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Long time no see!


Hi. I’m Van. Just wanted to drop everyone a quick note to say hi and let you know that I haven’t forgotten about the podcast, but also don’t have an ETA on when it’ll be back. Between family, work and … eh… more work, things are a bit chaotic right now. But keep watching – […]

Where I’ve been


Van here… Hi. Its been a while. No, I haven’t forgotten about you – trust me, I haven’t. I’ve been busy — very busy. I’ve been working on some exciting new things in my professional life and I’m getting closer to a point where I can unveil what I’ve been working on, but not quite […]

Disney’s Magic Makers: Roy E. Disney


Roy Edward Disney was born to Roy Oliver Disney and Edna Francis Disney in Los Angeles on January 10, 1930 (and is their sole child). As a child, he traveled to the Studio where he viewed the films the animators were working on (i.e. “Snow White”, “Pinocchio”) and acted as a sounging board to his […]

Disney’s Magic Makers: Floyd Gottfredson


After a long hiatus, the Disney’s Magic Makers series is back! We return with a look at the Comic Strip side of the Studios. This week, we’ll focus on Floyd Gottfredson. Floyd Gottfredson was born in 1905 in Kaysville, Utah (in a railroad station where his parents lived). His father would regularly take him on […]

2009 Disney Legends to Be Announced at D23


The 2009 Disney Legends are as follows: Tony Anselmo: voice of Donald Duck since 1985 Harry Archinal: former president of Buena Vista International (which distributed Disney movies worldwide) Beatrice Arthur: Dorothy Zbornak in The Golden Girls (1985-1992) [Awarded  posthumously] Bill Farmer: voice of Goofy since 1986 (he’s also voiced Pluto and Horace Horsecollar) Estelle Getty: Sophia […]

Disney’s Magic Makers: Russi Taylor


Russi Taylor was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on May 4, 1944. As she grew up, she had a desire to work for Walt Disney. When she and her family were on a trip to Disneyland, Taylor ran into Walt, who asked what she wanted to do when she grew up. When Taylor told him that […]

Disney’s Magic Makers: Edna Francis Disney


After a long hiatus, welcome back to Disney’s Magic Makers. This week, we’re focusing on Edna Disney. Edna Francis Disney was born in Reece, Kansas, on January 16, 1890, the third of six children. At a young age, she took many jobs to help support her family. It was during her stint at the Kansas […]

This Week in Disney History (May 24-31)


1879: Actress Lucile Watson (Song of the South) is born in Quebec, Canada. 1889: Actor Don Brodie (Barker in Pinocchio) is born in Cincinnati, OH. 1908: Actress Barbara Luddy (Kanga in many Winnie the Pooh serials, Merryweather in Sleeping Beauty, Rover in One Hundred and One Dalmatians, Lady in Lady and the Tramp) is born in Great Falls, MT.  […]

Disney’s Magic Makers: Wayne Allwine


Welcome to this week’s installment of Disney’s Magic Makers where we’re taking a look at the third voice of Mickey Mouse: Wayne Allwine. Wayne Allwine was born on February 7, 1947, in Glendale, California. He started performing at an early age with his first televised appearance at age 7 on Art Linkletter’s “House Party” show. […]

This Week in Disney History (May 17-23)


1904: Actor Fred Shields (Narrator for Saludos Amigos and The Three Caballeros) is born in Kansas City, Missouri. 1906: Sound effects guru James Macdonald (Mickey and the Beanstalk, House of Mouse, Snow White, Alice in Wonderland) is born in Dundee, Scotland. 1908: Writer Ralph Wright (Eeyore in Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree, Winnie the Pooh and the […]

This Week in Disney History (May 10-16)


1872: Actor Taylor Holmes (King Stefan in Sleeping Beauty) is born in Newark, New Jersey. 1883: Sketch artist Albert Hunter (Snow White, Pinocchio)  is born in Zurich, Switzerland. 1908: Illustrator, and Disney Legend, Joe Grant (Snow White, Dumbo, Fantasia, Aladdin, The Lion King, Pocahontas, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Hercules) is born in New York City. 1911: Actor […]

Disney’s Magic Makers: Marc Davis


Welcome to the ninth, and last, Magic Makers post about Walt Disney’s Nine Old Men. An important note to make: there will be more posts in this series, but we’ll focus on other important people that have worked (or still work) at the Walt Disney Studios. This time, we’ll be focusing on Marc Davis. Marc […]

This Week in Disney History (May 3-9)


1903: Singer Bing Crosby (Narrator in The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad) is born in Tacoma, Washington. 1915: Actor Ben Wright (Grimsby in The Little Mermaid, Wolf in The Jungle Book) is born in London, England. 1916: Actress, and Disney Legend, Adriana Caselotti (Snow White in Snow White and the Seven Dwarves) is born in Bridgeport, Connecticut. […]

This Week in Disney History (April 26-May 2)


1902: Singer Harry Stockwell (Singing voice of the Prince in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs) is born in Kansas City, Missouri. 1905: Actor Dennis O’Dea (Father Murphy in Darby O’Gill and the Little People, Dr. Livesy in Treasure Island) is born in Dublin, Ireland. 1915: Animator Art Stevens (Fantasia, Bambi, Peter Pan, 101 Dalmatians, Winnie the Pooh and […]

This Week in Disney History (April 19-25)


1886: Actress Belle Montrose (The Absent Minded Professor, Son of Flubber) is born Isabelle Donohue in Illinois. 1906: Actor Eddie Albert (The Barefoot Executive, Beyond Witch Mountain, Escape to Witch Mountain, MIracle of the White Stallions) is born in Rock Island, Illinois. 1914: Actor, and Disney Legend, Betty Lou Gerson (Cinderella and Cruella De Vil in 101 Dalmations) is […]