This week, Team Mousetalgia celebrates the release of Pixar's latest movie. Pixar artist Josh Holtsclaw joins us to talk about the design of Soul, Pixar's 23rd feature film. Josh talks to us about the role of graphics in a Pixar production, using art to create the atmosphere of New York City for the film, and his personal feelings about working on a film that will cap such a tumultuous year with such a thought-provoking movie. Then, Jeff and Kristen provide a spoiler-free review of the film, and we discuss Soul's music, the meaning of life, and ponder what big questions Pixar might tackle next.

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This week, Mousetalgia hosts our annual "Best of" episode - but since 'Twenty was such a dumpster fire, we've decided to share our bests of a lifetime of Disney fandom. Topics include favorite movies (Parent Trap? The Haunted Mansion?), and our favorite television shows (The Mandalorian, Wonderful World of Disney). We also discuss our favorite merch, including items from Disneyland's 50th anniversary and the Tronorail. Of course, we discuss favorite Disney foods, including mentions of Club 33, Blue Bayou, Napa Rose, and 21 Royal. Also, our favorite books, our top experiences with our Disney fandom, our awkward "Oswald" moments - and more.

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This week, Kristen takes us through a week in Disney history, and we go though our sack of listener emails! Calla reviews The Wonderful World of Mickey Mouse, useful Disney books and their uses, music reviews, a look at the relationship between the light and the dark, finding Disneyland sounds, an it's-a-small-world-of-color mystery, the origins of Walt Disney's studio signature, the march of the Matts - and more!

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This week, Rebecca Cline, Director of the Walt Disney Archives, talks about the development of her newest book "Holiday Magic at the Disney Parks." Becky tells us about the decade-long development of the book, and shares some behind-the-scenes stories of the making of the book, the photography, and the incredible details included inside of this huge book. Then, Mousetalgia listeners share their particularly moving holiday stories, and Jeff remembers Dave Prowse, the man who personified the Dark Lord of the Sith. Plus - Jeff does some Sith-mas shopping; Kristen talks about new D23 membership options; Becky hearts Kingdom Hearts, and Dave has LEGOs on his mind.

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