I Forgot About Hades

In Episode 4, Matt and I were talking about our favorite Disney villains. During the conversation, I mentioned that my favorite of the recent villains was Dr. Facilier from The Princess and the Frog. And I would still stick with that as my answer.

But one that I completely forgot about was Hades from Hercules. How could I forget about such an over-the-top villain like that?

Hades had such a cool design with his flaming hair, long fingers, and bulging eyes. There were even some nice touches with his flaming hair being a cool blue and then turning red when Hades lost his cool.

What really made Hades work was his voice, supplied by James Woods. He could be a smooth talker, make a quick passing joke, or really get overheated, and it all seemed perfectly natural. Before Hercules, I hadn’t seen James Woods in too many things. So a few years ago when he was starring in the television series “Shark,” which I greatly enjoyed, I often found myself thinking, “Hey, it’s Hades!” Sort of the reverse of when you hear an animated character speak and immediately think of the actor who provided his voice.

So, sorry I forgot about Hades, Lord of the Dead. He was always cool. Or hot.

Skeleton Dance … Woo Hoo!

Like the Duck Tales T-shirt I previously showed off, I wanted listeners to get a look at the Skeleton Dance T-shirt I mentioned in Episode 4 of the Beyond the Berm Podcast. I think this is a great shirt to wear at anytime but especially during the Halloween season.

As I mentioned, it is part of the Disney Artist Collection for Target. I also got an Oswald the Lucky Rabbit shirt and there were others in the men’s line that included Mickey, Donald, Butch the Bulldog, Sleepy and the Big, Bad Wolf.There are also women’s and children’s apparel from this line.  I bought it back in July and most of them seemed to sell fairly quickly.  Wonder whether there will be additional items in the future?

And I really think that we need an increased budget for Beyond the Berm so we can hire a better-looking model to show off these shirts!

Halloween Treat

Steve and I talked in our last episode about how we used to like to watch the Lonesome Ghosts cartoon on a little movie viewer.  By accident when doing a web search for “Lonesome Ghosts,” I stumbled across this image of the toy and cartridge that I used to play with.

I mentioned in the podcast that I thought it was a ViewMaster toy but apparently it was made by Fisher-Price.  The cartridge sticks in the back of the viewer and you can hand crank the wheel to get the filmstrip to go back and forth — useful for making the door fall down from a wave of water over and over and over again.  (It seems Steve and I weren’t the only ones who liked doing this; I found a couple of other blogs where the authors mentioned doing the exact same thing.)

The image is actually from an eBay auction.  Apparently, there are a number of these devices and cartridges available from sellers.  I’m a little tempted to try to pick one of these things up for myself … um, I mean for my daughter.  Ah, nostalgia!

-Matt

Halloween Shorts

Steve and I discussed a number of Disney-produced Halloween goodies on our most recent podcast episode including some of the old cartoons that were themed to the holiday.

For your viewing pleasure, I’ve assembled links to YouTube videos featuring The Skeleton Dance, Lonesome Ghosts and Trick or Treat.  Enjoy!

The Skeleton Dancehttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h03QBNVwX8Q

Lonesome Ghosts - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lKOS530PpLA

Trick or Treat - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=skdVouumMk4

-Matt

Twilight Zone Tower of Terror

Episode 4 of Beyond the Berm is all about Halloween. Which is appropriate, because as of this writing, Halloween is just over a week away. Be sure to listen to this timely episode of our podcast.

Among the many Disney Halloween things we discussed was one of my favorite attractions, the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Here is a photo of the cool exterior, recently posted at the Burnsland Blog:

We discussed how the Tower of Terror has a Halloween connection, even more so than the Haunted Mansion has.

Which do you prefer, the Haunted Mansion or the Tower of Terror?

Episode 4 – Halloween!

Episode 4 of Beyond the Berm is now available!

Because it is the Halloween season, we have a whole episode themed to Halloween. We talk about trick-or-treating, Halloween costumes, childhood memories, and more.

We also spend a good bit of time exploring some of the different Halloween-related Disney offerings. The Haunted Mansion, Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, Nightmare Before Christmas, Frankenweenie, Something Wicked This Way Comes, and even that growing classic Hocus Pocus. And that is just the short list – we cover several other Halloween subjects, too!

Be sure to check out this episode to help get you in the mood for Halloween.

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