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)
“With the Academy Awards looming, Dominic Conti, Jerry Kernion, and Austin Tichenor take a break from the technical rehearsal of All The Great Books (abridged) at Laguna Playhouse to talk about the whole horse race of choosing “best” actors and movies. Featuring throat-clearing, exploration into where great performances come from, speculation about this year’s nominees, a shout-out to Linda Cardellini, suggestions for new categories, a special appearance by Roy Conli from Disney Feature Animation, and outstandingly spot-on predictions. (Length 16:16)
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)