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Author Spencer Wright Discusses Crafting ”Voices Behind the Magic”

Author Spencer Wright Discusses Crafting ”Voices Behind the Magic”

January 18, 2022

Ever wonder the "origin stories" of the performers behind some of the most beloved Disney characters like Yzma, Maleficent, Baloo, and Mrs. Potts? Well, author Spencer Wright has crafted 13 chapters in his new book, Voices Behind the Magic, each one chronicling a voice artist's career. Among those featured are Eartha Kitt, Bing Crosby, Ed Wynn, and Angela Lansbury. Spencer focuses on their contributions to the world of Disney, including their most notable vocal roles, as well as the lasting legacies they have had on the company. On this episode of Notably Disney, host Brett Nachman talks with Spencer about the book's origins and the fascinating stories behind these unforgettable voice artists.

Follow Spencer on Facebook (Spencer Wright, Author) and Instagram (@overlookeddis). 

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Dizney Coast to Coast Crossover Episode: Jeff DePaoli’s Interview with Actor Michael Arden

Dizney Coast to Coast Crossover Episode: Jeff DePaoli’s Interview with Actor Michael Arden

January 5, 2022

On this episode of Notably Disney, we're engaging in a crossover episode of sorts, in that a past episode of Notably Disney will be appearing on the Dizney Coast to Coast podcast feed, whereas here on Notably Disney, you'll be able to listen to Dizney Coast to Coast Jeff DePaoli's interview with actor Michael Arden, who portrayed Quasimodo in Disney Theatrical's production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Jeff sat down with Michael in honor of the animated film's recent 25th anniversary, and here's your opportunity to check out that conversation!

You can follow Jeff (@JeffDePaoli) on Twitter, as well as check out Dizney Coast To Coast.

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Notably Disney Tunes & Quotes Trivia All-Stars Semifinalists #2 (Dan Heaton, Emily VanZoest, and Matthew Hodge)

Notably Disney Tunes & Quotes Trivia All-Stars Semifinalists #2 (Dan Heaton, Emily VanZoest, and Matthew Hodge)

December 21, 2021

It's another semifinalists edition of Tunes & Quotes Trivia here on Notably Disney, in which contestants vie to correctly answer questions related to music and lines from the theme parks, films, and more. Competing on this episode is another set of all-stars who have won previous editions of trivia. Joining in today are podcaster Dan Heaton of The Tomorrow Society podcast, Disney aficionado Emily VanZoest, and authors and professor Matthew Hodge. The winner of this game will compete against the winner of the last semifinalists edition in a future episode of the podcast.

Listen to Dan on The Tomorrow Society Podcast and follow the podcast on Facebook, Twitter (@tomorrowsoc), and Instagram.

Follow Emily VanZoest on Twitter: @EmilyRVanZoest!

Learn more about Matthew Hodge through visiting his website. Purchase a copy of his excellent title (Cool Cats and a Hot Mouse: A History of Jazz and Disney) by visiting Amazon or Barnes and Noble.

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.

Notably Disney Tunes & Quotes Trivia All-Stars Semifinalists #1 (Courtney Guth, Derek Lewis, Tommy T)

Notably Disney Tunes & Quotes Trivia All-Stars Semifinalists #1 (Courtney Guth, Derek Lewis, Tommy T)

December 7, 2021

Over the past few years on Notably Disney, many contestants have won their editions of Tunes & Quotes Trivia. Now it's time for some of these all-stars to compete in the pursuit of being named the ultimate winner! In this semifinalists game, several past winners, including Courtney Guth of the Book of the Mouse Club podcast, Derek Lewis of The Mad Chatters podcast, and Tommy T of The Dis Quiz Show podcast, participate in another set of tricky questions that host Brett Nachman crafted. The winner of this game will be placed in the final round at a future date.

Listen in to Courtney's wonderful commentary on Book of the Mouse Club; follow the podcast on Twitter: @BookOfTheMouse. You can also follow Courtney on Twitter: @Courtney_Guth

Have some fun with Derek and company by tuning in to The Mad Chatters; follow the podcast on Twitter: @MadChatters. You can also follow Derek on Twitter: @dereklew 

Hear Tommy deliver some Disney trivia on The Dis Quiz Show and follow the podcast on Twitter: @thedisquiz

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.

Composer Jake Monaco Uncovers the Process of Writing Scores for Disney and Pixar Shorts

Composer Jake Monaco Uncovers the Process of Writing Scores for Disney and Pixar Shorts

November 16, 2021

Jake Monaco is an accomplished composer known for creating the tunes for many of Disney and Pixar’s most recent animated fare, including the Forky Asks a Question shorts, shorts within Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Short Circuit series, and Pixar’s acclaimed SparkShort Out. He also composed Flora and Ulysses for Disney Plus earlier this year. On this episode of Notably Disney, Jake sits down with host Brett Nachman to talk about how he ascended the ranks of scoring in Hollywood, first working alongside Christophe Beck and now responsible for composing some impressive projects on his own, including Lamp Life, a short following Bo Peep's adventures prior to Toy Story 4

Learn more about Jake's work by visiting his website (JakeMonaco.com) or checking out his IMDb profile.

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

Disney Tunes & Quotes Trivia, 5th Edition with Rob Yeo, Emily VanZoest, Matthew Hodge, and Paul Cote + New Walt Disney World Book Review

Disney Tunes & Quotes Trivia, 5th Edition with Rob Yeo, Emily VanZoest, Matthew Hodge, and Paul Cote + New Walt Disney World Book Review

November 2, 2021

On this episode of Notably Disney, host Brett Nachman reviews a new, popular book: "A Portrait of Walt Disney World: 50 Years of the Most Magical Place on Earth." This is a stunning and satisfying read that features beautiful imagery of and prose about the vacation kingdom destination. This book review precedes the main feature: the fifth edition of Disney Tunes & Quotes Trivia! Competing on this edition are three returning guests of the show (author and professor Matthew Hodge, designer and artist Rob Yeo, and professor Paul Cote), as well as new guest Emily VanZoest, an education researcher. It's the battle of two teams: the Linguinis (Emily and Matt) versus the Matterhorn Yodelers (Rob and Paul)! Who will win? Listen in to find out.

To check out more and follow the work of the guests:

Matthew Hodge: visit his website. Purchase a copy of Cool Cats and a Hot Mouse: A History of Jazz and Disney by visiting Amazon or Barnes and Noble.

Rob Yeo: follow him on Twitter (@robjyeo) and Instagram (@robjyeo). Visit Rob Yeo Design to marvel at his artwork, some of which is featured on merchandise like pins, prints, and T-shirts!

Paul Cote: follow him on Twitter (@Paul_The_Cote)!

Emily VanZoest: follow her on Twitter (@EmilyRVanZoest)!

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.

Disney Books That Should Be Written with Book of the Mouse Club (Part 2)

Disney Books That Should Be Written with Book of the Mouse Club (Part 2)

October 19, 2021

Book of the Mouse Club hosts Emily McDermott and Courtney Guth are back in this second part of a conversation on Disney books that should be written. In the first part, host Brett Nachman, Courtney, and Emily addressed ideas for categories including autobiography/biography, theme parks and resorts, and film and television. Meanwhile, this second part places attention on book ideas related to music, mousecellaneous (i.e., a miscellaneous category), and fictional series. The brainstorming continues in another edition of the Notably Disney Sorcerer’s Hat series!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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

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.

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