Josh is joined by Jordan Duncan, a coordinator at the Museum of Puppetry Arts and a long time Muppets fan. They discuss the recent cancellation of The Muppets on television and ask, “What’s Next for the Muppets?” As Disney grows, it seems like every division continues to be a homerun. Marvel, Pixar, Star Wars, and so on, have all found their stride and are major successes for Disney, but The Muppets franchise continues to feel lost without knowing where to really go with it. Is it a nostalgia act? Can it be modern? Is it for adults? Is it for children? We try to answer all of these questions and more!
Be sure to follow Jordan on Twitter (@JordanGhastly) or on Instagram to chat more about Muppets, Jim Henson, or the Puppetry Arts in general.
On Modern Mouse Radio #99 we created a contest as a celebration of our 100th episode. The winner of that contest was going to be appearing on an “Armchair Imagineers” episode of MMR and that day has come! Josh Combs is a Southern California resident and he’s a frequent visitor to Disneyland. He’s also an aspiring artist (Check out his Clothing Company and Instagram) as well as a tech and science guy, so it seems fitting that we redesign Disneyland’s Tomorrowland.
Armchair Imagineers is our signature series on Modern Mouse Radio and takes three peoples ideas to reimagine a Disney park or hotel or space. There are no limits to what we can do with money or ideas, but we do have to work within the space and keep guests of the park in mind, hopefully creating a fun experience.
Love our ideas? Hate our ideas? Have your own ideas? We would love to hear them and what they are all about! Leave a comment below or on any of our social media pages!
Josh is joined by Dave Tuppers this week. Dave is a Hawaiian local and a frequent visitor to Disney’s Aulani resort. He’s seen both the good and bad that have come with the resort. He talks about what the resort is all about and why he loves it, but what is the future of these types of hotel only resorts for Disney? Josh and Dave theorize and dream up some hotel only resorts worldwide and think what it could accomplish for the business side of Disney.
If you have any questions about Aulani, Dave has a ton of knowledge. You can get a hold of him on Twitter and he’s always willing to answer questions.
Beyond talking Disney, Josh loves talking music so if Josh has the chance to combine the two he will! This week Josh interviews Peter Alden about his new album full of Disney covers done in a early 1950s Rock and Roll style. Before being an Elvis impersonator and overall musician dedicating his time to early rock and roll, he worked at Florida’s Magic Kingdom. He too has now combined his two loves of Disney and music with this new album called “Kingdom Classics”.
If you are interested in checking out what Pete is up to, find everything he is doing at PeterAldenEntertainment.com or you can find his album on CDBaby or iTunes where you can sample and purchase “Kingdom Classics”.
Stories Discussed This Week
Superhero Headquarters Closing?
Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters Opens
Disney’s Season Price Changes
Animal Kingdom’s Nighttime Lineup
30 New Mall Shops at Disney Springs
Disney Cruise Line Adding Ships
Big Hero 6 Coming Television Series
Zootopia’s Adult Message Strikes Hard
Email Josh: Josh@ModernMouseRadio.com
Song of the South has long been talked about as being “banned”, “controversial”, and “racist”, but do you really know Song of the South or why it has been called these things? Josh is joined this week by Keith Gluck from Disney Project and the Walt Disney Family Museum and by James Carter from Creepy Kingdom to talk about Disney’s dark spot.
Walt Disney himself knew he was making a risky film and that was at a time when the world wasn’t as politically correct as we are now. Walt’s good intentions lead the film to eventually be locked away as the film has many faults. The team talks about the film and why it has been locked away by Disney, not by anyone else. They break down the scenes that make it controversial and racial charged. They also bring up what would help or change the image of Song of the South or how it compares to other films based in slavery or segregation.
What are your thoughts on the film? Should it stay locked away not to ever be released or should it finally see the light of day? Do you think the film is looked at too harshly? Is there any way to fix or remake the film? We would love to hear your thoughts!
Modern Mouse has grown in so many ways and we have a great mix of articles, videos, comics, and podcasts, but Modern Mouse has always been about the podcast first and foremost. That being said, we are bringing a unique spin on our podcast to YouTube. MMR Mini-Casts will go up every so often and will be exclusive to our YouTube page and here on the website. These won’t be in your iTunes feed folks. These video podcasts will all be less than 15 minutes and will span all types of topics. For the first mini-cast Josh invited his friend Ryan over to talk about the first time he went to Disneyland and when he took his wife in turn to Disneyland for her first time.
The signature series, Armchair Imagineers, returns this week with guest Mike Rahlmann from the Be Our Guest Podcast. Since Mike is such a presense in the Run Disney community and has been running Disney events for years now we thought it would be fun to come up with new and innovative ideas for Run Disney. Be sure to check out the Be Our Guest Podcast as well as Magical Mouse Radio!
Every now and again I pull back the curtain and show the face of Oz here at Modern Mouse. It’s never anything shockingly crazy but I like to be honest, upfront, and personable when it comes to what we do here. That being said, I want to share a new project I have going on in the hopes that you will give it a try. This new project is really in no way associated with Modern Mouse or any of the things we do here a the website, but I want guests of this site to know that I have something new I’m doing and it will in no way change the way Modern Mouse operates.
My new project is a podcast titled “How Music Changed the World”. I’ve been a music fan and music history fan for just as long as I’ve been a Disney fan. I’ve played in bands, went to school for audio production and music management, and took every music history course I could have ever taken. I’m extremely fond of the power music has. That is why I’m devoting some time to doing a show about music history and how different musicians, albums, songs, and different styles of music have influenced the world we live in. I’ll be delving into research and talking about points on politics, social issues, religion, race, and gender.
Two episodes of “How Music Changed the World” are already available to download through iTunes, Stitcher, or any other place you listen to podcasts. Episode 1 is about Paul Simon’s “Graceland” album and how it brought eyes and ears to racial issues in South Africa and helped turn a corner for those in need in that country. Episode 2 is about the life of Ella Fitzgerald, segregation in America, and how her music and her friends influenced nightclubs, radio stations, and more to take African-American artists, musicians, and actors seriously and to believe in a desegregated American society.
This is a very big departure from the theme park and entertainment talk I usually have here at Modern Mouse, but because of folks like yourself reading this, I’m able to try something new and exciting and, dare I say, meaningful. These aren’t stories you’ll hear in textbooks or regularly on the History channel. I’ve added links to the most popular places you’d find this new show. I hope you’ll subscribe and check out an episode.
Thanks for continuing to support me and everyone else here at Modern Mouse. We truly appreciate everyone who reads, watches, and listens!
Josh is joined this week by Richard and Sarah from the Skywalking Through Neverland podcast. They are major fans of everything Star Wars and were able to attend the Hollywood premiere of the film. They have the picture with JJ Abrams to prove it!
Josh poses the question of how the future of Star Wars looks. With a huge push from Disney, with one film release a year and countless opportunities for merchandise, television, books, and comics, will the public tire of the franchise? What is everyone looking forward to with the new resurrection of Star Wars, especially with everyone high on The Force Awakens. What about the expansion into theme parks? Will it draw new audiences to the parks?
Give your thoughts on the future of the Star Wars franchise. What do you think will happen? Will it continue to be popular? Will it’s popularity fade? What are you looking forward to from the franchise?