This week, Team Mousetalgia speaks with legendary producer Don Hahn (The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, Who Framed Roger Rabbit) at the Pacific Northwest Mouse Meet. Hahn shares some thoughts on producing, creating documentaries and working on Disneynature films, and we also discuss the nature of creativity within Disney productions. Mousetalgia also welcomes Imagineer Glenn Barker to the show, who talks about his start as a drummer for Disneyland parades and his eventual career working at WED as a media designer, producing soundscapes and soundtracks for all of the attractions at the Disney theme parks. By dissecting the sound design for Big Thunder, Barker demonstrates the fascinating process of adding the critical audio component to the most famous theme park attractions in the world – and shares some inside secrets from the creation of some of the Disney parks most beloved soundtracks. Plus, Beci Mahnken, CEO of Mousefan Travel, joins us to reminisce about this year’s Pacific Northwest Mouse Meet, and we share some highlights from this extraordinary Disney fan event.

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  • daveyjones

    i’ve noticed that miceage is shifting more and more towards podcast content. as someone who has difficulty hearing, and needs to read content to access it, this is distressing. i’ve asked before and i’ll ask again, will transcripts of podcast content ever be posted?

  • Hi daveyjones,

    I’m really sorry about your predicament. I’ve looked briefly into transcription services before for Mousetalgia, but they are quite expensive and we don’t earn nearly enough as an organization to cover the costs. Some years ago, The Guardian posted a note on their website to their readers about why they don’t offer transcription for their podcasts, which generally applies to our situation too, so I’ll quote a bit:


    We make podcasts for people who want to be informed or entertained in a format other than text. Podcasts are mobile, you can read other articles while listening to them, and they attract people who might not otherwise come to the Guardian.

    There’s also a practical consideration. People speak at an average of 180 words per minute. A typical Guardian podcast lasts 30 minutes. The transcribed article would be over 5,000 words long. That’s a lot of words. And it would occasionally be hard to render the discussion properly – people speak over each other, don’t finish sentences, and so on.

    < < I don't want to belabor the point, because I know that if podcasts were inaccessible to me, I'd be upset as well. But it's really a broadcast medium we're working with.