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

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