Mousetalgia Episode 340: ILM Creature Shop Technician Kirk Thatcher

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 Episode 339: The "unsung Newsie" Derek Young; Haunted Mansion news

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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Mousetalgia Episode 338: Star Wars then and now; Stephen Stanton

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 Episode 337: Tales from a Disneyland tour guide; Kay Kamen

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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