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The Black Case Diaries Movie/TV Podcast

The Black Case Diaries Movie/TV Podcast

Author: Adam, Marci, and Robin

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We're three old friends dedicated to learning everything we can about TV and Film. We cover everything from classic Nickelodeon shows to the basics of cinematography. We're bound to have something for everyone, so grab a drink (wine, tea, whatever you prefer) and come learn with us!
96 Episodes
The Case That Returns to Oz

The Case That Returns to Oz


In the summer of 1985, Walt Disney studios released a sequel to one of Hollywood’s most iconic films. Except--it wasn’t really a sequel. There were some characters with the same names, and it was based on the same source material, but the setting and tone were completely different. The director of this new movie, Walter Murch, called it “dark” and “bleak,” and audiences would agree. Disney itself didn’t know how to market the movie, with a dreaded PG rating that was sure to keep parents from taking their children. Their biggest challenge was to shatter the expectations set by the original film, the brightly-colored musical, “The Wizard of Oz.”  Come join us as we take a look at possibly the darkest and strangest Disney movie: Return to Oz!  Instagram: @blackcasediariespodcast Twitter: @blackcasediary
Hello and welcome back to the BOO Case Diaries! This week we're continuing the month of Halloween by tackling the ghostly mid-90s classic, Casper!  Come join us as we take a look at the history of everyone's favorite friendly ghost, and the making of his full-length feature film! As always, check out our website for show notes and sources! Thank you so much for listening! Twitter: @blackcasediary Instagram: @blackcasediariespodcast
Welcome back to the BOO Case Diaries! It's the second Thursday in October and we are diving deep into the Halloween season with the history of Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas!  Released on October 13th, 1993, this film gleefully celebrates everything strange and wonderful about Halloween. Brought to life by a powerhouse team, led by Tim Burton, Henry Selick, and Danny Elfman, the story follows Jack Skellington, the pumpkin king of Halloweentown, as he faces issues with burnout and his own identity. This stop-motion masterpiece has been inspiring audiences for almost 30 years! So, grab your pumpkins and costumes, because THIS IS HALLOWEEN! Show notes and sources are available on our website: Twitter: @Blackcasediary Instagram: @Blackcasediariespodcast
Hello, Cassettes! This week, we are wrapping up our SNICK-tember and heading right into the spookiest month of the year with a special episode on the iconic show, Are You Afraid of the Dark?! Many episodes of the show took inspiration from classic literature. So, join us this week as we look at three tales and the stories that they came from! You  We're also joined by artist Brett Wilson @Brettwilsonart and writer JD Gravatte @JDG122288 as they talk about their Unofficial Guide to Are You Afraid of the Dark! You can find it here: Happy Hauntings!  
In August of 1996, Nickelodeon viewers met Kenan Rockmore and Kel Kimble, two best friends with a knack for trouble. This week we asked our dear friend, Jaren Lewis to join us as we take a look at the history of the hilarious SNICK-com, Kenan and Kel!  Kenan and Kel had it all: an iconic theme song, quotable catch-phrases, and two lead actors with impeccable comedic chemistry. So, everybody out there go run and tell your homeboys and homegirls, it's time for Keenan and Kel! Check out our website for show notes and sources! Twitter: @blackcasediary Instagram @blackcasediariespodcast
Welcome to week two of SNICK-tember! In the spring of 1991, even before SNICK existed, Nickelodeon premiered its first live-action show with a female lead. It starred (a fairly unknown) Melissa Joan Hart, and became a massive cable success, paving the way for many shows like it to follow.  Clarissa Explains it All followed the lives of the Darling family, told from the perspective of young teenager, Clarissa. Tackling subjects like crushes, grades, and annoying siblings, the series struck a chord with young viewers and their families, and would go on to headline the SNICK line-up.  So, if you’re wondering how this show came to be, don’t worry, we’re here to explain it all for you!  As always you can find our show notes and sources: Twitter: @blackcasediary Instagram: @blackcasediariespodcast
The Ka-Case of KaBlaM!

The Ka-Case of KaBlaM!


Welcome to SNICK-tember! Each week will feature an episode on a SNICK TV show. The first one on our list? Ka-BlaM! Ka-BlaM! was billed as “A New Kind of Cartoon Show,” that featured a mixture of different shorts in a variety of mediums. It played as a video comic book, with the animated hosts Henry and June guiding you through the pages. Ka-BlaM was unlike any Nicktoon before it, a strange--yet hilarious--show that perfectly harnessed the magic of 90's Nickelodeon.  Today we’re covering the history of this often-forgotten gem. So, grab your popcorn, sit back, relax, and let us turn the pages for you.  You can find show notes, sources and clips at: Twitter: @blackcasediary Instagram: @blackcasediariespodcast
Way back, in the ancient time of 2018, we started our podcast. Back then we were a different show. We did less research, almost no scripting, and we also had only one microphone. This was how we recorded our second episode: The Case of Second Chances.  If you never listened to it, the three of us each brought a film that we believed deserved a second chance. This could mean two things: a movie we saw once and hated, but enjoyed the second time--OR a movie that was unpopular with critics and viewers, that we think deserves a second look.  Well, that was a long time ago. So, we’re giving that episode a second chance with new equipment, new research skills, and new movies that deserve another watch! You can find all our show notes, clips, and sources on our website: Twitter: @blackcasediary  Instagram: @blackcasediariespodcast
The Manic Pixie Dream Case

The Manic Pixie Dream Case


Welcome back to The Black Case Diaries! Every once in a while, we take some time to learn about a movie concept. For the first time on our show, we focused on a problematic film trope: The Manic Pixie Dream Girl. Come join us as we discuss this term's origin, specific examples, the affect that the term has has on pop culture, and possible real-world consequences. You will find all our show notes and sources at our website: Thanks for listening! Twitter: @blackcasediary Instagram: @blackcasediariespodcast
This week, we dove deep into the black case to bring you an episode about the history of film censorship and the current MPAA rating system!  We all know the ratings well: G, PG, PG-13, R, NC-17, Unrated, or not-yet-rated. But, where do these ratings come from, and how did they come to be? What do these ratings really mean in terms of what is or isn’t appropriate for specific audiences?  Censorship is a big part of film history and the movie-making process. Although the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) does not censor films, many would argue that it is their ratings that determine the success of a film at the box office or whether a film will get marketed at all. The rating process is notoriously mysterious, and the people involved are generally anonymous. Because of this, many filmmakers have voiced their frustration with the process and the power that the ratings have over the film industry. Twitter: @blackcasediary Instagram: @blackcasediariespodcast Website:  
The Muppet Case

The Muppet Case


Hello and thank you for joining us once again at The Black Case Diaries!  Today, we’re taking a look at one of Jim Henson's most well-known and beloved creations: The Muppet Show. The Muppet show aired from 1976 to 1981, five seasons of perfect insanity and uninhibited joy. It followed Kermit, a hapless producer and host of a weekly variety show, and the rest of the Muppets as they put together a live performance with a special guest. The show followed back-stage hi jinks, and even included commentary from Statler and Waldorf, grumpy critics from the upper balcony.  The show became more popular than anyone could have imagined, and the appeal of The Muppets continues today. So, it’s time to play the music, it’s time to light the lights, it’s time to learn about the muppets on the BCD tonight! Visit for show notes and sources Twitter: @blackcasediary Instagram: @blackcasediariespodcast
The Case of June Foray

The Case of June Foray


Welcome back to another episode of The Black Case Diaries! This week we're talking about the career of one of the most prolific voice talents of all time: June Foray! From Rocky the Flying Squirrel to Talky Tina, June entertained millions over the course of her 85-year career.  We couldn't possibly talk about everything June voiced, but we touched on some of the highlights! Please visit for show notes, sources, and clips. Twitter: @blackcasediary Instagram:  @blackcasediariespodcast
What makes a screwball comedy? Well, to get technical, screwball comedies began as a sub-genre of romantic comedy in the 1930’s. The term has become a little more broad over time, and movies that we consider to be screwball comedies today might not focus specifically on a love story, but have elements that still turn the classic romance on its head. Come join us as we discuss some famous comedy parodies (specifically of the Zucker, Abrahams, and Zucker variety.)   This episode we have a special guest! She hosts the awesome podcast, Your Brain on Facts. Please welcome Moxie LaBouche! We want to thank her for coming up with the topic for the week which is Screwball Comedy Parodies!   Twitter: @blackcasediary Instagram: @blackcasediariespodcast Website:
The Case of Space Jam

The Case of Space Jam


In the 1990's, there was no bigger star than Michael Jordan. He was everywhere and on everything. He was a hero, a God among men, “the greatest basketball player of all time.” Mix that with the iconic image of Bugs Bunny, a killer soundtrack, and state-of-the-art special effects, and you have the highest grossing basketball movie of all time: Space Jam!   Join us as we talk about the making of this 90s classic!    Twitter: @blackcasediary Instagram: @blackcasediariespodcast
Join us this week as we honor summer and baseball with an episode about The Natural! Based on the novel by Bernard Malamud, this film paved the way for successful baseball movies. Join us as we talk about its legacy! Show notes and sources can be found:
Today we are taking a look at the career of choreographer-turned-director, Kenny Ortega! Kenny Ortega is responsible for some of the most iconic dance scenes of the 1980's, from the lift in “Dirty Dancing” to Duckie’s moves in “Pretty in Pink.” He went on to direct some of Disney’s cult classics that will be remembered for generations. Check out our website for show notes, sources, and clips! Twitter: @blackcasediary Instagram: @blackcasediariespodcast
Welcome Back! This week for June Tunes, we decided to have a little fun and rank our top 10 Disney Villain songs!  It’s undeniable that Disney music is an iconic element to the studio’s best animated films. Disney songs have permeated American (and sometimes world) pop culture throughout the last 70 years. Some songs are tender moments between characters while others are show-stopping power ballads that we belt out in our cars. Today, we’re taking a look at some of the most fun and interesting entries in the Disney songbook: The villain songs.  These songs are incredibly important in terms of introducing the audience to the main antagonist, giving us a look into the mind and motivations of a character. A good villain song is fun to listen to and perform, and it brings (sometimes) much-needed depth to these intriguing characters! We’re bringing you a top 10 list of our favorite villainous tunes, with some background and history on each.  Show notes and sources: Twitter: @blackcasediary Instagram: @blackcasediariespodcast
Hello Cassettes and welcome back to The Black Case Diaries podcast! We are on week 2 of June Tunes, and this is a very special episode. We have covered film concepts and individual movies, but today is our first-ever biography episode!  A while back, we did some episodes about movie scores. We talked about prominent composers and themes we think every movie fan should know. But today we are highlighting one man in particular: John Williams. This man has majorly influenced not just film music, but mainstream American culture for the last 45 years. Even if you don’t know his name, you might know his music. His themes have made you feel inspired, scared, happy, and sad; and they may have even convinced you to believe in magic.  So come jam with us while we talk about the man, the myth, the movie music legend: John Williams! Show notes and sources Twitter: @blackcasediary Instagram: @blackcasediariespodcast
Welcome to season 4 of The Black Case Diaries! We decided to return strong with our now annual series on movie music: June Tunes! This month we will be covering various topics all involving music in movies. Today we’re starting with an all-time favorite: The Blues Brothers!  In the summer of 1980, a film that defied description raced into theaters. The Blues Brothers starred two big names from SNL, an all-star list of Rhythm and Blues legends, and one of the biggest budgets in comedy history. Even John Landis, the film’s director, wasn’t sure what genre the film belonged in. Is it a comedy? Musical? Forty years later, one thing is for certain: it’s a cult classic of epic proportions.  Ride along with us as we talk the history of the band, SNL sketch, and the film. You will find show notes and links on our blog: Thanks for listening! Twitter: @blackcasediary Instagram: @blackcasediariespodcast Patreon:
The IT Case

The IT Case


Hey everyone and welcome back to the season 3 finale of The Black Case Diaries! Last week we wrapped up our series on Animation, and today we have decided to completely shift gears to discuss one of our favorite TV shows.  In February of 2006, UK audiences were introduced to a new multi-camera sitcom created by Graham Linehan (co-creator of another popular sitcom, Father Ted) called The IT Crowd. It followed a young woman named Jen, a new hire at an ambiguous company. She is shocked to discover that she has been placed in the IT department, located in a cluttered space within the darkest depths of the building. There she meets Moss and Roy, two computer savvy nerds lacking in people skills.  Join us as we talk about the making of the show and our favorite episodes! You can find show notes and sources Thanks for listening!
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Harry Osborn

check out a movie called Dance-Fu. Kel Mitchel us both the hero and the evil villian

Sep 25th

Harry Osborn

love the show just binged during the last 2 months. Found it amusing that Robin mentioned Ben from Parks&Rec, I've always thought that Robin sounds similar to Leslie from P&Rec.

May 30th

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