139: The Son of the Godfather of Halloween – DON POST JR.

Don Post. Does that name bring back memories for some of you? Let’s go Skywalking through October with the man that put Halloween on the map – Don Post Jr! Don’s father, nick-named the Godfather of Halloween, started up Don Post Studios and together he and his son built up the company. They eventually acquired the license to make full head Star Wars masks and helmets back in 1977 and the rest is Halloween history. We could not BE more excited to share this interview with you, and Don Post, Jr. himself was just as excited. The memories he has to share bring tears to your eyes.

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Inspiration: The Music of Star Wars Rebels is quickly becoming our most popular segment. This week we look at Kevin Kiner’s “Combining the Holocrons” track from Star Wars Rebels S3 E2: “The Holocrons of Fate”. Maul’s theme, a Holocron theme (?!) and the Devil’s tone!!

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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is just around the corner which means it’s almost time to get in line. But where? And When? Luckily Ric Peralta from LiningUp.net is here to give us some information!

Also on this episode:

WHERE WE WILL BE (IN REAL LIFE)

November 5, 2016: Rancho Obi-Wan THE GALA STRIKES BACK Meet-up at 3pm, followed by the Gala itself that evening.

November 6, 2016: Disney Family Museum at 11am. Details coming soon.

September 17-22, 2017: Skywalking HALLOWEEN ON THE HIGH SEAS Disney Cruise! To get more info, go to storiesofthemagic.com/cruisequote and click on the orange “Get a Quote” button in the upper left to get a free, no obligation quote. You’re not committing to anything, just getting information with that request. In the Comments section mention “Skywalking Through Neverland” so Randy Crane knows you want to be part of our group.

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138: Happy Rogue Friday with Duncan Jenkins

Rogue Friday is upon us! Let’s get into Star Wars collecting history and Rogue Friday discussion with our special guest, Duncan Jenkins. He is on the Board of Directors at Rancho Obi-Wan, as well as co-author of several Comprehensive Guides to Star Wars collecting.

Margaret Kerry, Tinker Bell animator’s reference model, is back to ease you through your problems and concerns as she gives advice through her segment Ask Tink.

The first episode of Star Wars: Rebels Season 3 premiered on September 24th, so we’re bringing back our segment, Inspirations: The Music of Star Wars Rebels to talk about our initial thoughts and go into the music of the episode, “Steps Into Shadow”.

Jocasta Drew is here to tell us about the new and beautiful books Star Wars Complete Locations and Star Wars: Year By Year by DK Publishing. Are they worth the purchase? What age range are they intended for? Which pages blew you away? And when you’re ready, you can buy these books now from Amazon.com.

Also on this episode:

  • Cliff’s Notes Count Down
  • Things We Want To Share – STN’s 3rd Anniversary!
  • Skywalker Shout-Outs
  • Skywalker Of The Week

WHERE WE WILL BE (IN REAL LIFE)

November 5, 2016: Rancho Obi-Wan THE GALA STRIKES BACK Meet-up at 3pm, followed by the Gala itself that evening.

November 6, 2016: Disney Family Museum at 11am. Details coming soon.

September 17-22, 2017: Skywalking Disney Cruise! To get more info, go to storiesofthemagic.com/cruisequote and click on the orange “Get a Quote” button in the upper left to get a free, no obligation quote. You’re not committing to anything, just getting information with that request. In the Comments section mention “Skywalking Through Neverland” so Randy Crane knows you want to be part of our group.

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110: Skywalking To Valentine’s Day



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It’s our Valentine episode – so if you’re single, try MouseMingle! MouseMingle.com is a NEW dating website for Disney fans and you may have heard it mentioned on SNL, The Tonight Show and The View, to name a few. We interviewed the creator of MouseMingle.com, Dave Tavers, about the site blowing up around the country and around the world. Learn more about MouseMingle right here! It’s not just for singles either. One of the options you can choose while creating your profile is “Park Pal.” (18:44)

Disney Cruise Line announced a “Star Wars Day At Sea” last year, and finally those cruises are cruising! Long-time Skywalker Chickaphant (as well as parents Michael and Michelle) regale us with tales from their STAR WARS Day At Sea Disney Cruise. Food! Merchandise! Experiences! And a Star Wars “celebrity”? Is the price of the cruise worth one Star Wars day? You may be surprised at the answers. (58:52)

Also on this episode:

  • WINNER ANNOUNCED of DK STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS Visual Dictionary. (15:50)
  • Cliff’s Notes Countdown (6:03)
  • The All-Time Awards – we need your help to nominate! (12:26)
  • Skywalker Shout-Outs and Skywalker Of The Week (50:02)

And remember…NeverLand On Alderaan!

WHERE WE WILL BE (IN REAL LIFE)

4/14-4/17/2016: Star Wars Half Marathon Meet-up at Walt Disney World! Event Details

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Episode 109: Journey To Skellig Michael (with a Day Trip to Disneyland)



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Come with us on our day off at Disneyland! The day begins with a trip to…Skellig Michael? That’s right, before we take you with us to Disneyland, we spoke with Bryce and Carly Yelverton about their amazing experience on Skellig Michael, which is where Luke Skywalker appears at the end of STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS. The island is far off the coast of Ireland, and the journey there is half the fun. (9:00)

And now back to Disneyland! Come with us as we visit Kylo Ren, Boba Fett and Chewbacca, and check out February’s new AP Days. We also recap Jedi Training Academy: Trials Of The Temple. Is The Seventh Sister as awesome as in pictures? Listen and find out. (49:00)

Also on this episode:

  • Skywalking On TV – Ewan McGregor on Jimmy Kimmel and Harrison Ford announcing Star Wars Land news at Disneyland. (1:14:50)
  • Nickelodeon Kid’s Choice Awards. THE FORCE AWAKENS, STAR WARS: Absolutely Everything You Need To Know and a few other Star Wars-related items are available to vote on. Since the Oscars snubbed our movie, it’s time to vote where it counts. (28:32)
  • The Farce Awakens at The Oscars – who’s boycotting!?
  • Skywalker Shout-outs and Skywalker of the Week (1:07:44)

WHERE WE WILL BE (IN REAL LIFE)

4/14-4/17/2016: Star Wars Half Marathon Meet-up at Walt Disney World! Event Details

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Episode 98: Happy Galaween!



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Happy Galaween, Rancho Obi-Wan! Several Skywalkers made the trip to Steve Sansweet’s Annual Gala Fundraiser held last week, and Donald Wicks of EndorCast is here to give us his trip report. What an event! Tune in for details, and find out if we will attend next year… (18:55)

Every October, the Hall Of Heroes Superhero Museum in Elkhart, Indiana changes it up and becomes the Hall Of Villains Haunted House! How could we resist?? We brought on the owner, Alan Stewart, to tell us all about it. A screen-used, signed-by-the-entire-cast Captain America Shield?? Yes, please! (59:52)

Also on this episode:

  • Things We Want To Share
  • Skywalker Shout-Outs (1:25:45)
  • Skywalker of the Week (1:25:45)
  • Skywalking On TV -The Force Awakens Trailer Spoofs (55:41)

WHERE WE WILL BE (IN REAL LIFE)

11/14/15: Avengers Half Marathon Weekend Meet-Up at Downtown Disney. Anaheim, CA Event Details

11/16/15: Season Of The Force – Waiting In Line For Hyperspace Mountain Meet-Up. Anaheim, CA

12/30/15: Let’s watch THE FORCE AWAKENS together at Downtown Disney in Anaheim! Event Details

1/16/16: Star Wars Half Marathon Birthday Meet-Up at Downtown Disney! Anaheim, CA Event Details

4/14-4/17/2016: Star Wars Half Marathon Meet-up at Walt Disney World!

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Episode 97: Brews and Blasters and Trailer Talk



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We joined in the mob of people at Downtown Disney in Anaheim, CA for the official unveiling of THE FORCE AWAKENS Trailer and we HAD to join in the world-wide discussion with fans who attended. Plus, we analyze the all-important and amazing music! (9:23) Then we invited Joe Tavano and Chris Salton of Brews And Blasters on to talk STAR WARS REBELS: THE LOST COMMANDERS. (44:13)

Continuing with our Halloween theme this month, Russell Flores gives us some insight into THE TOWER OF TERROR. What lies beneath the hotel facade? What are some hidden gems and hidden Mickeys? The author of SEEN, UNSEEN DISNEYLAND sets us straight. (1:44:16)

STAR WARS MUSICAL will have a sequel! George Shaw, the writer and composer, is back to tell us about the crowd-funding RocketHub campaign for his next project – “The Empire’s New Groove” based on THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK. (1:29:17)

Also on this episode:

  • Things We Want To Share
  • Skywalker Shout-Outs (1:25:45)
  • Skywalker of the Week (1:25:45)

WHERE WE WILL BE (IN REAL LIFE)

11/14/15: Avengers Half Marathon Weekend Meet-Up at Downtown Disney. Anaheim, CA Event Details

11/16/15: Season Of The Force – Waiting In Line For Hyperspace Mountain Meet-Up. Anaheim, CA

12/30/15: Let’s watch THE FORCE AWAKENS together at Downtown Disney in Anaheim! Event Details

1/16/16: Star Wars Half Marathon Birthday Meet-Up at Downtown Disney! Anaheim, CA Event Details

4/14-4/17/2016: Star Wars Half Marathon Meet-up at Walt Disney World!

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Episode 96: The Trick-or-Treat SPOOKTACULAR Podcast Crossover



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Our Trick-Or-Treat SPOOKTACULAR Podcast Crossover Contest begins! Listen in for all the details. (10:54)

Ever wonder who invented those Jack-In-The-Box and Disney antenna balls? What it takes to market a multi-million dollar Star Wars: Episode I fast-food merchandise campaign? We talk with the marketing genius behind it all, Pat Pattison, who has worked on campaigns from Star Wars to Disney. Fascinating stories! (19:05)

We also talk Halloween memories with our friend from down under, Adam O’Brien of Jogcast Radio. (1:01:06) And we have an update from Ric Peralta of LiningUp.net about where fans in Hollywood will be lining up – TCL Chinese Theatre or Disney’s El Capitan?? (1:23:21)

Also on this episode:

  • Things We Want To Share
    • Mickey’s Halloween Party with Tricia Barr & B.J. Priester. (3:15)
    • Star Wars Reads Day (8:00)
  • Skywalker Shout-Outs (57:21)
  • Skywalker of the Week (57:21)
  • Skywalking On TV (1:21:59)

WHERE WE WILL BE (IN REAL LIFE)

11/14/15: Avengers Half Marathon Weekend Meet-Up at Downtown Disney. Anaheim, CA Event Details

11/16/15: Season Of The Force – Waiting In Line For Hyperspace Mountain Meet-Up. Anaheim, CA

12/30/15: Let’s watch THE FORCE AWAKENS together at Downtown Disney in Anaheim! Event Details

1/16/16: Star Wars Half Marathon Birthday Meet-Up at Downtown Disney! Anaheim, CA Event Details

4/14-4/17/2016: Star Wars Half Marathon Meet-up at Walt Disney World!

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Episode 95: Welcome, Foolish Mortals…



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We kick off our month-long salute to Halloween by talking with Jeffrey Baham about The Haunted Mansion. Jeff runs Doombuggies.com, the Mousetalgia Podcast and he is the author of The Unauthorized Story of Walt Disney’s Haunted Mansion. (17:14)

It’s time for another Classic Marvel Star Wars Comics Segment where we cover issue #5 with Star Wars artist Randy Martinez,“Lo, The Moons Of Yavin.” Randy will be attending NYCC and just may have some of our fabulous BB-8 buttons to give away…for the right password. (1:09:19)

Ask Tink! We get some advice and wisdom from our fairy podmother, Margaret Kerry, Tinker Bell herself! (1:03:10)

Also on this episode:

  • Things We Want To Share
    • Star Wars Rebels Season 2 Press Conference sound bytes (8:35)
    • TRICK OR TREAT SPOOKTACULAR Podcast Crossover Contest (5:23)
    • Skywalker Shout-Outs (57:10)
    • Skywalker of the Week (57:10)

And remember…NeverLand On Alderaan!

WHERE WE WILL BE (IN REAL LIFE)

11/14/15: Avengers Half Marathon Weekend Meet-Up at Downtown Disney. Anaheim, CA Event Details

11/16/15: Season Of The Force – Waiting In Line For Hyperspace Mountain Meet-Up. Anaheim, CA

12/30/15: Let’s watch THE FORCE AWAKENS together at Downtown Disney in Anaheim! Event Details

1/16/16: Star Wars Half Marathon Birthday Meet-Up at Downtown Disney! Anaheim, CA Event Details

4/14-4/17/2016: Star Wars Half Marathon Meet-up at Walt Disney World!

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Episode 88: Jedi Training Academy’s Oldest Padawan



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Roads. Where we’re going, we don’t need roads…

We need lightsabers!!

In Episode 88 (which totally has me thinking Back To The Future, if you can’t tell from listening to the first 20 seconds) we talk with Matt Cox – the first and only adult to participate in the Jedi Training Academy at Disneyland. He may be visually impaired, but that didn’t stop Matt from infiltrating the Jedi Training Academy at the 2015 Friends Of The Magic Meet-Up! (Matt hosts the podcast, Brunch With The Brits) Matt also proposed to his girlfriend Maria at Disneyland, and both stories have us reaching for our tissues. (15:44)

We also have another Classic Marvel Star Wars Comic segment with Star Wars artist Randy Martinez , this time we look at issue #2 of the film adaptation from April 1978. No hoojibs yet, but we LOVE discussing the comics from 3 points of view: the nostalgic, the artistic and the newbie. (53:03)

Also on this episode:

  • Things We Want To Share – FORCE FRIDAY event with Star Wars authors! Richard and I tapped to moderate! Listen in for all the juicy details. (10:46)
  • Cliff’s Notes Countdown (5:14)
  • Skywalker Shout-outs (47:54)
  • Skywalker Of The Week (34:00)

And remember…NeverLand On Alderaan!

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Episode 87: D23 Expo Surprises Revealed!



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Jeffrey Epstein, D23 Expo Spokesperson, joins us to reveal NEW exciting Star Wars and Lucasfilm-related panels and happenings at the D23 Expo. He confirms that the maker himself, George Lucas, will be in attendance, and whets our appetites for the Disney Archives Exhibit. We can’t wait!! (13:12)

Download the D23 Expo App for IOS and Android

Do you remember your first visit to a Disney Park? Re-live those memories as we talk with Georgia Davis – she visited Disneyland for her very first time on Disneyland’s 60th Anniversary. (41:57)

Stephen Howard of RoqooDepot.com reviews Star Wars Podcasts every week, so we invited him on the show as our Point 5 Past Lightspeed Super Fan! (59:16)

Also on this episode:

  • Things We Want To Share –
    • Sarah: Disneyland buys MORE land across the street. Speculation for expansion runs wild!!
    • Richard: Darth Vader bears a striking resemblance to the first-ever costumed super villain in a 1938 serial. (6:11)

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  • Skywalker Shout-outs (34:00)
  • Skywalker Of The Week (34:00)

And remember…NeverLand On Alderaan!

A PARENT’S PERSPECTIVE on Episode 85: Amy Schumer/GQ Debate

Zach Otto wrote in to give us his perspective on the topic:

Hey hey,

In episode 85, you discussed Amy Schumer’s parody, and we’re interested in getting parents’ thoughts, so here it goes.

I am a father of a 3 year old girl and 4 and 7 year old boys. Along with my lovely wife, we are major Star Wars fans. It is a constant source of conversation topics, and several times a day at least one of my kids is humming or whistling Star Wars music as their theme song of the minute. Of the actual saga, they have only watched A New Hope. This their choice. With the exception of episode 3 (PG-13), they are setting their own pace. However, they have read/watched every piece of information they can get their hands on. My daughter is completely enthralled with Rebels. My sons love Clone Wars and Rebels. We rewatch many episodes of each on a regular basis.

For me as a kid, I never thought it was odd that Leia had a ‘huttslayer'( thanks full of sith;)) outfit. It was just a part of the movie. I don’t think I ever even asked why she was wearing it.  To me it made sense that Jabba is an evil toad who objectifies people with abandon because he can. Fast forward 20 years, and to my kids.  One thing I can guarantee is that kids do NOT forget everything they see. My 7 year old, Jacen, still brings up events or things he experienced when he was 3 or so! He may not recall all of the details but he certainly remembers.

Jacen has already taken notice of Leia’s slave outfit. Several times, and in different contexts to his understanding, he has asked why she is wearing underwear, a swimming suit, a bikini, and why she has a chain on her neck.  We are teaching our children about modesty. It starts with the “shut the bathroom door” and “don’t run around the house in your underwear” and works its way up from there, based on context and age/maturity of our kids.  The hardest thing I have to explain in Star Wars is Jabba’s choice of outfits for Leia. But I do stress that it is Jabba (or his other slaves/employees) who picked her outfit, as something to objectify and make her feel less than equal to those around her. The chain signals that she is property not a person with dignity.  The answer has gotten more complex as he’s asked questions, but the content stays the same.  From “That’s what Jabba wanted her to wear, because he’s mean” to discussions on equality and oppression by any person in a powerful position,  I teach my kids that Jabba’s behavior and choices took away Leia’s ability to make her own choices, and that choice had a set of consequences to go along with it. 

One good thing about the new Legends vs Canon split is that I now have three simple categories to drop stuff into for my kids.  Legends, Canon, and Parody.  Jacen is old enough to understand that if (i hope never) he sees the GQ photos, he would understand that that is NOT Leia, nor is it the real droids.  It would definitely open up other questions, but not the validity of who that character is.  My 4 and 3 year olds may have a harder time of it, as for them the costumes still define the character portrayed. 

Again, children don’t forget. Days after a conversation, Jacen picks it up again as if we never finished. He has been thinking about his questions and my answers for days! It is important to not gloss over these topics with kids, especially small children.  They may not understand everything said, but they do remember, and they process information long after they’ve absorbed it.  The Philadelphia father in the news recently taught his daughters that if they are loud enough they can be in the news.  I can only hope that he also sat down with them and talked about the WHY he felt that action figure was such a big deal, beyond “she’s not wearing clothes.” 

By making the conversation flow in a way they can understand, we can teach children about equality, oppression, modesty if you choose, and a great number of things that are controversial and causing problems in current events. If we want those problems to be abated, we can’t put blinders on our children and expect them to be contributing members of society when they get older. We don’t have to hold their eyes open with toothpicks and force them to see what’s going on in the world, but we can be ready to have thoughtful, intelligent, age and context aware conversations with our children about topics as they naturally become aware of  them. 

If we want ideas like Racism, Sexism, and all of the other “ism’s” to be relegated to history books, then the future needs to be taught, in our homes, in such a way that those “ism’s” don’t play a role in decisions or actions.  We can implement laws all we want in our nations, states and cities, but to implement real change, the people have to change in their hearts, and teach their children those principals as well.  If we can use Star Wars to teach those principals, then it is that much better.

Sincerely,

Zach Otto

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