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Announcing 研究 戦隊 ポッドキャスト レンジャー – Kenkyuu Sentai Podcast Rangers

研究 戦隊 ポッドキャスト レンジャー or Kenkyuu Sentai Podcast Rangers is a twice monthly podcast featuring myself, my oldest friend, and a rotating cast of supporting anchors, discussing Super Sentai, Power Rangers, and the process of turning one in to the other.

Welcome back listeners! Today we discuss quasitronic circuits, little fangies, Ric Flair voice, and unbelievably fragile masculinity. Episodes covered: Kyoryu Sentai Zyuranger 08 "恐怖! 瞬間喰い (Kyōfu! Shunkan kui: Terror! Eaten in an instant)" & Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers s1e08 “I, Eye Guy." Research topic: Paul Schrier Actor Spotlight Hosted by Ethan & Andrew (https://retro.social/@ajroach42), with special guest Nelson Produced by Nelson (@NelsonForYou) Kenkyuu Sentai Podcast Rangers is produced at the Ellijay Makerspace (https://ellijaymakerspace.org) in collaboration with New Ellijay Television (https://newellijay.tv). You can follow the show on the fediverse at https://meet.communitymedia.network/@kenkyuusentaipodcastrangers. The Ellijay Makerspace stands on the ancestral, unceded, stolen, and occupied lands of the Cherokee people (https://cherokee.org). Cop City will never be built; Palestine will be free. This is the audio version, catch the extended video version on New Ellijay Television.
  1. KSPR – S01E08 – Real Eye Guys Realize Real Eye Lies
  2. KSPR S01E07: I Think My Soul Is More of a Slinky
  3. KSPR S01E06: Now We All Want Jamaican Food.
  4. KSPR – S01E05: Please Do Not Treat The Deaf Girl Like A Dog.
  5. KENKYUU SENTAI PODCAST RANGERS EPISODE FOUR: Zag on ’em. Turn YOURSELF into a giant for a change. Pull crystals out of your hands. Do the unexpected.

You can find the podcast on New Ellijay Television and you can subscribe to it via RSS or Apple Podcasts.

You can find the extended Video edition on New Ellijay Television Video on Demand, on the NETV Roku channel, or watch it here:

Why?

So, first and foremost, why am I making a podcast about Power Rangers? It started when my oldest friend posted on the only worthwhile social media platform that, if he had infinite money and mental health resources, he’d do a deep dive podcast into power rangers and super sentai.

I don’t have unlimited financial or mental health resources, but I do have a makerspace, its associated Television Network, and Big Feels about Community Media. I also have, as I recently mentioned, dedicated my days to producing media, so I decided not to wait for a hypothetical future in which we had the resources to do the thing perfectly, and I arranged conditions such that we were able to get started.

It goes a little deeper than that, though.

Super Sentai is a Japanese television program that, in many ways, was a Japanese response to American comic books (No really! We’ll get in to the way that Spider-Man shaped Power Rangers in an upcoming episode of the show, but suffice it to say that they are deeply intertwingled) and Power Rangers was an attempt at recontextualizing Super Sentai for an American audience. This kind of Transnational adaptation is fascinating to me, and several of the pieces I am working on right now start with this idea of cross-cultural adaptation and remix, exploring the good and the bad of it, as well as talking about the legal frameworks that make it less common than it otherwise might be.

(For two Excellent books on this subject from a filmic perspective take a look at How The World Remade Hollywood and The Hollywood Meme, which cover transnational film adaptation in greater detail than I will.)

There’s a lot to be said about what Power Rangers says about media production in general, and about how Power Rangers has influenced the last several generations of children!

What next?

Episodes should hit roughly bi-weekly. We’re shooting two at a time, and releasing at a cadence that affords us the grace of rest. It’s human scale media, so the episodes will come when they come, but I figure we can probably hit twice a month, right?

We’re going to dive deep on Power Rangers and Super Sentai, with a rotating cast of guests. We’ll probably use this same format to do special episodes about things like Supaidāman, the Sentai shows before Zyuranger, other Tokusatsu shows and their American counterparts (VR Troopers, BeetleBorgs, The Masked Rider), and we may even dive into the larger world of cross-cultural adaptation.

So, if you do podcasts, subscribe. If you’re on the fediverse, give us a follow. If neither of those things apply, watch the episode and share it with some friends.

This is one of several ongoing podcasts I’m involved with, including Expedition Sasquatch and Jupiter’s Ghost, and those are just the tip of a deep iceburg for the media we’re producing as part of New Ellijay Television. If this kind of thing speaks to you, consider sponsoring us.

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EXPEDITION SASQUATCH RETURNS!

Our Monthly/bi-weekly/quarterly/yearly podcast Expedition Sasquatch has just released a new episode! It’s Episode Number 13. We’ve been producing this show since early 2019, and releasing episodes since June of 2019. That’s an average of one episode every four months, although in reality it’s actually 4 episodes in 2019, no episodes in 2020, 3 episodes in 2021, and 6 episodes of 2022. We’re aiming to release an episode every two weeks or so for the foreseeable future. Check it out:

(This is not our TV show Expedition Sasquatch which is a related but independent thing)

This episode was written and edited by me, and recorded by my good friend Josh Allen.

Neither one of us has a real job anymore, and we’re trying to make our living making weird media, (and tools for making weird media) and we’d really appreciate it if you’d help.

Consider sponsoring us or buy some of our merch or just tell your friends about the show. Every little bit helps!

Synopsis

Jack is on the run from the FBI on account of two episodes ago. He makes a friend.

Credits

Sponsored by Georgia Mountain Coffee. Try the bigfoot brew, or the sasquatch select, or the jackalope joe. They’re all really good.

EXPEDITION SASQUATCH IS AVAILABLE TO YOU UNDER A CREATIVE COMMONS CC-BY-SA LICENSE. MUSIC FOR THIS EPISODE IS THE WILBUR SWEATMAN JAZZ BAND (PD in the United States thanks to the Music Modernization act.) THE VOICE OF JACK IS JOSH ALLEN. WRITTEN BY ANDREW ROACH. EDITED BY ANDREW ROACH. VIDEO FOOTAGE BY RYAN STORYER.

Expedition Sasquatch will return later this week with the conclusion of this thrilling episode. If you haven’t heard from us by December 9th, start kicking things.

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Harry Houdini Vs a Cyborg in The Master Mystery (1918)

Harry Houdini stars in this 1918 science fiction adventure serial about a criminal organization and a rampaging cyborg. It was filmed several years before the word Robot was first uttered, and more than 100 years ago.

It is presented here with an entirely new score, and some other light digital repairs. It is about a criminal gang, a human brain in a mechanical body, and features the most famous magician to have ever lived performing acts of daring escape in nearly every episode. It was filmed several years before the word Robot was first uttered, and more than 100 years ago.

This playlist above contains every episode we’ve released so far. We’re releasing one episode a week until it’s all done.

This is one of several film serials Houdini starred in, and this one was Savaged by censors in NY and around the country. The version presented here is built from the most complete known sources, but some original materials are still missing.

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You can and must make your own television today!

This is the blueprint for a revolution in the creation and distribution of media. We will discuss how and why to produce your own television using free tools, and explore how to use Community Television as an instrument for social change.

This text is divided in to three sections: A manual, a meta-manual, and a look back. These can be consumed in any order.

This text takes a decidedly American approach to history and theory, and while I assume these ideas are applicable elsewhere, I do not have the expertise or knowledge to comment on any place other than the US.

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From the opening page of Community Media.

I wrote a book.

The text above adorns the first page of the current Zine copies of this book, which are available for sale. It clocks in around 100 pages, and those pages are complete and can stand alone. I am now working through additional supplements and further information, which will be shared on Community Media Network, and made available as zines.

The full text is available for free online, and it informs a lot of the work we do here at New Ellijay Television.

In the meantime, learn about the history of DIY Television, and how you can (and must!) make your own television today.

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Trolley Trouble (1927) – Restored and Scored!

We’re thrilled to announce the release of a restored version of the classic Disney cartoon “Trolley Trouble” with a brand new soundtrack! This 1927 animated short features Oswald the Lucky Rabbit. Created by Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks, Oswald premiered to the world in this cartoon, and went on to appear in dozens of cartoons before ultimately being replaced by Mickey Mouse.

Here are some fun facts about Oswald and the early days of Disney animation:

  • Oswald was one of the first animated characters to have a consistent personality and backstory. He was known for his mischievous nature and his penchant for getting into trouble.
  • When Walt Disney lost the rights to Oswald, he was devastated. But he didn’t give up on animation, and instead went on to create a new character named Mickey Mouse, who would go on to become one of the most iconic animated characters of all time.
  • Oswald was eventually purchased by Universal Studios, and continued to appear in cartoons well into the 1930s.
  • In recent years, Oswald has made a comeback of sorts. He was featured in the popular video game “Epic Mickey” and has been embraced by Disney fans as a beloved character in his own right.

While not as well known as Walt Disney, Ub Iwerks was a key figure in the early days of Disney animation, and played a major role in the creation of both Mickey Mouse and Oswald the Lucky Rabbit. He worked closely with Walt Disney in the 1920s and 1930s, serving as a chief animator and helping to develop the distinctive Disney animation style. In fact, Iwerks was the one who actually designed Mickey Mouse, creating the character’s iconic round ears and white gloves.

However, Iwerks’ relationship with Disney was not always smooth sailing. When Disney lost the rights to Oswald in the late 1920s, Iwerks found himself caught in the middle. He was one of the few animators who remained loyal to Disney during this difficult time, but he also recognized the potential of working with the popular Oswald character. Ultimately, Iwerks left Disney in 1930 to start his own animation studio, where he continued to work on Oswald cartoons. While Iwerks’ solo efforts were not as successful as those of Disney, he remained a respected figure in the animation industry and continued to work on various projects throughout his career.

Despite being overshadowed by Mickey Mouse, Oswald has remained a beloved character, and it’s exciting to see his first released appearance, “Trolley Trouble”, restored to its full glory. The restoration of “Trolley Trouble” was a labor of love, and we’re proud to have been a part of it. We’ve enhanced the picture quality to give viewers the clearest and most vibrant picture possible, while the new soundtrack adds excitement and energy to the already thrilling rampage on rails.

“Trolley Trouble” is a prime example of the early days of Disney animation, and we’re excited to share it. So if you’re looking to dive into the history of animation, head over to our independent streaming service, New Ellijay Television, and check out “Trolley Trouble” with its brand new restoration and soundtrack. And while you’re there, be sure to explore the other classic cartoons available for streaming.

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Roku App Available Now

Guess what? We’re on Roku! We’ve had a beta app available for some time, but now we’re official! You can Find New Ellijay Television in the roku store, or add New Ellijay TV directly to your roku. This means you can enjoy New Ellijay Television on your … Television, along side all your other Roku channels.

Apps for other platforms are coming soon, but if you have a special request get in touch and let us know.

So, what are you waiting for? Go watch our Live Stream, catch a rock show, or join the world’s worst bigfoot hunters on their quest to Find and Kill Bigfoot.

Of course, if none of that is to your liking, you can always Make TV With Us and get the things you want to see on the airwaves.