The Mouse Castle Lounge Podcast: Disney News and Interviews, Cocktails and Conversations
Disney news and interviews, cocktails and conversation. Join host Tim Callaway as he talks with Disney artists, Imagineers, animators, authors and even a few Disney Legends about Disney movies, music, books, television, theme parks and history. From Mickey Mouse to Moana, Disneyland to Walt Disney World, Pinocchio to Pixar, it's always good times and great conversations.
MCL 12-24-2013 - 'Saving Mr. Banks' and Saving Walt's Birthplace

Tim Callaway reviews "Saving Mr. Banks" starring Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson, and interviews Brent Young and Dina Benadon, owners of the Chicago home where Walt Disney was born. They're attempting to raise money on Kickstarter to help pay for the cost of renovating the home and to restore it to its 1901 grandeur.

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Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 2:31am PDT

MCL 12-08-2013 - 'The Disneyland Story' with Author Sam Gennawey

Disneyland is not just a thing or a place. It's a living, breathing creation of Walt Disney and scores of talented artists, designers and Imagineers. Historian Sam Gennawey has written not just a history, but a biography of the Happiest Place on Earth and he shares with us some of the fascinating details that make up his book "The Disneyland Story: The Unofficial Guide to the Evolution of Walt Disney's Dream."

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Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 10:23pm PDT

MCL 11-26-2013 - The Cast of 'Frozen' and Remembering Diane Disney Miller

Tim previews "Frozen," the 53rd feature film from Walt Disney Animation Studios. The film opens this weekend and in the Lounge we'll hear from the voice cast including Kristen Bell (Anna), Idina Menzel (Elsa) and Josh Gad (Olaf). Also chiming in are "Frozen's" directors Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee. Tim also pays tribute to Diane Disney Miller, Walt's daughter and co-founder of the Walt Disney Family Museum, who passed away last week at the age of 79.

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Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 10:51pm PDT

MCL 11-17-2013 - Imagineer Marty Sklar and His 50+ Years at Disney

Marty Sklar worked for the Walt Disney Company over 50 years, mostly at Imagineering, which he ran for nearly ten. He got his start in marketing and publicity at Disneyland where he wrote much of the material Walt Disney presented at media events, on television and in numerous company publications. He had his hand in developing park projects including the Carousel of Progress, It's a Small World and Ford's Magic Skyway at the 1964 New York World's Fair, the grand opening of Walt Disney World, and the creative development of Epcot, Tokyo Disney Resort, Disneyland Paris and Hong Kong Disneyland. He remains the only person to be involved in the grand openings of every Disney theme park around the world. He's a Disney Legend and has recently written a memoir about his exceptional career, "Dream It! Do It! My Half-Century Creating Disney's Magic Kingdoms." Tim Callaway interviews Marty in this edition of The Mouse Castle Lounge.

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Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 9:19am PDT

MCL 11-12-2013 - 'Saving Mr. Banks,' 'Mary Poppins' and 'Thor: The Dark World'

The MCL vicariously stalks a trio of red carpets for the U.S. premieres of "Saving Mr. Banks" and "Thor: The Dark World" and a special 50th-anniversary screening of "Mary Poppins." Emma Thompson, Tom Hanks, Richard Sherman, Dick Van Dyke, Karen Dotrice, Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston and Anthony Hopkins all make appearances in this star-studded episode.

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Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 11:10pm PDT

MCL 11-03-2013 - Tony Baxter's Window on Main Street and Pat Carroll, Part Two

After more than 40 legendary years at Walt Disney Imagineering, Tony Baxter had his name immortalized on a Main Street window at Disneyland. In this week's Mouse Castle Lounge, we have audio from the dedication ceremony where we hear from Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Tom Staggs and from Tony Baxter himself, who reminisces about the many people he worked with during his career and the many park projects he's known for including Big Thunder Mountain Railroad and the Indiana Jones Adventure. MCL host Tim Callaway also wraps up part two of his conversation with the multi-talented Pat Carroll, the voice of Ursula in "The Little Mermaid," and an accomplished stage and screen actress who's spent over 60 years in show business.

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Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 11:04pm PDT

MCL 10-27-2013 - Pat Carroll, Part One

The Mouse Castle Lounge celebrates its first birthday with Pat Carroll, the voice of Ursula in "The Little Mermaid." Pat has had a long and illustrious show business career spanning from the early days of television to film to the Broadway stage. Tim Callaway talks with Pat about some of the great talent she's worked with including Howard Ashman, John Musker and Ron Clements, Sid Caesar, Jimmy Durante, Steve Allen and Danny Thomas. Part one of a two-part conversation.

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Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 7:01am PDT

MCL 10-20-2013 - 'Tinker Bell: An Evolution' Author Mindy Johnson

Outside of the Fab Five, Tinker Bell may be Disney's most beloved and iconic character. Animation historian Mindy Johnson's new book "Tinker Bell: An Evolution" traces Tink's history from being a mere beam of light in J.M. Barrie's original stage play "Peter Pan" to the lengthy and arduous trek that brought her to animated life at Disney. Mindy is Tim Callaway's guest this week in "The Mouse Castle Lounge." 

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Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 11:07pm PDT

MCL 10-10-2013 - 'Escape From Tomorrow'

"Escape From Tomorrow" is the new independent film Disney doesn't want you to see. Shot on Disney theme park property without Disney's knowledge or consent, the film paints a dark, surreal picture of life behind the pixie dust. Tim Callaway gives a review of the film and speaks with director Randy Moore and the movie's two stars Roy Abramsohn and Elena Schuber.

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Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 1:04am PDT

MCL 10-07-2013 - Remembering Roy E. Disney with Dave Bossert

Roy E. Disney saved the Walt Disney Company...twice. He was at the center of two memorable boardroom battles in 1984 and again in the early 2000s. Both times the company came out better for it. Tim Callaway interviews longtime Disney animator, director and producer Dave Bossert, who's written a new book about Roy E. Disney that touches on his well-known corporate entanglements but is mostly about his lesser-known personal side and the many people within the Walt Disney Company--particularly in animation--who knew, respected and admired him. It's an insightful look at the man who helped lead the charge to resurrect his father's and uncle's company, and to enable Disney's second golden age of animation.

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Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 1:48pm PDT

MCL 09-28-2013 - The Unofficial Guides to Disneyland and Walt Disney World

"The Unofficial Guide to Disneyland" and "The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World" are hugely informative and extremely detailed travel guides to your favorite Disney resorts. In this episode, Tim Callaway talks to the guides' co-author Bob Sehlinger about the hard work that goes into researching each book and how visitors to Disney parks can save time and money using these useful guides.

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Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 9:02pm PDT

MCL 09-15-2013 - Pete Docter, Tony Anselmo and J.B. Kaufman Pay Tribute to Tyrus Wong at the Walt Disney Family Museum

During one amazing evening at the Walt Disney Family Museum, "Mouse Castle Lounge" host Tim Callaway chats with 102-year old Disney Legend Tyrus Wong at the opening of a retrospective of his work, "Water to Paper, Paint to Sky: The Art of Tyrus Wong." Also on hand to pay tribute to Wong are Pixar director Pete Docter ("Monsters Inc.," "Up"), Disney Legend and artist (and voice of Donald Duck) Tony Anselmo, and author and historian J.B. Kaufman. Wong's art spans decades, from his exquisite work on "Bambi" to over 25 years as a pre-production artist at Warner Bros. In retirement, Wong has earned great reknown as a designer and builder of fanciful kites.

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Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 11:02pm PDT

MCL 08-14-2013 - Conversations From the D23 Expo

Tens of thousands of crazed Disney fans converged on the D23 Expo in Anaheim last weekend and Mouse Castle Lounge host Tim Callaway was one of them. And oh, the people he talked to: the voice cast of "Phineas & Ferb" and "Gravity Falls," singer/actress Susan Egan, Disney Animation Research Library creative director Lella Smith, video game developers for both "Disney Infinity" and "Fantasia: Music Evolved" and more. It's a random and thoroughly entertaining hour-long romp through the D23 Expo. Cocktails forever!

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Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 12:51pm PDT

MCL 08-08-2013 - Richard Sherman, Alan Menken and the D23 Expo

Tim Callaway previews (kind of) the D23 Expo by interviewing (sort of) Disney songwriting legends Richard Sherman and Alan Menken. Richard and Alan will be performing together at Disney's massive fan event in Anaheim this Saturday at 6:30 p.m.

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Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 11:12am PDT

MCL 07-29-2013 - Talking 'Walt's People' with Didier Ghez

In a few weeks, author Didier Ghez will release Volume 13 of his epic compilation of personal interviews, "Walt's People." Like the 12 books before it, "Walt's People" will feature conversations by noted historians with many of the great names who knew, worked with, and were inspired by Walt Disney. The latest edition will include the likes of Roy E. Disney, Virginia Davis, Joe Grant, Fess Parker and Blaine Gibson. In The Mouse Castle Lounge, Tim Callaway talks with Didier not only about "Walt's People," but also about the other exciting book projects he has in the works.

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Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 10:31pm PDT

MCL 07-23-2013 - The 1964-65 New York World's Fair and Disneyland's 2006 Pirates Premiere

Two great conversations in the Lounge today. First, filmmaker Matthew Silva talks about his efforts to preserve the New York Pavilion in Flushing Meadows, one of the last remnants of the 1964-65 New York World's Fair. It was at this fair that Walt Disney launched some of his most iconic attractions including It's a Small World, the Carousel of Progress and Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln. We also wrap up a conversation with Tim O'Day, who tells tales about what it was like to hold the world premiere of "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest" at Disneyland in 2006.

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Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 8:49pm PDT

MCL 07-07-2013 - 'The Lone Ranger' and Tim O'Day Part 2

"The Lone Ranger" opened dismally for Disney this weekend, but is it really that bad? Tim has his review of the wild west epic plus comments from the cast and crew. Also, Tim presents part two of his conversation with Tim O'Day, who recalls many of the Disney Legends he's known including Marc Davis, Herb Ryman and John Hench.

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Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 7:17am PDT

MCL 06-30-2013 - Traveling With Legends and Honoring Annette

You really can't go wrong when your guests are the always interesting Tim O'Day and Paula Sigman Lowery. Tim visits the Lounge to talk about his lengthy career with Disney and the many famous people he's called friends over the years. Plus, Paula will chat about the recent life celebration event at the Walt Disney Studios honoring everyone's favorite Mouseketeer Annette Funicello.

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Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 11:55am PDT

MCL 06-22-2013 - 'Monsters University' Premiere, 'Oz' on Blu-ray and Howard Ashman Part 3

It's interviews and soundbites galore in this episode of "The Mouse Castle Lounge" as we hear from Billy Crystal and John Lasseter at the "Monsters University" premiere in Hollywood. Also, we go behind the scenes with the cast and crew of "Oz the Great and Powerful," now available on home video. Finally, your host Tim Callaway presents part three of his interview with Sarah Ashman Gillespie, the sister of the late Disney lyricist Howard Ashman.

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Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 1:34am PDT

MCL 06-08-2013 - Howard Ashman Part Two and 50 Years of Maurice Sendak

In part two of Tim's conversation with Sarah Ashman Gillespie, they discuss Howard Ashman's career at Disney, how he met his musical collaborator Alan Menken, and why it wasn't a good idea to make him mad. Also, Tim pays another visit to the Walt Disney Family Museum and catches up with guest curator Anel Muller to discuss the museum's new special exhibit, "Maurice Sendak: 50 Years, 50 Works, 50 Reasons."

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Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 4:19pm PDT

MCL 05-20-2013 - Ashman Talks Ashman

"Part of Your World," "Under the Sea," "Beauty and the Beast," "Be Our Guest." Tim visits with Sarah Ashman Gillespie, the younger sister of the late writer, lyricist and director Howard Ashman. With Alan Menken, Ashman wrote many of the great songs from Disney's animation renaissance of the late 1980s and early 1990s. Sarah pays tribute to her brother's legacy on her website "Howard Ashman: Part of His World" at This is the first of three conversations with Sarah. Look for parts two and three in upcoming episodes of "The Mouse Castle Lounge."

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Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 7:05am PDT

MCL 05-12-2013 - Mother's Day with Camille Rose Garcia, Princess Merida and 'Big Hero 6'

It's a Happy Mother's Day as Tim Callaway visits the Walt Disney Family Museum to interview "lowbrow" artist Camille Rose Garcia and talk about her new exhibit "Down the Rabbit Hole," a dark and delightful look at "Alice in Wonderland." Also, we take a look at the controversy over Princess Merida's new Disney makeover, Entertainment Arts' takeover of Disney's "Star Wars" video games and the underwhelming tease for Disney/Marvel's "Big Hero 6."

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Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 10:52am PDT

MCL 05-06-2013 - 'Iron Man 3' Reviewed, Princess Merida and Pez Ratzenberger

"Iron Man 3" opened to huge box office numbers in the U.S. over the weekend, but is it any good? Also, Merida from Pixar's "Brave" is about to officially become a Disney princess and John Ratzenberger is now officially immortalized in a collection of Pez dispensers.

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Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 12:35am PDT

MCL 05-02-2013 - Disney's Monstrous Summer and 'Iron Man 3'

Disneyland and Walt Disney World are planning a Monstrous Summer celebration, kicking it off with a 24-hour party on both coasts on May 24. The Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World will be busy, but Disneyland and Disney California Adventure could be nightmarish as they make space for Grad Nite crowds at the same time. Also, Tim previews "Iron Man 3" which opens this weekend in the U.S. and is expected to be huge at the box office.

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Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 10:08pm PDT

MCL 04-24-2013 - The Lone Ranger in Vegas, Mystic Manor, Mickey Mouse Gets a Horse

In today's episode, Tim whines about being unable to produce a show on a regular basis, but also manages to sneak in some audio clips from a fan event in Las Vegas for "The Lone Ranger" featuring Johnny Depp and director Gore Verbinski. He also previews Mystic Manor, the new very cool attraction getting ready to open at Hong Kong Disneyland and tries to unravel the mystery about a soon-to-be-released Mickey Mouse cartoon entitled "Get a Horse."

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Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 6:48am PDT

MCL 04-16-2013 - Disney Supports the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures and Space Mountain Remains Closed

First and foremost, our thoughts are with the good people of Boston in the wake of Monday's unspeakable tragedy. We run for Boston. Inside The Mouse Castle Lounge we take a look at the planned Academy Museum of Motion Pictures which is getting a lot of support from Disney and give you another chance to win one of historian J. B. Kaufman's fantastic books about the making of Walt Disney's "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs."

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Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 7:22pm PDT

MCL 04-14-2013 - Safety Problems at Disneyland and 'Iron Man 3' Invades Innoventions

It's a short and sweet weekend edition of The Mouse Castle Lounge as Tim talks about safety issues at the Disneyland Resort that have closed down three E-Ticket rides. Also, Iron Man Tech Presented by Stark Industries is doing the unthinkable at Innoventions...creating lines.

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Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 6:47am PDT

MCL 04-12-2013 - Is 2D Animation Dead?

Layoffs at the Walt Disney Studios have spread to Disney's 2D animators. Is this the death knell for hand-drawn 2D animation? Tim Callaway takes a look at this touchy issue--especially among animation purists--and also previews a new kids program on The Disney Channel and discusses why it sucks not to be in Las Vegas next week.

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Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 1:07pm PDT

MCL 04-10-2013 - Layoffs at Disney, 'Planes' and a Snow White Contest

Would Tim actually resort to bribary to get you to listen to "The Mouse Castle Lounge"? Well, DUHHH, of course he would. Listen for details on how you can win one of J.B. Kaufman's two books about "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs": "The Fairest One of All" or ""Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: The Art and Creation of Walt Disney's Classic Animated Film." Don't look for alternative ways to enter. The only way to win is by listening to this podcast. Pretty sneaky, huh? In the meantime, you can also find out about layoffs at the Walt Disney Studios and the new video game based on Disneytoon Studios' upcoming "Planes."

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Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 11:05pm PDT

MCL 04-09-2013 - Annette Funicello, Harrison 'Buzz' Price and Iron Man 3

Tim Callaway tries a different approach to his podcast by going "Inside the Mouse Castle," a more current and more frequent look at the world of Disney.  This episode pays tribute to Annette Funicello and celebrates Harrison "Buzz" Price's new window on Main Street at Disneyland.

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Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 11:53pm PDT

MCL 03-31-2013 - Marc Davis, LucasArts, Free Movie Screenings From Disney

Tim Callaway runs down the latest news from the world of Disney without spilling his martini. In this Easter edition we celebrate the 100th birthday of Disney animator and Imagineer Marc Davis. Tim also previews three books on Disney history due out later this year, discusses potential trouble at LucasArts and talks about how you can be invited to free screenings of Disney movie releases.

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Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 2:01am PDT

MCL 03-11-2013 - Paula Sigman Lowery (Part 2), The Walt Disney Family Museum...and Beer

Tim wraps up his interview with Disney historian Paula Sigman Lowery as they talk about the development of the Walt Disney Family Museum and about Walt's relationship with his father Elias. Tim also chats on the phone with WDFM CEO Gabriella Calicchio about upcoming events at the Museum (and apologizes in advance for the murky sound quality). The Museum has a full slate of special exhibitions coming up, including the work of Maurice Sendak, Camille Rose Garcia and Tyrus Wong. Also paying a visit to the Lounge once again is Tina, who has a thing or two to say about beer.

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Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 10:41pm PDT

MCL 03-03-2013 - Disney Historian Paula Sigman Lowery and Happy Hour at the Anabella Hotel

Paula Sigman Lowery is a noted Disney historian who spent 20 years working for Disney mostly at the Walt Disney Archives. In part one of my conversation with her, we discuss the genesis of the Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco, the relationship between Walt and his wife Lillian, and why Paula is such a huge "Spin and Marty" fan. Also, I meet up with my friend Tina for happy hour drinks at one of our favorite Anaheim hangouts, the Nectarine Bar at the Anabella Hotel.

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Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 7:34am PDT

MCL 02-22-2013 - On the Red Carpet at the 85th Academy Awards

Walk the red carpet at the Oscars as Tim and a few friends preview this year's Academy Award nominations. Disney is well represented with three films nominated for Best Animated Feature and "Paperman" vying for Best Animated Short Film.

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Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 8:51am PDT

MCL 02-19-2013 - Disney Animation Research Library, Fox Carney

A rare look inside the Disney Animation Research Library, home of 64 million pieces of animation art from nearly 90 years of Disney animation history. Tim Callaway sits down with the ARL's research manager Fox Carney and talks about the many treasures of the ARL and the challenge of cataloging and preserving their immense collection of artwork.

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Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 7:55am PDT

MCL 02-12-2013 - What's Opera, Walt?, 'Monsters University' and the Tahitian Terrace

We aim for some highbrow culture in this edition of The Mouse Castle Lounge, but end up reviewing Philip Glass' opera about Walt Disney instead. "The Perfect American" is yet another exercise in perpetuating the worst urban legends that exist about Walt. It's viewable online if you feel like trashing two hours of your life. Also, Tim Callaway previews two new books written by people who actually know what they're talking about, takes a trip to "Monsters University" and revisits Disneyland's 25th anniversary where he finds soy sauce.

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Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 10:19pm PDT

MCL 02-04-2013 - Club 33, The Cove Bar, Trader Sam's Enchanted Tiki Bar and the Carthay Circle Lounge

Tim Callaway takes The Mouse Castle Lounge on the road and goes bar hopping at the Disneyland Resort. Meet some of Tim's awesome friends as we decide once and for all which drinking establishments are the best.

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Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 6:19am PDT

MCL 01-21-2013 - America Sings, Brenda Chapman and 'Escape From Tomorrow'

Video bloggers and independent filmmakers are causing a stir at Disney these days and Tim Callaway talks about it all inside The Mouse Castle Lounge. See why "Escape From Tomorrow" is the most daring film to come out of the Sundance Film Festival and why Disney attorneys are probably pissed off about it. Also, join Tim during the summer of 1974 and the grand opening of America Sings at Disneyland and pay a visit to the blog of animation director and screenwriter Brenda Chapman.

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Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 9:29pm PDT

MCL 01-13-2013 - Oscar Nominations, Frankenweenie and the Disney News Archive

This week in The Mouse Castle Lounge, Tim Callaway takes a look at how Disney and Pixar scored in this year's Oscar nominations. He'll also review "Frankenweenie," now available on home video, and unlock the Disney News Archive from Spring 1996.

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Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 12:03am PDT