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StoryWonk Sessions

By StoryWonk

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Description

In StoryWonk Sessions, join Lani Diane Rich and Alastair Stephens as they take their favorite movies and TV shows, turn them upside down, give them a damn good shake, and see what falls out. What can we learn about storytelling from the modern masters of the craft? Let's find out together!

Customer Reviews

Love it

Found Storywonk through their fantastic Buffy podcast, so started working my way back. Love their dissection of Pixar movies --love the illustrration of story beats and structure. It's great that even when a film falls down a bit, they still find the silver lining. They're really entertaining narrators as well. I'd pretty much listen to them debate anything at this point.

Not like the real thing

I enjoy storywonk. A lot of good information delivered in a straight forward and entertaining way. Sessions however seems like I've stopped in to visit and end up listening to a married couple disagree all night.

I enjoy the info they share when not talking in circles and would would like for them to live up to the promise of every week, or at least tell us on Sunday that they aren't going make it this week.

I give it three stars because I like Storywonk Sunday and hope they'll tun Sessions around. With out that hope I give it two.

Is a Film just a Story?

OK, do not listen to these podcasts if you want a full appreciation of the films of Pixar. You will leave sad and intensely depressed, as the commentators focus on only one aspect of these animated films - the story. I like some of StoryWonk’s other work, but this is just poorly conceived.

Now, I guess there is value in looking at a portion of a film and judging if the story holds up. But the consensus is none of the Pixar films are good stories - and that every one would benefit from the two reviewers cutting some parts and rewriting others. She hates prologues, even though the film makers clearly use them as introductions to new worlds that consist of story and image. She hates Wall-E, but clearly does not get the dystopian science fiction structures of the story. The both dislike Toy Story, Toy Story 2 and Toy Story 3.

They see much less innocence and much more overt sex in almost all the films, which is totally disturbing. I mean, does anyone else see the bear fight in Brave as an ‘uncomfortable’ pseudo rape scene? They hate Albert Brooks in Finding Nemo. They hate Up as the story isn’t ‘logical’. It’s a story of a guy who floats his house away on balloons, of course it’s not logical. It’s an ANIMATED FANTASY FILM. They seem to really like the more cliched films with bland stories, which feels very weird. They seem to have never heard of the concept of ’slapstick’ or ’suspension of disbelief’, which seem to me key to getting anything out of animated film.

I’ve listened to all of these podcasts, and my sense is they’re not a valid commentary on these films. These films are more than the story. Animated film is about the wonder of a new world that may or may not be like ours, story is part of it but not all of it. Picking apart the story means missing the forest for the trees.