Mousetalgia Episode 283: Disney Legend Rolly Crump, Seattle's PNW Mouse Meet

Mousetalgia welcomes WED Imagineer and Disney Legend Rolly Crump to this episode of the podcast to talk about his time working for Walt Disney in the creation of Disneyland Park. Crump talks about his time with WED Enterprises, including his work on "it's a small world," the Adventureland Bazaar, and his relationships with the model makers, Imagineers, and other studio artists during his career at Disney, including candid details about his contentious relationship with WED head Dick Irvine. He also includes a "cute little story" about his contibution to the film "Mary Poppins." Also, Mousetalgia talks to Don Morin, founder of the Pacific Northwest Mouse Meet, about this upcoming fan convention (of which Mousetalgia is a sponsor) held outside of Seattle, WA. Plus - our favorite wish-we'd-been-there moments from the 1964-'65 World's Fair, a report from previews of Aladdin on Broadway... and more!

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Mousetalgia Episode 282:  Mary Blair exhibit, women in animation

This week, Team Mousetalgia takes you behind the scenes at the world premiere of Magic, Color, Flair: The World of Mary Blair - an exhibit that opened March 13 at the Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco, CA. We share our favorite highlights from the new exhibit, join WDFM president Ron Miller in a dedication of the exhibit hall to the late Diane Disney Miller, and then join the VIP opening night gala and capture impressions from Kirsten Komoroske, WDFM Executive Director; Alice Davis, Disney Legend; Pete Docter, Director of the upcoming Pixar feature "Inside Out"; Charles Solomon, author of the upcoming "The Art of Disney Golden Books"; Joseph Titizian, WDFM representative; and Don Hahn, producer of the upcoming feature "Maleficent." Then, Jeff takes us across the Presidio to Lucasfilm to report on a WDFM event about women in animation, which featured four accomplished female artists who spoke on the work they currently do and the challenges they find today in the workplace. Plus - Elsa and Anna; "The Adorable Couple" - and more!

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Mousetalgia Episode 281: John Canemaker on Mary Blair, WED's Paul Saunders

Mousetalgia welcomes Academy Award-winning animator, author and historian John Canemaker to the show to talk about Disney Legend Mary Blair and the exhibit opening this week at the Walt Disney Family Museum called "Magic, Color, Flair - The World of Mary Blair." The exhibit, which is curated by Canemaker, has been eagerly anticipated for nearly a year, and Canemaker gives us an exclusive sneak preview of the show, some history of Mary Blair, and information about his two new books about Blair, one a re-release and one a brand new catalog. Also this week, Jeff reports on a conversation with WED Imagineer Paul Saunders on working for Walt at WED in the mid '60s. Saunders talks about his time helping to create the "new" Tomorrowland, Haunted Mansion, Inner Space, and more. Also - Frozen and the Muppet Movie soundtracks on vinyl, Sheriff Callie's Wild West - and more!

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Mousetalgia Episode 280: Dapper Day,  Pete Docter on directing

Mousetalgia talks Dapper Day, dining, and Docter on this week's show! First, Jeff reports on his trip to Disneyland Resort for Dapper Day on February 23, discussing the variety of styles, costumes, Disneybounding, and people-watching opportunities afforded by this increasingly popular unofficial event held in Disney parks around the world. Next, we discuss dining at Disneyland, focusing on the Storyteller Cafe dinner buffet at the Grand Californian and the Harbour Galley at Disneyland Park. Next, the whole team reports on a talk held at the Walt Disney Family Museum held on March 1 about Walt Disney's Animation Directors by Academy-Award-winning director Pete Docter (Monsters Inc., Up) and author/historian Don Peri. Also - we interview Disneyland Ink and Paint artist Eric Scales about the newest release in the Ink and Paint program, and we host a giveaway and celebrate a recent sweepstakes winner. Plus - D23 delays WDW's Destination D event, and more!

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Mousetalgia Episode 279: Fantasia

This week, Team Mousetalgia takes a look at various aspects of Walt Disney's Fantasia, the classic animated feature that was a great leap forward for the Walt Disney Studio in terms of technical accomplishment and artistic endeavor, but didn't achieve great commercial success upon its release. We discuss Fantasound, Leopold Stokowski, Fred Moore and Mickey Mouse, and some of the fascinating musical selections incorporated in this anthology film. Next, we speak with Research Supervisor Rob Schneider from Disney about how the studio's original cue sheets and music is archived, and how the business side of music is incorporated into the day to day operations of the studio today. Also, Kristen concludes her "Lost Chords" series of performances with a little-known Sherman Brothers tune sung by guest vocalist Michele Johnston. Plus - Vanity Fair looks at some famous CalArts grads, a book review of John Canemaker's "Before the Animation Begins," Time looks at the cult of "Frozen," Netflix to broadcast "The Clone Wars" - and more!

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Mousetalgia Episode 278: Make Mine Music

Team Mousetalgia reports on "Disney Goes to the Opera" at the Walt Disney Family Museum, and takes an in depth look at "Make Mine Music," Walt Disney's post-war animated anthology. As part of a rebuilding effort for the feature film division of the studio, Make Mine Music was a package film featuring many different musical pieces, and we take a brief tour of the music used in the movie in this episode. Next, the team reports on "Disney Goes to the Opera," a presentation that featured opera performances at the Walt Disney Family Museum. Also, Kristen arranges and performs "Boogedy Boy," a lost work originally composed for Make Mine Music that never made it into the film; we answer a few listener emails, and we present an exclusive report on the filming of Brad Bird's Tomorrowland at Disneyland!

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Mousetalgia Episode 277: Disneyland Records, Jimmy Johnson

Disney producer and author Greg Ehrbar joins Team Mousetalgia this week to discuss the history of Disneyland Records and the new book "Inside the Whimsy Works," an autobiography of Disney Legend Jimmy Johnson which Ehrbar co-edited. Johnson created Disney's record division, and Ehrbar provides a wealth of information about the early days of Disney recordings, discussing Little Golden Records, See Hear Read Records, and stories about some of the behind the scenes players like Tutti Camerata, the producer who set the early vision for Disneyland Records in place. Dave also discusses his extensive Disney vinyl collection and offers tips and tricks to anyone interested in starting a record collection. Plus - Kristen discovers some lost Pinocchio music, a listener reports on the new home of the Hillbillies, and we offer a special Valentine's week report on finding romance at the resort!

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Mousetalgia Episode 276: Disneyland's Mine Train, Disney music

Mousetalgia welcomes Mine Train expert James Keeline to the show to help us reminisce about the history of Frontierland's trains in anticipation of the newly renovated Big Thunder Mountain Railroad attraction. James discusses the history of Rainbow Ridge and the Mine Train attraction, and describes the scenes, special effects, and set pieces that made the Mine Train Through Nature's Wonderland such a memorable ride for Disneyland guests. James also discusses Mineral Hall, the souvenir shop next to the Mine Train that sold fluorescent minerals and black lights to guests. Also, February is Mousetalgia Music Month, and we start our musical features by discussing our personal favorites in the world of Disney musicians, including Hazel George, Buddy Baker, Randy Newman, and Dave Brubeck. Kristen unveils a new collection of "lost" music that she is bringing back to life. Plus - favorite Disneyland songs, a Tinker Bell Half Marathon engagement... and more!

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Mousetalgia Episode 275: Tinker Bell Half Marathon trip report

Mousetalgia talks RunDisney this week. Dave ran the inaugural Tinker Bell 10K, and Becky wonders about some sweeping issues. Becky ran the half marathon, earning her own PR and discusses the course, the trials, and the rewards of running 13 miles. Plus - scenes from the RunDisney Expo, dining with Princesses, navigating the parks during RunDisney weekends, and Radiator Springs Racers - is the line finally loosening up? In an awkward moment check-up, we remember the falling Magic Carpet in the Aladdin stage show, and we discover that Mickey's Magical Map has glitches. Jeff and Becky have a motel showdown: Rodeway Inn Maingate Knotts ($45 list) vs. the Candy Cane Inn a block from Disneyland's gate ($125 list) - which is a better use of your money? (Hint: Becky didn't even need to show up to this showdown!) Jeff gets "Weird" with Rolly Crump (and hosts a sweepstakes you won't want to miss), Kristen plans a trip to Hawaii, Becky tries some pizza and Dave talks Destination D. Also, we have news from Micechat and Walt Disney's Barn - and more!

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Mousetalgia Episode 274: Book reviews, author Adam Berger

Mousetalgia reviews some recent Disney books, including Sam Gennawey's book "The Disneyland Story" The Unofficial Guide to the Evolution of Walt Disney's Dream; Jim Korkis' "The Book of Mouse: A Celebration of Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse," Marty Sklar's "Dream It! Do It! My Half Century Creating Disney's Magic Kingdoms," and Marvel Comic's "Seekers of the Weird" issue one. Plus, we interview Adam Berger about his new book "Every Guest is a Hero: Disney’s Theme Parks and the Magic of Mythic Storytelling." Berger describes the history and role of mythic storytelling in the creation of Imagineering's immersive attractions at Disney theme parks. Plus - the Star Wars cannon is revisited, Frozen is on the way to Broadway, a change in management at D23 - and more!

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