Texas Senator Ted Cruz Scared As Child by Fantasia, Seth Rogen Replies that Everyone That Made The Film Would “Hate” Him

Seth Rogen is a funny, talented guy, but sometimes he needs to lay off the weed.

I know he seems to despise Texas Senator, Ted Cruz, at least by the heated tweets he’s sent Cruz’s direction lately, but trying to spar over a Disney movie is a bit pedantic.

Fantasia, I have to agree with Cruz, can be a bit scary when you’re young.

The exchange began on Thursday when the Texas Republican responded to a tweet from MGM Studios asking the first film people had seen in theaters. “‘Fantasia,’” Cruz said. “It was playing at a film revival. It scared me; I cried–I was 4. My Mom had to take me out. Good times.” On Friday, Rogen shot back: “Everyone who made that film would hate you.”

Ted Cruz and Seth Rogen Spar Over Disney’s ‘Fantasia’:

I’m not quite sure “everyone” that made Fantasia would agree with Seth Rogen. Why would they hate someone for a 4-year old being scared by Fantasia? It wasn’t made to be scared by kids, of course, but invoking an emotion through any art is often a compliment to the creators.

If you think of Fantasia, it’s a glorious spectacle with bombastic symphonic music, but my early memories of the movie were it was loud and Mickey was in a castle and there seemed to be some creepy wizardry thing going on. Of course that memory is heavily flawed when I saw it again at an older age. It’s funny the things you remember about movies seeing them at an younger age.

Fantasia isn’t a traditional Disney movie, which is part of the reason I like it. Gives off a different vibe than some of their other early movies. In 1940 it came out, that’s 80+ years ago. Everything was different in the movie world back then. Everything was different in the world too, as this was World War II times and the whole Hitler in Nazi Germany conflict was heating up.

In 2021, if you stream it, the movie starts with a text message warning (paraphrasing) that certain depictions are negative and represent a culture and society at the time that are no longer acceptable today. Here’s the extended version:

“This program includes negative depictions and/or mistreatment of people or cultures. These stereotypes were wrong then and are wrong now. Rather than remove this content, we want to acknowledge its harmful impact, learn from it and spark conversation to create a more inclusive future together. Disney is committed to creating stories with inspirational and aspirational themes that reflect the rich diversity of the human experience around the globe.”

Fantasia can be streamed on Disney+.

15+ An American Pickle Reviews – Two Seth Rogens For The Price of One

An American Pickle ⭐️⭐️⭐️½

Seth Rogen is a very good writer and, after seeing his newest film, he also can skillfully play an early 1900 foreign doppelganger.

Imagine how bizarre it would be to act against yourself at two completely different times when you can’t see yourself? Rogen does just that — and pulls it off like it’s no big deal.

In order for Seth Rogen to have an actual beard as Herschel, the entirety of An American Pickle was filmed with the actor as the pickle-brined character and then filmed again with a clean-shaved Rogen playing a present-day man from Brooklyn. When on set, Rogen had a stand-in that he would often play off of for the scenes. It was an especially challenging shoot for the actor, especially in moments when the characters share the frame and their conversations also need to look organic.

Seth Rogen Hilariously ‘Tried To Get Out’ Of Playing Both Roles In American Pickle – CINEMABLEND

… you’ve been warned, SPOILERS ahead …

A different kind of time travel

Time travel stories are usually full of holes. This is a somewhat fresh idea behind time travel in the sense that Herschel was simply preserved. It’s a totally ridiculous idea and yet the absurdity kind of works.

Speaking of logic, just throw it out and have fun

If you must absolutely have logic in your comedies, you’ll find holes aplenty here. The good news is most of the gaffes are to make the story funny, Like how Ben keeps sabotaging Herschel, constantly one-upping his earlier effort until the big one that get him kicked out of America.

Herschel > Ben

Herschel, the 1919 frozen in time character is much more likable than Ben, the whiny, manipulative present day app designer. The conflict between the two, and Herschel’s unawareness is what keeps the film moving along.

Pickle hunger?

Is it just me that gets hungry for pickles watching this movie? It’s gross the way Herschel makes the pickles, but there is so much discussion about pickles during the movie that I found myself wanting to snack on them. If this had played in a movie theater it would have been a smart marketing idea to team up with a pickle company for the concession. It’s the type of food you could snack on while watching a movie.

Argh, that wrapped up in a bow ending

The picture? Really? The hand drawn picture?

Reviews by Others

What do others think of An American Pickle?


  1. Caution Spoilers / Sarah Cartland: “What An American Pickle deliberately misses out serves to show how fake news and personality has come to dominate facts. The huge story of Herschel’s survival in the brine is dealt with at a single news conference where questions about the science are answered in the flimsiest way, to the satisfaction of all journalists present – while his individuality and idiosyncrasies make him first blog-worthy and then network news-worthy”
  2. Cookie and Screen: “…is a comforting movie with a lot of heart. Helmed by two greatly different performances by Seth Rogen, this is definitely one film to relish.”
  3. DC Bolling / DC’s Take (Grade: C+): “…doesn’t always work when the laughs don’t come in as often, but it’s still enjoyable to watch mainly because of the duel performances from Seth Rogen, showing us what he can do as a performer. He’s enough to try it.”
  4. Flip Screen: “For Rogen’s acting alone, An American Pickle is worth the watch. Rogen seems to be taking a page out of Adam Sandler’s book, taking on dramatic roles sparingly, but like Sandler, the results are amazing when they finally come.”
  5. Giadreams / Te Movie My Life: “The humour in An American Pickle may well be your kind of humour. In which case, give it a chance. Just remember that you’ll need to suspend your disbelief completely and utterly.”
  6. Howard For Film: “Even with its shortcomings, AN AMERICAN PICKLE is still reasonably entertaining. It’s available now on HBO Max. And, by the way, as someone who regularly makes his own pickles, I can tell you that you need more than cucumbers, salt and water. At least the literary Herschel knows what the correct ingredients are.”
  7. Jerome Reviews (8/10): “This was definitely a different type of Seth Rogan movie that could have easily went wrong but that’s not the case here! Check this one out!!”
  8. Soham Bogchi: “It’s almost too thin to sustain its premise for the running time — a scant 90 minutes — and sometimes feels more like a stretched-out sketch than a fully developed feature.”
  9. Tall Writer (3/4): “…is a great chance to experience Seth Rogen’s talents. For audiences concerned about the content, this film is the first he’s produced that wasn’t rated R so wade in this pickle vat, you’ll enjoy yourself.”
  10. The Craggus: “It’s all the more remarkable because it uses such a ridiculous gimmick to set up its gentle culture-clash story, a ridiculousness the film both acknowledges and dismisses in a wonderful wink to the fourth wall.”
  11. Trailer Trashed: “Not usually a comedy fan, or a Seth Rogan fan.  So I was surprised by how much I liked this film.  Some bits were a bit overdone, but it was good for a few chuckles.”

Not Recommended

  1. Mark Hobin / Fast Film Reviews (2.5/5): “…is neither a tale where people behave rationally nor one where things develop in a coherent manner.  The slapdash nature of the story is irksome.”
  2. Matthew Liedke (2/5): “…begins with some promise but the film as a whole consistently stumbles. There are a few laughs to be had and Rogen deserves some credit, but this one mostly misses the mark.
  3. Maz / The Nerds Uncanny (Grade: C): “…is an okay film that could have been great. While there are some entertaining moments here and there, I can’t help feeling that the movie wasted a good premise for a comedy film”
  4. MoodyB / Cinema Cynic (5/10): “…despite featuring a surprisingly engaging and diverse dual performance from Seth Rogen, An American Pickle is a watchable enough, but extremely light, generic and forgettable film.”
  5. Nathan Major – Major Film Reviews: “Rogan is capable of much more, and you can even glimpse that potential in moments here, it’s just buried beneath the usual fluff and filler that make up the usual Seth Rogan vehicle, taking an incredibly interesting premise, and making it thoroughly forgettable.” (ed. – Rogen’s name is spelled with an ‘e’, not an ‘a’, but left the quote as written)
  6. Phil The Bear’s Film Reviews: “It is letdown by its struggle for an ending and settles on one that is just as quaint and quiet as what has gone before. Enjoyable but not essential.”

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Happy movie watching!

FIRST LOOK: An American Pickle – HBO Max

HBO Max has its first exclusive movie coming next month and it’s starring a preserved and present day Seth Rogen and, yes, pickles.

I’m a fan of Rogen’s comedies, so this one could be good, bad, or somewhere in that “forget about it after watching” between. I’m fairly confident during the movie it will make me laugh at least once or twice.

Directed by Brandon Trost (“This is the End,” “Neighbors,” “The Interview”) and based on Simon Rich’s (“Man Seeking Woman,” “Miracle Workers”) 2013 New Yorker novella, “An American Pickle” — HBO Max’s first original film — stars Rogen as both Herschel Greenbaum, a struggling laborer who immigrates to America in 1920, and Ben Greenbaum, Herschel’s mild-mannered computer programmer grandson.

‘An American Pickle’ Trailer: 2 Seth Rogens Strive For American Dream | IndieWire

The official trailer recently dropped:

Pickle factory worker, preserved in pickle relatives, computer programmers, yes … it’s got the ingredients for something really stupid or funny, we’ll soon find out which. Are you looking forward to this one? I am.

An American Pickle will be available for streaming on HBO Max exclusively on August 6, 2020.

Tucker Carlson Trolls Celebs Donating To Black Lives Matter, Seth Rogen Pushes Back – Tucker Just Needs Some MCLOVIN!

Whichever side you fall on the fight that’s explained in this post, or even if you don’t care (my camp), Superbad is still a very funny movie, Tucker Carlson. You know you’ve watched it and laughed at Mclovin!

I rarely watch news any more, primarily since the only live TV we have is through Locast (https://www.locast.org/).

The news is too often depressing, confrontational and filled with some sort of talking heads spouting opinions I too often disagree with. I’m not picking on any national news station directly, because they all suck IMO: CNN, Fox News, ABC, NBC, CBS and so on … the only news I somewhat like watching is local news.

“I AM Mclovin” … priceless!

Now, where do I receive my news? How do I keep up on what’s happening in the world? Google News. I refresh the headlines there frequently. Sometimes, I’ll catch something new on social media as well, but I don’t watch any news channels live regularly.

That will change somewhat when the presidential election kicks in. I’ll be watching more — again, through Localcast primarily. The Coronavirus coverage through reading and watching video clips online. That’s how I consume news and stay on top of what’s happening in the world.

That all said, Tucker Carlson, who I’ve seen before and don’t particularly care for his acerbic style as a news commentator apparently has lashed out at celebrities who donated to Black Lives Matter movement.

Look, as a rule, I don’t think it’s particularly wise to tell people where to spend their money. If anybody reading wants to donate money to any cause, regardless if it’s a good cause in some people’s minds or not, more power to them. It’s their money. Who is Tucker Carlson to tell Seth Rogen what he should/should not donate to?

For that reason, I’m on Rogen’s side of this argument. Not sure I’d have chosen the same incendiary social media responses, but that’s his choice too. I’ve told a few people online over the years to F off and haven’t felt guilty about it. Whatever.

Seth Rogen was vocal this past week in criticizing opponents of the Black Lives Matter movement, as well as All Lives Matter supporters. Amid nationwide protests, he posted via Instagram an image of the Black Lives Matter logo and told his eight-million-plus followers, “If this is a remotely controversial statement to you, feel free to unfollow me.” All Lives Matter supporters disagreed with Rogen’s message, and he responded by firing back. “Fuck off,” the comedian wrote to one All Lives Matter supporter. “You don’t deserve my movies anywhere. Stop watching my shit.” To other critics, Rogen responded, “Shut the fuck up” and “eat shit and fuck you.”

Seth Rogen Fires Back at Tucker Carlson: ‘F*ck This Pasty A**hole’

Ouch. I bet Seth Rogen sparked up a joint and chilled over it. He doesn’t really care what Tucker Carlson thinks and it’s doubtful Tucker Carlson truly cares who Seth Rogen donates money to.

This is all about ratings. Attention. It’s trolling for something I’ve not fallen into the trap of giving into myself with this post.

Ratings, ratings, ratings. Clickbait. It’s one gigantic hamster wheel of attention and why I rarely watch news.

Here’s another dove of peace for Carlson and Rogen to enjoy:


Now that I’ve written about it here, I’m being somewhat hypocritical. I don’t write about these types of obvious dustups very often as this isn’t a gossip rag, but it did give me a chance to explain something I haven’t done here before: my opinion of TV news in 2020 — which by and large I dislike. Also, how I prefer to consume news.

How do you get your news in 2020?

This leads me to wondering about you, kind readers. How do you consume news? Do you watch TV news? Do you catch it online similarly to how I do? Do you follow it on social media?