Imagination Movers Concert!

 

IMAGINATION MOVERS CONCERT

Have your kids ever bugged you about attending a live concert with their favorite musical bands? While some concerts may not be suitable for little kids, there is one band that we have loved throughout the years, and you could probably guess that it’s The Imagination Movers. It seems The Imagination Movers rarely come to the West Coast  but when we found out that they were performing their ONLY California performance of the year I jumped like a mad flea. To benefit the arts and music programs at WISH Charter and Goethe International Charter Elementary schools of Westchester /Playa Del Rey in Los Angeles, The Movers are putting on their one and only show of the year at Redondo Beach, California on Friday, October 24.

Here is a full description of their Redondo Beach, CA. performance:

IMAGINATION MOVERS LIVE IN LOS ANGELES! The Mover’s October 24, 2014 “School Rocks” fundraiser show at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center has been opened to the public! Come out and experience the Mover’s legendary live show while also helping raise funds for the arts programs at WISH and Goethe International charter schools. It’s an opportunity to see a fantastic live rock concert AND help enrich the arts for local schools. How cool is that? Answer: Way cool!

Visit Brown Paper Tickets by clicking the link below. The concert will be held at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center.

http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/850571

If you’re big fans of The Imagination Movers this is your only chance to see them this year. The tickets benefit the programs and the prices are fairly decent. And if you’ve been to one of their concerts in the past, you know that The Movers are energetic and fun and their concerts are great for everyone of all ages. So purchase your tickets and have a ton of fun while helping to benefit the arts and music program.

 

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The Imagination Movers – Pledge Music Campaign


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Music. One of the most important things you can include in your child’s life. It soothes their souls, brighten their worlds, and enliven their minds. Music is the branch that takes us to higher grounds and possible futures and children especially need to learn about the importance of music. As adults, we tend to forget how important that could be simply because we are so wrapped up in our own busy lives. But even when we were growing up, we still learned to love music, whether it was taught in schools or listening to the car’s radio while running errands with mom.

As a long time fan of The Imagination Movers (http://imaginationmovers.com/)I think one of the very first musical lessons I gave my son was with their CD. If you’ve ever heard of The Imagination Movers you probably already know that their music is dedicated to kids and to the joys of singing, dancing, and well, imagination. Aptly named for their band , The Imagination Movers brings music that delights children and adults all over the world and has become one of our favorite all time bands and celebrities.

The Imagination Movers began as a grassroots band of four friends who loved music as much as their own children. They wrote songs primarily for children in their hometown of New Orleans, using their melodies and words to bring joy and enlightenment to people all over the world. Later, their endeavors paid off and the Disney Jr. Channel picked up this rambunctious group of friends to star in their own television series named after their own band – The Imagination Movers. The TV series was a big hit, generating millions of fans and viewers who knew very little about the Movers prior to their show. With their TV series and concert performances in the US and Canada, The Imagination Movers soon became a common household name.

 

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But after their show abruptly ended on Disney (as with most good shows on TV nowadays), The Movers still performed their energetic concerts for their fans. As a fan myself, I saw less of them in the public eye and even with several of their CD’s and music videos at home, I longed to see them on television again, and so did my son. And then when I heard that they were starting a new album, my heart leapt. The big surprise however was that since The Imagination Movers were no longer part of a traditional music label they had to promote their new album on their own.

Promoting their new album isn’t really a problem for The Movers since their fans already know and love them. But it’s widening their fan base to more people around the world that can be daunting. With this purpose in mind, The Imagination Movers got involved with Pledge Music which is a campaign that allows people to participate in the process through personal funding. With control over what fans want to interact with, people can purchase their CD, DVD, tshirts, concert passes, and even a chance to have the entire gang play at your house. You can get more info about their Pledge Music campaign here: http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/imaginationmovers.

I was pretty fortunate to have met the Imagination Movers a couple of years ago at one of their concerts. They were exactly how I envisioned them to be in person – friendly, energetic, and wholesome. Each of the guys bring something different to the table with each of their personality shining through. You can clearly see that they love what they do as you feel it through their melodies and their lyrics. Their songs are original and yet speaks to the whole and you get a sense that they are secretly relaying messages to you in their music. In the words of Scott Durbin describing one of their new songs, Three-Legged Dog, “the song in particular carries some special meanings…On one hand it’s inspired by one of Smitty’s dogs (who has since gone on to Doggy heaven) but eventually it took on a deeper meaning about inclusion and striving to succeed regardless of the obstacles.” And that’s exactly how we feel about The Imagination Movers – their music transcends the normal and enlightens our hearts and mind.

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In an impromptu interview with Scott Durbin (who had shorn his long gorgeous locks to wear a proud mohawk), Scott wanted to let his loyal fans know of the reasons behind their new album and why they were going through Pledge Music:

For our 9th album, we wanted to return to a ‘grassroots’ sensibility. Since we no longer were part of a traditional label (in the past we we’ve been with Disney Records and Razor&Tie), we wanted our fans in essence to become our label. In turn, doing the PledgeMusic campaign allowed us to involve our fans in a unique and creative way. By helping fund the project, fans (or Mover Nation) get to participate in the process – for example coming up with names for the album and voting on their favorite – and we offered access to the Movers like never before through exclusive items, downloads and experiences. Moreover, by helping us, they also raised money for NDSS. From early on, there was a conscious decision to create an altruistic aspect to our project and having been national partners for the Buddy Walk program through NDSS, we knew exactly who and how we wanted to hold them into the experience. 

So what is the name of their new album? Drumroll please… LICENSED TO MOVE

Whether you’re a die hard fan or a newbie, your kids will truly be delighted by The Imagination Movers. Their songs are clean and wholesome and many provide messages that help kids get through life. The melodies are perky and upbeat and you can purchase all of their merchandise on their official website: http://imaginationmovers.com. But to get their newest CD/DVD which is set to be released on or around December 1, 2014, you’d have to get bragging rights on their Pledge Music host site: http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/imaginationmovers/exclusives. Think of it this way – not only are you helping a worthy cause but you’re also getting some of the best music ever created for kids. Because after all, the foundation to a bright future for children is to allow them to use their own imagination.

For a sneak peak of their new song, Three-Legged Dog, please check it out here:

 

For more information about The Imagination Movers, please visit their website: http://imaginationmovers.com and join their Facebook and Twitter pages: https://www.facebook.com/imaginationmovers and https://twitter.com/imovers

 

 

 

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The Imagination Movers Rock-O-Matic Tour – A Concert Review

As Scott Durbin, from the Imagination Movers famously says – we all have three instruments on us at all times – one is our hands (as he claps joyously), the other is our feet (as he stomps loudly) and the third is our mouth (as he shouts at the audience gleefully). The audience of little movers and their parents all clapped, yelled, and stomped their feet along with Scott and the other three Movers – Rich, Dave, and Smitty. It was a loud, jubilant, and rock-in-your-face kind of concert that even the most bashful kid will get up and boogie with the crowd. And since we absolutely love the Imagination Movers, their concert was not an event to be missed.

The first thing that caught our attention was Mover Rich’s new hairdo. I mean, after seeing years of him in that ultra-suave short do, he suddenly sprouted a mushroom top. Okay, maybe not quite as big as a mushroom cap, but his curly black hair certainly grew since the last time we saw him. Although it was a bit fluffier, he was still adorable. This year’s concert definitely had a different feel than last year’s. Instead of opening with a band from the Disney network, it was all Movers this time – and that meant no Nina and no Warehouse Mouse. Where was Warehouse Mouse? My son scanned the entire stage and audience and could not find Warehouse Mouse. Perhaps he was out on one of his escapades this time. The only guest that popped up was Genevieve from Choo Choo Soul towards the end of the concert.

This year’s concert venue was at Club Nokia which was a bit smaller than last year’s Nokia Theater. But we found out why – there was a President Obama fundraising campaign at the bigger venue. Either way, I felt the smaller setting was a bit more intimate and it was definitely a lot easier to see the Movers and the stage. There was even an open area up front that’s standing room only where you’re close enough to actually touch the Movers – just like a real adult concert!What was really interesting this time around was that the Movers sang a lot of cover songs from other bands. Some were geared towards the younger, more teenage crowd and some were for adults – the little kids probably hadn’t heard most of the songs, but everyone seemed to have enjoyed them regardless. And with every feet-stomping song that they sang, kids and adults danced and moved to the groove and shouted with glee whenever one of the Movers came downstage to interact with the audience. There were spectacular special effects, unique dance moves, and even an Einstein-like stagehand that constantly moved around the stage as the Movers played on.

The Imagination Movers played a few of their favorite songs like “Rock-O-Matic”, “Mother In You”, and “Playing Catch” but all in all, it was a fairly shorter concert than it was last year. Perhaps because there were no other bands opening for them and there were no special guests. However, I think they made up for it by actually visiting the audience a bit more. They high-fived little kids, they threw beach balls and streamers into the audience, and they had unique photo ops. And in reality, The Imagination Movers aren’t really creations of Disney. No, they are their own creations from their own hometown of New Orleans and have been best friends and bandmembers for 10 years.

It was a total blast for me, my son, and my husband at the Imagination Movers. We were given really cool seats by their PR team and can’t thank them enough. This year’s concert was a thrill and although a bit shorter than last year’s, it was still filled with loud music, crazy dancing, and jumping around (something your kids will love to do no doubt). So if you’re interested in some good old fashioned fun with the kids where there are lots of innocence and singing and dancing, then be sure to check out their concert for yourself! And definitely check them out on the Disney Jr. channel and pick up a few of their CD’s too! They’ll be heading to the Midwest pretty soon so check out their concert dates and venues here: http://www.imaginationmovers.com/events/. And to purchase their goods: http://www.imaginationmovers.com/shop/.

I want to give a special thanks to Jessi and Josh for the tickets and experience and the Imagination Movers for their wonderful work and performance! Keep it up guys!

Disclosure: Happymomblogger received concert tickets to The Imagination Movers in conjunction to the review of their concert.

Imagination Movers Rock-o-Matic CD – Music Review

What would the world be like if we didn’t have talented and unique musicians such as The Imagination Movers? If you’ve followed the works of The Imagination Movers and have come to appreciate what they do, then you’ll know what I mean when I say they are talented, dedicated, and full of energy and enthusiam. The Imagination Movers have put their whole heart and soul into making their music, live performances, and their show on the Disney Jr. channel and it looks like they don’t plan on stopping. If you’ve had a chance to pick up their newest CD, ‘Rock-o-Matic’, then you’re in for a real treat. This time, their newest CD also includes a music video DVD of some of their songs and my son and I have really come to love their new CD. As Rich Collins from The Imagination Movers point out about their Rock-o-Matic CD, “We’re still a bunch of dorky dads but we’ve gotten really good at writing pop and rock songs over the last decade, so you can hear a little bit of that swagger in these new tracks. It’s probably our most “rock” record to date but it’s quite diverse stylistically”. And that’s exactly how I would describe Rock-O-Matic: a fun-loving, rock-in-your-soul kind of music. The songs are definitely different than their other albums yet symbiotically combine a bit of each of the Movers essence into each song.

I think all of the songs on Rock-O-Matic are pretty good but we definitely have our favorites. My son loves “Rock-O-Matic” and I like both “Rock-O-Matic” and Dance Kung fu. The lyrics are catchy, funny, and easy to sing along to. In fact, whenever we’re listening to the CD in the car, both my son and I are singing along and moving to the music and melody. Here’s a sample of  the lyrics to Rock-O-Matic:

Rock-O-Matic – Cut through the static                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Turn up your radio now                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Can you feel it? Don’t you really want to hear it?                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Crank up your stereo loud

Crank up the stereo – Get the good stuff                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Turn up the radio – You can’t get enough                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    You’ve got to let it go, you’ve got to let it go now

Other titles that are definitely worth cranking up the sound are, “Fast as a Cat” which has a nice rap from Mover Scott, “Buckle Me In” which is about the kids and the parents going on a roadtrip, and “Rain Rain” which is about wishing the sun was out instead of the rain. The vivacious drum beats, the melodic rhythms, and the rappings from Mover Scott really makes this new CD shine. If you’ve had a chance to listen to their previous CDs, you may have noticed an incremental change from their earlier works where the tunes were definitely more for kids than adults and to their later songs where the lyrics and melodies were more mature and established. The Imagination Movers have definitely grown into their art and their music indicates a change for bigger and better stuff in the future. I have friends who tell me that they only listen to The Imagination Movers whenever they are in the car with their kids and they watch their show (also titled, The Imagination Movers) just as avidly as their kids do.

So whether you’re a new fan of The Imagination Movers or hard core fans from the beginning, be sure to pick up a copy of The Imaginaton Movers newest CD, ‘Rock-O-Matic’. You and your kids will definitely enjoy the diversity of this new CD. It’s a mixture of fun, learning, and distinctive tunes that you just can’t stop listening and “rockin'” to. You can also order their CD online at: www.http://www.imaginationmovers.com/.

The good folks behind The Imagination Movers sent me a pre-release CD of ‘Rock-O-Matic’ to listen and review. They also provided me with 2 music videos of the songs in ‘Rock-O-Matic’. Click on the links below to watch and enjoy!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bQHjg0vhQKw – Dance Kung fu

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1NYPZ49DDyk&feature=relmfu – Everybody Sing

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Do You Love The Imagination Movers?

Who loves The Imagination Movers? I’d have to say – “We do!”.  My son and I love The Imagination Movers and have watched them on TV and anywhere else possible since he was old enough to watch TV. And I can safely say, that most people across the world also enjoys watching The Imagination Movers on their Disney show as well as their concerts and their DVDs and whatever venue they happen to appear at. It’s too bad The Movers live all the way in Louisiana and not California otherwise we’d be visiting them all the time. But not as stalkers – that would be too creepy – but more as devoted and loving fans.

The Imagination Movers, aka Dave, Rich, Scott, and Smitty have basically become a household name for us. Every day my son would ask to watch The Imagination Movers on TV or on the laptop. Luckily I saved some of his favorite episodes on our DVR and we can always watch episodes through their own website:  http://www.imaginationmovers.com/ and through Disney’s: http://disney.go.com/disneyjunior/imagination-movers. We particularly enjoy the Warehouse Mouse short films – they are hilarious little episodes of Warehouse Mouse’s trials and tribulations as he tries to achieve something at the end. There are also fun games, party ideas, and coloring pages on Disney’s Imagination Movers page as well interesting tibits about The Movers- basically, you can spend a lot of free time on that site and have a lot of fun and learn something at the same time.

The Imagination Movers are like down-home folks, so to speak. They are truly the epitome of all things kids. In fact, their inspiration to start The Imagination Movers was through their own kids. As a fledgling band of good friends, they sang and played instruments together in New Orleans but soon their popularity grew and Disney decided to pick up their show with the same name, “The Imagination Movers”. After that, their fame grew worldwide and soon they added concert tours throughout the nation and in Canada. Their faces became popular in every child’s mind and you can see little “Movers” around the world even. And if you’ve never seen their concerts in person, you’re missing out on some great fun!

This year, The Imagination Movers “Rock-O-Matic” concert tour begins in March and will tour through May. It’s not too late to get their concert tickets if they’re in your area: http://imaginationmovers.com/events/page/1 and you can even buy their “Mini Movers” package which includes tickets as well as backstage Meet and Greet with the Movers. The kids will get a chance to chat it up with the Movers and snack and take photos. Hopefully we plan on going backstage to meet and greet the Movers and take some great photos with them!

With their concert coming up, new episodes on the Disney Jr. channel, and a brand new CD called, “Rock-O-Matic” out for sale, The Imagination Movers have really stepped up their game to bring your kids more fun, more excitement, and more learning opportunities. Below, I had the unique opportunity to acquire some Q&A from The Imagination Movers about their new album, their work, and their personal lives.

Q – How is ‘Rock-O-Matic’ different from your previous albums?

SCOTT DURBIN – There’s definitely more freedom in Rock-O-Matic. Recently, if the song we wrote was not tied directly to a narrative from the TV show, there was no way it would be heard. A tune like “Dance Kung Fu” which is a truly silly dance song or “Buckle Me In” about car seat safety would never have made it on the TV show but it can and does in our recent CD/DVD release. Honestly, we’ve been together writing songs for nearly ten years now but it’s been awhile since we could just do a song without having to wait for it to be approved or not. Our parameters have been removed.  

RICH COLLINS – We’re still a bunch of dorky dads but we’ve gotten really good at writing pop and rock songs over the last decade, so you can hear a little bit of that swagger in these new tracks. It’s probably our most “rock” record to date but it’s quite diverse stylistically. 

SCOTT “SMITTY” SMITH – ROM is definitely indicative of our musical growth and freedom.  It touches on a wide range of genres and is the culmination of a lot of hard work.

DAVE POCHE – Rock-O-Matic is an interesting combination of our music sensibilities from the earlier days coupled with the production and songwriting skills we have gathered over the years. I think there is a real looseness and energy to it. “Everybody Sing” is a great example of the CD/DVD’s upbeat vibe. We set out to make a video that looks like a bunch of people having fun. Once we started shooting it was clear that this goal would be accomplished. You can really feel the energy that was on the set that day.  It was a very positive, validating shoot. 

Q – How does your family inspire you and your music? How many children do you have and what are their ages? Do your children ever get in on the fun? 
  

SCOTT – Our kids have always been a source of inspiration for our music, stylistically and content-wise. Had it not been for them, this idea would not have been born. They act as our focus group, letting us know what works or doesn’t. And we try to have them participate in all that we do, whether being in our music videos or even guest singing on our songs. We’ve always been about family and our work philosophy reflects that.  

RICH – Five kids ages 12 to 3.  They give me ideas and tell me their opinion. They also set the tone of the whole project.  We sing and write and perform essentially to make them smile

SMITTY – Our families are definitely our inspiration… and our test audience.  None of this could happen without their support and input. 

DAVE – My kids are 9 and 12 now, which is hard to believe. Our kids were the inspiration for this entire project. We had kids around the same time and were exposed to the world of children’s entertainment. We started writings songs for, and about, our kids.  Each milestone represented an opportunity for a new song. And it was great to have an audience at home.  We had a little test market that had no aversion to telling us exactly what they thought.  In the earlier songs, you can hear their voices all over the place.  We put them in front of the mic whenever we needed a little voice, or added a part so that everyone got a chance.  When we filmed the show, our kids would look at the script drafts, visit the set regularly and even made a few cameos. We could not have made it without the contributions, inspiration and support of our families.  They give us the energy that fuels the machine.

Q – What sets the Imagination Movers apart from other children’s groups?

SCOTT – What makes us different? From day one to now, there is so much in children’s programming/music that chooses to pacify our children. We’ve always wanted to change that. We truly want to challenge our kids, treating them as creators instead of consumers. We want to empower them to reach high, think big, work hard and have fun. 

With performing music for kids and families, you know immediately what works and what doesn’t so insincerity simply doesn’t have a place here. You have to be genuine, sincere in your efforts and execution of ideals. We feel we are or at the very least aspire to those lofty goals. Whether its reflected in the composition or lyrics we pen in our songs to playing the music live – you’ve got to demonstrate your true colors. We choose to play our instruments rather than rely on lip-synching or tracks because music is organic and is evidence of the beauty of the creative process.  

RICH – We’re real dads writing songs about real ideas and real feelings and playing real live concerts on real instruments AND most important: we can’t dance. 

SMITTY – We are simply four regular guys who had a good idea and with the help and hard work of a lot of people, got to see this project blossom.  Also, We are having fun doing what we love.   This Project comes from the heart.  It wasn’t created in a lab in Hollywood.  It is “US.”  And….  one of us is a full time firefighter in New Orleans.  Not many kids groups can claim that.

DAVE – Well, for one, we are just regular guys, dads and husbands. 4 goofy dudes who are well aware that they are 4 goofy dudes. Filming the TV show or being on tour has it’s moments, but the vast majority of time we are lugging the kids around town, mowing the lawn, washing dishes, etc.  We also have been, are, and probably always will be a children’s band. We were not an adult band who decided to exploit a niche or got tired of doing something else. And we never try to pander to our audience or talk down to the kids.  Our tone is sincere. We write music that we would enjoy listening to with age appropriate lyrics. The goal is to make songs that are able to be enjoyed by young children, older siblings, parents and grandparents.  We try to cast a wide net, and if our Ticketmaster reviews are any indication, we have done a pretty good job of entertaining everyone.

So there you have it. The Imagination Movers are just a bunch of regular folks who happens to enjoy playing music, sing, dance, and have a lot of fun with what they do. Be sure to catch them at their concert and on the Disney Jr. show (check your local listings), and pick up one or two of their newest album, Rock-O-Matic!

The Imagination Movers – An exclusive Interview

What do you get when you cross between four friends who love to sing and dance and a tv show that loves to help you solve every day problems? You get the ultra cool, ultra incredible  Imagination Movers! The Imagination Movers name is synonymous to peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Pretty much every kid in the world knows who The Imagination Movers are – and they are a bunch of fun, intelligent, and super helpful guys! Add in a smiling, pretty neighbor and a mischievous pet mouse, and you get a super popular TV show on the Disney Jr. network.

The Imagination Movers with the same Disney show name, is about four guys who solve common problems that we all may deal with through creative storytelling, singing, and instrumental accompaniment. Through their ingenious storytelling thoughout each episode, they are able to weave whatever problems that come to them that day into a clever song and dance and by the end of the show, the audience will have learned something from that episode. Perhaps it’s Disney’s trademark to always find a solution to a problem whether in their movies or television shows, and The Imagination Movers are really great at problem solving. Whether they are helping a monster be less scary or a fairy tale princess find her true love or a baseball player attend his son’s birthday party, The Imagination Movers never let an obstacle stop them from helping a friend in need.  And The Imagination Movers never disappoints either. My son insists on watching The Imagination Movers every day and fortunately we have DVR so we’re able to record most of them. However, we are most looking forward to their new episodes which will start with the Halloween episode in October!

In an exclusive interview with the Imagination Movers, I was able to glean some great info about the band and the four friends and below is what we talked about:

SMITTY (aka Scott Smith)
Q – How do you collaborate in your songwriting – do each of you get to contribute to a song?

We write songs as a team. It may start out with one or two of us having an idea, but we will all add to it. Sometimes it happens while we are all jamming together. That is the most fun!

Q – What do each of you do for fun/spare time?

I love the outdoors, so I spend my spare time hiking, hunting, and fishing. I love visiting our national parks.

Q- What are your favorite foods?

I love fish and oysters. Also, wild duck.

SCOTT (aka Scott Durbin)
Q – You started as a real life band in New Orleans. What made you guys decide to take it onscreen? 

Actually we started as an idea for a local live action kids show based out of New Orleans. Music though took center stage early on, moving the project along. However, we did wind up creating our own video content, as seen in all its glory on our 2004 indie-dvd “Stir It Up.” Videos from that particular DVD aired on Louisiana Public Broadcasting and later on Disney itself. All in all, we had always had the show concept mapped out from the very beginning but thankfully once we signed with Disney we were allowed to see those early show seeds bear fruit.

Q- Do you offer any input on the Disney television series? Such as script, story ideas, song selections, etc.? If so, do the Disney executives take them into account?

We were co-executive producers on the TV show so we were pretty involved in many aspects: casting, scripts, show ideas – you name it. We also wrote and performed all the songs seen on the show. One stop shop we were.

Q – Who/What  do you look for inspiration when you write your songs?

Early on, our inspiration was always our own kids. The subject matter of our early indie releases always paralleled where our kids were developmentally. We did songs about ABCs, manners, sleeping through the night. Later, songs about riding bikes, healthy eating, what to do when you are lost, etc found their way into our discography. Of course, when the show was in full force, we were writing to narratives. This was difficult because you wanted to assist the narrative but still allow for the song to be open-ended so that it didn’t necessarily depend on the story for its understanding – so we broadened concepts and songs like persistence, patience become cornerstones.

DAVE (aka Dave Poche)
Q – Are you planning on releasing a second DVD of your Disney television series?

That’s really in the hands of the folks at Disney. But you can be on the lookout for our new CD/DVD release in late 2011 or early 2012. It is titled “Rock-O-Matic” and will be released in conjunction with the Spring tour of the same name.  In the meantime, all of the shows that have aired on the Disney Channel are available for download from iTunes.

Q – You all play instruments on the Disney television show and in real life – do you have a favorite instrument?

Well, I think we play the instruments that we love the most.  For Scott, that is mandolin and keyboard.  Dave is most comfortable with the bass and both Rich and Smitty alternate between the drums and the guitar, with an occasional stop on the bass.

Q – You are all friends with Nina and Warehouse Mouse on the Disney show.  Are you friends in real life.

Absolutely.  Nina, played by Wendy Calio Gilbert and Warehouse Mouse, played by Kevin Carlson are both great people.  That is one of the things that makes the show work so well.  Everyone on the set, cast and crew, get along and are very respectful to one another.  And filming a season of the show takes 6 months of 12-14 hour days, so it’s very important to have a good working environment. Wendy was also part of our 101 show tour last spring and her husband, Jeremy, helped out with Warehouse Mouse for that run.  We all still keep in touch.  Good folks.

RICH (aka Rich Collins)
Q- What do you do to prepare for your concerts? Do you have any weird rituals?

The more work we do to prepare for each show, the more fun we can have. It’s like playing football or doing your schoolwork or anything like that. Each Mover has his own routines, but we all try to be really familiar with all the songs and all the cues between songs so the concert flows smoothly. Then we all make sure to stretch and eat healthy food so we have lots of energy to perform. Drinking water is also important so our voices stay healthy.  Before we walk on stage for each show, we all gather together and do a big Mover hi five with all the cast and crew who are nearby.

Q – You’ve quickly become famous throughout the years – do people recognize you outside of your hometown (when you’re not in The Imagination Movers mode)?

We get recognized all the time, especially when we’re all together in an airport or someplace like that. We’ve even been visited by fans outside of the country. It makes you feel great to know that this idea we dreamed up in our living rooms is now a part of people’s lives worldwide. How cool. We always have time to visit with fans. It’s an honor.

Q – Can you tell me about your upcoming Fall episodes on the Disney channel? Any special guest stars or stand out episodes?

We love our upcoming Halloween episode and Christmas episode. In the Halloween story, a plumber comes to our warehouse and thinks the place is haunted. We get to wear extremely silly costumes. For the holiday ep, we help one of Santa’s elves pass the test required for her to ride on his sleigh on the big night.

The Halloween episode will air on the Disney channel on Oct. 28 at 11:30am ET/PT. So be sure to tune into it, record it, anything,  just so you don’t miss this incredible new episode!

 

So if you’re looking for an incredible show that’s fun to watch and sing and dance to as well as teaching your kids important life lessons, then be sure to check out The Imagination Movers. Pretty soon, your kids will be hooked on the show like we are, and you won’t want to watch anything else!

 

And for more info on The Imagination Movers, visit their site: http://imaginationmovers.com/. You’ll also be able to catch up on the latest news, play games, watch videos, listen to their songs, buy their collectible items, and much more!