Cedeño each sharing their own different perspective on this story and its character’s journeys. The track also has doors that lead to subjects such as the various scrapped story elements, the film’s theme park presence, the impact on a post-9/11 audience, and your hosts’ own experiences with monsters in the closet.

Instructions on Syncing Up This Commentary with Your Copy of the Film: Both the film and commentary track run the same length. To maximize your enjoyment of this commentary, press play on both film and commentary together. Then sit back, relax, and enjoy the show!

Direct download: The_Three_CommentEARS_-_Monsters_In.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:40pm EDT

Welcome to the first episode of our non-Disney commentary series, The Dreamers of Dreams! Much like its sister series, Dreamers of Dreams allows your CommentEARS to offer cultural analysis, personal stories, and production trivia on classic and contemporary films. And what better film to share with dreamers than the 2016 musical La La Land? The fools who dream with you during this commentary are Albert "It's the Wine Talking" Gutierrez, Pedro "Here's Another Compliment About Oscar-Winning Actress Emma Stone" Hernandez, and Zack "Tom Everett Scott" Paslay. Each one brings something unique to this track, with particular focus on film history, character analysis, and professional performance experience. Listen in as they reflect on how Sebastian and Mia's dramatic moments mirror real life, the constant re-invention of classic musical tropes, and the potential future of movie musicals thanks to the film's success. Regardless how one feels about the ending, the dream is alive for two glorious hours of unbridled passion for jazz, Oscar-winning performances, and debatable cuddle factors of the leads.

Instructions on Syncing Up This Commentary with Your Copy of the Film:

Both the film and commentary track run the same length. To maximize your enjoyment of this commentary, press play on both film and commentary together. Please note that the actual discussion will not begin immediately, but will start at the 17-second mark, when the film narrative truly begins. 

Direct download: Dreamers_of_Dreams_-_La_La_Land.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:12am EDT

The legend of King Arthur has inspired numerous retellings via song, page, stage, and screen. With a decidedly grittier and more manic take on the subject currently in theaters, we thought it might be a good opportunity to revisit a film adaptation that more charmingly hews closer to T.H. White’s definitive vision on the subject: 1963’s The Sword in the Stone. Originally recorded in 2013, your hosts through this romp through Medieval England are Albert "Archimedes" Gutierrez, Pedro "Wart" Hernandez, and Kelvin "Merlin" Cedeño. Each of us share different perspectives towards this film as we discuss its production history, literary comparisons to both Arthurian Legend and the first book in T.H. White's "The Once and Future King" tetralogy, intentional anachronisms that both contemporize and date the film, and our own personal views towards the film in both a childhood context and as academic study.

 

Instructions on Syncing Up This Commentary with Your Copy of the Film: Both the film and commentary track run the same length. To maximize your enjoyment of this commentary, press play on both film and commentary together. The audio will start 7 seconds in when the “Walt Disney Presents” title card appears. Then sit back, relax, and enjoy the show!

Direct download: The_Three_CommentEARS_-_The_Sword_in_the_Stone.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:41pm EDT

In this latest installment of "Something to Think About," we examine the timelessness of the "Beauty and the Beast" fairy tale in a variety of adaptations, most notably with Jean Cocteau's 1946 fantasy classic, the hit 1987-90 television series, and Disney's smash animated film from 1991. At the time of this episode's recording, the 2017 Beauty and the Beast had yet to see release in theatres, with all the podcast participants - Albert, Pedro, Tony, Steven, and Kelvin - eagerly awaiting their first viewings of the film. In anticipation of the new film's release, the quintet reflect on their early experiences with the fairy tale, analyze the success and fallbacks of various film and television adaptations, examine the characterizations of the Belles and their Beasts, and select their favorite song and score. To celebrate the newest tale as old as time, let's take a look back at the various retellings through time.

Direct download: Something_to_Think_About_-_Beauty_and_the_Beast.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:32pm EDT

10 years ago, audiences were given a wacky, optimistic view of the future influenced by author and illustrator William Joyce. That film, Meet the Robinsons, came towards the end of an experimental era at Walt Disney Animation Studios (and was actually the first title released under that new branding). Originally recorded in 2013, this escapade features honorary Robinsons Albert "Wilbur" Gutierrez, Pedro "Bud" Hernandez, and Kelvin "Cornelius" Cedeño. Each shares different perspectives towards the film, among them the shift in production under John Lasseter, the rules of time travel, and the various Disneyland connections made. The film’s recurring theme of “Keep moving forward” is also considered, particularly its impact on the audience.

Direct download: The_Three_CommentEARS_-_Meet_the_Robinsons.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:28pm EDT

Join some happy-go-lucky fellows as The Three CommentEARS celebrate seventy years of Walt Disney's Fun and Fancy Free! Your hosts for this double-feature include Albert "Where's Bobby?" Gutierrez, Pedro "Bongo" Hernandez, and Kelvin "Nameless Harp" Cedeño. Listen in as the three examine why the film is so divisive among audiences, how each half was originally conceived before World War II, and later recreate a story meeting for Mickey and the Beanstalk. The trio also look back on the era of the film's production, including reflection on Walt Disney's testimony before the House of Un-American Activities Committee, which overshadowed the film's release at the time. Whether listeners favor "Bongo" or "Mickey and the Beanstalk," there's enough love and appreciation for both so long as you say it with a slap!

Instructions on Syncing Up This Commentary with Your Copy of the Film: Both the film and commentary track run the same length. To maximize your enjoyment of this commentary, press play on both film and commentary together; Then sit back, relax, and enjoy the show! 

Direct download: The_Three_CommentEARS_-_Fun_and_Fancy_Free.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:14pm EDT

The Three CommentEARS Episode 30: Pinocchio

Like a bolt out of the blue, The Three CommentEARS return for the new year with a commentary for Walt Disney's Pinocchio, in honor of its recent Walt Disney Signature Collection release! Your hosts for this daring journey, Pedro “Geppetto” Hernandez, Tony “Pinocchio” Lopez, Brian “Jiminy Cricket” Slatky, and Jen “Blue Fairy” Seggio, analyze and discuss the many merits that have lead Pinocchio to be praised as not just one of the best Disney films in the animated canon, but as an achievement in the art of filmmaking. Some of these include the production staff that created its ambitious animation and effects through practical means, how Disney's treatment of the original story lead to some significant character development changes in the final film, and its allegorical themes of faith, religion and morality.

Direct download: The_Three_CommentEARS_-_Pinocchio.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:03pm EDT

The Three CommentEARS Episode 29: Home on the Range

Howdy, ya'll! The Three ConmentEARS continue to look and listen beyond the traditional in this exciting new episode! Your hosts for this commentary, Pedro “Alameda Slim” Hernandez and Tony “Mr. Y. Odel” Lopez, get back on the saddle to look back on one of Disney's most divisive animated classics yet: Home on the Range. An udder failure with critics and audiences that failed to engage with its epic tale of cows in the west, Home on the Range is widely considered as one of the weakest entries in Disney's grand canon of animated films. But is the hatred fully deserved? The commentating cowboys look beyond the general reception of the film as they pan for gold nuggets of comedy hidden within the film's flawed narrative, discuss how Disney animation was affected before and after its release, point out how certain ideas and deleted scenes could have improved the story, and even have an outlandish comment and laugh or two to share!

Direct download: The_Three_CommentEARS_-_Home_on_the_Range.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:18pm EDT

The Three CommentEARS Episode 28: Alice in Wonderland

65 years ago, a little girl took a tumble down a rabbit hole and ended up in a topsy turvy world where anything was possible. Walt Disney’s Alice in Wonderland began as a project Walt just couldn’t let go, ended up as a feature he didn’t particularly care for, and grew into a pop culture presence he could never foresee. Your mad hosts for this tea party are Kelvin “Mad Hatter” Cedeño and Pedro “March Hare” Hernandez. Together, the duo recount the many failed attempts at getting Alice off the ground, the tricky process of adapting Lewis Carroll’s rich text, and the life this animated feature has since found, particularly in Disney parks.

Instructions on Syncing Up This Commentary with Your Copy of the Film:

Both the film and commentary track run the same length. To maximize your enjoyment of this commentary, press play on both film and commentary together. Then sit back, relax, and enjoy the show! 
 

Direct download: The_Three_CommentEARS_-_Alice_in_Wonderland.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:23pm EDT

The Three CommentEARS Episode 27: Descendants

Whether one thinks it's rotten to the core, R-I-D-I-CULOUS, or ask if it is just a dream, Descendants blended together heroes and villains of Disney's animated classics, throwing viewers in for a loop as they were then introduced to a next generation of memorable characters: the young legacies of Maleficent, Evil Queen, Beauty and the Beast, Dopey, and more. In anticipation of the first anniversary of the film's historic television broadcast, CommentEAR Albert "Mal" Gutierrez and special guest CommentEAR Steven "Jay" Johnson revisit the film to explore why they've embraced the film. Join the two as they muse upon the world-building and character development, analyze the strengths of the film, and enjoy their favorite characters and scenes. Rather than riff on the film, the pair examine why the film appeals to a whole legion of younger viewers, cite how director Kenny Ortega creates genuine cinematic moments, and speculate what next year's sequel may bring.

Instructions on Syncing Up This Commentary with Your Copy of the Film:

Both the film and commentary track run the same length. To maximize your enjoyment of this commentary, press play on both film and commentary together. Then sit back, relax, and enjoy the show! 

Direct download: The_Three_CommentEARS_-_Descendants.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:41pm EDT

The Three CommentEARS Episode 26: The Rocketeer

Twenty-five years ago, a jet-pack-wearing pilot soared into theatres looking for fame and glory, but instead crash landed with a fantastic thud. Over the next two decades, audiences discovered the Little Film That Could, embracing its nostalgic take on action, adventure, and comic book heroes. To celebrate The Rocketeer's 25th Anniversary, Albert "GeeBee" Gutierrez, Pedro "Peevy" Hernandez, and Kelvin "Skeets" Cedeño give the film its proper due. The CommentEARS share a behind-the-scenes look at how the film was made, compare scenes between the film and the official novelization, and speculate on the film's impact since its release. In addition, they share stories about discovering the film across the years, the extensive careers of the cast and crew, and its pioneering status as a prototype model of a Marvel Cinematic Universe film.

Instructions on Syncing Up This Commentary with Your Copy of the Film: Both the film and commentary track run the same length. To maximize your enjoyment of this commentary, press play on both film and commentary together; the musical interlude in the beginning has been preserved, and the commentary begins with the appearance of "The Rocketeer" title screen. Then sit back, relax, and enjoy the show!

Direct download: The_Three_CommentEARS_-_The_Rocketeer.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:57pm EDT

The Three CommentEARS Episode 4: The Hunchback of Notre Dame

On the 20th anniversary of one of Disney’s most mature and complex features, the Three CommentEARS share with you their 2013 commentary for The Hunchback of Notre Dame. In it, Albert Gutierrez, Pedro Hernandez, and Kelvin Cedeño relay the film’s rich production history while also examining the various themes presented that were then unheard of in a Disney film.  The trio also looks back on their memories of the release, including its grand marketing and merchandising campaigns.

Instructions on Syncing Up This Commentary with Your Copy of the Film: To maximize your enjoyment of this commentary, press play on the film first. Once the “Walt Disney Pictures Presents” title card appears, press play on the commentary. Then sit back, relax, and enjoy the show!

Direct download: The_Three_CommentEARS_-_The_Hunchback_of_Notre_Dame.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:45pm EDT

The Three CommentEARS Episode 25: Finding Nemo

It's been thirteen years since the world went looking for Nemo, little fish lost. Now, in the weeks before we set forth on a similar quest to find Dory, the Three CommentEARS return to the original, heartwarming father/son story that captivated fans everywhere. Join Albert “Escapay” Gutierrez, Pedro “P. Sherman” Hernandez, and Kelvin “MINE!” Cedeño as they reminisce about the film's original release, ruminate on why it so enthralled an entire generation of young viewers, discuss the film's impact in theme parks and on the pet population, and examine the cinematic and personal legacies left in the film's wake.

 

Instructions on Syncing Up This Commentary with Your Copy of the Film: To maximize your enjoyment of this commentary, press play on the film first. After both the Disney and the Pixar logos appear, press play just as the beams of light break through the waters on the screen. Then sit back, relax, and enjoy the show! 

Direct download: The_Three_CommentEARS_Finding_Nemo.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:04pm EDT

The Three CommentEARS Episode 24: Chicken Little

The world’s fallen in love with Zootopia, Disney’s smash hit that blends a fantastical mystery with race relations, but the studio’s taken us to animal-run communities before. Viewers may want to re-acquaint themselves with the forests of Nottingham in our 2013 commentary for Robin Hood, or they can venture forth with the CommentEARS into the small town of Oakey Oaks with this brand new commentary for 2005’s animated film, Chicken Little. The antics of these anthropomorphic animals continue to garner mixed reactions from its audience, newly-assessed and analyzed by Albert “Acorn” Gutierrez, Pedro “Tic Tac” Hernandez, and Kelvin “Lollipop” Cedeño. The CommentEARS set forth on a largely non-screen-specific discussion about the production of the film, contextualizing it within the Disney theatrical releases of 2005, and how it fits today within Disney’s own animated canon. In addition, they re-examine their own personal thoughts on the film in comparison to general consensus from both the film’s original release and in the present day, when time has allowed for thoughts to both mellow or strengthen.

 

Instructions on Syncing Up This Commentary with Your Copy of the Film:

 

Both the film and the commentary run the same length. To maximize your enjoyment of this commentary, press play on both film and commentary together, as the commentary begins with the same jump-cut as the computer-graphic castle. Then sit back, relax, and enjoy the show! 

Direct download: The_Three_CommentEARS_-_Chicken_Little.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:22pm EDT

Something to Think About - Episode 4: Zootopia

In this latest installment of "Something to Think About," listeners can enjoy a spoiler-free assessment about Disney's latest animated feature, Zootopia. The film continues to wow critics and audiences alike, with a box-office intake that is still smashing records, and an unparalleled, positive critical appraisal. At the time of this episode's recording, Zootopia had only been in American theatres for one day, but had already impressed all four commentators: Albert, Pedro, Kelvin, and Tony. Fresh from their first viewings, the quartet share their thoughts on why the film's such a resounding success, analyze the strength of both its script and vocal performers, and muse on the film's timely allegory regarding race relations in the modern world.

Direct download: Something_to_Think_About_-_Zootopia.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:21pm EDT

We wrap up Valentine's Week with the second of our two Pocahontas commentaries, this time matched to the theatrical version of the film. In this track, Albert Gutierrez, Pedro Hernandez, and Kelvin Cedeño focus on history of all sorts with not only the differing accounts on the real Pocahontas, but also the time period in which Disney's film was created and the legacy it left behind. Just around the riverbend lies a thorough story and character analysis that we hope helps listeners better appreciate this underrated classic.

Note that this commentary is specifically matched to the original 1995 theatrical version. Both that cut and this track run the same length. To maximize your enjoyment of this commentary, please ensure that both your copy of the film and the mp3 begin at the same time. The film’s audio can be heard in the background of our track, acting as a guide in the syncing process. Then sit back, relax, and enjoy the show!

Direct download: The_Three_CommentEARS_-_Pocahontas_Theatrical.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:10pm EDT

The Three CommentEARS Episode 23A: Pocahontas (2005 Extended)

Happy Valentine’s Day! To celebrate the occasion, we discuss one of the most passionate romances in the Disney canon: 1995’s Pocahontas. Because the film exists in two different cuts, we are presenting two different commentaries, each focusing on different subjects at hand. The first of these, matched to the 2005 extended version, features Albert Gutierrez, Tony Lopez, and Jen Seggio. The trio look at the challenges faced by the production to make something strikingly realistic yet artistically bold. Comparisons are made between the animation and music of this feature and others in the Disney library. They also demonstrate how a musical number once deleted makes all the narrative difference when restored. 

Both the film and commentary run the same length. To maximize your enjoyment of this commentary, please ensure that both your copy of the film and the mp3 begin at the same time. The film’s audio can be heard in the background of our track, acting as a guide in the syncing process. Then sit back, relax, and enjoy the show!

Direct download: The_Three_CommentEARS_-_Pocahontas_Extended.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:55pm EDT

Something to Think About - Episode 3: Star Wars

In our third installment of "Something to Think About," we examine the success of the newest Star Wars film and its effects on the audience and industry as a whole. For "Maz Tanaka" (Pedro Hernandez), "General Hux" (Kelvin Cedeño), and "Captain Phasma" (Tony Lopez), the new film elicited very positive responses. "Poe Dameron" (Albert Gutierrez), however, had a few concerns for the film and franchise, which resulted in a less-than-enthusiastic viewing of the film. In addition, we look back on the legacy of the Star Wars franchise through its various stages, recalling how each of us entered the Star Wars fandom, and what the future may hold.

Direct download: Something_to_Think_About_-_Star_Wars.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:47pm EDT

The Three CommentEARS - The Small One

Hark! The third and final CommentEAR Christmas gift arrives, appropriately enough, for Three Kings' Day. In this track, Kelvin Cedeño and Tony Lopez lend their thoughts on The Small One. The duo examines the rarity of the short's subject matter and location within the studio's library, the stylistic choices director Don Bluth would later carry on with his post-Disney features, and alterations made to the short for home video. With all of 2015's holidays behind us, we here at The Three CommentEARS wish you a happy 2016 in all your holidays to come. 

Direct download: The_Three_CommentEARS_-_The_Small_One.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:41pm EDT

Hear ye, hear ye! The second of the Three CommentEARS’ Christmas gifts has arrived. Join Pedro Hernandez and Brian Slatky for the 1990 short The Prince and the Pauper. What may seem like an unlikely choice for a holiday commentary proves it has plenty of seasonal cheer to spread around. Along with touching upon the expected changes from the literary source, the pair examine the filmographies of the cast and how this short helped paved the way for more current iterations of these beloved characters.

 Both the film and commentary run the same length. To maximize your enjoyment of this commentary, please ensure that both your copy of the film and the mp3 begin at the same time. Then sit back, relax, and enjoy the show!

Direct download: The_Three_CommentEARS_-_The_Prince_and_the_Pauper.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:36pm EDT

The Three CommentEARS - Mickey's Christmas Carol

Oh, what a merry Christmas Day! As a special holiday treat, the Three CommentEARS are each sharing a commentary with a special guest for three Yuletide shorts. In the first of these, join Albert and Mariel Gutierrez as they look at Mickey’s Christmas Carol. Learn about the storyteller record origins of this short, what changed in the transition, and which voice actors made their character debuts here. The pair also reminisce about their childhood memories and the resonance the piece still carries today.

Both the film and commentary run the same length. To maximize your enjoyment of this commentary, please ensure that both your copy of the film and the mp3 begin at the same time. Then sit back, relax, and enjoy the show!

Direct download: The_Three_CommentEARS_-_Mickeys_Christmas_Carol.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:40pm EDT

Come one, come all! Step right up and be amazed at the behind-the-scenes world of big top life in the 1960 film Toby Tyler. Your headliners for this show are messiuers Albert Gutierrez, Pedro Hernandez, and Kelvin Cedeño. Witness as they delve into the goings-on at the Disney Studio during this production. Be astonished at the differences they discover between the film and its original source, and spellbound as they uncover Toby Tyler’s place in Disney history. This sensation wouldn’t be complete without a tribute to Toby himself, the late Kevin Corcoran, to whom this track is dedicated.

Instructions on Syncing Up This Commentary with Your Copy of the Film:

Both the film and commentary run the same length. To maximize your enjoyment of this commentary, please ensure that both your copy of the film and the mp3 begin at the same time. Then sit back, relax, and enjoy the show! You can also right-click here and select “Save As” to download our mp3 of this commentary for portable listening.

When you’re done, tell us what you think! Leave a comment below, or e-mail the CommentEARS by sending your thoughts to commentEARS@gmail.com

Direct download: The_Three_CommentEARS_-_Toby_Tyler.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:40pm EDT

After years of waiting, the wish of many a Disney fan has finally come true: Aladdin is now available to own on Blu-ray. To celebrate, the CommentEARS take a personal look at this beloved film. Joining you on this high adventure through Agrabah are Albert "Babkak" Gutierrez, Pedro "Omar" Hernandez, and Kelvin "Kassim" Cedeño. The CommentEARS look back on Aladdin's impact on pop culture in time for its 23rd anniversary and its metamorphosis from Arabian Night fairy tale to Howard Ashman's discarded buddy comedy approach. They also examine the cast's influence on the final film, most notably Robin Williams' legacy, and uncover parallels between the characters that make for a whole new world of insight.

Instructions on Syncing Up This Commentary with Your Copy of the Film:

To maximize your enjoyment of this commentary, press play on your copy of the film first. As soon as the opening Disney logo fades completely to black, press play on your mp3 before the fiery titles appear. Then sit back, relax, and enjoy the show! You can also right-click here and select “Save As” to download our mp3 of this commentary for portable listening.

When you’re done, tell us what you think! Leave a comment below, or e-mail the CommentEARS by sending your thoughts to commentEARS@gmail.com

Direct download: The_Three_CommentEARS_-_Aladdin.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:18pm EDT

The Three CommentEARS - Episode 20: Cinderella (2015)

After an unexpectedly extended hiatus consisting mainly of Albert playing Cinderella Free Fall (get the app, it's quite addictive!), the CommentEARS return for a third season with an examination of Disney's 2015 live-action iteration of the beloved fairy tale, Cinderella. Joining you on this journey through a modernly nostalgic period piece are Albert "It's Kit, I'm Kit!" Gutierrez, Pedro "Have Courage" Hernandez and Kelvin "Be Kind" Cedeño. The CommentEARS reflect upon the film's much-needed optimism and hope in comparison to other female-driven films of the era, taking particular notice to how Ella's characterization gets strengthened by the simple message of courage and kindness. In addition, they look at the film's practical-minded production design and visual look, compare key scenes to the studio's animated counterpart, deconstruct how the extended narrative benefit the supporting characters, and share stories of the unexpected audience reactions throughout the film-watching experience.

Instructions on Syncing Up This Commentary with Your Copy of the Film:

Both the film and commentary run the same length. To maximize your enjoyment of this commentary, please ensure that both your copy of the film and the mp3 begin at the same time. Then sit back, relax, and enjoy the show!

Direct download: Three_CommentEARS_-_Cinderella_2015.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:30pm EDT

The Three CommentEARS - Episode 2: Peter Pan

It may be celebrating its 64th anniversary this month, but Walt Disney’s Peter Pan is a film that will never grow old. Originally recorded as our second episode back in 2013, the track features Albert “John Darling” Gutierrez, Pedro “Mr. Smee” Hernandez, and Kelvin “Cubby Bear” Cedeño in a discussion that covers this multifaceted production. Among such topics are the adaptation process from stage to page to screen, Disney’s prior attempts at getting the project to soar, the iconic theme park presence that flourishes to this day, and personal memoirs by the CommentEARS in regards to the film’s impact on their childhoods.

Instructions on Syncing Up This Commentary with Your Copy of the Film:


To maximize your enjoyment of this commentary, press play on the film first. Approximately eight seconds in when the "Walt Disney Presents" title card appears, press play on the commentary. Then sit back, relax, and enjoy the show! 

Direct download: The_Three_CommentEARS_-_Peter_Pan.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:04pm EDT

The Three CommentEARS - Episode 11: Tangled

In honor of its 4th anniversary, we revisit the film that allowed us to see the light and question whether mother really does know best: 2010’s Tangled. Your commentators for this night of mayhem and mischief are Albert Gutierrez, Pedro Hernandez, and Kelvin Cedeño. Originally recorded November 2013 to coincide with Frozen’s theatrical release, this track spends time analyzing the story and characters of Tangled, as each of us offers different interpretations, discourse, and criticism. In addition, we continue to delve into the production of the film, as well as the influence found in non-Disney sources, along with the film's impact on viewers since its release.

Instructions on Syncing Up This Commentary with Your Copy of the Film:

Both the film and commentary run the same length. To maximize your enjoyment of this commentary, please ensure that both your copy of the film and the mp3 begin at the same time. Then sit back, relax, and enjoy the show!

Direct download: Three_CommentEARS_-_Tangled.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:24pm EDT

For the past 25 years, one film proved it’s better down where it’s wetter and ushered in an era now referred to as the Disney Renaissance: 1989’s The Little Mermaid. In honor of its silver anniversary, we revisit this commentary originally recorded September 2013 in tandem with the Diamond Edition release. Your commentators for this journey under the sea are Pedro Hernandez, Albert Gutierrez, and Kelvin Cedeño. Each of us share our memories of this era, in addition to analytical and historical perspectives, as we discuss the production of the film, the inner struggles and outward action of heroine Ariel, literary comparisons to the Hans Christian Andersen tale, the model and structure of the film in comparison to previous and future Disney Animated Classics, its place within the 1980s teen movie genre, and our own personal views towards the film in both a childhood context and as revisited nostalgia.

Instructions on Syncing Up This Commentary with Your Copy of the Film:

 

To maximize your enjoyment of this commentary, press play on your copy of the film first. Press play on your mp3 as soon as Prince Eric's ship breaks through the mist - approximately 43 seconds in. Your commentary should begin just as the music itself enters the crescendo. Then sit back, relax, and enjoy the show!

Direct download: The_Three_CommentEARS_-_The_Little_Mermaid.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:14pm EDT

The Three CommentEARS - Episode 8: Robin Hood

Ooh-de-lally! In honor of its 41st anniversary, we revisit 1973's Robin Hood, our eighth commentary originally posted August 2013. Your commentators for this trip to Medieval England include Albert Gutierrez, Pedro Hernandez, and Kelvin Cedeño. Each of us share different perspectives towards this film, as we discuss the production of the film, earlier concepts set in the American South, literary comparisons to incarnations of Robin Hood and Aesop's fables, the film's connections to popular culture and world events of its era, and our own personal views towards the film in both a childhood context and as revisited nostalgia.

Instructions on Syncing Up This Commentary with Your Copy of the Film:

To maximize your enjoyment of this commentary, press play on your copy of the film first. Press play on your mp3 as soon as soon as the "Walt Disney Presents" image appears on the screen - approximately 5 seconds in. Then sit back, relax, and enjoy the show!

Direct download: The_Three_CommentEARS_-_Robin_Hood.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:52pm EDT

The Three CommentEARS - Episode 19: The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad

HAPPY HALLOWEEN, COMMENTEARS!

This year's Halloween episode of the Three CommentEARS takes on the wildly manic and chillingly haunting 1949 animated classic, The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad. Add always, your hosts on this madcap trip to Tarrytown and beyond are n Albert Gutierrez, Pedro Hernandez, and Kelvin Cedeno, with special guest CommentEAR Tony Lopez coming along for the wild ride. Throughout this commentary, the group discusses Mr. Toad's theme park legacy, the effective usage of musical score, Ichabod Crane's multifaceted characterization, and the story and technical elements which have made Disney's take on two classic tales - Washington Irving's "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" and Kenneth Grahame's "The Wind in the Willows" - among the most remembered and viewed themed programming for the Halloween season.

To maximize your enjoyment of this commentary, press play on your copy of the film first. Press play on your mp3 immediately when the “Walt Disney Presents” title card appears. Then sit back, relax, and enjoy the show!

 

Direct download: The_Three_CommentEARS_-_The_Adventures_of_Ichabod_and_Mr_Toad.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:53pm EDT

The Three CommentEARS - Episode 10: Hocus Pocus (1993)

Halloween is beckoning towards us once again; it seems to creep upon every year. A Disney staple for Halloween since 1993, Hocus Pocus continues to enthrall and enchant audiences today. With the season well underway, let's take a moment to revisit our October 2013 commentary for the film. Your hosts for this bewitching tour of 1993 Salem include Albert Gutierrez, Pedro Hernandez, and Kelvin Cedeño. This episode, recorded to celebrate Hocus Pocus' twentieth anniversary, primarily focuses on the film's connections to Disney's other forays into the supernatural and the macabre, tales from the production of the film, and several notable instances of illogical and anachronistic storytelling, while still celebrating the film's loving tribute to the Halloween season, viewers' reaction and nostalgia through the years, and our own personal views towards the film in both a childhood context and as revisited nostalgia.

Instructions on Syncing Up This Commentary with Your Copy of the Film:

To maximize your enjoyment of this commentary, press play on your copy of the film first. Press play on your mp3 immediately when the blue "Walt Disney Pictures" logo begins to appears, notably during the reveal of the flag at the top of the castle. Then sit back, relax, and enjoy the show!

 

Direct download: The_Three_CommentEARS_-_Hocus_Pocus.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:27am EDT

Something to Think About - Episode 2: Disney Movies Don't Change, but Their Viewers Do
Direct download: Something_to_Think_About_-_Disney_Movies_Dont_Change.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:35pm EDT

The Three CommentEARS - Episode 18: D2: The Mighty Ducks (1994)

It's a throwback to the 90s as the CommentEARS hit the ice to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Disney live-action cult classic, D2: The Mighty Ducks. Your coaches, as always, for this commentary are Albert Gutierrez, Pedro Hernandez and Kelvin Cedeño. The CommentEARS take a look at how the film has created a meaningful legacy among the youth of the 1990s, despite being a miss with critics of the time. In addition, they study themes and ideas shared with many other sports films of the era, added characterization and narrative context gained by the novelization of the film, and how the Mighty Ducks film series sparked a surprisingly lucrative franchise for Disney that inspired everything from an infamous Disney Afternoon cartoon series to a real-life Disney-owned hockey team.

Instructions on Syncing Up This Commentary with Your Copy of the Film:

Both the film and commentary run the same length. To maximize your enjoyment of this commentary, please ensure that both your copy of the film and the mp3 begin at the same time. Then sit back, relax, and enjoy the show!

Direct download: The_Three_CommentEARS_-_D2_The_Mighty_Ducks.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:53pm EDT

The Three CommentEARS - Episode 17: Tarzan (1999)

From the 1960s’ jazz-filled Indian jungle, we now trek deeply into the dark, African jungle as we continue our journey through Disney’s Jungle Stories with 1999’s animated classic, Tarzan. Your guides for this journey as always include Albert Gutierrez, Pedro Hernadez, and Kelvin Cedeño. Unlike most film and television adaptations of the Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Tarzan stories, Disney’s turn focuses more on the emotional journey all the characters take, as each struggles for acceptance, even amidst the danger, peril, and thrills for which the Tarzan stories are known. The CommentEARS discuss how Disney achieves such feats through the unique musical talents of Phil Collins, the implementation of the innovative Deep Canvas process, and key stories from the voice cast. In addition, the CommentEARS reflect on Tarzan’s deserving status as the closing film of the long-celebrated Disney Renaissance, as well as the film’s legacy within the Disney community since the film’s release.

Instructions on Syncing Up This Commentary with Your Copy of the Film:

 

Both the film and commentary run the same length. To maximize your enjoyment of this commentary, please ensure that both your copy of the film and the mp3 begin at the same time. Then sit back, relax, and enjoy the show!

Direct download: The_Three_CommentEARS_-_Tarzan.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:01am EDT

The Three CommentEARS - Episode 16: The Jungle Book (1967)

We close out August with the first half of a pair of Jungle Stories.  First, the Three CommentEARS tackle Walt’s final animated film, 1967’s The Jungle Book.  As always, your CommentEARS for this journey into the jungle are Albert Gutierrez, Pedro Hernandez, and Kelvin Cedeño.  For many Baby Boomers, The Jungle Book held a special significance, as the cast and crew of the film enabled a fitting culmination of all that Walt Disney and his studio had contributed to the animation field.  Although Walt died during the film’s production, his style and approval is still apparent throughout the film, as the CommentEARS discuss.  In addition, the CommentEARS take a look at the film’s decision to focus on a character-driven arc rather than follow the original Kipling stories.  They also discuss the voice cast’s extensive work both before and after the film, some of the groundbreaking Xerography work that had been used previously in 1960’s short film “Goliath II,” and the film’s continuing legacy for both its own merits and as Walt’s final film.

Instructions on Syncing Up This Commentary with Your Copy of the Film:

Both the film and commentary run the same length. To maximize your enjoyment of this commentary, please ensure that both your copy of the film and the mp3 begin at the same time. Then sit back, relax, and enjoy the show!

 

 

Direct download: The_Three_CommentEARS_-_The_Jungle_Book.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:20pm EDT

The Three CommentEARS - Episode 12: Mary Poppins (1964)

Fifty years ago, out of the sky she came. Mary Poppins has continued to enthrall and fascinate audiences for five decades, making us believe that spoonful of sugar still helps the medicine go down, that tea parties on the ceiling are perfectly acceptable ways to pass an afternoon, and that flying a kite can give you wings. To celebrate this landmark anniversary, let us revisit our December 2013 commentary for the film. As usual, your commentators include Albert Gutierrez, Pedro Hernandez, and Kelvin Cedeño, with special guest commentator Aaron Wallace (author of The Thinking Fan’s Guide to Walt Disney World: Magic Kingdom) joining for this special occasion. If you’ll recall, this episode not only took a look at its production, but also made comparisons to both the original P.L. Travers books and stage musical, and looked into how it impacted our lives over the years. In addition, we examined some of the film’s spiritual themes, its high-ranking reputation within the Disney company, the various “Disney Achievements” represented within the film, several connections to 2013′s Saving Mr. Banks and Travers herself, and the film’s impact on all viewers since its release. Please be sure to enjoy our first “legacy” commentary in observance of one of the most enduring “legacy” films in the Disney canon.

 

Instructions on Syncing Up This Commentary with Your Copy of the Film:

 

To maximize your enjoyment of this commentary, press “Play” on your copy of the film. Begin the commentary when you see “Walt Disney Presents” on the screen, as indicated by the image below. Then sit back, relax, and enjoy the show!

Direct download: The_Three_CommentEARS_-_Mary_Poppins.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:52pm EDT

The Three CommentEARS - Episode 15: Hercules (1997)

This week, we present a multifaceted look at the making of the 1997 animated classic, Hercules. As always, your CommentEARs for this legendary journey are Albert Gutierrez, Pedro Hernandez, and Kelvin Cedeno. Hercules stands out among the Disney Renaissance in both style and substance, offering a diverse, carefree comedy that doesn't mind straying from the source material. As such, it often received divided criticism and acclaim, making viewers question whether the story presented is meant to be true to myth or stand on its own. The CommentEARS look at the genesis of the film, its symbolic use of colors, and the traditional Hero's Journey which Hercules undertakes. In addition, we provide discussion about the film's intentional over-commercialization, relentless marketing, and its impact on viewers then and now. Whether one is a huge fan of the film or only holds a passing interest, this commentary drives to tell many sides of the story to better appreciate and understand the making of the film.

Instructions on Syncing Up This Commentary with Your Copy of the Film:

 

To maximize your enjoyment of this commentary, press "Play" on your copy of the film first. Once the "Walt Disney Pictures" ident completes and it fades to black, press "Play" on the commentary just as the black fades into the film. Then sit back, relax, and enjoy the show!

Direct download: Three_Commentears_Hercules.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:27pm EDT

Something to Think About - Episode 1: Making Magic with Mickey

Please join us as we embark on the first episode of our new sister podcast, Something to Think About! Our first episode, "Making Magic with Mickey," takes us into the new and familiar territory of the Disney Theme Park. We discuss the expectations of working within the wonderland, in comparison to the actual realities. Magic does indeed come at a price, as Albert explains some of the costs he experienced when working at Magic Kingdom on his Walt Disney World College Program. Pedro and Kelvin share both their anticipation and apprehension towards a Disney career, as they wonder how long it would take before a park becomes a work place. But it's always fair weather, as Albert testifies. Magic gets reborn, dreams become fulfilled, and life changes in ways one can't imagine. Tune in to learn the CommentEARS's dream jobs, advice for prospective cast members, as well as some of the more intriguing aspects of working for Disney.

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Direct download: Something_to_Think_About_-_Making_Magic_with_Mickey.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:44pm EDT

The Three CommentEARS - Episode 14: Sleeping Beauty (1959)

Welcome to a brand new season of The Three CommentEARS!  After a few months' hiatus, we return to the airwaves with an examination of the 1959 animated classic Sleeping Beauty.  As always, your CommentEARS for this journey into the Forbidden Mountain and beyond are Albert Gutierrez, Pedro Hernandez, and Kelvin Cedeño.  With its divided reputation, Sleeping Beauty has continued to influence The Walt Disney Company in many ways, paving the way for the pastel-heavy art design of Pocahontas and leading to the revisionist "what if?" scenario presented in 2014's live-action film Maleficent.  As Sleeping Beauty has already received two official audio commentaries from Disney (in 2003 and 2008, respectively - both are highly recommended), this track focuses more on personal reflections of the film and character analysis.  However, we still take a look at the production, notably its place within cinema history of 1959 as a whole, and its legacy beyond its original theatrical release.

Instructions on Syncing Up These Commentaries with Your Copy of the Film:

 

Both the film and commentary run the same length. This includes a 7-second gap of silence at the beginning.  To maximize your enjoyment of this commentary, please ensure that both your copy of the film and the mp3 begin at the same time.  Due to the 7-second gap, our commentary will begin as soon as you see the "Walt Disney Pictures" logo as shown below.  Then sit back, relax, and enjoy the show!

Direct download: The_Three_CommentEARS_-_Sleeping_Beauty.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:34pm EDT

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