Monday, January 14, 2013

Oscar Nominations, 'Frankenweenie' and 'Disney News' in The Mouse Castle Lounge

After an extended holiday hiatus, The Mouse Castle Lounge podcast is back with a new weekly format for the new year.

In this week's show, I discuss how Disney fared with the Oscar nominations announced last Thursday and also take a look at Tim Burton's stop-motion upgrade of Frankenweenie, just released on home video and my choice for Best Animated Feature at the Oscars.

I'll also preview Disneyland's new tribute to the Golden Horseshoe Revue, part of the park's 2013 "Limited Time Magic" promotion. The show pays homage to the original Revue, which starred Wally Boag, Betty Taylor and Fulton Burley and ran for decades at Frontierland's Golden Horseshoe Saloon.

In a new Mouse Castle Lounge segment, I introduce "The Wonderful World of Bloggers," spotlighting who (besides me, of course ;-) ) is presenting the best Disney blogs and podcasts on the 'Net. This week, it's Disney Legend Floyd Norman, whose Mr Fun blog is a clever collection of anecdotes and observations from the cartoonist, animator and story man whose career spans from Disney's post-World War II animation comeback to the modern era of CG animation at Pixar. 

Me (r.) and Mr. Fun himself, Floyd Norman
Another new segment I've added to the mix is "The Disney News Archive," revisiting forty years of Disney News and Disney Magazine publications from 1965 to 2005. In the first installment, our random time machine is set to Spring 1996, which saw Disneyland bidding farewell to The Main Street Electrical Parade, film critics Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert marking 20 years of working together on television, and ragtime pianist extraordinaire Rod Miller reminiscing on over 25 years of tickling the ivories at Disneyland's Coke Corner. Miller would stay with Disney another 11 years and, in 2010, I caught up with him at an anniversary event at the Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco.

All this and more is in this week's episode of The Mouse Castle Lounge. I hope you enjoy it.

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