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Book of the Mouse Club is an Unofficial Disney podcast that explores books about Disney, its history, films, theme parks and more. Join us for discussions about books, interviews with authors and broader topics that relate to the literary realm of Disney. Disclaimer: Book of the Mouse Club has no affiliation with The Walt Disney Company. The views and opinions expressed by hosts and participants are theirs and theirs alone and do not represent the organizations or companies they happen to wo ...
 
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Courtney and Emily are joined by journalist, podcaster, and now author, Michael Lyons, to discuss his book “Drawn to Greatness: Disney’s Animation Renaissance”. The Disney Renaissance contains several film favorites including The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, and the Lion King. In this discussion Michael explains why these fan favo…
 
It’s the last show of 2022! Courtney and Emily discuss Walt Disney Animation Studios’ latest release, Strange World, with the book The Art of Disney Strange World by Juan Pablo Reyes Lancaster Jones and Kalikolehua Hurley. The concept art and design commentary provides a deeper look into the film’s design and character development. Did you know tha…
 
Ghouls and ghosts of every age wouldn’t you like to see something strange? Come with Courtney and Emily and you will meet Sally Skellington the Pumpkin Queen of Halloween. In the episode, your hosts discuss the Disney Press fiction release “Long Live the Pumpkin Queen” by Shea Ernshaw. The story begins right where the Nightmare Before Christmas lef…
 
Magic mirror on the wall, summon Ridley Pearson to the Book of the Mouse Club we call! The much awaited interview with the award-winning author of suspense and young adult adventure novels is finally here. Courtney and Emily are joined by Ridley to discuss his new book “Cautionary Tales: A Collection of Scary Stories Starring Favorite Disney Villai…
 
Courtney and Emily are excited to welcome author and Disney historian, Marcy Carriker Smothers, back to the podcast to discuss her new book “100 Disney Adventures of a Lifetime: Magical Experiences from Around the World.” In this first collaboration between Disney Editions and National Geographic, readers will find one hundred adventures from all o…
 
It’s been 29 years, right down to the day but the witches are back and there’s so much to say. Courtney and Emily celebrate the new release of Hocus Pocus 2 on Disney+ with a review of the 2018 book Hocus Pocus and the All New Sequel. Released four years apart, the book and the film take different paths to tell the ongoing story of the Sanderson si…
 
Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let down your hair! Courtney and Emily return to their ongoing series, Fairytale Favorites, with a comparison of Grimm’s Fairytales “Rapunzel” and Disney Animated Studios’ 50th animated feature, “Tangled.” Like most fairytales, the original source material left Disney a lot of room for interpretation but did you know that the st…
 
Courntey and Emily wrap up the Legendary Summer Series with Dame Julie Andrews’ second memoir “Home Work: A Memoir of My Hollywood Years.” Andrews’ memoir takes place from 1962-1986 starting with her Hollywood debut in Disney’s “Mary Poppins” and ending with her second husband’s semi autobiographical film, “That’s Life!” Andrews reflects on the wor…
 
Courtney and Emily continue their Legendary Summer Series with “From Disneyland's Tom Sawyer to Disney Legend: The Adventures of Tom Nabbe” by Tom Nabbe. A Disney 55er, Tom Nabbe was a newspaper boy hired as a young teenager by Walt Disney himself to personify the youthful adventurer, Tom Sawyer, at Disneyland’s Tom Sawyer’s Island. However, his Di…
 
Let’s get together yeah yeah yeah…for a Legendary Summer Series! This summer, Courtney and Emily are reading memoirs of Disney Legends. This episode kicks off the summer with “Forever Young” by Hayley Mills. Most known for her performances in Pollyanna(1960) and The Parent Trap (1961), Hayley made six films for Disney and grew up on the silver scre…
 
Courtney and Emily are joined by Nebraska State Poet, Matt Mason, to discuss his book “At the Corner of Fantasy and Main: Disneyland, Midlife, and Churros.” This book is a rare genre in theme park literature and a must have for every park goer who has ever wanted to recite an ode to Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride or Space Mountain. Disneyland holds memories …
 
Reach out and find your happily ever after…on Happily Ever Island. Courtney and Emily are joined by Crystal Cestari to discuss her young adult novel, Happily Ever Island, in which best friends, “Disney Adult” Madison and “Disney what?” Lanie, win a full week vacation to Disney’s newest immersive island resort. Here, they step into the stories of th…
 
Walk down the middle of Mainstreet USA and have a corndog with Walt Disney himself! At least you can imagine you are when you read Marcy Carriker Smothers’ books “Eat Like Walt: The Wonderful World of Disney Food” and “Walt’s Disneyland: A Walk in the Park with Walt Disney.” In a follow up to episode #70, Courtney and Emily are joined by the author…
 
<3 4Townies 4ever!! <3 Thanks to Chronicle Books, Courtney and Emily are transported back to 2002 in “The Art of Disney Pixar Turning Red” by Pete Doctor and Domee Shi. Disney and Pixar’s latest film is rooted in nostalgia, the turbulence of adolescence, and ride or die family and friends. The episode includes a discussion of the book, as well as t…
 
Happy Women’s History Month! Courtney and Emily discuss Disney Editions’ recent publication, “Women of Walt Disney Imagineering: 12 Women Reflect on Their Trailblazing Theme Park Careers.” This is a collaborative work by twelve former Imagineers who share their stories of designing themed experiences for park guests as well as the uphill battles th…
 
It was all started by a …rabbit? The rights to Oswald the Lucky Rabbit were reacquired by Walt Disney Company in 2006, but prior to his homecoming, few people knew about Walt’s first cartoon character. Oswald was left to a few paragraphs or the footnotes of Disney history books, until David Bossert came along. In celebration of Oswald’s 95th birthd…
 
Walt Disney once said “Disneyland will never be completed. It will continue to grow as long as there is imagination left in the world.” And Walt was right. Over 60 years later, Disneyland has evolved to include new lands, attractions, and a second park. But what was the park like from 1955-1966 when Walt walked down Main Street and took a Rocket to…
 
Hosts Courtney and Emily kick off the new season with an author interview with Matthew Hodge, college professor, award-winning composer, and award winning author of “Cool Cats and A Hot Mouse: A History of Jazz and Disney.” The Walt Disney Company and jazz music grew up alongside each other since the 1920s. Follow along on our journey with Matthew …
 
Seize the day and Disney fans rejoice! Dizney Coast to Coast and Book of the Mouse are doing a podcast swap! Host, JeffDePaoli of Dizney Coast to Coast - that’s Disney with a Z - is a friend of the show and enjoys Disney books as much as Courney and Emily. Book of the Mouse Club is excited to share one of Jeff’s episodes which features an author in…
 
“Marley was dead to begin with…” and what a beginning. Who knew a ghost story would be associated with the merriest time of the year? For their seasonal selection, Courtney and Emily are joined by guest reader Dr. Paul Cote to analyze Charles Dickens’ classic, "A Christmas Carol". The tale has been adapted for the stage since its publication in 184…
 
If a collaboration between Walt Disney and Salvador Dali seems surreal, that’s because it is, literally. Hosts Courtney and Emily welcome back Dr. Douglas Kern to the podcast to visit a 2015 Walt Disney Family Museum exhibit through its commemorative book titled, Disney and Dali: Architects of the Imagination, to discuss the friendship between the …
 
“We’re walking right down the middle of Main Street USAAAA..” and taking time to stop and do some window shopping! In honor of the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney World Resort, Courtney and Emily are honoring Cast Member contributions to the park through Jeff Heimbuch’s book “Main Street Windows: A Complete Guide to Disney’s Whimsical Tributes.” Ho…
 
She’s a supergirl and she’s here to save the world...or at least not pass out in her high school debate class. Twenty years ago, the world met Mia Thermopolis in the Princess Diaries. This film gave Anne Hathaway her royal debut to the silver screen starring alongside the practically perfect Julie Andrews as the Queen, who reveals to her granddaugh…
 
Walt’s Nine Old Men are known for their iconic artistry and animation, but it takes more than ink and paint to make characters come to life. Step away from the animator’s desk and into the sound booth! Courtney and Emily are joined by Spencer Wright to discuss his new book, Voices Behind the Magic, which highlights thirteen actors who gave voice an…
 
Foolish mortal, you continued to read the “Tales of the Haunted Mansion”. Your ghost hosts Courtney and Emily materialize for the second half of their Sinister Summer Series to discuss Volumes III and IV of the “Tales of the Haunted Mansion” box set. Reunited with phantom librarian, Amicus Arcane, readers meet more of the 999 happy haunts that inha…
 
When the crypt doors creak and the tombstones quake, Courtney and Emily come out for a swinging wake. The happy haunts have materialized for the Sinister Summer Series featuring the four book boxset “The Tales of the Haunted Mansion” by John Esposito. In this first of a two part episode, hear the ghost stories of some of the Haunted Mansion’s grim …
 
Celebrating the full availability of the latest Disney animated feature Disney+, Courtney and Emily are joined by Franky to discuss the Art of Disney’s Raya and the Last Dragon. The book provides an in depth look at the scenery and character design of Ray’s homeland, Kumandra, and its Southeast Asian inspiration. Review Book of the Mouse Club on iT…
 
If she doesn’t scare you, no evil thing will. Hosts Courtney and Emily discuss Maureen Johnson’s, “Hello, Cruel Heart,” in honor of Disney’s latest live action film, “Cruella.” Before Cruella became the fur frenzied fashion icon that we know from the 1961 animated film, 101 Dalmatians, Cruella was Estella. “Hello, Cruel Heart” is a young adult nove…
 
The “godfather of Disney podcasting” is back! Lou Mongello returns to the Book of the Mouse Club to discuss with Courtney and Emily his book, “The Disney Interviews: Volume I.” In his career spreading magic to listeners on his podcast, The WDW Radio Show, Lou has had the opportunity to talk to several Disney Legends including Richard Sherman, Julie…
 
It’s elementary our dear listeners! Hosts Courtney and Emily are joined by the co-hosts of Poor Unfortunate Podcast, Conor and Caroline, to discuss Eve Titus’ “Basil of Baker Street”, the original source material for Disney’s 1986 animated feature, “The Great Mouse Detective”. Maybe it is not your favorite Disney film, but all four hosts highly rec…
 
Get ready for a Me Party and plan a solo trip to Walt Disney World and other Central Florida destinations! Hosts Courtney and Emily are welcome back to the podcast Nikky J, the founder of ThemeParkHipister.com and author of “The Solo Theme Park Traveler’s Guide” to talk about using that solo rider line and traveling to central Florida theme parks b…
 
Courtney and Emily celebrate Imagineer Kevin Rafferty’s retirement after 40 years with the Walt Disney Company and Walt Disney Imagineering. Back on Episode 40, Courtney, Emily, and Brett from the Notably Disney podcast, discussed Kevin’s memoir about his career, “Magic Journey: My Fantastical Walt Disney Imagineering Career”. Almost a year later, …
 
For women’s history month, Courtney and Emily immersed themselves in the stories of the working women of the Walt Disney Animation studio during its classic and golden age. Often the story of women in the early days of Disney Animation begins in Ink and Paint, but author Nathalia Holt instead focused on the more male dominated work spaces like the …
 
A little big adventure awaits in your own backyard! Courtney and Emily are joined by Dizney Coast to Coast host Jeff DePaoli to discuss a Disney family film favorite, Honey I Shrunk the Kids, and its junior novelization published by Scholastic. In this episode Courtney, Jeff, and Emily discuss how the novel compared to the film while reminiscing ab…
 
It’s time to play the music; it’s time to light the lights. It’s time to get things started on the Book of the Mouse Club tonight! In anticipation of The Muppet Show’s release to Disney+, hosts Courtney and Emily interview New York Times bestselling author, Brian Jay Jones, about “Jim Henson: The Biography” (along with a dabbling of “George Lucas: …
 
While it may have started with a Mouse for Walt Disney, for many theme park and film fans, it started with a blog. Our current Instagram and TikTok culture is most associated with content creation, but Disney fans have been spreading the magic over the web since the 1990s. Join your hosts Courtney and Emily for a podcast party about “It All Started…
 
Who is your favorite Disney Princess? This is a common question among Disney fans and rightfully so. Each princess is distinct in her character, story, and art which resonates just as uniquely with every person who follows her on her journey. The Disney Princess is a powerhouse brand of the Walt Disney Company and has created many milestones and ma…
 
One little spark of inspiration...While this is a well known tune for Disney parks fans, Pixar took the idea of the spark and turned to the audience and asked “What’s yours? What makes you, YOU?”. Disney and Pixar’s “Soul” released on Disney+ on Christmas with accolades from both critics and viewers. Thanks to Chronicle Books, your hosts got a snea…
 
Hosts Courtney and Emily return to their study of Disney’s renaissance man in “Marc Davis In His Own Words: Imagineering the Disney Parks Volume 2” by Pete Docter and Christopher Merritt. In this episode, continue to learn about Marc’s Imagineering career as he created theme park favorites such as The Haunted Mansion, The Country Bear Jamboree, and…
 
He can do it all; animation, character, story, staging, design, theme park attractions. He is one of Walt’s nine old men, his renaissance man, Marc Davis. Marc is well known for classic Disney attractions such as the Jungle Cruise, Pirates of the Caribbean, and the Haunted Mansion. And what better way to see the attractions through Marc’s eyes than…
 
The Little Mermaid launched the Disney Renaissance and together, Ariel and Eric defeated Ursula and sailed off into the sunset to their happily ever after. But what if Ursula won? What if Ariel returned to being a mermaid and Eric was left under a spell to marry Vanessa? Your hosts Courtney and Emily along with guest reader, content creator, and po…
 
Walt Disney once said, "There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate's loot on treasure island." Like us, Walt was inspired by books and enjoyed reading. If not, we would not have Disney’s animated Peter Pan, Alice in Wonderland, or 101 Dalmatians nor live action films Swiss Family Robinson, Pollyanna, or 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Wal…
 
Your hosts Courtney and Emily are so glad you joined them for the final installment of their Summer Cinema Classics series. In this episode, your hosts are joined by Mad Chatter Jeremey to read Eleanor Porter’s children’s classic Pollyanna. Celebrating its 60th “Pollyanna-versary”, Disney’s live action film took the gladdest little girl off the pag…
 
Standby to dive! Dive, dive, dive deep into literary and cinema history along with hosts Courtney and Emily, joined by guest reader, Doug. We embark on a submarine voyage with Captain Nemo and M. Annonax aboard the famous Nautilus. Jules Verne’s science fiction novel and Walt Disney’s live action box office hit have countless differences, but the s…
 
Yo-Ho-Ho and shiver me timbers! Set sail with your hosts Courtney and Emily as they kick off their Live Action Summer Cinema Series with Robert Louis Stevenson’s and Walt Disney’s Treasure Island. Courtney and Emily are joined by podcaster, Dan Heaton, of the Tomorrow Society Podcast as first mate on this voyage. Together they discuss Disney’s firs…
 
Walt Disney was not just a patriotic American; he was a citizen of the world. Author and historian, Jeff Kurtti, joins hosts Courtney and Emily to take them on a global vacation through his book, Travels with Walt Disney: A Photographic Voyage Around the World. By land, sea, or air, Walt Disney travelled frequently for his company, the US governmen…
 
Ready to journey into another bibbidi-bobbidi-book? Courtney and Emily’s “Fairytale Favorites” series returns with the classic tale of Cinderella. From its ancient origins to Charles Perrault’s classic tale to the pages of Grimm’s Fairy Tales to the 1950 cinema screens, your hosts will discuss how the original text translated to Disney’s animated f…
 
Hosts Courtney and Emily return to the show to discuss Kevin Rafferty’s memoir, Magic Journey: My Fantastical Walt Disney Imagineering Career, with guest reader and podcast host of Notably Disney, Brett Nachman. Kevin Rafferty is part of the second generation of Imagineers and his work includes fan favorites such as Tower of Terror, Test Track, Son…
 
Hosts Courtney and Emily are joined by film historian and author, J.B.Kaufman, to discuss his book, The Making of Walt Disney’s Fun and Fancy Free. Take a trip back to 1947 for one of Walt Disney’s legendary package films featuring “Bongo” and “Mickey and the Beanstalk”. Both features were in extensive development since the 1930s and changed animat…
 
“It’s kind of a cute story” how this podcast episode came together. What started as a #DisTwitter tweet from @SuperWeenieHtJr turned into a Twitter discussion with @WEDReads then a podcast and author interview. Hosts Courtney and Emily are joined by not one, not two, but five guests throughout the episode to talk about author Jeff Heimbuch and Imag…
 
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