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“The Hunchback of Notre Dame”: A Celebration of Magic and Music with Dr. James Mason (Part 2)

“The Hunchback of Notre Dame”: A Celebration of Magic and Music with Dr. James Mason (Part 2)

July 20, 2021

In this second half of a two-part episode that celebrates the magic and music of The Hunchback of Notre Dame, which recently turned 25 years, Hunchback aficionado and author Dr. James Mason (the Disney Connections & Collections series) joins host Brett Nachman to talk about the rest of the memorable tunes (including "Hellfire" and "A Guy Like You"), Oscar-nominated score, and its eventual stage and theme park adaptations. And did they reference the panned direct-to-video sequel? You'll have to listen to find out.

Follow James on Twitter @JamesDoesDisney, and check out his website. Email James: JamesDoesDisney@outlook.com 

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New episodes of the podcast debut on the first and third Tuesday of every month.

“The Hunchback of Notre Dame”: A Celebration of Magic and Music with Dr. James Mason (Part 1)

“The Hunchback of Notre Dame”: A Celebration of Magic and Music with Dr. James Mason (Part 1)

July 6, 2021

In honor of Disney's animated masterpiece The Hunchback of Notre Dame reaching its 25th anniversary this summer, massive Hunchback fan and author Dr. James Mason (the Disney Connections & Collections series) joins host Brett Nachman to discuss the film's magic and music. In this first half of a two-part episode, James and Brett discuss how they first became connected to the film, share the social impact of songs like Out There, and even relay some amusing memories along the way. 

Follow James on Twitter @JamesDoesDisney, and check out his website. Email James: JamesDoesDisney@outlook.com 

Feel free to reach out to Brett via Twitter @bnachmanreports, subscribe to the podcast, and send your feedback at notablydisney@gmail.com

New episodes of the podcast debut on the first and third Tuesday of every month.

Composer Harry Gregson-Williams Interview (”Mulan,” “The Chronicles of Narnia” films)

Composer Harry Gregson-Williams Interview (”Mulan,” “The Chronicles of Narnia” films)

June 15, 2021

Composer Harry Gregson-Williams’ decades of scores are scattered across films of all genres, from sci-fi in The Martian to animated comedy in Shrek alongside John Powell. His work within the world of Disney dates back to serving as an orchestral conductor on Muppet Treasure Island in 1996, and he has since worked on projects including The Tigger Movie, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, and very recently, Disneynature’s Penguins. His newest score for the Mouse House is perhaps the most epic and romantic: the 2020 reimagining of Mulan by Niki Caro. On this episode of Notably Disney Harry joins host Brett Nachman to discuss his storied career with Disney and unveil all of the inner workings behind scoring Mulan

Learn more about Harry's musical career by checking out his massive and impressive filmography on IMDb

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New episodes of the podcast debut on the first and third Tuesday of every month.

Author John Baxter Interview (”ABC News: 75 Years in the Making”)

Author John Baxter Interview (”ABC News: 75 Years in the Making”)

June 1, 2021

For three-quarters of a century, ABC News has delivered up-to-date information on world events via radio, television, and digital platforms. In author John Baxter's new book, the news division of the "alphabet network" is the cover story. ABC News: 75 Years in the Making showcases the evolution of the brand, the talent, and the stories that unfolded along the way. John joins host Brett Nachman on Notably Disney to discuss writing this new title, in which he scoured ABC News' archives and talked with legendary journalists like Diane Sawyer and David Muir. Along the way he shares significant moments in ABC News' history, how he curated amazing photographs, and the joys of having a conversation with Sam Donaldson.

You can check out ABC News: 75 Years in the Making (newly released from Hyperion Avenue, a division of Disney Publishing) on Amazon.

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New episodes of the podcast debut on the first and third Tuesday of every month.

“101 Dalmatians” (1996) Music Reunion with Robert Elhai, Brad Warnaar, Stephen McLaughlin, and Christopher Brooks

“101 Dalmatians” (1996) Music Reunion with Robert Elhai, Brad Warnaar, Stephen McLaughlin, and Christopher Brooks

May 18, 2021

25 years ago, Disney engaged in one of its earliest reimaginings of a classic animated film into live-action with the massive hit 101 Dalmatians, starring Glenn Close, Jeff Daniels, and Joely Richardson. The film’s lush score, composed by the legendary and late Michael Kamen, is perhaps an overlooked gem that features some memorable themes and rich orchestration. On this episode of Notably Disney, host Brett Nachman reunites some of 101 Dalmatians’ musical players in reflecting back on the creative process behind this magnificent score, as well as their musical journeys and collaborations with Kamen. Joining in are orchestrator Robert Elhai, orchestrator Brad Warnaar, music editor Christopher Brooks, and music recordist and mixer Stephen McLaughlin.

Among these talented musicians' many other works include the following: Robert (orchestrating The Lion King on Broadway and the film The Sixth Sense); Brad (orchestrating Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves and Crazy Rich Asians); Chris (serving as a music editor for TV series like The Boys and Galavant); and Stephen (handling the mixing for Netflix's Lost in Space and recent feature Tom and Jerry).

To learn more about each of the guests, visit these outlets:

- Robert Elhai showcases his musical works on his website (RobertElhai.com) and you can follow him on Twitter (@relhai)

- Brad Warnaar features various projects on his website (BradWarnaar.com)

- Stephen McLaughlin has a catalogue of endeavors demonstrated on his IMDB page 

- Christopher Brooks shares some of his written projects on his website (ChristopherScottBrooks.com)

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New episodes of the podcast debut on the first and third Tuesday of every month.

Composer Kevin Kiner Interview (”Star Wars: The Clone Wars,” “Star Wars: The Bad Batch”)

Composer Kevin Kiner Interview (”Star Wars: The Clone Wars,” “Star Wars: The Bad Batch”)

May 4, 2021

Composer Kevin Kiner is responsible for translating the epic feel of Star Wars music to popular television series, including Star Wars: The Clone Wars, for which he recently won an Annie Award for, as well as Star Wars Rebels. Now we’re about to see a new phase of Kevin’s work with the release of Star Wars: The Bad Batch on Disney Plus, for which he is handling the score. Kevin talks with host Brett Nachman about his musical inspirations and work for Lucasfilm. He also references some of his many other projects, including Doom Patrol and Titans for HBO Max and Narcos: Mexico for Netflix.

Listen to Kevin's work by visiting his website: KevinKiner.com!

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New episodes of the podcast debut on the first and third Tuesday of every month.

Rob Yeo Interview (Illustrator and Designer)

Rob Yeo Interview (Illustrator and Designer)

April 20, 2021

Illustrator Rob Yeo is a gifted designer and artist whose work for a variety of brands, including Holiday Inn and Mall of America, has led to these creations being spotlighted at an international level. His Disney-inspired work, however, may be of most interest to listeners of Notably Disney. Rob's book cover designs have been featured on many titles for Theme Park Press, including releases by past Notably Disney guests like Aaron Wallace and Christopher E. Smith. Rob Yeo Design showcases much of this cool and reverent artwork, many paying homage to extinct attractions and logos. And you can even purchase pieces for your own collection, sporting Rob’s artwork on T-shirts, phone cases, or pins. Host Brett Nachman speaks with Rob about his artistic roots, career, Disney interests, and various ventures. 

You can follow Rob on social media via platforms like Twitter (@robjyeo) and Instagram (@robjyeo). And be sure to visit Rob Yeo Design to marvel at his artwork, some of which is featured on merchandise like pins, prints, and T-shirts!

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New episodes of the podcast debut on the first and third Tuesday of every month.

 

Composer Christopher Willis & Vocalist Elyse Willis Interview (”Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway”)

Composer Christopher Willis & Vocalist Elyse Willis Interview (”Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway”)

April 6, 2021

Eight years ago marked the launch of a new era for Disney’s most enduring character with the release of the ever-popular Mickey Mouse series of shorts, and more recently, the debut of Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway at Disney's Hollywood Studios. Composer Christopher Willis is the Emmy-nominated musician behind the shorts and now the attraction, and along with his wife, vocalist Elyse Willis, the pair co-wrote the "Nothing Can Stop Us Now" from the popular ride. Chris' work also extends to composing Veep and The Lion Guard, whereas Elyse has lent her voice to tunes in films like La La Land and Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

Chris and Elyse talk with host Brett Nachman about their musical roots, collaborations, and bringing the world of Mickey Mouse to life with these scores and tunes. Additionally, Elyse shares her experiences as a vocalist for the WandaVision themes, including the zippy 60s ditty and the colorful 70s anthem. 

Follow Chris (@MrChrisWillis) and Elyse (@ElyseMWillis) on Twitter. And be sure to watch Mickey Mouse on Disney+, along with the new Wonderful World of Mickey Mouse shorts; more are tentatively scheduled to debut this summer.

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Musicians Who Should Be Disney Legends (Part 2) with Aaron Wallace

Musicians Who Should Be Disney Legends (Part 2) with Aaron Wallace

March 30, 2021

On the previous episode of Notably Disney, author and podcaster Aaron Wallace joined Brett Nachman to discuss their initial set of picks of musicians who should be named as Disney Legends. This second part continues the dialogue as Aaron and Brett recognize talented performers, composers, singers, and songwriters who they believe should be inducted into the elite club of Disney Legends.

Get in contact with Aaron Wallace by following him on Twitter (@aaronwallace), Instagram (@aaronhwallace), and on his website www.aaronwallaceonline.com, where you can learn more about his podcast On Main Street and purchase his books.

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Musicians Who Should Be Disney Legends (Part 1) with Aaron Wallace

Musicians Who Should Be Disney Legends (Part 1) with Aaron Wallace

March 16, 2021

Over nearly 35 years, Disney Legends have been awarded to individuals who have made an indelible impact on The Walt Disney Company. Some have served as Imagineers, executives, actors, animators, or other roles. Considering this podcast concentrates much of the content on music, it only seemed fitting to put on our imaginary Sorcerers Hats and imagine if we could call the shots on who associated with The Walt Disney Company (who has lent their talents in music-based ways) should be awarded as Disney Legends in the future. Up for the task is many-time returning guest Aaron Wallace, an author, podcaster, and today, part of an armchair Disney Legend nominations committee. Aaron joins Brett Nachman as they select their picks in this first episode of a two-part series on musicians who should be named as Disney Legends.

Get in contact with Aaron Wallace by following him on Twitter (@aaronwallace), Instagram (@aaronhwallace), and on his website www.aaronwallaceonline.com, where you can learn more about his podcast On Main Street and purchase his books.

Feel free to follow Brett on Twitter (@bnachmanreports), subscribe to the podcast, and send your feedback to notablydisney@gmail.com

New episodes of the podcast debut on the first and third Tuesday of every month.

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