Actors Will Ryan and Katie Leigh, who we know as the voices of Eugene Meltsner and Connie Kendall on Adventures in Odyssey, have been working on a book together for fans of the show. The new release will be titled Adventures in Oddity and is described as "A humorous celebration of Will and Katie's friendship and work together on Adventures in Odyssey and beyond! (new artwork and just a little silliness too!)" The book will also feature a forward written by Phil Lollar, co-creator of AIO and current writer and director for the show. Certain details haven't been finalized yet, but we'll let you know as soon as more information becomes available. Let us know in the comments if you'd consider purchasing this behind-the-scenes book written by the actors. Have you read similar books, such as the Official Guide? Tell us your favorite parts from that book and what you're most excited about for this upcoming book.
On this week's edition of the Official Adventures in Odyssey Podcast, hosts Bob and Jesse go behind the scenes of the three-part episode The Cure, which is available exclusively to members of the Odyssey Adventure Club. They talk with the sound designers Nathan Jones, Jonathan Crowe and Christopher Diehl about how they created certain sounds such as walking through deep snow, talking over headsets on a plane, wind, turbulence, a crevasse and much more. They also discuss some of the challenges they faced and how the show comes together as a result of collaboration and helpful feedback. Check out the podcast interview.
Today's Adventures in Odyssey episode review from the AIO Update is of By Any Other Name from Album 8: Beyond Expectations. In this episode Curt Stevens runs for student council and makes Lucy Cunningham his campaign manager. The trouble starts when he makes all sorts of impossible promises in order to get the votes. Read the review below.
It's going to be an exciting summer on the Odyssey Adventure Club this year. After Album 59: Taking the Plunge is released early to club members in May, we'll hear Whit and Jason travel to Papua, Indonesia in June. And then in July and August a new two-part episode will air entitled Pinocchio: The Tale of a Foolish Puppet. Artist Gary Locke has been hard at work drawing images for each and every exclusive club adventure, and he's now released some of his artwork for this upcoming show. As you can see from the pictures below, the characters in the retelling of this fairy tale will be based on people you know and love from Odyssey. Katrina is on the far left and will play a cat named Catrina, Jay Smouse will play the puppet Pinocchio, and Eugene will play the character of Mr. Fox. And if you look closely at that last photo, you might be able to spot an owl sitting in the tree near the top of the image. The owl has glasses and a mustache, so there's a good chance that he will be voiced by Mr. Whittaker and could play the role of Pinocchio's conscience, similar to Jiminy Cricket from the classic story. Although she's not pictured in this first set of artwork, we also know that Penny Wise will take on the role of a fairy called the Blue Sprite. Have you joined the Odyssey Adventure Club? What do you think about Gary Locke's artwork? Let us know your thoughts in a comment below.
There are some exciting opportunities to tell you about today. If you've invested in the success of Adventures in Odyssey over the years and see the show as a possible career path for yourself, you'll be interested to know that Focus on the Family has recently posted a number of job listings online. They are currently looking for someone to be an Odyssey Adventure Club Coordinator to "provide support for the Club Producer and handle much of the detail and partner relationship needs of the club, as well as to serve as a supplementary written content creator." As a coordinator it's a possibility you "may review and provide input on OAC story ideas and scripts," you "may write OAC scripts," and you "may travel 1-2 times per year to assist with OAC social media during recording sessions." Another job on offer is a Writer Apprentice, who would "learn and develop the ability to write original scripts for Adventures in Odyssey audio products and other writing assignments including promotional scripts, copy, ads, podcast, etc." In this position you "may assist in [the] casting process" as well. Have you ever considering working at Focus on the Family? Write a comment below.
The next Adventures in Odyssey episode review from the AIO Update is of Thanksgiving at Home from Album 7: On Thin Ice. In this episode the Barclay family's Thanksgiving holiday takes an unexpected turn when the flu hits their home, and Donna and Jimmy decide to fix dinner all by themselves. Read our full episode review below.
In February we at the AIO Update told you all about a new Christmas album from Adventures in Odyssey that was in the works and would be called the Countdown to Christmas Advent Collection. And now we can show you the polished front cover artwork, drawn by artist Gary Locke, which features four of everyone's favorite Odyssey characters. This special holiday set will include a total of 24 episodes on 8 CDs. It will be available for purchase at the beginning of September of this year and is already available for preorder from CBD for $25. What are some of your favorite Christmas episodes? Are you planning on using this album to get into the Christmas spirit? Let us know in the comments. And check out the album's summary below.
Take the time this Christmas season to connect with your kids in a meaningful way while enjoying a very special Advent in Odyssey! Prepare for Christmas with 24 Adventures in Odyssey episodes—designed to help your family understand Christmas in a new and meaningful way. Use in conjunction with the Adventures in Odyssey Advent Calendar or on its own. This Christmas, start a new family tradition and have fun with your friends from Adventures in Odyssey.
Long before the 2010 relaunch, before the search for Eugene's missing father, before even the first episode of the Novacom saga had aired, Adventures in Odyssey's official website, Whitsend.org, was launched fifteen years ago on April 1, 2000. As you probably know, the show was started twenty-eight years ago in 1987, and went without a website for thirteen years. But now AIO has since crossed the threshold and has spent more time with a website than without one. In recent years the show has further expanded its online presence with a Facebook page and the Odyssey Adventure Club, a place where you can listen to any album on demand, including exclusive club adventures. Do you remember any of the old website designs that we've posted below? Let us know in the comments when you first visited Whitsend.org.
It's time once again for another exciting edition of the Official Adventures in Odyssey Podcast. Since it's April Fool's Day today, the hosts Bob and Jesse go behind-the-scenes of the episode I Slap Floor from Album 34: In Your Wildest Dreams. They interview writer Marshal Younger, director Phil Lollar, and sound designer Rob Jorgensen. They talk about how the idea to create a self-referencing show came about, how they came up with the phrase "I Slap Floor," and how the voice actors were kept in the dark about the script. The podcast also features a lot of quotable lines and funny clips from the recording studio. Check out the podcast interview.
Today's Adventures in Odyssey episode review from the AIO Update is of One Bad Apple from Album 7: On Thin Ice. In this episode we hear that Tom Riley's apples are causing people to get sick. And while trying to find out why, he discovers a chemical company is polluting his land. Read the episode review below.
Beyond the Mask, a Christian film which is set to be released in theaters on April 6th of this year, was scripted by longtime Adventures in Odyssey writer Paul McCusker. The story is set in colonial times and follows a former assassin for the British East India Company as he tries to redeem his past by thwarting a plot against a young nation's hope for freedom. Focus on the Family's Plugged In Magazine has now released an interview with screenwriter Paul McCusker about the film. Paul talks about how he got involved in the project, how he incorporated faith into the story, what he hopes viewers will take away from the film and more. You can check out the interview here. And in case you missed it, you can also read our news article called "Goodbye, Paul McCusker" where we fill you in about Paul's recent departure from Focus on the Family.
The next Adventures in Odyssey episode review from the AIO Update is of the show Isaac the Courageous from Album 7: On Thin Ice. In this episode Isaac Morton is determined to join teenage bully Rodney Rathbone's gang—the Bones of Rath—in order to prove his courage. Read the episode review below.
Last September we told you that Adventures in Odyssey and Focus on the Family Radio Theatre writer Paul McCusker was set to pen three novels featuring the character of Father Gilbert. And now we have some more information to share on that topic. The first novel in this new book series will be called The Body Under the Bridge and will be released in November 2015. Keep in mind that these mysteries are intended for a slightly older readership than Adventures in Odyssey's target age range. You can check out the book's full summary below.
A former Scotland Yard detective, Father Gilbert knows about death. But, now a priest of a modest Anglican church in the small town of Hailsham, 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?
Stay tuned for future news updates. We'll let you know when this first book's front cover artwork is completed. Have you listened to Focus on the Family's Father Gilbert Mysteries audio dramas? Leave a comment below.
On this week's edition of the Official Adventures in Odyssey Podcast, hosts Bob and Jesse interview actor Keith Silverstein, the voice of the FBI agent Peter Bourland during the Novacom Saga. He most recently plays an Iditarod racer named Lewis Scott in The Cure, a three-part Odyssey Adventure Club exclusive episode. In the podcast he talks about auditioning for the role, how he creates the voices for the characters he plays, one of Agent Bourland's most iconic lines, and more. They also discuss how the actors in The Cure helped to create the atmosphere of being caught in a snowstorm in Alaska, all the while sitting in a studio in California. You can check out the podcast interview.
Today's Adventures in Odyssey episode review from the AIO Update is of Lincoln, Parts 1 & 2 from Album 7: On Thin Ice. In this story Jimmy Barclay takes an Imagination Station adventure to see President Lincoln and the end of the Civil War. You can go ahead and read the full episode review below.
Have you ever heard Eugene sing the song O-D-Y-Double-S-E-Y? How about I Just Met a Girl Named Katrina? Or maybe The Rose of Antelope Valley? These and fourteen other catchy ukulele tunes sung by Adventures in Odyssey's very own Eugene Meltsner were released in 2005 on a special musical album called Eugene Sings! around the same time the episode Odyssey Sings! from Album 45 aired on the radio. In addition to those seventeen songs, another seventeen holiday songs performed by Eugene were released in a sequel album called Eugene Sings! Christmas. It featured songs such as Seasonal Felicitations, Out with the Old Year, and Adeste Fidelis. But if you didn't snap up the CDs at that time, unfortunately you're now out of luck. You won't find either set of Eugene's songs in stores anymore because Focus on the Family has ceased producing these two musical albums. That's why we at the AIO Update have created this latest poll question. Should Eugene Sings! finally be re-released for purchase? Let us know and vote here.
The Spanish language version of Adventures in Odyssey, also known as Aventuras en Odisea, originally began airing on the radio and online in September 2013. Now a total of forty episodes have been created, all adapted from various early AIO episodes. You can download them for $1.99 each. And very soon Odyssey Adventure Club members will be getting access to these Spanish episodes as part of their membership package. Beginning in April, Aventuras en Odisea episodes will start showing up on the OAC and be available for on-demand streaming. If you speak Spanish, are you planning on checking out these episodes? Let us know down below in the comments. If you're not already part of the club, now is a great time to join. For $15 a month you'll not only get access to the Spanish version of AIO, but you'll also be able to listen to nearly every single AIO episode ever created, including exclusive club adventures, as well as devotionals and more. You can sign up at oaclub.org. Use the promo code BIRTHDAY to get your first month for only $5, as well as digital downloads of the Last Chance Detectives and an autographed Odyssey poster.
Besides Adventures in Odyssey, there are many other great Christian radio dramas out there. In 2013 we told you about an exciting new audio drama called Under Drake's Flag, the first in The Extraordinary Adventures of G.A. Henty series. It followed the story of the sea captain Sir Francis Drake. In 2014 the second installment, In Freedom's Cause, told the story of William Wallace of Scotland. And now in 2015, Heirloom Audio Productions is releasing two brand new dramas. With Lee in Virginia, which follows the story of General Robert E. Lee during the Civil War, is already available for preorder and features the voice talents of actor Kirk Cameron (Fireproof, Left Behind), Sean Astin (Lord of the Rings), Chris Anthony (Adventures in Odyssey), and many more. And finally, the fourth production in this acclaimed adventure series has been announced. It will release sometime this fall and will be entitled The Dragon and the Raven, a story about the sea battles between the Saxons and the Danes for control over England in the 9th century. Have you read the works of author G.A. Henty or heard any of these audio dramas? Leave a comment down below.
We at the AIO Update have officially closed our 17th poll question and tallied the final results. We asked Adventures in Odyssey fans who their favorite Parker family member was and the vast majority was almost evenly split between two choices: Matthew and Olivia. Ultimately, Olivia won by one vote, with 40% of the total.
Olivia Parker was originally voiced by Hope Levy but is currently voiced by Kelly Stables. Similarly, Matthew was first voiced by Zach Callison, but is now voiced by Gunnar Sizemore. Interestingly, Matthew Parker, the member of the family who has appeared in the most episodes to date, did not win this poll as some might have expected. Instead, Olivia came out as the fan favorite. Perhaps Olivia should appear in more episodes in order to better match her popularity among the fans? You can leave your thoughts on this in the comments. Meanwhile Camilla, who has appeared in the least shows among the Parker children, was left far behind with just two votes. Grandma Lucia managed to surpass her with three votes. And finally, the Parker parents tied for last place. Thank you to everyone who voted in this latest Adventures in Odyssey poll question. We will have a new poll posted online soon.
The next Adventures in Odyssey episode review from the AIO Update is of Front Page News, which is included on Album 7: On Thin Ice. In this episode middle-schooler Curt Stevens ropes Oscar Peterson into a scheme to get out of gym class by joining the school newspaper. Their first assignment? Interview the gym teacher! You can read our review below.