Mousetalgia Episode 253: Bird's 'Tomorrowland' and 'The Optimist'

"The Optimist" takes center stage in this third episode in Mousetalgia's coverage of the D23 Expo. As part of the promotional machine behind Brad Bird's upcoming film "Tomorrowland," "The Optimist," an alternate reality game, has captured the imaginations of many forward-looking futurists. Participating in the finale of its initial phase at the D23 Expo, Jeff and Kristen report on meeting many of the characters inhabiting this alternate reality as they solve puzzles and chase clues, working together with like-minded souls in their pursuit of a proposed fictional utopian society with which WED was intricately involved. Disney also unveiled its "Tomorrowland" pavilion at D23, burying fans in piles of clues and historical documents, all of which add pieces to the "Tomorrowland" puzzle. We also take a look back at WED's real history during the '64-'65 World's Fair, and try to find some context for Walt Disney's intriguing concept of a glittering "City of Tomorrow." Also, Dick Van Dyke has a car-tastrophe! Plus, some clarification about Marc Davis and Tinker Bell from Mindy Johnson, filming at DCA, Planes - and more!

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Mousetalgia Episode 252: D23 Expo panels and presentations

The Disney Studios and nostalgic music take the lead in our second episode covering the recent D23 Expo in Anaheim! Team Mousetalgia report on the keynote Studios presentation at the Expo, and discuss the celebrity appearances, special surprises, and Marvel-ous upcoming films certain to keep Disney fans watching their calendars. Anthony Hopkins, Angelina Jolie, and a plethora of other Hollywood celebrities made appearances to plug upcoming projects, and Disney displayed a strong slate of future films. Also, Richard Sherman and Alan Menken appeared together for an evening of magical music from the Disney songbook, and we have highlights from this much-anticipated presentation. Also, Tony Baxter, the Pixar Brain Trust, Stacia Martin, and others got up on stage and we report on a few of the many panels offered at this year's convention. Plus - a midnight ride on the Haunted Mansion, Mara's eyes become even more threatening - and more!

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Mousetalgia Episode 251: D23 Expo 2013 floor and pavilions

Team Mousetalgia assemble their favorite moments, news items, reviews and experiences from the 2013 D23 Expo on this supersized, first episode (of three) reporting on the official convention attended by over 50,000 guests. This week, we discuss the lines and queues created for the event, and decide what worked and what didn't in terms of managing masses of attendees. We also review the pavilions and Collectors Forum, mentioning some stand-out vendors and some highlights from Disney's official displays, including the consumer products pavilion and Walt Disney Animation Studios. We talk favorite bits of swag, techniques for surviving the crowds, and finish part one of our review with a discussion of the Parks and Resorts pavilion featuring a "Journey Into Imagineering." Plus Jeff talks to Disney Legend Tyrus Wong and Pete Docter, Mr. Toad makes the rounds, Dave counts down to the half marathon - and more!

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Mousetalgia Episode 250: Early Frontierland, vintage Disneyland

Join us for a tour of Disneyland in the '50s and '60s, while Team Mousetalgia recovers from the 2013 D23 Expo weekend, which we will cover in earnest starting next Monday. But this week, we talk to former Mule Train operator Robby Beeman, who tells fascinating tales of frightened mules, waiting on Julie Andrews in Club 33, and the horse who ditched his trolley and got caught trying to visit Mr. Lincoln! Jeff also digs into his archives to read some old newspaper articles about Disneyland's first decade, and we imagine what it might have been like to, say, watch helicopters bring guests to Disneyland at twilight from the windows of the lounge atop the Disneyland Hotel. Plus - Jeff introduces a new Haunted Mansion art collection; Rolly Crump visits the Walt Disney Family Museum; Kristen reviews Randy Newman in concert; Mickey Mouse slings meth - and more!

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Mousetalgia Episode 249.5: Richard Sherman and Alan Menken

Richard Sherman and Alan Menken speak about their upcoming concert ("Richard M. Sherman and Alan Menken: The Disney Songbook) at the D23 Expo in this special midweek bonus episode of Mousetalgia. Dave was able to take part in a media phone interview with Richard and Alan as they spoke about their contributions to the Disney songbook. Separately and together, the two answer questions about their process, their body of work, obscure and personal songs, and their preparations for the August 10, 2013 concert which will put them together on stage for the first time ever to perform some of the most beloved music ever written. Alan speaks of his methods of creating stories as much as songs, and Richard tells stories about creating the music for Mary Poppins, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and the catchiest theme park song ever written. Plus - hear Richard coin a term in his famous Shermanastic way, as only a Sherman Brother could!

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Mousetalgia Episode 249: D23 Expo preview, Ron Dias

Tips, tricks, hypotheses, and queues - it's time for Mousetalgia's pre-Expo roundtable! This week, Team Mousetalgia discuss our hopes and fears for this week's D23 Expo, including a list of our can't miss attractions featuring topics as varied as vintage Disney vinyl, Tony Baxter's never-seen vintage Disneyland footage, director Brad Bird, and drawing Mickey Mouse, to name a few. We also talk survival tips, discuss the show floor and vendors, and worry aloud about the untested "StagePass" system that Disney plans to implement. Also - last week the Disney community mourned the loss of Disney artist Ron Dias, and we pay tribute to the man who began his career animating Sleeping Beauty and became a friend to Disney fans far and wide. Plus - Club 33 is rumored to be closing for a major refurbishment in the near future, and Team Mousetalgia discusses the pros and cons of the likely changes. Special note: This episode marks the fifth birthday of the Mousetalgia podcast! Thank you for faithful listening and your continued support!

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