S2E33: Interview with Emma Stone and Emma Thompson for Cruella

Interview with Emma Stone and Emma Thompson

We had the chance to interview Emma Stone and Emma Thompson for their new film Cruella. Not only that but we also heard from the filmmakers about what it took to bring this most villainous villain to life. No spoilers here but we have seen the film, and we absolutely loved it.

Interview with Emma Stone and Emma Thompson

Interview with Emma Stone and Emma Thompson for Cruella

We were delighted that Disney went dark with Cruella. How could you not? The woman eventually wants a spotted puppy coat.

Emma Stone:  They really let Craig and Tony write and make what they wanted to make. I think it’s definitely dark for a Disney movie. It was darker than I’ve seen a Disney movie for a good long time.

Related: Learn about the Music of Cruella

Craig has worked on villain stories in the past like I, Tonya, What is it about the villains and what attracted you to Cruella’s story?

Craig: (Laughs) I mean, villains are always so fun to portray, because you just have more license to do things that aren’t quite appropriate or push the boundaries, and create these larger-than-life characters. It was really important to me that this was not black and white. Obviously, no pun intended there with Cruella. But I wanted there to be this gray area and be able to empathize with the choices that she was making. And I wanted to do it in a way that was really fun.  

Related: Interview Emma Stone and Emma Thompson on all things Cruella

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If you had to pick between Estella and Cruella who would it be? They are both so different.

Emma Stone: I think Estella is sweet, but she’s not fully embodied. So I would say there is something about Cruella that’s pretty enticing because she just kind of is who she is. She’s in full acceptance and autonomy there. So I am kind of interested in that Cruella world. That said she does some things, crosses some lines that I don’t think I would necessarily cross. But to be honest, I sort of prefer Cruella.

Related: Behind the Scenes of Cruella: Interview with the Filmmakers

The set pieces in this film are phenomenal. What was the biggest challenge when creating Cruella’s world?

Fiona: I think the biggest challenge was actually the number sets. The film has great pace and we move around a lot. There are lots of little moments that require different sets. And so we were very busy. There were 120-odd sets to do across the course of the shoot. Some of them are enormous and some of them are tiny. I think one of the things that I’m most pleased about with the film is the level of detail in every single one of those sets. 

Listen to the podcast and check out the links above for the full interview.

Cruella is in theaters and on Disney+ Premiere Access May 28, 2021. Tickets are on sale now.

S2E23: Interview with Jon Levine: Working On Loki, Cobra Kai, and more.

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For the latest episode of the Geek Girls Universe Podcast, we sat down for an interview with Jon Levine your soon-to-be favorite friendly neighborhood TVA clerk. That’s right, Jon is part of the new series Loki.

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Interview with Jon Levine

One of the standout moments in the new Loki trailer was when Loki ended up in the TVA’s version of the DMV. Only instead of waiting forever for your number to be called, you have to verify everything you’ve ever said. Absurd. Yikes.

In the room we see an adorable cat, that may or may not be a Flerken, and the paperwork clerk in charge of getting Loki to sign off on an inordinate amount of papers. That clerk is none other than Jon Levine.

Related: Loki Trailer Breakdown

Jon Levine paperwork clerk

We couldn’t wait to talk with Jon about his time on the Loki set. Naturally, we wanted all the details but we know how those pesky NDAs work. However, he shared what he could including what it was like working with the god of mischief himself. From what he told us, that scene is going to be awesome.

As with all our guests, we asked him about his favorite fandoms, characters, and movies, which included a little tangent about Taika Waititi because how can you not. Jon also talked about Cobra Kai, Flerkens, and a lot more.

About Jon Levine

Jon Levine is an actor and standup comedian who lives in Atlanta, Georgia. Jon has appeared in several films, TV shows, and commercials throughout his career as an actor. He has had roles on shows such as Cobra Kai and the upcoming Marvel Studios’ Loki

interview with Jon Levine

As a stand-up comedian, Jon has performed in a multitude of standup shows across the country as the host, guest, and featured comedian, as well as numerous corporate and private events. Jon has been the emcee at Belushi’s Comedy Club in Fort Myers, the Comedy Zone Sunny Isles Beach, and the Improv in West Palm Beach.

Loki premieres on Disney+ June 11.

S2E6 Interview with Adam Peltzman

Interview with Executive Producer Adam Peltzman

Now streaming on Netflix, is the all-new show Go, Dog. Go! is based on the best-selling children’s book by PD Eastman. We sat down for an interview with Executive Producer Adam Peltzman to learn more about what to expect in the town of Pawston.

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Go, Dog. Go!

The show, Go, Dog. Go! follows 6-year-old Tag Barker on her adventures in the city of Pawston, a fun-loving community of dogs on the go. Tag is a skilled mechanic and loves anything that goes. With her ingenuity and creativity, Tag can go as far as any plan will take her with her best friend Scooch Pooch by her side.

Interview with Executive Producer Adam Peltzman

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Interview with Executive Producer Adam Peltzman

Interview with Executive Producer Adam Peltzman

Adam Peltzman is the executive producer of the Netflix original series from DreamWorks Animation and WildBrain, Go, Dog. Go! It is based on P.D. Eastman’s classic, best-selling children’s book.

A five-time Emmy Award-winning creator, writer and producer, Peltzman began his career on the hit show, Blue’s Clues, where he served as head writer for multiple seasons. Afterwards, he became the head writer on two well-known series The Electric Company and The Backyardigans. Peltzman’s credits include serving as creator on Nickelodeon’s Wallykazam! He also co-created the PBS Kids series Odd Squad and the WNYC fictional family podcast, This Podcast Has Fleas.

Related: Interview With Executive Producer Scott Kreamer

This show is not just colorful and musical, it’s a lot of fun, just like the book we both know and love. It features several recognizable characters and lots of new friends to meet like the all dog singing group the Barkapellas.

Fans of PD Eastman will be interested to hear whether or not other beloved characters will show up in the series. Our kids wanted to know if their friends Fred and Ted from Big Dog, Little Dog or the bird from Are You My Mother? will make their way into the show.

Adam hopes that children and families will enjoy the show together. Above that, there is a sense of community in the show.

“It’s about how community members get along, welcome new members, work as a team. I hope it inspires kids to get more curious about their own community and start thinking about what it means to be part of a community. Respecting each other and working with differences.”

To hear everything Adam had to say about the show listen in now!

Go, Dog. Go! is streaming now on Netflix!

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S2E4 Interview With Executive Producer Scott Kreamer

Interview With Executive Producer Scott Kreamer

Calling all Jurassic World fans! Season two of Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous debuts on Netflix on January 22. We had the chance to sit down for an interview with Executive Producer Scott Kreamer.

Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous Season 2

In Season 2 of Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous, the campers are stranded on Isla Nublar. When the T.Rex takes over Main Street, forcing the kids deeper into the jungle, they discover that they may not be alone. This not only threatens their rescue but may uncover something more sinister. 

Inspired by the Jurassic World franchise, Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous follows six teenagers chosen for a once-in-a-lifetime experience at Camp Cretaceous. At camp they must work together to survive when dinosaurs wreak havoc across the island. Will they ever make it back? Only time will tell.

Related: Interview with Special Effects Artist Steve Boyle

Interview With Executive Producer Scott Kreamer

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Interview With Executive Producer Scott Kreamer

Scott Kreamer is the Emmy-nominated executive producer of the Netflix original series Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous. It’s inspired by the multi-billion-dollar Jurassic World franchise from Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment.

Prior to Jurassic World, Kreamer served as co-executive producer and story editor of DreamWorks Cleopatra in Space. He also executive produced and work as a story editor for Nickelodeon’s Pinky Malinky. Scott also co-executive produced DreamWorks Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness.

Interview With Executive Producer Scott Kreamer

We had the chance to speak with Scott about what to expect in Season 2 of the show. There are a lot of things he and the crew want children and families to take away from this season. First and foremost is that kids are resilient. And in a time like this, we all need to focus on that resiliency.

A fan favorite and Scott favorite dinosaur will be front and center this season as well. That’s right, the T. Rex is coming and those kids better watch out! Plus, since the show is set in the same universe as the films, we had to ask if a cross-over into live action was in the works. What did he say? You’ll have to listen to find out!

Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous Season 1 is now streaming on Netflix. Season 2 will be available January 22.

S2E1 Interview with Special Effects Artist Steve Boyle

Interview With Special Effects Artist Steve Boyle

It’s 2021 and that means we are kicking off Season 2 of the Geek Girls Universe Podcast. What better way to get the new year started than this interview with special effects artist Steve Boyle? This is the man responsible for creatures from some of our favorite films and probably some of your nightmares.

Interview With Special Effects Artist Steve Boyle
Photo: Steve Boyle Studios

Interview With Special Effects Artist Steve Boyle

Steve Boyle’s work can be seen in Love and Monsters, What We Do In The Shadows, Attack of the Clones, and Daybreakers amongst other things. We had a chance to speak with him about his latest film, Love and Monsters which is available from Paramount Pictures to own today on Blu-ray, 4K, and DVD.

Love and Monsters is one of our favorite films from 2020. You can hear the others one on our Year End Review Episode.

What creature was the most challenging to create for Love and Monsters? And which one was your favorite?

Steve: My favorite was the Buzzard, the bunker creature. I think that was my favorite because it’s an asymmetrical, miss-mash of flesh, slime, and thorns. It was really fun to do. When I was a kid that was the sort of stuff I always wanted to do. That’s the kind of creature that has pulled me into doing this kind of stuff.

The most challenging was Mavis. About 4 hours before we had to film her on location she was about 100 pieces on a table we were trying to assemble. It was one of those ones where you think “Maybe this is going to be the one that doesn’t work.”

Related: Love and Monsters Review

There is one monster we never get to see on screen despite it being a massive threat to the characters. Was it always the plan not to have it show up? 

Steve: Yes. This was an intimate approach which personally I liked because you wanted to see more of everything. I think it’s better to get little suggestions, have you wanting to see more than seeing too much of them.

How many of the monsters were practical effects versus CGI?

Steve: I’m trying to remember. The gobblers were puppets but they were also CGI. Mavis was practical, the buzzard was about 80% practical. We ended up doing more practical stuff than I thought. 

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When it comes to special effects, you have designed creatures that are well known in lore like the werewolves for What We Do In The Shadows and others like in Star Wars and Love and Monsters that no one has ever seen before. Do you prefer taking something that is traditional and making it your own or coming up with something completely new?

Steve: That’s a really good question because I don’t know the answer to that. They excite me both in different ways.

I don’t know. I think I kinda swing between the two. Both are hugely satisfying. I guess with building all new stuff you don’t have to break through people’s conceived ideas of what a werewolf should look like, what a vampire should look like. You can be a bit more free. It’s also not compared in the same way. But I love doing both. 

Related: Best Quotes From Love and Monsters

Along those lines, is there a character or a monster that you want to bring to life that you haven’t yet?

Steve: I haven’t done my own version of Frankenstein yet, I would love to do that. I’ve been really lucky, I’ve done most of what I always wanted to do. I’ve had amazing opportunities across all genres and to be able to work with the best artists in the world. People who were my idols as a kid are now some of my closest friends.

What inspired you to become a special effects artist? What drew you into this as your career?

Steve: I don’t know what drew me to it. I just remember being obsessed with it. I never wanted to do anything else. It was one of those things that kinda chose me and I got the bug very early on. I am creatively ambitious but not careerist if that makes sense. I’m much more interested in what I’m making.

Getting into this at such a young age, were there artists or puppeteers that you looked up to?

Steve: Oh yeah a lot. Richard Taylor who has his company WETA with Peter Jackson. I got to go over there and work with them for about 5 years. It wasn’t just about special effects, they were really original thinkers.

And where will we see Steve’s work showing up next? You’ll have to listen to find out!

For the full interview listen to the latest episode of the podcast.

Love and Monsters from Paramount Home Entertainment is now available on 4K, Blu-ray and DVD.

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Ep. 31 Interview with Disney Cast Member Jennifer Padley

Interview with Disney CM Jennifer Padley

We are back with the latest meet the Magic Makers episode. These episodes are dedicated to showcasing the amazing talents of Disney Cast Members. We got a chance to talk with Jennifer Padley, a cast member from the Disney World Fine Arts Photography Department who can create almost anything your little geek heart desires!

Interview with Disney Cast Member Jennifer Padley

Jennifer worked in post-production at Disney World’s Fine Arts Photography department. She helped guests take their special moments captured during a Disney photography session and create custom layouts, photo books, and more to tell their story.

What started as a side hustle for friends has quickly turned into a business that is thriving. Jennifer found inspiration as a child from The Lion King (1994), to get into art and design. She takes that inspiration, her talents, and her love of all things Disney and combines them to make some of the prettiest murals, art pieces, even custom shoes that you have ever seen!

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Find Jennifer on Facebook, Instagram, and Etsy @PadleyARTS. She shared that one of her best-sellers are these adorable donut magnets and ornaments. I mean don’t they look good enough to eat?

Interview with Disney CM Jennifer Padley

If you can dream it and want custom artwork Jennifer can do it. From handpainted ornaments and shoes to massive wall murals, Jennifer is your girl. Although she is local to central Florida she did share she is willing to travel (when life permits it again) to your home to make your rooms pop.

We both really like the character DNA canvas prints she has created like this Princess one. This type of artwork can be made for any character(s) or fandom.

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Of course, before we wrapped up we had to ask Jennifer about her favorite fandoms and Disney characters. And since she worked in the photography department we also asked her to share her favorite photo spots and editing hacks for those special Disney moments.

Check out Padley Arts today!

Interview with Disney CM Jennifer Padley

Ep. 29 Interview with Disney Cast Member Katie Brown

We are back with another meeting the Magic Makers episode. These episodes are dedicated to showcasing the amazing talents of Disney Cast Members. This time we chatted with Katie Brown, a cast member who has filled many roles at Walt Disney World.

Interview with Disney Cast Member Katie Brown

Katie has done it all from photo pass photography to entertainment. She recently performed with The Voices of Liberty (her dream role) and sailed aboard the Disney Cruise Line as part of their onboard entertainment. Which she said was amazing before 2020 hit. Fingers crossed we can all get back to sailing (safely) very soon.

Since we both have musical backgrounds we were excited to talk to a CM in that field. One of us always wanted to perform for Disney, can you guess who? Let us know if you got it right.

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Find Katie at Katie Brown Music and Piano Party. On her own, Katie continues to offer customized musical experiences for any occasion. She has performed in driveway concerts, socially distant wedding receptions, and is currently working on a Carol Kane Tribute show.

Interview with Disney Cast Member Katie Brown

If you have a holiday party, class reunion, or anything that could use some live music, Katie is your girl! Or, if you’re looking for a nice night out in the Orlando area, check out The Edison at Disney Springs. Katie is a regular performer there. We can’t wait to go visit and say hi, from a distance of course!

Piano Party started as a side hustle and quickly grew. If you’ve never experienced a dueling piano show you need to get on that now. Or at least visit their website. It is incredible to watch.

We also couldn’t let Katie leave without her sharing not only her favorite fandoms but also her favorite songs to sing. She went for a classic, you’ll have to listen to find out what it was!

Interview with Disney Cast Member Katie Brown

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Ep. 24: Interview With Disney Cast Member Ashlee Santmyers

Interview With Disney Cast Member Ashlee Santmyers

We are back with another meeting the Magic Makers episode. These episodes are dedicated to showcasing the amazing talents of Disney Cast Members. This time we chatted with Ashlee Santmyers, a cast member from Walt Disney World. 

Interview With Disney Cast Member Ashlee Santmyers

Ashlee is a pastry chef in Disney’s Animal Kingdom. She enjoys being able to create the various treats you can find throughout the park. Cakes are her favorite thing to make!

She is also a geek just like us! So you know we had to ask her to pick her favorites and yes we know that can be as hard as picking a favorite child. Ashlee told us how she and her husband are a house divided: Batman vs. Superman and Sailor Moon vs. Dragonball Z. We had to share our own picks out of those two!

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Ashlee owns Storybook Delights, where she makes sweet treats for various fandoms and occasions. Every order is custom, Ashlee will work with you to figure out the perfect flavor and decoration combinations to make your next special event shine.

Getting custom made cakes or cupcakes would be a perfect way to have some Disney Magic at home. Going into the winter months, we definitely recommend an extra dose of magic.

Some of our favorites from Storybook Delights are:

This Batman Wedding Cake is phenomenal! We know a few Batman fans who would love this at their wedding.

Interview With Disney Cast Member Ashlee Santmyers

Do you even like Disney if you don’t have a Mickey-themed birthday party at least once? Look at this adorable Mickey Mouse cake complete with the ears on top!

Mickey Cake

Obviously, we love Star Wars around here so this cake is a definite favorite. And we bet she can put one together themed after The Mandalorian too if you ask! Just saying!!

Interview With Disney Cast Member Ashlee Santmyers

Calling all witches, wizards, and muggles! These Wizard House Cookies look amazing. You need them for your next Yule Ball.

Interview With Disney Cast Member Ashlee Santmyers

Order your custom pastries, cakes, cupcakes, and more from Storybook Delights today!

Ep. 21: Interview with Disney Cast Member Felicia Wisniewski

Interview with Disney Cast Member Felicia Wisniewski

It is no secret we are big Disney fans. When the news of the furloughs and lay-offs came down our hearts broke. We wanted to help in any way we could. Part of our plan is to showcase the amazing Magic Makers, the people who are behind all the magic you experience when heading to the park. From PhotoPass photographers and character attendants to chefs and artists, it takes a lot of special people to make Disney what it is.

Interview with Disney Cast Member Felicia Wisniewski

We got a chance to talk with Felicia Wisniewski, a magic-making cast member from Walt Disney World. Felicia works in costuming primarily at Magic Kingdom. One of her favorite events to work is Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire stage show. The colors, the seasonal changes, it is all so fun.

She is also a geek just like us! So you know we had to ask her to pick her favorites and yes we know that can be as hard as picking a favorite child. Felicia loves Tiana, Daisy, and Star Wars. You know we had to talk some Star Wars with her because we Geek Girls are all about it.

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As a big fan of Star Wars, she tells us what it was like to be one of the first CM’s to see what The Rise of the Resistance costumes would look like. We aren’t jealous at all…not at all…

Felicia owns Fandom Sophisticates, an Etsy shop where she makes and sells items for various fandoms, including hard to find pieces for Disney favorites! Lucky for us, and you, Felicia’s shop is also open for CUSTOM orders. So if you’re prepping for a runDisney event, a day at the parks, or just feel like showing off your fandom loving side, she is your girl.

Some of our favorites from Fandom Sophisticates are:

Move it! Shake it! MousekeDance it! Street Party inspired 3D Printed Ears

You can’t help but love the Move it! Shake it! MousekeDance it! Street Party! The costumes are colorful, the music is lively, and it is a great time to interact with some of your favorite characters. These ears bring that joy to life and are sure to get you a ton of compliments at the park.

Interview with Disney Cast Member Felicia Wisniewski

Ben Solo Live Vinyl

This one is available in English or Aurebesh. It would look great on your laptop, car window, water bottle, basically wherever you can stick a sticker.

Frozen Icon Poodle Skirt

Who said Frozen is only for kids? Warm-up your vocal cords and get ready to go Into The Unknown with this poodle skirt. Elsa not your girl? No worries, Felicia can make one custom for your favorite Disney Princess.

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Ep: 19 Interview with Julie Frost and Mike Dombrow

Interview with Julie Frost and Mike Dombrow

We had the opportunity to interview Julie Frost and Mike Dombrow, two veteran Disney performers and creators. These two have created an empowering musical adventure podcast for kids called The Super Secret Hive. 

Interview with Julie Frost and Mike Dombrow

Interview with Julie Frost and Mike Dombrow

The Super Secret Hive follows the adventures of a cast of quirky characters (all voiced by Julie and Mike) as they navigate a host of challenges to help kids save the world. It covers topics like honey bees and pollinators, plastic in the oceans, germs and our immune system, inclusion and kindness vs. bullying (as expressed by a T-Rex!), loneliness, and taking care of ourselves, each other, and the world we live in.

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Season one features six full-length episodes, 14 original songs, and FREE online activities. Their goal is to engage, entertain, and inspire kids while also providing parents and educators with much-needed content during this challenging time of distance learning.

Where did the idea for The Super Secret Hive come from?

Julie– “We have been building projects together for a number of years. All of the projects revolve around helping kids become happier and healthier.”

But as with everything in the entertainment business, 2020 hit and they had to pivot from their live musical formats to something new.

Julie– “We realized how impactful audio could be and how engaging it could be when it is done well. So we thought how cool would it be to do a podcast for kids? We wanted it to be extremely interactive and engaging.”

Mike– “So many of us have been sequestered to the same location for many of these last months, this opens a new world they can imagine in their mind.”

We love that this is a fun, entertaining podcast for kids. After all with distance learning happening children and even adults are getting burned out on screen time. With The Super Secret Hive you can listen in and use your imagination all without staring at a screen.

There are a lot of fun characters in this podcast, all voiced by you both. Tell us a little bit about how you decided on how each one would sound and their names? 

Julie– “We had a lot of fun creating these characters. From a young age I had the ‘Disney sound.’ I never had to manipulate that sound, so this was a big stretch for me. This was the first time I had to put on a ‘character voice.’ That was a fun learning process.

Mike on the other hand is just awesome at coming up with these characters. He is very funny and very creative with how he uses his instrument.”

Mike– “A lot of it is kind of the tone and how you deliver the different words.”

Their goal was to make this podcast enjoyable for the whole family, because you know that a lot, A LOT of kid stuff is grating on our nerves and our ears. Thanks Julie and Mike for thinking about us too!

You both have worked for Disney for so many years. How did your roles as Cast Members inspire and prepare you for what you’re doing now?

Julie– “My background has been solely in entertainment. All of those roles were very much in my wheelhouse. For Disney Junior Live On Stage there was a lot of improv that happened. Because you never know how the audience is going to react to you.

That is really great for what we have to do now, improving the different voices and characters. The beauty of Mike and I wearing all the hats is that if we wanted to go off script we could do that. Disney prepared me for this [because] I was able to explore improvising and interacting with the audience.”

Mike– “My education background is what brought me to Disney. In the Disney Youth Programs I got to teach workshops to visiting choirs. We hosted a lot of events and competitions and all sorts of things to get kids excited about creating.

That is really the endgame fo us. [Teaching kids that] helping each other, being kind, and doing all these wonderful things is just the thing that you do. Performers know about collaboration and you can’t get anything done unless you work together. And all of that is hopefully it is echoed in our work.”

For the complete interview with Julie and Mike and to learn what is next for The Super Secret hive listen to the full recording below!

Interview with Julie Frost and Mike Dombrow

Be sure to check out The Super Secret Hive, available now on your favorite podcast apps and on the website HereAtTheHive.com.