Episode 134 – Terri Hardin (Imagineer/Muppeteer), Part 1

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Today, we begin part 1 of a 3-part interview with legendary Disney Imagineer Terri Hardin, recorded in person in her studio. This is a 3-part interview, and we talked for over 45 minutes before I even started recording! Terri is an eclectic, inspiring, fascinating person, and you’re going to love hearing from her!

 

In this episode, Terri talks about…

  • What got her interested in working for Disney, and what she did when she first got there
  • Her first assignment in Imagineering—this is a Stories of the Magic exclusive!
  • The real benefits to being an Imagineer
  • Halloween at Walt Disney Imagineering
  • A time she almost left Disney, and how she was convinced to stay
  • Some advice for you—and me—if you want to work for Disney
  • Becoming a Muppeteer

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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 133 – Don Hahn (Film Director)

Don HahnToday I have the pleasure of interviewing someone I’ve wanted to talk to for a long time, and hopefully this is just the first of many conversations.

Don Hahn is best known for having produced the classic Beauty and the Beast, the first animated film nominated for a Best Picture Oscar. He also produced a few other little movies you may have heard of, like The Lion King, and The Emperor’s New Groove. He’s rather less well known as an (uncredited) animation assistant on Pete’s Dragon, Disney’s big release of the 1977 holiday season, and as an assistant director on 1981’s The Fox and the Hound, both of which are profoundly loved in my house.

Don is the author of a number of books, including Before Ever After, Animation Magic, The Alchemy of Animation, and Brain Storm: Unleashing Your Creative Self. His most recent book is Yesterday’s Tomorrow: Disney’s Magical Mid-Century, a valentine to an era of optimism, relaxed lifestyle, and innovative design; a large-format, general audience book, illustrated with rarely seen art and photography of the mid-20th century reflecting the unique style that Walt Disney and his artists contributed to the era.

 

In this episode, Don talks about…

  • How he got started working for Disney and what he did a first
  • How his musical background helped him in his role as a director
  • What it was like seeing his work on the big screen for the first time
  • The first time he remembers thinking, “I’m doing something really special here”
  • What his new book, Yesterday’s Tomorrow, is about
  • Why the mid-century approach and outlook spread so widely and was so broadly embraced
  • What the most fascinating things were he discovered while writing the book
  • Whether he has any plans to revisit any of the topics in this book in some form at another time
  • The documentary he’s working on about playwright and renowned lyricist Howard Ashman
  • His advice to you for following your dream—spoiler alert: it involves horses … kind of
  • Shameless Plug Time!

 

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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 132 – Nic Gregory (Background Painter), Part 2

 

Nic GregoryToday, we conclude our 2-part interview with Disney Publishing background painter Nic Gregory. In part 1, we talked about his artistic influences, how he got into the animation industry, his upcoming projects, and much more. If you haven’t listened to that one yet, you definitely need to hear it before this one or some of what we talk about this time won’t make any sense!

Now, in this episode, Nic talks about…

  • More of his artistic influences
  • Nic Gregory 1The similarities and differences between creating music, visual art, and being a pro wrestler
  • His wrestling persona
  • His favorite comic book characters and a bit of off-topic stuff about super heroes
  • Loving Disney from the other side of the world
  • Working to make his dream come true
  • What inspires him
  • Seeing colors uniquely
  • If he could have any job working for Disney, what it would be and why
  • Fantasia 2000
  • His advice to you for following your dreams
  • Shameless Plug Time


Find Nic:

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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 131 – Nic Gregory (Background Painter), Part 1

Nic Gregory

Today, we begin a 2-part interview with Disney Publishing background painter Nic Gregory. I’ve had some interesting guests on this show before, and Nic is no exception. In fact, with his unique background and perspectives, he will be sharing things with you that I guarantee you’ve never heard before! And I can’t wait to bring this to you.

In this episode, Nic talks about…

  • What a background painter does
  • His favorite part of doing that
  • How he ended up in that part of animation
  • What his step in the overall process is, in general and then especially with Disney
  • How he got into the animation industry
  • The supportiveness of his wife, who was also a pro wrestler
  • How he began working with Disney Publishing
  • When his first books will come out
  • Upcoming projects
  • His favorite medium to work in
  • The class he taught at the Walt Disney Family Museum last month
  • The distinctiveness of Eyvind Earle’s style
  • His artistic influences


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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 130 – Brian Collins (Former Imagineer), Part 2

Brian Collins

Today, we conclude our interview with former Disney Imagineer Brian Collins. In part 1, we talked about how he got started working for Disney at the front desk of Walt Disney World’s Contemporary Resort, how he worked himself from there to Imagineering, what Imagineering’s headquarters are like and some of his favorite memories from being there, and how he applied what he learned in school to being an Imagineer, including some unexpected ways.

Now, in this episode, Brian talks about…

  • A class he thought he would enjoy but hated … and then it came back to be a huge help to him when working on the Great Movie Ride
  • Writing family-friendly graffiti for the backlot area of Disney’s MGM Studios
  • Experiencing the Magic Kingdom with Disney Legend John Hench
  • Suggestions for how people can develop curiosity in themselves
  • How his Imagineering experience has helped him since moving on from working with Disney
  • What he would do if he could have any job working for Disney
  • Tips for you for visiting the Disney theme parks
  • What he never gets asked that he wishes people would ask him
  • What inspires him
  • His advice to you for following your dream
  • Shameless Plug Time


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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.

Thanks for listening!

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