Monday, August 24, 2015

Ken's interview with Kenny Thompkins

Hello Kenneth,
We share the same first name, I go by Kenny, it just sounds friendlier. I first started drawing when I was very young. Having a full house of artist helps. My older brothers and sisters would draw and I'd mimic them. My mother was an art major at Ohio State. My early years I always loved Disney cartoons, but as I grew older I loved the work of The Masters - Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Rubins [[NOTE: I think he is referring to Peter Paul Rubens]] even Norman Rockwell.The Masters work seemed to be so well rounded in art - drawing, painting and sculpting. That's my approach to art. know all you can and learn all you can, then you become more valuable in your field.
I was always a very hard worker in whatever I happened to be doing. Growing up in Cleveland I just couldn't find any good cartooning places, so I came to California to learn and hopefully work for Disney in 1979. My first job in California was making salads and sandwiches at 20th Century Fox, I did this for about 2 years but I never gave up on my goal, and that was to work for Disney. I drew every day at the park or wherever I was to polish my drawings and get more action into my drawings. Eric Larson - one of Disney's Nine Old Men saw my stuff and told me of Cal Arts School built by Disney teaching animation. After 3 tries I was accepted and headed to Cal Arts for 4 years to polish my skills.It was hard work but I enjoyed every minute of it. It's great being around students who all share the same goals.. Disney or just animation. After I graduated Disney was not hiring so I found work elsewhere I worked on such shows as Real Ghostbusters, KissyFur, Littles, Dennis, Get Along Gang and ALF. It was a great time but it wasn't where I wanted to be. This before Disney had Disney Afternoon but when it arrived on the scene I was there. Winnie the Pooh, Rescue Rangers, Darkwing, Tail Spin and the fun goes on. Keep being creative and keep drawing.
Kenny Thompkins

You can check out Kenny on the IMDB here.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

The Las Vegas Airport

On the newest Ken PD Snydecast Ken mentions visiting the Las Vegas airport and mentions the slot machines.

You may remember from previous episodes, Dana's father designed the new terminal at the airport.

You can read more about Mr. Snyder here.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Ken passing out on Big Thunder

On KEN P.D. SNYDECAST #224: Shanghai Surprise, Ken and Dana bicker about the events of September 9, 2013.

Here are Plume's tweets from the incident in question:

Towards the end of KEN P.D. SNYDECAST #204: Meatlife Crisis the discussed the events as they were fresh in Ken's mind.

The new episode of the Snydecast has both Ken and Dana telling radically different accounts of the event, and none of it really syncs up with the story on the show in 2013.

According to the show in 2013 Ken passed out, they gave him a bottle of water and he sat down. Then Ken went on Pirates of the Caribbean, then he went and watched the Enchanted Tiki Room, got a Dole Float, watched Country Bear Jamboree, had lunch, rode Big Thunder Mountain, and "slowly" made his way to the exit. 

According to him it was 3:30pm or 4pm when he rode Big Thunder.

On the new episode Ken and Dana go back and forth about the issue and both are wrong at different points. So you can be the judge by LISTENING HERE.

KEN P.D. SNYDECAST #224: Shanghai Surprise

KEN P.D. SNYDECAST #224: Shanghai Surprise - Ken & Dana return with a piano strapped to their handlebar.


Cook E. Jarr show ended

On the newest Snydecast, KEN P.D. SNYDECAST #224: Shanghai Surprise, Ken asks what Dana would show him in Las Vegas. It's not the first time the question has been asked:

On KEN P.D. SNYDECAST #185: Semi-Elect a listener question about what to do in Las Vegas. Dana mentions a few different things.

He mentions Musashi Japanese Steak House (3900 Paradise Rd  Las Vegas, NV 89169 • 702-735-4744), he mentions Popavich (the crazy cat man) and he mentions Cook E. Jar.

According to Las Vegas Leisure Guide:

Cook E. Jarr has been a lounge fixture on the Las Vegas scene since he came here in the early 80's and decided to make it his home. Always fresh as a singer and entertainer Jarr has a unique, anything goes, style all his own, combining music as diverse as 60's Classics, disco, country and even todays hip-hop hits with his own trademark sound effects, puns, antics and special effects, punctuated with his tales of "old" Vegas. Las Vegas is pretty much the only place one could expect to find someone as... "Vegas Baby" as Cook E. Jarr. 

Cook E. Jarr creates one of the best parties with the best music in town. If you don't find yourself uncontrollably jumping up to dance, just sit back and enjoy, but don't miss what many people come to Las Vegas expecting to see, because he delivers.

Here is a video from his show:

Recently Dana pointed out to me that the show has come to an end.

From The Las Vegas Sun:

Singing, joking and grooving to the end, Cook E. Jarr closes with a flourish at Harrah’s

Cook E. Jarr is playing right now. He’s playing out the string, playing the fool, playing the music box in the corner, all at The Piano Bar at Harrah’s.

The Jarr is finished here, as of the end of this set, which is to be about 6 p.m. He has performed “You Are So Beautiful” by Joe Cocker, “You May Be Right” by Billy Joel and “Bust a Move” by Young MC. He is going out with a flourish, hitting the “woof, woof!” mechanism on his music machine and barking right along with his indefatigable voice.

Read more here.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Waiting for Snydecast

As we wait, oh so impaitently, for another Ken PD Snydecast here's something to hold you over:

A Bit of a Chat with Ken Plume & Hal Lublin 7

"I’m Ken Plume, and soon you’ll be listening to “A Bit Of A Chat” with me, Ken Plume.

In this episode, Ken Plume has another chat with actor Hal Lublin, about Mr. T, Disneyland, terror, and making magic happen."

Friday, July 17, 2015

Disneyland's 60th!

Ken is at Disneyland right now to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the fabled theme park.

And he's already scored:

Go follow his adventures at Twitter.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Photos from SDCC

Dana posted a bunch of photos from the ATHF memorial service at San Diego Comic Con, including this:

Ken has also been busy at SDCC, and a photo of him staring longingly at William Shatner was posted:
Follow both on Twitter, Facebook or in person at SDCC for more!

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Happy Fourth of July!

In honor of the 4th we present this video of a super patriotic fireworks display over Sleeping Beauty Castle in Disneyland (featuring music from Epcot's American Adventure):

Speaking of American Adventure, the inspiring audio animatronic show at Epcot, here is a great video with highlights of the show:

No discussion of patriotic Disney attractions would be complete without a look at the Hall of Presidents from Walt Disney World:

Finally, just because it made me laugh, here is a video I found entitled Hall of Inaccurate Presidents:

Happy 4th of July! Eat some BBQ, have a beer and try not to blow your hand off lighting a bottle rocket.

Friday, July 3, 2015

Ken is going to SDCC

But what is SDCC? if only I could decipher the code...

Perhaps it's the Salvation and Deliverance Church of Connecticut!

Oh right. San Diego Comic Con. That makes sense too.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

The Aristocats

On the most recent Ken PD Snydecast Ken and Dana talk about The Aristocats. It's one of the more underrated Disney flicks. It's a fun time with lots of engaging characters and solid music.

The film has three kittens at the center of the plot and they have all appeared at Disney parks.

However, Marie is far and away the most popular particularly in Tokyo Disneyland.

There are a few possible reasons. For starters, her name is easier to pronounce. The other two are named Toulouse and Berlioz. Also, there is always a demand for more female characters in the parks.

I've also heard that in Tokyo she was initially popular because she sorta looks like Hello Kitty and that led to her being popular in her own right. I don't recall where I heard that. Possibly I dreamed it.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Disneyland Paris Ratatouille ride

On the newest Snydecast Dana describes this attraction. You can also hear more of his description of this on Drunk On Disney.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Mickey Mouse hats in Paris

On the most recent Snydecast Dana mentioned that they didn't sell the Mickey Mouse ear hats in Disneyland Paris.

Dana mentions that they sell ears that look like these:

 And these:

This article also mentions the lack of hat:

The website is written in foreign, but here's a translation:

I can’t believe those are not on sale: it is the very first thing I bought during my Walt Disney World vacation! This classic is really missing in Disneyland Paris. And now we know that DLP is planning to sell the Glow With The Show version of this hat (with lights synchronized to the show) for Disney Dreams, I’m even more outraged the original one is still not on sale in Marne-la-VallĂ©e. But other classics are also ignored in DLP, like these lovely Mickey Mouse shaped balloons. They should not only be seen as gadgets: once guests use these historical items in the parks, they contribute to the joyful and elegant atmosphere of the Disneyland park.