8 Things Parents Should Know About ‘The Finest Hours’

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‘The Finest Hours’ is another entry in both the “based on a true story” and “disaster at sea” genres, and does pretty well at both. It’s inaccurate to compare the film to ‘The Perfect Storm,’ ‘In the Heart of the Sea,’ or even ‘Titanic’; its nearest relative, in terms of intensity and pacing, is the classic ‘Das Boot.’ Continue reading

Meet the Cast of ‘The Finest Hours’

Based on the extraordinary true story of the most daring rescue in the history of the Coast Guard, Disney's THE FINEST HOURS storms into theaters in Digital 3D (TM) and IMAX (c) 3D on January 29, 2016.
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Disney’s ‘The Finest Hours’ tells the true story of the most daring sea rescue in Coast Guard history. I had the opportunity to take part in a roundtable conversation with the cast and director of the film in which they answered questions and shared behind-the scenes stories. Continue reading

Sail Far, Far Away With Disney’s “Star Wars” Day at Sea

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Disney Cruise Line is offering a select number of “Star Wars Day at Sea” cruises, and they are the happiest place on water and/or space. Continue reading

GBBP Unplugged 4: Hollywood Studios & ‘The Lion Guard’

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This time, Justin and Jamie talk about the “period of transition” in which Disney’s Hollywood Studios currently finds itself. Then we welcome Ford Riley, executive producer of Disney’s ‘The Lion Guard,’ to chat about the show. Continue reading

GBBP 45: Tricia Barr & Dan Wallace

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Tricia Barr and Dan Wallace are no strangers to the ‘Star Wars’ universe. Both are huge fans and have made their mark on the saga in their own ways. Tricia started in the fanfiction community and has become a vocal advocate for fangirls everywhere, and Dan has previously written several ‘Star Wars’ books. Continue reading

GBBP Unplugged 3: ‘Disney Infinity’

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This time, we’re talking ‘Disney Infinity.’ We start out with a quick chat with fellow GeekDad and FamilyGamerTV honcho Andy Robertson. On the second half of the episode, we’re joined by Disney Infinity Art Director Jeff Bunker to chat a bit more about the game. Continue reading

Where’s Rey? Ask the Marketing People

One of the toy sets that sparked the #WheresRey campaign

There has been a lot of talk online about the conspicuous absence of major female characters in toys and licensed merchandise. What’s going on here? The obvious answer is sexism and misogyny, but the fact is, that’s more an effect than cause. It’s about spreadsheets and demographics and market segments. Continue reading

Take a Visual Journey Through the Genius of Walt Disney’s Nine Old Men

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‘The Nine Old Men: Lessons, Techniques, and Inspiration from Disney’s Great Animators’ is not simply an art book or a biographical compilation. It’s a fully illustrated walk through nine fascinating, compelling, and remarkably unique careers. Continue reading

GBBP 43: Andreas Deja

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This week, we welcome another Disney Legend to the show. Andreas Deja was named a Legend at this year’s D23 Expo for his extensive and influential work as an animator. Named “one of the greatest animators of Disney’s modern era,” Deja had a heavy hand in many of its most famous characters. Continue reading

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

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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

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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

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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

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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