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173 Disney Animator and Power Rangers!

173 Disney Animator and Power Rangers!

Welcome back to the Neverland Podcast!

Please welcome back to Neverland, our friend Trenton Larkin of “Who Did That Voice?“! Trenton is joining me today to discuss some fun Disney news and talk about the new “Power Rangers” movie! Is this film a good time for fans of the series and non-fans alike?

We’ll also visit the Neverland Trailer Park this week for a look at a new trailer of “Justice League” coming this November statting Ben Affleck and Gal Gadot!

Our main feature this week is a special one as I welcome Michael Fiore and Erik Sharkey! Perhaps you’ve seen on Netflix, they have a wonderful documentary called “Floyd Norman: An Animated Life” about the first African-American Disney animator who’s credits include “The Jungle Book”!

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172 Booty and the Beast (Arrgh)

172 Booty and the Beast (Arrgh)

Welcome back to the Neverland Podcast!

Look who’s joined us, mateys! It’s me own wife, the WendyNerd Heather. Aye, mateys, this week we’re talkin’ about plundering that be goin’ on for 50 years it were. Pirates of the Caribbean has been open in Disneyland for 50 years, and we’re going to have some fun celebratin’!

We be headin’ ashore me hearties, first to look at a new trailer for PIXAR’s Coco and a heap of Disney news for your booty!

And if I can just lose the pirate speak for a bit…it’s a tale as old as time we’re reviewing this week! Beauty and the Beast has exploded into cinemas this week and Heather and I have seen along with many of you. So, what did we think? Does it live up to the classic 1991 film? We’ll share our thoughts!

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171 A Disney Muggle at Universal Studios!

171 A Disney Muggle at Universal Studios!

Welcome back to the Neverland Podcast!

I’m back with some more Disney news from the Disney parks, cruise line, and channel. I’ve even got some news for fans of classic Hanna-Barbera animation! But we don’t fly to Neverland for just news!

This week we have two new trailers to talk about in the Neverland Trailer Park, The Little Mermaid (no, it’s not Disney) and Wonder Woman both dropped some new trailers this week and I’ll tell you what I think of both of these upcoming films!

The moment I’ve been waiting for has finally arrived! Tangled the Series was kicked off in an exclusive Disney Channel movie event called Tangled: Before Ever After! This special movie event begins six months after the events of Tangled and some time before the wedding seen in Tangled Ever After! Repuzel’s hair is back and I’m going to tell you what I thought of this premiere episode!

Next, Lost Boy Eric will take us on a journey into enemy territory; Universal Studios Hollywood! Eric took a trip to visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and more! He’s got some stories to tell with even more coming later!

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170 Power Rangers and Pirates!

170 Power Rangers and Pirates!

Welcome back to the Neverland Podcast!

WOW! Did we ever have a great week from trailers! Not only did we get new trailers for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, but we got a great look at the upcoming DuckTales series from Disney XD!
After spending all that time in the trailer park, it’s time to spend a little time with the original Red Power Ranger, Austin St. John! You know I’m not a fan of Power Rangers, but this man has had an incredible life and I think you’ll enjoy this recording as much as I enjoyed being at his panel years ago!

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Logan Film Review (Non-Spoiler)!

Logan Film Review (Non-Spoiler)!

Written by Jason Brigger

Directors: James Mangold

Writers: James Mangold, Scott Frank and Michael Green

Starring: Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Richard E. Grant and Dafne Keen

Logan slashes its way into theaters this weekend and Fox and Marvel finally gives the fans of the X-Men the tale they have wanted to see for years.  Logan, as it should be evident by the R rating, is not for children and is a beautifully violent, head-rolling (literally!) and well-written story that gives Hugh Jackman a film worthy of letting Wolverine ride off into the sunset.  

Logan is set in the year 2029 when mutants are either dead or in hiding and no longer a part of everyday society.  Logan/Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) watches after Professor X (Patrick Stewart) in an abandoned silo in Mexico with the assistance of Caliban, played by a returning Stephen Merchant after a brief role in the previous X-Men film, Apocalypse.  Logan resorts to being a limo driver that  knows his time is coming to an end as his body is not healing as quick as it used due to the adamantium that replaced his bones is now poisoning him.  Logan and Professor X leave their reclusive life to help a mysterious new mutant Laura/X-23 (Dafne Keen) to a possible safe haven for mutants called Eden.  Along the way, the trio is hunted by a bounty hunter named Pierce (Boyd Holbrook) and the psychotic Dr. Rice (Richard E. Grant) who enjoys experimenting on children in an attempt to make them the soldiers of the future.

The Good:

Laura/X-23Keen does an amazing acting job bringing the new mutant to the screen.  Child characters/actors usually range from “bad” to “tolerable” but Keen knocks it out of the ballpark.  She brings a quiet disposition that she unleashes into a berserker rage when she is cornered or threatened, from bounty hunters to the local convenient store clerk accusing Laura of stealing from the store.  The character hinges on Keen’s performance and she not only delivers in her performance, she makes the audience wanting to see more of Laura/X-23 in her own solo film.

-The story.  James Mangold, writer of the older Sylvester Stallone film Copland, is finally able to bring a gritty and realistic (as much as it can be) Wolverine film to the masses.  Logan is filled with well acted and choreographed action scenes that allow the brutality of the Wolverine character from the comics to show through on screen.  Mangold shows he “gets” the character of Wolverine and allows the animalistic nature of Logan to shine in the film.

-The “R” rating.  I am not someone that feels an “R” rating is needed to make a film better because if the story is good, that should be all it needs to succeed but in Logan, the “R” rating was needed.  Fans of Wolverine have been clamoring for a gritty and bloody film to actually depict the character and the “R” rating secures that for this film.  The battles are brutal but well done and while the fights are bloody, I never felt any gore or violence was gratuitous for the sake of being gratuitous.  The brutality serves to show the inner struggles X-23 and Wolverine have when taking a life and Mangold balances it perfectly.

The Bad:

Nothing.

The Middling:

-The length of the film.  While the film delivers on the story, there are times when not only the action slows down but the flow story stalls in the film.  This doesn’t mean the film is worse for these slow periods but by taking off about 15 minutes of the film, Mangold may have been able to deliver a tighter movie overall.

-Caliban. Caliban is an albino mutant and a poor man’s Alfred for Logan and Professor X but once he is kidnapped and threatened with sunlight, which he must avoid at all costs, he has no choice to but to help the villains in using his powers to track our heroes.  Caliban provides the few moments of levity and humor and fans will appreciate Mangold bringing the mutant back after his brief role in the last X-Men film.

-Pierce. Pierce is the main villain who is hired to capture Laura and while the actor Holbrook does a fine job in bringing personality to him, a lack of backstory hurts Pierce’s character in the film.  There are moments where Pierce delivers and while the character is an improvement above many one dimensional villains in the prior X-Men films, I kept wanting a little more regarding Pierce’s reasoning for doing what he does to mutants in this universe.

Final Grade: B (Good with moments of greatness)

Logan is one of the better X-Men films in a franchise that sorely needs a hit.  Logan is everything that fans of the comic want and Mangold should be given keys to the X-Men film universe for making a film that will resonate with non-fans of the comic.  The film has moments, even periods, of greatness and while the film is very well made, there are moments that stop it from being a true classic.

You can catch Jason Brigger on the geek-centric podcast, The History of Bad Ideas, as new episodes are released at http://webegeekspc.com/category/podcast/networkpodcasts/the-history-of-bad-ideas/ every Wednesday or subscribe on iTunes, Stitcher and other podcasting apps.

You can listen to their latest episode right here: http://traffic.libsyn.com/historyofbadideas/Episode_165.mp3

169 Star Wars Theories!

169 Star Wars Theories!

Welcome back to the Neverland Podcast!

We are approaching the Oscars as I record this podcast, but there’s nothing to talk about until the winners are announced, so I figured we needed something more fun to talk about. How about STAR WARS?
Dale Wentland from Network 1901 returns to Neverland to talk about some of the new shows he has on his YouTube and podcast network. He has a friend that has not seen Star Wars, and a lot of interesting theories about the Star Wars Universe that I think you’ll enjoy!
Before that we’ll of course spend some time having a virtual trip on Star Tours and enjoy some Neverland Story Time!

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168 Comics and Games and Disney, OH MY!

168 Comics and Games and Disney, OH MY!

Welcome back to the Neverland Podcast!

This week had lots of fantastic news to share!! Unfortunately, if I tried to share it we wouldn’t have time to hear from out great guests this week!
Please welcome back Michael Valentine, creator of Comix the Movie! He’s got a special event coming up and he wants to invite you to be there! Stan Lee is expected to be there as well!!
Next The Real Brian comes to Neverland and we have fun discussion about video games we love and have loved thoughout our lives! It promises to be the first in a series of geektastic conversations!
If you’d like to hear some of the really cool news that I didn’t get a chance to cover this week, please come and check out my daily (weekdays) show on UCM’s The Beat where I play our favorite Disney music! Neverland Radio airs at 4 Pm Central time!!
And don’t forget that every Tuesday at 4 PM Central you can hear me on Toon Tunes!
Make sure to check out the Disney Emoji contest going on right now. I’ll give more details on my daily show on The Beat!

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167 Disney Love and LEGO Batman!

167 Disney Love and LEGO Batman!

Welcome back to the Neverland Podcast!

It’s Valentine’s Day this week, and I’ve got something fun for couples, singles, and every Disney fan out there in Neverland!
There was a lot of Disney park news to cover as well as several Netflix show announcements to keep the average Disney fan binge watching for days. Julie Andres, Jim Henson, and Iron Fist just to name a few!
We got a new look at Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales during the Super Bowl last week but the Neverland Trailer Park has something different for you this week…Ninjago!
Jeremy went out to see The LEGO Batman movie this week, and he’s going to tell you his thoughts before he and Lost Boy Eric spend some time talking about their favorite couples in Disney animated classics!

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The History of Bad Ideas Podcsat, Ep. 162–Polio Sticks!

The History of Bad Ideas Podcsat, Ep. 162–Polio Sticks!

The HOBI Gang are back an divided over several television shows including APB, Riverdale, Gotham and Powerless!  The guys may disagree on most things but they are all excited about the upcoming season of Stranger Things and are luke warm on the Super Bowl.  The gang read some very passionate Listener Feedback responses regarding the Top 5 from last week, discuss the newest movie trailers shown during the Super Bowl and even find time for some Game of Throne news! Due to popular demand, a new Plotlines segment is here and the guys relish some hate on the Space Between Us.  The gang list their Top 5 Changes They Would Make to Sports and Blake’s wife helps with the bad idea of the week!  This week’s episode sponsored by the Cincinnati Comic Expo!

166 Pinocchio is Hard to Spell!

166 Pinocchio is Hard to Spell!

Welcome back to the Neverland Podcast!

The little wooden head boy is here!

Disney’s Pinocchio has recently come home on Blu-Ray and Digital HD for the first time, and your Spider-Pan Jeremy is here to tell you his thoughts on the new release.

Before that though, we of course have some unique and interesting Disney and Star Wars news to share. We’ll talk about an interesting new Alice in Wonderland documentary from ThemeParkology and a chance to play Disney Infinity Online one last time!

Also we’ll visit Beauty and the Beast’s new trailer in the Trailer Park before venturing to ride Pinocchio’s Daring Journey attraction.

Finally we’ll enjoy the story and songs from Disney’s Pinocchio!

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165 Mickey Mouse is My Friend!

165 Mickey Mouse is My Friend!

Welcome back to the Neverland Podcast!

This week’s journey to Neverland is a bit different. This week is a simple message of unity, love, and friendship as we unite under the banner of our fandom.

Sure we are going to talk about the title of the new Star Wars movie, but we’re going to have some fun in with the Neverland Storytime with Charlie Brown, and enjoy Mickey’s Royal Friendship Fair!

I’m also going to pay tribute to John Hurt with some memorable audio clips.

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164 Captain America Fights Cancer!

164 Captain America Fights Cancer!

Welcome back to the Neverland Podcast!

After having some great guest the last couple of weeks it is time to talk about some exciting things happening at Disneyland Resort and in the world of Marvel movies.

Lost Boy Retlaw (Eric) is here to talk about all the fun going on in the world before we visit the Neverland Trailer Park. This week we have new trailers for Logan, the third Wolverine movie and Power Rangers from the old Saban show.
Next we’ll hear the tale of Robin Hood in Storytime before we hop in the engine car of the Disneyland Railroad with Lost Boy Yensid Goof (Jesse).

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163 Video Game Voice, Brian Sommer!

163 Video Game Voice, Brian Sommer!

Welcome back to the Neverland Podcast!

If you’ve listened to Disney podcasts for a while, you’ve probably heard Brian Sommer announcing either the show or an event the show was producing. He’s a big Disney fan, and a talented voiceover artist!
You’ve heard him in The Walking Dead games, and League of Legends as well as hundreds of other games and today you’ll hear him in Neverland!
We’ve also got to talk about the new Nintendo Switch, and new footage from Beauty and the Beast, Cars 3, and Tangled Before Ever After!
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162 Nien Nunb Lives!!

162 Nien Nunb Lives!!

Welcome back to the Neverland Podcast!
Are you ready for some Star Wars fun Neverlanders? This week we welcome Mike Quinn, puppeteer, puppet builder, animator, and all around creative force!
Not only has Mike worked with the Muppets, but he did some awesome work with the Jim Henson company in films like The Dark Crystal and Labrynth!!
And despite the common error many Star Wars fans make, Mike Quinn is the puppeteer behind Nien Nunb in Return of the Jedi, though many make the mistake thinking that Richard Bonehill was the puppeteer. In truth, the now deceased Mr. Bonehill was an extra that wore the full suit Nien (or Ten) Nunb before George Lucas plucked the background character out of obscurity and Mike Quinn created a puppet to sit with Lando in the cockpit of the Millenium Falcon! Mike will tell us all about it on this week’s show! -editors note Richard Bonehill did sell autographed photos of the puppet, but that wasn’t Mr. Bonehill.
Before that we’ll hear a bit of Disney news and visit the Neverland Story Time for some special Star Wars fun!
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161 Disney Year in Review 2016!

161 Disney Year in Review 2016!

Welcome back to the Neverland Podcast!
2016 has come and gone with all of it’s new movies and events that moved in the geek and pop culture world. Disney released some real winners in cinema, even though not all were winners at the box office.
This week Lost Boy Eric and I, your Spider-Pan, are joined by the propreiter of The Main Street Cinema, Mortis from Disney Indiana and the Mortis Matinee podcast.
Together we had our first live streaming event to discuss our memories of 2016 and what we are looking forward to in 2017!
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160 The Muppets and Obi Wan Save Scrooge!

160 The Muppets and Obi Wan Save Scrooge!

Welcome back to the Neverland Podcast!
If you’ve ever seen the classic musical, Scrooge starring Albert Finney and Alec Guiness, you may have noticed it bears some resemblence to The Muppets Christmas Carol. This Christmas get the family together and listen to some music from both films and enjoy the holiday with some great fun.
Our prayers and pixie dust are with Carrie Fisher in hopes for her recovery!
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159 You’re a Rogue One, Mister Scrooge!

159 You’re a Rogue One, Mister Scrooge!

Welcome back to the Neverland Podcast!
We are one with the Force, and the Force is with us this week as Rogue One has finally come to theaters! Lost Boy Retlaw (Eric) joins Spider-Pan (Jeremy) to discuss our thoughts of the film in both a spoiler free and spoiler filled review!
But before that, we have a cast announcement for the new DuckTales series coming to Disney XD!
And finally prepare for a Christmas Fantasy as Eric takes you to Disneyland to enjoy this festive parade!
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158 Christmas is Saved by Slinky Dog!

158 Christmas is Saved by Slinky Dog!

Welcome back to the Neverland Podcast!
We are one week away from the release of Rogue One and just 2 weeks away from Christmas!
We’ll spend our time hearing a great Christmas story from Johnny Cash before we dive into the new teaser for Spider-Man: Homecoming!
Next we’ll dive into the “other” side of Disney with the Touchstone release, Ernest Saves Christmas. Jim Varney is not only famous for his role as Ernest, but for being the original voice of Slinky Dog in the Toy Story franchise!
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