Magical Murder Kingdom
Goofy: Minstrels, Menstruals & Ankles

Goofy: Minstrels, Menstruals & Ankles

July 19, 2018

This week Lauren & David explore Goofy's problematic history and modern transformation. What does a clumsy animated dog have to teach us about racism, sexism, single parenting and the importance of being true to who you are?

The Pied Piper: Rat Kings and Vampires

The Pied Piper: Rat Kings and Vampires

July 11, 2018

This week Lauren & David explore the rat infested history of The Pied Piper, and the traumas of a town that lost all of its children. Could this tale be based on real events, and what lessons does a magical piping kidnapper have to teach us about keeping our promises or facing the consequences?

 

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A Bug’s Life: Nip Sips & Hoarders

A Bug’s Life: Nip Sips & Hoarders

July 5, 2018

This week Lauren & David explore the dangerous backyard world of A Bug's Life. What can this story and its Aesop Fable origins teach us about bullying, murder, hoarding, slavery, and the importance of ingenuity? 

 

We'll see you once upon a nightmare!

Babar: Poachers & Colonialists

Babar: Poachers & Colonialists

June 28, 2018

This week Lauren and David explore Babar's wonderful world of colonialism. What lessons does this gentrified elephant have to teach us about hunting, childhood trauma, and imperialism?

 

We'll see you once upon a nightmare!

The Princess and the Frog: Amphibian Kisses & Dehumanization

The Princess and the Frog: Amphibian Kisses & Dehumanization

June 20, 2018

This week Lauren & David explore The Princess and the Frog & The Frog Prince. What can these fairytales teach us about greed, lies, racial stereotypes and the importance of strong female role models?

 

We'll see you once upon a nightmare!

Snow White: Stranger Danger & Deadly Dancing

Snow White: Stranger Danger & Deadly Dancing

June 13, 2018

This week Lauren & David explore the dark history of Snow White. From the Grimm Brothers to Disney and beyond, what can we learn about jealousy, trusting strangers, poison and the magical healing powers of activated carbon?

 

We'll see you once upon a nightmare!

Rumpelstiltskin: Crunchy Pies & Twirling Tails

Rumpelstiltskin: Crunchy Pies & Twirling Tails

June 6, 2018

This week Lauren & David explore the dark history of the infamous, conniving Rumpelstiltskin. What lessons can he teach us about child endangerment & spinning lies into gold?

 

We'll see you once upon a nightmare!

Spanking the Monkey: True Crime & Curious George

Spanking the Monkey: True Crime & Curious George

May 23, 2018

This week Lauren & David bring you an eXXXtra special episode covering the gruesome murder of Alan Shalleck, director of the Curious George TV series. What dark & devious things will we find behind the curtain of one of our beloved childhood cartoons? Sex, Nazis, wig-snatching, spanking and murder all play a role in this twisted true crime tale.

 

We'll see you once upon a nightmare!

Coco: Petals & Poison

Coco: Petals & Poison

May 17, 2018

This week Lauren & David explore the land of the dead.  What can Coco teach us about life & death, and the importance of family ties? 

 

We'll see you once upon a nightmare!

Finding Nemo: Aquatic Murder, Kidnapping & Mental Illness

Finding Nemo: Aquatic Murder, Kidnapping & Mental Illness

May 9, 2018

This week Lauren & David explore the deep sea terror of brutal murder by a terrifying serial killer, the kidnapping of a physically handicapped child, and an exhausting rescue aided by a beloved friend with mental illness. 

We'll see you once upon a nightmare.