#45 – Chris Sonnenburg – Tangled: The Series

Nerds, Geeks, Dads - Episode 45 - Chris Sonnenburg - Tangled: The Series

Art Eddy talks with Chris Sonnenburg, executive producer and supervising director of Tangled: The Series on Disney Channel; based on Walt Disney Animation Studios acclaimed feature film.

With over 20 years of experience in the animation industry, Sonnenburg began his career at Disney Feature Animation in 1994 working on films such as Pocahontas, Hercules, Mulan, Tarzan, and Fantasia 2000. Later in his career, he worked with James Baxter Animation as an assistant director on the 2D sequences for Disney’s Enchanted and DreamWorks Animation Kung Fu Panda.

A native of San Bernardino, California, Sonnenburg currently resides in Santa Clarita, California, with his wife, Janelle, and two teenage daughters, Arianna and Catalina. He enjoys building movie prop replicas with friends and spending quality time with his family.

Tangled: The Series premieres Friday, March 10 at 8pm on Disney Channel.

#44 – Rob LaDuca & Mark Seidenberg – Mickey and the Roadster Racers

Nerds, Geeks, Dads - Episode 44 - Rob LaDuca & Mark Seidenberg - Mickey and the Roadster Racers

Art Eddy and Zach Rosenberg chat with Rob LaDuca and Mark Seidenberg, who are the producers for the new Disney Junior’s animated series Mickey and the Roadster Racers.

The series is a madcap car-racing adventure series for preschoolers led by Disney’s No. 1 star, Mickey Mouse, and his pals Minnie, Pluto, Goofy, Daisy and Donald, will make its television debut in a simulcast Sunday, January 15th at 9:00 and 9:25 a.m. EST on Disney Channel and Disney Junior. Two more episodes will premiere Monday, January 16th at 9:00 and 9:25 a.m. EST on Disney Channel. Episodes will also be available on the Disney Junior app and Disney Junior VOD beginning Sunday, January 15, and on iTunes beginning Monday, January 16.

NASCAR stars, Jimmie Johnson, Danica Patrick and Jeff Gordon, recur as race car drivers Jiminy Johnson, Danni Sue and Gordon Gear, respectively. Additional guest stars include television personality Jay Leno as announcer Billy Beagle; Tim Gunn as Robbie Roberts; Gordon Ramsay as Chef Oxley; Hoda Kotb as Mrs. Sweetums; Peter Serafinowicz as Dr. Crutchley; Jane Leeves as the Queen of England; Fred Willard as Mr. Doozy; Hector Elizondo as Grandpa Beagle; Tony Shalhoub as Luigi; Kate Micucci as Emmy Lou; Tia Carrere as Antie Olina; and comedian Patton Oswalt as Mr. McSnorter.

#43 – Classic NES, TV, and Sneakers

Nerds, Geeks, Dads - Episode 43 - Classic NES, TV, and Sneakers

Art Eddy and Zach Rosenberg are back together again talking about everything from sneakers and the classic NES system to shows like The Flash, Arrow, The Walking Dead. They talk about how parenting and being responsible adults is taking time away from playing video games.

They also discuss what they have been geeking out on when they do have some down time.


#42 – Anais Fairweather – DC Super Hero Girls

Nerds, Geeks, Dads - Episode 42 - Anais Fairweather - DC Super Hero Girls

Art Eddy talks with Anais Fairweather, who is the voice of Supergirl in the animated series, DC Super Hero Girls.

Anais chats with Art about how her life experiences have helped with her role as Supergirl, what this role means to her, and much more.

Follow Anais Fairweather on Twitter @anaisaimee and check out DC Super Hero Girls.

#41 – Garitt Rocha – Playing with Power

Nerds, Geeks, Dads - Episode 41 - Garitt Rocha - Playing with Power

Art Eddy talks with writer and fellow geek, Garitt Rocha about the book he co-wrote called Playing with Power from Prima Games.

In Playing with Power, you take a nostalgic look back on the Nintendo Entertainment System in this exclusive hardcover collector’s edition book and slip case! An exclusive embossed slipcase holds this hardcover tome in a clever package that resembles a classic NES Game Pak! It’s a fascinating retrospective on 17 NES classics including complete walkthroughs — including Super Mario Bros. 3, Donkey Kong, and The Legend of Zelda!

A journey through three eras of NES history. Commentary and history from Nintendo visionaries who pioneered this era of gaming. An inside look at the system and game paks. Priceless excerpts from Nintendo Power magazine back issues! Plus maps, character art, and extras!

Follow Prima Games on Twitter @primagames and order the book.

#40 – Rob Tinkler – Rusty Rivets

Nerds, Geeks, Dads - Episode 40 - Rob Tinkler - Rusty Rivets

Art Eddy and Zach Rosenberg bring on actor Rob Tinkler to talk about a new show he stars in called Rusty Rivets. They talk to Rob about the different characters he plays and also a bit on fatherhood.

Rusty Rivets is a new show on Nickelodeon that follows Rusty, a 21st century kid hero who always saves the day by relying on his imagination and incredible resourcefulness.

Inspired by the DIY culture of the Maker Movement, Rusty Rivets helps preschoolers gain confidence and fuel their creativity with a strong focus on inventing, creating and problem solving.

#39 – Justin Sabo – ComfyPorts

Nerds, Geeks, Dads - Episode 39 - Justin Sabo - ComfyPorts

Art Eddy and Zach Rosenberg bring on Justin Sabo from Digital Dream Labs to talk about his gaming platform called Puzzlets.

Puzzlets combines hands-on play with interactive gaming to form one seamless experience, engaging the mind and teaching the player new ways of thinking. The starter set comes with everything you need and setup is simple. Puzzlets connects wirelessly to a personal device like an iPad or Android tablet.

Digital Dream Labs, LLC is based in Pittsburgh, PA. Their mission is to spark the curiosity in us all, mixing nostalgia with the technology children love.

Their first product, Puzzlets, uses toy puzzle pieces to control video games. This hands-on learning game philosophy starts with fun first and offers endless possibilities to the consumer market. Cork The Volcano, the first game for Puzzlets, enriches logic, sequencing, fine-motor skills through physical interaction and gameplay.

Justin Sabo is one of the co-founders Digital Dream Labs. Justin graduated with a Master of Entertainment Technology from Carnegie Mellon University and is currently a professional Game Designer in Pittsburgh, PA. He cares deeply about the user experience, especially the feeling of control in any interactive media. He has been designing video, card, board, and dice games since Christmas of ’89 when he was given a Nintendo Entertainment System. In his spare time, he has an interest in short film-making.

Prior to his graduate efforts, Justin studies computer science and mathematics and professionally used his graphic design skills to create websites and client advertisements. He also utilized online marketing techniques and search engine optimization (SEO) to increase visibility for company websites.

#38 – MECH-X4

Nerds, Geeks, Dads - Episode 38 - MECH-X4

Art Eddy talks with the cast from Disney XD‘s new show, MECH-X4. First he talks with actor, Raymond Cham, and then he chats with the executive producers of the show, Steve Marmel and Anupam Nigam.

In MECH-X4 Ryan Walker is a typical freshman at Bay City High until he discovers he is a “technopath” with the extraordinary ability to control technology with his mind. His superpower mysteriously awakens a 150-foot robot known as MECH-X4 and Ryan can command its every move.

When monsters suddenly begin to descend upon the city, Ryan recruits his two best friends, Harris and Spyder, and his older brother Mark to help him operate the robot’s high-tech defense system while he pilots MECH-X4. The four unlikely teenage heroes must quickly learn how to work together as a team to maneuver MECH-X4, their only hope of saving their town and ultimately the world.

There will be a one-hour special event FRIDAY, November 11 (8:30pm EDT) on Disney Channel. For more on MECH-X4 go to DisneyXD.com.

#37 – Kari Wahlgren – voice actor

Nerds, Geeks, Dads - Episode 37 - Kari Wahlgren - voice actor

Art Eddy and Zach Rosenberg bring on Kari Wahlgren, a fantastic voice actor who has been on shows like Rick And Morty, Gravity Falls, Fairly Oddparents, Kung Fu Panda, and as well as a bunch of Anime.

Kari talks about how she got into acting, how she prepares for a role, and shares her great insight about the world of voice acting.

Check out Kari Wahlgren at KariWahlgren.net and follow her on Twitter @KariWahlgren.

#36 – Jarrod Jordan – Bragi

Nerds, Geeks, Dads - Episode 36 - Jarrod Jordan - Bragi

Art Eddy and Zach Rosenberg bring on Jarrod Jordan, who is the CMO of Bragi.

The guys talk with Jarrod about some very cool tech that is changing the way people look at ear buds. Bragi created The Dash which more than just ear buds. With The Dash you can listen, track and communicate. It is the first truly wireless Hearable, a smart device that fits in your ears. Experience amazing sound and the PerfectFit combined with In-ear biometric sensors, live activity feedback and gesture controls.

Bragi was founded in 2013 and went live a year later on the crowdfunding platform Kickstarter.With 15,998 backers who contributed over $3.3 million (USD), Bragi has evolved from a promising startup to a market-moving creator of innovative technology, opening the new category of Hearables. This includes more than 150 unique patents in the space. Through relentless innovation and discovery, Bragi wants to transform the world of smart headphones offering freedom of movement, maximum comfort and amazing sound — all while audibly coaching, tracking movement and capturing key biometric data.

Go to Bragi.com to find out more about The Dash and their other products.