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Fine Tooning with Drew Taylor Ep 113: How Judy Hopps became the lead character in Disney​’​s “Zootopia”

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Drew Taylor & Jim Hill start off this week’s show by discussing why the Golden Globes recognized Kemp Powers as the co-director of Pixar’s “Soul” just five hours before that awards ceremony. They also talked about who just got signed by Gracie Films to replace Harry Shearer as the official voice of Dr. Julius Hibbert on “The Simpsons”


Over the course of this episode, listeners will learn about:

Which ABC project will Tim Story, the director of Warner Bros. “Tom & Jerry,” be working on next

Why did Gore Verbinski reach out to famed cinematographer Roger Deakins when he began working on the scripts for two new animated features

Which two characters from Disney’s “The Wuzzles” were reimagined for “The Lost Cargo of Kit Cloudkicker!”

Why was Jared Bush thought to be the perfect guy to bring on board “Zootopia” back when this Walt Disney Animation Studios production was supposed to be more of a send-up of 60’s spy films

Which veteran Pixar director told the powers-that-be at WDAS that they were originally building “Zootopia” around the wrong character


released March 9, 2021
Hosts: Drew Taylor and Jim Hill
Fabulously edited by Aaron Z. Adams


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Jim Hill is a writer, blogger, and theme park historian, and he'll be the first to tell you all of the back-room deals and corporate gossip that happens inside the Walt Disney Company.

Len Testa co-authors the Unofficial Guide series of travel books, focusing on theme parks.
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