The films of Brad Bird.

Summary[edit | edit source]

Brad Bird is a wunderkind of animated filmmaking with a fascinating origin story. Where did he get the inspiration for his pitch on The Iron Giant? How did Disney's late-1970s fade shape Bird's flightpath? Did "The Simpsons" rescue him or did he rescue "The Simpsons"? What did he learn at CalArts that Griffin missed out on?

After a childhood where the prodigy Brad was obsessively focused on animation, and several decades working exclusively on various animated features and TV shows, he tried his hand at live-action filmmaking. And he worked with two of the biggest stars in Hollywood to make those two features. How successful was he at that transition, and what traits carried over with him on those projects in terms of his own style and/or tendencies?

Once he got into making films, this ambitious fellow quickly developed a reputation as a hard-driving perfectionist. Did those tendencies serve him well in working with Tom Cruise, or did these two pint-sized control freaks clash? Did it imperil any of his projects that were undertaken with normal human beings?

As Bird's career developed, people started noticing similarities between themes in his movies and the philosophy of Objectivism, as exemplified by nightmare person Ayn Rand. Many thinkpieces were written about how those somewhat troubling viewpoints manifested themselves, especially in The Incredibles. Are those concerns legitimate, or are there more reasonable explanations that separate Bird from those ideas... and more interestingly, how did those many critiques and reviews influence Bird while writing and directing Incredibles 2? Did he respond to those criticisms, and what did Griffin and David think of the move to go back years later and do a sequel to his biggest hit?

This miniseries is preceded by the Podcast News miniseries on the films of James L. Brooks. It is followed by the Podback Mountcast miniseries, on the films of Ang Lee. So many other potential names for the Ang Lee miniseries.... Billy Pod's Long Halftime Cast.... Pods and Sensibilicast.... Eat Drink Pod Man Woman Cast.... all left by the wayside.

Episodes[edit | edit source]

# Title Audio Guest(s) Blank Check? Length Date
163 The Iron Giant 🔊 no 2:06 5/13/2018
164 The Incredibles 🔊 Rebecca Drysdale no 2:33 5/20/2018
166 Ratatouille 🔊 Romilly Newman
Joey Sims
yes 2:15 6/3/2018
167 Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol 🔊 yes 2:10 6/10/2018
168 Tomorrowland 🔊 yes 1:49 6/17/2018
169 Incredibles 2 🔊 yes 2:22 6/24/2018
170 Family Dog - Amazing Stories 🔊 no 0:51 6/28/2018

Ranking The Filmography[edit | edit source]

  • The blankies' rankings were compiled from the Reddit voting thread found on the r/Blankies sub-reddit.
  • With seemingly so little distance between the widely acknowledged good entries, this was an interesting slate for everyone to rank.
Rank Griffin David blankies
1 The Incredibles Ratatouille The Incredibles
2 Ratatouille The Incredibles The Iron Giant
3 The Iron Giant The Iron Giant Ratatouille
4 Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol
5 Incredibles 2 Incredibles 2 Incredibles 2
6 Tomorrowland Tomorrowland Tomorrowland
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