February 13, 2017
EP. 165 — Jafar Is Disney Moses: Secretly Heroic Villains
Did you ever notice how every movie villain is just really ugly beyond belief?
Emperor Palpatine? WRINKLED UP UGGO.
Jafar? POINTY FACE.
Scar? LITERALLY NAMED AFTER HIS FACIAL DEFORMITY.
It’s fucking dark when you think about how many movies this applies to; how the villain is usually someone trying to live a normal or equal life, but their ugliness just gets in the way. ‘The Incredibles’ is a perfect example. The villain is an ugly-little redhead kid who just wants for everybody to be a superhero, but the Incredibles are like NNNNNNOPE and throw him into a jet engine because only they should get to be superheroes.
Yeah, of course Syndrome kills like 30 other superheroes and sets a giant death robot loose on a major metropolis, but just go with us for this thought experiment. His heart was in the right place. On this week’s podcast Jack O’Brien welcomes Cracked’s own Katie Goldin and Michael Swaim to unpack this trope and how you can see ugly bad guys ostensibly trying to do the right thing in franchises from Disney to The Lord of the Rings.
Video: Cracked: 4 Disney Movie Villains Who Were Right All Along: https://goo.gl/ddcdE7
Article: Cracked: 9 Famous Movie Villains Who Were Right All Along: https://goo.gl/YHj25
Article: Cracked: 5 Movie Villains Who Were Right The Whole Time: https://goo.gl/2P99EY
Article: Cracked: 6 Reasons The Jedi Would Be The Villain In Any Sane Movie: https://goo.gl/rPHaAO
Article: Cracked: You Really Have No Idea Who The Villain Of Frozen Is: https://goo.gl/SsbdFm
Book: Chuck Klosterman: I Wear the Black Hat: https://goo.gl/oxij5c
Video: Kanye West: All Day (Live at the 2015 BRIT Awards): https://goo.gl/xeDgWu
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January 26, 2020
Freedom sucks…and that is why we have to defend it. Because our democracy involves doing a lot of stuff that takes energy, takes time, and lacks that Michael Bay Quality that only a surprise missile launch can provide. So on this episode of The Cracked Podcast, Alex Schmidt and special guest Jason Pargin (who writes for Cracked as David Wong) are exploring the ways being afraid of everything (an easy action) can stop us from being free. Discover the decades-long tradition of some Americans wanting to give up everything in exchange for not needing to think, the centuries-long tradition of people inciting fake panics, and the reasonable ways you can help change things for the better.
January 19, 2020
How’s your local shopping mall doing? Have you checked on it lately? Swing by sometime, because its department store might’ve turned into a call center or a hospital or a go-kart track. On this episode of The Cracked Podcast, Alex Schmidt is joined by the one and only Kai Ryssdal (Marketplace, Make Me Smart) for a look at surprising, strange, and shocking stories from all over the U.S. economy. Discover an international pig flu, a 26-word statement that built the modern Internet, and more amazing ways cash is ruling everything around you. By the way, if you’re an American listener, you spent the past few years funding an astonishingly huge bailout. Surprise! Listen for details!
January 12, 2020
Movies, TV, gaming: three things that are theoretically a waste of time. Oh sure, they deliver value in the art sense, and comfort in the goofing-off sense. But what if they’re more valuable than that? What if consuming shows and playing video games (accidentally) turns people into real-life heroes? On this episode of The Cracked Podcast, Alex Schmidt is joined by comedians/writers Caitlin Gill and Alex Watt for a look at the surprising number of times that exact thing happened. They’ll explore stories of regular people who saved a life thanks to skills gained randomly from cartoons, sitcoms, ‘World Of Warcraft’, and more silly entertainment.