Tinman is a 2007 Syfy Miniseries directed by Nick Willing. It is loosley based on L. Frank Baum’s Oz book series. Very loosely.
The miniseries has great production values, intriguing writing, and most of the cast are talented. Zooey Deschanel gives an odd almost autistic portrayal of the main character D.J. I’m not sure if she was directed that way or if it’s just Zooey Deschanel being Zooey Deschanel. The rest of the cast is fantastic, particularly Neal McDonough and Kathleen Robertson.
The world building rivals a Hollywood film. Everything in the world, from the steampunk technology to the rare glimpse of magic fits well into the world. The technology, politics, history, etc of the O.Z. is well thought out and has its own internal logic. The world feels like it could really work.
The miniseries updates the world of the O.Z (pronounced ‘Oh Zee’) without disrespecting the original. There are a lot of homages to the original books and films some obvious, some not. You can tell there’s a real reverence to the source material.
The miniseries is easy to obtain. It’s often on Netflix Instant Watch in the U.S. and readily available on blu ray and DVD in most countries. Check it out, you won’t be disappointed.
We hadn’t done an anime in a long time, and it was apparently for good reason. It took us forever to watch this!
Escaflowne is an odd mish-match of shojo and shonen elements with genres like fantasy, mechas, and romance all thrown into one big bowl and mixed around to varying degrees of success. The story follows a typical Japanese high school girl named Hitomi Kanzaki. Hitomi is fond giving tarot card readings and running track. One day a mysterious boy with a sword shows up, and she’s suddenly transported to the fantasy world of Gaia. There her tarot card readings becoming very accurate and she’s thrust into an epic war.
We remembered this show being better, for some reason. It’s not terrible by any stretch of the imagination, but it certainty didn’t hold up to scrutiny ten years after our original viewing.
Our first podcast ever! Today we’re going over the 1986 Fantasy movie directed by Jim Henson, The Labyrinth. This is one of our favorite movies of all time, so it’s a good fit to be our first episode. Listen to us discuss the movie’s themes, symbolism, and the effect of David Bowe’s bulge on our developing psyches.
This was our first podcast and the audio quality is not so great. Please, don’t give up on us quite yet. I did eventually figure out what all of these knobs and buttons actually do in subsequent podcasts; more or less.