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!

 
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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!  

Episode 266 – The Bad Batch is The Dad Batch

That group of lovable misfit clones, The Bad Batch has finally arrived and this week we are talking all about the first two episodes, Aftermath & Cut and Run!  Join us as we discuss why we love the mysterious Omega, why the clones are The Dad Batch, Tarkin on Kamino, Saw’s birthday party, THX-1138 deep thoughts, where the show could be going & more!!  We are loving this show so fat and it’s an all-out poncho waring party of an episode!!  So, grab your friends, go play ball, get a cookie cake and celebrate the love with BLAST POINTS!  

Episode 265 – The 1997 Special Edition News Call In Show Spectacular

It’s our May the 4th Super Spectacular as we are so excited to talk about a video of an incredible live call-in show from Sacramento that happened in January 1997 all about the beloved Star Wars Special Edition!  TV news hosts Walt and Mark take some mind warping, insane calls ranging from Star Wars fans dropping trivia and asking about toys and we’re going over every glorious second of it!  Along the way there’s special appearances from Blast Points friends like The George Lucas, Rick McCallum and yes, even wild man Ben Burtt.   Join us as we relive the magical Special Edition fever and learn just why Star Wars will always be THE BOMB.  

So go meet up with David Prowse on Valentine’s Day, start your rent a tape video library and celebrate the love with Blast Points!

Watch the amazing video here: https://youtu.be/Tje2BUkdh0c

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Episode 264 – Holo-Chess Monster Mania with Tom Spina!

The Dejarik or Holo-Chess game scene is classic Star Wars.  It’s a hologram of a tiny little monster fight strategy game played between a giant hairy creature and a gold robot.   Classic Star Wars.   The scene has lived in the hearts and imagination of fans for years but we need to know what it’s all about, how it happened and who each monster is.   There’s only one person who could join us on this quest and that’s our friend from Regal Robot’s TOM SPINA.   Join us as Tom explains it all and tells us all about Regal Robot’s new and amazing replicas of the original monsters.  This is an episode that will tell you absolutely EVERYTHING you ever wanted to know about the amazing Dejarik monsters and so much more.   Who is Hunk and what about the mysterious duo of Scrimp and Bulbous!!  Listen and find out!!  

So, get Phil Tippet’s lizard and celebrate the love with BLAST POINTS!  

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Episode 263 – INDY YEAR – The Further Comic Book Adventures of Indiana Jones

Indy Year continues and this month we’re talking the weird and wonderful Marvel comic book series, THE FURTHER ADVENTURES OF INDIANA JONES.  It ran for 34 issues and featured amazing talent like John Byrne, Steve Ditko and David Michelinie all contributing to the weird and wild Indy adventures found in its pages.  Why did Marvel not want anything to do with Indiana Jones and how come after the Raiders adaptation did Lucasfilm not want Marvel to continue with Indy?  What are some our favorite issues and which ones are too weird even for us?  And most importantly, what about CAPTAIN KATANGA coming back?!So, ride that secret dragon over the ocean, listen today and get that fortune & glory with BLAST POINTS!

Episode 262 – The Sound of Attack of the Clones

Our long running Sounds of Star Wars series continues with our look at one of the most underrated sound experiences in the galaxy far far away, ATTACK OF THE CLONES!   As the legendary Ben Burtt’s role in the production of the film grows, somehow the sounds become even more insane.  Long planned wild Burtt dreams come true while secret seismic charges fail to impress Lucas.   From Poggle’s poetry, a shocking Stallone connection, electric guitars and Zam’s speeder, this one has IT ALL!  PLUS :  what about the info in the Sounds of Star Wars book that Order 66 was originally going to happen in Episode II??? So, fight over a banana, record yourself talking backwards, call up the ghost of Eddie Van Halen and celebrate the love with BLAST POINTS! 

Episode 261 – The Ewok Cartoon Challenge Strikes Back

5 years ago, we took the Ewok Cartoon Challenge where we bravely attempted to find out how many episodes of the animated adventure of those furry defenders of the Endor forest we could watch in a week.  Now, with the Ewok cartoon making it’s Disney Plus debut, we figured it was time to revisit the challenge and see how many episodes of season 2 we could watch in ONE NIGHT.  How many did we get through?  What happens in them?  Did the Leaf Queen turn us into piles of leaves?  WHO is LARRY?!  Will we ever watch another Ewok cartoon again?? All these questions and more are answered in this magic filled episode!