On this week's edition of the Official Adventures in Odyssey Podcast, hosts Bob and Jesse talk to Melissa Disney, the voice of Monica Stone in the Novacom Saga, Victoria Jamison from Wooing Wooton, and young Jenny Whittaker in the Album 56 episode Great Expectations. They talk about Melissa's connection to Walt Disney, growing up with a family in show business, her journey from music to voice over, narrating movie trailers, and her friendship with Katie Leigh, the voice of Connie Kendall. Melissa also discusses working as Christian in Hollywood, the possibility of the character Monica Stone returning to the show, her role in the new Odyssey Adventure Club episode A Daughter's Love, and more. You can check out the podcast interview.
The Odyssey Adventure Club, which now offers members the choice between three different payment plans, has finally added to its archives the third set of the Spanish language episodes, all under the title Aventuras en Odisea. Volume 3 contains 14 episodes, including an adaptation of the first Imagination Station two-parter called "La estación de la imaginación." It features the character Fernando Fernández in the place of Digger Digwillow from the original show. That brings the Spanish language shows up to a total of 40 episodes. Have you been listening to these adapted shows as they've been coming out on the OAC? What do you think of them? Leave a comment down below. And if you're not yet a member of the Odyssey Adventure Club, you can sign up at oaclub.org.
The Adventures in Odyssey team has just unveiled the 25 Days of Christmas Drawing Contest. Do you love to draw? In this new contest fans get to use their talents to create a picture of their favorite AIO characters in a Christmas setting using crayons, markers and pencils. You have until December 18th to mail in your entry, but you'll probably want to get started a lot earlier because daily winners will be start being announced December 1st. Each winner selected will have their artwork featured, and receive a copy of the 17th Imagination Station book, Danger on a Silent Night, as well as the Countdown to Christmas CD collection and an advent activity calendar. The grand prize winner will also get a special phone call from longtime AIO album artist Gary Locke. For more information, check out the contest details. To enter you must reside in the United States, be under the age of 18, and send in your artwork by mail, not via email.
One of the previous polls on the AIO Update asked fans what their favorite Mr. Whittaker flashback episode was and the two-part episode The Triangle won. Now it's time to return to that same poll idea, but with a different character. Actor Dave Madden passed away last January, almost a year ago now, after voicing the character of Bernard Walton the window washer on Adventures in Odyssey for almost 20 years. He was in many great shows, too many to list in a single poll. So in keeping with the tradition of the Mr. Whittaker poll, this new poll question asks fans what their favorite Bernard flashback episode is. There are three options to choose from. The Conscientious Cross-Guard features Bernard telling the story of him at school having to stand up to the bully Tanyer Hyde. The Girl in the Sink includes the story about a missing girl, a mysterious figure name Ezekiel, and a dramatic rescue over a sheer cliff. And finally, Prequels of Love tells the story of Bernard meeting his future wife Maude. Which retelling from Bernard's life do you enjoy hearing the most? You can vote here.
In case you missed it, the Official Adventures in Odyssey Podcast just revealed some new information about the show's upcoming release, Album 60: Head Over Heels. Here's the summary: "Love me . . . love me not? In the world of Odyssey, life’s issues rarely come together without a hitch. For Penny and Wooton, the answer to a marriage proposal leads to even more questions. Will Wooton meet with Penny’s family’s approval? And will Penny believe the best about Wooton even after the evidence seems to pile up against him? Meanwhile, others in town are asking questions of their own: The Parker family wonders if Mom will ever learn how to ride a bike, Whit unexpectedly questions whether his daughter should move to town, and Emily wonders how an unknown hero is thwarting the robberies across town. Throw caution to the wind and find the answers as the folks in Odyssey jump head over heels into the path of truth and discernment."
And now, here are the episode titles Bob and Jesse shared on the podcast:
Album 60 begins airing on the Odyssey Adventure Club on December 9th, comes out as a download in February and on CD in March, and finally it will air on the radio and online in late spring 2016.
On today's edition of the Official Adventures in Odyssey Podcast, producers Dave Arnold and Paul McCusker answer your questions about Album 59: Taking the Plunge and more. They talk about Penny and Wooton's relationship and their upcoming wedding, Penny's parents, and Penny's faith. They also discuss the creation of a new villain, the future of Jay Smouse, and the possibility of another Get in the Show contest for AIO's 30th anniversary. Plus we hear the first scene of Album 60: Head Over Heels. The first episode is titled Words from the Wise and airs on the Odyssey Adventure Club on December 9th. And at the end Bob and Jesse reveal the rest of the episode titles on Album 60. Check out the full podcast.
Voting for the latest poll question at the AIO Update has finally closed and the results are in. Adventures in Odyssey fans had the opportunity to give their opinion on whether or not they think the Eugene Sings! musical albums should be re-released by Focus on the Family. Back in 2005 two CDs came out featuring musical tunes performed by Will Ryan in the role of Eugene Meltsner. Today these CDs are no longer in production and are not even available on the OAC.
And now to examine the results. For this poll question the vast majority of fans voted yes, with 79.49% in favor of these two musical albums being re-released to the public in some form, whether that be on CD, via digital download, or on the Odyssey Adventure Club. Other voters either said no or didn't think of it as a high priority. Have you heard the songs on the Eugene Sings! albums? What are some of your favorite tracks? You can leave a comment down below. Thank you to everyone who participated in this poll. A new poll question will be posted on the AIO Update shortly. In the meantime, you can add your own poll suggestions.
Former Odyssey Adventure Club producer and the author of several fiction books Brock Eastman has just announced on his website a new exciting opportunity for aspiring writers of all ages. Brock is currently collecting short stories for some new anthologies set for release next summer. The Creepy Campfire Collection will feature stories between 10 and 30 thousand words, and the Galactic Exploration Collection will have stories between 15 and 40 thousand words. Are you interested in entering one of your own works? If this sounds like something you'd like to get involved in, head over to Brock Eastman's website to find all the contest details. The deadline to submit your story was originally December 10th, but it has since been extended to January 15th, 2016.
The next editorial from the AIO Update is now available. It serves as a tribute to writer Paul McCusker, who first joined the Adventures in Odyssey team all the way back in 1988. Paul has recently moved on from Focus on the Family to work as the Senior Director of Content Creation at the Augustine Institute. This latest editorial is entitled All-Star Writer and discusses a wide variety of topics regarding Paul's writing career as an important part of the Odyssey team. After you've taken the time to read this editorial, you can give it a rating out of 10 and then head over to the site's contact page to submit ideas for future opinion pieces.
On this week's edition of the Official Adventures in Odyssey Podcast, hosts Bob and Jesse talk to actors Jess Harnell and Kimmy Robertson, the voices behind Wooton Bassett and Penny Wise. They talk about working together on animation before AIO, acting for Disneyland, and about Wooton and Penny's budding romance. Plus they discuss recording Wooton meeting Penny's parents in the upcoming release Album 60: Head Over Heels, give their own relationship advice to the fictional couple, and more. Podcast listeners also get an audio clip from the next episode of Album 59: Taking the Plunge to air on the radio, Let's Get Together, as well as a preview from next month's Odyssey Adventure Club episode, entitled Take It on Trust. Check out the podcast interview.
Great Christian audio drama like Adventures in Odyssey and Focus on the Family Radio Theatre are perfect for the whole family. Right now fans listening on the radio are anticipating the finale of Album 59: Taking the Plunge this Saturday, but after that we'll all be waiting in between albums for the next part of the story. But here's the good news. There's another fantastic family friendly ministry out there called Lamplighter Theatre, which over the years has released 17 productions. Their next drama is entitled Frozen Fire and is now available for preorder. It releases on November 13th on both CD and via digital download. Check out the audio drama's summary below, as well as an inspiring behind-the-scenes video trailer. Are you a fan of Lamplighter Theatre stories? Leave a comment below. And don't forget to preorder Frozen Fire.
You are about to become acquainted with a young girl who changed the world! The events that lead up to Betty’s pivotal decision demonstrate the true meaning of humility, servanthood, and love. Inspired by a true story, Betty must come face-to-face with a dreaded foe. Facing myriad trials, including abandonment and the death-grip of a terrifying blizzard, her love for her devoted servant trumps all. You will fall in love with Betty, whose loyalty is demonstrated through tremendous courage and sacrifice. Frozen Fire will keep you on the edge of your seat! Great for the entire family.
The Adventures in Odyssey Oddcast, a fan podcast on YouTube dedicated to in-depth AIO analysis, summaries, episode reviews, headcanons, interviews, and more, has just released a video interview with Will Ryan and Katie Leigh, the voices of Eugene Meltsner and Connie Kendall. They talk about putting together the newly released book Adventures in Oddity, the return of Jeff Lewis, the recent introduction of Buck Oliver into the Meltsner family, the future of Connie's half-sister Jules, and much more. You can watch the full video interview below.
On today's edition of the Official Adventures in Odyssey Podcast, hosts Bob and Jesse go behind the scenes of the latest Odyssey Adventure Club episode Walter's Flying Bus and talk to writer Bob Hoose and sound designer Christopher Diehl. They talk about the book the show is based on and the ministry behind it, the animal sound effects involved, an earlier draft of the script featuring Jay Smouse, how long it took to put the episode together, and much more. Plus, don't forget to send in your AIO questions to producers Dave Arnold and Paul McCusker. And make sure to check out the podcast interview.
It's been over a year since the previous part came out, but now The Odyssey ScoopCast has released the fifth and final segment of their interview with Katie Leigh, the voice of Connie Kendall on Adventures in Odyssey. Katie talks with hosts Kevin McCreary and Josh Taylor about the three-part show Life Expectancy on Album 57, her approach to playing the character of Connie, and more. Listen to the podcast interview.
In celebration of Adventures in Odyssey's 20th anniversary a number of years ago, a live show was recorded at Focus on the Family headquarters in Colorado Springs in August 2008. The episode featured a number of B-TV skits, as well as the return of characters such as Lucy Cunningham-Schultz, Jimmy Barclay, Jack Davis, Robyn Jacobs and more. This live show was subsequently released as a special CD set for fans to enjoy. But the set was only available for a limited time and new copies are longer being produced. What is a fan to do now? The Odyssey Adventure Club has come to the rescue. Starting today, AIO's 2008 live show has become a permanent part of the OAC's online library. This set not only includes a 45-minute show, but it also features 13 minutes of questions and answers with the actors, a bonus video, and bloopers. You can also look forward to hearing the next Spanish-language Aventuras en Odisea album when it comes to the OAC next month. Have you heard the 2008 live show before? To sign up for a club membership, go to OAClub.org.
Last April you may recall the composer Jared DePasquale's soundtrack of the Radio Theatre audio drama The Hiding Place was released for sale on Amazon and iTunes. This was the first time Focus on the Family made the musical score of one of their dramas available for download but it won't be the last. Now another one of DePasquale's compositions, the soundtrack of Little Women, is currently available for preorder on Amazon. It includes 33 tracks and clocks in at just over an hour long. Its expected release date is October 15th. Have you downloaded the soundtrack of The Hiding Place? Leave a comment down below.
On this week's edition of the Official Adventures in Odyssey Podcast, hosts Bob and Jesse talk to actor Alex Polinsky, the voice of Dion. Alex talks about meeting the creator of The Muppets Jim Henson, his toy making career before he got into acting, and how he created the voice of Dion for Odyssey. They also discuss how to warm up your vocal chords. Plus, we hear a preview of the next OAC exclusive episode, Walter's Flying Bus. You can check out the podcast interview.
Katie Leigh, the voice of Connie Kendall on Adventures in Odyssey, has made her debut as a director in a new audio drama called Rex Tanner and the Sword of Damocles. In this story we meet race car driver Rex Tanner in 1935 after he's been captured trying to save scientist Penelope Mulgrew from the clutches of evil Nazi geneticist Dr. Jacqueline Hyde. You can find out more about this audio drama on the website rextanner.com. It is available for download on Amazon, Audible and Audiblescripts.
On today's edition of the Official Adventures in Odyssey Podcast, hosts Bob and Jesse talk to Jason Earles, the voice of the notorious bully Vance King. They discuss where Jason draws inspiration for the playing the character of Vance, his return to the role after a number of years, the challenge of voice acting, and his work on the show Kickin' It as both an actor and director. He also discusses the future of his career, how he prepares his voice before a recording session, and what he admires most about Vance. Plus, we hear a preview of Album 59: Taking the Plunge, which airs on the radio this month. Check out the podcast interview.
This month Focus on the Family has launched a new annual contest called the John Avery Whittaker Award. They're asking Adventures in Odyssey fans the question: "Who is 'Whit' in your life?" With your entry you can talk about how this person has impacted you, what qualities they have that remind you of Mr. Whittaker, and why you think they deserve this award. The contest runs from September 1st until October 31st and is open only to residents of the United States. Nominees for the award have a chance to win a prize package of Christian resources valued at over $500, which includes a free one-year subscription to the Odyssey Adventure Club, where you can stream any AIO episode on-demand. Find out how to enter by checking out all the contest details.