In the 1960s, TV shows mixed it up and Get Smart was one of them! Was it a Spy show, a Sci Fi show, or a comedy? Get Smart was all of them with a little bit of social change chucked in as well! As you can see by the image, Eugenia and Gerri are talking Get Smart, that Sci Spy Fi Comedy show, where technology ruled. Who didn’t want a “shoe phone” or a “Cone of Silence” and the smartest person in the room was Agent 99, a women who always saved the day and the boys! All the characters of this show are iconic, from Agent 86, Maxwell Smart, to the previously mentioned 99, the girl with no name and of course one of the agents of KAOS “Siegfried” the one with many names! Of course this show is all about the standard story of “good vs evil” or ‘control vs chaos”. Funny, pertinent, up-to-date with all the gizmos and social happenings of its time Get Smart, still is all of those things today. So who are Eugenia and Gerri talking to? Two of the icons of the show, Barbara Feldon and Bernie Kopell Agent 99 and Siegfried respectively. They would like to thank Culture Shock Events – Rob and Sandra find them at www.cultureshockevents.com for Bernie and for Barabra Feldon Daniel from www.supanova.com.au and Lionel from www.lionelmidfordpublicity.com for the chance to interview these icons! Eugenia and Gerri get all the fun!
Bright colours, fantastical costumes, and insane plots were a hallmark of shows from the sixties and Gerri and Eugenia talk about them in this episode! The sixties, an era of change, new freedoms, the psychedelic colour schemes and of course the music all combined to create new ways of doing things and TV was no different! With themes still relevant to our time of “women’s lib” and “diverse families”, Gerri and Eugenia talk about who could be called the first real woman super hero on television and a family that could only be called diverse and in all of the ways that you can consider! These shows of course include Batman and The Munsters, two of the iconic shows of the sixties they were fun, frivolous and fantastic. So who do they talk to about these wonderful none other than the first (in their eyes) woman super hero of TV the fabulous and sorely missed Yvonne Craig in an interview that they were lucky enough to do when she visited Australia before her death. They also talk with the one and only Eddie Munster otherwise known as Butch Patrick. They would like to thank Daniel and Lionel from Supanova Pop Culture expo, catch them at http://www.supanova.com. au and http://www.lionelmidfordpublicity.com for the rare privilege of meeting these sixties icons.
Some characters just turn out to be iconic and Superman is just one of those! He has been round since 1938 (looks good for his age hey!) and has provided the world with inspiration, someone to hero worship, and some damn fine entertainment since then! Superman has appeared in just about every form of entertainment from comic books, to radio, television and movies and there never seems to be a “him again” moment, we just can’t get enough. In this episode Eugenia and Gerri talk about him in all his incarnations and they have an interview with someone very special. That very special interview is with Margot Kidder, who played Lois Lane in the 1980s movies with Christopher Reeve. These movies brought a whole new dimension to the Legend of Superman, with what were then ground-breaking special effects and again made everyone want to be from a different planet who came to Earth with superpowers! Margot Kidder is one of Eugenia and Gerri’s favourite interviews, with Margot not afraid to talk about her life “warts and all”. This is a very special episode and they would like to thank Scott Liston from First Contact Conventions, http://www.firstcontactconventions.com.au for allowing them to spend time with Margot! The Liston’s have a new experience for fans of “popular culture” coming to Melbourne Australia, with AMC Expo check them out at http://www.amcexpo.com.au . Eugenia and Gerri would also like to thank actor Sam Lloyd (you know him as Ted Buckland from Scrubs) for the use of the Superman March song sung by an a Capella group he sings with called The Blanks. For more of their songs visit http://www.theblankswebsite.com or iTunes.
All of us remember that time on Saturday morning when we watched the cartoons! Our parents happy that we were occupied and able to get a sleep-in on that day they did not have to go to work! So, if you have those memories Gerri and Eugenia have the podcast for you! Cartoons have played a big part in the entertainment that we remember from our youth and of course many of us tried to do the voices of those characters we love! How many can do the Woody the woodpecker laugh or the Bugs Bunny’s “What’s up Doc” and more. Well in this podcast they talk about what has become the branch of acting that they are most enamoured with “voice acting”! Gerri and Eugenia always say that when they interview these actors it feels like they are interviewing a roomful, of the funny, entertaining and talented! In this episode they have again three of what maybe some of the most famous voices from your favourite cartoons, Sponge Bob, Jimmy Neutron and of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. These are of course Debi Derryberry, the voice of Jimmy, Rodger Bumpass, the voice of Squidward Tentacles and Rob Paulsen the voice of the original Raphael and now Donatello in the latest incarnation of the show! Cowabunga Dude. Gerri and Eugenia would like to thank Oz Comic Con http://www.ozcomiccon.com for their interviews with Debi Derryberry (who is also a singer and has a range of children’s albums which can be purchased through her website. http://www.debiderryberry.com ) and Rob Paulsen (who does a podcast called “Talkin Toons” http://www.robpaulsenlive.com check it out!) and Culture Shock Events http://www.cultureshockevents.com for the interview with Rodger Bumpass. Gotta love those toons!!!
Has Sci Fi finally made it into the mainstream? With all the shows from the Sci Fi and Fantasy genre we sure hope so! In this episode Gerri and Eugenia talk about the Arrow. This show is about a human superhero, no special super powers (except what lotsa money can buy), showing us what commitment and effort can achieve. With the newest incarnation being very dark and a flashback in each episode we have the past and the future of what makes and what happens when a superhero takes on the world. Arrow has many interesting characters with some of them even female, strong, purposeful and funny with one as the geek and the other The Black Canary. One thing that is nice to see in this show for Gerri and Eugenia is the Australians, with an Australian accent! In this episode Gerri and Eugenia have an interview with Manu Bennett, otherwise known as Slade, done just before Manu took on the role. Born in New Zealand, grown in Australia (it is just across the pond) they claim him anyway! Thanks to Culture shock events, http://www.cultureshockevents.com for allowing Gerri and Eugenia to interview Manu.
Many of us have a favourite cartoon, animated film or Japanese anime and in that, we have a favourite character! As we watch the screen these characters feel alive and we invest in them, we enjoy how they react and how they come across as real, but, they are only (well up until now) 2D frames of some very good drawings hand or computerised and put together with sound and music! So what really brings these characters to life? Well, in this episode Gerri and Eugenia discuss that, they talk about the words that are said and the actors who make them come alive with their use of voice. In this episode they talk to some of the greats in the voice actor world with interviews with Steve Blum, Kyle Hebert, and Scott McCord but in reality they are now just interviewing these three but hundreds of characters from the world of the cartoon! Scott is also a musician, visit his website http://www.scottmccordmusic.com to see what he is up to. They would like to thank Bill and Adele from New Zealand, Armageddon Expo catch them at http://armageddonexpo.com/nz/
In this podcast Eugenia and Gerri discuss how mainstream TV and movie awards do not seem to want to recognise the genres of Sci Fi and Fantasy, why? So; in this episode they look at movies of James Bond, Mission Impossible and Austin Powers and more and explain why they should be classed as Sci Fi rather than just Action or Comedy movies. There have interesting comments about the definition of Sci Fi and different opinions about the parameters of the genre. They have an interesting interview with David Faustino best known as Bud Bundy from Married with Children currently voicing the role of Mako in The Last Airbender: The Legend of Korra. He talks about being a child star, his friendship with Corin Nemec (Stargate SG-1, Supernatural, Sand Sharks) who together developed their web series Star-ving, his music and how he supports new bands through his record label Old Scratch Records, as well as talking about his role in, The Last Airbender: The Legend of Korra. This is an entertaining podcast and well worth a listen. They thank their friends Jason and Darren from Gifts for the Geek http://www.giftsforthegeek.com.au for the interview.
One thing that Gerri and Eugenia go on about a little is why is Sci Fi not mainstream? Every big blockbuster movie in 2012 that has made millions has Sci Fi/Fantasy concepts in it! The Avengers, Skyfall (yes Bond is Sci Fi we don’t have the gadgets that he has yet!), The Hunger Games, The Hobbit, The Amazing Spider Man, even Brave (magic), Ted (talking teddy), Twilight movies, Madagascar 3 (talking animals) just keep looking down the list at Box Office Mojo to see! So why don’t these movies that make all the money get recognised, why don’t the actors win an Oscar?? The most popular stories are those that we have been reading for over 80 years, yes some of our super heroes are close to reaching a century and who said that senior cits are not interesting. The “best” movie winner at the Oscars in 2012 only made 10% of The Avengers take! However, Gerri and Eugenia discuss the point in this episode as well as that maybe they don’t win because there is more attention given to the special effects than there is to the story being told! Could we tell the stories better or are they just “Kapow, Wham, and Zap?” Do you agree with them or do you think that all the special effects are what bring in the crowd? Gerri and Eugenia get to speak with the only female warrior from Thor the irrepressible Jaimie Alexander who plays Sif. They would like to thank Daniel and Lionel from Supanova Expo http://www.supanova.com.au for allowing them to spend time with Jaimie.
In this episode Gerri and Eugenia get into cartoons. A genre we all love no matter what age we are! We all have a favourite from Saturday morning cartoons and little kids of today will have one they will remember and no matter what, will always watch it when it shows up again. So, which cartoon are they talking about? Ben 10 of course! Ben 10 has graced the TV of many of us either as a watcher or by osmosis when the kids have it on the TV and it has been around for at least 7 years and like Harry Potter you grow up with it. Gerri and Eugenia discuss the quite adult themes set within the show, the expectations of the hero and the doing for the sake of doing and not reward. One of the great characters in Ben 10 is the calming Grandpa Max and this is who they have on the show in this episode. Paul Eiding is not only the voice of Grandpa Max but also many other cartoon characters like Preceptor from the Transformers and Gerri and Eugenia have a great interview with him. If you want to know what it is like to be a voice actor then this is the podcast for you. Gerri and Eugenia thank Bill and Adele from Armageddon Expo New Zealand for the interview with Paul http://www.armageddonexpo.com