The entire MCU Movie Order – Several Options for your pre-Avengers Endgame Watch or Rewatch

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Many MCU movies, in several orders for your rewatch.

Want to watch, or rewatch, all the movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe? (Aka, the MCU.) The first thing you have to figure out is what order you’re going to watch them in. There’s more than one way to go about this, and I’ll break down the list into a few options.

Keep it simple: Watch in the order of film release

The release order isn’t my personal preference, but it will do. Note: there is no shame in skipping The Incredible Hulk altogether. Sure, for the sake of completeness it’s good to watch Edward Norton’s Hulk, but that movie just barely fits with the rest of the MCU (except in the last few seconds).

  1. Iron Man (2008)
  2. The Incredible Hulk (2008)
  3. Iron Man 2 (2010)
  4. Thor (2011)
  5. Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)
  6. Marvel’s The Avengers (2012)
  7. Iron Man 3 (2013)
  8. Thor: The Dark World (2013)
  9. Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)
  10. Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
  11. Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
  12. Ant-Man (2015)
  13. Captain America: Civil War (2016)
  14. Doctor Strange (2016)
  15. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)
  16. Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)
  17. Thor: Ragnarok (2017)
  18. Black Panther (2018)
  19. Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
  20. Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018)
  21. Captain Marvel (2019)
  22. Avengers: Endgame (2019)

Watch in MCU chronological order

The MCU movies weren’t actually released in the order that they happen. It takes a minor tweak to fix that. Chronologically, Captain America: The First Avenger happened first — during WWII — although it was the 5th movie released. Then you would follow with Captain Marvel — 1990s — which was the 21st movie released. There is some logic to this order, but again, I wouldn’t suggest it. I think going by movie release order makes for a more enjoyable watch than this. But here it is anyway.

  1. Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)
  2. Captain Marvel (2019)
  3. Iron Man (2008)
  4. The Incredible Hulk (2008)
  5. Iron Man 2 (2010)
  6. Thor (2011)
  7. Marvel’s The Avengers (2012)
  8. Iron Man 3 (2013)
  9. Thor: The Dark World (2013)
  10. Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)
  11. Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
  12. Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
  13. Ant-Man (2015)
  14. Captain America: Civil War (2016)
  15. Doctor Strange (2016)
  16. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)
  17. Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)
  18. Thor: Ragnarok (2017)
  19. Black Panther (2018)
  20. Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
  21. Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018)
  22. Avengers: Endgame (2019)

Maximum Effect

My suggestion is to follow the movie release order, up to a point. Black Panther and Spiderman: Homecoming have events that take place immediately after Captain America: Civil War. You don’t need to see Doctor Strange until just before Avengers: Infinity War, actually, but you may as well view it before the Guardians of the Galaxy Movies I & II . You see, the GotG movies are completely independent from the rest of the previous MCU movies. However, they tie in closely with Avengers: Infinity War. Therefore I would recommend skipping over those two in the release order.

Therefore, to maximize your enjoyment I recommend watching Guardians I, Guardians II, then Thor: Ragnarok, right before Infinity War. In fact, if you have 5 hours to spare, you could watch Thor: Ragnarok and Infinity War back-to-back because they literally take place moments apart.

  1. Iron Man (2008)
  2. The Incredible Hulk (2008)
  3. Iron Man 2 (2010)
  4. Thor (2011)
  5. Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)
  6. Marvel’s The Avengers (2012)
  7. Iron Man 3 (2013)
  8. Thor: The Dark World (2013)
  9. Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)
  10. Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
  11. Ant-Man (2015)
  12. Captain America: Civil War (2016)
  13. Black Panther (2018)
  14. Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)
  15. Doctor Strange (2016)
  16. Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
  17. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)
  18. Thor: Ragnarok (2017)
  19. Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
  20. Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) *
  21. Captain Marvel (2019)
  22. Avengers: Endgame (2019)

* Note: Ant-Man and the Wasp fits better before Infinity War, however — and this is huge — you must NOT watch the two extra scenes until after Infinity War on a 1st viewing. That said, if you did want to watch Ant-Man and the Wasp out of order for a re-watch, I’d put it after Spider-Man: Homecoming.

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Do you know what SHAZAM Stands For?

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Instant Shazam! Just press the big glowing button.

Shazam is not actually a name.  It’s not an expletive either, although shouting SHAZAM! sounds like one. Shazam is shorthand for various mythical gods and demi-gods who lend their immense powerful attributes to a chosen DC Champion.

Do you know offhand who these mythological Shazam characters reference? Maybe you can guess. Or you might squeak out an-almost forgotten memory that old 1970s Shazam children’s’ television show. (|Come on; show your age…)

Here’s the breakdown of those gods and what they have to offer the Shazam “chosen one” –

S – The wisdom of Solomon
 
H – The strength of Hercules
 
A – The stamina of Atlas 
 
Z – The power of Zeus 
 
A – The courage of Achilles
 
M – The speed of Mercury (Includes flight..)
—–

Good or bad as Shazam the movie was (opinions vary wildly), who couldn’t use these things? Give me Wisdom and Stamina right now. What would you want most? Tell us in RunPee’s comments below. We won’t judge. Flight would be pretty sweet, right??

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Did YOU Survive The Snap? You may as well get this over with…

Thanos Snap

It’s been a year ago now, at the end of Avengers: Infinity War. Almost as soon as Thanos got his “mitts” on every stone for the The Infinity Gauntlet, he snapped his giant purple fingers and snuffed out half of all living beings in the universe — people both  good and bad, rich and poor, young or old, in a process utterly random and without distinction, race, worthiness — anything. In fact, you are probably dead.

I, for one, AM dead. Gone: snuffed away, dust. My cold, grim, no nonsense message:

“You were slain by Thanos, for the good of the Universe.”

The Snap. 50-50 odds. Now it’s your turn to find out once and for all.

Want to know if YOU survived The Snap? This one little unadorned link will tell you, for good or ill.

Did Thanos Kill Me?

Go ahead. Click the purple link.

But once you know, it’s permanent. No matter how many times I try this site, they still tell me I’m ashes. They remember.

You may as well take a deep breath and know. If you’re dead, like me, our only hope is the Avengers  — and Captain Marvel — can bring us back on April 26th, the opening night of Avengers: Endgame.  At least RunPee will have Peetimes ready to go, so if you’re still alive, the three-hour runtime won’t make your survivor’s guilt worse.  🙂

#AvengeTheFallen

#WhateverItTakes

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Spoiler Avoidance Strategies If You Can’t See Endgame Opening Night

Avengers: Endgame
One “game” you can’t be late to.

Chances are good most Marvel fans won’t get to see the long-awaited Avengers: Endgame film on April 26th’s opening night. There just won’t be any tickets left. If you’ve been following the 22-movie superhero saga, waiting will be hard to handle. Damn hard. Some of us are feverish with hope and apprehension to learn how The Snap is resolved.

Also, there’s the spoiler issue. Nobody wants a repeat drive-by trolling of “Snape Kills Dumbledore!”

So, you need a plan. First, get your tickets online. Use AMC.com or Fandango, if the sites aren’t still crashing from the Endgame traffic feeding frenzy.

Go NOW, if you can.

But it might already be too late. Get this:  eBay has pages of scalped tickets, with Endgame seats running from hundreds to thousands of dollars.

Here’s your best strategy if you can’t get a seat for Endgame on opening night or the next day.

(If you’re a die-hard MCU fan, take these suggestions, silly as they seem, seriously…)

…First of all, live like you’re back in 1995…

  • Avoid the Internet entirely, until you see Endgame
  • This includes internet apps on your phone (except RunPee, which will NOT spoiler you)
  • Avoid ALL the news, from any source, even TV
  • Don’t talk to or text your friends
  • Remember, people in Asia, Down Under, and Europe are many hours ahead of the USA and will see it first. If you have friends there, you might want to put them on a SM blacklist until after you see Endgame
  • Find out movie times in good, old fashioned |newspapers – they still make them
  • Buy your tickets at the ticket window  — not online; it’s too late for that — and wear earplugs just in case people are talking about Endgame
  • Don’t leave the house at all until you are actually going to the theater

I know that all sounds insane, but Avengers Endgame IS the endgame for legions of faithful MCU fans who’ve sat through 59 hours of these Marvel movies, and usually many, many sittings of each one. Personally, I’ve probably seen Guardians of the Galaxy ten times alone. Color me highly motivated to see how Endgame turns out.

Don’t get spoiled and/or in jail

Last thing I’d want is for people to do something as mundane as stand in a check-out line at the grocery store, and see a magazine with an Endgame cover and a spoiler title. Or you could be standing in that line and the people behind you start talking about Thanos and what Dr. Strange‘s plan was and OMG IT’S TOO LATE. You’re spoiled. And you can’t hit those people, because that would be considered assault and you’ll miss the movie because Endgame won’t be showing at a prison near you.

When you do get to see Endgame, bring the RunPee app

Don”t forget to fully charge your phone battery and double check your essential RunPee app connection, so you’ll know when to slip in and out for toilet/food/drink movie breaks. Endgame is over three hours long. At some point your bladder will start rustling. The RunPee app will have several Peetimes where you can safely run out during Endgame, read what you missed while you’re not in your seat, and also get specific end credit scene times.

Endgame is the big one

Again, seriously, make your Endgame plans now. Not even the upcoming final  Star Wars movie in the Skywalker Saga is going to be an event like this. People are falling out of love with Star Wars, but the Marvel Cinematic Universe is getting more wildly popular every year. I’d love to see their level of quality continue, but honestly wonder how the MCU could ever possibly top Avengers Endgame in terms of excitement, build-up, and anticipation.

Make no mistake: Endgame is THE event of 2019.

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#WhateverItTakes

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Avengers Endgame Tickets Selling for $9,199 on Ebay as MCU Fans Lose Their Minds

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Plan now, if seeing Endgame opening night is *your* endgame.

People are buying Avengers: Endgame opening night tickets for $500 a piece on eBay. Yes. We live in a world where this is now a thing.

…UPDATE 4/6/19: There is now a sold listing on eBay with pair of tickets for $9,199 for April 28. (See screenshot below.)That’s two nights AFTER Endgame premiers. Almost 10 grand! Granted, this is for an NYC theater, but…okay…that’s still no excuse. This article may now resume…

Twitter’s trend reports say Marvel Cinematic Universe fans are “losing their minds” to secure premier evening movie tickets. This Hypebeast article has a graphic showing eBay sales with scalped tickets for Avengers: Endgame — which is not even opening until April 26, mind you, several weeks from now — going for $500. Half a thousand dollars, and folks are willingly shelling it out.

ebay endgame ticket price screenshot of almost ten thousand dollars - sold!
Yes, I took this screenshot right off of eBay. It’s under “Sold Auctions.” Is it a hoax? Who bought these? Did Thanos make them do it?

Ticket Sites Are Crashing From the Traffic

Online ticket outlets AMC and Fandango have been crashing since pre-sales for this MCU endgame of endgames began yesterday.

Fandango users report many got to the “choose your seat” stage and been booted off the site. How’s that for frustrating? This is the kind of activity I’ve only seen to get into the San Diego Comic Con, and NEVER for a wide-release movie. Ever. RunPee has never seen this kind of feeding frenzy for a film before in 11 years of harvesting Peetimes.

Consider this a quick heads up to plan your Avengers ticket strategies right now if you’re a die-hard MCU fan. Don’t wait and hope you’ll nab a seat opening night without making an Asgardian effort even Thor might find impossible.

Remember, Endgame is Loooooong

And yes, just as a reminder, Endgame clocks in over three hours long, so you will NEED your Peetimes. We’re 99% sure to have them for you before opening night, as we pay a movie review in LA extra to get into early screeners. Then we all see the movie again ourselves, several times, to give you the best Peetimes possible.

As Always, Don’t Leave Your Seats During the Credits for the MCU

Also, never never leave your seat during the end credits. But you know this by now. Remember, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 had five extra scenes, plus a lot of Groot-related Easter Eggs. (As always, RunPee will tell you where the end credits are in case you must make a speedy break.)

New to the MCU? Really?

In fact, If this is your first rodeo with the MCU, you shouldn’t be bothering to see this film right now, opening night or not. Consider this a stern warning from a friend: you won’t know who any of these many, many people are. Start at the beginning with Iron Man, work through the 22 films in the series, and see Endgame at your leisure. No lines. Spoilers won’t mean much to you if you don’t know what’s at stake, or don’t realize it’s possible to cry (twice!) over things that happen to a walking tree.

Now go do what you need to do at AMC, Fandango, or the outlet of your choice. I’ll be back with more updates right here when I can!

And consider a back-up plan if you have to wait a few days to get Endgame tickets — avoid the internet, newspapers, and all your friends, even, until you see it. I can’t wait. I hope none of us will have to for long.

#KeepTheSecrets

#ThanosCommandsYourSilence

#AvengeTheFallen

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The 59 Hour MCU Rewatch Marathon Means the RunPee App is a MUST Have for Your Bladder

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The entire two and a half days of MCU goodness is coming to AMC. Bring RunPee and an extra phone battery!

AMC Theaters announced they are doing a 59 hour movie marathon of all 22 MCU movies before the premier of Avengers: Endgame. That’s everything and everyone in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, from Iron Man 1 (2008) to Captain Marvel (2019)…followed by an early screening of Endgame.

We are talking 59 hours and seven minutes of butt-time in seats. Seriously, you are going to need Peetimes.

This study in movie-going endurance is the perfect time to fully use the RunPee app to keep your bladder from literally, spectacularly exploding in the theater. We heard from people watching last year’s AMC Marathon (leading into Infinity War) that it was a sometimes nightmarish experience, with people mobbing the bathrooms and concession stands between the endless stream of movies. Not to mention: some of these films are really, really, REALLY long. So long that at RunPee.com we call these particular blockbusters “Bladderbusters.”

If you haven’t used Peetimes before, you’ll need them now. Like Obi-Won Kenobi, RunPee will be your only hope. 😉

The RunPee App Now Has a Special Feature Just for Accessing Peetimes for the MCU

The good news: we have Peetimes for each and every MCU movie. Not only that, but with the latest update of the RunPee app (version 5.0) we’ve made it super simple to see a list of only the MCU movies. The bad news: there is no bad news! This is easy-peasy.

This graphic shows how to find all the MCU Peetimes, in its own section of the RunPee app, marked with Captain America’s classic shield logo:

MCU Movie List

Just tap the menu icon (top-right) and select “MCU Movies.” So simple, a bladder could do it. (Contact us if you can’t find it.)

When is this Marathon?

AMC reports: “The marathon will begin on Tuesday, April 23 and continue through the week into Thursday with, naturally, a screening of Endgame at 5 pm, a full hour before other public screenings of the movie, which is reportedly three hours long.” The massive screenings will be in select cities and you’ll want to get your tickets soon. Contact your local AMC for details or check in with AMC.com.

Hypebeast reports tickets for the event cost $125, which begins at 10AM, April 23 at the AMCs at Lincoln Square 13 in NY, River East 21 in Chicago, and the Metreon 16 in San Francisco.

You Need a Plan

Start planning your bladder/drink/food survival strategy now, either for the entire 2 and a half day MCU superhero marathon, or in gearing up for “only” Avengers: Endgame (remember, that one is over three hours by itself.) Remember to bring an extra battery (or three) to keep your phone charged and get those all-important Peetimes.

You don’t have to dehydrate yourself or wear an adult diaper just to enjoy what should be an outrageously awesome, once in a lifetime movie-going experience.

PS: If you know anyone thinking of attending the MCU Marathon, send them this link! The event will be like the San Diego Comic Con, on steroids…

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Is Shazam Part of the DC Universe or a Stand-Alone Film?

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It’s like Big. But with Superpowers.

Rest assured, there is an actual answer here. According to every reliable internet source, Shazam is indeed set within the larger universe of the DC superheroes, at least from the ‘official DCEU starting point’ with Man of Steel, in 2013. Just so we’re all clear, DCEU stands for the DC Extended Universe. All good? Great — let’s get into it.

It seems strange that a genuinely goofy superhero film (trailer tag line: “He’s not so serious“) would fit seamlessly within the endless grim-darkiness of the rest of the DCEU supers. Batman? Broody. Superman? Angsty. Aquaman? I don’t know what happened to the joviality he displayed in The Justice League, but his solo outing left me cold. The Justice League itself did have a few moments where I grinned, but I don’t recall any honest laughs.

Suicide Squad was billed as the “Guardians of the Galaxy of DC”, but ended up a hopelessly off-putting mess — lacking in actual, you know, levity. (James Gunn will be directing a soft-reboot of Suicide Squad, and we can hope he will bring to Suicide Squad what he did with Guardians of the Galaxy. Full stop. #InGunnWeTrust)

And then there’s Wonder Woman, which is not a  particularly comedic film, but is the best feature in the DCEU stable. It’s grand. It’s glorious. But still rather serious, in comparison with the 22+ home run hits from The Marvel Cinematic Universe (the MCU: a term you should know by now, after ten deeply interwoven years).

Would Shazam fit into the Marvel Cinematic Universe?

This leads us to the MCU. Marvel has the movie formula down — great characters, sparkling dialogue, emotional stakes, lots of sacrifice and acts of compassion, gorgeous visuals, and yes, a TON of humor.

Would Shazam, as a character, fit into the MCU? Yes. Yes indeedy. Right next to Antman and Spider-Man, which are on the lightest, fluffiest end of Marvel’s franchise (“Wait — we have an Antman and a Spider-Man?”). Shazam could be Peter Parker’s friend, even.

But the two universes can never, ever meet. That would be like matter and antimatter colliding.

Can a purely funny film like Shazam work in the DCEU?

Back to Shazam. Batman News says to  look closely at the ‘boy’ characters — Billy Batson’s young friend Freddy Freeman is a huge DC superhero fan, wearing Aquaman logo shirts, collecting newspaper clippings of momentous hero events: generally displaying a savvy knowledge of the ‘real’ superheroes. He likes supers and knows a lot about them; he treats them as actual people in his world, not comic book fantasies.

Screenrant says the producers went to great lengths to only show background action figures the DCEU featured to date, holding back on characters they haven’t allotted movie time to yet. It’s a deliberate thing. It’s world-building.

ING.com reports: “So while Superman was battling Zod and then Batman and then Doomsday and then death and then Steppenwolf, Billy Batson was being tossed around the foster care system.”

We’re supposed to understand these boys live on a planet where Superman and Batman fought a mano-a-mano battle royale, where Gotham City is a crazed warren of evil-doers, and Wonder Woman is out there inspiring legions of little girls. I know I’ll be paying attention to everything in the background during Shazam, and you should too. Tee-shirts, wall posters, thingies on shelves and desktops…and note the city graffiti, even (see: Stan Lee, in Deadpool 2, his most minimal cameo ever).

How are they going to ultimately integrate the silly antics of Shazam with the grim reality of Batman and Co? Well, that’s assuming they’ll meet. DC has a long way to go in rehabilitating their franchise in a non-depressing way, and personally, I don’t think they can do this. Not right now. But I won’t toss in the towel just yet.

How Shazam could save DC:

If Shazam brings in the box office bucks, then clearly the producers will be thrilled to finally have a joyful origin story on the table. Besides creating Shazam sequels (which will surely lose their luster as Billy becomes a grown man on his own), they might decide to lighten up overall. This is to the good. They’ve tried to set themselves apart from the MCU over the years, but at the cost of pleasing many fans.

Not that they should be a cookie-cutter of the MCU. I hope they find their own path, because to me, the more adventure blockbusters the better…but I’d like to leave a DC movie feeling on top of the world, instead of vaguely disturbed.

If they can pick up some of the wonder of Wonder Woman, and add the (hopeful) hilarity of Shazam, they’ll have a franchise people will go nuts for. Just as a comparison, again, with the MCU, it’s only April 2nd and the tickets for April 24th’s Avengers: Endgame just became available. It’s the only thing trending on Twitter today and fans are losing their minds to secure opening night seats. Don’t you think DC would like a little of that boisterous clamor for their films?

I’m not giving up hope just yet. Shazam has me filled with it. It might be goofy as hell, but this world could stand to loosen up a little. Between the darkness of Batman and the silliness of Shazam, DC might find their way.

Enjoy the SHAZAM! trailer right here:

Shazam is 2 hours and 12 minutes long, and there are reportedly two extra scenes during the credits, so keep your RunPee app handy to tell you when to take the best breaks for the loo. 

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The Ending of Endgame – Breaking News

From RunPee HQ: We have new information leaked about the end scene of Endgame.

A reliable contact at Marvel Studios just informed RunPee about the upcoming Avengers: Endgame post-credit scene. Picture this: Tony Stark suddenly wakes in a cave in Afghanistan.

Tony Stark's DreamThe ENTIRE story up to now has been nothing more than Tony Stark’s fever dream from Iron Man 1. However, as Phase 4 plays out, Tony discovers everything in his dream slowly comes true. Phases 4-6 will be a reboot of the entire story so far, but now Tony knows what’s to come — and is prepared to face Thanos and beat him this time. This is the true “endgame” the producers have been hinting at all along…or is it…?

We love a good joke here at RunPee, but we can’t let you leave thinking this is actually true about Endgame. That would just be too cruel.

Happy April Fool’s day. 🙂

Peetimes Coming for Avengers Endgame BEFORE OPENING NIGHT

Avengers: EndgameThe scheduled runtime for Avengers Endgame is 3:02. That’s three hours and two bladder cramping minutes. And you know there will be extra scenes, so don’t think you can skip out on the end credits.

[UPDATE 1: Surprisingly, there are no extra scenes, but there is an audio-only extra at the very end.]

The question everyone’s asking is: will we have Peetimes ready before the US public release of Endgame on Thursday night, April 25th ?

[UPDATE 2: Three Peetimes have been added already, a day before the movie even comes out! We merely used our Time Stone..]

Endgame – The short answer to having Peetimes before opening night

Absolutely! (That satisfied sound you just heard was your bladder relaxing.)

Endgame – The long answer on how RunPee can do this

We rely on Shanee Edwards, a Los Angeles-based movie critic, to get our Peetimes for the biggest blockbuster movies prior to their release. This comes at a high cost, but it’s worth it for RunPee fans. We know many of you will see Endgame — and other movies like it — on opening night with your friends. It’s on those occasions RunPee app downloads peak, because so many of you share the app with your friends, family, the stranger sitting next to you, et al. (And we thank you for every time you do it!)

We certainly don’t want to put you on the spot by raving about the awesomeness of the RunPee app, only to be disappointed when you try to show them Peetimes at the movies and be forced to say, “Well, they’ll probably have Peetimes for this film tomorrow.” That’s a lose-lose for everyone.

So, we go out of our way to get pre-release Peetimes for the blockbuster movies that we know will be packed on opening night.

For the vast majority of flicks, RunPee has Peetimes posted around 10:00-11:00 PM EST on opening night. We have to drive home and add the Peetimes, which usually takes an hour or two. We try to get a least one good Peetime up first, right after we add the details about any end credit scenes.

That said, the pre-release Peetimes we get from Shanee won’t be the final word. Consider those as placeholders until the RunPee Family can go see the movie on Thursday night and update them.

Pretty much the entire RunPee Family will see Endgame opening night, and will collaborate on making the Peetimes the absolute best they can be. Then on Friday we’ll go back and watch Endgame again, making sure everything about the Peetimes are spot-on.

The best Avengers: Endgame strategy

So, if you want the absolute best experience, I’d suggest waiting to see Avengers Endgame, or any blockbuster, on Friday evening (or later if you hate crowds, but not tooo much later that you get accidentally plot spoiled). But by Friday night we will have collaborated, triple-edited, and double-checked all the Peetimes.

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Dumbo Review – The Original 1941 Animated Classic: High Time for a Remake

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Such a cutie. But the classic is off-putting and makes you cry. A lot.

The original 1941 Dumbo is a strange little movie. Not only is only an hour long (it’s almost a long “short”, if you get my meaning), but has many weird scenes of mostly padding (which would make for great Peetimes, BTW).

It’s also…um…wildly racist (there’s no other way to say this, and not in just the scene with the jeering crows — don’t even get me STARTED on Song of the Roustabouts). And Dumbo is so casually, completely inhumane. The moniker “Dumbo” alone is intended as a cruel nickname by his own fellow elephants — his actual birth name is Jumbo Jr, in case you wondered.

But much worse, Dumbo the film depicts the massive abuse of circus animals, with harsh whips, cruelly binding leg chains, and minuscule cages. Circus performers are willing to toss baby animals a thousand feet off of rooftop platforms, because they reason the higher the fall, the more money they will make…and so what anyway, because “Elephants are made of rubber.” (Listen to the clowns talk this over. Seriously.)

Also, a crucial plot point features the main character, an infant, getting massively drunk. The ‘pink elephants’ sequence is played for laughs, but, you know what? I’ve been drunk, and I don’t hallucinate. That watered-down champagne must have had something much more hard-core in it. The scene is weird as hell, and if I was a child, it would give me nightmares.

These things just wouldn’t ‘fly’ today – pardon the pun.

From the get-go, I honestly thought Dumbo was a strange choice for one of the first live-action remakes from the Disney Vault. There are a whole lot more bigger hits to choose from, and at least a dozen Disney Princesses to get through.

But. It’s not all bad: Dumbo has Disney Classic status after all.

So, I re-watched the original to prepare for the 2019 Dumbo redo and, yes,  I sentimentally cried. A lot. Granted, I’m an easy crier, but the mother-child scene set to the tune of “Baby Mine” had me really blubbering. Dear lord. Much as I complain about the unforgivable inhumanity of the 1941 Dumbo, this is absolutely a moment I want to see in the remake.

There’s other good stuff too. The unnamed mouse deserves a medal for going above and beyond in being a true friend. We should all be so lucky to have such a “mouse” in our lives. Compassion, as a concept and in execution, is where Dumbo shines.

I’ll talk about that below the video of the original trailer:

So I wondered about the Dumbo remake. Maybe the general theme of love and kindness is enough of a reason to drag this out of the Vault.

The aforementioned kindly mouse who befriends poor baby Dumbo contains a great message: even one small person can make all the difference in someone’s life.

And Dumbo reminds us that taunts hurt, especially about body image: it’s not just about teenage girls. There is tremendous pressure to be a perfect physical specimen. This is certainly timely in our modern era.

And the crows do come around and help transform Dumbo’s life. Their song is a showstopping standout (“When I See An Elephant Fly“) with the bestest puns, and I hope this is retained — minus the off-putting racism.

Ultimately, my hope is the new Dumbo will increase awareness about the plight of elephants in worldwide circus acts and zoos. And in the wild, if one can dream. I was heartened to learn  PETA contacted Tim Burton to change the ending of the new Dumbo — and Burton did! —  in a way that should be very satisfying and maybe give us a few tears of joy in an iconic film, for once.

You will believe an elephant can fly.

Flying is, of course, a metaphor for finding one’s own path to happiness and meaning. And I say YAY, with fingers crossed, that the remake will give us exactly that transcendence humans can achieve if we care enough.

Soapbox off.

(PS: Extra note: Dumbo won the 1941 Academy Award for Best Original Score. I’m adding the videos and lyrics to some of the iconic songs to RunPee already — see below.)

Movie Grade: I can’t even grade Dumbo without overthinking it. I like the idea, and there are lovely grace notes, but man, is this film is so bizarre for today’s audiences. I wouldn’t let children watch it without a lot of discussion. Maybe give it a C+ for what they attempted to do, within the mentality of the 1940s. Buried under all the uncomfortable weirdness and unpleasantry, there’s a good message and a lot of heart.

Dumbo – Lyrics and Video to the Original Disney Classic Song Baby Mine

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