S1E17: Finding Dory

Taylor Gaines and Tyler B. Commons gear up and dive into the great depths to take on 2016’s “Finding Dory.”

They discuss the original plans for the plot of a “Finding Nemo” sequel, replacing the voice of Nemo, whether Dory logically and emotionally makes sense as the main character, the employment status of fish, Pixar’s first war movie, the little crab who mows his lawn, what the movie has to say about disabilities, and much more.

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S1E16: The Good Dinosaur

Taylor Gaines and Tyler Bing Bong Commons are back — and still in 2015! It’s time for Pixar’s secret film, “The Good Dinosaur.”

The guys talk about how many people actually know that “The Good Dinosaur” exists, the tumultuous production of the movie, which dinosaur is the titular “good” dinosaur, the film’s utter predictability, Pixar’s most violent movie scene, Pixar’s druggiest movie scene, human dogs, and much more.

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Link to drugged-out scene from “The Good Dinosaur”

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S1E15: Inside Out

In our longest episode ever, Taylor Gaines and Tyler B. Commons dive deep into the mind to break down 2015’s “Inside Out.”

They go inside a Pixar Braintrust meeting and debate whether the creative summit was successful, reveal some of the other emotions that were considered as characters, debate the scientific accuracy of the world of “Inside Out,” and examine Riley’s strange family dynamics. They also talk about why the movie actually works, islands collapsing, how to embrace sadness, and what it means to be vulnerable and make human connections. Things get real, you guys.

Stay tuned for a very special breakdown of the new “Toy Story 4” trailer at the end of the episode.

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S1E14: Monsters University

Taylor Gaines and Tyler B. Commons pack up their things and go back to school for Pixar’s 14th film, “Monsters University.”

They discuss the hilarious on-the-ground research Pixar did for the 2013 flick, what must have happened to Monsters University after “Monsters, Inc.”, how monsters reproduce, the movie’s awkward callbacks to the original, and Taylor embarrasses himself by bringing up “The Princess and The Bride.”

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S1E13: Brave

Taylor Gaines and Tyler B. Commons muster up everything they have to visit an alternate universe and the year 2012 for Pixar’s 13th film, “Brave.”

They do some unimpeachable accent work, reveal the movie’s original title, discuss the enigmatic replacement director for the film, debate “Wreck-It Ralph” vs. “Brave,” gape at the nudity in “Brave,” enjoy watching people learn to count, and much more. Stay tuned for the latest update to the Natural Selection rankings and hear about Ty liking things on Twitter.

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Here’s the episode of “The Front Row Network” podcast mentioned in the intro.

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S1E11: Toy Story 3

Taylor Gaines and Tyler B. Commons get back into the swing of things and kick of the second half of their Pixar journey this week with 2010’s “Toy Story 3.”

They reveal a near-disastrous plot turn the movie almost took, play a game called Summarize the Movie Last, debate whether Andy is a realistic character and break down Ken’s superb wardrobe. They also talk about the passage of time, old age, beauty in simplicity, late-stage capitalism and much more.

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S1E10: Up

Taylor Gaines and Tyler B. Commons huff some helium and put their homes on their backs for the halfway mark of the series, 2009’s “Up.”

They reveal the several alterations to the movie’s plot prior to its release, break down whether a house could be lifted by balloons (with science!), and talk about just how insanely drug-addled “Up” feels. They also, of course, cry together over the saddest sequence in Pixar history, laugh together over Doug the dog, and yell at each other over where the movie falls in the Natural Selection rankings.

Stay tuned until the end to learn about the only movie Pixar had to can well into production.

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S1E9: WALL-E

Taylor Gaines and Tyler B. Commons go to space in this week’s episode for 2008’s “WALL-E.”

They talk about the movie’s original title and plot changes, what inspired the creators, the breathtaking dialogue-free opening, and do plenty of WALL-E and EVE impressions. The guys also discuss the most wonder-filled scene Pixar’s ever done, “2001: A Space Odyssey,” Tiny Cleaning Man, and corporations destroying our world.

Where will it land in the rankings? Stay tuned till the end to find out!

Watch the Ratatouille video Taylor references in the opening.

Watch the jet turbine video Taylor references in the outro.

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S1E8: Ratatouille

Taylor Gaines and Tyler B. Commons study abroad for the eighth episode of “Natural Selection,” diving deep into the recipe book for 2007’s “Ratatouille.”

For Brad Bird’s counter-cleanliness classic, the guys discuss Pixar’s trademark research trips, pet rats, the late Anthony Bourdain’s opinion of the film, making rats cute, and shooting up your own home. They also talk about the strangest split-second of any Pixar movie, vampire food critics, making a movie about rats and humans where the audience is rooting for the rats, and criticism’s presentation in movies.

Featuring: An exciting update to the Natural Selection rankings and a DRAMATIC READING.

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