May 10, 2018

Needless Things Podcast 212 – Renee Cooper from MomoCon

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On today’s episode of the Needless Things Podcast Dave talks to Renee Cooper, Director of Media Relations for MomoCon!
 
MomoCon 2018 will take place over 4 days, May 24th – 27th, 2018 at the Georgia World Congress Center. MomoCon is a multi-genre fan convention encompassing American and Japanese animation, gaming (video gaming, board and card gaming, Live Action role play gaming), comics and costuming, held every year in Spring.
 
In 2018 for the first time ever Needless Things will be covering this long-time favorite Atlanta convention. From panels to cosplay to live events, look to Needless Things for our unique take on MomoCon! And it starts today with this special interview.
 
Listen in as Dave and Renee discuss the history of MomoCon and the massive variety of attractions that the con has to offer!
 
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Apr 13, 2018

Needless Things Podcast 208 – Sam K. Hale – Yamasong: March of the Hollows

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On today’s episode of the Needless Things Podcast Dave talks to Sam Koji Hale, director and creative force behind the new feature film Yamasong: March of the Hollows
 
Yamasong: March of the Hollows brings the audience into a magical world unlike any other. On the planet Yamasong live races of fantastical creatures, like the mountain dwelling ram-like Ovis, or the peaceful turtle warrior clan of the Terrapin. Fish fly, monsters breath clouds and gods swim through the ocean depths.
 
Yamasong follows an automaton girl and tortoise warrior that journey with a band of outlaws on an incredible quest. Their one hope to defeat a sinister mechanized army and save the creatures of their world is to find a legendary relic.
 
Yamasong: March of Hollows is the epic puppet storytelling tradition of Dark Crystal meets Studio Ghibli’s Princess Mononoke.
 
Dark Dunes Productions and Taormina Films have partnered with filmmaker Sam Koji Hale to help realize this fantastical puppet vision, with a screenplay by novelist Ekaterina Sedia.
 
Listen in as Dave and Sam discuss everything from the art of puppetry to 80s toy lines to building fantastical worlds in cinema!
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Feb 2, 2018

Needless Things Podcast 198 – Masters of the Universe Part 2

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Mr. Beau Brown returns to the Needless Things Podcast for the second part of a wide-ranging conversation about Masters of the Universe!
 
Starting with how they discovered the most powerful franchise in the universe and uncovering many dark corners of pop culture along the way, Dave and Beau go wherever the conversation takes them. From childhood jealousy to grownup toy collecting ennui, He-Man and his pals elicit a huge spectrum of responses in this conversation!
 
Listen in as Dave and Beau go wherever this veritable digital river of conversation takes them!
 
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Jan 11, 2018

Needless Things Podcast 195 – Masters of the Universe Part 1

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Masters of the Universe toys have a significantly lower profile these days, so rather than attempting the usual annual recap, Dave and Mr. Beau Brown are having an Eternian free-for-all! No Masters-related topic is off limits as two superfans discuss their love of Mattel’s franchise.
 
In this, the first of two episodes, Beau and Dave talk about the current state of the Masters of the Universe franchise.
 
Listen in as Dave and Beau discuss the past, present, and future of the most powerful toy line in the universe!
 
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Dec 29, 2017

Needless Things Podcast 193 – Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi

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Recorded LIVE in the Phantom Zone!
 
The Needless Things Irregulars are joined by special guest Chad J. Shonk for a lively roundtable discussion about the newest entry into the ever-growing Star Wars saga!
 
While massively successful, Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi has divided fans. Some declared it a triumphant departure from a known formula, some hysterically decried it as heresy, and some fans fell in the middle; recognizing both faults and ingenious new ideas.
 
Listen in as Dave, Rad Ranger, Battle Cougar, Ryan Cadaver, Arian Gulick, and Chad J. Shonk each share their thoughts on the eighth installment of the epic saga!
 
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Dec 21, 2017

Needless Things Podcast 192 – Star Wars: A New Hope Needless Commentary

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Part of an ongoing series – the Needless Things Irregulars gather in the Phantom Zone to provide their own unique commentary on classic genre films!
 
Determined by a fan poll in the Needless Things Podcast Facebook Group, this month’s Commentary is on Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope!
 
The Commentary team is joined by the illustrious Chad J. Shonk to share memories and thoughts about one of the greatest movies of all time and one that is a touchstone for Needless Things fandom.
 
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Nov 30, 2017

Needless Things Podcast 189 – Boglins & Sectaurs with Timothy Clarke

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LIVE from the Dragon Con 2017 Puppetry Track!
 
Dave – formerly and sometimes still known as Phantom Troublemaker – talks to the wonderful Tim Clarke about two of the legendary 80s toy lines he created – Boglins and Sectaurs!
 
Listen in as Tim talks to Dave about the genesis of these two innovative puppetry-based concepts and their legacy in the world of toys!
 
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Sep 21, 2017

Needless Things Podcast 179 – The Dark Crystal: Making the Mystics with Tim Clarke

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LIVE from Dragon Con 2017!

Dave – formerly and sometimes still known as Phantom Troublemaker – talks to the wonderful Tim Clarke about his time with the Jim Henson company and his work on The Dark Crystal.

Listen in as Tim talks to Dave about his start with Henson, the experience of creating such an immersive world, and what happened to the toy line that Tim worked on!

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Aug 28, 2017

Needless Things Podcast 176 – Dragon Con 2017: The Puppets Take Atlanta

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Dragon Con 2017 coverage continues on Needless Things in this special Wednesday episode!

In this week’s episode of the Needless Things Podcast Puppetry Track Director Beau Brown returns to lay down everything that's going on this year in Dragon Con's most inclusive and all-encompassing Track!

Listen for all of the exciting Puppet Track news, as well as some exclusive announcements!

Be sure to join the Needless Things Podcast Facebook Group and get in on the conversation for this week’s episode! Let us know what you think!

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If you’re here checking out Dragon Con stuff and haven’t visited Needless Things before, thanks for coming by. We’re all about toys, movies, music, and all manner of pop culture dorkery. The Needless Things Podcast drops once a week, usually on Friday.

Be sure to come back in October for our 31 Days of Halloween! It lasts all month long and everything on the site is thoroughly Halloweeny!

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Aug 17, 2017

Needless Things Podcast 174 – Dragon Con 2017: Dragonslayer Needless Commentary

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Part of an ongoing series – the Needless Things Irregulars gather in the Phantom Zone to provide their own unique commentary on classic genre films!

Special guest Award-Winning Bobby Nash joins the Commentary Team for the first-ever Dragon Con-themed Commentary – 1981's Dragonslayer!

Everyone knows that dragons are badass, but for some reason Hollywood has rarely done a good job of capitalizing on their badass-ness. One of the seminal early 80s HBO standards was Matthew Robbins' Dragonslayer, a film set to cash in on the fantasy craze of the day, with a little Mark Hamill-ness thrown in by way of a young Peter MacNicol.

Featuring gorgeous locations and tremendous production design, the film failed to become the blockbuster that had been hoped for and even today hasn't managed to achieve even a cult status. In a tribute to the awesomeness of Dragon Con and of dragons, the Irregulars delve into Dragonslayer and offer up their thoughts as to what, if anything, went wrong.

Listen in as Phantom Troublemaker, Bobby Nash, Arian, and Rad Ranger gather in the Phantom Zone to bear witness to the might of Vermithrax Pejorative, the best-named thing ever!

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