Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Interview: Brian Oliver (Director of Animation-Kids' WB)

I recently had an opportunity to interview Brian Oliver, who was the director of animation at Kids' WB back in the late 90's and early 2000's. Brian fills us in on many of the details of how the bumpers and promos were made for the network, as well as many of the people he had the opportunity to work with. We also cover "Master Pokemon", a music video that involved a large amount of production work on Brian's part:

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Poke Press Digest Podcast: Episode 15-The Music of "The Rise of Darkrai"/Ultra Prism Prerelease

In the first part of this episode (0:55-1:02:19), Anne from Pikapi Podcast and I share our thoughts on the music of the tenth Pokémon movie, The Rise of Darkrai. In an unusual twist, this film features English songs in both the US and Japanese versions. Listen to our discussion to find out whether Sarah Brightman’s “I Will Be With You” or Kirsten Price’s “I’ll Always Remember You” comes out on top.

The second segment (1:02:28-1:05:13) is a player interview from a recent Pokémon TCG League Challenge and Prerelease. We talk about what deck the player used, and some of the cards from the recently released Ultra Prism set.


Segment 1:
Pikapi Podcast

Monday, February 12, 2018

Discussion: "The Rise of Darkrai" Ending Themes (Part 1)

The Japanese and English ending themes of the tenth Pokemon movie, "The Rise of Darkrai" go head-to-head in this comparison, featuring Anne from Pikapi Podcast. Sarah Brightman's "I Will Be With You (Where The Lost Ones Go)" and Kirsten Price's "I'll Always Remember You" took rather different routes to become associated with this film, but Anne and I do our best to compare them:

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Why you won't be seeing a remastered Kirsten Price interview here (for now) + new digest episode

I've wanted to fix up this early interview for a long time, but unfortunately there are some technical obstacles in the way:

On the bright side, if you've missed any of our recent content, here's a new episode of the digest podcast:

In our first segment (0:47-43:15), Anne from Pikapi Podcast drops by to help discuss some underrated Pokémon songs. In addition to sharing our own picks, we also read some viewer submissions.

Our second segment (43:24-53:14) is a series of short pieces where I talk about various aspects of the Pokémon franchise. You’ll hear me discuss what might be in a future Pokémon Pinball, compare Mario Odyssey to PokePark, and critique some anime characters.


Segment 1:
Pikapi Podcast
Master Pokemon

Saturday, January 06, 2018

Discussion: Underrated Pokemon Songs

Anne from Pikapi Podcast helps me discuss several Pokemon songs we feel haven't gotten the attention they deserve. In this first part, we go over:

-Because Everyone Was There (from Revelation Lugia)
-We're A Miracle (from Pokemon: The First Movie)
-Never Too Far From Home (from Totally Pokemon)
-Master Pokemon (Shown before Pokemon 4Ever and on Kids' WB)

Listen and find out what we have to say about these less-famous Pokemon songs:

Our discussion of underrated Pokemon music continues with "Because There Is The Sky" and the Italian Pokemon Chronicles theme. We also go over a few great viewer comments:

Also, what would our discussion be without a side conversation?

Thursday, December 21, 2017

New Anime Dub Album Announced: Pokémon Movie Music Collection Releases 12/23!

The first new official Pokemon dub album in a decade is coming out in just a few days, with songs from the last four Pokemon movies. Find out more:

Listing on Amazon

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

"Aim To Be A Pokemon Master 2017" unboxing + new digest podcast episode

The new version of the original Japanese opening theme comes with a few goodies packed in. If you want to know what you'll be getting with this CD/DVD combo pack, you can find out here:

For the latest digest episode, there are two segments. First, Anne from Pikapi Podcast returns to talk about the music of Pokémon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea, where “A Thing To Be Protected” takes on ”Together We Make A Promise”. These two very different songs lead to another interesting discussion.

The second segment is an archival interview with Brian Steckler, co-writer of “Catch Me If You Can” from Pokémon: The First Movie. As it turns out, Brian has had quite an interesting career, covering commercials, TV, and more:


Pikapi Podcast
Brian Steckler

Sunday, November 26, 2017

IC London 2017/Pokemon Movie Music Discussions

Last weekend, I had the opportunity to attend the London International Championship as a spectator. My first day involved a fair bit of waiting, but I did eventually get some playing in, as described in this report:

Additionally, we have the first part of our movie 9 discussion. Anne from Pikapi Podcast comes in to help compare Sowelu's "A Thing To Be Protected" and Cori Yarckin's "Together We Make A Promise" to see which better fits the movie:

In an upcoming discussion, Anne from Pikapi Podcast and I will go over the music of the tenth Pokemon movie, "The Rise of Darkrai". We'll be comparing the Japanese ending, "I Will Be With You (Where The Lost Ones Go)" by Sarah Brightman and the English ending, "I'll Always Remember You" by Kirsten Price. We'll also be discussing the score of the movie:

If you have any thoughts, give us a comment!

Monday, November 13, 2017

Behind The Scenes: Thnks Fr Th Mnphy

Want to know what led to the recently published "Thnks Fr Th Mnphy", a parody of Fall Out Boy's "Thnks Fr Th Mmrs"? Here, I discuss both the original 2007 version of the parody and what prompted me to get it recorded now:

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Thnks Fr Th Mnphy (2017 Rewrite) (Parody of "Thnks Fr Th Mmrs" by Fall Out Boy)

As a teaser for our upcoming discussion of "Pokemon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea", I hired a Sri Lankan singer named Lasan to record an updated version of "Thnks Fr Th Mnphy", a parody of "Thnks Fr Th Mmrs" by Fall Out Boy that I originally wrote back in 2007. The song turned out great, and I hope you enjoy it:

Thanks to Lasan for permission to post this video.


I'm gonna make it surf and shake
(If there’s a battle I can’t wait)
Hang in there but say you’re in control
In case he doesn't know
(Say you’re in control
Say you’re in control)

And I want these moves to win the fight
Cuz’ they’re a song that makes the game come to life
“Who does he think he is?”
If that's the best you got, better put your monster back in its ball

This might be worth a try
Thanks for the Manaphy
Even though its moves weren’t great
It floats like Mew—but on water
This might, just, be worth a try
Thanks for the Manaphy
Thanks for the Manaphy
Guess, it’s just like Mew—only weirder (oh)

Been looking forward to the battle
Got my eyes on another badge
and this Cherish Ball
It's always hazy except for (except for)
When you’ve got a test to pass (got a test to pass)
One last stand (one last stand-oh)

One fight and one more try
Thanks for the Manaphy
Even though its moves weren’t great
It’s cute like Mew—only wetter
One fight, yeah, and one more try
Thanks for the Manaphy
Thanks for the Manaphy
Hope, it fights like Mew—only better (oh)

They say
"I only think in the form of crunching Claydol
In gym battles Collecting ev-ry symbol"
Get me into this game
Get you out of your ball
I'm a moment away
From getting back in to the groove (whoa)

This fight was worth our time
Thanks to the Manaphy
Even though its moves weren’t great
It hits like Mew—only harder
This fight, yeah, was worth our time
Thanks to the Manaphy
Thanks to the Manaphy
When, it fights for you—it goes farther (oh)

This fight was won this time
(Won this fight, won this time)
Thanks to the Manaphy
Even though its moves weren’t great
It pulled us through a gym leader
This fight, yeah, was won this time
(Won this fight, won this time)
Thanks to the Manaphy (To the Manaphy)
Thanks to the Manaphy (To the Manaphy)
See, it pulled us through—as a winner (oh)