The Protagonist Podcast #161: Kubo in Kubo and the Two Strings (Film 2016) “If you must blink, do it now.”

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This week, Todd and Joe are joined by returning guest Branden Ushio to discuss Kubo and the Two Strings. They talk about the Hero’s Journey, the beautiful stop motion, and issues of representation on the film.

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The Protagonist Podcast #152: Hermione Granger in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azakaban (Novel 1999) “I solemnly swear I am up to no good.”

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Todd and Joe are joined by special guest Amy Champion to discuss Hermione Granger in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Topics of discussion include character growth, the logic of the Time Turner and the Marauder’s Map, and the ethics of rule breaking at Hogwarts

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The Protagonist Podcast #149: The Entire Cast in Hocus Pocus (Film 1993) “I’ll put a spell on you!”

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Todd and Joe are tackling a Halloween classic as they discuss the characters from a Hocus Pocus. They talk about the importance of tone for a children’s scary movie, the villains motivations, and where the film feels a bit off but also where it really hits the mark.

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The Protagonist Podcast #148: Jonathan Strange and Gilbert Norrell in Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell (TV 2015) “Magic is not ended in England.”

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Todd and Joe rare discussing Gilbert Norrell and Jonathan Strange from the television mini-series Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell. We talk about what drives each character, the different styles of magic on display, and how everything about this adaptation is pretty darn amazing.

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The Protagonist Podcast #141: Nimona in Nimona (Comic 2015) “I’m a shark!”

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Joe and Todd are joined by John Darowski to talk about Nimona from the graphic novel Nimona by Noelle Stevenson. They talk about trauma, disruption versus maintaining the status quo, and shape shifters.

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The Protagonist Podcast #139: Stanley Yelnats in Holes (Novel 1998) “It was all because of his no-good-dirty-rotten-pig stealing-great-great-grandfather!”

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Joe and Todd discuss Stanley Yelnats and Hector Zeroni from the novel Holes. They talk about the structural perfection of the plot and the character arcs.

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The Protagonist Podcast #135: Ged/Sparrowhawk in A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin (Novel 1968) “Infinite are the arguments of mages.”

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Todd and Joe are joined by returning guest Kjerste Christensen to discuss Ged from A Wizard of Earthsea. They talk about the novel’s place as a foundational text in the fantasy genre, what Le Guin did to make her text unique, and the internal threat Ged faces.

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The Protagonist Podcast #114: Vin in Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson (Novel 2008) “What is it that you believe?”

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Todd and Joe are joined by All-Star guest Kjerste Christensen to discuss Vin from the novel Mistborn: The Final Empire. They talk about her characteristics, her best moments, and what makes a good fantasy novel.

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#109: Jonas in The Giver by Lois Lowry (Novel 1993) “Memories need to be shared.”

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Todd and Joe talk about Jonas from the Lois Lowry novel The Giver. They talk about what doesn’t work for them plot-wise, but what resonates thematically.

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#107: Frodo and Friends in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (Extended Edition) (Film 2001) “Even the smallest person can change the course of the future.”

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This week we’re joined by special guest Cassandra Fredrickson from the Lord of the Rings Minute Podcast to discuss the 2001 film Fellowship of the Ring. We talk about character motivations, the filmmaking skill on display, and the art of adaptation.

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