Episode 56: D23 Expo in Review and More

Welcome back for another exciting episode of Beyond the Berm! What could possibly top our last 55 episodes? Well, we aren’t sure, but here we go anyway.

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For starters, we take a look back at last week’s D23 Expo, which neither of us attended, by the way. Specifically, we look back at the announcements about new things coming to Disneyland and Walt Disney World to see how our predictions from our previous episode matched up with what was announced. And we share some thoughts about the new lands and attractions that were announced, too. We also talked about some of the other stuff from the Expo, such as movie announcements, crowds, and other stuff that we heard about. How do you feel about all of the upcoming things? Let us know!

Next, we talk some about different Disney collectibles, as Matt tells about trying to find some of the new Tsum Tsum characters. That leads us to a discussion of mini bean bag plush, pins, Vinylmation, Funko Pop, and whatever else they might come up with to separate us from our money. Do you collect any of these things? Or something else?

We also talk about some of the recent Disney Channel movies and shows, such as Descendants, Teen Beach 2, and Girl Meets World, among others. And don’t get us started on Dog With a Blog. Which ones do we like more than the others? You may or may not be surprised.

And we talk about some other little things here and there in among all of those major things, and end with a bit of silliness, too. So you will just have to listen in for all of that.

Find it all in Beyond the Berm Episode 56!

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Episode 41: I Am Groot

Beyond the Berm zooms into space with Episode 41!

Join us as we discuss the recent Marvel movie Guardians of the Galaxy. We give our reviews and thoughts about it, in case you are wondering if we liked it or not. WARNING: There are spoilers here! We don’t try to dance around any plot points or anything. So if you haven’t seen the movie yet and don’t want to know what happens, beware. If you want to skip all of that, you can jump ahead to just after the 35 minute mark.

After all of that, we change gears for a bit to talk about the upcoming D23 Expo in 2015. Ticket prices were recently released, and we discuss those. Matt also talks about his visits to some of the past Expos and his feelings about all that was offered. Do you plan to go next year? We would love to hear about it!

Be sure to join us for Beyond the Berm Episode 41! Spoiler: we had a great time!

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Episode 22: Wonder Twin Powers!

Beyond the Berm returns with Episode 22! Join us as we cover a wide variety of topics, most of them Disney related.

For starters, Matt brings up a couple of interesting news items. First up is the fact that Disney and the Weinsteins are making a movie together based on the Artemis Fowl book series. And Steve would like to apologize now for mentioning Bob Weinstein when he meant Harvey Weinstein. Just in case either of them happens to be listening.

Next, Matt mentions the news item that Bob Iger’s contract as Disney’s CEO has been extended. We give our views on that situation as well.

Steve tells about all the time he has spent lately watching the Disney Channel, and he includes a review of the latest Disney Channel Original Movie, Teen Beach Movie. Did he like it? Did you like it? Let us know!

We discuss a bit the upcoming D23 Expo, which neither of us plans to attend, and we talk just a bit about the upcoming movie Planes. And then we wrap things up discussing some recent Disney park visits.

Join in on the fun at Beyond the Berm Episode 22!

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Photos From the Reagan Library – Part 2

Continuing our photo tour of the D23 Exhibit at the Reagan Library from my previous post, we descended a staircase to a large tented section of the exhibit that could host items of somewhat larger scale than in the upstairs building.

Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives signageSignage welcoming guests into the next part of the exhibit was hung at the base of the stairs to the temporary structure.

Alice in Wonderland costumesThis section of the exhibit featured a bunch of costumes from various Disney films, stage productions and advertising campaigns.  Some were displayed in glass cases while these costumes from Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland were featured in a scene that included props and set pieces from the film.

Captain America costumeI’m still getting used to the idea that Marvel is part of Disney but Captain America was always one of my favorite superheroes when I was a kid so it was fun looking at this costume.  The nice thing about this exhibit is that there are plenty of things for the hardcore Disney fanatic to enjoy as well as stuff for people who might appreciate more contemporary pop culture.

Iron ManAnother entry from the Marvel Universe was this Iron Man promotional statue created for Iron Man 2.  It looked impressive and I know that others found this piece a highlight of their visit.

Fantasmic DragonThe only mild complaint I may have had with the Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives Exhibit at the Reagan Library is that there wasn’t enough on display from the theme parks.  This Maleficent dragon head from the Fantasmic show at Disneyland almost single-handedly made up for that.  Like others who were impressed by the Iron Man statue, this was an impressive display in both scope and coolness factor.

Hitchhiking GhostIt is always fun to get a good, up close look at some of the things that make the Disney theme parks so magical.  The Hitchhiking Ghosts from the Haunted Mansion attraction are iconic figures and it was interesting to be able to examine their features from outside a moving Doombuggy.

Pirates of the Carribean FigureheadOne of the more popular Disney film(s) from the recent era of the Studio is Pirates of the Caribbean so it was not surprising to find plenty of costumes, props and set pieces from the series.  The largest piece, towering high over visitors, was a special effects filming model of the Black Pearl.  Seeing this piece made me wish that I had taken wood shop in school so that I could perhaps build something 1 percent as cool.

Jasmine MaquetteI mentioned on the podcast that my least favorite thing to see on display at the exhibit was the set of animation maquettes.  Although beautiful made, we used to sell reproductions of these at the Disney Store when I worked there where they were on display in the collectibles case.  These figures are used by animators to help them get a three-dimensional view of the character when trying to animate them from different vantage points.

Hall of PresidentsA fitting conclusion to the Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives Exhibit at the Reagan Library was memorabilia from Ronald Reagan’s connections to Walt Disney.  He served as one of the co-hosts of the opening of Disneyland television special.  He wrote a letter to the Postmaster General while governor of California asking for a stamp to be issued to commemorate the life of Walt Disney.  And his likeness appears in the Hall of Presidents attraction at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom.  Reagan’s bust that served as his model for the Audio-Animatronic version at the Hall of Presidents was on display with busts of the other 43 presidents of the United States.

The above images are only a small sampling of what you’ll find at the exhibit.  There’s more than 500 items on display in the 12,000 square foot exhibition spanning from Walt’s boyhood days to Laugh-O-Gram Films, the Oswald Series, Mickey Mouse, animated films, live-action films, Disney theme parks and beyond.  (Including lots of costumes!)

D23 Presents Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives at the Reagan Library is scheduled for exhibition through April 2013.  The Library is located in Simi Valley, California.  For more information or to purchase tickets in advance, visit the exhibit’s page at ReaganFoundation.org.

-Matt

Photos from the Reagan Library – Part 1

I mentioned in Episode 3 that I would be sharing some of the photos I took of the D23 Treasure of the Walt Disney Archives Exhibit at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library here on the blog.  Below are some of the items that guests visiting the collection will see (click on each image for a larger view):

Treasures EntranceThe entrance to the Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives Exhibit features busts of Ronald Reagan and Walt Disney — fitting considering the venue and subject matter.

Steamboat Willie ScriptThe script from Steamboat Willie features illustrations made by Ub Iwerks and descriptions of each scene typed by Walt Disney.

Stuffed MickeyThe plush Mickey Mouse doll used by Walt Disney for promotional photographs of the inaugural run of the E.P. Ripley at Disneyland in June of 1955.  I guess because I had always seen the plush in black-and-white photographs, like the one hanging next to the doll, it never occurred to me that it would actually dressed so colorfully.

Walt's Formal OfficeA panoramic view of Walt Disney’s formal office using a new photo option on the iPhone.  This office used to be on display with Walt’s working office at the Walt Disney Story on Main Street at Disneyland for many, many years.  The working office is now on display at the One Man’s Dream exhibit at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida.

NautilusA 12-foot-long “miniature” special effects model of the Nautilus from the film 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.  This thing was both massive and impressive for its scale and level of detail.

Model TThe Model T Ned Brainard flew to Washington D.C. using Flubber power in the 1961 film The Absent-Minded Professor.

King Brian's CrownThe crown of King Brian of Knocknasheega, as worn by actor Jimmy O’Dea, in Darby O’Gill and the Little People.  This is one of my favorite Disney films of all time so it was exciting to see a prop from the movie on display.

Emelius Browne's Display CaseProps from the film Bedknobs and Broomsticks, including Emelius Browne’s magician display case, book of spells, “Isle of Naboombu” cloth book and the bedknob.  I’ve always enjoyed this film and this display just struck me as the perfect example of the collection of treasures that do exist in the Walt Disney Archives.

The tour continued with displays from more contemporary films and the theme parks. Check out photos from that part of the exhibit in the following post by clicking here.

-Matt