Episode 40: Muppet Fashion and Gym Class takes us on a journey from the best Christmas Carol adaptation of all time (A Muppet Christmas Carol) all the way to the radicalization of youth online and finally ends up at Animal Crossing, with some detours into therapeutic bitching about high school gym classes and the challenge of finding joyful movement. It’s our last episode before our winter hiatus, and we hope you enjoy.
We’re on hiatus until the new year! Look for new episodes in February.
Resources about the truth of Thanksgiving for kids
As I looked for the books to put in these show notes, I found a post by Dr. Debbie Reese of Nambé Pueblo, who keeps the American Indians in Children’s Literature blog (linked below). Dr. Reese encourages us that rather than try to read our kids books about Thanksgiving from the perspective of the Indigenous people, we read books about other topics by those authors instead.
Analysis of Muppets Christmas Carol costumes
More on Muppets Christmas Carol costumes
Interview with Michael Caine about Muppets Christmas Carol
Article in tribute to the original Muppet Babies cartoon
CNN article about Gonzo-rella and Non-binary characters
Big Bird’s Covid Vaccine Draws Outrage from Republicans (NPR)
DisneyMustPay: Authors form task force to fight missing payments
Scarlett Johansson and Disney settle lawsuit
Facebook, Youtube, and Online Radicalization
Meta Company files lawsuit against Facebook
NY Times: The Making of a Youtube Radical
BBC – How I stopped my teenager being recruited online
Military and Politics
Wired – Uncle Sam Is Looking For Recruits – Over Twitch
The Atlantic – Top Gun Is An Infomercial For America
GMB Fitness (I do Elements)
GMB Elements Review on Reddit (not my review)
Collider: 5 Best Additions in the Animal Crossing 2.0 Update
Polygon: Animal Crossing’s DLC
That’s all for this time, folks! See you after the new year.