Great Big Beautiful Podcast: Episode 25 – D23 Expo


This week, it’s just Justin and Jamie as we recap the events of the recent D23 Expo in Anaheim. Jamie was on hand for all three days of the expo, and we talk about what went down, what there was to see, why there were so many lines, and whether it’s worth it. Continue reading

When Did That Disney Movie Happen? (Updated)

Second star to the right, and straight on till morning!"

GeekDad recently took a look at the fan theory that Tarzan is the little brother of Frozen’s Elsa and Anna, showing pretty convincingly why the notion, while fun, is not at all supported by the facts of the stories. The behind-the-scenes conversation around this topic raised the question of what Disney movies take place when, and a few hours down the Google rabbit-hole later, we have some conclusive answers for you. Continue reading

D23 Expo Arrives This Weekend: Prepare Thy Nerdy Self


This coming weekend is THE event for Disney nerds: D23 Expo. Held at the Anaheim Convention Center this Friday-Sunday, August 14-16, D23 Expo is the ultimate fan event that celebrated everything under the Disney umbrella. Be it Disney Animation, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, Muppets, music, television, games, or theme parks and resorts, THIS is the place for it. Continue reading

Great Big Beautiful Podcast: Episode 22 – Walt Disney Archives


This week, we’re honored to be joined by the director of the Walt Disney Archives, Becky Cline. There is perhaps no other arm of the Walt Disney Company that inspires as much romance and mystery as the Walt Disney Archives. In short, it’s a closed-to-the-public repository of pretty much everything of historical importance to Disney. Continue reading

Great Big Beautiful Podcast: Episode 20 – Doug Jones


It’s time to turn off the lights, dig into that bucket of popcorn, and have the bejeezus scared out of you by the modern-day Man of 1,000 Faces, Doug Jones! That’s right! We’re joined this week by the incomparable Doug Jones, who has brought to life characters from ‘Hellboy,’ ‘Pan’s Labyrinth,’ ‘Fantastic Four,’ ‘Hocus Pocus,’ ‘Falling Skies,’ and ‘Buffy The Vampire Slayer.’ Continue reading

Great Big Beautiful Podcast: Episode 19 – ‘Dragons: Race to the Edge’


Hang on tight. We’re taking a slight detour and talking about the newest Dreamworks Animation show to make its debut on Netflix. The first season of ‘Dragons: Race to the Edge’ is on Netflix now and is an extension of the ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ franchise. We’re joined this week by executive producers Art Brown and Doug Sloan. Continue reading

Great Big Beautiful Podcast: Episode 18 – Christie Golden


This week, we’re delighted to be joined by Christie Golden, author of the brand-new ‘Star Wars’ novel ‘Dark Disciple,’ which released this week. The story is based on an unproduced 8-episode arc of ‘The Clone Wars’ and centers on the characters of Asajj Ventress and Quinlan Vos. Continue reading

Stack Overflow: Geeky Coffee Tables


This week’s Stack Overflow includes a few recent (and a couple not-so-recent) oversized, coffee table art books that cover a range of geeky interests. Lock up your wallet if you have as little self-control as I do. Continue reading

The 15 Best (or Worst) Pixar Movies of All Time Ranked


With the release of Inside Out giving Kleenex stock a boost, a discussion began to brew behind the scenes here at GeekDad HQ. What’s your favorite Pixar film? What’s your least favorite? What’s your thirteenth favorite? Continue reading

Great Big Beautiful Podcast: Episode 15 – Jeffrey Brown


This week, we’re joined by the uber-talented Jeffrey Brown. You probably know Jeffrey best from his too-adorable-for-words Darth Vader books (‘Darth Vader and Son,’ ‘Vader’s Little Princess,’ etc.) or his ‘Jedi Academy’ books. Continue reading

Meet the Cast of ‘Inside Out’

INSIDE OUT Press Conference  with Mindy Kaling, Lewis Black, Amy Poehler, Bill Hader and Phyllis Smith moderated by Scott Mantz.

The actors who brought the characters in Pixar’s Inside Out to life assembled for a press conference on Sunday, June 7 and had a funny and freewheeling discussion about the film which opens Friday. Amy Poehler (Joy), Bill Hader (Fear), Mindy Kaling (Disgust), Lewis Black (Anger) and Phyllis Smith (Sadness) answered questions, talked over each other, engaged in comedic banter and even sang at one point. Continue reading

‘Inside Out’ Giveaway – Win a Prize-Pack of Toys That Are Sure to Bring Joy


We’ve all heard the saying “don’t play with my emotions,” but with Disney/Pixar’s ‘Inside Out’ set to hit theaters in a little over a week (June 19th), TOMY is releasing a new line of figures, plush toys and playsets created to do just that. In celebration of its release, we’re giving away two ‘Inside Out’ prize-packs, each featuring three plush characters and one Console! Continue reading

40 Years of Visual Effects With Industrial Light & Magic


As special effects pioneer and powerhouse Industrial Light & Magic celebrates its 40th year of making movies amazing, here is a peek behind the curtain at four of the most important effects and innovations the company has produced. Continue reading

The First Teaser for Pixar’s ‘The Good Dinosaur’ Is Here


We’re only a few weeks out from the release of Pixar’s newest film, ‘Inside Out,’ but that’s not stopping them from teasing us with their next film. The first teaser for ‘The Good Dinosaur,’ which is scheduled for a November 25 release, dropped today. Continue reading

The Real Truth About Disney’s “Recycled Animation” – Updated


Recently, many news and entertainment sites have circulated this video showing how “Disney animators reused animation from old movies.” In every report, the story is invariably told that this was done to save time and money, but nobody actually asked anyone who might know for sure. Since nobody else was going to do it, we did. Continue reading

Great Big Beautiful Podcast: Episode 12 – Disney Social Media Moms Celebration


This week, we discuss Jamie’s experience at Disney Social Media Moms Celebration, including the exclusive events provided to attendees, the sessions, the family-focused activities, the “advance screening” of ‘Inside Out,’ the pros and cons of Memory Maker, and the abundance of commercial sponsorships. Continue reading

Happy 60th Anniversary to Disneyland and Why You Should Go

Photo: Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland Resort

It would appear that diamonds are a mouse’s best friend as Disneyland Park (and the entire Disneyland Resort) has officially kicked off its 60th Anniversary Celebration, aka Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, and with it some very amazing new shows that offer just the right blend of tech and magic. Also, lots and lots of diamonds. Tons of them. Continue reading