Ep. 118 – The Muppets (2011) with Larry Smith

“Life’s a happy song, when there’s someone by your side to sing along.”

This week we are joined by Front Row host Larry Smith (Convince Me with Larry Smith) as we break down the 2011 Jason Segel lead “The Muppets.” Somehow this film is already celebrating its 10th anniversary. The crew talks their love for the Muppets as well as breaking down the films acting, writing and songs. We think you’ll really enjoy this episode as we celebrate The Muppets being together again.

FEATURING: Craig McFarland, Vanessa Ferguson, Brett Rutherford and Larry Smith

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

Ep. 117 – Trip Report Going Deluxe with Maureen Stevens

“I absolutely love to plan…”

This week the whole crew is back to talk with Brett’s longtime friend, Maureen. She recently went to Walt Disney World with her family, including her teenagers. She gives some of her tips and trips, talks about the four parks and also her first experience in a Deluxe Resort!

FEATURING: Craig McFarland, Vanessa Ferguson, Brett Rutherford

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

BONUS EPISODE: Her Universe with Ashley Eckstein

“When you find people who need your help– you help them.”

We are thrilled to welcome Ashley Eckstein to the show! Ashley has been widely recognized and honored as an actress, entrepreneur, author and influencer. Most known as the voice of Ahsoka Tano in Star Wars, Ashley founded Her Universe in 2010 -the groundbreaking fangirl fashion and lifestyle brand. She speaks with Craig and Larry about her role as Ahsoka, the community she has helped to foster and all the details about the Her Universe Fashion show happening as part of Comic Con at Home.

“The Her Universe Fashion Show is back and virtual this year! 25 designers, 25 Geek Couture designs, and a fashion show like you’ve never experienced before! Stream the Her Universe Fashion Show 7/23 at 5pm PDT on the Comic-Con@Home YouTube where we will announce the 2021 Judges Winner and reveal some epic designs before you get to cast your own vote for the 2021 Audience Winner!”

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BONUS EPISODE – Sneak Peek at “Behind the Attraction”

“Attractions are like icebergs, you only see what’s on the surface…”

On this very special bonus episode of Beyond the Mouse, Craig takes you Behind the Attraction. Recently, we were invited as members of the media, to cover the new show coming to Disney+ on July 21. He talks about the press junket that included show creator and director Brian Volk-Weiss and four Imagineers from around the company. Also, Craig gives insights into some of the episodes he was able to take an early peek at prior to their release.

“Peek beyond the magic of Disney Parks to discover what’s Behind the Attraction! From Executive Producers Dwayne Johnson, Dany Garcia and Brian Volk-Weiss, explore how Imagineers filled the Haunted Mansion with 999 happy haunts, how the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror™ transformed into Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! (while defying gravity in the process) and why Space Mountain took so long to launch. From the 1950s to today, from Jungle Cruise to “it’s a small world” to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, Disney Parks attractions have amazed millions. And this is the story of how they did it.”

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. 116 – Trip Report (Well more of a Turkey Leg Report) with Lou and Donna Hare

“That is a harrowing tale…”

This week Vanessa takes the host spot, as her and Brett chat with Lou and Donna Hare about their recent trip to Walt Disney World. The group discusses discusses bringing a pre-teen to WDW, and the planning that went into their trip. Both Donna and Lou have a change of heart about different parks while reminiscing on the best memories from the trip. Oh and yes—there will be turkey leg talk…. Lots of turkey leg talk.

Be sure to check out Lou’s show, Guilty Pleasures, wherever you find podcasts!

FEATURING: Vanessa Ferguson, Brett Rutherford

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

BONUS EPISODE – “Black Widow”

“You Get To Make Your Own Choices Now”

We are so excited to discuss the long awaited next installment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Black Widow. Craig, Jeremy and Brandon are joined by Jacqueline from “Like This Pod” to discuss this thrilling action packed film. The first portion of the discussion is spoiler-free, but beware…. after that we dive into all things Black Widow!

FEATURING: Craig McFarland, Jeremy Goeckner, Brandon Davis, Jacqueline Keysear

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

Ep. 115 – The Walt Disney Birthplace with Brent Young and Robert Coker

We’re walking’ right down the middle of Chicago, USA!”

This week we are pleased to bring you an interview with some of the team behind restoring Walt Disney’s birthplace home. Brent Young walks us through his discovery of the home in Chicago from a Zillow listing. We also discuss with Brent and Robert Coker the relationship between Walt and his brother Roy, the restoration efforts that have already gone into the home and the steps being taken to open the doors of the home to the public.

To support this wonderful project visit: http://www.thewaltdisneybirthplace.org

FEATURING: Craig McFarland, Brett Rutherford, 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. 114 – 2021 Disney Trip with Kids (guest Morgan Kaplan)

Join us for a June 2021 Trip Report!

This week we invite onto the show friend of the podcast, Morgan Kaplan. She recently took a trip to Walt Disney World with her two boys. She speaks all about the experiences, and what it as like being in the parks during this time. Note that at time of recording Disney World had not fully removed mask requirements.

FEATURING: Craig McFarland, Brett Rutherford

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Ep. 113 – Luca

“We underdogs have to look out for each other, right?”

This week we break down the latest installment from Pixar, Luca. Set in a beautiful Italian seaside town, Luca explores issues of belonging, identity and Vespas. Available to all Disney+ subscribers, the crew begins the episode with a spoiler free review. This includes some insights from followers of the Beyond the Mouse Podcast Pals Facebook page. After that, we dive (pun intended) deep into the film for those who have already seen the beauty that is Luca.

FEATURING: Craig McFarland, Vanessa Ferguson, Brett Rutherford

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Ep. 112 – Top Summer Disney Reads with Book of the Mouse Club

“Have you got anything new?”

“Not since yesterday…”

This week Craig and Vanessa are joined by Courtney and Emily of Book of the Mouse Club podcast. They prepare you for summer reads with all the Disney books you can fit into a podcast. It’s such a great conversation! We can’t recommend enough checking out their show.

FEATURING: Craig McFarland, Vanessa Ferguson

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