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From Snow White to Star Wars, it's all here. In-depth reviews of the Disney films where we break down every film and ask three questions. What is the iconic shot? Does it achieve a moral or emotional aim? Does the film hold up? Plus theme park news and live dining reviews. Its the Disney Magic Hour!

Latest Episodes

Ep#182 - The Road to The Mandalorian Part 2 - Yojimbo and Sanjuro

We continue upon the Road to The Mandalorian Film Series with Part 2 which is a double feature of Akira Kurosawa! The first film is Yojimbo followed by its sequel Sanjuro! These two films are all about Toshiro Mifune absolutely owing the screen. There are morals to be discussed though and we will tackle that for each film. When you watch these two you really get sense of what we may see in the upcoming Disney + series by Filoni and Favreau. The DNA of the The Mandalorian will undoubtedly have some strains of this one-two punch so let’s jump in and mix it up!

139 MIN1 w ago
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Ep#182 - The Road to The Mandalorian Part 2 - Yojimbo and Sanjuro

Ep#181 - The Road to The Mandalorian Part 1 - THE HIDDEN FORTRESS

The Disney + series, The Mandalorian, is on the horizon and as we prepare for the journey put forth by Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni we wanted to take a look at films that not only have influenced the upcoming live-action show but STAR WARS itself. We start with the Grand Master, Akira Kurosawa and his action adventure, 1958’s The Hidden Fortress! You will see many connections visually and in terms of plotting in Kurosawa’s film and George Lucas’s Star Wars : A New Hope. From editing swipes to archetypes of characters, the DNA for a galaxy far, far away start in Japan. Never saw the film? No worries! We will go over the entire plot and discuss the influences it creates on future filmmakers. Lots to do! Let’s go! It’s showtime!

110 MIN1 w ago
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Ep#181 - The Road to The Mandalorian Part 1 - THE HIDDEN FORTRESS

Ep#180 - Return to Oz

One of the strangest, darkest films to ever escape the Disney Studio is without question, RETURN TO OZ. The film goes headlong into creating a world where danger lurks at every corner where audiences were previously greeted with song and dance when MGM produced the classic WIZARD OF OZ in 1939. The OZ books were something Walt Disney himself actually attempted to make but after first losing out on the films rights to MGM he gained the rights to eleven of the books written by Baum but was just never able to get a film cracked. The 80’s is a huge age of change for the Disney company though and some chances were taken. Oz is one of them and there are some big positives here with some sore parts as well. We will tell the tale of how things came to be and then review the film itself. In addition Melyssa will tell us her experience at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party and the recent change in a top spot within the Disney company. Lots to do! Lets go! It’s showtime!

110 MIN3 w ago
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Ep#180 - Return to Oz

Ep#179 - Something Wicked This Way Comes

By the pricking of my thumb, Jonathan Pryce this way comes. I will be very upfront in saying a wacky mood was in me during this recording. Very hyper and rather silly but that is because the crazy 80’s continues as Ray Bradbury brings a tale of temptation in the form of a sinister carnival led by Mr. Dark. It seems Disney is trying to find a new identity here with varying success but they get in their own way with an abundance of revisions to what Bradbury and director Jack Clayton aimed for. The result is still a great experience but you can see interference at the films conclusion. Did that sink our experience? Does the film find a way to hold up? In a film that has quite a number of attractive camera work, what is the iconic shot? This week we are joined by Theme Park Stop’s Ian Kauffman to break it all down! Lots to do! Lets go! PLEASE NOTE : There was an audio snafu on this episode that you will hear in the background. I apologize but it was impossible to remove so other than...

93 MINSEP 18
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Ep#179 - Something Wicked This Way Comes

Ep#178 - Disney Imagineer and Co-Author of MARC DAVIS IN HIS OWN WORDS - IMAGINEERING THE DISNEY THEME PARKS, Christopher Merritt

Christopher Merritt, Disney Imagineer and Co-Author of the newly released double volume book, MARC DAVIS IN HIS OWN WORDS - IMAGINEERING THE DISNEY THEME PARKS which he worked on with PIXAR’s Pete Docter, joins us this week to discuss the book, his career journey and Disney in general in a very special episode. As an added bonus, at the close of the show, we are thrilled to be able to present you with some audio from a 1994 interview that Chris did with Marc Davis! It’s incredible to be able to hear Mr. Davis speak about his work and even about Walt Disney himself. We hope you enjoy this as much as we did. Lots to do! Lots to discuss! Let’s go!

84 MINSEP 11
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Ep#178 - Disney Imagineer and Co-Author of MARC DAVIS IN HIS OWN WORDS - IMAGINEERING THE DISNEY THEME PARKS, Christopher Merritt

Ep#177 - TRON LEGACY Review

GREETINGS…again…PROGRAMS!! You can take a kid out of The Grid but you can’t take The Grid out of the kid. Or in this case you can just stay in The Grid for an undetermined amount of time, find zen and become a Christ character. Or Moses. There is a lot going on here. 28 years after first meeting Kevin Flynn and crew, we are back in the digital landscape of TRON with the long awaited sequel, TRON LEGACY. After so many years how do you bring an audience back in? Do you stick with the religious allegory of the previous entries? Spoilers : They do. A lot. Does it work though? That is a whole conversation and lucky for you we are here to do just that. Lots to do! Let’s go! END OF LINE.

115 MINSEP 3
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Ep#177 - TRON LEGACY Review

Ep#176 - 2019 D23 Expo Wrap Up

This past weekend was the D23 Expo and between the Disney+ announcements, Parks additions, upcoming hotel openings and new ships being added to the Disney Cruise Line, there is a ton to talk about and we are here to bring it all your way. There is a lot to get excited about from what we learned from the overhaul of Epcot to the wide reveal of the trailer for THE MANDALORIAN and my god this is a long episode buy it was a blast to record. We get a bit loopy in the second half so keep that in mind. Lets go! It’s showtime!

138 MINAUG 27
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Ep#176 - 2019 D23 Expo Wrap Up

Ep#175 - Star Wars GALAXY'S EDGE First Impressions

GALAXY’S EDGE is now upon us and we were lucky enough to visit the new Hollywood Studios land twice as part of a cast member preview and an annual passholder preview. For the West Coast side of the equation we are joined by Ryan Wilson who was visiting Batuu for three whole days recently out in Disneyland! Yes, RYAN IS BACK! There is a TON to discuss this week and we talk food, merch, mood, experiences and boarding the Millennium Falcon. That plus an update on availability of Disney+ and a special offer to D23 members and those attending the D23 Expo.

103 MINAUG 20
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Ep#175 - Star Wars GALAXY'S EDGE First Impressions

Ep#174 - TRON Review

GREETING PROGRAMS!! This week we travel into the Grid and review 1982’s TRON! A film that was very overlooked at initial release and since has garnered a massive cult following that eventually gained a sequel that we will be tackling in the near future. There is a bunch to discuss about the making of this film so lets get down to it. END OF LINE.

87 MINAUG 14
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Ep#174 - TRON Review

Ep#173 - Universal's EPIC UNIVERSE Rumors and Hopes

Universal Orlando finally made it official this past week as they announced UNIVERSAL’S EPIC UNIVERSE coming…at some point in the future featuring…something. There was a surprising lack of detail given but we were given the concept art which has led to much speculation and having fun in discussing what could be for the future of the park. To dig into all of this we are joined by Ian Kauffman of THEME PARK STOP as we go around the concept art breaking down what we see and even what we can’t. Lots to do! Lets go!

63 MINAUG 9
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Ep#173 - Universal's EPIC UNIVERSE Rumors and Hopes

Latest Episodes

Ep#182 - The Road to The Mandalorian Part 2 - Yojimbo and Sanjuro

We continue upon the Road to The Mandalorian Film Series with Part 2 which is a double feature of Akira Kurosawa! The first film is Yojimbo followed by its sequel Sanjuro! These two films are all about Toshiro Mifune absolutely owing the screen. There are morals to be discussed though and we will tackle that for each film. When you watch these two you really get sense of what we may see in the upcoming Disney + series by Filoni and Favreau. The DNA of the The Mandalorian will undoubtedly have some strains of this one-two punch so let’s jump in and mix it up!

139 MIN1 w ago
Comments
Ep#182 - The Road to The Mandalorian Part 2 - Yojimbo and Sanjuro

Ep#181 - The Road to The Mandalorian Part 1 - THE HIDDEN FORTRESS

The Disney + series, The Mandalorian, is on the horizon and as we prepare for the journey put forth by Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni we wanted to take a look at films that not only have influenced the upcoming live-action show but STAR WARS itself. We start with the Grand Master, Akira Kurosawa and his action adventure, 1958’s The Hidden Fortress! You will see many connections visually and in terms of plotting in Kurosawa’s film and George Lucas’s Star Wars : A New Hope. From editing swipes to archetypes of characters, the DNA for a galaxy far, far away start in Japan. Never saw the film? No worries! We will go over the entire plot and discuss the influences it creates on future filmmakers. Lots to do! Let’s go! It’s showtime!

110 MIN1 w ago
Comments
Ep#181 - The Road to The Mandalorian Part 1 - THE HIDDEN FORTRESS

Ep#180 - Return to Oz

One of the strangest, darkest films to ever escape the Disney Studio is without question, RETURN TO OZ. The film goes headlong into creating a world where danger lurks at every corner where audiences were previously greeted with song and dance when MGM produced the classic WIZARD OF OZ in 1939. The OZ books were something Walt Disney himself actually attempted to make but after first losing out on the films rights to MGM he gained the rights to eleven of the books written by Baum but was just never able to get a film cracked. The 80’s is a huge age of change for the Disney company though and some chances were taken. Oz is one of them and there are some big positives here with some sore parts as well. We will tell the tale of how things came to be and then review the film itself. In addition Melyssa will tell us her experience at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party and the recent change in a top spot within the Disney company. Lots to do! Lets go! It’s showtime!

110 MIN3 w ago
Comments
Ep#180 - Return to Oz

Ep#179 - Something Wicked This Way Comes

By the pricking of my thumb, Jonathan Pryce this way comes. I will be very upfront in saying a wacky mood was in me during this recording. Very hyper and rather silly but that is because the crazy 80’s continues as Ray Bradbury brings a tale of temptation in the form of a sinister carnival led by Mr. Dark. It seems Disney is trying to find a new identity here with varying success but they get in their own way with an abundance of revisions to what Bradbury and director Jack Clayton aimed for. The result is still a great experience but you can see interference at the films conclusion. Did that sink our experience? Does the film find a way to hold up? In a film that has quite a number of attractive camera work, what is the iconic shot? This week we are joined by Theme Park Stop’s Ian Kauffman to break it all down! Lots to do! Lets go! PLEASE NOTE : There was an audio snafu on this episode that you will hear in the background. I apologize but it was impossible to remove so other than...

93 MINSEP 18
Comments
Ep#179 - Something Wicked This Way Comes

Ep#178 - Disney Imagineer and Co-Author of MARC DAVIS IN HIS OWN WORDS - IMAGINEERING THE DISNEY THEME PARKS, Christopher Merritt

Christopher Merritt, Disney Imagineer and Co-Author of the newly released double volume book, MARC DAVIS IN HIS OWN WORDS - IMAGINEERING THE DISNEY THEME PARKS which he worked on with PIXAR’s Pete Docter, joins us this week to discuss the book, his career journey and Disney in general in a very special episode. As an added bonus, at the close of the show, we are thrilled to be able to present you with some audio from a 1994 interview that Chris did with Marc Davis! It’s incredible to be able to hear Mr. Davis speak about his work and even about Walt Disney himself. We hope you enjoy this as much as we did. Lots to do! Lots to discuss! Let’s go!

84 MINSEP 11
Comments
Ep#178 - Disney Imagineer and Co-Author of MARC DAVIS IN HIS OWN WORDS - IMAGINEERING THE DISNEY THEME PARKS, Christopher Merritt

Ep#177 - TRON LEGACY Review

GREETINGS…again…PROGRAMS!! You can take a kid out of The Grid but you can’t take The Grid out of the kid. Or in this case you can just stay in The Grid for an undetermined amount of time, find zen and become a Christ character. Or Moses. There is a lot going on here. 28 years after first meeting Kevin Flynn and crew, we are back in the digital landscape of TRON with the long awaited sequel, TRON LEGACY. After so many years how do you bring an audience back in? Do you stick with the religious allegory of the previous entries? Spoilers : They do. A lot. Does it work though? That is a whole conversation and lucky for you we are here to do just that. Lots to do! Let’s go! END OF LINE.

115 MINSEP 3
Comments
Ep#177 - TRON LEGACY Review

Ep#176 - 2019 D23 Expo Wrap Up

This past weekend was the D23 Expo and between the Disney+ announcements, Parks additions, upcoming hotel openings and new ships being added to the Disney Cruise Line, there is a ton to talk about and we are here to bring it all your way. There is a lot to get excited about from what we learned from the overhaul of Epcot to the wide reveal of the trailer for THE MANDALORIAN and my god this is a long episode buy it was a blast to record. We get a bit loopy in the second half so keep that in mind. Lets go! It’s showtime!

138 MINAUG 27
Comments
Ep#176 - 2019 D23 Expo Wrap Up

Ep#175 - Star Wars GALAXY'S EDGE First Impressions

GALAXY’S EDGE is now upon us and we were lucky enough to visit the new Hollywood Studios land twice as part of a cast member preview and an annual passholder preview. For the West Coast side of the equation we are joined by Ryan Wilson who was visiting Batuu for three whole days recently out in Disneyland! Yes, RYAN IS BACK! There is a TON to discuss this week and we talk food, merch, mood, experiences and boarding the Millennium Falcon. That plus an update on availability of Disney+ and a special offer to D23 members and those attending the D23 Expo.

103 MINAUG 20
Comments
Ep#175 - Star Wars GALAXY'S EDGE First Impressions

Ep#174 - TRON Review

GREETING PROGRAMS!! This week we travel into the Grid and review 1982’s TRON! A film that was very overlooked at initial release and since has garnered a massive cult following that eventually gained a sequel that we will be tackling in the near future. There is a bunch to discuss about the making of this film so lets get down to it. END OF LINE.

87 MINAUG 14
Comments
Ep#174 - TRON Review

Ep#173 - Universal's EPIC UNIVERSE Rumors and Hopes

Universal Orlando finally made it official this past week as they announced UNIVERSAL’S EPIC UNIVERSE coming…at some point in the future featuring…something. There was a surprising lack of detail given but we were given the concept art which has led to much speculation and having fun in discussing what could be for the future of the park. To dig into all of this we are joined by Ian Kauffman of THEME PARK STOP as we go around the concept art breaking down what we see and even what we can’t. Lots to do! Lets go!

63 MINAUG 9
Comments
Ep#173 - Universal's EPIC UNIVERSE Rumors and Hopes