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Friday, January 13, 2017

Fun Facts about MICKEY AND THE ROADSTER RACERS premiering on Disney Junior January 15! #MickeyRacersEvent

Premiering this month on Disney Junior is Mickey and the Roadster Racers. Mickey and the Roadster Racers is an upcoming car-racing adventure show for preschoolers (and kids of any age) featuring Mickey, Minnie, Pluto, Goofy, Donald, and Daisy.

The show takes place in Hot Dog Hills where Mickey and the gang have a garage. In their free time, they race their personalized vehicles everywhere! They have fun adventures and teach kids about sportsmanship, friendship and teamwork!

Photo credit: Disney Junior

When on the Rogue One press event, we had the opportunity to interview Producers Rob LaDuca & Mark Seidenberg. We also saw an episode of Mickey and the Roadster Racers. It was an amazing show. Perfect for kids and even adults.

💥Rob and Mark met while producing Gummi Bears. later they worked on Tutenstein, Jake and the Never Land Pirates and Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.

💥Mickey Mouse Clubhouse dealt with curriculum. Math to be specific. As their work on Jake and the Never Land Pirates evolved they focused more on stories. Stories soon led to social issues friendship, trust, sportsmanship and teamwork.

Photo credit: Disney Junior

💥Rob and Mark say an episode can take up to a year to finish. "That's from writing to designing to color to animating, building the CG world, and then doing post-production." There is also sound effects and music..

💥Every character in Mickey's and the Roadster Racers has their own special car. Mickey has a normal car that transforms into a classic American Roadster. Goofy has a car turns into bathtub. Minnie's car turns into a Bow because of her fashion sense. Daisy's car turns into a snapdragon. And Donald's car turns into a cabin cruiser that goes in and out of the water.

Photo credit: Disney Junior

💥Inspiration for the cars in Mickey and the Roadster Racers comes from Rob and Mark visiting Jay Leno's car collection. They say they took a tour of his car collection. After the tour, Rob and Mark asked Jay to be the Rae Announcer, Billy Beagle. Interesting fact: Jay comes to the recordings in a different car every time.

💥Besides Jay Leno, other celebrities in the sow are Tim Gunn as a travel critic. Gordon Ramsey as a chef who rescues the hot dog diner. Hoda Kotb plays Mrs. Sweetums who runs a candy factory. Jane Leeves is Queen Elizabeth. Hector Elizondo as Grandpa Beagle and Patton Oswalt plays Mr. McSnorter. Fred Willard plays Mr. Doozie a hotel manager. Jimmy Johnson and Jeff Gordon make appearances. And Danica Patrick plays Danni Sue!

Photo credit: Disney Junior

💥Bill Farmer who has been doing Goofy for over 30 years. Russi Taylor who does Minnie and Tress MacNeille who has been doing Daisy for 30 years.

💥Rob and Mark wanted to treat every character equally. Daisy is a mechanic and Minnie paints cars. All the characters are equal and all do work in the garage and all run races.

Photo credit: Disney Junior

💥Minnie and Daisy run a business called Happy Helpers as well!

💥Minnie's car is called Pink Thunder and Goofy's is called Turbo Tubster!

I loved the show. It was fun and funny.The show tries to teach kids important and valuable lessons while also making it fun! Rob and Mark were great to talk with a lot of fun. They are so talented and I am sure the kids will love Mickey and the Roadster Racers!

Get more information on Mickey and the Roadster Racers premiering January 15 on Disney Junior .
Mickey and the Roadster Racers will make its television debut in a simulcast SUNDAY, JANUARY 15 (9:00 and 9:25 a.m. EST), on Disney Channel and Disney Junior. Two more episodes will premiere MONDAY, JANUARY 16 (9:00 and 9:25 a.m. EST), on Disney Channel. Episodes will also be available on the Disney Junior app and Disney Junior VOD beginning Sunday, January 15, and on iTunes beginning Monday, January 16.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

“Wish Upon a Star: The Art of Pinocchio” exhibition at the Walt Disney Family Museum! #pinocchiobluray #rogueoneevent #disney

When I was little my one of the first Disney movies I ever saw was Pinocchio. There used to be a movie theater where we would go. The showed 2 full feature movies and a Disney short. I remember because this was always a treat for us. I remember watching Pinocchio and loving it. It also was a little scary. But overall, I loved it. I have loved that movie ever since.

I was fortunate to visit the Walt Disney Family Museum  on my Rogue One press trip last month. During this time, the museum had a special exhibit called "Wish Upon a Star: The Art of Pinocchio" that was amazing.

We had a guided tour and were able to see and learn about how Pinocchio was made. The exhibition was created so visitors could discover the artistic process and step behind-the-scenes to explore how one of the most influential animated films in history was produced: Walt Disney’s 1940 feature-length masterpiece Pinocchio.

Disney Studio Artist, Pinocchio visual development, pencil on paper; collection of The Walt Disney Family Foundation, gift of Ron and Diane Miller, © Disney

The exhibition was Guest-curated by John Canemaker—an Academy Award®, Emmy Award, and Peabody Award-winning independent animator, animation historian, teacher, and author—this immersive exhibition invites the visitor to experience the production processes of the pre-digital era, providing a glimpse into how legendary animators worked and thought. Pinocchio inspired advances in character development and three-dimensional design, and the exhibition allows guests to enjoy the art created by the animators and designers of The Walt Disney Studios to create the stunning work featured in the film.

Gustaf Tenggren, Pinocchio concept art; collection of the Walt Disney Animation Research Library, © Disney

The exhibition featured original artwork, memorabilia and photography. It was really a special treat to see how the movie was made. There were models and renderings that showed the progression of how the characters and story were made into the film. There were some interactive portions to the exhinition. I loved the artwork. To see the original artwork and the models used to map out the story was amazing.

Photograph of Vladimir Tytla; collection of the Walt Disney Family Foundation, © Disney

If you are ever in San Francisco, you need to visit the Walt Disney Family Museum. It is pretty amazing. As a Disney fan, you will be in heaven. You can see original artwork, early Mickey cartoons and memorabilia. There is storyboards and photos and concept art. The history is laid out beautifully. One of my favorite parts of he museum was the mini model of Disneyland. It was beautiful.

But there was so much more. The clips of early cartoons and artifacts are amazing. You can visit the Walt Disney Family Museum online at

If you haven't seen Pinocchio, it will be available on Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere today and on Blu-ray/DVD on January 31.