Ep. 679: Muppets Haunted Mansion Director Kirk Thatcher and writer Kelly Younger, Haunted Mansion Holiday with Disney artist Tim Wollweber
This week, Mousetalgia gets spooky for Halloween week with a variety of spook-sational items. First, Jeff reports from an event at the Walt Disney Family Museum with Gonzo the Great and Pepe the King Prawn sharing stories from the making of “Muppets Haunted Mansion,” and then we speak with Kirk Thatcher, the director of the special, who talks about the genesis of the project and some of the experiences he had filming the show. Then, we speak with Kelly Younger, who joined Kirk and Bill Barretta as a writer for the special. Kelly talks about the nature of writing for Muppets, stories about developing the songs in the show, and the success of the special. Next, we celebrate the 20th anniversary of Haunted Mansion Holiday with Disney artist Tim Wollweber, who worked on the design and construction of the original Haunted Mansion Holiday, and continues to be involved with the annual centerpiece gingerbread Haunted Mansion, Halloween Time at the parks, and the design of various tiki mugs for Trader Sams – among numerous other projects. We talk about the timeless appeal of Tim Burton’s characters, the blending of Nightmare Before Christmas with the original Haunted Mansion, and more. Plus – our list of the scariest Disney Parks attractions… boo!