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. 

Beyond the Mouse: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

Sep 4, 2020
Walt Disney Studios

Brandon dives into the world of the Mouse, on this Beyond the Mouse/Classics crossover. The crew discusses the 1954 Disney live-action film, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. This movie has been beautifully restored on Disney Plus. We speak to the production design, the history, the influence on the Disney parks and more (maybe even a great James Mason impression) much lies in store for you loyal listener!

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

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REMEMBERING - Chadwick Boseman Tribute

Sep 1, 2020
Front Row Network

Like everyone, we at the Network were blindsided by the news of Chadwick Boseman's death at the age of 43 from colon cancer. Boseman left behind a towering legacy in the world of film and in the world as a cultural icon. We at the Network wanted give our thoughts on his passing and invite some special friends to offer their thoughts. We finish it off with our Oscar Spotlight episode on Black Panther with special guest Professor Tiffani Saunders. Rest in Power, Chadwick.

FEATURING: Jeremy Goeckner, Reggie Guyton, Lou Hare, Tiffani Saunders & Craig McFarland

Beyond the Mouse: Disney World Trip Report with Craig and Kristen

Aug 28, 2020
Walt Disney

This week we are joined by two friends who have made the trek to Florida since the reopening of Walt Disney World. Kristen Wolfe speaks to her experience at the Boardwalk and all about the parks. Craig William II lets us know about his stay at the Polynesian and his take on what Walt Disney World is like for travellers right now. Join along with us!

Featuring: Craig McFarland, Brett Rutherford, Vanessa Ferguson

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This week we are happy to bring to the podcast, Dan Cockerell. Dan spent a twenty-six-year career with the Disney company in multiple roles. Beginning in the Disney College Program and ultimately becoming VP of Epcot Center, Disney's Hollywood Studios and Magic Kingdom. This week Dan has released a new book called "How's the Culture in Your Kingdom" which you can find on Amazon or wherever books are sold. We speak to Dan about the current situation inside the Disney Parks, his thoughts on leadership and his new book!

BEYOND THE MOUSE - Disney Song Draft

Aug 7, 2020

This week the documentary Howard drops on Disney+. We are celebrating the life and accomplishments of Howard Ashman in the best way possible, by doing a Disney Song Draft! Make sure to follow us on social media for your chance to vote for your favorite team!

Featuring: Craig McFarland, Brett Rutherford, Vanessa Ferguson

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BEYOND THE MOUSE - Kaye Malins from the Walt Disney Hometown Museum

Jul 31, 2020
Front Row Network

This week on the show we have a wonderful guest! Kaye Malins provides us with insights about Marceline, Missouri. Walt Disney always regarded his time in Marceline as vital to the creation of the Disney Parks, and many of his other projects. Kaye speaks to us about the museum, how it was founded, what types of exhibits they have had and will have in the future. We also get to hear her own personal stories about Walt and Roy Disney. It’s a treat!

FEATURING: Jeremy Goeckner
GUESTS: Kaye Malins

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BEYOND THE MOUSE - Enchanted

Jul 24, 2020
Walt Disney Studios

We had the pleasure of interviewing Kevin Lima, director of so many wonderful Disney films. One such film is Enchanted! Brett, Vanessa and Craig break down their love for the film. Featuring: Craig McFarland, Brett Rutherford, Vanessa Ferguson

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Beyond the Mouse: Hamilton with Julius Thomas III

Jul 2, 2020
Hamilton

We are so excited that Hamilton has arrived on Disney+! To celebrate the occasion we interview a man who has played Alexander Hamilton for the past year. Julius Thomas III speaks about his Broadway career, his words of wisdom to upcoming performers and of course we dive deep into his role in Hamilton. 

Featuring: Craig McFarland, Brett Rutherford, Vanessa Ferguson

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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.
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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.
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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

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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

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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

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