Episode 086 – Margaret Kerry, Part 2

Margaret Kerry & Me

In this episode, we conclude my interview with Margaret Kerry. Again, most Disney fans will know Margaret as the original live-action reference model for Tinker Bell, but there is so much more to her than that! In part 1 we talked about how she became Tink, some insight into who Tink really is, her memories of Walt Disney, and more.

 

Now, in this episode, Margaret talks about…

  • Some of Marc Davis’s fine art work;
  • Being the voice of one of the redheaded mermaids in Peter Pan;
  • June Foray;
  • Getting into voiceover work;
  • A salute to Hal Smith—a pretty funny story;
  • Finding her birth family 50 years after she was adopted;
  • Tinker Bell is Irish!;
  • Her favorite place in the world;
  • Her second favorite dialect to do (behind Irish);
  • A quick story about her being a literalist;
  • Continental dialects;
  • Her upcoming book, Tinker Bell Talks: Tales of a Pixie Dusted Life;
  • A sneak preview at one of her stories from the book;
  • If she could have any job working for the Walt Disney Company, what it would be and why;
  • What she never gets asked that she wishes people would ask her;
  • Faith, trust, and pixie dust;
  • What inspires her;
  • Her advice to you for following your dreams;
  • The importance of joining Toastmasters;
  • A rather non-traditional Shameless Plug Time.


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Episode 085 – Margaret Kerry, Part 1

Margaret Kerry & Me

Well, first things first. I said in the last episode that I’d be taking a break for a few weeks or so because my baby was due any day, and in fact she might have even been born by the time the episode aired. Sure enough, that episode was released April 3, but April 2 little Adara was born! So I did take these next weeks off, and now we’re getting back into it.

You’ll probably notice a couple of changes, beginning with the interview after this one. Mainly, since there’s now a baby in the house, and since I’m frequently in charge of caring for her, there may be some baby sounds in the background now and then. Also, I won’t be able to devote as much time and awareness to editing as I have in the past. I’m still going to produce the best sounding podcast I’m capable of, but it may not be quite what you’re used to.

Having said that, in this episode I finally get to share with you an interview I did back in November of last year with Margaret Kerry, in person at the KKLA radio studios. Most Disney fans will know Margaret as the original live-action reference model for Tinker Bell, but there is so much more to her than that! I’d been holding this interview because the original plan was to release it at the same time as her new book comes out. However, it’s been delayed, so I got her permission to release this now, and when the book actually does come out we’ll do a follow up.

Now, in this episode, Margaret talks about…

  • What it meant to be the animation reference model for Tinker Bell;
  • The one scene in Peter Pan that she didn’t provide the model work for;
  • Who Tinker Bell really is, and what she loves so much about Tink;
  • The one word Margaret would use to describe Miss Bell;
  • What she thinks of the Tinker Bell movies, which one is her favorite, and why;
  • An aside about what Walt Disney would do with dialogue—something she learned about from Alice Davis;
  • What is was like for her when it started to come out the she was the Tinker Bell model;
  • How Peter Pan got her moving out of the world of radio and into being a voice actor;
  • The different way she approaches panels and presentations than some others;
  • What Walt Disney thought of Tinker Bell;
  • Why Tink became the representative of Disneyland;
  • What Miss Bell’s favorite ride at Disneyland would be and why;
  • Meeting Walt Disney, and why it was so exciting;
  • Meeting and auditioning for Marc Davis.


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Episode 084 – Claire Keane

 

Claire KeaneIn this episode I get to share with you an interview I’d been very much looking forward to, visual development artist, illustrator, and author Claire Keane. That name may sound familiar to you, and you’ll find out why very soon. We didn’t have a ton of time, but I think we made good use of what we did! If you want to hear more from Claire, let us know in the below or on Facebook, or tweet me and we’ll see what we can do to schedule a follow-up!

I’ve tried to avoid having much of a gap after this episode, but it looks like there’s going to be a longer one than I wanted anyway. I’m preparing this episode 10 days or so before it’s released, because my wife and I are expecting our first child, due April 7. In fact, by the time you hear this we may have already had our little girl! I wasn’t able to line up as many interviews to have a backlog as I’d hoped, but as soon and as frequently as I can, I’ll get new episodes up for you!

 

In this episode Claire talks about:

  • What a visual development artist does;
  • How she began working for Walt Disney Feature Animation;
  • Working on her first project at Disney, Tangled;
  • Why she loved working on that film and how hard it was when it was done;
  • What is was like working with her dad, Glen Keane, on Tangled;
  • The relationship between visual development artists and character animators;
  • The inspiration for Rapunzel’s murals;
  • Conceptualizing the relationship between Anna & Elsa in Frozen;
  • Claire Keane BookHow her work on Tangled inspired her new book Once Upon a Cloud;
  • What Once Upon a Cloud is about and why she wrote it;
  • How creating this book influenced the way she looks at the world;
  • Her advice to you for following your dreams;
  • Shameless Plug Time.

 

Claire KeaneFind Claire:

 

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Episode 083 – Laura Dickinson, Part 2

Laura DickinsonIn this episode we conclude our new 2-part interview with Laura Dickinson. In the last episode we talked more about her work on Sofia the First and Phineas & Ferb, performing in the theme parks, and started talking about her album, One for My Baby: To Frank Sinatra with Love. I really enjoyed it, and I hope you did, too. By the way, I’ve been playing that CD in my car since the last episode, and I have to tell you, I love it!

 

In this episode Laura talks about:

  • Leaving songs out of the album, and how she was able to add two unexpected ones;
  • Her favorite song on the album;
  • The two songs that most showcase her vocally;
  • What the release party on December 15 was like;
  • Why she won’t be playing at the club where the release party was again;
  • The East Coast launch she’s got coming up—the vinyl release party;
  • A funny story about The Rainbow Connection;
  • How you can get an autographed copy of her CD directly from her;
  • Finally understanding the appeal of music released on vinyl;
  • Teaching herself clarinet;
  • Vybration going to schools and teaching them about a capella;
  • Performing with Voasis;
  • A bit more about Vybration, aka Groove 66, including an exclusive announcement and the best thing about shows they put together themselves;
  • Doing an episode of The 7 D and Penn Zero: Part Time Hero, and a new Priceline commercial;
  • What inspires her;
  • Her advice to you for following your dreams;
  • Shameless Plug Time.

 

Find Laura:Laura Dickinson

 

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Episode 082 – Laura Dickinson, Part 1

Laura DickinsonIn this episode, we again welcome a returning guest, as we begin a new 2-part interview with Laura Dickinson. Hopefully you recognize her name, but even if you don’t, you’ve heard and enjoyed her voice if you’ve watched Phineas and Ferb, Sofia the First, and other shows, or if you were a fan of Groove 66 at Disney California Adventure. In the 2-1/2 years since we first talked, Laura’s been quite busy with a number of projects that will be of interest to Disney fans, and music fans.

 

In this episode Laura talks about:

  • Whether working on Sofia the First still makes her “cry tears of joy”;
  • How working on Sofia is different than working on Phineas and Ferb;
  • Which she likes better and why;
  • The Sofia the First spinoff, and how her role is changing on that series;
  • Favorite things she’s done on Sofia;
  • The end of Phineas and Ferb for her—which included belting the highest note she’s ever sung on TV;
  • The challenges of theme park performing;
  • “Mickey’s Detective School”;
  • Live musicians in the Disney parks;
  • Preparing for and caring for her voice in harsh singing conditions;
  • Other challenging performances;
  • Working on Pitch Perfect and on its sequel;
  • Why she recorded One for My Baby, and what it was originally going to be instead;
  • A peek into the process of making the album;
  • Jazz and a capella both taking off right now, and the role she’s playing in it;
  • Her favorite big bands from the classic years;
  • How she chose which songs and which arrangements were going to go on the album;
  • How arranging works and what it’s like.

 

Find Laura:Laura Dickinson

 

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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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