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Disney Books That Should Be Written with Book of the Mouse Club (Part 1)

Disney Books That Should Be Written with Book of the Mouse Club (Part 1)

October 5, 2021

Countless Disney books have been published over the years, though have you ever wondered to yourself: why hasn’t a book about [insert subject here] debuted? Joining host Brett Nachman for this magical idea-thinking session are Emily McDermott and Courtney Guth, hosts of the Book of the Mouse Club podcast, two perfect people for brainstorming about books. Emily and Courtney have been on many past episodes of Notably Disney. In this first edition of a two-part episode, Brett, Emily, and Courtney discuss their selections for books that should be written related to three categories: autobiographies/biographies, theme parks and resorts, and film and television. This two-part episode also marks the return of the "Sorcerer's Hat Series" on Notably Disney, in which Brett and guests brainstorm ideas for The Walt Disney Company!

Be sure to check out the Book of the Mouse Club podcast on Apple Podcasts and wherever you listen to podcasts. Their email is bookofthemouseclub@gmail.com and the podcast website is https://bookofthemouseclub.libsyn.com/

Also make sure you follow Book of the Mouse Club on Twitter, as well as each of the hosts on Instagram: Courtney (@greatguthsby) and Emily (@emily_mickde). You can also follow Emily (@emily_mickde) and Courtney (@Courtney_Guth) on Twitter.

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

Charting Disney Jazz Music with Author Matthew Hodge (”Cool Cats and a Hot Mouse: A History of Jazz and Disney”)

Charting Disney Jazz Music with Author Matthew Hodge (”Cool Cats and a Hot Mouse: A History of Jazz and Disney”)

September 21, 2021

From the Silly Symphonies and Alice in Wonderland to Hercules and The Princess and the Frog, jazz can be found within a plethora of Disney projects. The history of this style of music follows, in many ways, the course of Disney’s own development, often meeting at peculiar intersections. On this episode of Notably Disney, host Brett Nachman speaks with author Matthew Hodge, an associate professor at William Peace University. Matt recently published Cool Cats and a Hot Mouse: A History of Jazz and Disney. It’s an expertly-written piece of text that uncovers the artists responsible for jazz’s emergence and popularity, and how this form of music would ultimately inform a slew of Disney projects. Matt discusses the book's development and framing, fun stories found within, lessons learned, and his connection to both music and Disney.

Learn more about Matt by visiting his website. And be sure to purchase a copy of Cool Cats and a Hot Mouse: A History of Jazz and Disney by visiting Amazon or Barnes and Noble.

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

Author Don Ballard Uncovers the History of the Disneyland Hotel

Author Don Ballard Uncovers the History of the Disneyland Hotel

September 7, 2021

When it comes to one of the most magical lodging destinations on Disney property, perhaps nobody is more of an expert on the subject than author Donald W. Ballard. For many years Don has researched the history and legacy of the Disneyland Hotel. This fascination has led him to craft a website and multiple books on the hotel. On this episode of Notably Disney, Don talks with host Brett Nachman about his titles, including the debut of the second edition of Disneyland Hotel: The Early Years 1954-1988. He also shares a bit about his recent appearance on the Disneyland Hotel-themed episode of Behind the Attraction on Disney Plus!

Learn more about Disneyland Hotel: The Early Years 1954-1988 by visiting TheOldMillPress.com.

Check out more about Don and his research on the hotel via visiting the Disneyland Hotel: The Early Years page on Facebook, as well as Don's website: MagicalHotel.com

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Composer Raphaelle Thibaut Discusses Scoring “Secrets of the Whales”

Composer Raphaelle Thibaut Discusses Scoring “Secrets of the Whales”

August 17, 2021

In National Geographic’s Secrets of the Whales, which debuted on Disney+ this past April, viewers witness the majestic mammalian families whose sense of commitment and loyalty are very akin to our own. Composing this stunning series is Raphaelle Thibaut, whose investment in her craft comes through most beautifully in complementing the amazing visuals with an oceansong score that only enhances the experience. The score ranges from heart-pounding to soothing, and everything in between, and along the way Raphaelle showcases her facility with a range of tools and instruments to accurately convey the emotion. Raphaelle joins host Brett Nachman on Notably Disney to discuss her musical background, unexpected journey to becoming a composer, unique contributions to Secrets of the Whales, and much more.

Follow Raphaelle on Twitter (@Raphae) and Instagram (@raphaellethibaut). Check out the soundtrack for Secrets of the Whales on Amazon, Apple, and many other places where you can download or purchase the soundtrack. Learn more about the forthcoming Secrets of the Whales concert experience featuring Raphaelle's score via IMG Artists.

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.

Author David Bossert and Imagineer Alan Coats on Upcoming “Claude Coats: Walt Disney’s Imagineer” Book

Author David Bossert and Imagineer Alan Coats on Upcoming “Claude Coats: Walt Disney’s Imagineer” Book

August 3, 2021

Accomplished Disney author David Bossert has chronicled the lives of famous Disney figures in his previous titles, including executive Roy E. Disney and furniture designer and architect Kem Weber. In his latest book, Claude Coats: Walt Disney’s Imagineer – The Making of Disneyland from Toad Hall to the Haunted Mansion and Beyond, Dave uncovers the story of the Disney Legend and Imagineer. Coates was best known as a gifted animator and later as a principal force behind the art direction and show design for attractions including Pirates of the Caribbean, it’s a small word, Alice in Wonderland, and Adventure thru Inner Space, among numerous others. After much development and anticipation, the book debuts this fall. Joining host Brett Nachman on this episode of Notably Disney are Dave Bossert, the book's author, as well as Disney Imagineer Alan Coats, Claude’s son, who provided the book’s preface and was a pivotal force in its development. This title is an essential purchase and read for your Disney nonfiction collection.

Claude Coats: Walt Disney’s Imagineer – The Making of Disneyland from Toad Hall to the Haunted Mansion and Beyond is available for pre-order through The Old Mill Press. The press release for the book describes it as exploring "Coats’ first fifteen-years designing and building some of the most iconic and enduring attractions at Disneyland including Alice in Wonderland, The Submarine Voyage, Pirates of the Caribbean, The Haunted Mansion, and so many more. This 264-page book is profusely illustrated with many never-before-seen photographs and artworks."

Learn more about author Dave Bossert by visiting his website: DavidBossert.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 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 

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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.

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