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Halfway Mark Analysis: Part 2

In the second half of our Halfway Mark Analysis, we talk about the format of the series, including it’s publication history, some trivia about its release, our experiences with getting our hands on the Animorphs as children, and more!

We also play a few games such as a Live from the Gardens Final Jeopardy, Guess The Plot, and more! Big thanks to all our fans and listeners who have gotten us this far and who have contributed thoughts and questions to this episode and others! We love you all equally!

Except you. You’re the frickin’ bomb.

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Kia’s “A Day in the Life” Ad

CHECK OUT THE AD HERE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P_0jYSPdmJY

The ad boys take a quick snapshot of this terrible ad and develop it into something beautiful. “A Day in the Life,” a late 2017 Kia Motors ad, is the height of #fellowkids culture and Quinn and Mikael are having none of it.

Tune in to this episode for our take on the likely production issues behind this ad as well as a discussion on narrative in advertising. Also, an unnecessarily vivid description of Mikael’s spec script for an anime series called “The Soul Sisters” that heavily involves the Kia Soul.

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Halfway Mark Analysis: Part 1

Welcome to the halfway point of the Animorphs book series! Our Halfway Mark Analysis episode will be split into two parts: Story and Format. In Part 1, we’ll discuss our thoughts on the progression of the plot so far, how specific characters have evolved over time, our favorite (and least favorite) moments, our favorite Visser Three morphs, and so much more!

Brayden tries out a few predictions for the rest of the series here as well so stay tuned for the end of the episode!

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BONUS EPISODE: Teaching Animorphs to Children with Pedro Celino

Join MIkael as he interviews Pedro Celino, a grade school teacher from Texas who has decided to take on the task of teaching his students the Animorphs series. He discusses challenges, surprises, and favorite characters in this very special bonus episode of Fanimorphs: The Dork-Bajir Chronicles!

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Live from the Gardens: The Exposed

This week, on our FINAL episode of Live from the Gardens, we talk sperm whales and giant squid, two of the enormous, monstrous morphs from Animorphs #27: The Exposed, the book we read last week!

Want to know all about whale spermeceti? What about how giant squids use their toothed tongues to pre-digest food? How about prehensile penises? Well, you’re in the right place! Also, stay tuned for a special appearance by Fred Durst!

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Bud Light’s “Bud Lights for Everyone” Ad

CHECK OUT THE AD HERE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ejskHmQA1QE 

Quinn and Mikael cut down this everyman’s ad and build it back into something more kingly. Tune in for medieval madness as the ad boys disrupt the monarchy in the 2017 Bud Light ad, “Bud Lights for Everyone.”

Get ready for madcap Bottle Knight hijinks, medieval tomfoolery, and an alchemist who finally discovers how to turn Bud Heavy into Bud Light. WARNING: if you like Bud Light, this episode may or may not rock you to your political core.

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TV Series: Episode 13

We watch the “The Forgotten,” the thirteenth (and cursed) episode of the Animorphs TV show with friend of the show Jarred McClure! This is the one where Rachel gets lost in the woods after getting amnesia and meets that crazy ex-Controller as well as a handsome boy who tries to put a slug in her ear.

Listener warning: we talk about crackers a weird amount in this one.

 

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Snickers Presents: Bite Size Horror

CHECK OUT THE AD HERE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-f2b5J7_1mo

Quinn and Mikael follow up this year’s Halloween with a visceral ad from Snickers called “Bite Size Horror.” Twist: there’s no Snickers in this ad. Second twist: maybe this ad is actually great. We learn a lot about how the ad boys feel about horror films, candy, and the importance of showing your product in your ad.

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TV Series: Episode 12

We talk about the Animorphs TV Series again this week with friend of the show Jarred McClure from the 2 Nerds in a Basement podcast! This time we watched Episode 12: The Stranger, the one where Rachel meets her future self who is an accountant (?) with a hunting (?) knife. Also, the Eye of Sauron is in this one.