Author and historian J. B. Kaufman joins Mousetalgia this week to discuss Pinocchio, Walt Disney’s second animated feature film. Our conversation covers the Disney adaptation’s differences from Carlo Collodi’s original Italian morality tale, Walt’s vision for the film and his unique characters, and Kaufman’s new book, “Pinocchio: The Making of the Disney Epic.” Learn about Walt’s struggle to create the story adaptation, the film’s anthropomorphized characters, and the different animation styles and techniques demonstrated in this groundbreaking movie. We also discuss some of the film’s intriguing details, including the otherworldly Novachord in the soundtrack and the sound effects crew’s attempts to emulate a whale’s sneeze. Plus – “The Fearless Art of Mike Gabriel,” using Uber to get to Disneyland economically, CV Wood’s role creating Disney’s land, a listener’s trip to Disneyland with Alice Davis… and more.

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