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