Cartoons to Castles: The History Behind the Mouse and Magic

By Jessica McDonald & Melanie Gable

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Co-hosts—and best friends—Jessica McDonald and Melanie Gable take a lively, conversational approach to exploring a new Disney history topic during each bi-weekly episode. With special guests from the Disney community and fandom, “Cartoons to Castles” aims to look at the history of one of the world’s greatest entertainment companies from a fresh, contemporary perspective. Not affiliated with the Walt Disney Company.

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TEASER - Episode 3 Topic & Guest Reveal + NEW Segment!
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Get a sneak peek of episode 3, available August 12th! Plus, check out the new segment "Corrections & Clarifications," where Jessica and Melanie expand on a few details and questions from episode 2. 

Be sure to SUBSCRIBE to stay up to date. And if you enjoyed this episode, we'd love it if you'd RATE or REVIEW to help expand our audience. Thanks for listening!

For bonus content, visit us at https://www.instagram.com/cartoonstocastles/ and https://twitter.com/CartoonsCastles.

Logo designed by Ashley Taylor - https://loveashleydesigns.tumblr.com/

Theme music: “Taste of the French Quarter” by Rob Khurana via Storyblocks.com.

Aug 05, 2020
2. Disneytoon Studios with Erika Kurzawa
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Jessica and Melanie discuss the rise, heyday, and fall of Disneytoon Studios with special guest Erika Kurzawa (CastleCravings.com, "Disney Family Sundays"). Disneytoon Studios, under its various names, produced 47 feature films from 1990 to 2015, but even hardcore Disney fans are often unaware that the studio was a separate entity from Walt Disney Feature Animation. Check out this episode for behind-the-scenes stories, scrapped movie ideas, dramatic readings of VHS cover descriptions, and more!

Be sure to SUBSCRIBE to stay up to date. And if you enjoyed this episode, we'd love it if you'd RATE or REVIEW to help expand our audience. Thanks for listening!

For bonus content, visit us at https://www.instagram.com/cartoonstocastles/ and https://twitter.com/CartoonsCastles

Logo designed by Ashley Taylor - https://loveashleydesigns.tumblr.com/

Theme music: “Taste of the French Quarter” by Rob Khurana via Storyblocks.com

SOURCES:

D23: The Official Disney Fan Club - "Disney A to Z: Disneytoon Studios"
https://d23.com/a-to-z/disneytoon-studios/

Disney Wiki - "Disneytoon Studios"
https://disney.fandom.com/wiki/Disneytoon_Studios

The Hollywood Reporter - "Disney Shuts Down Animation House Disneytoon Studios"
https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/disney-shuts-down-animation-house-disneytoon-studios-1124168

Indie Wire - "Disney Shuts Down Disneytoon Studios in Glendale: Exclusive"
https://www.indiewire.com/2018/06/disneytoon-studios-shuts-down-disney-glendale-1201979736/

Los Angeles Times - "Direct-to-Video Family Films Are Hitting Home"
https://www.latimes.com/archives/la-xpm-1997-04-16-fi-49283-story.html

Los Angeles Times - "Disney is shutting down Disneytoon animation studios in Glendale"
https://www.latimes.com/business/hollywood/la-fi-ct-disneytoon-20180628-story.html

Stewart, James B. DisneyWar. Simon & Schuster, 2006.

Variety - "Layoffs Hit 'Planes' Producer DisneyToon Studios"
https://variety.com/2014/biz/news/layoffs-hit-planes-producer-disneytoon-studios-1201280347/

Wikipedia - "Disneytoon Studios"
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disneytoon_Studios

Wikipedia - "List of animation studios owned by The Walt Disney Company"
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_animation_studios_owned_by_The_Walt_Disney_Company

YouTube - "The History of Disney Sequels: A Direct-to-Video Story"
https://youtu.be/plm30pT8B7U

YouTube - "The Rise and Fall of DisneyToon Studios"
https://youtu.be/Ncm3Vp3Uq1I

YouTube - "Yesterworld: The Rise & Fall of DisneyToon Studios
https://youtu.be/Tg73Mj4QX8E 

Jul 29, 2020
TEASER - Episode 2 Topic & Guest Reveal
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Get a sneak peek of episode 2 (dropping July 29) where we talk Disneytoon Studios with special guest Erika Kurzawa!

Jul 22, 2020
1. Disneyland's Opening Day - July 17, 1955
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The very first episode of “Cartoons to Castles” dives into the events surrounding the opening of Disneyland in Anaheim, California on July 17, 1955. Jessica and Melanie share the sweet, shocking, and hilarious stories from their research, covering everything from Walt & Lillian Disney’s 30th anniversary party in Frontierland (just days before the park opened), to the rough live opening day broadcast of “Dateline: Disneyland.” 

If you enjoyed this episode, be sure to SUBSCRIBE to stay updated! 

For bonus content, visit us at https://www.instagram.com/cartoonstocastles/ and https://twitter.com/CartoonsCastles

Logo designed by Ashley Taylor - https://loveashleydesigns.tumblr.com/

Theme music: “Taste of the French Quarter” by Rob Khurana via Storyblocks.com

SOURCES for this episode: 

@theafrodisniac. “Quaker Oats announced today that they would be retiring the Aunt Jemima brand.” Instagram, 17 June 2020, https://www.instagram.com/p/CBjc2sIDXow/?igshid=kh1kuza317qh

D23: The Official Disney Fan Club - www.D23.com

“Disneyland Opening Day [Complete ABC Broadcast].” YouTube uploaded by Marcio Disney, 17 July 2011, www.youtube.com/watch?v=JuzrZET-3Ew&t=2s

“The Happiest Place on Earth.” The Imagineering Story, season 1, episode 1, Disney+, 12 Nov. 2019

LAist - www.laist.com

Orange County Register - www.ocregister.com

New York Daily News - www.nydailynews.com

Snow, Richard. Disney’s Land: Walt Disney and the Invention of the Amusement Park That Changed the World. Simon & Schuster, 2019. 

Taylor, Alan. “Opening Day at Disneyland: Photos from 1955.” The Atlantic, 24 July 2019, https://www.theatlantic.com/photo/2019/07/opening-day-disneyland-photos-1955/594655/.

Walt Disney Family Museum- www.waltdisney.org

Wikipedia - www.wikipedia.org 

Jul 10, 2020