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 13 Topic & Guest Revel + Bonus Ep. 3 Preview
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Get a sneak peek of episode 13, available January 27th!

Plus, listen to a preview of our third Patreon-exclusive bonus episode, all about Disney Parks birthday celebrations! On this episode exclusively for "Cartoons to Castles" Patreon subscribers, Jessica and Melanie discuss Mickey's Birthdayland, Disneyland's 35th anniversary, Walt Disney World's 25th anniversary, and the 100 Years of Magic celebration in honor of the 100th anniversary of Walt Disney's birth.

Starting at just $3 a month, you can join our Patreon and get access to monthly bonus episodes, our private Facebook group, e-newsletter, and more. Check out the benefits and tiers at https://www.patreon.com/cartoonstocastles.

Be sure to SUBSCRIBE to stay up to date. And if you enjoy the podcast, we'd love it if you'd RATE or REVIEW. Thanks for listening!

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

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

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

Jan 20, 2021
12. Star Tours/RX-24 with Chris Runco
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"Welcome aboard! This is Captain Rex from the cockpit. I know this is probably your first flight, and it's...mine, too! Haha!"
On their first episode of 2021, Jessica and Melanie are joined by retired Imagineer Chris Runco, who created Captain RX-24, the rookie pilot droid that took guests on a wild ride aboard the Star Speeder 3000 in the original version of Star Tours at Disney Parks. In addition to his work on Star Tours, Chris was a key player in the development of attractions for Disney California Adventure, Walt Disney World, Tokyo Disneyland, and Shanghai Disneyland during his time with Walt Disney Imagineering, where he worked as a principal concept designer. But the star subject of this episode is RX-24, a.k.a. Rex. Chris shares behind-the-scenes stories about the development of Star Tours, designing RX-24, and his reaction when he found out Rex was changing careers and being transformed into DJ R3X for Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge!

Be sure to SUBSCRIBE to stay up to date. And if you enjoy the podcast, we'd love it if you'd RATE or REVIEW. Thanks for listening!

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

Starting at just $3 a month, you can join our Patreon and get access to monthly bonus episodes, our private Facebook group, e-newsletter, and more. Check out the benefits and tiers at https://www.patreon.com/cartoonstocastles.

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

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

Jan 13, 2021
11. The Muppet Christmas Carol
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For the last episode of 2020, Jessica and Melanie take a festive look at the making of the beloved holiday movie "The Muppet Christmas Carol." The 1992 film tells the tale of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" in a uniquely Muppet fashion, with Academy Award winner Michael Caine as Ebenezer Scrooge. Jessica and Melanie reveal behind-the-scenes secrets, insightful backstories, and fun trivia about the movie, as well as share personal stories from listeners about what this classic family film has meant to them over the years. A must listen for any Muppet fan!

Be sure to SUBSCRIBE to stay up to date. And if you enjoy the podcast, we'd love it if you'd RATE or REVIEW. Thanks for listening!

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

Starting at just $3 a month, you can join our Patreon and get access to monthly bonus episodes, our private Facebook group, e-newsletter, and more. Check out the benefits and tiers at https://www.patreon.com/cartoonstocastles.

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Podcast 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: 

https://ew.com/movies/the-muppet-christmas-carol-when-love-is-gone/

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2015/dec/21/how-we-made-the-muppet-christmas-carol

https://www.theguardian.com/film/2015/dec/19/christmas-carol-renewal-redemption-scrooge-michael-newton

https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/films/features/muppet-christmas-carol-film-charles-dickens-bbc-watch-release-date-a9253626.html

https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/71757/14-things-you-might-not-know-about-muppet-christmas-carol

"The Muppet Christmas Carol" DVD commentary by Brian Henson

http://stylemagazine.com/news/2014/dec/12/why-muppet-christmas-carols-deleted-song-was-cut-r/ 

https://uproxx.com/hidden/the-muppet-christmas-carol-fascinating-facts/ 

https://www.vulture.com/2017/12/the-story-behind-the-music-of-the-muppet-christmas-carol.html 

Dec 16, 2020
TEASER - Episode 11 Topic Reveal + Bonus Ep. 2 Preview
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Get a sneak peek of episode 11, available December 16! Plus, listen to a preview of our second Patreon-exclusive bonus episode, all about the "Star Wars Holiday Special"! You can access this and other bonus episodes and benefits by joining our Patreon for only $3 a month. Check out the tiers and perks at https://www.patreon.com/cartoonstocastles.

Be sure to SUBSCRIBE to stay up to date. And if you enjoy the podcast, we'd love it if you'd RATE or REVIEW. Thanks for listening!

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

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

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

Dec 09, 2020
10. The Disney Monorail with Jeff Kurtti
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Jessica and Melanie are joined this week by Disney expert Jeff Kurtti, author of The Disney Monorail: Imagineering a Highway in the Sky. Jeff discusses the history behind the monorails at Disney's theme parks, but he focuses largely on the process of collaborating on the book with co-authors Vanessa Hunt and Paul Wolski, which involved delving into the Walt Disney Archives and talking to some of the Disney legends who worked with Walt Disney himself. Jessica and Melanie also share some personal memories about the Disneyland Monorail. Get ready for a fascinating conversation about the stories and inspirations behind one of Disney's most innovative and beloved attractions.

You can find The Disney Monorail: Imagineering a Highway in the Sky and more Disney books by Jeff Kurtti at https://books.disney.com/book-author/jeff-kurtti/.

Be sure to SUBSCRIBE to stay up to date. And if you enjoy the podcast, we'd love it if you'd RATE or REVIEW. Thanks for listening!

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

Starting at just $3 a month, you can join our Patreon and get access to monthly bonus episodes, our private Facebook group, e-newsletter, and more. Check out the benefits and tiers at https://www.patreon.com/cartoonstocastles.

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

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

Dec 02, 2020
TEASER - Episode 10 Topic & Guest Reveal + Thanksgiving Message
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Get a sneak peek of episode 10, available December 2nd! Then stick around for a special Thanksgiving message from co-hosts Jessica and Melanie.

Be sure to SUBSCRIBE to stay up to date. And if you enjoy the podcast, we'd love it if you'd RATE or REVIEW. Thanks for listening!

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

Starting at just $3 a month, you can join our Patreon and get access to monthly bonus episodes, a private Facebook group, e-newsletter, and more. Check out the benefits and tiers at https://www.patreon.com/cartoonstocastles.

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

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

Nov 25, 2020
9. The Sherman Brothers with Randy Thornton
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Disney Music Group's supervising producer and musical historian Randy Thornton joins Jessica and Melanie to talk about the Sherman Brothers, the Academy Award-winning songwriting duo behind some of Disney's greatest film and theme park hits, including "Let's Get Together," "A Spoonful of Sugar," "It's a Small World (After All)," "The Tiki Tiki Tiki Room," and much more. As a producer at Walt Disney Records, Randy worked personally with Robert and Richard Sherman and shares some of the history behind their music, their working relationship with Walt Disney, and their lives as war veterans, artists, and family men.

Randy Thornton's work can be found on https://www.disneymusicemporium.com

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

We also have a new Patreon page! For less than the cost of a latte, we give our patrons exclusive monthly bonus episodes and e-newsletters, plus membership to our private Facebook group, where we have episode discussions and share behind-the-scenes stories, sneak peeks, and more. At the upper tiers we offer additional perks, including show merch that you can't get anywhere else. Come check it out at https://www.patreon.com/cartoonstocastles.

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

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

Nov 18, 2020
TEASER - Episode 9 Topic & Guest Reveal + Bonus Ep. Preview
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Get a sneak peek of episode 9, available November 18! Also, instead of a mini episode this week, you'll get a preview of our very first BONUS EPISODE, which will be available today only to subscribers to our brand new Patreon! Starting at only $3 a month, you can join our Patreon and get access to monthly bonus episodes, a private Facebook group, e-newsletter, and more. You can check out the benefits and tiers at https://www.patreon.com/cartoonstocastles.

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. 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

Nov 11, 2020
8. The Haunted Mansion
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"Wizards and witches, wherever you dwell...Give us a hint…by ringing a bell!"
Join your "ghost hosts" Jessica and Melanie for a delightful and frightful journey into the history of Disneyland's Haunted Mansion. Hear the tales behind the inspiration and creation of the classic spooky attraction, as well some of the urban legends surrounding the haunts and their happy home.

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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:

D23: The Official Disney Fan Club
https://d23.com/this-day/the-skeleton-dance-premieres/
https://d23.com/a-to-z/davis-marc/
https://d23.com/featured-photo/rolly-crump-julie-reihm-walt/

San Diego Tribune
https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/communities/north-county/story/2019-08-08/last-surviving-haunted-mansion-designer-looks-back-on-disney-rides-50th-anniversary

Surrell, Jason. “The Haunted Mansion: Imagineering a Disney Classic.” Disney Editions, 2015.

Theme Park Tourist
https://www.themeparktourist.com/features/20150808/30470/ghoulish-history-disneylands-turbulent-haunted-mansion?page=2

YouTube
https://youtu.be/ZKe5FCckruk
https://youtu.be/xYe0fqPBNvU
https://youtu.be/NgsA3v56gGg 

Oct 21, 2020
TEASER - Episode 8 Topic Reveal + Q&A Mini Ep.
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Get a spooky sneak peek of episode 8, available October 21st! (Apologies in advance from the "ghost hosts" for being unable to get through the promo without laughing.) And on this week's mini episode, Jessica and Melanie answer listener questions about their favorite Disney Parks attractions, most magical Disney moments, best research sources, and more! Plus, who are Peter Pan Lady and Hat Man? Listen to find out!

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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

As many of you know, The Walt Disney Company has recently been making mass layoffs of Cast Members due to budget cuts. On this episode we mention a few ways to help, and here are the links:

DONATE to The Cast Member Pantry:
- More info at https://www.facebook.com/castmemberpantry/.
- The quickest way to donate is via Amazon with this Amazon Wish List.
- Monetary donations can be made to The Cast Member Pantry via Venmo at @castmemberpantry.

DONATE to SoCal and Florida Food Banks:
- Donate to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County here.
- Donate to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida here.

SUPPORT Cast Members' Small Businesses:
- Access Tiffany Mink's "Laid-Off & Furloughed CM Support Sheet" here.

Oct 14, 2020
7. Mary Blair with Ashley Taylor
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Artist Ashley Taylor (Disney Parks Blog, Disney Parks Merchandise, Wonderground Gallery, Her Universe) joins Jessica and Melanie this week to discuss Disney Legend Mary Blair! A unique, talented artist who left an indelible print on The Walt Disney Company, Blair is perhaps best known for designing the Disneyland attraction "it's a small world," as well as for her concept art for Disney animated films "Cinderella," "Alice in Wonderland, "Peter Pan," and more. The ladies share some of the backstories behind her work, as well as internet theories about five-legged goats. And what do "Mommie Dearest" and Pepsi have in common? You'll have to listen to find out!

Be sure to SUBSCRIBE to stay up to date. And if you enjoyed this episode, we'd love it if you'd RATE and REVIEW. 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 for this episode:

Canemaker, John. "The Art and Flair of Mary Blair: An Appreciation." Disney Editions, 2014.

D23: The Official Disney Fan Club
https://d23.com/walt-disney-legend/mary-blair/

Hahn, Don. "Yesterday's Tomorrow: Disney's Magical Mid-Century." Disney Editions, 2017.

Illustration History
https://www.illustrationhistory.org/artists/mary-blair

Magic of Mary Blair
http://magicofmaryblair.com/about-mary/

The Mercury News
http://www.mercurynews.com/entertainment/ci_25313193/walt-disney-museum-exhibit-focuses-bold-colorful-world

Refinery29
https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/2019/11/8855966/disney-women-animators-jennifer-lee-mary-blair

Walt Disney Family Museum
https://www.waltdisney.org/blog/painting-dreams-mary-blair
https://www.waltdisney.org/blog/spotlight-talk-recap-mary-blair-movies

Wikipedia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Blair

YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5xP0a4gHX9k 

Oct 07, 2020
TEASER - Episode 7 Topic & Guest Reveal + Mini Ep.
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Get a sneak peek of episode 7, available October 7th! And on this week's mini episode the ladies discuss "Mickey Mouse Disco," then Melanie sits down for a candid interview about "Duck Tales," "The Three Caballeros," and ride breakdowns with Jessica's five-year-old daughter Amelia! (Spoiler alert: It's adorable.)

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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

Sep 30, 2020
6. The Three Caballeros with Bernardo De Paula
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Joining Jessica and Melanie for this week's episode is José "Zé" Carioca himself, "Duck Tales" actor Bernardo De Paula! The trio talk all things "The Three Caballeros," including the making of the original 1944 film, Zé's iconic status in Brazil, the Caballeros on the small screen, Disney Parks meet-and-greets, malfunctioning animatronics, and more.

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

Follow Bernardo De Paula at https://twitter.com/Bdpsnuts and https://www.instagram.com/bernardodepaula1976/.

SOURCES for this episode:

Cartoon Brew
https://www.cartoonbrew.com/internet-television/disney-made-a-three-caballeros-tv-series-but-most-people-cant-see-it-161096.html

D23
https://d23.com/a-to-z/three-caballeros-the-film/
https://d23.com/this-day/the-three-caballeros-is-released-in-usa/

Disney Lists
https://www.disneylists.com/2020/07/7-facts-secrets-gran-fiesta-tour-starring-three-caballeros-disneys-ecpot-2/

The Disney Wiki
https://disney.fandom.com/wiki/Legend_of_the_Three_Caballeros

IMDB
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt8611524/?ref_=ttmc_mc_tt

Kaufman, J.B. South of the Border with Disney: Walt Disney and the Good Neighbor Program, 1941-1948. Disney Editions, 2009.

Walt Disney Family Museum
https://www.waltdisney.org/blog/walt-and-goodwill-tour#:~:text=The%20films%20that%20resulted%20from,El%20Grupo%20had%20done%20it.

Walt Disney World Attractions
https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/attractions/epcot/gran-fiesta-tour-starring-three-caballeros/

Wikipedia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/It%27s_a_Small_World
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Legend_of_the_Three_Caballeros

YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bEeVxUHaxZ4
https://youtu.be/CdjwTlGHn5I
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tt_X1YV1SS4
https://youtu.be/qp3XIXF6gxA
https://youtu.be/wQDTPk21CIg
https://youtu.be/4OPmHIqk4_Y
https://youtu.be/m6TIytPo-Kc
https://youtu.be/BU0X2k2YMmY
https://youtu.be/V0dzhbFlQiw

Sep 23, 2020
TEASER - Episode 6 Topic & Guest Reveal + Mini Ep.
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Get a sneak peek of episode 6, available September 23rd! Then, during the latest mini episode, Jessica and Melanie discuss which Disney Channel Original Movies are turning 20 this year. Where has the time gone? Also, WHO'S DUFFY? (You'll have to listen to find out.)

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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:

IMDb
https://www.imdb.com/

Screenrant - "12 Disney Channel Original Movies Turning 20 in 2020, Ranked According to Rotten Tomatoes"
https://screenrant.com/disney-channel-original-movies-20-2020-rotten-tomatoes/

Wikipedia - "List of Disney Channel Original Films"
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Disney_Channel_original_films

Sep 16, 2020
5. Disney Channel Original Movies with Tiffany Lanae Sutton
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For this episode, Jessica and Melanie are joined by actress, Disneybounder extraordinaire, and unofficial queen of Disney Channel Original Movie knowledge, Tiffany Lanae Sutton. Join the ladies on a journey through "DCOM" history, from the early tearjerkers to the latest tween musicals. Peppered with strange IMDB reviews, behind-the-scenes stories, personal movie rankings, trivia, Cheetah Girl obsessions, and more, this episode is packed with fun.

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 for this episode:

Billboard - "'Descendants' Soundtrack Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard 200 Albums Chart"
https://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/chart-beat/6656768/descendants-soundtrack-debuts-at-no-1-on-billboard-200-albums-chart

Billboard - "Disney Channel's 'Descendants 2' Soundtrack Strikes a New Wicked Chord After Original Hit"
https://www.billboard.com/articles/news/7882391/disney-channel-descendants-2-soundtrack-dove-cameron-interview

D23 - "Disney Channel Original Movies"
https://d23.com/a-to-z/disney-channel-original-movies/

D23 - "Disney Channel Premiere Films"
https://d23.com/a-to-z/disney-channel-premiere-films/

Entertainment Weekly - "Disney Channel Original Movies: 12 little-known stories"
https://ew.com/article/2016/06/22/disney-channel-original-movie-stories/

IMDB
https://www.imdb.com/

List Challenges - “Disney Channel Premiere Films (1983-1997)”
https://www.listchallenges.com/disney-channel-premiere-films-1983-1997

MTV News - “14 Films Everyone Mistakes for Disney Channel Original Movies”
http://www.mtv.com/news/2752917/movies-that-are-not-disney-channel-original-movies-dcoms/

New York Times - "Premiere of 'High School Musical 2' Breaks Ratings Record"
https://www.nytimes.com/2007/08/18/arts/television/18cnd-disney.html

Screenrant - “Disney+: 10 Disney Channel Premiere Films Subscribers Need"
https://screenrant.com/disney-plus-best-channel-premiere-films/

Wikipedia - “History of Disney Channel”
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Disney_Channel

Wikipedia - "List of Disney Channel Original Films"
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Disney_Channel_original_films 

Sep 09, 2020
TEASER - Episode 5 Topic & Guest Reveal + Mini Ep.
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Get a sneak peek of episode 5, available September 9th! Then, this week's special guest sticks around to discuss Michael Eisner, Goofy imposters, John Ritter, Camp Inch, and more fun trivia about "The Parent Trap" with Jessica and Melanie.

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

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

LINKS for this episode:

Art of the Title - "The Parent Trap (1961)"
https://www.artofthetitle.com/title/the-parent-trap/

YouTube - "Disney Sunday Movie intro - 'The Parent Trap,' April 5, 1987"
https://youtu.be/PCPS9XoU_WY

YouTube - "The Disney-MGM Studios Theme Park Grand Opening (1989)"
https://youtu.be/TG_rMISm0d8

Sep 02, 2020
4. The Parent Trap with Pernell Langhorne III
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"So to make 'em dig, first you gotta rig. Whaddya gotta rig? The Parent Trap!"
Join Jessica and Melanie as they discuss The Parent Trap with special guest Pernell Langhorne III. Melanie shares behind-the-scenes stories from the original 1961 film starring Hayley Mills (and Hayley Mills!) as twins Susan and Sharon, who try to get their divorced parents back together. Jessica talks about the wacky made-for-T.V. sequels, which include real-life triplets and a Hawaiian honeymoon! Pernell walks us through his favorite moments from the 1998 remake of The Parent Trap, starring Lindsay Lohan (and Lindsay Lohan!), as well as some interesting cameo appearances and trivia.

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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:

D23: The Official Disney Fan Club - "Disney A to Z: Parent Trap Hawaiian Honeymoon (Television)"
https://d23.com/a-to-z/parent-trap-hawaiian-honeymoon-television/ 

Hooked on Houses - “The Original ‘Parent Trap’: Two Sisters, Two Houses”
https://hookedonhouses.net/2010/01/31/the-original-parent-trap-two-sisters-two-houses/

IMDB - "The Parent Trap II (TV Movie 1986)"
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0091721/

IMDB - "Parent Trap III (TV Movie 1989)"
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0098066/

Los Angeles Times - "These Triplets Are Individuals Despite Their Casting in Disney's TV Movie 'Parent Trap III'"
https://www.latimes.com/archives/la-xpm-1989-04-28-li-1891-story.html

Los Angeles Times - "A Grown-Up Hayley Mills Finds Parenting No 'Trap'"
https://www.latimes.com/archives/la-xpm-1986-02-22-ca-10788-story.html 

Rotten Tomatoes - "The Parent Trap (1961)"
https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/1015944-parent_trap

Turner Classic Movies - “The Parent Trap (1961)"
http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/title/24419/The-Parent-Trap/articles.html

Wikipedia:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Parent_Trap_(1961_film)?wprov=sfti1
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Parent_Trap_II
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parent_Trap_III

YouTube:
https://youtu.be/TPDCnTucLK0
https://youtu.be/PfP-S4uNgik
https://youtu.be/JohyqWfbirU
https://youtu.be/ryB44kINu2s
https://youtu.be/ACtlQ7XrcNM
https://youtu.be/Vim6iR7NYcc

Aug 26, 2020
TEASER - Episode 4 Topic & Guest Reveal + Mini Ep.
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Get a sneak peek of episode 4, available August 26th. Plus, things get a bit...fishy...when Jessica and Melanie do a deep dive into some Disney products from the past.

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

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

Aug 19, 2020
3. Disney Memorabilia with Caitlin McHugh Stamos
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Actress and model Caitlin McHugh Stamos joins Jessica and Melanie this week to discuss Disney memorabilia! Caitlin shares stories about the incredible Disney treasures she and her husband John have collected over the years, while Jessica and Melanie highlight the rarest, weirdest, and most valuable Disney collectibles in the world, along with the surprising history behind the objects.

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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:

Cata Wiki - “The most valuable Mickey Mouse memorabilia ever sold"
https://www.catawiki.com/stories/4821-the-most-valuable-mickey-mouse-memorabilia-ever-sold

Ebay - “Vintage Disney Collectibles” search
https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_nkw=vintage+disney+collectibles&_sacat=137&LH_TitleDesc=0&_sop=16

The Gamer - “11 Disney Collectibles That Are Worth A Fortune (And 11 That Are Too Embarrassing)”
https://www.thegamer.com/disney-collectibles-worth-fortune-some-not/

The Gamer - “The 29 Rarest Disney Collectibles (And What They’re Worth)"
https://www.thegamer.com/29-rarest-disney-collectibles-theyre-worth/

Heide, Robert and John Gilman. The Mickey Mouse Watch: From the Beginning of Time. Hyperion, 1997.

Luxury Launches - “Check out the ultra rare items from a record-shattering Disney memorabilia auction”
https://luxurylaunches.com/auctions/check-out-the-ultra-rare-items-from-a-record-shattering-disney-memorabilia-auction.php

National Public Radio. "Kraftland." Invisibilia, Apple Podcasts, 23 Aug 2019, https://www.npr.org/2019/08/23/753371004/kraftland

The Orange County Register - “The 9 most expensive Disneyland items sold at auction featuring 1,500 theme park collectibles”
https://www.ocregister.com/2019/12/11/the-9-most-expensive-disneyland-items-sold-at-auction-featuring-1500-theme-park-collectibles/

Van Eaton Galleries - “That’s from Disneyland” Auction and Exhibition page
https://vegalleries.com/thatsfromdisneyland

Aug 12, 2020
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.

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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!

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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, available July 29th!

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!

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

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

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.” 

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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