In this special episode recorded live from Star Wars Celebration Anaheim on April 17, 2015, Mousetalgia welcomes writer/director/puppeteer/creature artist Kirk Thatcher to the show to talk about his work for ILM on Return of the Jedi creating creatures and aliens, and then bringing them to life for the film. Television producer Joseph Freed also joins our roundtable to discuss living la vida Star Wars as we share memories, stories, and opinions about Star Wars past, present and future, including the newly-released teaser trailer for "The Force Awakens." Join us at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim for this very special episode of Mousetalgia!

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Mousetalgia continues our own 24/7 Newsies cycle with another Newsies-inspired episode today as we welcome session musician Derek Young to the show to talk about his experience as the "unsung Newsie" from the original Disney film, released 23 years ago. Derek talks about working with composer Alan Menken and arranger Danny Troob on the soundtrack album, for which he was hired to dub a line for one of the film's big stars, and continued to contribute to the whole soundtrack. Learn what it was like behind the scenes during the making of Disney's unlikeliest musical hit. Also, the team discusses the latest Haunted Mansion news, including the possibility of Guillermo del Toro's reboot of the Haunted Mansion for the big screen with actor/musician Ryan Gosling, and the reappearance of the most talked about resident of the Haunted Mansion - the Hat Box Ghost. Plus: the Art of Ralph McQuarrie; Disney and Dali; and tickets go on sale for the Pacific Northwest Mouse Meet. Get yours today at www.pnwmousemeet.com.

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Join Team Mousetalgia as we take a look back at the release of star wars in 1977 with Lucasfilm's director of fan relations at the time, Craig Miller. Miller takes us for a look inside the inner workings of Lucasfilm as Star Wars was released, which caught everyone by surprise with its overwhelming success. Miller talks about starting the official Star Wars Fan Club, George Lucas's early plans for a 12-part saga, and operating Artoo's head for various Lucasfilm productions. Then, voice actor Stephen Stanton (Star Wars Clone Wars, Star Wars Rebels) discusses his time in that galaxy far, far away portraying dozens of characters for the Star Wars universe, including both Ben Kenobi and General Tarkin. Stanton discusses the arc of his character Tarkin and his conjecture about Tarkin's unknown history, talks about visiting Disney parks with first-time guests, and discusses some of his other Disney voices in films and attractions, such as Lord Henry Mystic from Hong Kong Disneyland's Mystic Manor and Alfred the Vulture in Club 33. Plus, we discuss the future of Innoventions at Disneyland - and more. Also - don't forget to tune in to www.mousetalgialive.com this Friday at 6:00 pm to hear our live show direct from the Star Wars Celebration convention in Anaheim!

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Mousetalgia welcomes Barbara Burnett Brock to the show to talk about her incredible career as a tour guide at Disneyland. Enjoy stories about touring with Ozzy Osbourne, Stephen King and Michael Jackson, and learn about the grand opening of Star Tours and Liz Taylor's amazing 60th birthday fête, which Barbara helped manage. As Kristen notes, it's really all about that tour guide outfit - and we discuss that as well. Also, Jeff reports on Kay Kamen and how he made Mickey Mouse into a merchandise star in the midst of the Great Depression. Plus - Jeff meets Bird, Kristen talks babies, Becky gets Fancy, and Dave talks Toy Story 4. Special note: If you'll be at Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim on Friday, April 17, you can meet Mousetalgia and hear us podcast live at 6:00 p.m. on the podcast stage! If you can't be there, listen along at mousetalgialive.com.

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Mousetalgia visited the Walt Disney Company Annual Shareholder meeting at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco on March 12, and Jeff reports on the experience. From sneak peeks at upcoming films to an open mic for shareholders to speak to CEO Bob Iger directly, we cover all the bases and describe the interesting experience of hearing the company's leaders speak about the future of the Walt Disney Company. Then, we return to San Francisco to visit the Walt Disney Family Museum and learn about "Animation Basics: Music," from Disney producer Dave Bossert, music historian John Burlingame, and Disney composer Mark Waters. Learn about "Tunes behind the Toons," a new documentary which covers the music in animation from silent films through current animation features - and more. 

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This week, Mousetalgia reviews Cinderella, Disney's latest live-action version of one of its classic animated films. How does Kenneth Branagh's new film compare to Disney's other live action remakes? We offer our two cents, and share our opinions of the new movie. The music, the meaning, and the mythology are all discussed in detail as we take a closer look at this crowd-pleasing new film. We also discuss Frozen Fever: does it falter or find favor with our reviewers? Jeff and Kristen discuss the merits of the latest installment in the story of Disney's royal sisters. Then, we take a look at the Indiana Jones Adventure, and Jeff reviews the Annual Passholder party celebrating the attraction's 20th anniversary. From snakes to slave children, no stone is left un-rolled as we remember the past and celebrate the present of this jaw-dropping attraction. Also - D23 goes to the Silverado Winery and talks to Pixar archivists; finding Frozen 3D on Bluray; and Star Wars Celebration announces more special guests!

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It's back to the Mousetalgia inbox! We read and respond to recent email, and topics include: favorite cast member costumes; favorite parades through Disneyland history; Disneyana collecting 101; Mousetalgia's dubious lyrical memory skills and questionable theme song; remembering the Empire's 501st; Fantasmic dining Fastpasses; the proper care and feeding of Disney antenna toppers; and the upcoming D23 Expo... what can families expect? Also, a castmember passes on some stories about Disneyland's 60th anniversary preparations, and a listener challenges Dave and Becky to run a marathon... are they up to the challenge? Plus - Dave and Becky sing! And Mint Juleps: Kentucky vs. Disneyland - which comes out on top?

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Mousetalgia carries the banner and reviews the current touring production of Newsies, which landed recently in San Francisco. We discuss the differences between the film and the touring production, and even some differences between the Broadway show and the current tour. Souvenirs, dancing, the music - we cover it all. Then, Dave and Becky review Disney on Ice: "Let's Celebrate," and describe the experience. (Hint: bring a kid!) Also, the Mallett family joins us to discuss visiting Disneyland almost 60 years ago in 1955 when they won a radio contest in the Golden Horseshoe and rode down Main Street in the fire truck with Abbott and Costello, and they also share their memories of the park as they grew up with it through the decades. Finally, the team participates in the recent "Story of Disneyland" auction, and we report back on our successes, failures, and some of the highlights of this much-anticipated auction of Disneyland memorabilia. Plus - in honor of Friday the 13th, we talk about unlucky moments at the Disneyland park. From duck poop encounters to Sleeping Beauty backstage in Juicy sweatpants, we recount some of the unfortunate events that have stricken the Mousetalgia crew in the past. 

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The Mousetalgia 3-day Disneyland trip: our own methods, secrets, and ideas for making the most of the standard 3-day trip to Disneyland Resort. When is it better to spend a little more, and where can you save a little? How should you approach meals during a day at the park? We offer our opinions on attractions, fastpasses, drinks, breaks, and a general plan of attack for enjoying the resort during the busy summer season. Plus, Kristen treats herself to a 24 hour trip to Southern California, and offers her own advice for making the most of quick jaunts to the park. Also - a Poppins portrait, Mary Blair prints, Miles from Tomorrowland, and more!

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Mousetalgia investigates the ways of the force this week as Kristen goes to the recently opened "Star Wars and the Power of Costume" exhibit which premiered in Seattle's EMP Museum, and shares her opinions of the new nine-part exhibition of costumes from all six Star Wars films. Covering everything from Darth Vader's armor to Princess Leia's slave outfit, the exhibit promises insight regarding the design and development of the look of the Star Wars universe. Also, Jeff and Kristen have a chance to visit the Van Eaton Galleries to view the items from the upcoming "Story of Disneyland" auction in person, and we share thoughts, memories, opinions, and reactions to the multitude of Disneyland collectibles. Plus - Wednesdays with Walt at Disneyland; a dress company licenses Mary Blair's art and name; a creative new way to spruce up your Mouse ears; new sweepstakes; Star Wars goes cruising - and more!

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