Ep. 130 – The Nightmare Before Christmas with “Like This Pod”

“This is Halloween!”

Fresh off the heels of our interview with Oogie Boogie himself, we are doing a deep dive into Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas. We are joined on this break down by Meghan and Jacqueline of “I Think You’re Gonna Like This” podcast. They are both huge Nightmare fans and we have a fun time chatting this movie. Listener beware! Brett was in a mood (says Craig who writes these descriptions).

FEATURING: Craig McFarland, Brett Rutherford and Vanessa Ferguson 

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Please enjoy this episode of BEYOND THE MOUSE and as always, we’ll see you in the front row!

Ep. 129 – An Interview with Ken Page (Oogie Boogie)

“Cause I’m the Boogie Man”

We are so excited to bring you our conversation with Ken Page. We speak to Ken about his time in St. Louis, which lead him to Broadway. He gives insights and stories into shows like Ain’t Misbehavin’ and Cats. We also discuss his voice work, particularly his iconic role as the villain of Halloweentown- Mr. Oogie Boogie.

FEATURING: Craig McFarland, Brett Rutherford and Vanessa Ferguson 

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Ep. 128 – Muppets Haunted Mansion (with Miss Piggy)

Welcome, foolish Muppets…

The Muppets are helping Disney fans celebrate the spooky fall season with their first-ever Halloween special “Muppets Haunted Mansion.” In this episode of Beyond the Mouse, Craig, Vanessa and Brett give their spoiler-free review of the film before speaking with one the movie’s stars Miss Piggy. Then our Disney trio is joined by VP of the Muppets Studio Leigh Slaughter and Executive Producer of “Muppets Haunted Mansion” Andrew Williams.

FEATURING: Craig McFarland, Brett Rutherford and Vanessa Ferguson 

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BONUS – LEGO Star Wars Terrifying Tales Mini-review

“A long time ago…. In a graveyard far, far away…”

In this brief review of the new Lego Star Wars Terrifying Tales, which recently was released on Disney+, Craig gives a non-spoiler run down of the special.

FEATURING: Craig McFarland

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Please enjoy this episode of BEYOND THE MOUSE and as always, we’ll see you in the front row!

Ep. 127 – An Interview with Mary Vogt (Costumer for Hocus Pocus)

“Sisters, All Hallow’s Eve has become a night of frolic, where children wear costumes and run amok!”

We are so thrilled to bring you our conversation with legendary costume designer, Mary Vogt. Her work can be seen in iconic films like Batman Returns, Crazy Rich Asians and of course Hocus Pocus. We speak to Mary about designing the looks for the Sanderson Sisters, and how different those looks could have been. We also dive into her work on the unforgettable Catwoman suit. She also gives us some insights into her career and the profession of being a costumer in Hollywood. Enjoy this first episode of October as we dive deep into #Monstercast with The Front Row Network.

FEATURING: Craig McFarland, Brett Rutherford and Vanessa Ferguson

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Please enjoy this episode of BEYOND THE MOUSE and as always, we’ll see you in the front row!

Ep. 126 – Mr. Holland’s Opus

“We are your symphony Mr. Holland. We are the melodies and the notes of your opus.

It is Craig’s birthday week! So, he gets to pick the film we dive into, and he chooses Hollywood Pictures’ Mr. Holland’s Opus. The crew is joined by Anna McFarland as they break down some of their favorite parts of the movie including but not limited to the beautiful music of the film. There is a bit of contention during this joyous occasion. Mr. Holland’s Opus is available on Disney+ to revisit with Beyond the Mouse whenever you’d like!

FEATURING: Craig McFarland, Brett Rutherford, Vanessa Ferguson and Anna McFarland

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Ep. 125 – Why We Love Disney (with Tristan Tapscott)

“Because when I look at you, I can feel it. And I look at you and I’m home.”

Today we get the opportunity to do a bit of introspection on why we came to love Disney as a brand. We are joined by BTM listener and professional actor, Tristan Tapscott to discuss how he came to love the parks, films and all things Disney as well. Tristan also speaks to us about his new theater that opened in Davenport, Iowa this past summer called “The Mockingbird on Main.” He will be hosting the creative director for The Walt Disney Hometown Museum on September 25. Follow the link below to find out all about the event, and ways to support Tristan’s independent theater!

https://www.themockingbirdonmain.com

FEATURING: Craig McFarland, Brett Rutherford and Vanessa Ferguson

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Ep. 124 – Doogie Kamealoha, M.D.

“She’s a genius, with a lot to learn.”

We were invited to cover the upcoming Disney+ series, Doogie Kamealoha, M.D. which will arrive on Disney+ September 8. Craig was able to participate in a virtual junket where he interviews the creator of the show, Kortney Kane, as well as many cast members from the show. We hope you join along with us to watch this original series as it hits your screens this week! Interviews feature Peyton Elizabeth Lee, Jason Scott Lee, Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman, Kathleen Rose Perkins, Mapuana Makia, Matthew Sato, Wes Tian and Emma Meisel.

FEATURING: Craig McFarland

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Ep. 123 – An Interview with Disney Legend Alan Menken

“Be Our Guest…”

We are truly honored to welcome to Beyond the Mouse, Alan Menken. Alan’s work has inspired millions. Having begun his career on Broadway, he and his writing partner Howard Ashman brought their talent to The Little Mermaid. That film is credited with saving Walt Disney Animation, and ushering a new era dubbed the Disney Renaissance. 

Alan has gone onto work on such Disney classics as Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Hunchback of Notre Dame, Tangled, Enchanted and so many more. He has earned one Emmy, 11 Grammys, eight Oscars and one Tony. This makes him one of only 16 people to have earned an EGOT. Alan became a Disney Legend in 2001.

FEATURING: Craig McFarland, Vanessa Ferguson, Brett Rutherford and Jeremy Goeckner

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Ep. 122 – Disney Heroes Draft

“Let’s get ready to rumble!”

This honestly might be one of the funniest episodes we’ve had in a long time. Brett brings up obscure live action character, Vanessa is flummoxed by her picks and Craig thinks he’s smarter than everyone in the Zoom. It’s draft day! Remember to vote on all our social media this upcoming week to determine the winner!

FEATURING: Craig McFarland, Vanessa Ferguson, Brett Rutherford 

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