On this week's edition of the Official Adventures in Odyssey podcast, hosts Bob and Jesse talk to actor Tony Amendola, the voice of Chief Tom in the exclusive Odyssey Adventure Club episode, The Cure, Part 2. They discuss the creation of the Alaskan character of Chief Tom, the benefits of recording actors together in the studio as a group, and how Tony transitioned from theater work to films and television, and eventually to voice acting. He also talks about his various roles in The Mask of Zorro, The Legend of Zorro, Once Upon a Time, and much more. You can check out the podcast interview.
Today's Adventures in Odyssey episode review from the AIO Update is of Scattered Seeds and is included in Album 7: On Thin Ice. In this episode Connie Kendall deals with nothing but trouble when she tries to direct a church play called "The Sower and the Seeds." You can read our episode review below.
A new boxed set of the first six books in the Imagination Station series is set for release in September 2015. The titles included will be Voyage with the Vikings, Attack at the Arena, Peril in the Palace, Revenge of the Red Knight, Showdown with the Shepherd and Problems in Plymouth. Buying one Imagination Station book separately costs around $4.99, which would total $29.94 if you bought the first six. A couple of years ago omni-books were released which each included three books and cost around $14.97 each. Again, if you wanted to get the first six books that would total $29.94. But this new boxed set of six books will cost just $19.97. That's only $3.33 per book. Will you take up this special offer? If you'd rather not wait until September for the boxed version, you can buy the first sixteen books in the series from Christian Book Distributors for $57.99, or $3.62 per book. Let us know in the comments if you read the Imagination Station series.
Also coming in September 2015 will be a new Adventures in Odyssey Christmas album called the Countdown to Christmas Advent Collection. It will include 8 CDs. Stay turned for more details on that in the future. There will also be some AIO Christmas calenders released, including an Advent Activity Calendar and a Journey to the Manger Advent Calendar.
The next Adventures in Odyssey episode review from the AIO Update is of Ice Fishing from Album 7: On Thin Ice. In this episode Monty feels as if he's in competition with his gifted sister, Jenny, so Whit, Tom Riley, and Eugene take him on an ice fishing trip to Summit Lake. You can read our episode review below.
It's time again for a special edition of the Official Adventures in Odyssey Podcast called the Avery Awards. Hosts Bob and Jesse travel to Odi-con, an Odyssey fan convention, and they announce the winners for best actor, best actress, best scene, the most surprising moment, best new character, and best overall storyline from Album 58: The Ties That Bind. You can hear about all the winners on the podcast episode.
Today's Adventures in Odyssey episode review from the AIO Update is of The Barclay Family Ski Vacation from Album 7: On Thin Ice. While on a ski vacation with her family, Donna Barclay develops a crush on her ski instructor. Her father George, meanwhile, comes to grips with his daughter growing up. You can read our full episode review below.
Beloved Adventures in Odyssey writer and director Paul McCusker, author of numerous Odyssey-related novels, and Peabody Award-winning dramatist for Radio Theatre, has left his position as Creative Director at Focus on the Family. Paul has taken the new job of Senior Director of Content Creation at the Augustine Institute, a Catholic graduate school located in Denver, Colorado. According to their website, "What began as a graduate school has quickly expanded into a multi-faceted Institute providing strategic disciple-based parish programming and leadership formation to dioceses and parishes across America." During his time at AIO, Paul wrote nearly 300 episodes from 1987 to 2015, the most of any writer on the show to date. According to Focus on the Family, Paul also completed the writing and directing of the upcoming Album 59: Taking the Plunge episodes and was involved in the planning of future stories before he left. You can read an excerpt of an email sent to the AIO Update from Focus on the Family below:
It was a very difficult decision for Paul to make, and although we aren’t sure whether he will have the time to write for Adventures in Odyssey or Radio Theatre as a freelancer (as he has done several times in the past), we'll always stay in contact with him as friends. Paul has said that he's not leaving Focus so much as moving on to the next thing the Lord is calling him to accomplish.
Thank you Paul McCusker for all your hard work on Adventures in Odyssey over the years. The show would not be the same without your contributions and you will surely be missed by all AIO fans.
The next Adventures in Odyssey episode review from the AIO Update is of The Visitors from Album 7: On Thin Ice. In this episode the Barclay family's Christmas celebration is disrupted by the arrival of three unexpected "guests" in their shed. You can read our review below.
Can't afford to pay fifteen dollars a month for a subscription to the Odyssey Adventure Club? There have been various promotions in the past allowing people to get their first month of access to the OAC for just $5. But those are temporary deals and eventually the price goes back up again, causing some members to leave the club. What's the solution? In a new email blast from Focus on the Family, they say, "We've heard from many of those that have left or not joined the club yet that money is tight and for some $15 a month is a sacrifice. But we also realize that your child's faith is an eternal investment. That's why we want to extend a special offer to you. When you sign up for the Odyssey Adventure Club today using the promo code WHIT, you'll receive the Odyssey Adventure Club for just $9.99 per month. That's a $60 savings each year!"
Until the deadline of March 31st, 2015, you can either join or rejoin the club for this new price. Will you take advantage of this latest OAC offer? Let us know down below in the comments.
UPDATE: The Odyssey Adventure Club is now available internationally. Before only people with a U.S. address could join, but now people from any country can be members. Join today at oaclub.org.
On this week's edition of the Official Adventures in Odyssey Podcast, hosts Bob and Jesse talk to actor Matt Hurwitz, the voice of various different characters on the show. Matt discusses how he first found out about Odyssey through actor Corey Burton, his experience working on the episode It Is Well (in Album 16: Flights of Imagination) and what it's like acting alongside Will Ryan, the voice of Eugene Meltsner. Matt also talks about the uniqueness of radio drama, his role in the episode The Cure on the Odyssey Adventure Club, his passion for music, freelance journalism and more. You can check out the podcast interview.
Today's Adventures in Odyssey episode review from the AIO Update is of Monty's Christmas from Album 7: On Thin Ice. In this episode, written and directed by Paul McCusker, the Whittaker household tries to get into the holiday spirit, but Monty has some trouble overcoming his heart-ache about his parents' divorce. Read our episode review below.
According to various sources, the Adventures in Odyssey team was in California this past week to record some new episodes for the show. Actor Gunnar Sizemore tweeted on Tuesday that he had been in the studio voicing Matthew Parker. Also, host Chris Anthony posted on her Facebook page that she was in the studio on Friday. She wrote, "Lot's of really new & exciting episodes coming up! Shhhhh....Two of your fav characters might be tying the knot!" If you've heard the ending of Album 58: The Ties That Bind and read the summary for Album 59: Taking the Plunge, you know which couple in Odyssey Chris is referring to. This latest session in California was most likely for recording Album 59, which will contain six episodes. No photos from this session were posted online. Album 59 will be heard by Odyssey Adventure Club members in May, release on digital download in July, come out on CD in either late July or early August, and then air on the radio and online in September. According to the AIO Facebook page, the following six episodes (Album 60) "will be out later in the fall" of 2015.
The next Adventures in Odyssey episode review from the AIO Update is of The Reluctant Rival from Album 7: On Thin Ice. In this latest episode Whit's grandchildren, Monty and Jenny, arrive in Odyssey for Christmas. An orchestra leader discovers Jenny's exceptional musical ability, which leads to Jenny's rivalry with another musician. Read our review below.
It's time again for another edition of the Official Adventures in Odyssey Podcast. This time the hosts Bob and Jesse talk to actor Zach Callison, the first voice of Matthew Parker. (Gunnar Sizemore now voices Matthew). Zach talks about his voice change, his favorite two-part episode, and his other work outside of Odyssey, including a role in the film Mr. Peabody and Sherman. He also discusses what it's like to perform on stage, his hobbies, and his return to AIO as a different character in the show Follow Me, the latest exclusive episode on the Odyssey Adventure Club. You can check out the audio interview.
Today's Adventures in Odyssey episode review from the AIO Update is of The Very Best of Friends from Album 7: On Thin Ice. In this episode it's the anniversary of Karen Crosby's death and Donna Barclay struggles over the loss of her close friend. You can go ahead and read our full episode review below.
You may be aware that Adventures in Odyssey writer and director Paul McCusker is a C.S. Lewis enthusiast, having dramatized a number of his works for Focus on the Family Radio Theatre, including all seven novels in The Chronicles of Narnia, The Screwtape Letters, and the story behind Mere Christianity. Paul also wrote a helpful companion book to that latest audio drama called C.S. Lewis & Mere Christianity: The Crisis That Created a Classic. If you're interested in the life of the Christian apologist, academic and novelist C.S. Lewis, you will probably want to pick up a copy of a new book coming out this summer called Women and C.S. Lewis: What His Life and Literature Reveal for Today's Culture. Commissioned by the C.S. Lewis Foundation, this book examines Lewis’s personal relationships with women, the treatment of women in his writings, and asks if Lewis’s views are relevant or out of touch for the twenty-first century. It will be a collection of opinion pieces and will feature contributions from a number of people, including Odyssey writer Paul McCusker. In the U.S. it is currently scheduled to be released on July 1st, 2015. You can preorder it from Amazon.
The next Adventures in Odyssey episode review from the AIO Update is of Isaac the Insecure from Album 7: On Thin Ice. In this episode young Isaac Morton doubts himself when he is assigned to do a report with the much more popular Jack Davis. You can read our full episode review below.
It's the new year and that means the Odyssey Adventure Club is already celebrating its first anniversary this month. And just in time for the occasion, the AIO Update has released an editorial called The Perfect Club. This latest opinion piece offers some more reflections on the OAC and its impact on Adventures in Odyssey fans. It builds on what we've said in our previous editorials while at the same time offering a fresh perspective on the subject. After you've read this editorial, feel free to give it a rating out of 10. You can also leave a comment on this news post and even submit your own suggestions for editorials that we should write in the future. A big thanks to everyone who keeps returning to the AIO Update for our new content. It's great to know people are enjoying the site.
The new audio series from Adventures in Odyssey co-creator Phil Lollar, called Iliad House, has now entered into post-production. According to an update from Phil, the recording process for the six-part pilot episode has been completed and the voice tracks have been edited together. Sound effects and music are next. When they are completed, all six parts will be released at the same time. Iliad House follows the character of fourteen-year-old orphan Jesse Davidson, who lives with his emotionally-distant and peculiar uncle Christopher Portalis in the Iliad House, a mysterious old mansion on an island off the east coast of the United States. Just when Jesse is finally getting used to living on the island, he discovers that the old abandoned train he and his friends have been using as a clubhouse for the past year can actually move—through time! You can check out the series' Facebook page for all the latest info.
On this week's edition of the Official Adventures in Odyssey Podcast, hosts Bob and Jesse talk to Bob Vernon and John Fornof about the creation of Focus on the Family's The Last Chance Detectives, the well-known film and audio series which follows a group of kids solving mysteries in their town of Ambrosia. They discuss the recurring theme of truth in the series, the filming process in Arizona, the decision to include the AIO character Jason Whittaker and much more. We also hear a preview of Follow Me, this month's exclusive episode available only on the Odyssey Adventure Club. You can check out the podcast interview.