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239: Director Ron Clements Chats ‘Mermaid’ Memories, ‘Treasure Planet’ Woes, and More

We’re joined by seven-time director Ron Clements as he shares stories from his time at Walt Disney Animation Studios creating films like The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Moana, and more. Tune in to hear Ron recount the highs and lows of working at the studios in the 80s and 90s, the pressures of creating the first African-American Disney Princess, the joys of working with Lin-Manuel Miranda, and much more!

Also on this week’s show, we discuss Disney’s CEO shakeup and take a closer look at one of the names etched on a Main Street window: Donn Tatum, the first Disney CEO who was not part of the Disney family. Plus, we go “Behind the Magic” by chatting all things Jungle Cruise. Lots of fun awaits. Tune in now!

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58: Animated Films in the Parks – The 2000s

Our search for signs of Disney films at Walt Disney World gets a bit harder this week as we venture into the 2000s. On this week’s show, we chat about films like Atlantis, Chicken Little, and The Emperor’s New Groove, discussing why they’ve been all but forgotten by Disney executives and fans alike. We also speculate about why movies like Lilo & Stitch and The Princess and the Frog have had such lasting power.

In “You Be the Judge,” we go head to head in a few friendly debates regarding topics such as nighttime spectaculars, disposable opening-day attractions, and shoddy audio-animatronics. Plus, we play a few rounds of “Take 5,” in which we use just five words to express our feelings about gourmet hot dogs, the PeopleMover, and more. Episode 58 of The Mad Chatters Podcast is now available for your listening pleasure!

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