The AIO Blog has just released an interview with actor Townsend Coleman, the voice of Jason Whittaker on Adventures in Odyssey. Townsend talks about wanting to be a voice actor growing up, working in theater, his move to Los Angeles, and which actors he looks up to. He also discusses having fun in the studio recording Odyssey, voicing the character the Stiletto in Album 53: The Green Ring Conspiracy, what he hopes Jason will do in the future and much more. You can listen to the full interview below.
The Odyssey Adventure Club keeps expanding with more content. Last April it added a new collection of shows from the Spanish language version of AIO, called Aventuras en Odisea, and most recently the club aired all six episodes from Album 59: Taking the Plunge early, plus a bonus video from the recording studio. Now the AIO Update has news that on July 8th the first musical album from composer John Campbell will be available online for streaming to all OAC members. This album of musical scores will feature the soundtracks you've heard before in the adventures from Season 1 of the OAC's exclusive episodes, from The Launch to All By Myself. At this time the club will not include the music from other Adventures in Odyssey episodes. Are you excited to hear the Season 1 soundtrack on the Odyssey Adventure Club? You can write your comments down below.
If you've been following this site you've probably heard about the upcoming Father Gilbert novel by Paul McCusker entitled The Body Under the Bridge. The front cover that was posted a few weeks ago was only an early version and now the final cover design for the book has been released. What do you think of this darker, more detailed design? Leave your thoughts in a comment down below. This book is already available for pre-order and is scheduled to come out in January 2016. The next two books in this Father Gilbert trilogy are tentatively titled All Desires Known and Malevolence, although that is subject to change. The Body Under the Bridge promises to be an exciting adventure full of intrigue, family rivalries, death, and of course, mystery. You can check out the novel's summary here:
A former Scotland Yard detective, Father Gilbert knows about death. But, now a priest of a modest Anglican church in the small town of Stonebridge, he didn't expect it to show up like this - in the suicide of a man who threw himself off the church tower, and in the discovery of a two-hundred-year-old body beneath an ancient bridge. The deaths are linked. The mummified corpse under the bridge, a murder victim, reignites a centuries-old battle between two local families - the Todds and the aristocratic Hayshams. Then both David Todd and Lord Haysham begin to act strangely. They are fearful for reasons they won't explain. When Lord Haysham is murdered, David Todd is the prime suspect. But Todd is acting maniacal, claiming great forces of evil are at work. An entire history of violence and depravity begins to emerge - interweaving the history of several local families with a secret occult society that engages in Black Masses. Has the Society emerged again?
Audio Theatre Central, the podcast dedicated to high quality audio drama that's family friendly, has released a lengthy interview with composer Jared DePasquale. He has done the musical scores for various Focus on the Family Radio Theatre dramas, as well as a number of Adventures in Odyssey episodes. Jared talks about how he goes about scoring films verses audio dramas, working with producer Dave Arnold, character themes, evoking emotions with sound, and using a live orchestra to record. He also discusses how fast he writes music, his favorite instrument, the classic composers he looks up to, learning from John Campbell and much more. Check out the audio interview.
The next Adventures in Odyssey episode review from the AIO Update is of All's Well With Boswell from Album 8: Beyond Expectations. In this episode Robyn gets her first real babysitting job, but it turns out to be taking care of a cat named Boswell. You can read the episode review below.
On today's edition of the Official Adventures in Odyssey Podcast, hosts Bob and Jessie interview actors Will Ryan and Katie Leigh, the voices of Eugene Meltsner and Connie Kendall. They talk about how they first met and later worked together on the show Dumbo's Circus with actors Hal Smith and Walker Edmiston, who would go on to voice John Avery Whittaker and Tom Riley. They also discuss a recent live show they performed, Will's ukulele skills, the episode a License to Drive, the new book Katie and Will have written entitled Adventures in Oddity, and much more. Plus, we get to hear a preview of next month's Odyssey Adventure Club exclusive episode, Pinocchio: The Tale of a Foolish Puppet, Part 1. Check out the podcast interview.
Today's Adventures in Odyssey episode review from the AIO Update is of The Winning Edge from Album 8: Beyond Expectations. In this episode Bart Rathbone starts coaching a girls' softball team and some of the players take the game a little too seriously. You can read the episode review below.
A new page has been added to the AIO Update called "Catch Up on Adventures in Odyssey." This feature will be here for those fans who used to listen to the show in the past but haven't in a while, and now want to find out which new album they should listen to first to get back into the series. If you wanted you could just start with listening to the latest set of episodes, Album 59: Taking the Plunge, but since that album picks up after the cliffhanger at the end of Album 58, it may not be the best choice. This page considers the albums after the 2010 relaunch and offers three suggestions as possible starting points. You can read all about it here. What do you think about this new feature on the AIO Update? Do you agree with the suggestions listed? You can leave a comment down below.
The next Adventures in Odyssey episode review from the AIO Update is of Castles and Cauldrons, Parts 1-2 from Album 8: Beyond Expectations. In this episode Jimmy Barclay's cousin Len comes for a visit, and brings along a very mysterious—and dangerous—game. Read the review below.
At the end of May a convention called Awesome Con was held in Washington D.C. for fans of comic books, animation, games and pop culture in general. It was attended by various celebrities, including at least three actors who happen to be voices on Adventures in Odyssey: Jess Harnell, Townsend Coleman and Jim Cummings. A podcast called "Boldly Going Nowhere" had the chance to interview them. In their interview with Jess Harnell, the voice of Wooton Bassett, he talks about getting into voice acting, his band Rock Sugar, his role as Wakko on Animaniacs, Crash Bandicoot and more. Listen here. In the interview with Townsend Coleman, the voice of Jason Whittaker, he discusses his start as a radio DJ, advice to aspiring voice actors about making a demo and getting an agent, his role as the Tick, and Michelangelo on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Listen here. In the interview with Jim Cummings, the voice of King Lawrence in Passages: Darien's Rise, he talks about his introduction to acting, his roles on video games, Darkwing Duck, Tigger, and much more. You can listen here. Keep in mind that if you're listening with younger children you may want to preview the content mentioned in some of these interviews first.
On this week's edition of the Official Adventures in Odyssey Podcast, hosts Bob and Jesse interview actors Andre Stojka and Townsend Coleman, the voices behind John Avery Whittaker and his son Jason Whittaker on AIO. During the podcast they both talk about recording scenes with a lot of action and adventure, including most recently for this month's OAC episode entitled to the Ends of the Earth. They also discuss their characters' father-son relationship, some of their favorite shows, the benefits of audio drama, interactions with the fans, and much more. Plus, we hear a preview of the new Odyssey Adventure Club episode. You can check out the podcast interview.
UPDATE: According to writer Paul McCusker, this cover image is only an early version and is not the final cover for the book The Body Under the Bridge. We'll let you know as soon as the final design has been released. Meanwhile, Paul also mentioned to us that the working titles for the next two novels in the trilogy are All Desires Known and Malevolence. In preparation for their release you may want to listen to the Father Gilbert Mysteries in advance, as the three upcoming books are completely new and original stories which take place after the events of the audio dramas.
If you're a fan of audio drama in general and have checked out Focus on the Family Radio Theatre, chances are you've heard of the Father Gilbert Mysteries, an original audio series which follows a former Scotland Yard detective turned Anglican minister. We announced in September of last year that writer Paul McCusker was working on three Father Gilbert novels. In March we released the summary for the first book, which will be titled The Body Under the Bridge. And now we can share with you the front cover artwork for this upcoming release. Paul McCusker has said in the past that this trilogy of novels will pick up where the audio dramas left off, continuing on the story sometime after the ending of the ninth episode, In Memoriam. The Father Gilbert audio dramas are known for being quite dark at times and are recommended for slightly older listeners than Adventures in Odyssey's target age range, and it looks like the book series will be no different. The Body Under the Bridge promises to take on plenty of intense topics, including murder, suicide, and a secret occult society. It was originally scheduled to be released in November 2015 but has since been pushed back to January 2016. Let us know in the comments section whether you're a fan of Father Gilbert.
This month's Odyssey Adventure Club exclusive episode is called To the Ends of the Earth and features Mr. Whittaker and his son Jason going on a trip to deliver Bibles to Papua. You'll be able to hear an interview with the actors, Andre Stojka and Townsend Coleman, on the Official Podcast this Wednesday. But what's next on the OAC? This July is the beginning of a two-part adventure based on the story of Pinocchio. We already posted a sneak peek of the artwork for part 1 on the site. And now, thanks to a tip from reader Nathan Hobbs, it's time to give fans an early look at Gary Locke's artwork for the second part of Pinocchio: The Tale of a Foolish Puppet. As you can see from the colorful illustration, it features Geppetto reuniting with his puppet Pinocchio, played by Adventures in Odyssey's Jay Smouse, inside a great whale. This second episode in the Pinocchio story will be available to all Odyssey Adventure Club members in August. If you're not already signed up, you can do so at oaclub.org.
Today's Adventures in Odyssey episode review from the AIO Update is of Missing Person from Album 8: Beyond Expectations. In this episode we hear that Rodney Rathbone is missing, and the crew at Whit's End tries to find him. Is it a case of kidnapping, or is he a runaway? Read the episode review below.
After initially releasing to a smaller number of theaters in April, the Christian film Beyond the Mask is set for a much wider release in 100 cities across the country starting this Friday on June the 5th. As you may already know, the screenwriter for this new movie is Adventures in Odyssey's own Paul McCusker. Beyond the Mask promises to be an exciting and "revolutionary new family film that brings history to life in a faith-filled adventure celebrating grace, liberty, and the true freedom that can only be found in Christ." It stars actors such as John Rhys-Davies, Andrew Cheney, Kara Killmer, and Ade M'Cormack. You can watch the theatrical trailer here. The film will play for a week long but it is important that fans try to see it on Friday and Saturday, since its opening weekend will determine if it is successful. To find the nearest cinema showing Beyond the Mask on June 5th, you can head over to beyondthemaskmovie.com/tickets.
The next Adventures in Odyssey episode review from the AIO Update is of the show called Pranks for the Memories and is included on Album 8: Beyond Expectations. In this episode Curt Stevens pulls a series of practical jokes at Whit's End, each more elaborate than the last. You can read our full episode review below.
Besides posting news and episode reviews, the AIO Update also posts opinion pieces in the form of articles called Editorials. It was about time to release a new editorial, so today the wait is now over. This latest piece is entitled Meanwhile, in Another Part of Marus and as you might expect deals with the Passages series by Paul McCusker. I give some background on the series' creation, talk about its integration with Adventures in Odyssey, and then give my thoughts on the future of Passages audio adaptations. It was two years ago this month that I last wrote an editorial on Passages, so it seems fitting to return to the topic now. After you've read it, please leave feedback by rating the piece out of 10. You can also write a comment at the bottom of this post. Thanks for visiting the AIO Update and please enjoy this new editorial.
On today's edition of the Official Adventures in Odyssey Podcast, hosts Bob and Jesse interview Bob Hoose and Christopher Maselli, authors of the new book called the Jones & Parker Case Files, which includes sixteen mysteries being investigated by the town of Odyssey's two youngest detectives, Emily Jones and Matthew Parker. The authors talk about writing for Clubhouse Magazine, the fun of reading solve it yourself mysteries, the role of an editor, dealing with writer's block, and a whole lot more. You can check out the podcast interview.
Today's Adventures in Odyssey episode review from the AIO Update is of An Act of Mercy from Album 8: Beyond Expectations. In this episode Tom Riley forgives Rodney Rathbone for trying to steal some of his apples, but then when given a chance to forgive someone else, Rodney doesn't pass on the act of mercy. You can read all about it our review below.
It's been four years since the AIO Update was founded on May 20th, 2011. Just for reference, that was while Album 53: The Green Ring Conspiracy was airing on the radio for the very first time. Adventures in Odyssey has since produced five more albums and is on its second season of exclusive episodes available on the Odyssey Adventure Club. This website began first as a place to post the latest AIO news updates and album info. Now it has many more regular features, including poll questions, editorials, episode reviews and helpful video clips. One of our more recent additions is Place of Wonder, where we have been continually posting original Adventures in Odyssey fan fiction stories. The various series being written are titled "The Malachi Letters," "Lost Album 51 Stories," and "The Future, Today." As the site's founder, I can't wait to see how the AIO Update continues to grow and change over time. To stay up-to-date with all the new and exciting things going on here, make sure to like us on Facebook, add us on Google+ and follow us on Twitter. And please consider taking our 2015 Survey, which is just five short questions on what you think about this site. Thank you so much for continuing to visit the AIO Update and for leaving valuable comments.