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Zetus Lapodcast: The Complete Oral History of Disney Channel Original Movies

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We were almost joined by #nofilter host Zack Peter this week. In fact, we spent over an hour talking with him about The Grove, Ren Stevens's life as a wife and mother, the geographic eccentricities of Los Angeles, and a whole lot more! However, the recording software went haywire and almost the entire episode was lost, so instead of delaying a week and re-recording, I decided to improvise because I'm too emotionally fraught right now to even spend another moment thinking about this lousy...

Duration: 00:41:58

Avalon High

New York Observer writer and condo owner Nick Ross (@NickBossRoss) joins us to talk Avalon High, a movie where the #Girlboss is also King Arthur which, like, gives her tangible political power like being the President of the United States despite being a teenager in, like, I guess, San Diego?

Duration: 01:11:10

The Suite Life Movie

What's Up Movie Surfers? cohost Mallory Mann returns to talk about THE SUITE LIFE MOVIE, cruising into Target and then cruising in Target, as it is the best place to find a hot date. We also definitely don't talk about what happens when a pack of dolphins kidnap people and take them into a cave. We've talked about it on the podcast before and there is no reason to talk about it again!

Duration: 01:10:04


Two and a half years after we sat down with him to talk about Under Wraps in Arizona, Ethan Mitchell joins us again in California to talk about MINUTEMEN, a fun but intensely problematic journey through time and space.

Duration: 01:03:41

Sharpay's Fabulous Adventure

2-time Emmy award winner (okay, they're Daytime Emmys) Jamie McCarty invited me over to watch Sharpay's Fabulous Adventure, identify Canadian landmarks and discuss the concept of a "murder twink."

Duration: 01:13:26


Comedian Kelly Ryan (@KayArePea) joins us to talk Dadnapped, Mike Pence's 1999 review of Mulan, whether or not Elijah Daniel takes our calls anymore, and more! This episode is brought to you by Sudio! Sudio wants to revolutionize the way you think about headphones. Use the promo code ZETUS at checkout for 15% off! Our podcast sounds better coming through these headphones than the ones you're currently wearing. Trust us.

Duration: 01:04:22


We're joined this week by Ashlee, a DCOM superfan who cares about these movies even more than I do! She joins me to talk about FRENEMIES, a strange anthology movie that asks and answers the question: are dogs smarter than people? Yes. Obviously. Follow her on Twitter @nogitsexi or find her on Tumblr, if you're into that!

Duration: 00:49:25

Phineas and Ferb the Movie: Across the 2nd Dimension

Unverified Twitter user / "Gilmore Girls" actor Jason Pickar comes back to the show to talk about Phineas and Ferb! He knows all about this show, I know very little, and together we meld minds to get to the bottom of this wacky interdimensional action comedy about growing up and having a fun summer! Follow me @zachheltzel and the show at @zetuslapodcast. Jason Pickar can be found at @jasonpickar on everything and he will be performing at Oh My Ribs in Los Angeles on October 12th! Go to...

Duration: 01:14:01

Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie

We're joined this week by multi-hyphen extraordinaire Brock Wilbur, the only person on the planet to understand every single crazy deep cut reference Zach makes in what can only be described as an endurance test for only the most dedicated listener of this podcast. At some points, we vaguely discuss Wizards of Waverly Place. Vaguely. Pre-order Brock's book here: It's very good.

Duration: 01:17:09

Princess Protection Program

Sara DeNatalie joins us the fourth time (!!!) to talk about Princess Protection Program, one of the wackiest and most fun DCOMs to date. No, seriously! It's really fun! Zach also has opinions about mother!. Oh boy does he have opinions about mother!.

Duration: 01:13:34

Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam

Comedian Dani Fernandez (@msdaniferndandez) joins us to talk about CAMP ROCK 2: THE FINAL JAM, The Jepsen Pattern, the differences between A Goofy Movie and An Extremely Goofy Movie, what the teens are up to these days, and more!

Duration: 01:17:36

The Cheetah Girls: One World

Raven Symone decided she didn't want to be in the third and final Cheetah Girls movie, but our guest this week, Mel Layesen, is more than able to fill the void. We talk about Bollywood, Goop, and all the things this India-set-but-clearly-shot-in-Burbank whimper reminded us about. We also bid "Daddy" goodbye, until I forget and bring it back again next week.

Duration: 01:13:23

Harriet the Spy: Blog Wars

IMDWeed host Kelly McInerney is on the pod to discuss HARRIET THE SPY: BLOG WARS. As a Harriet the Spy expert, she breaks down the similarities and differences between the legendary 1990s depiction and this one. Spoiler: Nickelodeon did it better.

Duration: 00:56:51

16 Wishes

Comedian Kristin Clifford stops by to talk about "16 Wishes," a baffling labyrinth of weird plotting and time travel mechanics that would make Shane Carruth go *extremely Home Improvement voice* huhwhaaaaaaaaa

Duration: 01:05:04

Den Brother

Matt D'Ambrosio stops by this week to talk about DEN BROTHER, a movie that is a direct mashup of TROOP BEVERLY HILLS and MRS. DOUBTFIRE if both of those movies were 100x less good.

Duration: 01:02:53

Hatching Pete

Hana Michels returns to the pod to discuss HATCHING PETE, a movie about having allergies and dressing up like a chicken. No, really. These movies truly feel like a parody of themselves at this point.

Duration: 00:57:27

The Hannah Montana Movie

King of fancy brunches and branded content Evan DeSimone stops by to talk about The Hannah Montana Movie and a streaming service that if we mentioned it by name, a bot posing as a member of their PR team would send us an email.

Duration: 01:11:38

Teen Beach Movie

A gaggle of my favorite high school friends visited my apartment in sunny California in their swim trunks and flippy floppies to talk TEEN BEACH MOVIE, growing up in Glendale, body image issues, and the unique joy of drinking a strawberrita in a pool.

Duration: 00:57:58

The Cheetah Girls 2

Writer Lora Thompson comes back to talk about THE CHEETAH GIRLS 2, the love of Tom Cruise's life, and all the celebrities we lost in the great cull of 2015.

Duration: 01:02:10

Twitches Too

Reigning queen of all media Sara DeNatalie (@saramallen) is back to talk about the sequel to Twitches...well, almost. We don't talk about it at all. It's the biggest nothingburger of a movie of all time. We mostly just talk about how she's in Scranton right now and she needs to feel God in a Chili's tonight. Support her Gofundme so she can feel God in that Chili's.

Duration: 00:50:38

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