Friday, October 31, 2014

Inside The Mouse Castle 10-31-2014 - This is Halloween, Tokyo Disney Resort Expansion and New Disney Cruise Line Destinations

Happy Halloween!
Happy Halloween from The Mouse Castle!

We're getting this frightfully fun party weekend started with an Inside The Mouse Castle drinking game. No, really. Thank you to our loyal listener Ben Watson for sending it to us. He's clearly caught most of our shows and apparently has way too much time on his hands.

This game is not for the faint of heart (or liver), especially since we worked every element on the list below into today's show. Exercise caution and please don't drunk dial us when you're done.

Take a drink when:
1. There's an intro clip at the very beginning of the podcast.
2. A segue is attempted.
3. Anthony's dad Mike is mentioned.
4. Tim talks about Disney Infinity.
5. Anthony tries to do an impression.
6. Tim talks about a trip he took to Disney.
7. Anthony looks something up on the Internet.
8. Lady Tremaine is mentioned.
9. Marvel's future plans are talked about.
10. The phrase "Let it go" is used.


There's a lot more going on in today's Inside The Mouse Castle. Some of it is even newsworthy.

Tokyo Disneyland's Fantasyland Expansion
Tokyo Disneyland's Fantasyland Expansion
  • Oriental Land Co., Ltd., which oversees operation of Tokyo Disney Resort, will sink $4.5 billion into expansion projects over the next ten years. The biggest enhancements will appear in Fantasyland at Tokyo Disneyland and a new themed port at Tokyo DisneySea. 
Disney Fantasy
Disney Fantasy
  • Disney Cruise Line is adding new cruises and ports of call to its 2016 itineraries. Tortola, the capital of the British Virgin Islands, will be included on select Eastern Caribbean cruises aboard the Disney Fantasy and Disney Magic. There will also be four sailings from San Juan, Puerto Rico, aboard the Disney Wonder with stops in Martinique, Barbados, Grenada, Antigua and St. Kitts. For more information, visit
  • The new Disney Infinity 2.0 Toy Box Starter Pack (i.e., the Not-Marvel edition) will be released on November 4th. This weekend, however, visitors to Once Upon a Toy at the Downtown Disney Marketplace at Walt Disney World will get an opportunity to buy the game before it's released anywhere else. It's available for PlayStation, Xbox and Wii U consoles and includes the game software, Infinity base, Merida and Stitch characters and two Power Discs. Purchase it Saturday or Sunday and Once Upon a Toy will throw in an additional Disney character figure for free.
Baymax on vinyl
Baymax on vinyl.
  • We love this 7" Baymax vinyl of Fall Out Boy's "Immortals" that's included in a special Big Hero 6 movie soundtrack bundle. You can pre-order it now at
  • Maleficent and Planes: Fire & Rescue come out on Blu-ray, Digital HD, Disney Movies Anywhere, DVD and On-Demand on November 4th. Anthony and I are indifferent to Planes: Fire & Rescue (okay, we haven't seen it yet), but I still have serious issues with what Disney did with Maleficent. Why can't she just be pure evil? Why does she have to have a conflicted conscience?
  • New York's Empire Brewing Company brews a cleverly named beer called Strikes Bock. Think about that for a second. Empire. Strikes Bock. Yeah, apparently Lucasfilm isn't too pleased (although the beer is still listed on Empire's website).
Oh, and one final thing. Anthony is running for mayor in his hometown. Yours too. Actually, he's running for any office anywhere anyone is willing to write him in. Please ponder that on election day. Thanks.


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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Inside The Mouse Castle 10-28-2014 - Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase 3, Oh My God It's Amazing!

One of these is not like the others. Marvel's Kevin Feige
reveals (kind of) Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
I think it was payback for the Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer being leaked online.

Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige wanted to tease us, do a little bait and switch just when we thought we had it all figured out. At Tuesday's fan and press event in Hollywood, he revealed the complete slate of Marvel films through 2019--with a fair share of misdirection. At first, we were led to believe Captain America 3 would be subtitled Serpent Society, flying in the face of all the gossip mill rumors that asserted Cap 3 would be all about Civil War. Media outlets exploded with the news and Facebook and Twitter went right along with them. 

Ha ha! Gotcha. We're going with Civil War after all.  And here's Robert Downey, Jr. and Chris Evans to tell you and about it. And, oh by the way, let's introduce the character of Black Panther to the Marvel Cinematic Universe and let's bring out the guy that plays him, Chadwick Boseman (42, Get On Up). Oh yeah, he'll get his own movie in 2017.

Robert Downey, Jr., Chadwick Boseman and Chris Evans
Robert Downey, Jr., Chadwick Boseman and Chris Evans
take the stage.
Well played, Mr. Feige.

It was almost as good as the "untitled Marvel movie" scheduled for release on May 4, 2018 that turned out to be part one of Avengers: Infinity War, the first half of the epic conclusion to Phase 3 of the MCU. 

You Marvel folks sure know how to work up a crowd.

In addition to the next two films (Avengers: Age of Ultron and Ant-Man) which we already know a bit about, Marvel announced nine new titles and release dates spanning the next five years:

Captain America: Civil War - May 6, 2016
Dr. Strange - November 4, 2016
Guardians of the Galaxy 2 - May 5, 2017
Thor: Ragnarok - July 18, 2017
Black Panther - November 3, 2017
Avengers: Infinity War, Part I - May 4, 2018
Captain Marvel - July 6, 2018
Inhumans - November 2, 2018
Avengers: Infinity War, Part II - May 3, 2019

In the latest installment of Inside The Mouse Castle, Anthony and I break down all the titles and point out the ones worth getting excited about. Hint: Black Panther will be Marvel's first African American title character, Captain Marvel the first female title character (What? you never heard about Carol Danvers?). We also discuss who didn't get their own movies (Black Widow, Hulk), but will still play critical roles in the upcoming films.

Enjoy this Marvel-ous episode!


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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Inside The Mouse Castle 10-24-2014 - 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' Trailer, 'Big Hero 6' in Tokyo and England's Offensive Frozen T-Shirt

Captain American and Thor in Avengers: Age of Ultron
Captain America (Chris Evans) and Thor (Chris Hemsworth)
in Avengers: Age of Ultron.
After watching the Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer about 20 times each, Anthony and I break down what we like best about this amazing preview in the latest edition of Inside The Mouse Castle

It's going to be a dark time for Earth's Mightiest Heroes as they confront Ultron, a high-tech creation originally intended for peacekeeping, but instead hell-bent on destroying mankind. Ultron is voiced by James Spader and we can't think of anyone better to voice the maniacal robot.

Okay, maybe Christopher Walken. Christopher Walken would be a cool crazed villain. 

In the trailer we can already see the groundwork being laid for the rumored "Civil War' story line set to begin in Captain America 3. Even as the Avengers unite to battle a common enemy, you can see the conflict among them building. Thor fights Tony Stark and in the most epic confrontation of all, Stark dons the jaw-dropping Hulkbuster armor to take on Bruce Banner's green alter ego. If you couldn't get excited previously, now is the time to be absolutely giddy about this epic superhero film scheduled to open in the US on May 1, 2015.

Also in this episode:
  • We really like Mark Ruffalo as the current version of Bruce Banner/Hulk, but his predecessor in the role, Edward Norton, has some interesting things to say about why he opted out of continuing the franchise.
  • Marvel is developing a new comic book hero who is hearing impaired. We're impressed with Marvel's willingness to create such a character, but we think the results are kind of lame.
(l. to r.) Director Don Hall, voice actor Miho Kanno, director Chris Williams,
producer John Lasseter, Baymax, voice actor Kotaro Koizumi, producer Roy Conli
and Walt Disney Studios general manager Andrew Millstein.
  • Baymax (aka Big Hero 6) premiered Thursday at the Tokyo International Film Festival. Producer John Lasseter commented about his appreciation of Japan and the influence it had on the film. Meanwhile, Anthony and I speculate on what the best restaurant would be in the east-west mashup city of San Fransokyo.
  • Progress continues on the restoration of Walt Disney's Laugh-O-Gram building in Kansas City. Thank You Walt Disney, Inc. has plans to convert the two-story office building where Walt started his animation career into a digital production studio and museum. Construction could begin as early as the end of 2015.
Disney Infinity Extra Life Family Fun Day
  • On Saturday, October 25, you can play Disney Infinity at Disney Interactive Studios in Glendale and at the same time support the Extra Life program to help sick kids at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. RSVPs are required. To find out more, visit
  • Let's get dangerous! Darkwing Duck is returning to comics (no TV show, dammit) in 2015. 
Frozen shirts at H&M
Elsa, making snow and offending Brits since 2013.
  • Some hyper-sensitive parents in England are complaining that a shirt sold at H&M featuring Elsa from Frozen is obscene and inappropriate for their kids because the ice queen is making a V-shaped gesture offensive to Brits. Funny, all we see is her making snow. Some people need to let it go already.