Craig McFarland

Front Row Network Host

Craig is a Co-host of Beyond the Mouse, the Disney themed podcast from The Front Row Network. He is also Associate Editor-in-Chief of The Front Row Network. He began podcasting in 2015, and can be heard on over a hundred Front Row Network episodes. 

Front Row Network

We at the Network are always looking for new content and the best content creators to keep you entertained! And so we are so psyched to introduce you to our good friend Larry Smith and his brand new show for the Network and NPR Illinois called "Convince Me". Check out this interview for a preview of what this hilarious show has in store for your earbuds.

FEATURING: Larry Smith, Jeremy Goeckner & Craig McFarland

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Beyond the Mouse: Kevin Lima Interview

May 2, 2020
Walt Disney Studio

Twenty five years ago Goofy and Max set out on the open road and ended up at a Powerline concert. We had the opportunity to sit down with the man who made it all happen. The Beyond the Mouse crew sat down with director Kevin Lima. We talking about his entire career from his start at the Walt Disney Studios to what he’s doing today. In addition to A Goofy Movie, Kevin has also directed Tarzan, 102 Dalmatians and Enchanted. We talk about them all in this exclusive interview!

FEATURING: Craig McFarland, Brett Rutherford & Vanessa Ferguson

Apollo 13

Apr 29, 2020
Universal Pictures

Apollo 13 is one of the top 90s films. The film is 25 years old and we are also celebrating the 50th anniversary of the event. So, a perfect time to revisit this classic!

FEATURING: Craig McFarland, Anna McFarland and Brandon Davis

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BEYOND THE MOUSE - "Onward" Review

Mar 16, 2020
Walt Disney Studios

Even in the midst of the coronavirus, #Pixar and #Disney gave us the next in the stable of animated adventures. The whole Beyond The Mouse crew is here to give you their #FullDisclosure review of the magical family advneture #Onward. #BTM #FRN #NPR

FEATURING: Craig McFarland, Brett Rutherford & Vanessa Ferguson

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BEYOND THE MOUSE - News Roundup! A Couple of Bobs

Mar 2, 2020
Walt Disney Studios

It's been a while since #BeyondTheMouse has a done a good old fashioned #Disney news roundup! We're discussing the HUGE shakeup as CEO Bob Iger suddenly steps down, do some Disney+ reviews and much more. #BTM #FRN #NPR

FEATURING: Craig McFarland, Brett Rutherford & Vanessa Ferguson

OSCAR SPOTLIGHT - Best Picture

Feb 9, 2020

Our #OscarSpotlight category series concludes on this Oscar Sunday with a long look at the nominees for the industry's top prize of Best Picture. We give you a detailed reasoning of why all 9 films deserve to win. #FRN #NPR

FEATURING: Lou Hare, Craig McFarland, Phil Rockwell & Jeremy Goeckner

WATCH THE OSCARS WITH US AT OUR 2ND ANNUAL OSCARS VIEWING PARTY AT THE HOOGLAND CENTER FOR THE ARTS.
https://bit.ly/2Re76mg

BEYOND THE MOUSE - Disney Goes To The Oscars!

Feb 5, 2020
Walt Disney Pictures

It's Oscar season once again at the Front Row and #BeyondTheMouse is getting in on the fun. In this special episode, the crew takes a look at some of the biggest moments for the Moues House at the Oscars. #BTM #FRN #NPR

FEATURING: Craig McFarland, Brett Rutherford, Vanessa Ferguson & Brandon Davis

WATCH THE OSCARS WITH US AT OUR 2ND ANNUAL OSCARS VIEWING PARTY AT THE HOOGLAND CENTER FOR THE ARTS.
https://bit.ly/2Re76mg

OSCAR SPOTLIGHT - Best Adapted Screenplay

Feb 2, 2020

Our #OscarSpotlight series now turns to the big 8 categories as we take a look at the nominees, talk some snubs and tell you who should and will win on Oscar Sunday. First up is Best Adapted Screenplay. #FRN #NPR

FEATURING: Ryan Lootens, Jay Hoffman & Craig McFarland

WATCH THE OSCARS WITH US AT OUR 2ND ANNUAL OSCARS VIEWING PARTY AT THE HOOGLAND CENTER FOR THE ARTS.
https://bit.ly/2Re76mg

OSCAR SPOTLIGHT - Parasite

Jan 28, 2020
CJ Entertainment

Our #OscarSpotlight series continues with a breakdown of the wire-to-wire best-reviewed film of 2019; Bong Joon-Ho's searing social drama #Parasite. All unemployed, Ki-taek and his family take peculiar interest in the wealthy and glamorous Parks, as they ingratiate themselves into their lives and get entangled in an unexpected incident.

IMDB PAGE: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6751668

FEATURING: Ryan Lootens, Brett Rutherford & Craig McFarland

OSCAR SPOTLIGHT - The Two Popes

Jan 21, 2020
Netflix

Our #OscarSpotlight series continues with a look at #Netflix's #TwoPopes, the drama no one saw coming and the two nominated performances that power it.

Featuring: Craig McFarland & Ryan Lootens

WATCH THE OSCARS WITH US AT OUR 2ND ANNUAL OSCARS VIEWING PARTY AT THE HOOGLAND CENTER FOR THE ARTS.
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5th Annual Geek Year In Review

Jan 10, 2020

It's the end of the year so it is time once again for the 5th Annual Geek Year In Review crossover podcast extravaganza! This year we welcome back our good friends Jeremie Bailey from the Lincoln's Legends podcast and Mitch Ladd from The Geek Awakens. We cover a wide variety of topics from movies to TV shows to Comics and even some video games. This is always one of the highlights of our podcasting year so a big shout-out to our co-collaborators and of course to all of you! So please enjoy this special episode!

Featuring: Craig McFarland, Mitch Ladd & Jeremie Bailey

FRN's Best Movies of 2019

Dec 31, 2019

2019 is officially in the books and in many ways the year in movies was as eclectic, chaotic and satisfying as everything else we encountered in 2019. We had a brand new all-time box office champion, a record-setting year for Disney as a studio that is unlikely to ever be challenged, the emergence of Awards front-runners on streaming services and one of the truly most baffling films in recent memory (Cats). As such here on the Front Row Network we put the task out to our writers to come up with the best films of the year in given categories. 

BEYOND THE MOUSE - 2019 Year In Review

Dec 31, 2019
Walt Disney Pictures

2019 is in the books and it has been just about as successful as it could have been for Disney. From the biggest movie of all time to a record-breaking haul for a studio at the box office that may never be approached again. From new parks opening to the launch of an all new streaming platform. Beyond The Mouse is here to take it all in and give the House of Mouse a thorough review!

FEATURING: Craig McFarland, Brett Rutherford & Vanessa Ferguson

Lionsgate Pictures

#FullDisclosure makes its triumphant return by going HEAVY SPOILERS with the most critically acclaimed whodunit of the past decade, #KnivesOut. A detective investigates the death of a patriarch of an eccentric, combative family.

IMDB PAGE: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt8946378/

FEATURING: Brandon Davis, Craig McFarland & Ryan Lootens

CLASSICS - The African Queen

Nov 21, 2019
Romulus Films

#Classics is celebrating Thanksgiving by reviewing a movie we all should be very thankful for. Humphrey Bogart and Katherine Hepburn combined for one of John Huston's most beloved adventures, The African Queen. In WWI Africa, a gin-swilling riverboat captain is persuaded by a strait-laced missionary to use his boat to attack an enemy warship.

IMDB PAGE: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0043265

FEATURING: Brandon Davis, Eric Flick & Craig McFarland

Walt Disney Pictures

#MonsterCast continues with a crossover event worthy of such an epic month of podcasting! #GuiltyPleasures and #BeyondTheMouse are joining forces to tackle the 2003 Eddie Murphy "comedy" based on the famous Disney World ride, The Haunted Mansion. A realtor and his wife and children are summoned to a mansion, which they soon discover is haunted, and while they attempt to escape, he learns an important lesson about the family he has neglected.

IMDB PAGE: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0338094/

BEYOND THE MOUSE: Snow White

Sep 16, 2019
Front Row Network Beyond the Mouse
The Walt Disney Studio

We travel back to 1937 and talk Walt's Folley, Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. Brett and Craig are joined by Brandon (Front Row Classics) and local author/illustrator Dominic Cellini.

IMDB Page: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0029583/?ref_=nv_sr_2?ref_=nv_sr_2

FEATURING: Craig McFarland, Brett Rutherford, Brandon Davis and Dominic Cellini

1994: The Best Film Year Ever

Jul 26, 2019

It started as a simple thought: so many amazing films are celebrating their 25th anniversary this year. Could it be that 1994 was the greatest year the film industry has ever seen? Our all star panel lays out the case!

For more read Lou's article at FRNPod.com

FEATURING: Louis Hare, Craig McFarland, Erin McCabe, Phil Rockwell & Ryan Lootens

FULL DISCLOSURE - The Lion King

Jul 24, 2019
Front Row Network Full Disclosure
Walt Disney Studios

The Beyond the Mouse crew sits down to discuss the latest reimagining from Disney, The Lion King. They also hit on in general the discussion around Disney's decision to remake so many of their classics.

FEATURING: Craig McFarland, Vanessa Ferguson, Brett Rutherford

IMDB Page:https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6105098/?ref_=nv_sr_1?ref_=nv_sr_1

Front Row Network Full Disclosure
Sony

Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is officially in the books with the release of the 22nd film in the massive movie saga: Spider-Man: Far From Home. Following the events of Avengers: Endgame, Spider-Man must step up to take on new threats in a world that has changed forever.

FEATURING: Jeremy Goeckner, Craig McFarland & Conner Maloney

FULL DISCLOSURE: Toy Story 4

Jul 2, 2019
Disney Pixar

FULL DISCLOSURE and BEYOND THE MOUSE collide once again, this time to discuss Toy Story 4. When a new toy called "Forky" joins Woody and the gang, a road trip alongside old and new friends reveals how big the world can be for a toy.

FEATURING: Beyond the Mouse, Craig McFarland, Brett Rutherford, Vanessa Ferguson

FULL DISCLOSURE - Aladdin

Jun 3, 2019
Front Row Network Full Disclosure
Walt Disney Pictures

The BEYOND THE MOUSE crew is pulling double duty this month to bring you the latest episode of FULL DISCLOSURE. The mouse house has continued their run of live-action remakes of their animated classics and now it's Aladdin's turn. How was Guy Ritchie's direction? Does Will Smith make the Genie work in live-action? Are the songs still as good as they were? The crew answers it all!

FEATURING: Craig McFarland, Vanessa Ferguson & Brett Rutherford

BEYOND THE MOUSE - Peter Pan (w/ The Springfield Muni)

May 30, 2019
Front Row Network Beyond the Mouse
Walt Disney Animation

BEYOND THE MOUSE is back with a very special episode. The Springfield Municipal Opera is opening their 2019 season with a staging of the classic fairy tale musical Peter Pan. BTM's own Craig McFarland is even playing Smee in this production! So naturally we're diving deep into the Disney vault to break down the original animated film from 1953. We're also joined by Captain Hook himself! Mr. Gus Gordon makes his Front Row debut!

FULL DISCLOSURE - Avengers: Endgame

Apr 28, 2019
Front Row Network Full Disclosure
Marvel Studios

After 10 years and 21 movies of unprecedented interconnectivity and quality of film, the 3rd phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is coming to a close. And with it comes a close of one of the most beloved movie sagas of all time. And it is now time to spoil the ever-living-hell out of the movie event of the decade. We're talking all things Avengers: Endgame and where the MCU can possibly go from here.

FEATURING: Jeremy Goeckner, Craig McFarland, Scott McFarland and Steve Sykes