Indy Year continues and it’s about time we talked about the magical wizard Ben Burtt and his contributions to the sound of Indiana Jones! How is the sound of Indy like Star Wars? What sets it apart? How were some of the most iconic Indy sounds created? Join us as we listen to sounds from all 4 Indy films and share how they were created and why it’s all about toilet bowl covers, irritated chickens and cheese casserole. So grab your fuzzy microphone, get on Big Thunder Mountain, celebrate the love and listen today!
Indy Year continues as this month we welcome the legendary Dr. David West Reynolds. In addition to finding the actual shooting locations from Star Wars back in the mid 1990s, creating the visual dictionaries and building Star Wars.com, Dr. Reynolds has for decades been doing archaeology on Raiders of the Lost Ark! He has been an actual Indiana Jones in the deserts of the world and in the Lucasfilm archives! Join us as we learn about the actual location of the Well of Souls! The secret facts behind the German flying wing! Abner Ravenwood’s snow monster foot! Whipping Steve Sansweet in a Ewok costume! AND did you know he played Boba Fett for two years?! It’s a mind blowing, super fun episode so get that fortune & glory and listen today!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
Indy Year continues as this month we are joined by Star Wars author and all-around cool person, Amy Richau as she takes a look at the complicated and fascinating history of women in the Indiana Jones saga! From Marion, Willie, Elsa and Spalko to all the women behind the scenes and everything in-between. The highs, the lows, the cringe, the comics, the books, video games and so much more! Amy comes at us with the incredible knowledge like the giant boulder chasing Indiana Jones in Raiders and we’re here for every second of it! So call up Margaret Grace O’Malley and get that fortune and glory with BLAST POINTS!
Indy Year continues as we look at a little secret gem in Indiana Jones history, 1981’s Raiders of the Lost Ark : The Movie on Record. This wild artifact from the past is basically the entire movie, cut down to about 45 minutes and presented in a purely audio format. It has no narration and is just audio from the film with some extra sounds mixed in along the way. Join us as we talk to the record’s Grammy winning producer and engineer, TOM VOEGELI about just how all this all happened. How did Tom’s work on the Star Wars Radio Dramas lead to the record? What involvement did sound wizard Ben Burtt have on it all? Why is the audio format so perfect for the world of Indiana Jones? It’s a fascinating interview and we are so happy to shine some Staff of Ra light on this amazing record! So, trust us and listen today for some fortune and glory
Our year long monthly tribute to the 40th anniversary of Star Wars’ cousin, Indiana Jones is finally here! In this first installment, we are looking at the creation of Indy and how so many of the same ingredients that went into the creation of the galaxy far far away also went into making the great adventure. How did Lucas and Spielberg meet? Who is the third very important person that made the early development of Raiders soar? What happened in the lengthy story conferences where much of everything Indiana Jones was figured out? Just what is it about the Indy films that much like Star Wars, makes them still work so well today? This is the fun filled kickoff to Indy Year and you don’t need the Staff of Ra to find it! So build some sand castles on the beach, trust us & listen today for some Fortune and Glory!