Anglo-Filles Episode 18: It’s all thanks to Kevin’s mom

It’s time to reminisce about being a baby nerd and what we were obsessed with as Les Petite Filles. And also Le Petit Garçon, as we are joined by Made of Fail founder, executive producer and all around Starter of Things, Kevin!

There are some sound and editing issues, due to a lack of avocado sacrifice.

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Little House on the Prairie
Little House Cookbook
Richard Scarry’s Busy Busy World
Harry Potter
The Strugatsky Brothers
Evgeny Shvarts
Roadside Picnic on Amazon
Amazon page for Diane Duane’s Young Wizards series
Olga Larionova, writer of The Leopard from Kilimanjaro’s Peak


The Little Mermaid
The Great Mouse Detective
“The Old Wizard’s Fairy Tales” an example of a Soviet-era kids movie-
Alina’s screencap-blog of Ordinary Miracle, a film based on a Shvarts play
Fantaghiro (in english – Cave of the Golden Rose) and on Alina’s Tumblr

TV Shows:
He-Man, She-Ra,
Maid Marian and Her Merry Men
The Moomins
Muppet Show

Video Games:

Oregon Trail
Odell Pond
Reader Rabbit
Tink Tonk
Mixed Up Mother Goose

Fandom video to “We Didn’t Start The Fire” where originally posted with notes by the creators, Scribe and Fiercynn. Watch it, cry, it’s amazing.

The Dakota War of 1862, as mentioned during the discussion of the treatment of American Indians in the Little House books.

Things our listeners tweeted at us:
L.M. Montgomery, Louisa May Alcott, Chronicles of Narnia, Carrie, Time for Kids, those stupid Weekly Reader/Readers Digest newsletters they gave us in (American) school), Sports Illustrated, MTV News, Steven King.

Happy nostalgia, everyone!


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14 Responses to Anglo-Filles Episode 18: It’s all thanks to Kevin’s mom

  1. Ian (from AMoT podcast)

    OMG ALINA I HAD “MIXED-UP MOTHER GOOSE.” I haven’t even THOUGHT about that game in YEARS, and I remember very little about it, but yeah, we definitely had that game in my house. We didn’t get very far in it–I think we managed to match up the items for Jack and Jill, Humpty Dumpty, and Jack Be Nimble, but IIRC, the game was part of this HUGE shareware collection that we got from an uncle of ours (like, 5 CDs with 20 or so DOS and early Windows games on each CD, sorted by genre), so there were a bunch of other games in the collection that we got more involved in.

    Ah, ~*memories.*~

    • Alina

      Yay! Someone else remembers! I feel validated and warm and fuzzy. We are now ~*~kindred souls~*~ bound forever.

  2. Ian (from AMoT podcast)

    Also, as you guys were naming early 90s cartoons and such, it reminded me that Swat Kats had one of the best intro songs ever, so I pulled it up and listened to it and everything was awesome and nothing hurt.

  3. Aoife

    Fairy Tale-movies were also a big part of my childhood, most must have been Russian or GDR-ones. Though the most famous one was ‘Three Nuts for Cinderella’ which was Czechoslovakian. It’s still required watching every Christmas and my favourite fairy-tale adaptation of all time.

    Otherwise German childhood meant for many ‘Augsburger Puppenkiste’ a string-puppet theatre. They also adapted many fairy tales but what was really pupular in the 90s were their versions of the Jim Knopf-stories (written by Michael Ende, orphan going on adventures…half-dragons, nor-really!giants and pirates are involved) and the Urmel books (a dinosaur-baby that ends up in our time and is chased by evil scientists that want it for their zoo…it is helped by other animals that all have speech-impediments…it’s less weird than it sounds)…awww…all the memories <3

    • Alina

      I remember Three Nuts for Cinderella, I actually tracked it down on YouTube not long ago and rewatched it. Have you ever seen this Snow White – the one where the prince is in disguise as the court jester?

      • Aoife

        Oh…I don’t think I’ve seen that (or possibly I did a long time ago…since a few years German TV is doing new fairy tale adaptations and while they are mostly quite good they have pushed most of the re-runs of the old GDR & co-fairy tales so I haven’t rewatched them in a while. I need to do a hunt on youtube one day because many of them are up there)

  4. David W.


    The Berestain Bears
    Harry Potter




    Pre-1994 Disney animated films (my favorites were Pinnochio, Fantasia and The Great Mouse Detective), later I grew to love The Hunchback of Notre Dame as well, but I didn’t see it until recently when I bought a DVD;
    Edward Scissorhands & The Nightmare Before Christmas;
    Batman & Batman Returns;
    SotL (my mother introduced it to me when I was 10; later I read the novel in both Chinese and English)
    The Roger Moore-era 007 films (the seven VHS’s we owned was part of the reason I did not completely lose my spoken English after moving back from Canada), later I watched the rest in the series as well;

    Video Games:
    Beach Head 2003
    Red Alert 2 (my brother taught me about this one)

    Sailor Moon (because a Canadian cousin forced me to)
    Detective Conan (surprisingly realistic characterizations, there’s a fan-sub comic site called, if anyone’s interested)

    TV shows:
    Batman: The Animated Series

  5. Elizabeth D.

    Since there isn’t much anime (which breaks my heart) I thought I’d contribute mine.

    Sailor Moon (with a new anime to be released soon!)
    Yu Yu Hakusho (a good Dragon Ball alternative for people who didn’t have the patience for all of DB)
    Gundam Wing
    Card Captor Sakura
    Yu-Gi-Oh! (has great camp appeal)

    • Alina

      Not Fushigi Yuugi? I loved Fushigi Yuugi. Still not over how Chiriko died.

      NGE, O!MG, Blue Seed, Ranma 1/2, Inu Yasha… now I feel nostalgic, but for me anime was something I discovered as a teen, so it wasn’t an influence on my childhood and it was probably the same for Kevin and Reidan.

      • “Sailor Moon” (dubbed in English, of course) was something one of my Canadian cousins made me watch when I was over at her house because in true Lucy Van Pelt fashion she never let me get ahold of the remote. I think I blocked out all the other episodes I’d watched from my mind except Sailor Moon’s debut with her turning some demoness into dust, the one where she ordered her flying magical tiara to abort mission because her classmate was standing guard in front of the possessed (apparantly she still loved him), and the (season finale?) showdown between Sailor Moon (and the sisterhood behind her in spirit) and Queen whatshername.

        But I just can’t get the theme song outta my head. >_< Is it the same tune in original Japanese?


        The animes I'd watched and enjoyed and would like to recommend include Astro Boy (created by Tezuka Osamu), Doraemon (created by Fujiko F. Fujio) and Detective Conan (created by Aoyama Gosho). For the latter I suggest you read the manga first if possible, as the show is full of filler episodes that most of the time’s a waste of time. An English-languaged fan sub site can be reached at (the Detective Conan Translation Project).

        • Elizabeth D.

          The theme tune is the same! It’s actually a fairly famous piece of music, in anime circles, called Moonlight Densetsu.

          My best friend was obsessed with Detective Conan in high school to the point where she sent angry letters when TokyoPop decided to close down NA distribution because she couldn’t get the English manga translations anymore.

      • Elizabeth D.

        Fushigi Yuugi definitely gets honorable mention, although I didn’t watch it until college so not really a nostalgia influence for me. Speaking of character deaths Trigun should probably be mentioned for being the first anime to pop a lot of people’s “significant character death” cherry. Over a decade later and I’m still not over poor Wolfwood.

        My fiancee watched and loves Blue Seed, it was a little weird for me. FLCL is something else that I know was really popular but was kind of too weird for my tastes.

        I think Inu Yasha had the same problem for me as DBZ does for a lot of people, it was interesting but it dragged on for so long that I outgrew it or got bored or something and wandered away.

        I feel like I should mention Cowboy Bepop because I vaguely remember watching it when I was younger but I don’t remember a lot of it now. I don’t know if it was due to my age or if it just didn’t leave an impression.