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Welcome to Cinematica Animalia! If you share our love of both science and movie monsters, then tune in as we - two ecologists, one veterinarian, and a writer - explore the ecology and physiology of cinematic creatures; explaining what works, what mostly doesn’t, and how the movie’s plot is subsequently affected. At the end of the day, we just love talking about science. Check out our website, www.cinematicaanimalia.com .
 
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This week the Cinematica team wanders through the dark fairy tale of Pan's Labyrinth (2006). With its spectacular creature design and haunting visuals, its easy to see why we all appreciate this movie. We unravel how fairies and fauns might work together, why Doug Jones is his own movie monster (in a great way, of course), and how to get a giant to…
 
O'hana means family, and this week the Cinematica fam is covering the animated delight, Lilo & Stitch (2002). We take a closer look at why media portrayals of aliens and monsters can't seem to get away from a bipedal human body plan. Then by breaking down the physiology of the monstrosity that is Experiment 626, we uncover: Spiderman's potential Kr…
 
Bad lines, undead tigers, and unbearable characters, oh my! It's Army of the Dead/zombie week. Unfortunately, no amount of plausible science will bring this film back to life. However, the Cinematica team does take a closer look at our favorite brain eating shamblers and really peels away the meat of how zombies might actually work.TIME POINTS00:00…
 
This week, the team is joined by Dr. Kirsty Macleod, an evolutionary ecologist and fellow podcaster (W.E.E.)! We walk through both the weird and wild in the 2018 film Annihilation. From horizontal gene transfer, to plants with Hox genes, to faceless, screaming bears, this movie has us all asking: is this shimmer real or is everyone just absolutely …
 
The team visits isolated Antartcia research bases to grasp the horror that is the The Thing. Join us as we explore John Carpenter's Masterpiece and...another movie that came out in 2011 trying to make money on nostalgia. Have you ever wondered are aliens LITERALLY living among us? Join us to uncover the mysteries that lurk below the ice.TIME POINTS…
 
Taking a slight break from movies, this week is a minisode in which Dave creates a realistic dragon. Well, actually, three dragons. Do Dave's designer dragons pass the ecological and physiological test that Cinematica applies to other movie monsters? What movies would these abominations, I mean, creations star in? Which one would Liam Neeson fight?…
 
The Cinematica team dives headfirst into Underwater (2020), with special guest Eva Paulus of the University of Konstanz, Germany. This episode we are plunging into the alien world of the deep, deep sea. What really lives in the Mariana Trench? Is Cthulhu a giant Surinam toad? Does Adam implode if this movie touts itself as Lovecraftian? Should us h…
 
Who's afraid of the big, bad wolf? Well, according to science, no one should be. This week the Cinematica squad tears into why the movie The Grey actually cries wolf. We discuss the unjust villianization of wolves, their ecological importance, and just how quickly Liam Neeson's body would cease to function due to exposure. Spoiler alert: pretty dam…
 
Slither in for a parasitic episode to celebrate Dr. Adam Hasik officially earning his PhD! In honor of his achievement, the Cinematica team breaks down exactly what are parasites with examples from Venom, 28 Days Later, Slither, Alien, The Thing and tons of real world creepy under-your-skin crawlies.…
 
The Cinematica team is off to the podraces this week with special guest racers Aífe and Dani from the Movie aFISHionados podcast! We are diving in deep to easily the most quotable movie of the Star Wars franchise, The Phantom Menace. Find out what a citizen of Naboo is really called, the real reason Gungans build their underwater ships so sexy, and…
 
It’s Godzilla vs Kong on our last episode of Monkey Madness. While we don’t quite know the death toll of the citizens of Hong Kong, we can tell you just how much sedative it would take to calm a giant Titan grimp, why the ecosystem of The Hollow Earth is impossible, and why Godzilla wouldn’t really fight Kong. Oh, and the human characters suck.TIME…
 
This week the Cinematica team continues Monke Madness with Gorillas in the Mist. We can't talk about apes without talking about Dian Fossey; the woman responsible for bringing mountain gorillas back from the brink. Listen in to hear about how one woman with no scientific background wrote a leading book in primatology, removed an organ to show dedic…
 
This week kicks off Monke Madness! Up first is Peter Jackson’s 2005 blockbuster, King Kong. We focus in on how severe injuries seem irrelevant to our characters, from permanent brain damage to limb crushing V-Rex bites, as well as the V-Rex's tendencies to dine and dash. The Cinematica team also welcomes guest host Cami, a social anthropologist to …
 
The Cinematica team returns to explore the Korean monster movie classic, The Host. Join them as they discuss the realism of formaldehyde mutation, possible mechanisms for agent yellow, do American's make the best villains, and what is the appropriate punishment for someone stealing one of your squid tentacles.TIME POINTS00:00:35- Introduction00:02:…
 
The Cinematica team is back and starting off a new season with the 2020 film Love and Monsters (loved by the entire team, especially Adam). Join them as they explore the mutated post meteor/missile wasteland and answer the truly important question, how much do we all absolutely love the dog in this film? Listen to them argue, complain, and try to s…
 
The Cinematica teams up to discuss the use of "real monsters" in Cinema through exploration of Lake Placid (1999), Piranha 3D (2010), and Deep Blue Sea (1999). Would these creatures work in the real world? Would increasing shark brain size cure Alzheimer's? Is Betty White the true monster? Find out by listening in.Guest Start: Libby, the teams "sto…
 
The Cinematica Team follows up with their exploration of the Norwegian Glowing Dragon physiology by discussing the planet of the moorwen. What would this creature eat? What would it's teeth look like? Why do none of the Vikings where sleeves in the winter in this movie? All of these questions and more are answered, other than, why was this movie ma…
 
The Cinematica Team returns to discuss a fan submission from the "cult classic" film Outlander. Join them as they relieve this film and ask themselves questions like: What is a moorwen? Does Ron Perlman do his own stunts? How does space steel kill a monster? Is this movie good?Join us as we get lost in what we think is supposed to be Norway and exp…
 
Sam ditches the rest of the Cinematica Animalia and teams up Travis from Kaiju Weekly for a special episode. Join them as they discuss Godzilla 1998 in order to determine how it stacks up to the classic precursors and the 2014 reboot in regards to scientific accuracy and overall enjoyment.Check Out Kaiju Weekly: https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/kai…
 
The episode that no fans asked for is here. Adam, Sam, and David explore the world of Cats and are as horrified and confused as you might expect. Join them as they discuss how these grotesque creatures might have arisen, learned to dance, and tried to destroy the careers of so many great actors and musicians.TIME POINTS01:40- Introduction04:28- Cat…
 
Sam, David and Adam dive back into Jurassic Park again to discuss other dinosaur movies, the problems with cloning, should extinct species be brought back, and who was the best movie scientist. Join them to answer the question, would life really find a way?TIME POINTS00:41- Introduction04:45- History of Dinosaurs in Film17:36- DNA Problems, Cloning…
 
am and David ditch Adam this week to explore the world of Jurassic Park on their own, and it does not go well. Join them as they discuss Jurassic vs Cretaceous periods, small Velociraptors, and the realities of the Tyrannosaurus Rex.TIME POINTS00:41- Introduction03:18- Discussion of the film11:43- Jurassic vs Cretaceous18:34- Dinosaurs with feather…
 
The Cinematica team decides to try and tackle the evolutionary paths and potential domestication of the magical world. The discuss if Dumbledore is the true monster, whether a Phoenix would make a good pet, and pest control for a Basilisk. Join them as they create creatures you wouldn't want to touch with your wand.Time Points:00:40- Introduction01…
 
Sam, Adam and David are not invited to Hogwarts, but they decide to sneak in anyway. Join them as they explore some of the creatures that make up the magical world and discuss their possible horrifying anatomy. Leave your house elf at the door.Time Points:01:30- Discussion of The Film05:25- Summary of Harry Potter and Magical Monsters09:19- The Phy…
 
Sam and David explore the world of Sonic, how fast animals work on Earth, and why speeding up and slowing down rapidly might not be good for you. Join us as we ask the horrifying question, what might Sonic look like if he actually wanted to move that fast.Time Points:02:40- Sonic Overview05:00- Sonic Movie Review06:08- Sonic's Limitations & Concern…
 
Join the team this week as they talk about the terrifying evolutionary path and environment that would produce the acid saturated monsters of our nightmares. Game over man indeed.Time Points:2:08- News3:00- Xenomorph History In Cinema12:00- Xenomorph Ecology36:12- Weekly Versus41:50- Sign OffCinematica Animalia
 
The Cinematica team discusses the physiology of the Arachnoids from the 1997 film Starship Troopers and Sam readily admits it is the best film he has every seen. Find out what some kids from Buenos Aires started the film trying to learn, what makes a Bug tick?Are you doing your part?4:09- The History and Summary of Starship Troopers10:35- Review of…
 
We pit our Season 2 monsters up against each other to see who comes out on top. Who wins? Pikachu? Godzilla? Definitely not pikachu.08:44 - Season 2's Weirdest Creature17:55 - The Royal RumbleThanks for listening in to our second season everyone. Sorry that the episode dates became a bit erratic towards the end. We'll be back later in the year with…
 
Adam and Sam go into detail about why a creature this size simply couldn't persist on the surface of the earth. Or even under it. Doesn't work. Only so many whales you can eat.3:24 - Cinematic History of Godzilla13:54 - The Ecology of Godzilla42:16 - Godzilla vs. No-oneCinematica Animalia
 
We look at King of the Monsters, Lord of the Chonk, 2014's One and Only Master of the Heft Godzilla. Dive daves into the atomic breath (probably smells real bad) and radiation diet of the OG of all charismatic megafauna.01:41 - 2014 Godzilla Need-to-Know07:08 - The Physiology of Godzilla37:14 - Vet's PSA (Adopting Foreign Pets)…
 
We look at the movement and attack mode of the vicious predatory rodent known commonly as a Pikachu. Cute and fuzzy? No. If you're shocking things you're eating them.01:52 - The Physiology of Pikachu27:30 - Vet's PSA (Neutering Your Pets)Cinematica Animalia
 
Adam and Sam take a look at the nightmare-filled dangerworld that is whatever the hell planet Pokemon live on in Detective Pikachu. Honestly it's chaotic and deadly.01:46 - Obligatory Sonic the Hedgehog Thoughts04:35 - The World of Pokemon41:14 - Riddick on the World of PokemonCinematica Animalia
 
Post Avengers: Endgame, we dive back into the Marvel universe and examine the ecological ramifications of The Snap 2: The Unsnappening. How would the world react to a sudden dramatic increase in populations? Are the Avengers the bad guys? Does Thanos use Bayesian modelling? SPOILERS. Big time.Thanks to JV Chamary at Forbes for kicking this discussi…
 
Adam and I talk macroecology and that's pretty much it. How small would these dragons be? It's very anti-climactic. We'll do a supplemental later. Also SPOILERS. Though as we were a week behind, there's some stuff that is currently incorrect re: the current status of the GoT dragons. Spoilers.04:02 - Everyone's Favourite Dragons13:15 - The Ecology …
 
We get back into the swing of monster analysis with one of the best representations ever of dragons on the screen. From their evil eyes to that gorgeous sternum, Sam and Dave look at how a Dragon might fly, spit fire, and give your girl the wrong number. Supa Hot Fire also does 2 of those things.2:02 - The Environmentalist Take on Notre Dame4:45 - …
 
We look at some of our least favourite movie science tropes. Can you use more than 10% of y... YES YOU CAN. NO PREDATORS DON'T ROAR BEFORE THEY ATTACK YOU. DON'T HAVE SEX WITH FISHMEN. GODDAMIT HOLLYWOOD.03:23 - 10% of your brain?08:36 - The 'perfect' organism14:27 - Interspecies Relationships22:39 - Animal Personality/Intelligence32:05 - The searc…
 
In the first of a bunch of smaller side episodes (because it's Easter and we're on holidays), we look at the ecological ramifications of the notorious snap from 2018's Avengers: Infinity War. How would the planet fare if we took Thanos as having wiped out 50% of all species? probably not well, but damn it would be interesting.…
 
Dave and I look at some of our favourite and least favourite movie scientists. Includes rants about lab coats, self testing and Spiderman.2:12 - Robert Neville (I Am Legend)8:32 - Curt Connors (The Amazing Spiderman)19:38 - Poison Ivy (Batman & Robin)26:28 - Rhonda LeBeck (Tremors)30:36 - Victor Frankenstein34:18 - Ira Kane (Evolution)…
 
In week two of our time on 2017's The Ritual, we stumble through a large confusing forest riddled with large spinous processes and patches of burnt skin. Should you hang a corpse up in your front garden? Probably not. Not good for the soil.00:28 - SciComm & the Insect Apolcalypse07:16 - The Norse Gods in Cinema15:04 - Ecology of the Forest God43:43…
 
We return to the Block to examine the ecology of the Big Gorilla Wolf Motherfuckers. Sexual ecology has never been more furry. Or glow-in-the-dark. Actually sexual ecology can get pretty furry. Also we have two fights this week.3:05 - The Chimera in Cinema11:41 - Ecology of a BGWM38:38 - BGWMs vs. Liam Neeson from The Grey…
 
We look at the aliens from 2011's cult classic Attack the Block. How can teeth glow in the dark? I've already forgotten. Dave reminds us all about how terrible his British accent is. Trust, bruv.04:16 - Attack the Block09:29 - Physiology of a Big Gorilla Wolf Motherfucker32:31 - Vet's PSA (Fractures in Pets)…
 
This week we recruit Sam's colleague and friend Endre Ofstad to create his very own movie monster. Dave and Adam then ruthlessly pick it apart and create a movie for it.02:59 - Ontogenesis of the Tree Wolf21:38 - Monster Analysis50:42 - Making the MovieCinematica Animalia
 
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