Mousetalgia Episode 421: Mickey Mouse turns 88, Van Eaton Disneyland auction

Mickey is turning 88 this week, and Team Mousetalgia invites you to celebrate with us! First, we welcome Mike Van Eaton back to the show to discuss "Souvenirs of Disneyland," an upcoming exhibition and auction of Disneyland memorabilia and merchandise. From a pen in the shape of a woman's leg to a scale Imagineering model of New Orleans Square, this major auction is destined to make history. Then, we celebrate Mickey's birthday by catching up with Disney comic writer Pat McGreal, who talks to Mousetalgia about his quarter century of giving life to Mickey Mouse and his friends. Jeff discusses the persistence of vision via Fields' famed "Art of Walt Disney" book, and then we continue our birthday celebration with a round table discussion of Mickey Mouse shorts, Mickey Mouse collectibles, Mickey Mouse in the parks, Mickey Mouse songs, and more. Plus - Disneyland Paris goes to hyperspace; tutus rule, Guardians take the tower - and more. Special note: Jeff will be appearing Saturday, Nov. 19 at Creature Features in Burbank from 1 to 3 p.m. to sign his book "The Unauthorized Story of Walt Disney's Haunted Mansion." 

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Mousetalgia Episode 420: Silly Symphonies, Geek Girl Con 2016

Team Mousetalgia welcomes Disney historian J.B. Kaufman back to the show to discuss his latest book "Walt Disney's Silly Symphonies: A Companion to the Classic Cartoon Series." We talk with Kaufman about the cartoons' relevance to the society of their time and Walt Disney personally, and discuss the music, the marvelous animation, and their place in the history of the Walt Disney Studios. Next, Kristen reports on Geek Girl Con 2016 in Seattle, and reports on the Women of Pixar panel. Also, a listener reports on the Bob Gurr Bus Tour of Walt's L.A.

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Mousetalgia Episode 419: Halloween with Mark Silverman, Haunted Mansion panel

Happy Halloween! Disney voice actor Mark Silverman joins Team Mousetalgia this week for a spooktacular Halloween episode! As the voice of Rod Serling in the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, Mark shares a special insider's view of the recent Tower of Terror event at Walt Disney World. We also talk to Mark about being a "Monster Kid," memories of celebrating Halloween as a child, surviving Hurricane Matthew at Disney World, and we host a Tower of Terror lithograph giveaway! Then, Jeff reports on the Walt Disney Family Museum's recent Haunted Mansion panel called "Tales of Ghoulish Delight," which dealt with the history of the famous haunted house and featured some of Imagineer Kim Irvine's stories about how the Mansion has changed over the years. Plus - Jeff announces some appearances; a listener calls in a trip report - and more!

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Mousetalgia Episode 418: Mickey's Halloween Party

Get spooky with Team Mousetalgia as Kristen reports on Mickey's Halloween Party at Disneyland Resort. First, we talk about a Halloween Time dilemma - crowds, heat, and closed attractions during one of the most popular weekends of the year. Kristen shares a potpourri of thoughts, including notes on this year's Halloween treats, tips for traveling with a hesitant two-year-old, Photopass woes, character dining options, and tips for first-time Disneybounders. Then, we talk Mickey's Halloween Party, including a review of this year's treat trails, new projection effects on the castle and the ghosts of goats past. Plus bonus samples from the ride of the Headless Horseman, the Frightfully Fun Parade and the Cadaver Dans. Also - Kristen reviews "Maps of the Disney Parks; we talk about Disneyland's imminent digital Fastpasses; and Jeff announces the release of the second edition of "The Unauthorized Story of Walt Disney's Haunted Mansion" and a Nov. 19 book signing at Creature Features in Burbank.

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Mousetalgia Episode 417: Animator Frans Vischer, listener email

Animator Frans Vischer joins team Mousetalgia this week to share stories of his career, both with Disney and since. He shares his story about how Chuck Jones helped him get into Cal Arts, and discusses studying the art of animation under Eric Larson, one of Walt's Nine Old Men. We also talk about his work on Paperman and utilizing digital technology; his work on Who Framed Roger Rabbit; and his books "Jimmy Dabble," "Fuddles," "A Very Fuddles Christmas," and his new book, "Fuddles and Puddles." Then Team Mousetalgia answers some listener email questions, including: how to make Disneyland special for non-Disney people; the evolution of our Disney fandom; and runDisney hotel options and tips. Also, we have a special interview with Zachariah Abrams, CHOC's Director of Corporate Relations, about the upcoming CHOC Walk in the Park. Plus - Jeff is kicked off of a WDFM panel, Kristen keeps collecting Kevin and Jody, Becky finds some shoes, and Dave discusses Don Hahn's latest project.

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Mousetalgia Episode 416: Queen of Katwe, book reviews

It's a Mousetalgia Review Revue! First, Kristen reviews Queen of Katwe. Kristen lived in sub-Saharan Africa for 3 months and has a unique perspective on the meaning and authenticity of the film. Then, we revisit "Walt Disney Studios - A Lot to Remember" and give a brief review of the book, along with speculation about its recall by the Walt Disney Company. Kristen buys a back issue of Animatrix featuring animator Frank Thomas and discusses Thomas' view of attributing film credits and working with Walt; then she discusses the newest re-release of Beauty and the Beast on Blu-Ray and reveals some details from the bonus content. Finally, we discuss "Tinker Bell Talks," and Margaret Kerry's "accidental" release of her new autobiography. Plus: we discuss our Disneyland dreams and wonder what they mean.

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Mousetalgia Episode 415: Eddy Collins, VIP stories

Lifting Michael Jackson: This week, Mousetalgia welcomes special guest Eddy Collins, who has spent decades with the Disney Company. Collins started doing custodial work at Disneyland and eventually became Global Sales Manager and a spokesperson for the resort. Eddy talks about his first job at the park as a sweeper, and how he quickly became a prestigious VIP tour guide, then moved to guest communications and management, and on to special events for the opening of Disney's California Adventure (after a run-in with the Disneyland Ambassador program and roles in TV/radio broadcasting). Eddy talks about managing Disneyland's international publicity, becoming the resort's Global Sales Manager, and the importance of a little pixie dust. Eddy also dusts off the plaid vest and takes us back in time to his days as a VIP tour guide, with stories about Ted Dansen and his family, Disney Legend Robin Williams, Ed McMahon, and of course, tales of touring with Michael Jackson (in and out of disguise). Plus, we discuss ways you can bring spooky Disney settings into your Halloween decorating - and more.

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Mousetalgia Episode 414: Halloween Party retrospective, Kevin and Jody sale

Join Team Mousetalgia for an Emporium of spooktacular stories! First, special guest Katelynn Burmark joins us this week to talk all about Disneyland's Halloween Parties, sharing tips, tricks and tales from her experiences having attended the party every year since they began in 2007. Next, Jeff visits LACMA's exhibition "At Home With Monsters," Guillermo del Toro's collection of horror-related artifacts, which includes a controversial Marc Davis Haunted Mansion changing portrait. Then, Jeff visits "Kevin and Jody: A Retrospective" show and sale at Pop! Comics. Finally, in a special segment, we investigate a mystery involving Disney's latest coffee table tome: "The Walt Disney Studios - A Lot to Remember" is recalled from online sellers and pulled off the shelves - but why? Bonus feature: Kristen calls in a report from D23's Seattle 25th anniversary screening of Beauty and the Beast, which featured comments from Beauty herself, Paige O'Hara. Plus listener email, more Mickey's Halloween Party Q & A - and more.

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Mousetalgia Episode 413: Happiest Haunts Tour, Halloween Time

This week, Mousetalgia gets spooky as Jeff reviews the brand new "Happiest Haunts Tour" at Disneyland Park. We offer a start to finish report on the 2-hour tour, and discuss what worked, and what missed the mark on this walking history tour "dead"-icated to the Haunted Mansion. Next, Jeff recounts his ill-fated attempt to purchase one of the new Trader Sam's Hitchhiking Ghosts mugs, and we speculate as to what might have happened with the short-lived roll-out. Finally, Jeff reports on the opening weekend of Halloween Time, and we discuss the changes to the Haunted Mansion (both permanent and holiday-oriented), and take a ride-through of the chilling new "lights out" version of the Tower of Terror. Plus - a listener's trip report of doing Disneyland solo, and we celebrate Dave's birthday!

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Mousetalgia Episode 412: Disneyland vs. WDW, D23 events

This week, Mousetalgia welcomes Jeffrey Epstein to the show to talk about D23 past, present and future! We look back at the launch of D23 - Disney's official fan club - over 7 years ago, and then discuss other current D23 happenings, including the "Fanniversary" events celebrating Beauty and the Beast and other upcoming opportunities for club members. We also host a Mousetalgia therapy session for a listener who, having fallen in love with Disneyland, has a hard time resisting comparing it with Walt Disney World and feeling like WDW falls short. Is it okay to compare the two resorts, or should Disney fans hold a special place for all the parks in their hearts? Also, listener reports on Shanghai Disneyland and Steakhouse 55, and two runDisney reports - one on last week's Disneyland Half Marathon weekend, and one on runDisney's recent virtual races.  Plus - Tim Burton, Disney-themed t-shirts... and more.

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