10 Things Parents Should Know About ‘The Good Dinosaur’

An example of Sharon Callahan's masterful cinematography in 'The Good Dinosaur'.
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Pixar’s long-delayed sixteenth film, ‘The Good Dinosaur,’ opens today. It’s a story you’ve seen many times in a variety of forms, but some stories are worth retelling and reimagining, and this is one of them. Continue reading

GBBP 39: Claudia Gray


This week, we welcome Claudia Gray, who wrote ‘Lost Stars,’ a YA novel set during the events of the original trilogy but which follows a pair of best friends who give a unique perspective to everything we think we know. Imagine ‘Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead’ set in the ‘Star Wars’ universe, and you’re close. Continue reading

Meet the Director of ‘The Good Dinosaur’

An Apatosaurus named Arlo makes an unlikely human friend in Disney•Pixar’s “The Good Dinosaur.”  ©2015 Disney•Pixar. All Rights Reserved.

Pixar’s latest film is the “coming of age story,” ‘The Good Dinosaur’. On a recent Sunday afternoon, I had the opportunity to take part in some group discussions with some of the people involved with the film. First up, Director Peter Sohn and Producer Denise Ream. Continue reading

Planning for Walt Disney World

Cinderella's castle is one of the iconic locations of Disney World.

Walt Disney World seems to be on the vacation bucket list for most families. If you’ve never been there or haven’t gone in the past few years, there’s quite a few changes you need to know when you’re planning for Disney World. Continue reading

GBBP 38: Atticus Shaffer


This week, we turn our attention to the Pride Lands, and Atticus Shaffer joins us to chat about the upcoming Disney Channel special ‘The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar.’ We also talk about voice acting versus on-screen acting, surviving Hollywood as a child actor, and how he manages to balance everything in life. Continue reading

GBBP 36: Bill Farmer


Gawrsh! This week, we sit down with Bill Farmer, the voice of Goofy himself! We cover some serious ground here, talking about his career from when he was a young kid learning tricks of the voiceover trade from the legendary Daws Butler through his initial audition for the role of Goofy in 1987 to living with Disney Legend status both on screen and in real life. Continue reading

GBBP 35: Wil Wheaton

This week, Wil Wheaton drops by the show! We discuss voiceover work in animation, how Wil’s kids have defined their own geekiness, how to live with and learn from your regrets in life, advice for parents thinking about getting their kids into show business, and whether we’ll ever be able to live in a post-bullying society. Continue reading

Supplement Your Halloween Watchlist

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Now that we’re a good 1/3 of the way through the month of Halloween, surely even you casual Halloweeners are getting in the spooky spirit. But what if your Netflix queue is running a tad low on seasonal content? Continue reading

Ahmet Zappa Brings the ‘Star Darlings’ to Life


Behold the ‘Star Darlings,’ the newest multiplatform franchise property from Disney. Initially conceived by designer Shana Muldoon Zappa and Ahmet Zappa, ‘Star Darlings’ was inspired by their daughter. I caught up with Ahmet Zappa (yes, he’s the son of Frank Zappa) to chat about the new series, where it came from, how it’s unique from existing Disney properties, and what we can expect to see down the line. Continue reading

Great Big Beautiful Podcast: Episode 30 – Jim Cummings

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This week, we welcome legendary voice actor Jim Cummings to the show. Best known as the voice of Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, and Darkwing Duck, Jim has given life to hundreds of character, and he very well may be the voice of your childhood. Continue reading

‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Gets Animated on XD

The Guardians are off again to do a little good a little bad, a bit of both, in the animated Guardians of the Galaxy on Disney XD.

Marvel’s mega-hit ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ returns in an animated version on Disney XD. The action-packed epic space adventure debuted with a one-hour special featuring back-to-back episodes on Saturday evening. In addition, Disney has posted a series of 2-part short films giving the back-story of each of the main characters on the Disney XD website. Continue reading

‘Miles From Tomorrowland’ Makes a #JourneyToMars

MILES FROM TOMORROWLAND - "Scavengers of Mars" - An Explorer Exchange scavenger hunt turns into a rescue mission when Miles' friend Rygan goes missing. This episode of "Miles from Tomorrowland" airs Saturday, September 19 (8:30 – 9:00 AM ET/PT) on Disney Junior. (Disney Junior)

If you don’t have preschoolers or very young kids, you might not be watching (or even aware of) ‘Miles From Tomorrowland,’ but – I hate to say it – you’re missing out. This show is smart. Not only is it a show that I happily let my kids watch, but it’s also that rare beast: a kids show I honestly don’t mind watching myself. Continue reading

Great Big Beautiful Podcast: Episode 28 – Laura Bailey/Travis Willingham


This week, we feature a chat Jamie had with prolific voice actors Laura Bailey (Black Widow) and Travis Willingham (Thor) at this summer’s Otakon in Baltimore, MD. Continue reading

Stack Overflow: Geeky Coffee Tables, Part 2


A roundup of some fantastic recent art/photo books that will feel at home on any geek’s coffee table. Continue reading

Shanghai Disneyland in the Spotlight


Earlier this month at the D23 Expo in Anaheim, CA, the Walt Disney Imagineering booth shined a light on the newest Disney park in a big way. Set to open in 2016, Shanghai Disneyland will be the 12th Disney park worldwide, the 4th in Asia, and the 1st in Mainland China. It’s become clear that Shanghai Disneyland will indeed be, as Disney CEO Bob Iger proclaimed it, “both authentically Disney and distinctly Chinese.” Continue reading

Great Big Beautiful Podcast: Episode 26 – Floyd Norman


This week, we are beyond thrilled to be joined by an actual Disney Legend: capital D, capital L. Floyd Norman’s career with Disney stretches back to 1956 when he was still a teenager and joined the company as an in-betweener on ‘Sleeping Beauty.’ Continue reading

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)

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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