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Disney Legend Joe Rohde



Joseph “Joe” Rohde is a veteran executive at Walt Disney Imagineering, the division of The Walt Disney Company that designs and builds Disney’s theme parks and resort hotels. Rohde’s formal title is Executive Designer and Vice President, Creative.

He was born in Sacramento, California, and raised in Hawaii. He graduated from Chaminade College Preparatory, Canoga Park, Calif., in 1973, where he starred in student dramatic productions and was Class Salutatorian. Rohde received a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from Occidental College in Los Angeles.

Rohde’s trademark is a large collection of earrings he wears in his left ear, all of which are souvenirs from decades of travel to remote corners of the world. This tradition began when he stuck his 5-year anniversary pin into his ear.

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Roger Rabbit and the Dip



The Dip, Also Known As “Toon Acid”, is a greenish, ghastly chemical seen in Who Framed Roger Rabbit. It’s Judge Doom’s preferred method of Toon execution. According to Lieutenant Santino, it’s a mixture of turpentine, acetone, and benzene, which all of them are paint-thinners. Combined in the real world, they make up the solution hand animators used to use to remove ink from animation cells. This could be considered an inside joke, as your average audience member would not know what these ingredients made up. While relatively harmless to humans, any toon that comes in contact with it will melt instantly and is apparently the only surefire way to kill a toon (although Eddie Valiant gets most of The Toon Patrol members to laugh themselves to death). Ironic enough, Judge Doom ends up being dipped himself near the end of the film, after revealing himself to be actually a toon.

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E.328 Finding Nemo The Musical at Animal Kingdom



Finding Nemo – The Musical is a live puppet musical stage show based on Disney/Pixar’s 2003 film Finding Nemo, located at the Theater in the Wild in DinoLand U.S.A at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. The 40-minute show (which is performed five or six times daily) started holding previews on November 5, 2006, officially opening on January 24, 2007. The music, composed by Robert Lopez and his wife Kristen Anderson-Lopez, the same couple that composed the music of Frozen and Frozen II, uses direct lines from the film, bringing the film characters to life on stage.

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E.325 Green Screen Pants and the making of Disney Movies



Disney uses a lot of effects when making movies and the journey to the modern Green Screen was a long time comin’ we talk about all of that today on the Obscure Disney Podcast

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E.322 Trader Sam from the Jungle Cruise



Trader Sam appears at the very end of the Jungle Cruise attraction, holding a shrunken head aloft in his hand. A “Head Salesman”, the Skipper comments that he’s offering a special deal: “Two of his heads for one of yours”. During the ’80s and ’90s, the Trader Sam figure wore a colorful tribal mask, though this was removed in 2005 during the refresh of the attraction.

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E.320 Epcot Deconstructed



Disney has announced a $900 million Construction decrease in budget and Epcot looks to be the hardest hit. Changes that we promised have been postponed or reimagined completely. Find out what changes are planned for 2020.

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E.318 Mulan Coming to Disney Plus at a Price



In another major blow to movie theaters, Disney announced “Mulan” will forgo its planned theatrical release. Instead, the live-action remake is premiering on Disney Plus on Sept. 4 for a premium rental price.

The company believes that the release of the action epic will help drive subscribers while serving as a valuable test case to determine how much of their hard-earned cash customers are willing to part with in order to watch a movie that was originally intended to debut exclusively in cinemas.

Unlike the rest of the content available on Disney Plus, “Mulan” won’t be available directly to subscribers. Consumers in the U.S. and other territories will have to pay $29.99 to rent the movie on top of the streaming service’s monthly subscription fee of $6.99. In markets where Disney Plus isn’t available, “Mulan” will play in cinemas.

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E.317 Making One Billion Disney Dollars



Disney had their Quarter 3 earnings call this week and the numbers are better than most spectated, we are talking about how they were able to still make a profit in today’s environment.

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E.311 Disneyland’s 65th Anniversary



The Happiest Place on Earth remains temporarily closed, but fans can connect with the Anaheim theme park’s 65th anniversary from home on July 17, in several whimsical ways.

Whether you’re more of a music maven, or you’re keen to know the history of the attraction-filled destination, you can find lively links shared by the resort.

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E.310 Tony Baxter Disney Legend



Born in Los Angeles on February 1, 1947, Tony Baxter grew up in Orange County, California. It was the perfect time and place for this future Imagineer—he not only witnessed the birth of the theme park industry, but he also grew up alongside his beloved Disneyland. A Disney fan from an early age, Tony especially enjoyed his weekly visits with Walt courtesy of the Disneyland television program. The show whetted his appetite for Walt’s new wonderland rising from the Anaheim citrus groves. In his spare time he could be found building models and mocking up rides in his backyard.

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