Disney Castle, Shanghai (taken with Austin’s iPhone)!
As foretold in last week’s episode, we spent a day at Shanghai Disney, the recently opened newest addition to the Disney family of theme parks, and this week we discuss the park’s highs and lows. Featuring general excitement and a few sore necks for Tron, unanimous thumbs-up for Pirates of the Caribbean, unbridled passion for Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln, a bit of wonder towards the live-action Tarzan show, disappointment in the lack of Mulan merchandise, repeated and unnecessary swearing, several kraken releases, a special appearance by Roy Conli, Oscar-winning producer of Big Hero 6 and Tangled, and the importance of ruthless efficiency when having fun. (Length 19:28)
“Oh, what a tangled weave…Take a rare peak behind the scenes at the Walt Disney Studios as producer Roy Conli describes the creation of Disney’s 50th animated feature Tangled. Featuring advice on the attributes of a great producer, the use of wine imagery to describe the return of John Lasseter, the value of a theatrical upbringing, and the storytelling advantages of taking left turns. (Part Two of this conversation can be heard here.) (UPDATE: On February 22, 2015, Roy won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature for Big Hero 6.) (MP3. Length 21:45)
“OMG! Are you like, so into Wizards of Waverly Place on the Disney Channel? Neither are we, but our kids are. Peter Murrieta is the Executive Producer of the Emmy-winning children’s show, and talks about how he uses his improv and sketch-comedy training to create TV sitcoms, how he bucks the Disney mold by portraying young protagonists with parents who are both alive, and how he’s okay with his show’s place in the cultural pantheon. (MP3. Length 20:52)