Ep146: Prepare for the Storm

Apr 5, 2017 | Podcast episode, Podketeers

In this episode: Mario starts us off with some good old school metal music! Oh yeah, they're Disney covers. ūüôā Why is Conan O'Brien calling out Disney about their upcoming film Coco? Projection mapping technology that might be coming to Fantasmic 2.0 and the challenges Disney is facing plus we check out a music video that uses live projection mapping. Also, the Road to the Races tour is on!

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This week we start the episode with Mario showing off an album he found called¬†Metal Disney¬†with music by a band called the metal-disney-album-cover“D-Metal Stars”. He mentioned that it was released last year but had not heard about it until now¬†and for good reason. The band is fronted by vocalist Michael Vescera (best known for his career as part of the band¬†Obsession. The other band members include bassist Rudy Sarzo (Ozzy Osbourne, Quiet Riot, Whitesnake), ¬†drummer B.J. Zampa (Dokken, Obsession, House of Lords) and guitarist John Bruno (Obsession).

Metal Disney¬†was originally released in Japan in late 2016 and became #2 on Children’s music charts and #3 on Amazon’s Rock/Metal charts. The album was released in the US on March 31, 2017. After listening to the songs in their entirety we have to say that we really like the genuine metal vibe that the band brings to the classic songs. The list of covers includes:

  1. Introduction
  2. Mickey Mouse March
  3. I See the Light (feat. Demon Kakka)
  4. A Whole New World
  5. It’s A Small World
  6. Beauty and the Beast
  7. Under the Sea
  8. Go the Distance
  9. Can You Feel the Love Tonight
  10. Disney Medley
  11. When You Wish Upon A Star

Below is a sample of one of the songs:

Mario also brought up an EDM version of Disney songs. While recording we totally spazzed out on that album (which Heyzen owns) called DCONSTRUCTED released in 2014. Below is a sample of that album:

So what do you think¬†about this new metal album featuring Disney songs? Is it something that you’d listen to? Leave a comment down below!


We recently purchased some coffee from Trader Sam’s Coffee Company. The company is headed by Erick and Marlene Kanter and they’ve been around for some time but started as Smiling Dog Coffee which helped fund dog rescues across the country (and still does). In November 2016 the company expanded to offer Disney inspired coffee flavors themed after lands, attractions and memorable characters. Some of their flavors include¬†Skipper’s Brew, Happily Never After, Bobsledder’s Brew and Plus Ultra Vanilla. We recently purchased several of their flavors and are excited to try them! We’ll update you on what we think soon!


Conan O’Brien recently called out the Disney company for using his name “Coco”. In the clip below Conan explains how he was given the moniker by Tom Hanks 8 years ago. We’re fairly certain that the Disney company didn’t sit at their desk thinking about how they could spite Conan O’Brien. The name of the film isn’t based on Miguel, the child you see in the trailer,¬†but rather his great-grandmother, Mama Coco (as seen in the concept art released by director Lee Unkrich below). Although we don’t exactly know how serious Conan’s “threats” were about using “his name” we’re sure we’ll hear more about this as we get closer to the release of the film. Wonder what Coco Chanel has to say about all of this.

If you haven’t seen the clip where Conan calls out Disney, here it is:

Also, here is the latest Coco¬†short¬†called¬†Dante’s Lunch. Let us know what you think about the short, and the Conan situation down below.

We talk a little bit more about the challenges¬†tracking and mapping images to the Columbia (as rumored to be in the new¬†Fantasmic!!) and how challenging it is to track something of that size. Disney is very familiar with the concept of projection mapping as we’ve seen with much of the ‘Frozen¬†Live At The Hyperion’ show.¬†Using a technology called “black tracks” which uses LED diodes embedded into the costumes of cast members to map effects like Anna being frozen.

Projection mapping is¬†a rapidly progressing technology. Recently, a visual studio in Japan called WOW used¬†live face-mapping to create a music video for pop dance group AyaBambi. WOW worked with a special high speed projector built by Ishikawa Wantanbe laboratory at the University of Tokyo. The projector runs at an awesome 1,000 frames per second and uses 3D mapping ¬†for depth and a 2D tracking system with a delay is less than 10 milliseconds. 10 milliseconds! That is super fast! And yet… there was still some problems syncing the face to the mappings. Considering that during their performance AyaBambi was approximately 3 feet away from the projectors and there was still a slight issue, we can’t imagine what Disney is going through trying to project on a moving object the size of the Columbia.

Below is finished video along with a behind-the-scenes feature of the making of AyaBambi’s¬†Inori (which means “prayer” in Japanese). Be warned, some scenes may not be suitable for younger viewers.

To promote the upcoming film Cars 3¬†Pixar has taken to the road! As part of a 27-city tour called “Road to the Races” you’ll see a familiar friend when you encounter Lightning McQueen (similar to the experience at Disney California Adventure in CarsLand) but part of what makes this experience extra special is that you’ll also get to meet Cruz Ramirez AND… Jackson Storm!¬†The two new cars were revealed at the Daytona 500 event and they look super slick! We’re excited to get a chance to check them out up close when they come to Southern California in a few weeks! Below is a link to the full schedule of dates (PDF) to see if it’ll be in a town near you!

Cars 3 is scheduled to open on June 16, 2017.

Check out this photo of Jackson Storm we found on Instagram by user @thedopeyrunner!

Congratulations to the 2017 March Magic winner the Tomorrowland Movers!

If you’re interested in checking out what merchandise is available for this and any of the other teams here is the link:


Until next time!¬†¬įo¬į

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1 Comment

  1. Michelle Hurst

    Hi Podketeers!
    I really enjoyed your discussion in this episode about the various covers of Disney music. As an avid listener and festival-goer of EDM (electronic dance musics), one of my favorite albums that was released last year was Star Wars Headspace! If you love Star Wars and upbeat music, I definitely recommend checking it out. The sound bites from Star Wars are used throughout the album, such as Darth Vader’s classic breathing sound and R2D2’s sounds, as well as famous lines. These sounds bites were released to the DJ Kaskade, and he got a group of fellow DJs together to produce this amazing album. My favorite track is Help Me! by GTA. Give it a listen and let me know what you think!! ūüôā


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