Raised by Rentals
Rental Rant 8. Adapt or Die!

Rental Rant 8. Adapt or Die!

June 1, 2022

We've all felt the pain of getting excited when our favorite book or comic gets adapted to film only to walk away bewailing why? WHY?! For the 8th RENTAL RANT, Josh and Mike complain like grumpy old men about piss-poor adaptations and Hollywood alienating a built-in audience when they change things for no good reason. Plus, a couple of mini-rants about The Wheel of Time and X-Men! Come get angry with us!

Episode 12. Knowing Is Half the Battle…and the Other Half Is Violence

Episode 12. Knowing Is Half the Battle…and the Other Half Is Violence

May 25, 2022
G.I. Joe was one of the most successful franchises of the 80s and early 90s. With the one-two punch of a popular cartoon and the greatest toyline of the decade, a hit feature film was surely to follow...yet the animated movie was released straight to home video and Hollywood wouldn't gamble on a live-action film for another 20 years. For the 12th improv-improve episode of RAISED BY RENTALS, Josh and Mike fan-cast and fantasy-direct an in-era blockbuster movie worthy of the REAL AMERICAN HERO.
Rental Rant 7. Your Kung Fu Grip Is Old and Now You Must Die

Rental Rant 7. Your Kung Fu Grip Is Old and Now You Must Die

May 18, 2022
Once upon a time, G.I. Joe set the standard for perfect playable toys, supported by an animated series, cutting edge comic book, feature film, and loads more that sparked the excitement of kids everywhere. But now it seems kids just don't play with action figures anymore.
This week's RENTAL RANTS is a crossover special with COUNT KREEPYHEAD'S SATURDAY MORNING MONSTER MASH!
Host Mike O'May--our first guest!--joins Josh and the other Mike to lay out the blueprint for how to reinvigorate and relaunch one of the greatest toylines in history.
Episode 11. From Here to Eternia

Episode 11. From Here to Eternia

May 11, 2022
80s kids rejoiced when Hollywood adapted one of the decade's most popular toy properties to the silver screen in 1987, only to leave the theaters confused at the treatment of He-Man. For the 11th full-length episode of RAISED BY RENTALS, Josh and Mike imagine what could have been if we'd gotten a movie true to the origins of MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE.
Rental Rant 6. The Angry Raised by Rentals Nerds

Rental Rant 6. The Angry Raised by Rentals Nerds

May 4, 2022
In the 80s, the Nintendo Entertainment System--our beloved NES--revolutionized the home console market and delivered an unparalleled lineup of legendary games. So why, Lord Jeebus, why?? were there so many $#!&-tier games clogging the rental store shelves?
For the 6th installment of RENTAL RANTS, Josh and Mike shake things up a bit by daydreaming of the FRIDAY THE 13TH NES game that never was...
Episode 10. Are You There, God? It’s Me, Kent

Episode 10. Are You There, God? It’s Me, Kent

April 27, 2022
Kent was an ambitious and successful university student, leader of a top-secret laser optics project...until he was upstaged by a prankster and his wunderkind sidekick. When Kent heard the voice of God, though, he knew he was destined for greater things.
In the 10th improv-improve episode of RAISED BY RENTALS, Josh and Mike consider what happens when God stops talking to a REAL GENIUS.
Rental Rant 5. F Your Childhood

Rental Rant 5. F Your Childhood

April 20, 2022
Why are relaunches, remakes, and new installments for classic franchises making all the 80s and 90s kids so furious? In the 5th RENTAL RANT, Josh and Mike investigate the Case of the Ruined Childhood!
Episode 9. In a Van Down by the River

Episode 9. In a Van Down by the River

April 13, 2022
Matt Foley is 35 years old, thrice-divorced, and living in a down by the river...but how did this high-energy motivational speaker come to such a crossroads in life? In the 9th full-length episode of RAISED BY RENTALS, Josh and Mike imagine what life must be like for the late great Chris Farley's trademark SNL character.
Rental Rant 4. Title Fight

Rental Rant 4. Title Fight

April 6, 2022
Why are movie sequel titles so unoriginal, confusing, and repetitive? In the 4th installment of RENTAL RANTS, Josh & Mike go full curmudgeon on the laziness of movie series titles.
Episode 8. Twinsies

Episode 8. Twinsies

March 30, 2022
Sarah Connor survived a ruthless attack at the hands of a killer cyborg from the future & thought she'd found safety in a small Mexican town. So why does she keep seeing a man with the same face as her would-be assassin? For the 8th episode of RAISED BY RENTALS, Josh & Mike improv the perfect 80s action movie crossover: COMMANDO VS. THE TERMINATOR!
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