Sunday, January 26, 2014

MCL 01-26-2014 - More 'Saving Mr. Banks' and Disney History Made Difficult with Jim Korkis

Jim Korkis
Author and historian Jim Korkis is back in The Mouse Castle Lounge this week because sometimes an interview really clicks. In last week's show, Jim and I talked about his latest book, The Book of Mouse, a detailed and entertaining memoir of Disney's iconic rodent, Mickey. After that ground was covered and the episode was put to rest, Jim and I just kept talking--over an hour and a half--and it was great fun. So this week's show is a big chunk of our conversation after the conversation. We spent a lot of time talking about the true stories behind Saving Mr. Banks, what P.L. Travers was really like, what made Mary Poppins such a special film, and why it's not always easy being a Disney historian.

Jim is as knowledgeable a guy there is when it comes to Disney history. He's a tireless researcher and you're certain to learn something new at the turn of every page of his books. His Vault of Walt series is required reading for any Disney enthusiast and I also recommend Who's Afraid of the Song of the South? for Jim's balanced insight into what has become Walt Disney's most (unjustly) infamous film.

So, join me if you will as we delve into a little Disney history with Jim Korkis. Enjoy!


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  1. Excellent interview! Thanks so much. I am now a new fan of this podcast. Enjoyed and appreciated, as another former Disney Cast Member, Jim's perspective on working for the company vs. being an independent historian. Also loved the additional insights into Saving Mr Banks. In watching Mary Poppins again last night I couldn't help but also notice how many of Travers's apparent idiosyncrasies were seen in the character of George Banks. Thanks so much, Tim! Also enjoy your friendly style.

    1. Thanks, DP. I'm glad you enjoyed it. Welcome to the Lounge!