Episode 127 – Margaret Kerry (Tinker Bell Reference Model), Part 2

Margaret Kerry & Our FamilyToday we have part 2 of my return visit with Margaret Kerry, the animation reference model for Tinker Bell. In part  last time, we talked about what it means to be an animation reference model, getting into show business 84 years go, tap dancing, living in fear from the time she was a small child and how she overcame that, and a bit about Tinker Bell.

 

Now, in this episode, Margaret talks about…

  • The Tinker Bell movies, what a “tinker” is & why it’s so important that Tinker Bell had that job
  • Being friends with Virginia Davis, Alice from the original “Alice Comedies”
  • A little bit about her book, Tinker Bell Talks: Tales of a Pixie Dusted Life
  • A bit about working on the Our Gang comedies, and a story about how wonderful people are
  • Working with Bing Crosby, Eleanor Powell, and Andy Griffith
  • Working with, and being friends with, June Foray—whom you might know as Granny from Loony Tunes, Rocky the Flying Squirrel, Grandmother Fa in Mulan, Aunt May in Spider Man and His Amazing Friends, and so much more
  • Her appreciation of some of the less well known, and even unknown, people she’s worked with
  • Praise for the book from Bob Gurr
  • Finding her birth family after 50 years
  • More about her book, including a really fun story from it
  • A couple of favorite quotes
  • Shameless Plug Time


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Episode 126 – Margaret Kerry (Tinker Bell Reference Model), Part 1

Margaret Kerry & Our Family
Today we have another return guest, and it’s one I am incredibly pleased to have. When I first had Margaret Kerry, the animation reference model for Tinker Bell, as a guest more than 2 years ago, we got a lot of her Disney stories and talked some about her book that was going to be coming out “soon.”

Well, it’s available now, and that’s the excuse I had to sit down with her again. And I’m so glad I did, because as you’ll hear, much of it wasn’t specifically about Disney—though that did come up. Instead, we got to talk about who she is, what’s important to her, and even some things that she’s never been asked before. No matter how many interviews you may have heard or read with her, or how many times you’re heard her speak, you’ll learn something new and gain a deeper appreciation for this remarkable woman.

 

Now, in this episode, Margaret talks about…

  • A quick overview of what it means to be the animation reference model for Tinker Bell … and how people eventually found out
  • How she got into show business 84 years ago
  • What she loves about TV
  • Working on an episode of The Lone Ranger
  • Tap dancing—now and throughout her career—and how it instilled confidence in her
  • A brief tangent about Singing in the Rain and dancing
  • Living in fear from the time she was a small child, waiting for the next catastrophe to happen—why it happened and how she overcame it
  • The optimism of Tinker Bell and how Margaret brought that to her


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Episode 125 – Lee Neville (WDW International Program Cast Member), Part 2

Lee NevilleToday we return to our first International Cast Member, Lee Neville. Lee was in the International Program at Walt Disney World, and last time we talked about what that entailed and some of the special things he got to do.

As I said last time, it’s also a rather subdued-sounding interview, because it was about 1:00 in the morning for me when we did the recording. (When you’re in an apartment with a sleeping wife and a sleeping toddler just steps away, you be as quiet as you have to!)

In this episode Lee talks about:

  • The Epcot Christmas Tree lighting ceremony
  • More from being part of Candlelight Processional, including being the only British singer that year, favorite narrators, and favorite conductors
  • Visiting all of the Walt Disney World hotels, and which one is his favorite
  • Volunteering at Give Kids the World Village
  • Participating in other volunteer opportunities
  • What got him interested in Disney in the first place
  • What he loved most about what he did
  • Making magic for guests
  • If he could have any job working for the Walt Disney Company, what it would be and why
  • His best tip for you for enjoying Walt Disney World
  • Something he never gets asked
  • What inspires him
  • His accent
  • His advice to you for following your dreams
  • Shameless Plug Time

 

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Episode 124 – Lee Neville (WDW International Program Cast Member), Part 1

Lee NevilleToday we have a special treat, because we have our first International Cast Member on the show! Lee Neville was in the International Program at Walt Disney World, which brings a unique perspective on Disney, working there, living there, and more!

It’s also a rather subdued-sounding interview, because it was about 1:00 in the morning for me when we did the recording. (When you’re in an apartment with a sleeping wife and a sleeping toddler just steps away, you be as quiet as you have to!)

In this episode Lee talks about:

  • Becoming part of the International Program, and what that is
  • Receiving his nametag
  • What he did working as an International Program Cast Member
  • Choosing the child who would start “Illuminations” some nights
  • What it was like for him living here, including meeting his best friend and his first American girlfriend
  • When he most often got to interact with guests—including a surprising part of his job as a busser
  • Something special he got to do for a guest who was a huge fan of Eeyore
  • What he wanted to get out of the program and whether it lived up to those hopes
  • What the last days of his International Program were like
  • Some of the special experiences he had during his program, including Cast Member nights at Pleasure Island
  • Being part of the promotional videos for Mission: Space and Mickey’s Philharmagic and meeting past “Stories of the Magic” guest Rachel Scherr
  • Singing in Candlelight Processional
  • Disney University and Jim Korkis
  • Being awarded Exceptional Guest Service Awards

 

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I want to hear from you, so please email me, leave a comment below, or call the Listener Feedback line at (734) 23-STORY.

If you call in, don’t worry about having to sound perfect. If you ask me to, I’ll edit out any mistakes so you sound as good as you possibly can. You’re even welcome to start your entire story over again and I’ll use the “take” you want! If you want to submit a story anonymously, for whatever reason you may have, email it to me and tell you me you wanted it shared that way. I’ll read it on the podcast, but keep your name private.

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Episode 123 – Claire Keane (Visual Development Artist)

Claire KeaneToday we have another returning guest—one who has done some work I know you’ve seen and some other work that you need to see. In this episode, we return to Visual Development Artist and children’s book author & illustrator Claire Keane.

Back in episode 84, which I released the day after my daughter was born, Claire talked about how what a Visual Development Artist does; working on Tangled and Frozen; what it was like working on Tangled with her Dad, legendary Disney animator Glen Keane; her first book, Once Upon a Cloud, and some advice for you.

(By the way, I’m still getting used to the new podcasting equipment, and you’ll notice that from time to time, I’m sure–especially in the outro after the interview.)

In this episode Claire talks about:

  • A brief refresher on what a Visual Development Artist does
  • The differences in what her role was on Frozen vs. Tangled
  • How Frozen changed dramatically while she was working on it
  • What her process as a Visual Development Artist is like
  • Her work on Rapunzel’s murals in Tangled—and having to put the sun emblems in there
  • What she did on the movie Enchanted
  • Why Tangled was (and is) so special to her
  • How Tangled set the stage for wanting to do her children’s books
  • Growing up with Glen Keane as her Dad and how he continues to support her (unfortunately, we had a bit of  Skype issue in this part)
  • Her newest book, Little Big Girl—what it’s about, what makes it different, and how it partially echoes the style of her granddad—Bil Keane, creator of the Family Circus
  • The tribute to her granddad she included in the book—here’s a hint: it’s in the shownotes for this episode, too
  • Whether the pictures created the words or vice versa while she was working on her books
  • How creating Little Big Girl has influenced the way she looks at the world
  • Shameless Plug Time.

Claire Keane - Family CircusFind Claire:

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