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MouseStation 415 - Mark Silverman, Tangled, and more

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On today's show, Steven Ng talks to Mark Silverman (voice of Rod Serling at the Twilight Zone Tower of Terro), Mark and Mike (and The Kid) talk about Tangled, a Tip of the Week and more.

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Tip of the Week

Mark provided this week's tip, about properly setting your expectations of how much you can accomplish in the parks on the most peak days.

What do you think?

Featurette: Mark Silverman

Steven Ng caught up with Mark Silverman at this past summer's NFFC Disneyana Fan Club Show and Sale.

It's always good to hear from Mark, one of our favorite guests on the show.

Mark recently narrated "Mysteries of the Universe: The Dharma Initiative" (a documentary that appeared on the Season 5 DVD of Lost), which was nominated for an Emmy, even though he didn't know anything about Lost. He talked about how he came up with the voice that he used for the narration.

He has also recently done several characters for the Cars Race-O-Rama video game. Mark did a short film advertising the TV holiday special "Prep and Landing" called "Welcome to Kringle Academy."


Mark Silverman did the narrator's voice for "Welcome to Kringle Academy."

He talked a bit about his work playing many characters (including Tom Bombadil) on a Lord of the Rings video game for the Nintendo Wii. That led to some discussion of how he has played kings in the English translations of several Miyazaki films including Nausicaa and the Valley of the Winds and Howl's Moving Castle. The translations were recorded on Disney soundstages.

As Mark was headed to Disneyland after the Show & Sale, Steven asked him about his favorite attraction, which is Disneyland's version of Pirates of the Caribbean.

Our thanks to Mark Silverman for taking the time to sit with Steven Ng, and to Steven for bringing us the interview.

Ask the Kid

Since we haven't gotten any questions after coming back from hiatus, Mark decided to ask The Kid "What did you think of the movie Tangled?

The Kid really liked the use of 3-D in the sequence with the lanterns, and the concept of the magic hair. He was disappointed at the fact that the trailer hinted that Maximus was Flynn's horse, when Maximus actually belonged to the head of the guards. He also thought that the line about the apples near the end of the movie was very funny, but didn't want to spoiler the joke.

The Kid gave the movie 4.5 out of five stars. He thought that the movie used 3-D effects much better than other movies.

Lightning Round - Tangled

NOTE: This segment unintentionally contained spoilers, so if you haven't seen the movie yet, you may want to fast-forward to 31:40 until you see the movie.

Mark and Mike tried out a new format called Lightning Round. Mike and Mark each got three minutes to give their thoughts on Tangled, then had four minutes to discuss the film.

Mike felt that this was a continuation of a trend in Disney movies where the trailers were misleading and he was ready to be disappointed by the movie. However, he really liked the movie, and liked how much of the original story was preserved. He thought that the music was forgettable, but that it didn't hurt the film. Mark didn't call him out for saying that Finding Nemo was a musical (it wasn't). He liked the use of 3-D in the film and thought that it added to the film. He gave it four of five planets.

Mark thought that the Walt Disney Studios marketing department should stop doing things that would get things that will get people into the movie but are misleading about the movie. (Of course, the movie's big opening and its win at the box office in its second week, that may be debatable.) He really liked the story, and was very affected by the part of the story about the king and queen not losing hope 18 years after they had lost their child, as it has been 18 years since he and his wife lost their first child. While the music was not memorable enough for him to be singing them when he walked out of the theater, he still thought that the songs were enjoyable. He would give it 4.5 planets out of five.

Mike and Mark agree that Disney Animation is back. They both don't like the marketing of the movie. (Again, the numbers are proving them wrong. While the trailers don't do the movie justice, they are putting bodies in seats.) Mike thought that Rapunzel looked better at the end of the movie, and Mark thought that it reflected her maturation during the movie. Mike saw a trailer for a Tangled video game that he didn't like the continuity of, but Mark didn't see the ad so he had no opinion.

What do you think of the format of this segment?

Listener Feedback

Sue Coppola wrote to say that she disagreed with Disney's decisions about dining at Epcot, and proposed some changes that she would have preferred to see.

Pete Altemese called from the Magic Kingdom at the end of his vacation to check in and to note that he'll be calling in with trip report comments when he gets home.

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