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Beyond the Mouse: Muppets, Dinosaurs and more with John Kennedy

Jan 21, 2021
Walt Disney Studios

John Kennedy is a puppeteer who has had so many amazing experiences throughout his career. In this special interview, the crew discusses his time at Disney MGM Studios. We also ask about projects he worked on with The Muppets, and a special experience he had with Jim Henson. January 29th fans of the hit show Dinosaurs will be able to stream every episode on Disney+. John was with the show from pilot to finale and we speak to him about all his experiences with the Sinclairs.

FEATURING: Craig McFarland, Brett Rutherford, Vanessa Ferguson

Beyond the Mouse: with John Saccheri

Jan 14, 2021

We are so excited to be joined by John Saccheri! His Disney content on YouTube has kept us from feeling the Disney Parks blues for so many years! We speak to John about how he got into vlogging, what he has been up to the past year and what he’s looking forward to in 2021 in the parks. The crew also discusses what they are looking forward to the most this upcoming year.

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Beyond the Mouse: 2020 Year End Review

Dec 31, 2020
Brett Rutherford

Happy New Year!

As we look back on the past year, we are so grateful to all of you. Thank you for continuing to spend time with us each and every week. We have expanded the show in so many ways during 2020, and we can’t wait to see what happens in 2021. THANK YOU! Also, thank you to the amazing guests we had on this past year. FEATURING: Craig McFarland, Brett Rutherford, Vanessa Ferguson

An Interview with Disney Legend Rolly Crump

Dec 24, 2020
The Walt Disney Company

We have quite the treat for you at Beyond the Mouse. We recently had the amazing opportunity to chat with Rolly Crump. He was awarded the Disney Legend award in 2004 for his tremendous work as an animator and as an Imagineer. Rolly worked on attractions from The Haunted Mansion to The Tiki Room. We talk about it all in this episode!

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Beyond the Mouse: Disney Christmas at Home

Dec 16, 2020
Walt Disney World

This is a Christmas season like no other, and we are here to help you celebrate the season. One of the best times of year to be a Disney fan is during Christmas. Craig, Brett and Vanessa give you all the ways that Disney helps them enjoy this time of year.

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Beyond the Mouse: Disney Investor Day Recap

Dec 13, 2020
Walt Disney Company

There was an incredible amount of news coming out of the Disney Investor Day presentation last Thursday. The whole crew is here to breakdown the biggest announcements from Lucasfilm, Disney Theatrical, Disney Animation, Pixar and Marvel!

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Beyond the Mouse: Disney Gift Extravaganza!

Dec 10, 2020

There are only a couple weeks left to Christmas. What gifts do you get for the Disney fan who has everything? We have the answers! The crew reviews some of their recommendations and then we jump into two very special items. The first is a new book called "Boundless Realm" by Foxx Notle. This book really dives deep into the Haunted Mansion, and it's an incredible account of the attraction that holds a special place in all our hearts. The second is a board game provided to us by Ravensburger. We all love the Jungle Cruise, and now you can experience the attraction in your own home!

Beyond the Mouse: An Interview with Brenda Chapman

Dec 3, 2020

We are incredibly excited to speak with Academy Award winning director, and Central Illinois native, Brenda Chapman. We had the chance to speak with Brenda about her career from her time working in animation during the Disney renaissance to her bring Pixar’s Brave to life. Brenda’s live-action directing debut, Come Away, is out now on any video on-demand platform. This wonderful reimaging of Peter Pan and Alice in Wonderland will have you filled with whimsy throughout the picture.

FEATURING: Craig McFarland, Brett Rutherford, Vanessa Ferguson

Walt Disney Publishing Worldwide

From the drawing board to the opening day of an attraction, Disney Imagineers are behind every step of building the rides fans love in Disney parks. But what does an Imagineer actually do?

Beyond the Mouse: The Super Secret Hive!

Nov 12, 2020
Kid Save the World

This week we are so happy to invite to the show the cast the new podcast “The Super Secret Hive”. Julie and Mike are furloughed Disney cast members. They”ve spent the last 6 months writing/recording/producing a musical & educational kids’ adventure podcast, “The Super Secret Hive,” to help kids, parents, and educators navigate these challenging times. They created: 6 full-length adventures, 14 original songs, and online activities galore (ALL FREE!). We can’t recommend enough that you check out all that’s going on in The Hive!

Beyond the Mouse: Brett's Big Business Birthday Bash

Nov 6, 2020
Touchstone Pictures

This week we are celebrating all things Brett as we help our friend and cohost ring in his upcoming birthday! One of his all time favorite films is the 1988 film “Big Business.” This fun comedy starring Bette Midler and Lily Tomlin is available right now on Disney+. So, put on some headphones and a party hat while we all discuss “Big Business.”

FEATURING: Craig McFarland, Brett Rutherford, Vanessa Ferguson


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Walt Disney Studios

This week we bring you a real treat, as the Beyond the Mouse crew talks with D.J. MacHale. In addition to bringing Are You Afraid of the Dark into our lives, D.J. also wrote and directed the Disney cult classic Tower of Terror! Based on the attraction, Tower of Terror thrills with a tale of Old Hollywood and the mysterious events that occurred on Halloween night at the Hollywood Tower Hotel. We can’t recommend this film enough. We speak to D.J. about how he came to the project, the production design, the cast and so much more!

Beyond the Mouse: Hocus Pocus Game Review

Oct 8, 2020

Thank you to our friends at Ravensburger for providing us with copies of the new Hocus Pocus card game! We played it, and we will review it for you. Follow along as we discuss the design of the game, how to play and our overall impressions of this very impressive game. Fans of Hocus Pocus go out and buy this now!

The Walt Disney Studios / Front Row Network

Community Voices talks local podcasting with Craig McFarland. Besides the Front Row Network, Craig has also been involved with the MUNI and the Springfield Area Arts Council. Learn more by listening below.

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 - 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