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The Nostalgia Chick is a series and character created by Lindsay Ellis for the comedy website That Guy with the Glasses.

ConceptEdit

The idea of a "Nostalgia Chick" to complement the existing "Nostalgia Critic" (Douglas Walker) was announced on the That Guy with the Glasses website in "The Search for the Nostalgia Chick" (August 10, 2008). The idea was for female host to review female-targetted nostalgic films and television.[1]

The competition was won by Lindsay Ellis, then using the name "The Dudette," as announced on the site in "Nostalgia Chick Winner!" (September 15, 2008).[1] During the competition, Ellis actually beleived that the winner would be Krissy Diggs, who was eventually one of two runners up and joined the site as "That Chick with the Goggles."[1]

The costume of the Nostalgia Chick initially included a pair of glasses and a bow tie worn as a choker. Ellis wore the glasses to disguise the tired appearance of her eyes in her submission. They were never real and their appearances diminished due to losing them. The glasses were eventually stolen from Ellis' car in Brooklyn and no longer appear in the show.[1] The bow tie was left over from Ellis' appearance in a production of Cabaret while studying at New York University (she played the accordion).[1] Early episodes include the closing catchphrase "I remember it because the dudes don't" (based on the Nostalgia Critic's "I remember it so you don't have to"). Ellis eventually dropped this as it seemed anti-feminist; it gave the impression that the subject was being reviewed by a woman because it was not important enough to be reviwed by a man. After requesting submissions for a new catchphrase, Ellis decided against using any catchphrase in her work.[1]

Later episodes have been delayed by Ellis' enrollment in the Masters programme at University of Southern California and her subsequent travelling between New York and Los Angeles.[2] At the time of the competition for a Nostalgia Chick, Ellis was unemployed and had not received confirmation of a place at USC. She has stated that, due to the work load, she would not have entered the competition if she had known she would be going to USC.[1]

Lindsay EllisEdit

Ellis comes from Tennessee and moved to New York when she was 18. She now lives in Los Angeles (during term time) and New York.[1] Despite the sbuject and tone of the series, Ellis has stated that she likes some of the films, such as Labyrinth, although she honestly does not like Disney's Pocahontas, the subject of her initial submission.[1]

Episode listEdit

KeyEdit

The episode list is divided into years, based on the date of release:-

Year Episodes First episode Final episode
2008 8 Pocahontas (1995) Top 10 Disturbing and Inescapable Christmas Songs
2009 13 a Labyrinth (1986) Disney Princess a

The episode lists are laid out as follows:-

# Title Link Length Release date
#b "Episode Title" [Link]c mm:ssd 21 October 2017e
Brief description of the episode. This may also include one or more of the following notes:-
Introducing: The first appearances of any running gags or repeated series elements.
Guest starring: Any guest stars appearing in the episode.
Cameo: Any brief cameo appearances in the episode by other people or other characters played by Douglas Walker.
Note: A brief note about any unusual features of the episode.
Notes
  • ^a  Correct for latest episode to be released at time of writing. The series is ongoing and new episodes will be released over time.
  • ^b  The episode number.
  • ^c  External link to streaming video of the episode.
  • ^d  Length of the episode, in "minutes:seconds" format.
  • ^e  The date the episode was released.

2008 episodesEdit

# Title Link Length Release date

<tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center; background:#F2F2F2"><td id="ep1">1</td> <td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"Pocahontas" </td><td>[1]</td><td>13:29</td><td>September 16, 2008 (2008-09-16)</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #007FFF" colspan="5"> The Nostalgia Chick reviews Pocahontas (1995). The debut of the Nostalgia Chick. The Chick expresses her resentment toward this movie, pointing its many historical and geographical inaccuracies. The one flaw she points out most directly is that during the formation of the Jamestown Settlement, the real John Smith was an old man and Pocahontas was a preteen. In the movie, both are young adults. She also denounces Disney's attempt at making both characters look sexy and admits they actually have bland personalities. She also finds it confusing that Virginia is portrayed with so many tall cliffs. By the end of the movie, the Chick states that Disney has butchered our American history and left several questions unanswered, such as, "Why doesn't listening with one's heart bridge language gaps anymore?"
Introducing: "Puppies!"/Cheering gag. </td></tr>

<tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center; background:#F2F2F2"><td id="ep2">2</td> <td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"Teen Witch" </td><td>[2]</td><td>12:20</td><td>September 20, 2008 (2008-09-20)</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #007FFF" colspan="5"> The Nostalgia Chick reviews Teen Witch (1989). Ellis' first review released after winning the Search for the Nostalgia Chick contest. The Chick is turned off by Louise's selfishness, the film's lack of a plot or resolution, and the obnoxious pointless musical numbers. She admits that plenty of movies made for teenage girls during the 1980s suffered from a stronger focus on maturing and getting boyfriends than telling a coherent plot with strong conflict. During the review, she frequently calls Louise "the Messiah". She has more trouble relating to Louise than the writers hoped. </td></tr> <tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center; background:#F2F2F2"><td id="ep3">3</td> <td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"Anastasia" </td><td>[3]</td><td>12:33</td><td>October 6, 2008 (2008-10-06)</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #007FFF" colspan="5"> The Nostalgia Chick reviews Anastasia (1997). The Chick interprets this movie as Don Bluth surrendering to Walt Disney Animation Studios, who made much more money than him during the 1990s, as it tries to copy the formula of Disney movies of the era. Grigori Rasputin (portrayed by Doug "That Guy with the Glasses" Walker) frequently calls to complain about his negative portrayal. The Chick also objects Anastasia's final decision to elope with the con man Dimitri instead of accept her royal duties. However, she admits to liking some of the animation and music.
Notes:First time the Chick is seen without glasses and the first time she does not say her catchphrase. </td></tr> <tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center; background:#F2F2F2"><td id="ep4">4</td> <td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"She-Ra: Princess of Power" </td><td>[4]</td><td>11:04</td><td>October 23, 2008 (2008-10-23)</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #007FFF" colspan="5"> The Nostalgia Chick reviews The Secret of the Sword (1985). The Chick begins by discussing how She-Ra: Princess of Power was little more than a short-lived female-oriented remake of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, but actually had a healthy run by children's show standards. She blames its cancelation on the fact the public rarely demands merchandise of tough women. She initially hopes that Secret of the Sword, the movie that marks She-Ra's public debut, is not as overly gay as the rest of the Masters of the Universe franchise, but is ultimately proven wrong. Since the movie was edited together from five early episodes of She-Ra, The Chick has trouble figuring out if the ending is near, declaring it has more fake-outs than Return of the King. Positives of the show she points out include the feminist attitude and Hordak being a more dignified antagonist than Skeletor. </td></tr> <tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center; background:#F2F2F2"><td id="ep5">5</td> <td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"Hocus Pocus" </td><td>[5]</td><td>10:47</td><td>October 31, 2008 (2008-10-31)</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #007FFF" colspan="5"> The Nostalgia Chick reviews Hocus Pocus (1993). Since the Sanderson witches appear after a virgin lights a magic candle, The Chick assumes the movie teaches children to lose their virginity as quickly as possible. Lightning strikes whenever she says the word, "virgin". She gets annoyed with Thora Birch acting like a "beastly child", Sarah Jessica Parker being typecast as a boy-crazy ditz, and Kathy Najimy acting slightly like a pedophile. She also finds it sexist for Bette Midler to plot revenge against "beastly child" for calling her ugly. The Chick believes Doug Jones playing a zombie is the best part of the movie. </td></tr> <tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center; background:#F2F2F2"><td id="ep6">6</td> <td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"Top 11 Villainesses" </td><td>[6]</td><td>12:00</td><td>November 17, 2008 (2008-11-17)</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #007FFF" colspan="5"> 11. Mirage from Aladdin: The Series (1994-1996)
10. Rita Repulsa from Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (1993-1995)
9. Angelica Pickles from Rugrats (1991-2004)
8. Carmen Sandiego from Where on Earth Is Carmen Sandiego? (1994-1999)
7. Cruella de Vil from One Hundred and One Dalmatians (1961)
6. Mystique from X-Men (1992-1997)
5. Tie between Catwoman, Poison Ivy, and Harley Quinn from Batman: The Animated Series (1992-1995)
4. Ursula from The Little Mermaid (1989)
3. Demona from Gargoyles (1994-1997)
2.Wicked Witch of the West from The Wizard of Oz (1939)
1.Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty (1959)
Note: This video is shown in a lower quality than the others to help address playback problems some viewers had after That Guy with the Glasses switched from Revver to blip.tv. </td></tr> <tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center; background:#F2F2F2"><td id="ep7">7</td> <td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"Spice World" </td><td>[7]</td><td>13:12</td><td>December 13, 2008 (2008-12-13)</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #007FFF" colspan="5"> The Nostalgia Chick reviews Spice World (1998). The Chick accuses the Spice Girls of promoting the stereotypes feminists previously worked to disprove. She declares this cheesy, episodic Spice Girls vehicle only has one redeeming factor: Meat Loaf's cameo. In a manner similar to such Nostalgia Critic reviews as Batman & Robin, The Chick finds the movie is so overly girly, she can predict such moments as a pillow fight seconds before they happen. She also points out that the objectifying of males is too disturbing for children, but the jokes are too immature for adults. She uses her "Girl Power Weird/Random Shit-o-Lever" to create a roulette predicting what will happen next to the girls. She also expresses disappointment at the Spice Girls' 2007 reunion, and notes sadly that for a band who promoted the idea that 'friendship never ends' it seems the girls can no longer stand to be in the same room as each other. At the end, The Chick announces "women's lib means no more glasses".
Introducing: The Nostalgia Chick being entraced by a male singer. </td></tr> <tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center; background:#F2F2F2"><td id="ep8">8</td> <td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"Top 10 Disturbing and Inescapable Christmas Songs" </td><td>[8]</td><td>19:00</td><td>December 24, 2008 (2008-12-24)</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #007FFF" colspan="5"> 10. Fairytale of New York (1987)
9. Santa Baby (1953)
8. Please, Daddy (Don't Get Drunk This Christmas) (1975)
7. Dick in a Box (2006)
6. The Twelve Days of Christmas (1842)
5. Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer (1979)
4. Baby, It's Cold Outside (1944)
3. The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don't Be Late) (1958)
2. Do They Know It's Christmas? (1984)
1. The Christmas Shoes (1996) </td></tr>

2009 episodesEdit

Episode 14 to episode 17 form an arc with the Nostalgia Chick starting to review male-orientated material.[1][3]

# Title Link Length Release date

<tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center; background:#F2F2F2"><td id="ep9">9</td> <td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"Labyrinth" </td><td>[9]</td><td>14:07</td><td>March 22, 2009 (2009-03-22)</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #FF0000" colspan="5"> The Nostalgia Chick reviews Labyrinth (1986). The Chick is entranced by David Bowie's package but criticizes Jennifer Connelly's acting and the movie's tendency to steer away from the plot. She claims it is easy to make innuendos of many of the movie's quotes and adds the phrase "That's what she said" after some of them. Whenever someone gets Hoggle's name wrong, the word "gag" runs past the Chick. Her roommate Nella occasionally offers snacks with phallic names such as "spotted dick" and "fried cock". During the "Chilly Down" number, The Chick plays the "Big Lipped Alligator Moment" emblem and audio used when she and the Nostalgia Critic reviewed Ferngully: The Last Rainforest. She also plays music from The Benny Hill Show during the scenes she believes are the most tedious. She says the movie as a whole is "lovably weird". </td></tr> <tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center; background:#F2F2F2"><td id="ep10">10</td> <td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"Thumbelina" </td><td>[10]</td><td>15:37</td><td>April 25, 2009 (2009-04-25)</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #FF0000" colspan="5"> The Nostalgia Chick reviews Thumbelina (1994). The Chick starts by explaining how Don Bluth's movies seem to do well only when the Disney Company is in trouble (that is, if Pixar films aren't counted). Her main problem with Thumbelina was that it was a rip-off of several Disney movies like The Little Mermaid (including the fact that Thumbelina, like Ariel, was voiced by Jodi Benson), Beauty and the Beast, and Aladdin. She is also extremely annoyed by Thumbelina's unending pessimism and Jacquimo's neverending optimism (claiming that he must be on anti-depressants). The Chick points out that Thumbelina has too many suitors and that her decision to choose Prince Cornelius and shun the others is unjustified by the fact they only spend five minutes together. She appears to believe the songs in the movie, which Barry Manilow has written, are weird, and claims "Marry the Mole" to be "the worst song in any movie". She ends the review stating that she needs a new catchphrase. </td></tr> <tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center; background:#F2F2F2"><td id="ep11">11</td> <td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"Babysitters Club" </td><td>[11]</td><td>15:36</td><td>May 11, 2009 (2009-05-11)</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #FF0000" colspan="5"> The Nostalgia Chick reviews The Baby-Sitters Club: The Movie (1995). The Chick comments that The Baby-sitters Club book series had a pretty genius way to appeal to girls by writing about stereotypical, relatable young women who both make friends and play with children. She notes that the movie goes into no detail at all about how the club was formed and has plenty of subplots instead of one main plot. The Chick finds that Jessie's lines are very cheesy, the subplot of Krissy bonding with her father has some unintentional innuendo, and Stacey's diabetes are taken too seriously. She also has trouble understanding the rap used to help Claudia with her test and the reasons for giving the greenhouse to the child-hating Mrs. Haberman. She occasionally plays music from Psycho to accompany footage of the children, who she finds more evil than the antagonists. Regarding her catchphrase contest from the previous episode, the Chick admits it was hard to pick the best entry and ends the review with a montage of her favorite suggestions. </td></tr> <tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center; background:#F2F2F2"><td id="ep12">12</td> <td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"Top 11 Embarrassing Nostalgic Dance Crazes" </td><td>[12]</td><td>5:14</td><td>June 5, 2009 (2009-06-05)</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #FF0000" colspan="5"> The Chick, with help from Nella, goes over her choices for the Top 11 Embarrassing Nostalgic Dance Crazes.
11. Cotton-Eyed Joe (1994)
10. Electric Slide (1976)
9. Hokey Pokey (1940)
8. The Fast Food Song (referred to as "A Pizza Hut") (2003)
7. Jump On It (1996)
6. Cha Cha Slide (1996)
5. Chicken Dance (1963)
4. Achy Breaky Heart (1992)
3. Jump (1984)
2. YMCA (1978)
1. Macarena (1993) </td></tr> <tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center; background:#F2F2F2"><td id="ep13">13</td> <td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"Xanadu" </td><td>[13]</td><td>15:58</td><td>June 13, 2009 (2009-06-13)</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #FF0000" colspan="5"> The Nostalgia Chick reviews Xanadu (1980). The Chick begins by admitting she did not know much about this movie before many people requested she reviewed it. She gets excited over seeing Olivia Newton-John and Gene Kelly in the opening credits, and the UFO implying aliens will appear, but is ultimately disappointed by the implausible, non-sci-fi plot and Michael Beck's low-quality acting. She also notices Kelly's requests to make Beck his partner have unintentional homosexual implications. Despite the weirdness of such scenes as an animated musical number directed by Don Bluth, the Chick resists the temptation to call any scene a Big-Lipped Alligator Moment because none of the scenes have any connection to each other. She claims she is not surprised that the stage version did so well because the movie has overly stagy cinematography. As foreshadowing of her next review, the Chick closes the review by admitting she is mostly disappointed by the hints of aliens and robots going unfulfilled. </td></tr> <tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center; background:#F2F2F2"><td id="ep14">14</td> <td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"Transformers" </td><td>[14]</td><td>16:19</td><td>June 27, 2009 (2009-06-27)</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #FF0000" colspan="5"> The Nostalgia Chick reviews The Transformers (1984-1987), The Transformers: The Movie (1986) and Transformers (2007). Despite opposition from The Nostalgia Critic, the Chick attempts to defy gender restrictions and trace the history of the Transformers from their origins in Japan to their revival under Michael Bay. She finds the TV show to be very routine and the original movie to be traumatizing during scenes in which the Generation 1 Transformers get killed. She also comments that the live-action movies suffer from the same flaws that plague many of Michael Bay's movies, such as potty jokes and unclear cinematography. When Bay (portrayed by Ellis' friend McCracken) interrupts the Chick's review, she takes the opportunity to directly insult him and announce that she plans to criticize another one of his movies soon. The Critic tries to review the movie before her, but she chloroforms him before he can. </td></tr> <tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center; background:#F2F2F2"><td id="ep15">15</td> <td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"Armageddon part 1" </td><td>[15]</td><td>10:15</td><td>September 9, 2009 (2009-09-09)</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #FF0000" colspan="5"> The Nostalgia Chick reviews Armageddon (1998). As the review starts The Nostalgia Chick is seen waking up from a coma which was induced from the movie,Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. Throughout the review she mentions her general dislike for Michael Bay's direction style. She brings ups that this film is where Bay's reputation for using large explosions started from and that the film is so inaccurate that NASA use it during some interviews where potential employees have to try and spot as many flaws as possible. She finds it odd that in the movie that the people at NASA are very stupid and the common man are the people with the plans. The Chick points out that the opening of the movie consist of many racist stereotypes, comparing it to Bay's depiction of the twin robots Skidz and Mudflap in Revenge of the Fallen. She talks about the cheesiness and cliched relationships of all the characters in the movie. She also notes that it takes the film almost an hour to get the main characters into space, but ironically this isn't a bad thing as the film goes rapidly downhill after that point. Near the end of the review she decides take a walk outside when she runs into Bay (again portrayed by Ellis' friend McCracken). He proceeds to gloat about Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and telling the Chick that there is going to be another one with more outlandish things to upset her. At the end Bay flashes his testicles at the Chick blowing her head up with a "To Be Continued" appearing at the end. </td></tr> <tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center; background:#F2F2F2"><td id="ep16">16</td> <td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"Armageddon part 2" </td><td>[16]</td><td></td><td>September 25, 2009 (2009-09-25)</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #FF0000" colspan="5"> The Nostalgia Chick continues her review of Armageddon (1998). Afterwards, she decides that she likes reviewing dude films, so she goes frolicking in a field where the Nostalgia Critic sneaks up behind her and blows a dart at her, knocking her out. At the end, a "To Be Continued" appears, like before. </td></tr> <tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center; background:#F2F2F2"><td id="ep17">17</td> <td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"Bratz" </td><td>[17]</td><td></td><td>October 10, 2009 (2009-10-10)</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #FF0000" colspan="5"> The Nostalgia Chick winds up in the Nostalgia Critic's basement. He tries to get her to do chick's films by forcing her to review Bratz: The Movie (2007). The Chick declares the movie has too many racial stereotypes and unrealistically portrays high-school clubs' segregation of students with different interests. She also expresses satisfaction at the discontinuation of the Bratz toy line. Rob "The Other Guy" Walker and Bhargav "Ma-Ti" Dronamraju guest-star in addition to Doug Walker. </td></tr> <tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center; background:#F2F2F2"><td id="ep18">18</td> <td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"Mulan" </td><td>[18]</td><td>12:32</td><td>October 25, 2009 (2009-10-25)</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #FF0000" colspan="5"> The Nostalgia Chick reviews Mulan (1998). The Nostalgia Chick reviews Mulan, saying that the movie is constantly trying to be sensitive about race and feminism, often failing in some cases. She also puzzles that while many of the cast members are Asian, none of them are Chinese, and that the Huns are depicted as having yellow eyes, concluding that they have jaundice. However she says that she did enjoy this movie and likes the songs. She and BFF Nella also wikipedia the horrors that is foot binding. </td></tr>

<tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center; background:#F2F2F2"><td id="ep19">19</td> <td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"Extemporaneous Last Unicorn" </td><td>[19]</td><td>12:05</td><td>November 13, 2009 (2009-11-13)</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #FF0000" colspan="5"> The Nostalgia Chick reviews The Last Unicorn (1982). This review improvised using a handheld camera while hiking through a forest with the help of another woman called Lauren. </td></tr> <tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center; background:#F2F2F2"><td id="ep20">20</td> <td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"Earth Girls Are Easy" </td><td>[20]</td><td></td><td>December 4, 2009 (2009-12-04)</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #FF0000" colspan="5"> The Nostalgia Chick reviews Earth Girls Are Easy (1988). She describes it as a Julie Brown vanity project and criticises the moral of the story. </td></tr> <tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center; background:#F2F2F2"><td id="ep21">21</td> <td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"Disney Princess" </td><td>[21]</td><td></td><td>December 14, 2009 (2009-12-14)</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #FF0000" colspan="5"> The Nostalgia Chick looks at the Disney Princess concept. </td></tr>


ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 1.9 Jenkins, Mike; Bacio, Jose (June 19, 2009). "The Man Hour". Man Hour Goes Nostalgic. http://www.themanhour.net/. Retrieved 24 December 2009. 
  2. Ellis, Lindsay (August 7, 2009). "Big damn public statement". Lindsay Goes to Hollywood. Archived from the original on 11 August 2009. http://web.archive.org/web/20090811161905/http://wegotclass.wordpress.com/2009/08/07/big-damn-public-statement/. Retrieved 24 December 2009. 
  3. Briggs, Lindsey (May 15, 2009). "Nostalgia Chick in Chaos in the Windy City". The Lee and Z Show. http://leeandz.com/?p=48. Retrieved 24 December 2009. 


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