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Marcel The Shell With Shoes On

This Week's Call To Connect

Check out the new Family Movie Night recaps & find something to laugh about with your kids.

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Hi Friends!

Let’s watch some kids’ movies and laugh at trash – all while revealing problematic messages in pop culture with our kids.

See? Discussing unpleasantness with our children can be fun!

ALSO: Get ready!

I’ve got surgery right after the Rabbit year starts – and will need to go silent for several weeks through February and March.

So here’s the plan:

1. Through February and March, we're resisting the compulsion to produce.

While I convalesce and heal, I need an excuse to disconnect my value as a human and the stuff I make for others.

Come hang out with me while I try not working (so much)!

Get more info on how we help each other pick (less) battles.

2. I'm handing things off to the Robot Minions:

As a special treat while I’m away, my robot minions will be rolling out a new Family movie night every Tuesday through February:

All the new recaps, and when to expect them:

  • Let the battle begin with…Marcel the Shell (available now)
  • How (Not Very) Far Strong Female Leads Have Come Since 1989 with Kiki’s Delivery Service (1/31/23)
  • Only the badass, disabled, great-aunt of our dreams can resist Christian Bale in his sexiest role of all time in Howl’s Moving Castle (2/7/23)
  • A classic romance between Buttered Trophy Loaf and the Smug Pirate Roberts in The Princess Bride (2/14/23)
  • World’s Okayest White Father Grapples With His Daddy Issues In Strange World (2/21/23)

Plus, we’re finally finished with the entire hilarious, messy trash of the Minions Franchise:

  • Manic pixie orphans, here to exhume a man’s heart of gold in Despicable Me. (available now)
  • When we said we wanted more diversity, the characters in Despicable Me 2 are NOT what we meant. (available now)
  • More orphan Tropes & Parent Traps – A Raucous Comedy About the Trauma of Family Separation (Yikes) in Despicable Me 3 (1/17/23)
  • An escapist fantasy where ambitious woman receive the enthusiastic support of male colleagues in Minions (available now)
  • Less than a year old and already this movie has not aged well, let’s get on with the Rise of Gru (1/24/23)
Also! on request of the ten-year-old, we’ve begun a journey of exploration within the Shrek universe:
  • Conspiracy theories about Lord Facebook and internalized misogyny in Shrek 1
  • And probably Shrek 2, which might be courtesy of ChatGPT if the Robot Minions can’t drag me out of bed by the end of February. Let’s see how replaceable human movie critics truly are! (2/28/23)

Stay tuned and check the Family Movie Night Collection main page every tuesday. Our plan is to catch up to the latest Puss in Boots movie if I can get coherent by March.

That is – if the Robot Minions don’t revolt and initiative the singularity. I’d give it a 50/50 shot the Robots haven’t taken over and locked me out of the LBT by March.

Coming up next

Next week, I’ll be back with my last update before the long break.

If I make anything cool for you by then, you’ll be the first to hear about it!

With you,

– Ashia

PS: This is your friendly holiday reminder that we need sharp haircuts & new threads for the Lunar New Year! Grab a our limited-edition Year of the Rabbit hoodie for your favorite people!



Which stories help your kids recognize the kyriarchy?

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