101 Dalmatians: Diamond Edition Today!

101 Dalmatians: Diamond Edition arrives in stores & digital download today, February 10th, and to celebrate, we have a fantastic collection of behind-the-scenes material for you! Relive the magic of the cute pups!

Pongo, Perdita and their super-adorable puppies are in for thrills, hilarious spills and an epic action-packed adventure when they face off with Cruella De Vil, Disney’s most fabulously outrageous villainess.  When Cruella dognaps all of the Dalmatian puppies in London, brave animal heroes launch a daring plan to save all puppies from Cruella’s clutches!  Unleash all the excitement and suspense of Disney’s 101 Dalmatians, a beloved classic you’ll want to share with your family again and again!

There are so many great bonus features in the newly released Diamond Edition.

  • All New Short – The Further Adventures of Thunderbolt
  • Walt Disney Presents “The Best Doggoned Dog in the World” (1961 Version)
  • Lucky Dogs
  • DisneyView
  • Dalmatians 101: Hosted by Cameron Boyce (Disney Channel’s “The Descendants”)
  • Plus a Selection of Classic Bonus Features

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At the link below, you will find a variety of fun facts including how many spots are in the film, how Xerox was introduced to the animation process, the extraordinary color styling of the film and a How-To-Draw Cruella De Vil by Master Animator Andreas Deja!



Here are some more fun movie facts:

The 17th animated feature film from the Walt Disney Studios, many historians believe this to be one of Disney’s finest animated films as his animators had perfected their craft and the studio’s Animation Department was at the height of their success. 101 Dalmatians’ was the first of Disney’s animated features to be set in a contemporary context, This imaginatively animated telling is a wonderful mixture of fantasy, comedy, sentiment, adventure, suspense and an extraordinary number of spots!

To ease the daunting task of continuity for millions of spots across an entire feature length film it was the technical genius of longtime Disney collaborator, Ub Iwerks who adapted the Xerox process to create ‘Xerography.’ This technique not only made it possible to consider making a movie with 101 spotty dogs, but it also reduced the number of steps in transferring the animator’s drawings to the finished film. At the time of it’s release in 1961, 101 Dalmatians received unanimous critical adoration and box office success. The subsequent reissues have proved continually successful with each new generation of puppy-lovers! The legendary Marc Davis was the master artist behind the lines of Cruella DeVil. One of Walt Disney’s Nine Old Men of Animation, Davis captured the comic creepiness of La DeVil from her biologically impossible frame to her flamboyant fashion sense. Madame DeVil was the only character in the history of Disney Animation to have been exclusively drawn by one artist throughout the entire production.


Three people were key in shaping Cruella into such an iconic villainess Bill Peet -Disney’s legendary story man, Betty Lou Gerson the source of Cruella’s booming voice, and Marc Davis. Character actress Mary Wickes provided filmed live-action movements as a reference. “I had several partial models in mind when I drew Cruella,” declared Davis, “including Tallulah (Bankhead) and one woman I knew who was just a monster. She was tall and thin and talked constantly you never knew what she was saying, but you couldn’t get a word in edgewise. What I really wanted to do was make the character move like someone you wouldn’t like.”

When Kids Interview Strange Magic Stars Elijah Kelley and Meredith Anne Bull #StrangeMagic

Yesterday my kids and I had an amazing opportunity we were able to interview Elijah Kelley (“Sunny”) and Meredith Anne Bull (“Dawn”) from the movie Strange Magic.


SUNNY is an elf with a big heart and a serious crush on his best friend Dawn. Though full of spunk with energy to spare, Sunny doesn’t have the guts to share his true feelings for Dawn. “I think we can all relate to Sunny,” says Rydstrom. “He’ll do anything for Dawn—including setting her up with other guys— because he secretly hopes that someday she’ll love him too.”

DAWN is a li le flighty—even for a fairy. Boy crazy and naïve, Dawn is the super opposite of her big sister Marianne. “Dawn is in love—with love,” says Rydstrom. “She’s a big flirt. Every day she has a new crush, hoping that—just maybe—he’s the one.”

I mean I get to do interviews all the time but this time was super special because I was able to bring my kids along. My daughter actually did the entire interview starting off with the very first question that she came up with on her own.

“How were you able to sing so enthusiastically?”

Elijah said it’s like when you play pretend as a child ( of course he answered my daughter saying) “It’s like when you play pretend”…. and then you get excited and your energy gets more and more and it’s a lot of fun…. (not his exact words but that’s what he said paraphrased)


My kids had a blast, I had a blast, I think even Elijah and Meredith Ann had a blast. Miles and Elijah made each other laugh, at first my son was really not into the interview and then Elijah had him going and they were making each other laugh and then building off of each other. It was really a great experience for me and my children.

When they were talking about favorite scenes they also talked about favorite characters, when Zoe told Meredith that her favorite character was The Bug King, Meredith told Zoe she must be a tough girl to like such a tough character. Zoe smiled proudly as I was of her also. At the end of the interview, they both signed autographs for my kids. Elijah signed one for Miles saying, “I can’t wait to see you on the Big Screen”. During the interview we told him that Miles wanted to become an actor and just by looking at his attitude in the room he said “you’re well on your way”. He was really a great guy!



Here is the video of the entire interview with Strange Magic Stars Elijah Kelley and Meredith Anne Bull:





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What To Love About Strange Magic #StrangeMagic

The music the music the music!! The kids and I went to see Strange Magic and we loved it. The music is captivating and kept my kids attention. Miles and Zoe both liked the characters, my son’s favorite was Sunny and my daughter’s favorite character was The Bug King. Strange Magic is all about the power of true love and change. Is it possible for love to change someone, in Strange Magic we watch how love makes the characters crazy, then it makes them hard and guarded and finally can they let love back in and become soft again?

Strange Magic is a movie that will have you singing these great songs from the eighties all day and all night. They are quite catchy songs and it’s a cute movie that both of my kids enjoyed. They give it four thumbs up and after interviewing two of the characters they would give it four thumbs up twice because Elijah and Meredith Ann were so nice to my kids.


With a story by George Lucas, STRANGE MAGIC is directed by Gary Rydstrom (“Toy Story Toons: Hawaiian Vacation,” “Lifted”), produced by Mark S. Miller (associate producer “Mars Attacks!”) and executive produced by George Lucas, with a screenplay by David Berenbaum (“Elf”), Irene Mecchi (“Brave,” “The Lion King”) and Rydstrom.

Strange Magic has an extraordinary roster of film as it follows the story of a fairy princess that’s madly in love, television and Broadway stars lend their voices to “Strange Magic,” including The Bog King himself, Alan Cumming (CBS’ “The Good Wife,” Broadway’s “Cabaret”), The Fairy Princess Marianne, Evan Rachel Wood (“The Ides of March”), Kristin Chenoweth (Broadway’s “Wicked”), Maya Rudolph (“Big Hero 6,” “Bridesmaids”), Sam Palladio (ABC’s “Nashville”), newcomer Meredith Anne Bull who plays the adorable constantly in love fairy princess Dawn, Alfred Molina (“Chocolat”), The very handsome triple threat Elijah Kelley plays Sunny (“Hairspray,” “The Butler”), Bob Einstein (HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm”) and Peter Stormare (“Fargo”). Well-known music producer Marius de Vries (“Moulin Rouge”) serves as both the musical director and composer.



I didn’t realize at first that it was going to be a musical but you quickly understand that’s what’s going on as you are watching it. The main character is in love and singing about how happy she is that she is getting married. Until Marianne finds Mr. Right (Rowland) who walks around like Elvis strutting his stuff is cheating on him. Then she decides love is for fools (which is exactly how the Bug King feels). Rowland sets a plan to make a love potion and of course it hits the wrong person and she sees the bug king and well, how does this story end with such a crazy love triangle you have to watch the movie to find out.




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Celebrate Star Wars: The Clone Wars: The Lost Missions

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My husband says we are not allowed to watch The Clone Wars: The Lost Missions until we watch all of The Clone Wars we are now watching The Clone Wars on Netflix. The kids I think watched about five episodes in a row on Saturday morning before I even got out of bed. All because we have to watch Star Wars The Clone Wars the Lost Missions as soon as possible. We have to get our celebration on.

About Wars The Clone Wars the Lost Missions

Against a backdrop of ever-shifting loyalties, uneasy alliances and ancient hostilities, the conflict between the Republic and the Separatists ramps up, setting the stage for Darth Sidious’ ultimate act of treachery against the Jedi. In these uncertain times, some of the deepest mysteries of the light and dark sides of the Force are revealed as an intrepid clone trooper uncovers a shocking conspiracy, Anakin Skywalker’s closest relationship is tested to its limits, and Master Yoda makes a discovery that could forever change the balance of power in the galaxy.

Bonus Features: Never Before Seen 16-Minute Documentary Covering All Six Seasons

Four additional story reels from “The Lost Missions” Season (Blu-ray only)

Things you need to get your Wars The Clone Wars the Lost Missions celebration on:

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About Star Wars The Clone Wars Series:

Set between Episodes II and III of the iconic “Star Wars” saga, “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” explores the untold stories that helped shape the galaxy far, far away. The series chronicles the adventures of Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Yoda, Ahsoka Tano and other “Star Wars” heroes as they struggle to maintain freedom and restore peace against the dark side of the Force. Joined by an army of clone troopers, the noble Jedi fight to protect the Republic against the Separatists and their droid army led by Count Dooku, hias assassin Asajj Ventress and the evil General Grievous. Each week, a new thrilling story is revealed, brought to the screen by supervising director Dave Filoni and executive producer George Lucas.

Disney’s Phineas and Ferb Star Wars


My son wants to base his entire acting career on being a character in Disney’s Phineas and Ferb Star Wars. I can’t seem to get him to understand it’s already filmed with the characters it has and that he would have to be in a new movie. And yes he has seen the movie. He loved it, which is why he wants to be a character in it. He’s vying for his sister to get a role in it as well.

This is the ultimate intergalactic adventure; when the plans for the Death Star accidentally fall into the hands of Phineas and Ferb who (along with Agent P, of course) become thrust into a crisis to stop the evil Darthenshmirtz. The epic battle to restore balance to the universe includes the full-length adventure, Phineas and Ferb: Star Wars and 5 additional episodes. Plus FREE inside every DVD is a collectible Perry-In-Carbonite keychain! It’s a great story of A New Hope Retold and ReFERBished!

Synopsis: A couple summers ago in a galaxy far, far away, Phineas and Ferb are happily basking in the glow of Tatooine’s twin suns – until plans for the Death Star accidentally fall into their hands, thrusting them (and Agent P) into a galactic rebellion and an epic struggle of good versus evil in Phineas And Ferb: Star WarsTM.

Will Phineas and Ferb be able to resist the Dark Side? Will Stormtrooper Candace finally bust a Rebel? Can Agent P stop Darthenshmirtz from using his Force-powered “Sith-Inator”?

Featuring 5 additional episodes for over 2 hours of action-packed fun, this mind-blowing, intergalactic adventure is a blast for all ages! May the Ferb be with you…always.

Voice Talent: Vincent Martella (TV’s “Everybody Hates Chris”) as Phineas

Ashley Tisdale (Sharpay’s Fabulous Adventure) as Stormtrooper Candace

Thomas Brodie-Sangster (TV’s "Game of Thrones”) as Ferb

Caroline Rhea (TV’s “The Suite Life of Zack and Cody”) as Mom

Dan Povenmire (TV’s “Phineas and Ferb”) as Darthenshmirtz

Richard O’Brien (Perks of Being a Wallflower) as dad

Dee Bradley Baker (TVs “Star Wars Clone Wars”) as Perry the Rebelpus

Alyson Stoner (Step Up 3D, Camp Rock 1 & 2) as pilot Isabella

And of course soon to be listed my son as character 10.

Disney On Ice Tickets Kent & Everett

We will be attending the show thanks to Feld entertainment.

Make an ordinary day extraordinary when Disney On Ice presents Let’s Celebrate! – Presented by Stonyfield YoKids Organic Yogurt brings more than 50 Disney characters from 16 beloved Disney stories together in Puget Sound for one colossal party on ice!  This fun-filled show features a magical montage of celebrations, holidays and festivals from around the globe set to a blend of contemporary music and favorite Disney songs; visiting Kent’s ShoWare Center from Wednesday, November 12 through Monday, November 17 and then XFINITY Arena at Everett from Thursday, November 20 through Sunday, November 23.  

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Join Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse on a delightful tour as they celebrate a Very Merry Unbirthday Party with Alice and the Mad Hatter; a winter wonderland with Woody, Jessie and Buzz Lightyear; Mardi Gras with Princess Tiana; a Royal Valentine’s Day Ball with the Disney Princesses; a Hawaiian luau with Lilo & Stitch; a Halloween haunt with the Disney Villains; plus traveling to far-off exotic places including China for the Chinese New Year, Brazil for Carnival and Japan for the beautiful Cherry Blossom festival Sakura.  Disney On Ice presents Let’s Celebrate! – Presented by YoKids is the ultimate jam-packed celebration of the century featuring fun and surprises for the whole family!

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WHERE:        ShoWare Center 625 W. James St., Kent, WA 98032

WHEN: November 12 – 17, 2014
Wednesday, November 12             7:00 PM

Thursday, November 13                 7:00 PM

Friday, November 14                       7:00 PM

Saturday, November 15                  11:30 AM, 3:30 PM & 7:00 PM

Sunday, November 16                    11:30 AM, 3:30 PM & 7:00 PM

Monday, November 17                    7:00 PM

TICKETS:     Ticket prices range from $22, $26, $40–$43 (VIP), and $65–$72 (Floor Seats)*

Kids tickets (ages 2-12) priced for only $12 each for select performances (not valid on Sat 3:30pm & Sun 3:30pm shows; limit 4 kids tickets per full price ticket purchase)

Opening Night tickets discount priced at $15 each (not valid for VIP/premium seating)

All seats are reserved; tickets available for purchase online at www.showarecenter.com, charge by phone at 866-973-9613 or in-person at the ShoWare Center Box Office.
*prices vary between weekday/weekend shows; tickets may be subject to service charges, facility and handling fees.


WHERE:        XFINITY Arena at Everett 2000 Hewitt Ave., Everett, WA 98201

WHEN:          November 20 – 23, 2014

Thursday, November 20                 7:00 PM

Friday, November 21                       7:00 PM

Saturday, November 22                  11:30 AM, 3:30 PM & 7:00 PM

Sunday, November 23                    1:00 PM & 5:00 PM

TICKETS:     Ticket prices range from $22, $26, $40–$43 (VIP), and $65–$72 (Floor Seats)*

Kids tickets (ages 2-12) priced for only $12 each for select performances (not valid on Sat 3:30pm & Sun 1:00pm shows; limit 4 kids tickets per full price ticket purchase)

Opening Night tickets discount priced at $15 each (not valid for VIP/premium seating)

All seats are reserved; tickets available for purchase online at www.xfinityarenaeverett.com, charge by phone at 866-332-8499 or in person at the XFINITY Arena at Everett Box Office.
*prices vary between weekday/weekend shows; tickets may be subject to service charges, facility and handling fees.

Star Wars Rebels Spark of Rebellion Character Interview: Steve Blum and Taylor Gray

As a family my kids and I have been having Star Wars Rebels family time. We record on Mondays at 9PM EST and then on Saturdays watch Star Wars Rebels Spark of Rebellion together. The kids love it, actually we all love it. It’s so fun to be able to share something that we loved while growing up with our kids and have them love it too. Since I had the opportunity to interview the characters/actors I wanted to share it with all of you.

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Steve Blum and Taylor Gray act as Zeb Orrelios and Ezra Bridger. These two characters do not get along at all, but the actors on the other hand just look at the photo above!

Q : What drew you guys to the film?

TG :  I love it. I think it’s so cool, um, like what, my favorite part about it is all the action. I think that that’s so fun. I think kids are gonna enjoy, um, all the characters and, and their multiple layers and how they run around firing off blasters and taking down troopers. I think, I think it’s all a lot of fun. It’s action along with a lot of, ah, nice dialogue.


SB : I was drawn when I was a kid when I first saw it. I was seventeen. I was fresh out of high school, and I went to the premiere in 1977, and I was one of those kids in the theatre whose head snapped back when the imperial star destroyer comes across the screen and the whole theatre rumbled. So, I get to relive this on a cellular level. It, it activates all of those memories from that time and, and, ah, when I was graduating high school, I was one of those apathetic youth and I didn’t go to my own graduation.

And, ah, to get to go and see something like that that was brand new. It was stuff that we hadn’t seen before. It, it woke up something in me and kind of gave me a new hope [UNINTELLIGIBLE.] But to get to, to work on something like that now where it’s, we’re bringing this to a whole new generation. It’s really exciting for me, and I’m a dad. And so I, I like working on quality programming that’s, ah safe for kids and it’s, um, it’s, it’s really got a great underlying message. It does, ah, offer a notion that there’s something bigger than we are and that we can strive to be better than we are and, and that a small group of people can be just as powerful as a large army against injustice.

TG : And a little bit of the force.

SB : And a little bit of the force, yes.

Q : Were you a Star Wars fan prior to this?

TG : Um, yeah. I hadn’t seen all the Star Wars movies. I had seen, I had seen 4, 5 and 6. It’s a nice joke with us, because we have some people in our cast, Vanessa and Freddy and then Dave as well who know more about Star Wars than anything I’ve ever met. They know things that I think aren’t even in Star Wars that are [UNINTELLIGIBLE]. And Steve and I, ah, Steven knows more than I do as well, but it’s been fun because, um, it’s cool to be a fan. I, I’ve now caught up and understood why everyone loves it so much.

I remember being in school when I was little, and every other kid had either a Star Wars shirt on or a lunch pail or a back pack. And it all makes sense why it’s so appealing, but it’s, it’s really cool. The best part of it is talking to fans of Star Wars and hearing their sentiments and why it’s so special to them, because everyone has their own connection to, ah, the Star Wars story. So it’s been really cool, um, coming up through all of it.


Q : We heard from some of the crew that you’re the funny one. Have you pulled any pranks on the cast?

SB : Not really. I think, what I just demonstrated there… [LAUGHING]. At the end of every effort, some, some of these guys…

TG : And an effort sounded something ridiculous. It’s like when we jump from building to building, or push a crate through planes.

SB : Yeah. I mean, he’s not used to doing that because he’s an on-camera guy and he can do that with his face or his body, but in, in voice over, we have to do everything on the mic, and so we’ll have what we call sound sets and in the sound sets, they’ll say okay, now we need you to, ah, take a punch or take six punches, three soft, three medium, three hard. And you’ll just hear us go [GRUNTING SOUND EFFECTS], and it can sound really filthy or, you know [LAUGHING] you go a lot of different directions. But basically after every sound that he makes… Do a sound.

TG : [GRUNTING SOUND EFFECT]. Every time, though`. Like you think you’ve heard it twice and it’s gonna come again, ah, but it’s always, it’s always so funny, but the king of doing all those sounds is Steve. We, there’s a thing that we do called the, what is it, [SOUNDS LIKE: walla librar--]…

SB : A sound library.

TG : Yes, sound library. And it’s like let’s hear you jump 20 times. Let’s hear you get hit in the face. Let’s hear you get shocked, and this guy can do every sound in the book when I’m like, ah, I’ve done it once. I think that’s the only way I’m ever gonna get a hit, but, um, it’s cool to learn from him. He’s so good at it.

SB : Well, I had to because I grew up doing anime, so in anime it’s a requirement to make every disgusting sound known to man.


Q : When you came in to read for the Wolf role, was anyone keen on what it could have been?

TG : Jungle Book? I thought it was like a, like a, like a discovery, like animal… I had no idea.

SB : Yeah, I do so many military games and, and military type characters that I just figured it was some military guy and some fighting show. I didn’t know what it was. I do a lot of superheroes also, so I really didn’t know until I think I was in the studio just about to record, and I saw storm troopers in the copy and I went, oh, this is something different. This is Star Wars. This is, this is Star Wars! [LAUGHING.] Yeah, so it was that moment of realization. Dave can probably speak to that about, ah….

TG : Yeah, I still didn’t pick up. I was like storm troopers, still probably like Jungle Book. [LAUGHING.]

SB : Yeah, a lot of shows that we auditioned for are coded, they’re very heavily coded. They want to protect that and we sign non-disclosure agreements once we do know, so I wasn’t allowed to talk about it. I had to keep all that inside, and thank God I can finally talk about it. [NON-INTERVIEW DIALOGUE.]

Q : How have you embraced the hardcore Star Wars fans?

TG : I think it’s awesome. I had no clue that there, we went out to, the first little taste of it we got was they sent us this thing called Star Wars Weekends in, ah, in Florida. And I had no idea what to expect. I was like oh, it will be fun to like hang out with a couple people who like Star Wars and go on some rides. There were like 60 thousand people who all had Star Wars shirts or full on, ah, costumes, ah, wardrobe, outfits, everything and, and light sabers. And just seeing that, I realized oh, wow, we’re in something much bigger than I thought.

And it’s, it’s been so much fun and they’re saying there’s so much more to look forward to, and I can’t wait.

SB : Yeah, I, I’ve been doing the convention circuit for the last 10 years for my other work for my other work and, ah, going to that weekend in particular seemed, you know, there was 20, 30 thousand people on the parade route, and they put us in convertibles and we’re waited on. It’s great, and I’m thinking the show hasn’t come out. Nobody’s gonna know who we are, and they’re chanting our names, you know. It’s my name. This guy had researched and knew everything that we did and people were bringing stuff up to me from my whole career. It was, in was amazing, and seeing the families, too.

There was this one family where there was a grandma in a wheelchair in her 90′s, and the way down to like a 2-year-old, and there are like 50 of them and they’re all together cheering for us as we’re coming out of the parade route, and they’re in first position right there, and they’re everywhere in the park that we were [SIMULTANEOUS TALKING,] [UNINTELLIGIBLE]. There’s all the signs and, and they had us take a family photo.

TG : They all had code names. They were, there was Red Leader [LAUGHING]. They, they knew what they were doing. Yeah, and, ah, it’s so fun.

SB : Yes. It’s been awesome. It’s a whole different level of fandom too, and so show-specific. It’s just amazing to me that after all these years, that the fandom is stronger now than it’s ever been. It’s incredible. [SIMULTANEOUS TALKING.]

TG : With all the media, it’s crazy. It’s on Twitter. It’s, it’s unbelievable. I’ve been telling people, I’ve had a Twitter before I’d gotten this, and I felt like half the people I see on Twitter somewhere in their little, ah, description of themself, it’s like coffee enthusiast. I like my hair. I’m a Jedi. [LAUGHING.] I’ve seen Jedi, so I see the word Jedi in more of those biographies than anything and, ah, I understand why. They’re the coolest type of person you could be.

SB : Hey, you’ve got Freddie Prince, Jr. [SIMULTANEOUS TALKING,] [UNINTELLIGIBLE]. Yeah, he’s on Twitter and he’s going crazy about it. It took Star Wars to do that.

Q : Since you didn’t know what you were going in for to read for, was there a point of time where you wondered about turning it down before you knew what it was?

SB : I don’t turn down anything.

TG : Me neither, but there’s a fine, sort of, this, it was actually this one. I, I was doing something else that day, I think and I remember being really late to, I was like an hour, and not normally would we show up late to anything and I was, I was running an hour late and I remember calling my agent, I’m like I’m late. I’m gonna make a fool of myself. I was sweaty. It was, I was working on something else. I had a hat on, and I was like I’m just not gonna go into this. I don’t even know what it is. And he’s like just walk in. I think they’re still there. And I remember walking in like this, so ridiculous. Like I, I can’t believe I’m late. I feel so bad.

And then yeah, it worked out. And now I’m so glad that I did, ’cause that I had, I guess that’s maybe a recurring thing in my life, like if I’m like a couple, I’m like no, I can’t do this, but, um, it sit, my mom’s over there nodding, yes. Yes it is. [LAUGHING.] Um, but yes, so this is, this has been awesome.

SB : Well, yeah, I, I treat every role as though it is the most important thing in the world. And a friend of mine wrote a song called Soldier A, and it’s, it’s about like the, the most innocuous character who, who dies every episode, but you have to invest as a voice actor. Especially on camera, we don’t have the luxury of grabbing a role and carrying it, you know, through a whole series and being able to depend on that for, ah, income. In the case of the show, of course, it’s a little bit different, but, ah, there’s so many shows that I work on where I am literally fired every day.

I go in, I work one day on a show and I’m on to the next thing, and so I treat every character with great reverence and I’m very grateful for the ones that I book. So, ah, to, to have invested that much into something like this and then it fleshes out to something like this, it’s gravy, it’s amazing.

Q : Do you have a favorite Star Wars character?

TG : Um, I hadn’t even seen all those, all those three films, so I had, yeah, then caught up, Anakin. I had, ah, when he was young and racing the pods, um, because I had played like the, ’cause Star Wars has everything. I, I play the video game where you’re racing through the, the deserts…

SB : The pod racing.

TG : Pod racing. [SOUNDS LIKE: Thank you.] I just needed reassurance from somebody. Ah, and, and, ah, I thought Anakin. He was young. He was the hero and, and he was my favorite character, but Darth Sidious, that’s a much cooler character. We met Ray Park when we went out to the, um, weekends and he was, um, Darth Maul. And I thought he was awesome, ’cause I hadn’t seen all those [SOUNDS LIKE: shows], so that is another character that I think is so cool, but I, ah, I hope that kids like the characters from this show as well. And I think it will be a lot of fun.

SB : They probably will.

Q : What was your favorite scene to voice over?

SB : Well, well, pretty much, I don’t know. I–I love, I love all of it for so many different reasons. I, I think one of my very favorite scenes that I’ve seen so far was Ezra’s realization that he was doing something of value. Ah, after our first initial struggle, and then stealing stuff, and he’s sitting there and we’re giving away, ah, food, and that was the whole, ah, purpose of our mission. And we’re risking our lives to do that. And to see that look of, of, ah, realization on his face where he’s just going, well, I didn’t do anything.

It’s like he didn’t deserve the praise and you see a little bit of a transformation in him [SIMULTANEOUS TALKING] and that was, that was a very powerful moment for me.

Q : Another moment is when he realized you came back for him, another strong turning point.

SB : And for me actually not taking care of him and letting him go, that was a really hard thing for me to play as, as a dad. It was really hard for me to, to just say see, you’re on your own, and leaving him with the empire. I mean, that was, that was terrible, but thank God we resolved that. [LAUGHING.] I can sleep now.

Disney’s Beauty and The Beast Paramount Theatre Discount Code

We went to the Paramount last year to see The Lion King and now my husband wants to go see Beauty and the Beast with the kids. Of course I want to go too, I mean a few years back I actually got to see some of the costumes that they use in Beauty and the Beast. It’s so awesome.


Luckily as a blogger I have a discount code, but the best part is I have the code to share with all of you.



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Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, the award-winning worldwide smash hit Broadway musical, is returning to Seattle as part of the KeyBank Broadway at The Paramount series. Produced by NETworks Presentations, this elaborate theatrical production will come to life on stage at The Paramount Theatre from October 21 – 26, 2014. For information on the production, visit www.BeautyAndTheBeastOnTour.com. Beauty3

Tickets start at $25 and are available on-line at stgpresents.org and tickets.com, by calling 877-STG-4TIX (784-4849) or in person at The Paramount Theatre Box Office (Monday through Friday, 10am to 6pm).

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast features the animated film’s Academy Award®-winning score with music by Alan Menken and lyrics by the late Howard Ashman, with additional songs composed by Alan Menken and lyrics by Tim Rice. The book is written by Linda Woolverton.

The original creators of the Broadway production are together again for this classic touring production. The play is Directed by Rob Roth and Choreographed by Matt West, with Costume Design by Ann Hould-Ward (Tony Award® winner for her work on Disney’s Beauty and the Beast), Lighting Design by Natasha Katz (three-time Tony Award® winner), Scenic Design by Stanley A. Meyer, Sound Design by John Petrafesa Jr. and Music Supervision by Michael Kosarin.

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is the classic story of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped in a spell placed by an enchantress.  If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed to his former self. But time is running out. If the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity.

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast has become an international sensation that has played to more than 35 million people worldwide in 22 countries and has been translated into 9 different languages.  This production launched in February 2010 and has been seen by more than 2.5 million people while playing in excess of 1,000 performances in all 50 United States and 6 Canadian Provinces.

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast will be at Seattle’s Paramount Theatre for eight performances. The schedule for the Seattle engagement is:
Tuesday, October 21                          7:30 pm
Wednesday, October 22                     7:30pm
Thursday, October 23                         7:30pm
Friday, October 24                              8:00pm
Saturday, October 25                         2:00 pm and 8:00 pm
Sunday, October 26                           1:00pm An ASL / AVIA Interpreted performance

6:30 pm – An Open Caption performance

For tickets to these performances, call the TTY line at 888-331-6774.

Tickets for Disney’s Beauty and the Beast start at $25 and are available on-line at stgpresents.org and tickets.com, by calling 877-STG-4TIX (784-4849) or in person at The Paramount Theatre Box Office (Monday through Friday, 10am to 6pm).
For additional information, visit www.BeautyAndTheBeastOnTour.com.

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Paramount Theater Character Cast


JILLIAN BUTTERFIELD (Belle) is enchanted to be making her national touring debut. Credits include opening cast member of Wishes (Nicole) on the Disney Fantasy cruise ship, Cinderella (Cinderella), 25th…Spelling Bee (Logainne), and Loose Knit (Liz). Thanks to Mom and Dad who have believed in me every step of the way and to the rest of my family and friends who have been equally as supportive. Love you!

RYAN EVERETT WOOD (Beast) is elated to be on the road again with NETworks Tours. Last toured with NETworks’ Shrek The Musical (Brick Pig/Shrek US). Credits include: A Funny Thing…Forum (Pseudolus), Into The Woods (Baker), Hairspray (Corny Collin), The Scarlet Pimpernel (Chauvelin) and Disney’s Toy Story the Musical (Buzz Lightyear) with our own Patrick Pevehouse by his side. To infinity..and BEYOND!  Love to Mom, Dad and Sisters. www.ryaneverettwood.com

CAMERON BOND (Gaston). Originally from San Diego, Cameron is thrilled to be making his National Tour debut with this role and production! Regional: Damn Yankees (Joe Hardy), Les Miserables (Grantaire), Into the Woods (Rapunzel’s Prince), Tangled the Musical (Disney Workshop as Tom Stabbington), Legally Blonde (Kyle the U.P.S Guy), Peter Pan (Hook). Cam holds a B.A. in Business from Azusa Pacific University ’13. Thank you always family and friends for your continuous love, support, and reassurance as I follow my dreams.Beauty6

THOMAS MOTHERSHED (Maurice). National Tours: Little Shop of Horror (Seymour), West Side Story (Krupke) Regional: My Fair Lady (Harry) directed by two time Tony winner, Frank Galati, Les Miserables (Thenardier), All Shook Up (Jim Haller), 1776 (John Adams), Hamlet (Polonius), Merchant of Venice (Shylock). BFA Acting Florida State University. www.tmothershed.org

PATRICK PEVEHOUSE (Lumiere) is so happy to be joining Beauty and the Beast.  Most recently, Patrick was seen performing for Disney Cruise Line in Toy Story, the Musical as Woody (starring opposite Ryan Everett Wood as Buzz Lightyear!)  National Tour: The Wizard of Oz (Scarecrow). Select Regional: Hello, Dolly! (Ambrose Kemper), Grease! (Eugene), and The Wizard of Oz (Scarecrow). Education: OCU.  Enormous amount of love and gratitude to Mom, Dad, and family. 

EMILY JEWELL (Mrs. Potts). Nat’l tour: My Heart in a Suitcase (Mutti). Select Regional: Avenue Q (Kate Monster), John and Jen (Jen), The Last Five Years (Cathy), Or (Aphra). Elements Theatre Collective Co-Founder. BFA: Viterbo University. Love to MERDACA, Sara & Stacie. emilyjewell.com

KELLY GOYETTE (Madame De La Grand Bouche). Originally from Vermont, Kelly is so thankful for the opportunity to revisit this show (and role)! Nat’l Tours: Shrek (Mama Bear/Ogre, Dragon), Grease (Miss Lynch), Annie (Mrs. Pugh/Hannigan u/s). Other Favorites: Mary Poppins, Les Miserables, Legally Blonde, Xanadu. Big thanks to Bob, NETworks, Kenny, Michael and Mom. For Baba.

SAMUEL SHURTLEFF (Cogsworth) has performed in regional productions of South Pacific (Emile), Too Old For The Chorus (Glenn), Sordid Lives (G.W.), The Foreigner (Froggy), and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Bottom).  He would like to thank his beautiful Muse, Terrilynn. www.samuelshurtleff.net

MELISSA JONES (Babette). A Southern California native, Melissa currently lives in NYC. Favorite past shows include 42nd Street (Anytime Annie), Nunsense (Mary Leo) and Sugar Babies (Sugar Baby). All my love to Mama, family and JoeJoe. Don’t know what I would do without you.

JAKE BRIDGES (Lefou) is thrilled to be returning to the road after touring with NETworks’ South Pacific (The Professor). Previous performing stints w/Disney include Walt Disney World and Disney Cruise Line’s Fantasy. Regional credits: Hello, Dolly! (Barnaby), Ragtime (Houdini), Hairspray (Brad). U. Central Florida ’10. Thanks GBM and Mr. Hudson!

ROSS NEMETH (Chip at some performances), 11, Scottsdale, AZ. National Tour Debut. Regional: Peter Pan (Michael) Arizona Broadway Theatre. Thanks to everyone who helped me, Kelli James, Laurie Cullity, Miss Audrey, my sister, parents, friends and family.

LOGAN SEJAS (Chip at some performances). National tour debut!  Regional shows include; Mary Poppins (Michael Banks), A Christmas Carol (Tiny Tim), Zirkus Grimm (Hansel).  Logan is grateful to his wonderful family and friends, Q Artistry, and all that have helped make this dream come true!

DANIEL GOLD (Carpet/Lefou Cover) is ecstatic to be making his national tour debut! Recent credits include Grease and Mary Poppins. Many thanks and much love to Mom, Dad, Adam, his family, Taylor, TV, NETworks, and the B&TB tour cast and crew.

TAUREAN M. BARBER (Male Ensemble) recently completed the international tours of Bring it On and Dreamgirls. The Georgia native performed two seasons with Dissonance Dance Theatre in Washington DC. He is elated and thrilled to join this production! Follow him on Instagram @Jazzy_TMB.

NATHAN DUSZNY (Swing) Hails from NH, a ballet boy gone rogue who decided to do musicals instead. National tours: Hairspray (I.Q), Radio City Christmas Spectacular, Tokyo Disney. Regional: West Side Story (Snow boy), Hello Dolly, Cats (Mistofelles). Love to my family!

CHRISTIE FARRELL (Townsperson/Enchanted Object). Regional: A Chorus Line (Tricia u/s Diana, Judy, Sheila) (Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Resident Musical), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Ensemble, Dance Captain), The Wedding Singer (Ensemble, Dance Captain). BFA Musical Theatre from Shenandoah Conservatory. Thanks and love to my family and Dylan for all their support! www.christiefarrell.com

JOSEPH FIERBERG (Townsperson/Enchanted Object). Regional: Fulton, Ogunquit, MSMT, Playhouse on Park, Arizona Broadway Theatre.  Other Favorites: A Chorus Line (Mark), Singin’ in the Rain (Cosmo), All Shook Up (Dennis).  BFA: Syracuse.  Thanks to Bob Cline, NETworks, and, most of all, my family.

ABIGAIL GATLIN (Silly Girl, Enchanted Object) is thrilled to join this beautiful tour! NY: RCCS (Rockette); Regional: CATS (Bombalurina), Legally Blonde (u/s Vivienne, Serena), Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (Gloria, u/s Dorothy), Grease (Marty). BA, Birmingham-Southern. Unending love to family, friends! James 1:2.

CAITLIN HUMPHREYS (Townsperson/Enchanted Object) is ecstatic to be joining Beauty and the Beast. Regional: Parade (Lucille Frank) (Los Angeles Ovation Nomination), Avenue Q (Kate Monster/Lucy), The Wedding Singer (Julia) and [Title of Show] (Heidi). BFA CSU Fullerton. Love to Mom and Dad.

BONNIE KELLY (Silly Girl, Enchanted Object). Native of Cherry Hill, NJ. National Tours: A Chorus Line (Bebe). Favorite Credits include The Music Man (Ethel Toffelmier), Sweet Charity (Elaine), Singin’ In The Rain (Olga). BFA Musical Theater from Montclair State University. www.Bonnie-Kelly.com

HANNAH JEWEL KOHN (Townsperson/Enchanted Object). National Tour debut! Hannah is excited to join the cast of her dream show!  Credits: Entwined (Luna), Joseph…Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Dance Captain), Disney’s Youth Performing Arts promotional film. Love and gratitude to DDPC & family for endless love and support!

MICHAL KOLACZKOWSKI (Townsperson/Enchanted Object). After dancing with Crystal Cruises, Michal is happily performing on solid ground! Favorite professional credits: iLuminate: The Tourist (Tourist), Legally Blonde (Carlos), and Spamalot (Ensemble.)  Training: BDC Professional Semester and MSU. Big thanks to NETworks, teachers, friends, and family. www.michalkolaczkowski.com

LACEY KRISTON (Townsperson/Enchanted Object) is thrilled to be making her NETworks debut. Her theatre experience includes Joseph (Narrator), Phantom (Christine), My Fair Lady (Eliza), and ensemble roles with the Indianapolis Opera. She thanks God and family with love to all.

NICK LORENZINI (Monsieur D’Arque, Townsperson/Enchanted Object). Favorite Credits: Cats (Tugger),Flat Rock Playhouse; 9 to 5 (Dick), Hilton Head; Mary Poppins; Elf National Tour; Forever Plaid (McCoy Rigby/Moonlight); Annie/Rent (MTW); Producers/42nd Street (Cabrillo).  Love to my beautiful family and friends!  Cheers! 

KAITLIN NIEWOEHNER (Silly Girl, Enchanted Object) is thrilled to join the BATB magic! She is a gymnast turned dancer with a BS in Architecture. National Tours: Memphis (Teenage Girl), A Chorus Line (Swing). Regional: Can-can (WBT, Ensemble), Hairspray (Amber), Spelling Bee (Olive). Love to my God and my family in NY, AK, and MO! www.kaitlinniewoehner.com

HAYLEY PALMER (Townsperson/Enchanted Object) earned her MFA in Acting from UC Irvine. Roles include Romeo and Juliet (Nurse), Twelfth Night (Maria), The Fantasticks (Mortimer), and Legally Blonde the Musical (Whitney/Ensemble). Thank you family, friends, and teachers for your love and support!

SARAH POWELL (Townsperson/Enchanted Object). National Tour Debut! Floribama native, B.M. from NYU Steinhardt. Favorite credits: Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (Alice), Sound of Music (Liesl), Peter Pan (Wendy) and more. Many thanks to my Powell groupies, Adam, NETworks and this amazing team! www.sarahelizabethpowell.com

TYLER SCHERER (Townsperson/Enchanted Object) is humbled to make his National Tour debut in Beauty and the Beast. Regional Credits include Tarzan (Tarzan). Point Park University graduate: Evita (Che), A Chorus Line (Zach) and She Loves Me (Kodaly). Currently attends Playhouse West in CA. Love to Mom, Dad and the 8.

BRENT WAKELIN (Townsperson/Enchanted Object) is thrilled to be on tour with this classic! National Tour: The Wizard of Oz (Cowardly Lion). Regional: The 25th… Spelling Bee (William Barfée), Guys and Dolls (Angie the Ox). Boundless love and gratitude for my family and friends!

BEN CULLEN WALKER (Townsperson/Enchanted Object) National tour debut! Regional: Les Miserables (The Fulton; Foreman, Courfeyrac), Joseph…Dreamcoat (The Fulton; Naphtali), The Wedding Singer (Glen Guglia). Proud alumnus of Penn State University’s BFA Musical Theatre program; WE ARE! BenCullenWalker.com

Star Wars Rebels Interview: Freddie Prinze Jr. Loves Being Part of Star Wars

I have been super excited about Star Wars Rebels. My kids watch the Disney Channel all the time and the previews are super enticing to them. Every time they see it they start yelling at me that they have to watch it. They don’t want me to forget to record it and neither do I. This is going to be a great series that the whole family can watch together. It’s a cartoon series that Star Wars fans will love. While in LA last week I had the opportunity to sit down with Freddie Prinze Jr. who plays Kanan, and the Producer Dave Filoni. Here is their interview.

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Q: Star Wars is such a legacy, a huge franchise.  How did it feel to be a part of that?

Freddie:  I didn’t know it was Star Wars.  It was titled Wolf Pack.  And you’ll have to speak to him about that.  But uh, I went in and I saw some Character breakdowns on the wall at Disney and I looked at them and I’m thinking, these guys are either ripping off Star Wars real bad or this is a Star Wars thing.  And uh, there was another girl in the waiting room and she was reading for Tia — for Tia’s character and she looked super nervous.  And when she came out of the room, it was like this is definitely Star Wars.  So I asked them and I think I said a word that I shouldn’t say, this first table run.  I said is this bleeping Star Wars?  And then — and then he kind of sits back, he sits back there, he sits back and he kind of like nods his head all cool and I was like “All right, give me a second”.  I’ve got to turn around and compose myself and then get prepared.  Instead of a Light Sabre, I had a Sun Sword, which Thunder the Barbarian had from Hanna Barbera.  Remember that?

Dave:  That’s good knowledge.

Freddie:  But they ripped off Star Wars.  They even had their Wookie.  They had Klan, right?  That was the Wookie that Princess Ariel, Princess Leah but she had Manly–Sorry, (he’s laughing)  My ’80s Cartoon Knowledge is on point.


What made you want to do this?

Dave:  Well you know, we were kind of wrapping up the Series, Clone Wars with the big Disney purchase, it was time for a change and fans, you know, felt very strongly about the show.  In all honesty, it just felt like something that we probably shouldn’t continue without George (Lucas).  It was just a part of him and his creation and working with him was like no other experience I’ve ever had.  So we wanted to come up with something new that represented this kind of new era of Star Wars and working with Lucas Films Story team, we all quickly came up with the idea of Star Wars Rebels, the story team introduced the idea to make an A-Team like scenario and it just makes sense.



Talk about the strong female characters in Star Wars Rebels.

Dave:  Yeah, I think that, I mean, it’s a strange word to use but like it’s just a necessity.  I think most Creatives you speak to right now would say that if they had  a choice to tell a story, they would use a female lead.  I think some people feel that the stories have been told with the guys, you know. 

Freddie:  I was gonna say, Clone Wars is a good example where we can show good and evil, strong, powerful women at a young age to a more young adult age as far as young female protagonists.  They did Clone Wars big time, both good and evil.

Dave:  Yeah, so we didn’t want to repeat Luke so we did Soka.  And then we did Ezra cause we didn’t want a repeat of Soka, so instead we made the women characters ones that didn’t have the force, ones that could be tough on their own.  So when we direct like Hara, I say, I want you to say and be and do any of the lines you would have given Hans Solo.  I don’t want you to change them in any way.  You know, I want this character as  being one that would react like Clint Eastwood when he got shot.  Don’t make her, don’t diminish in any way or color it any way that you think has traditionally been.  You see, I get schooled on this on a daily basis at home by my wife and honestly, she’s a way better storyteller than I am.

Freddie:  And just because Leah is in a dress, don’t trip.  She’s tougher than the guys in all 3 Movies.  So I mean a dress doesn’t–You all are in dresses.  I’m sure some of you can move on us.  That existed in the Star Wars World long, long ago.

Dave:  It’s got to be more about your spirit, your integrity, your emotions as a character, more than anything superficial so that’s what we try to work with.  And like I said, my wife is definitely the hugest influence for me there.  If I’ve been successful at all creating female characters, it’s because of her absolutely.


Talk about the Casting process.

Dave:  Oh it went so fast.  We made this show very quick, because we wanted to film in the time prior to Episode 7.  You know, that’s gonna be this thunderous amazing thing!  But it was gonna take time to produce so we wanted to get an animated series up ahead to kind of get kids up and going with Star Wars and in this new world and so it was one of the big challenges when we were sold.  So it was gonna be very hard to cast quickly and my feelings was that you just, you know the right people when you hear them, when you see them.  So we met everybody when they came in and we just brought in a group of people and pretty much without fail, Simon Kinberg, Greg Weisman and I always would give high marks to the same people.  We’ve been so lucky that creatively, we’ve all collaborated really well with Lucas Film.  And we’ve all pretty much agreed on the decisions.  It’s really rare, so we would pick our top people and we were like wow, I agree, I heard he is really good.  I like to judge things, you can be really talented but if you’re not a good person, if you’re not gonna be collaborative, then I don’t want to work with you.  Talent’s not gonna outweigh that.  I think that’s the important thing for young people.  If you’re really talented and you’re arrogant, I don’t want to work with you.  I want somebody who’s hard working.  You know, right?

Freddie:  Green.

Dave:  You know, when I went to play hockey growing up, you know, my coach always appreciated the kids that put in the work, not just the talented kids.  You know, you got to work for things.  And we got to work hard together to prove.  We got to get along really well.  And these guys have to become these characters.  So it’s really worked out.  I can see a lot of people might have the acting chops but you have the personality plus all the fans, the Star Wars Fans, I think an important part of being an actor in Star Wars is you have to accept the exposure to our fans and I want you to treat them with respect cause they’ll treat you with respect for the most part.  I mean, they’ve all been great.

Freddie:  For the most part.

Dave:  You passed the test.

Freddie:  There have been a few though.

Dave:  Vision, to me Freddie’s kind of like a Star Wars goal, he gets it.  He gets the attitude.  He gets the kind of way that–You get the swagger, my friend.  That kind of Hans Solo thing.


Freddie: It’s a generation thing though like it’s a genetic thing when you’re around our age like it’s just, you know, that was back when wrestling was real.  That was back when the news told the truth.  So it’s just, it’s ingrained and it’s a part of you so you know, you read lines and I’m literally, like before I even talked to him like I know exactly how he wants me to say that because I remember this from “Empire Strikes Back” when they’re–You know what I mean and like you just get the vibe of who you’re kind of summoning as you’re sort of figuring out who this–who this sort of Rebel Jedi is.


Cause he’s not the normal Jedi.  He’s not together.  He doesn’t have it all figured out.  He has maybe 3 answers.  Forget all the answers and then two of them, he’s guessing on.  You’ll literally see him sort of BS Ezra on some of these horse things that something like Master Yoda would be like, you know, there is no try, there’s only do.  Where’s–Kanan will be like give me your best shot.  (Laughing)  You’re not supposed to do that.  I mean, you know what I mean?  He makes mistakes cause he was young and he didn’t get to complete his training in the way that an Anakin or the way that Luke could, you know what I mean?  He’s not the master that Ezra, you know, that a kid sees.  Growing up without a father like Ezra, you put certain men in your life on a pedestal.  And they become something to you.  They become something special and spiritual and powerful.  And it’s not fair to do to them by the way because they’re just men, right?  They’re gonna have mistakes, they’re gonna get sick, they’re gonna cheat on their wives, they’re gonna do whatever it is they do that’s gonna destroy that image you have and make you angry at them, even though you projected that on them.  And so they get to have that type of a relationship and you can really see it from Jump Street.  You can see Kanan kind of resist, and you can see him get sucked in because the way Taylor plays Ezra is, he may be a smart alleck but he knows how to  show you vulnerability and–and that’s what kind of gets me.

We read together like we’re in the room at the same time.  It’s a very collaborative process.  It’s very Breakfast Clubby, you know what I mean, like we do everything in order.  It is, they shot that movie like a play basically.  The scenes in the beginning and end were the only things they shot out of order.  The rest of that Movie was all together and that’s–that’s kind of how we record.  You know what I mean, unless we got a big dog and we got to shoot out there.


How did you get this role?

Freddie:  It’s weird.  I’ve taken a step back from acting when we had kids and I didn’t want to leave Los Angeles anymore.  I wanted to be present.  Since they shoot don’t anything in Los Angeles, that was sort of that.  And so it became very easy to not work and I was starting to get kind of creatively antsy and I did a couple of voices on video games which these days are way more drawn out than Mario Bros.  You know what I mean?  You do a voice for Mario and it’s like ‘Hey look at me.’  Then you work on a video game today and it’s 6 months worth of work.  And I really started getting hungry and those acting juices started flowing again.  And when this script came around, you have to remember, I didn’t know that it was “Star Wars.”  So I wasn’t that excited.  I was like these guys are ripping this off.  This isn’t even, you know what I mean, like it’s not that good.  A Sun Sword?  That’s not cool, you know.  So you’re not hyped up and then it wasn’t until I read, I didn’t know if I–if I booked it.  I know I did a good job.  And so you know, you kind of dissociate cause you don’t want to be like yes.  And then like no, no.  So you know, you wait, you wait, and then I heard that I got it.  And it’s just this very surreal moment, you know.  And I’m sure it was different for Vanessa, for Steve, certainly for Taylor, Arden.  We’re generationally so far apart.  For me, I mean, I slipped down the slide when I was 4 years old with a broken flagpole cause I was Luke and my cousin was Darth Vader.  I have to be specific, there are so many Darths now.  Back then it was only this.  But you know, the pole hit the ground first and it stuck in my chin and my mom ran out and my chin blew out.  And you know, she flipped and threw me in the car and took me to the hospital and they stitched this little scar I have back here.  I had 16 and it looked like I had a little Goatee and I was only 4.  And so you know, those, all those images start racing back through your head and you’re reading dialogue, you know, telling a kid, come with me.  Come learn the ways of the forest, you know what I mean?  (laughing)  From 4 years old to 38 years old, I mean, come on, it’s easy to know that I really care about this.

Do you have a real Light Sabre?

Freddie:  A real Light Sabre?  When do I get my real Light Saber? (turning to Dave)

Dave:  No, you’re not ready for that.

The half-hour series will premiere on Disney XD MONDAY, OCTOBER 13 (9:00 p.m., ET/PT).


Our family is super excited and we have it scheduled to record.


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