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Be prepared (haha) for a great episode all about the first Los Angeles production of "The Lion King" from one of the cast members herself: Carla Renata! You may know Carla as Janet from the NBC sitcom "Superstore," or from her YouTube channel "The Curvy Critic aka Carla Renata," but from 2000 to 2003 she also had the unique experience of playing Shenzi in the long-running hit show "The Lion King" at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre. Jessica and Melanie have a heartfelt, frank, and funny discussion with Carla about auditioning for the production, rehearsing at the El Capitan Theatre, the star-studded opening night, and her favorite moments as part of the original L.A. cast. Jessica also discusses the impact that "The Lion King" had on Broadway and the show's journey to becoming an international sensation, while Melanie shares details about the extensive remodel of the historic Pantages that was done to accommodate the production and bring the theatre back to its former glory. To listen to Carla's interview with Florence Kasumba, who played Shenzi in Disney's live action film "The Lion King," go to https://youtu.be/A-gIX67lMBw.  To find out more about Carla's work as The Curvy Film Critic, visit https://thecurvyfilmcritic.com/about-carla-renata/. Watch the one-hour series finale of NBC's "Superstore" on March 25th at 8PM. Carla is @TheCurvyCritic on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. Be sure to SUBSCRIBE to stay up to date, and if you enjoy the podcast, we'd love it if you'd RATE or REVIEW. Thanks for listening!For bonus content, visit us at https://www.instagram.com/cartoonstocastles/ and https://twitter.com/CartoonsCastles.Starting at just $3 a month, you can join our Patreon and get access to monthly bonus episodes, our private Facebook group, e-newsletter, and more. Check out the benefits and tiers at https://www.patreon.com/cartoonstocastles.Podcast logo designed by Ashley Taylor - https://loveashleydesigns.tumblr.com/Theme music: “Taste of the French Quarter” by Rob Khurana via Storyblocks.comSOURCES for this episode:https://www.broadwayinhollywood.com/visit/hollywoodpantagestheatre/aboutpantagestheatre https://www.forbes.com/sites/leeseymour/2017/12/18/the-lion-king-is-making-more-money-for-disney-than-star-wars/?sh=3faa0c311ff0 https://losangelestheatres.blogspot.com/2017/02/pantages-theatre-overview.html https://www.playbill.com https://thespaces.com/oscar-venues-through-the-ages/12/ https://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2020/10/how-the-lion-king-became-a-dollar9-billion-broadway-smash
This week Jessica and Melanie talk Disney's Fairy Tale Weddings with blogger, podcaster, and Disney weddings expert Mindy Marzec! Jessica takes you through the origins of Disney's Fairy Tale Weddings program, and Melanie discusses the additions of Disney Cruise Line and Aulani weddings to the roster, as well as the inclusion of LGBTQ ceremonies. Mindy lends her expertise to the conversation, shares details from her own Disneyland Resort wedding, and makes her predictions for the future of Disney weddings post-pandemic. And, of course, they talk Disney wedding gowns and daydream about their ideal Disney vow renewal or anniversary party locations. Be sure to SUBSCRIBE to stay up to date. And if you enjoy the podcast, we'd love it if you'd RATE or REVIEW. Thanks for listening!Starting at just $3 a month, you can join our Patreon and get access to monthly bonus episodes, our private Facebook group, e-newsletter, and more. Check out the benefits and tiers at https://www.patreon.com/cartoonstocastles.For bonus content, visit us at https://www.instagram.com/cartoonstocastles/ and https://twitter.com/CartoonsCastles.You can learn more about Disney weddings, plus Disney theme parks, travel, style, food, cocktails, and much more, on Mindy’s blog at https://thisfairytalelife.com/.Get your copy of Mindy’s FREE e-book all about Disneyland inspired cocktails here: https://thisfairytalelife.com/disneyland-cocktail-recipes. You can follow Mindy on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/fairytalemindy/, and follow her Disney weddings account at https://www.instagram.com/welovedisneyweddings/.Listen to Mindy's podcast, Influencer Education, here: https://fairytalesocial.com/influencereducation/.Cartoons to Castles logo designed by Ashley Taylor - https://loveashleydesigns.tumblr.com/Theme music: “Taste of the French Quarter” by Rob Khurana via Storyblocks.comSelect sources for this episode:  https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2013/07/vintage-walt-disney-world-disneys-fairy-tale-weddings-launches/https://www.disneyweddings.com/   https://thisfairytalelife.com/same-sex-weddings-disney/https://people.com/celebrity/celebrity-couples-engaged-disney/https://www.popsugar.com/love/photo-gallery/44750886/image/44754273/Disney-Moana-inspired-engagement-photos https://www.reuters.com/article/us-disney-gaywedding/disney-opens-fairy-tale-weddings-to-gay-couples-idUSN0545360920070405 
Get a sneak peek of episode 14, available February 10th! Plus, Jessica and Melanie discuss their recent experience (virtually) attending a complimentary preview of The Walt Disney Family Museum’s Virtual Escape Room. The ladies teamed up with other Disney podcasters and content creators over Zoom to solve riddles and clues related to the museum’s exhibits! You can learn more about how to have your own Walt Disney Family Museum Virtual Escape Room event here: https://www.waltdisney.org/virtual-experiences/virtual-group-experiences. Jessica also provides a round-up of other virtual Disney experiences, which she details here in her own blog post: http://thehealthymouse.com/experience-disney-history-from-home/. For even more Disney fun at home, the ladies share some of their favorite recent Disney history book finds:“The Disney Monorail: Imagineering a Highway in the Sky” by Jeff Kurtti, Paul Wolski, and Vanessa Hunthttps://books.disney.com/book/the-disney-monorail/ “Travels with Walt Disney: A Photographic Voyage Around the World” by Jeff Kurtti https://books.disney.com/book/travels-with-walt-disney/ “3D Disneyland: Like You’ve Never Seen It Before” by David A. Bosserthttps://www.shopthelastbookstore.com/book/9781732602045 “The Ride of a Lifetime: Lessons Learned from 15 Years as CEO of the Walt Disney Company” by Robert Igerhttps://www.shopthelastbookstore.com/book/9780399592096 Be sure to SUBSCRIBE to stay up to date. And if you enjoy the podcast, we'd love it if you'd RATE or REVIEW. Thanks for listening!Starting at just $3 a month, you can join our Patreon and get access to monthly bonus episodes, our private Facebook group, e-newsletter, and more. Check out the benefits and tiers at https://www.patreon.com/cartoonstocastles.For bonus content, visit us at https://www.instagram.com/cartoonstocastles/ and https://twitter.com/CartoonsCastles.Podcast logo designed by Ashley Taylor - https://loveashleydesigns.tumblr.com/Theme music: “Taste of the French Quarter” by Rob Khurana via Storyblocks.com
“Exploratio Continua!” - Society of Explorers & Adventurers mottoOn this week's episode, Disney superfan and vlogger Tiff Mink leads Jessica and Melanie on an expedition into the fun, fascinating world of the S.E.A. Never heard of the Society of Explorers & Adventurers? Neither had the co-hosts until their guest brought the topic to their attention! With influences clearly drawn from the Indiana Jones movies, steampunk, aviation history, the Old West, and more, this fictional organization was dreamt up by Walt Disney Imagineers and brings original Disney theme park characters together from all over the world (and across time) to create an interconnected web of stories that supports attractions in nearly every international Disney theme park. Be sure to SUBSCRIBE to stay up to date. And if you enjoy the podcast, we'd love it if you'd RATE or REVIEW. Thanks for listening!For bonus content, visit us at https://www.instagram.com/cartoonstocastles/ and https://twitter.com/CartoonsCastles.Starting at just $3 a month, you can join our Patreon and get access to monthly bonus episodes, our private Facebook group, e-newsletter, and more. Check out the benefits and tiers at https://www.patreon.com/cartoonstocastles.Though we can't visit Disneyland right now, we CAN get a taste of the magic with Golden Malted Waffle and Pancake Flour...the same mix used to create the Mickey Mouse waffles served in Disney Parks and hotels! Golden Malted's patented ingredients and natural flavorings make the perfect crispy waffles, and they even have an entire line of syrups, mixes, and appliances so you can make Disney Parks quality waffles at home. Visit https://shop.goldenmalted.com/ and use code MOUSE20 for 20% off your order, plus free shipping for orders over $49. Thanks to Golden Malted for sponsoring this episode!Podcast logo designed by Ashley Taylor - https://loveashleydesigns.tumblr.com/Theme music: “Taste of the French Quarter” by Rob Khurana via Storyblocks.com
Get a sneak peek of episode 13, available January 27th! Plus, listen to a preview of our third Patreon-exclusive bonus episode, all about Disney Parks birthday celebrations! On this episode exclusively for "Cartoons to Castles" Patreon subscribers, Jessica and Melanie discuss Mickey's Birthdayland, Disneyland's 35th anniversary, Walt Disney World's 25th anniversary, and the 100 Years of Magic celebration in honor of the 100th anniversary of Walt Disney's birth. Starting at just $3 a month, you can join our Patreon and get access to monthly bonus episodes, our private Facebook group, e-newsletter, and more. Check out the benefits and tiers at https://www.patreon.com/cartoonstocastles.Be sure to SUBSCRIBE to stay up to date. And if you enjoy the podcast, we'd love it if you'd RATE or REVIEW. Thanks for listening!For bonus content, visit us at https://www.instagram.com/cartoonstocastles/ and https://twitter.com/CartoonsCastles.Podcast logo designed by Ashley Taylor - https://loveashleydesigns.tumblr.com/Theme music: “Taste of the French Quarter” by Rob Khurana via Storyblocks.com
"Welcome aboard! This is Captain Rex from the cockpit. I know this is probably your first flight, and it's...mine, too! Haha!"On their first episode of 2021, Jessica and Melanie are joined by retired Imagineer Chris Runco, who created Captain RX-24, the rookie pilot droid that took guests on a wild ride aboard the Star Speeder 3000 in the original version of Star Tours at Disney Parks. In addition to his work on Star Tours, Chris was a key player in the development of attractions for Disney California Adventure, Walt Disney World, Tokyo Disneyland, and Shanghai Disneyland during his time with Walt Disney Imagineering, where he worked as a principal concept designer. But the star subject of this episode is RX-24, a.k.a. Rex. Chris shares behind-the-scenes stories about the development of Star Tours, designing RX-24, and his reaction when he found out Rex was changing careers and being transformed into DJ R3X for Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge! Be sure to SUBSCRIBE to stay up to date. And if you enjoy the podcast, we'd love it if you'd RATE or REVIEW. Thanks for listening!For bonus content, visit us at https://www.instagram.com/cartoonstocastles/ and https://twitter.com/CartoonsCastles.Starting at just $3 a month, you can join our Patreon and get access to monthly bonus episodes, our private Facebook group, e-newsletter, and more. Check out the benefits and tiers at https://www.patreon.com/cartoonstocastles.Podcast logo designed by Ashley Taylor - https://loveashleydesigns.tumblr.com/Theme music: “Taste of the French Quarter” by Rob Khurana via Storyblocks.com
For the last episode of 2020, Jessica and Melanie take a festive look at the making of the beloved holiday movie "The Muppet Christmas Carol." The 1992 film tells the tale of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" in a uniquely Muppet fashion, with Academy Award winner Michael Caine as Ebenezer Scrooge. Jessica and Melanie reveal behind-the-scenes secrets, insightful backstories, and fun trivia about the movie, as well as share personal stories from listeners about what this classic family film has meant to them over the years. A must listen for any Muppet fan! Be sure to SUBSCRIBE to stay up to date. And if you enjoy the podcast, we'd love it if you'd RATE or REVIEW. Thanks for listening!For bonus content, visit us at https://www.instagram.com/cartoonstocastles/ and https://twitter.com/CartoonsCastles. Starting at just $3 a month, you can join our Patreon and get access to monthly bonus episodes, our private Facebook group, e-newsletter, and more. Check out the benefits and tiers at https://www.patreon.com/cartoonstocastles.Though we can't visit Disneyland right now, we CAN get a taste of the magic with Golden Malted Waffle and Pancake Flour...the same mix used to create the Mickey Mouse waffles served in Disney Parks and hotels! Golden Malted's patented ingredients and natural flavorings make the perfect crispy waffles, and they even have an entire line of syrups, mixes, and appliances so you can make Disney Parks-quality waffles at home. Visit https://shop.goldenmalted.com/ and use code MOUSE20 for 20% off your order, plus free shipping for orders over $49. Thanks to Golden Malted for sponsoring this episode!Podcast logo designed by Ashley Taylor - https://loveashleydesigns.tumblr.com/Theme music: “Taste of the French Quarter” by Rob Khurana via Storyblocks.comSOURCES for this episode: https://ew.com/movies/the-muppet-christmas-carol-when-love-is-gone/https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2015/dec/21/how-we-made-the-muppet-christmas-carolhttps://www.theguardian.com/film/2015/dec/19/christmas-carol-renewal-redemption-scrooge-michael-newtonhttps://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/films/features/muppet-christmas-carol-film-charles-dickens-bbc-watch-release-date-a9253626.htmlhttps://www.mentalfloss.com/article/71757/14-things-you-might-not-know-about-muppet-christmas-carol "The Muppet Christmas Carol" DVD commentary by Brian Henson http://stylemagazine.com/news/2014/dec/12/why-muppet-christmas-carols-deleted-song-was-cut-r/ https://uproxx.com/hidden/the-muppet-christmas-carol-fascinating-facts/ https://www.vulture.com/2017/12/the-story-behind-the-music-of-the-muppet-christmas-carol.html 
Get a sneak peek of episode 11, available December 16! Plus, listen to a preview of our second Patreon-exclusive bonus episode, all about the "Star Wars Holiday Special"! You can access this and other bonus episodes and benefits by joining our Patreon for only $3 a month. Check out the tiers and perks at https://www.patreon.com/cartoonstocastles. Be sure to SUBSCRIBE to stay up to date. And if you enjoy the podcast, we'd love it if you'd RATE or REVIEW. Thanks for listening! For bonus content, visit us at https://www.instagram.com/cartoonstocastles/ and https://twitter.com/CartoonsCastles. Podcast logo designed by Ashley Taylor - https://loveashleydesigns.tumblr.com/ Theme music: “Taste of the French Quarter” by Rob Khurana via Storyblocks.com
Jessica and Melanie are joined this week by Disney expert Jeff Kurtti, author of The Disney Monorail: Imagineering a Highway in the Sky. Jeff discusses the history behind the monorails at Disney's theme parks, but he focuses largely on the process of collaborating on the book with co-authors Vanessa Hunt and Paul Wolski, which involved delving into the Walt Disney Archives and talking to some of the Disney legends who worked with Walt Disney himself. Jessica and Melanie also share some personal memories about the Disneyland Monorail. Get ready for a fascinating conversation about the stories and inspirations behind one of Disney's most innovative and beloved attractions. You can find The Disney Monorail: Imagineering a Highway in the Sky and more Disney books by Jeff Kurtti at https://books.disney.com/book-author/jeff-kurtti/. Be sure to SUBSCRIBE to stay up to date. And if you enjoy the podcast, we'd love it if you'd RATE or REVIEW. Thanks for listening! For bonus content, visit us at https://www.instagram.com/cartoonstocastles/ and https://twitter.com/CartoonsCastles. Starting at just $3 a month, you can join our Patreon and get access to monthly bonus episodes, our private Facebook group, e-newsletter, and more. Check out the benefits and tiers at https://www.patreon.com/cartoonstocastles.Podcast logo designed by Ashley Taylor - https://loveashleydesigns.tumblr.com/Theme music: “Taste of the French Quarter” by Rob Khurana via Storyblocks.com
Get a sneak peek of episode 10, available December 2nd! Then stick around for a special Thanksgiving message from co-hosts Jessica and Melanie. Be sure to SUBSCRIBE to stay up to date. And if you enjoy the podcast, we'd love it if you'd RATE or REVIEW. Thanks for listening!For bonus content, visit us at https://www.instagram.com/cartoonstocastles/ and https://twitter.com/CartoonsCastles.Starting at just $3 a month, you can join our Patreon and get access to monthly bonus episodes, a private Facebook group, e-newsletter, and more. Check out the benefits and tiers at https://www.patreon.com/cartoonstocastles.Logo designed by Ashley Taylor - https://loveashleydesigns.tumblr.com/Theme music: “Taste of the French Quarter” by Rob Khurana via Storyblocks.com
Disney Music Group's supervising producer and musical historian Randy Thornton joins Jessica and Melanie to talk about the Sherman Brothers, the Academy Award-winning songwriting duo behind some of Disney's greatest film and theme park hits, including "Let's Get Together," "A Spoonful of Sugar," "It's a Small World (After All)," "The Tiki Tiki Tiki Room," and much more. As a producer at Walt Disney Records, Randy worked personally with Robert and Richard Sherman and shares some of the history behind their music, their working relationship with Walt Disney, and their lives as war veterans, artists, and family men. Randy Thornton's work can be found on https://www.disneymusicemporium.com. Be sure to SUBSCRIBE to stay up to date. And if you enjoyed this episode, we'd love it if you'd RATE or REVIEW. Thanks for listening!For bonus content, visit us at https://www.instagram.com/cartoonstocastles/ and https://twitter.com/CartoonsCastles. We also have a new Patreon page! For less than the cost of a latte, we give our patrons exclusive monthly bonus episodes and e-newsletters, plus membership to our private Facebook group, where we have episode discussions and share behind-the-scenes stories, sneak peeks, and more. At the upper tiers we offer additional perks, including show merch that you can't get anywhere else. Come check it out at https://www.patreon.com/cartoonstocastles.Logo designed by Ashley Taylor - https://loveashleydesigns.tumblr.com/Theme music: “Taste of the French Quarter” by Rob Khurana via Storyblocks.com
Get a sneak peek of episode 9, available November 18! Also, instead of a mini episode this week, you'll get a preview of our very first BONUS EPISODE, which will be available today only to subscribers to our brand new Patreon! Starting at only $3 a month, you can join our Patreon and get access to monthly bonus episodes, a private Facebook group, e-newsletter, and more. You can check out the benefits and tiers at https://www.patreon.com/cartoonstocastles. Be sure to SUBSCRIBE to stay up to date. And if you enjoyed this episode, we'd love it if you'd RATE or REVIEW. Thanks for listening!For bonus content, visit us at https://www.instagram.com/cartoonstocastles/ and https://twitter.com/CartoonsCastles. Logo designed by Ashley Taylor - https://loveashleydesigns.tumblr.com/Theme music: “Taste of the French Quarter” by Rob Khurana via Storyblocks.com
"Wizards and witches, wherever you dwell...Give us a hint…by ringing a bell!"Join your "ghost hosts" Jessica and Melanie for a delightful and frightful journey into the history of Disneyland's Haunted Mansion. Hear the tales behind the inspiration and creation of the classic spooky attraction, as well some of the urban legends surrounding the haunts and their happy home. Be sure to SUBSCRIBE to stay up to date. And if you enjoyed this episode, we'd love it if you'd RATE or REVIEW. Thank you for listening!For bonus content, visit us at https://www.instagram.com/cartoonstocastles/ and https://twitter.com/CartoonsCastles. Logo designed by Ashley Taylor - https://loveashleydesigns.tumblr.com/Theme music: “Taste of the French Quarter” by Rob Khurana via Storyblocks.comSOURCES for this episode:D23: The Official Disney Fan Clubhttps://d23.com/this-day/the-skeleton-dance-premieres/ https://d23.com/a-to-z/davis-marc/ https://d23.com/featured-photo/rolly-crump-julie-reihm-walt/ San Diego Tribunehttps://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/communities/north-county/story/2019-08-08/last-surviving-haunted-mansion-designer-looks-back-on-disney-rides-50th-anniversary Surrell, Jason. “The Haunted Mansion: Imagineering a Disney Classic.” Disney Editions, 2015.Theme Park Touristhttps://www.themeparktourist.com/features/20150808/30470/ghoulish-history-disneylands-turbulent-haunted-mansion?page=2 YouTubehttps://youtu.be/ZKe5FCckrukhttps://youtu.be/xYe0fqPBNvU https://youtu.be/NgsA3v56gGg 
Get a spooky sneak peek of episode 8, available October 21st! (Apologies in advance from the "ghost hosts" for being unable to get through the promo without laughing.) And on this week's mini episode, Jessica and Melanie answer listener questions about their favorite Disney Parks attractions, most magical Disney moments, best research sources, and more! Plus, who are Peter Pan Lady and Hat Man? Listen to find out! Be sure to SUBSCRIBE to stay up to date. And if you enjoyed the podcast, we'd love it if you'd RATE or REVIEW. Thanks for listening!For bonus content, visit us at https://www.instagram.com/cartoonstocastles/ and https://twitter.com/CartoonsCastles. Logo designed by Ashley Taylor - https://loveashleydesigns.tumblr.com/Theme music: “Taste of the French Quarter” by Rob Khurana via Storyblocks.comAs many of you know, The Walt Disney Company has recently been making mass layoffs of Cast Members due to budget cuts. On this episode we mention a few ways to help, and here are the links:DONATE to The Cast Member Pantry:- More info at https://www.facebook.com/castmemberpantry/. - The quickest way to donate is via Amazon with this Amazon Wish List. - Monetary donations can be made to The Cast Member Pantry via Venmo at @castmemberpantry.DONATE to SoCal and Florida Food Banks: - Donate to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County here.- Donate to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida here.SUPPORT Cast Members' Small Businesses:- Access Tiffany Mink's "Laid-Off & Furloughed CM Support Sheet" here.
Artist Ashley Taylor (Disney Parks Blog, Disney Parks Merchandise, Wonderground Gallery, Her Universe) joins Jessica and Melanie this week to discuss Disney Legend Mary Blair! A unique, talented artist who left an indelible print on The Walt Disney Company, Blair is perhaps best known for designing the Disneyland attraction "it's a small world," as well as for her concept art for Disney animated films "Cinderella," "Alice in Wonderland, "Peter Pan," and more. The ladies share some of the backstories behind her work, as well as internet theories about five-legged goats. And what do "Mommie Dearest" and Pepsi have in common? You'll have to listen to find out!Be sure to SUBSCRIBE to stay up to date. And if you enjoyed this episode, we'd love it if you'd RATE and REVIEW. Thanks for listening!For bonus content, visit us at https://www.instagram.com/cartoonstocastles/ and https://twitter.com/CartoonsCastles. Logo designed by Ashley Taylor - https://loveashleydesigns.tumblr.com/Theme music: “Taste of the French Quarter” by Rob Khurana via Storyblocks.comSOURCES for this episode:Canemaker, John. "The Art and Flair of Mary Blair: An Appreciation." Disney Editions, 2014.D23: The Official Disney Fan Clubhttps://d23.com/walt-disney-legend/mary-blair/ Hahn, Don. "Yesterday's Tomorrow: Disney's Magical Mid-Century." Disney Editions, 2017.Illustration Historyhttps://www.illustrationhistory.org/artists/mary-blairMagic of Mary Blairhttp://magicofmaryblair.com/about-mary/ The Mercury Newshttp://www.mercurynews.com/entertainment/ci_25313193/walt-disney-museum-exhibit-focuses-bold-colorful-worldRefinery29https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/2019/11/8855966/disney-women-animators-jennifer-lee-mary-blair Walt Disney Family Museumhttps://www.waltdisney.org/blog/painting-dreams-mary-blair https://www.waltdisney.org/blog/spotlight-talk-recap-mary-blair-moviesWikipediahttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Blair YouTubehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5xP0a4gHX9k 
Get a sneak peek of episode 7, available October 7th! And on this week's mini episode the ladies discuss "Mickey Mouse Disco," then Melanie sits down for a candid interview about "Duck Tales," "The Three Caballeros," and ride breakdowns with Jessica's five-year-old daughter Amelia! (Spoiler alert: It's adorable.)Be sure to SUBSCRIBE to stay up to date. And if you enjoyed this episode, we'd love it if you'd RATE or REVIEW. Thanks for listening!For bonus content, visit us at https://www.instagram.com/cartoonstocastles/ and https://twitter.com/CartoonsCastles. Logo designed by Ashley Taylor - https://loveashleydesigns.tumblr.com/Theme music: “Taste of the French Quarter” by Rob Khurana via Storyblocks.com
Joining Jessica and Melanie for this week's episode is José "Zé" Carioca himself, "Duck Tales" actor Bernardo De Paula! The trio talk all things "The Three Caballeros," including the making of the original 1944 film, Zé's iconic status in Brazil, the Caballeros on the small screen, Disney Parks meet-and-greets, malfunctioning animatronics, and more. Be sure to SUBSCRIBE to stay up to date. And if you enjoyed this episode, we'd love it if you'd RATE or REVIEW to help expand our audience. Thanks for listening!For bonus content, visit us at https://www.instagram.com/cartoonstocastles/ and https://twitter.com/CartoonsCastles. Follow Bernardo De Paula at https://twitter.com/Bdpsnuts and https://www.instagram.com/bernardodepaula1976/.SOURCES for this episode:Cartoon Brewhttps://www.cartoonbrew.com/internet-television/disney-made-a-three-caballeros-tv-series-but-most-people-cant-see-it-161096.htmlD23https://d23.com/a-to-z/three-caballeros-the-film/ https://d23.com/this-day/the-three-caballeros-is-released-in-usa/Disney Listshttps://www.disneylists.com/2020/07/7-facts-secrets-gran-fiesta-tour-starring-three-caballeros-disneys-ecpot-2/The Disney Wikihttps://disney.fandom.com/wiki/Legend_of_the_Three_CaballerosIMDBhttps://www.imdb.com/title/tt8611524/?ref_=ttmc_mc_ttKaufman, J.B. South of the Border with Disney: Walt Disney and the Good Neighbor Program, 1941-1948. Disney Editions, 2009. Walt Disney Family Museumhttps://www.waltdisney.org/blog/walt-and-goodwill-tour#:~:text=The%20films%20that%20resulted%20from,El%20Grupo%20had%20done%20it.Walt Disney World Attractionshttps://disneyworld.disney.go.com/attractions/epcot/gran-fiesta-tour-starring-three-caballeros/Wikipediahttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/It%27s_a_Small_Worldhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Legend_of_the_Three_CaballerosYouTubehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bEeVxUHaxZ4https://youtu.be/CdjwTlGHn5Ihttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tt_X1YV1SS4https://youtu.be/qp3XIXF6gxA https://youtu.be/wQDTPk21CIghttps://youtu.be/4OPmHIqk4_Yhttps://youtu.be/m6TIytPo-Kchttps://youtu.be/BU0X2k2YMmYhttps://youtu.be/V0dzhbFlQiw
Get a sneak peek of episode 6, available September 23rd! Then, during the latest mini episode, Jessica and Melanie discuss which Disney Channel Original Movies are turning 20 this year. Where has the time gone? Also, WHO'S DUFFY? (You'll have to listen to find out.)Be sure to SUBSCRIBE to stay up to date and get immediate access to new episodes once they're live. And if you enjoyed this episode, we'd love it if you'd RATE or REVIEW to help expand our audience. You might even get a shoutout on a future episode! Thanks for listening!For bonus content, visit us at https://www.instagram.com/cartoonstocastles/ and https://twitter.com/CartoonsCastles.Logo designed by Ashley Taylor - https://loveashleydesigns.tumblr.com/Theme music: “Taste of the French Quarter” by Rob Khurana via Storyblocks.comSOURCES for this episode:IMDbhttps://www.imdb.com/Screenrant - "12 Disney Channel Original Movies Turning 20 in 2020, Ranked According to Rotten Tomatoes"https://screenrant.com/disney-channel-original-movies-20-2020-rotten-tomatoes/Wikipedia - "List of Disney Channel Original Films"https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Disney_Channel_original_films
For this episode, Jessica and Melanie are joined by actress, Disneybounder extraordinaire, and unofficial queen of Disney Channel Original Movie knowledge, Tiffany Lanae Sutton. Join the ladies on a journey through "DCOM" history, from the early tearjerkers to the latest tween musicals. Peppered with strange IMDB reviews, behind-the-scenes stories, personal movie rankings, trivia, Cheetah Girl obsessions, and more, this episode is packed with fun. Be sure to SUBSCRIBE to stay up to date. And if you enjoyed this episode, we'd love it if you'd RATE or REVIEW to help expand our audience. Thanks for listening!For bonus content, visit us at https://www.instagram.com/cartoonstocastles/ and https://twitter.com/CartoonsCastles. Logo designed by Ashley Taylor - https://loveashleydesigns.tumblr.com/Theme music: “Taste of the French Quarter” by Rob Khurana via Storyblocks.comSOURCES for this episode:Billboard - "'Descendants' Soundtrack Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard 200 Albums Chart"https://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/chart-beat/6656768/descendants-soundtrack-debuts-at-no-1-on-billboard-200-albums-chart Billboard - "Disney Channel's 'Descendants 2' Soundtrack Strikes a New Wicked Chord After Original Hit"https://www.billboard.com/articles/news/7882391/disney-channel-descendants-2-soundtrack-dove-cameron-interview D23 - "Disney Channel Original Movies"https://d23.com/a-to-z/disney-channel-original-movies/D23 - "Disney Channel Premiere Films"https://d23.com/a-to-z/disney-channel-premiere-films/Entertainment Weekly - "Disney Channel Original Movies: 12 little-known stories"https://ew.com/article/2016/06/22/disney-channel-original-movie-stories/IMDBhttps://www.imdb.com/List Challenges - “Disney Channel Premiere Films (1983-1997)”https://www.listchallenges.com/disney-channel-premiere-films-1983-1997MTV News - “14 Films Everyone Mistakes for Disney Channel Original Movies”http://www.mtv.com/news/2752917/movies-that-are-not-disney-channel-original-movies-dcoms/New York Times - "Premiere of 'High School Musical 2' Breaks Ratings Record"https://www.nytimes.com/2007/08/18/arts/television/18cnd-disney.html Screenrant - “Disney+: 10 Disney Channel Premiere Films Subscribers Need"https://screenrant.com/disney-plus-best-channel-premiere-films/Wikipedia - “History of Disney Channel”https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Disney_ChannelWikipedia - "List of Disney Channel Original Films"https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Disney_Channel_original_films 
Get a sneak peek of episode 5, available September 9th! Then, this week's special guest sticks around to discuss Michael Eisner, Goofy imposters, John Ritter, Camp Inch, and more fun trivia about "The Parent Trap" with Jessica and Melanie. Be sure to SUBSCRIBE to stay up to date and get immediate access to new episodes once they're live. And if you enjoyed this episode, we'd love it if you'd RATE or REVIEW to help expand our audience. You might even get a shoutout on a future episode! Thanks for listening!For bonus content, visit us at https://www.instagram.com/cartoonstocastles/ and https://twitter.com/CartoonsCastles. Logo designed by Ashley Taylor - https://loveashleydesigns.tumblr.com/Theme music: “Taste of the French Quarter” by Rob Khurana via Storyblocks.comLINKS for this episode:Art of the Title - "The Parent Trap (1961)"https://www.artofthetitle.com/title/the-parent-trap/YouTube - "Disney Sunday Movie intro - 'The Parent Trap,' April 5, 1987"https://youtu.be/PCPS9XoU_WYYouTube - "The Disney-MGM Studios Theme Park Grand Opening (1989)"https://youtu.be/TG_rMISm0d8
"So to make 'em dig, first you gotta rig. Whaddya gotta rig? The Parent Trap!" Join Jessica and Melanie as they discuss The Parent Trap with special guest Pernell Langhorne III. Melanie shares behind-the-scenes stories from the original 1961 film starring Hayley Mills (and Hayley Mills!) as twins Susan and Sharon, who try to get their divorced parents back together. Jessica talks about the wacky made-for-T.V. sequels, which include real-life triplets and a Hawaiian honeymoon! Pernell walks us through his favorite moments from the 1998 remake of The Parent Trap, starring Lindsay Lohan (and Lindsay Lohan!), as well as some interesting cameo appearances and trivia. Be sure to SUBSCRIBE to stay up to date. And if you enjoyed this episode, we'd love it if you'd RATE or REVIEW to help expand our audience. Thanks for listening!For bonus content, visit us at https://www.instagram.com/cartoonstocastles/ and https://twitter.com/CartoonsCastles. Logo designed by Ashley Taylor - https://loveashleydesigns.tumblr.com/Theme music: “Taste of the French Quarter” by Rob Khurana via Storyblocks.comSOURCES for this episode:D23: The Official Disney Fan Club - "Disney A to Z: Parent Trap Hawaiian Honeymoon (Television)"https://d23.com/a-to-z/parent-trap-hawaiian-honeymoon-television/  Hooked on Houses - “The Original ‘Parent Trap’: Two Sisters, Two Houses”https://hookedonhouses.net/2010/01/31/the-original-parent-trap-two-sisters-two-houses/ IMDB - "The Parent Trap II (TV Movie 1986)"https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0091721/IMDB - "Parent Trap III (TV Movie 1989)"https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0098066/Los Angeles Times - "These Triplets Are Individuals Despite Their Casting in Disney's TV Movie 'Parent Trap III'"https://www.latimes.com/archives/la-xpm-1989-04-28-li-1891-story.html Los Angeles Times - "A Grown-Up Hayley Mills Finds Parenting No 'Trap'"https://www.latimes.com/archives/la-xpm-1986-02-22-ca-10788-story.html  Rotten Tomatoes - "The Parent Trap (1961)"https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/1015944-parent_trap Turner Classic Movies - “The Parent Trap (1961)"http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/title/24419/The-Parent-Trap/articles.html Wikipedia:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Parent_Trap_(1961_film)?wprov=sfti1https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Parent_Trap_II https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parent_Trap_IIIYouTube:https://youtu.be/TPDCnTucLK0https://youtu.be/PfP-S4uNgikhttps://youtu.be/JohyqWfbirUhttps://youtu.be/ryB44kINu2shttps://youtu.be/ACtlQ7XrcNMhttps://youtu.be/Vim6iR7NYcc
Get a sneak peek of episode 4, available August 26th. Plus, things get a bit...fishy...when Jessica and Melanie do a deep dive into some Disney products from the past. Be sure to SUBSCRIBE to stay up to date. And if you enjoyed this episode, we'd love it if you'd RATE or REVIEW to help expand our audience. You might even get a shoutout on a future episode! Thanks for listening!For bonus content, visit us at https://www.instagram.com/cartoonstocastles/ and https://twitter.com/CartoonsCastles. Logo designed by Ashley Taylor - https://loveashleydesigns.tumblr.com/Theme music: “Taste of the French Quarter” by Rob Khurana via Storyblocks.com
Actress and model Caitlin McHugh Stamos joins Jessica and Melanie this week to discuss Disney memorabilia! Caitlin shares stories about the incredible Disney treasures she and her husband John have collected over the years, while Jessica and Melanie highlight the rarest, weirdest, and most valuable Disney collectibles in the world, along with the surprising history behind the objects. Be sure to SUBSCRIBE to stay up to date. And if you enjoyed this episode, we'd love it if you'd RATE or REVIEW to help expand our audience. Thanks for listening!For bonus content, visit us at https://www.instagram.com/cartoonstocastles/ and https://twitter.com/CartoonsCastles. Logo designed by Ashley Taylor - https://loveashleydesigns.tumblr.com/Theme music: “Taste of the French Quarter” by Rob Khurana via Storyblocks.comSOURCES for this episode: Cata Wiki - “The most valuable Mickey Mouse memorabilia ever sold"https://www.catawiki.com/stories/4821-the-most-valuable-mickey-mouse-memorabilia-ever-soldEbay - “Vintage Disney Collectibles” searchhttps://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_nkw=vintage+disney+collectibles&_sacat=137&LH_TitleDesc=0&_sop=16The Gamer - “11 Disney Collectibles That Are Worth A Fortune (And 11 That Are Too Embarrassing)”https://www.thegamer.com/disney-collectibles-worth-fortune-some-not/The Gamer - “The 29 Rarest Disney Collectibles (And What They’re Worth)"https://www.thegamer.com/29-rarest-disney-collectibles-theyre-worth/Heide, Robert and John Gilman. The Mickey Mouse Watch: From the Beginning of Time. Hyperion, 1997.Luxury Launches - “Check out the ultra rare items from a record-shattering Disney memorabilia auction”https://luxurylaunches.com/auctions/check-out-the-ultra-rare-items-from-a-record-shattering-disney-memorabilia-auction.phpNational Public Radio. "Kraftland." Invisibilia, Apple Podcasts, 23 Aug 2019, https://www.npr.org/2019/08/23/753371004/kraftlandThe Orange County Register - “The 9 most expensive Disneyland items sold at auction featuring 1,500 theme park collectibles”https://www.ocregister.com/2019/12/11/the-9-most-expensive-disneyland-items-sold-at-auction-featuring-1500-theme-park-collectibles/Van Eaton Galleries - “That’s from Disneyland” Auction and Exhibition pagehttps://vegalleries.com/thatsfromdisneyland
Get a sneak peek of episode 3, available August 12th! Plus, check out the new segment "Corrections & Clarifications," where Jessica and Melanie expand on a few details and questions from episode 2. Be sure to SUBSCRIBE to stay up to date. And if you enjoyed this episode, we'd love it if you'd RATE or REVIEW to help expand our audience. Thanks for listening!For bonus content, visit us at https://www.instagram.com/cartoonstocastles/ and https://twitter.com/CartoonsCastles. Logo designed by Ashley Taylor - https://loveashleydesigns.tumblr.com/Theme music: “Taste of the French Quarter” by Rob Khurana via Storyblocks.com.
Jessica and Melanie discuss the rise, heyday, and fall of Disneytoon Studios with special guest Erika Kurzawa (CastleCravings.com, "Disney Family Sundays"). Disneytoon Studios, under its various names, produced 47 feature films from 1990 to 2015, but even hardcore Disney fans are often unaware that the studio was a separate entity from Walt Disney Feature Animation. Check out this episode for behind-the-scenes stories, scrapped movie ideas, dramatic readings of VHS cover descriptions, and more! Be sure to SUBSCRIBE to stay up to date. And if you enjoyed this episode, we'd love it if you'd RATE or REVIEW to help expand our audience. Thanks for listening!For bonus content, visit us at https://www.instagram.com/cartoonstocastles/ and https://twitter.com/CartoonsCastles. Logo designed by Ashley Taylor - https://loveashleydesigns.tumblr.com/Theme music: “Taste of the French Quarter” by Rob Khurana via Storyblocks.comSOURCES: D23: The Official Disney Fan Club - "Disney A to Z: Disneytoon Studios"https://d23.com/a-to-z/disneytoon-studios/Disney Wiki - "Disneytoon Studios"https://disney.fandom.com/wiki/Disneytoon_StudiosThe Hollywood Reporter - "Disney Shuts Down Animation House Disneytoon Studios"https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/disney-shuts-down-animation-house-disneytoon-studios-1124168Indie Wire - "Disney Shuts Down Disneytoon Studios in Glendale: Exclusive"https://www.indiewire.com/2018/06/disneytoon-studios-shuts-down-disney-glendale-1201979736/ Los Angeles Times - "Direct-to-Video Family Films Are Hitting Home"https://www.latimes.com/archives/la-xpm-1997-04-16-fi-49283-story.htmlLos Angeles Times - "Disney is shutting down Disneytoon animation studios in Glendale"https://www.latimes.com/business/hollywood/la-fi-ct-disneytoon-20180628-story.htmlStewart, James B. DisneyWar. Simon & Schuster, 2006.Variety - "Layoffs Hit 'Planes' Producer DisneyToon Studios"https://variety.com/2014/biz/news/layoffs-hit-planes-producer-disneytoon-studios-1201280347/Wikipedia - "Disneytoon Studios"https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disneytoon_StudiosWikipedia - "List of animation studios owned by The Walt Disney Company"https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_animation_studios_owned_by_The_Walt_Disney_CompanyYouTube - "The History of Disney Sequels: A Direct-to-Video Story"https://youtu.be/plm30pT8B7UYouTube - "The Rise and Fall of DisneyToon Studios"https://youtu.be/Ncm3Vp3Uq1IYouTube - "Yesterworld: The Rise & Fall of DisneyToon Studioshttps://youtu.be/Tg73Mj4QX8E 
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Created by
Jessica McDonald & Melanie Gable
Podcast Status
Active
Started
Jul 10th, 2020
Latest Episode
Feb 24th, 2021
Release Period
Weekly
Episodes
27
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About 1 hour
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Language
English

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