This week, Mousetalgia welcomes Paul Briggs, Disney Animation Director of the upcoming feature "Raya and the Last Dragon," to the show to talk with us about the storytelling process at Walt Disney Animation Studios. Briggs, who was the Story Department Supervisor before directing "Raya," talks about finding the core emotions behind a film, and stretching the boundaries of imagination. Paul shares some insights about the process of developing stories for Disney Feature Animation, shares some secrets behind the making of Frozen and Big Hero 6, for which he was head of story, and then talks about the cultural impact of his directorial debut, "Raya and the Last Dragon." Plus, in honor of this week's 119th anniversary of Walt Disney's birth, Kristen Carr speaks to Maria Massad from The Walt Disney Birthplace about progress on the restoration of the home in which Walt was born in Chicago, and the non-profit organization's virtual celebration of Walt's birthday on Dec. 5 with a virtual tour and a party in the actual room in which Walt was born - with special guests, giveaways and more.

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Happy Thanksgiving! On this week's super-sized holiday episode, Jeffrey Epstein and Candice Valdez from the D23 Inside Disney podcast join us to give us the inside scoop on the official Disney podcast, and they share behind-the-scenes stories of the show, which they publish weekly along with their third co-host Sheri Alzeerah. We talk about the state of Disney fandom, the variety of Disney properties, and the inspiration behind the show. Then, Chris Buckley, animation director of the LEGO Star Wars Holiday Special and Head of 3D Animation for Atomic Cartoons, joins us to talk about his career in animation, and speaks with us about how the Star Wars galaxy and LEGO combine to make a funny, engaging world the entire family can enjoy. Chris talks about LEGO humor, disobeying the laws of physics, Boba Fett piloting the Falcon - and more. Finally, Kristen Carr checks in after a morning on the recently-reopened Buena Vista Street! She talks to us about the shopping, the eating - including Carthay Circle - and most of all, the cast members who make the Disney magic feel so real. Plus - our holiday gift suggestions.. and more.

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This week, Mousetalgia takes a look back at the '70s with Cast Member Tricia Ciaccio, who worked at Disneyland as a tour guide under the guidance of Disney Legend Cicely Rigdon. Tricia talks about her time at the park as a tour guide, with stories about Audrey Hepburn, Cary Grant, and the Mercury 7, alongside other memories of the Magic Kingdom. Also, Kristen Carr reports on Mickey and Minnie's birthday celebrations and Hong Kong Disneyland's new castle, and the team presents a holiday high five! We list Jeff's top 5 memories from the park, Kristen's top 5 holiday-themed Little Golden Books, Becky's top 5 holiday treats, and Dave's top 5 moments from the Christmas Fantasy Parade.

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This week, we've decided to share some reviews of the things we've started watching, listening to and reading over the past month. First, we discuss the return of "The Mandalorian" to Disney+, and discuss the season two debut. Kristen gives a brief review of "The Right Stuff," and then Jeff and Kristen review a few albums that have recently started streaming ("My First Disney Jazz;" "Disney Meets Jazz: A Tribute to Walt Disney;" and "Little Nightmares"). Jeff reviews "The Nightmare Before Christmas Pop-up Advent Calendar," then Kristen joins Jeff for a review of "3D Disneyland: Like You've Never Seen It Before." Plus - Kristen Carr checks in, and we discuss the villainous nature of 2020.

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This week, Mousetalgia welcomes Disney fan-favorite (and Tinker Bell reference model) Margaret Kerry to the show to talk about her recent life experiences and to reminisce about her career as a member of the Disney community. If you haven't heard much about Margaret's life since she turned 90, you won't want to miss this inspirational episode. Plus - Becky lists acceptable losses that will lead to a better Disney vacation, Dave talks about the latest Funko Pops, Jeff gets new socks - and more!

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