Episode 275 – INDY YEAR – Raiders of the Lost Read Along Books

Indy Year continues as we get totally serious and talk about the hottest topic there is – the Indiana Jones kids read along books and records!  Join us as we listen to the read along records for Raiders, Temple of Doom and Last Crusade.  They’re a weird and exciting world of outrageous cuts to the story and even more outrageous accents!   What characters are cut and why is the Temple of the Doom read along the original evil heavy metal headbanging record?!  So even go through the mail, listen today & get that fortune and glory with BLAST POINTS!  

Episode 274 – Hot Wampa Summer

It’s summertime, it’s hot out and that can mean only one thing – HOT WAMPA SUMMER! When the ice caves melt, the Wampas come out to get down!  We’re celebrating in the only way possible and that’s by listing off our top GREAT MOMENTS IN WAMPA HISTORY!  Join us as we talk about puppet Wampas, Wampa deleted scenes, toy commercials, kids yelling Wampa, Wapma excitement, toy Wampas, Wampa secret BBQ recipes and so much more.   Its a nonstop, red hot Hot Wampa Summer party like no other!

So, get that Triple Wampa ready, listen today and celebrate the love with BLAST POINTS!

Episode 273 – INDY YEAR – Temple of Doom and the Temple of Death

Our year long tribute to Indina Jones continues with a look at the wild history and unique legacy of the always unique INDIANA JONES AND THE TEMPLE OF DOOM!  The highs, the lows, the controversy and anything goes!  It’s a tale of birthday cakes, broken backs, dirty t-shirts from JC Penny and terrified children!  How was this movie conceived, how will it reflect on future Indy projects and why is the mine cart chase sequence so incredible!  

So, track down that fortune and glory and listen today with BLAST POINTS!  

listen to our Temple of Doom commentary here :

https://www.patreon.com/posts/27658868

Episode 272 – The Droids Animated Series Blast Points Adventure Hour

It’s no secret that we are huge supporters of the Droids animated series but with it recently coming on Disney +, our love has gone into hyperspace!  Join us this week as we examine the vastly underrated Droids series, it’s wild history and the show’s rich legacy that continues to this day.   How did the show begin, what about that bopping theme music, why is Ben Burtt actually Mungo Baobab AND what does Tony Danza have to do with it all?!?  All that and much more in this episode where we are in trouble again! 

So, step softly into the danger zone and celebrate the love with BLAST POINTS!

GET FUN & FIT HERE :  https://youtu.be/-oF2sXOQvfI

LOS ANDROIDES theme:   https://youtu.be/0n8whdUgA6E

Episode 271 – Rebel Mission to Ord Mantell Mania

We all know Han Solo had a run in with a bounty hunter on Ord Mantell but did you know that the legendary Brian Daley wrote a standalone story about it that came out the same year as the Star Wars radio drama?  This odd, wonderful and long of out print piece of SW history stands alone as the one thing that combines the voice cast of the Beuna Vista read along records and the spirit of the NPR radio shows!   How did it come about and what is its connections to Two Tubes, Cad Bane and how did it almost end up being the plot for an episode of the Droids animated series?!  

So don’t hate the bug people, listen today and celebrate the love with BLAST POINTS! 

LISTEN TO REBEL MISSION TO ORD MANTELL HERE:

SIDE 1 – https://youtu.be/lHWpWFhMDhk

SIDE 2 – https://youtu.be/mXrzpNjzemw

Episode 270 – The Art of The Art of The Force Awakens

This week is all about the amazing THE ART OF FORCE AWAKENS!  2013 was a magical time as Star Wars was just getting ready to strike back in a major way.  The Yoda like production designer, living legend and hero of ours, Rick Carter led this quest with a period of guided imagery from the best artists in the world where the blue sky was the limit and some incredible illustrations flowed along next to the story.  It was the time of Jedi Killers, Kira and Sam, Darth Talon, John Doe and RIFFS.  Join us as we look at this time, discuss the importance of concept art & much, much more!!So get in that dream state, go backwards and forwards, turn of your left brain, ask “what is BLAST POINTS?”, listen today and celebrate the love!! 

Episode 269 – The Great Krayt Dragon Call Celebration

The Krayt Dragon.  One of the greatest mysteries in the Star Wars universe.  Where did it come from? When did the word KRAYT first appear?  Why was Kenobi’s call changing so much?  What’s with the “missing” DVD version?  What is its shocking connection to a Disney Haunted Mansion kids record?  Join us while we explore these mind bending questions and more in this extremely important and “Kraytly” fascinating episode!! You’ll never hear that Krayt dragon call the same way again!!  

PLUS : a bunch of INCREDIBLE Krayt dragon calls from listeners like YOU!

So call up Jim Gillette, go scream in a parking lot and celebrate the love with BLAST POINTS!  

INDIANA JONES AND THE EVEN MORE INFO FROM THE DISNEY PARKS

Doing an episode about Indy stuff at the Disney Parks is kind of like going into the Well of Souls.  You think you’re just going in with your buddy and you’ll get the ark of the covenant and get out but next thing you know you are lighting snakes on fire and there’s a room full of screaming skeletons.  After Savanna provided us a treasure trove of information, even more began to have a shaft of light shone on it (in a certain place, at a certain time…) 

Anyways, before I just start quoting Raiders for the rest of this, let’s take a look at a round up of some other Indy at the parks oddities.  

TONY BAXTER

So if you’ve ever watched any videos on the Indy Adventure in California, you’ve likely seen Disney legend Tony Baxter.  Not only is he an imagineering superstar, he’s a huge, HUGE Indy fan.  A lot of the proposed Indy redo of Adventureland was his idea, AND he wanted to bring Indy to Epcot in a wild way.  

Baxter’s vision was a kind of grand interactive experience for Epcot’s World Showcase where artifacts Indy had found in his adventures were in the area’s “countries”.  Once found by guests, they would unlock a mystery only park guests could solve. This was an idea later used in epcot for stuff like “Kim Possible” and “Agent P”.   Not as cool as Indy, but whatever.  

It’s really a shame this idea never came to pass as literally hoping from country to county in search of secret treasure is kinda what the Indy movies are all about and dang it, it just sounds FUN.  Who knows, maybe with Indy 5 on the way and presumably more Indy something from Disney after that, this cool idea could finally happen.  

Watch Baxter talk about the Indy adventure at a D23 event here: 

INDIANA JONES AND THE SUPER BOWL OF DOOM

On January 29, 1995, Indiana Jones faced what possibly was his greatest adventure ever, the halftime show for Super Bowl XXIX, held in Miami, Florida.   This insane idea was imagined as a giant promotion for the March opening of the Indy ride in Disneyland.   

The “plot” of this halftime show goes something like that the Vince Lombardi Trophy has been stolen by someone and has been taken to the mysterious Temple of the Forbidden Eye.  There, queen of the temple Patti LaBelle belts out everyone’s favorite song, “Release Yourself”. Will Patti LaBelle appear in Indy 5?!  Only time will tell.  

In search of the elusive treasure of the Lombardi, Indy and Marion drop in via parachute (from the past?) and somehow head to a place called Club Disneyland where naturally Tony Bennett, Arturo Sandoval, and yes, the Miami Sound Machine all perform.  It’s incredible.  

Things quickly get out of hand though as club people attack Indy and Marion and the trophy is stolen.  So Indy has to go to the temple, not look into Mara’s eyes, light people on fire and get the trophy and Marion out of there. Once Indy promised that whoever wins the football game will get the trophy, LaBelle sings “New Attitude”. The adventure of a lifetime wraps up with Bennett AND LaBelle singing “Can You Feel The Love Tonight”.   Yes, we sure can.  

Watch this ultimate adventure here : 

VOICE CHANGE DRAMA 

What would a lucasfilm production be without multiple audio changes? Originally the Mara god, who the whole temple in Disneyland is built around featured the voice of James Earl Jones, and when new effects were added, the voice was changed to one by Neil Patrick Harris.  Yes,  that’s right.  Fans understandably flipped out and the current version kind of splits the difference and it sounds like a little of both.  Does it work?  I don’t know, I’ve only watched videos of the ride!  What do you folks who’ve been on it think?

Here’s a comparison : 

Another vocal oddity in the ride is the lack of that iconic Harrison Ford rumble of a voice. Originally the plan was to have Ford voice Indy in the ride but according to an Entertainment Weekly article in 1995, the deal sadly fell apart.  The article reads, “Negotiations to use the actor’s distinctive voice broke down in late December. According to Ford’s agent, the talks foundered over creative input as well as money. A Disney source speculates, though, that the deal didn’t materialize because Ford may have viewed the voice-over as a concession — he was reluctant to make while in salary negotiations (still ongoing) to star in a fourth Indy movie.”

Bummer.  But still there’s something charming about a robot Indiana Jones that sounds like me doing a Harrison Ford imitation. 

Listen to Indy here : 

INDIANA JONES AND SECRET OF THE STONE TIGER 

In the hype lead up to Kingdom of Crystal Skull, Disneyland got in on the fun with a live Indiana Jones stage show that was kind of like the popular jedi training academy where young guests help Dr Rachel Flannery (definitely Phoebe Waller Bridge in Indy 5) unlock clues to help find Indy.  

This all sounds great but it’s actually horrible (but also kind of awesome) and Indiana Jones might kill a lady named Mara at the end.  You know, for the kids.  Is this the same Mara as the temple god?  Is it Mara Jade?!?!?   ANYWAYS, this also gives us our THIRD location with a  Disney cast member dressed as Indy.  So that’s something.  

Watch it here :

That’s all I could find for now but I’m sure there’s even more Indy at the parks weirdness out there.  Got a tip?  Share it with us on social media as just like Spalko, “we want to know” 

Thanks to Brandon and Nick for the tips and of course to Savanna for all the episode’s research and for getting this whole “ball rolling”.  Okay, I’ll stop now.  

Episode 268 – INDY YEAR – Indiana Jones and the Disney Parks with SAVANNA OUDIT

Indy Year rages on as this month we are talking all about the incredible INDIANA JONES presence at the Disney Parks around the globe.  We couldn’t do this one alone and we are thrilled to be joined by one and only SAVANNA OUDIT from The Dorky Diva Show!  Savanna guides us through the fascinating history of Indy in the parks, the stunt show in Florida, the sad gift shops, the wonderful Indy Adventure in California and tells us all about her experience with the Indy rollercoaster in Paris!  PLUS, what is going on with the bizarre Indiana Jones wandering around the park at Tokyo DisneySea?!?  Get your ninja costume ready, listen today and celebrate the love with BLAST POINTS!

 
CHECK OUT ALL OF SAVANNA’S COOL STUFF: http://www.thedorkydiva.com


VIDEOS WE TALKED ABOUT:

Raiders of the Lost Jedi Temple of Doom:  https://youtu.be/biJLNXBsjk8

Indiana Jones Adventure Opening : https://youtu.be/6gUcKp20LQs

Disney Channel Special with Sallah and Marion : https://youtu.be/ae0abv1MhkM

The Adventures of Tokyo Indy :  https://youtu.be/SD2VBR8pv4A

Episode 267 – The Star Wars DVD Commentary Commentary

In honor of the 44th anniversary of the original George Lucas masterpiece, STAR WARS, this week we are talking all about the fascinating 2004 DVD commentary that featured Lucas, Carrie Fisher, Ben Burtt & Dennis Muren!  Lucas talks about influences and parsecs, we’re missing Carrie and Ben Burtt is just being Ben Burtt.   Along the way are minds are blown thinking about Luke and Leia (that’s right) and we wonder how it all could have been like Leonard Part 6.  Plus, of course, Beru is brought up. It’s an informative and “romantic” episode you won’t want to miss!!

So, call up that little bald human you know and celebrate the love with BLAST POINTS!