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Fine Tooning with Drew Taylor Ep 142: How “Muppets Haunted Mansion” got made

by The Jim Hill Media Podcast Network

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Drew Taylor & Jim Hill start off this week’s show by discussing Disney settling its beef with Scarlett Johansson.
They then talk with writer / director Kirk Thatcher about his nearly 30-year-long quest to get a Halloween-themed Muppet movie or TV show produced.


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

Who Robin Williams hoped would come to “Popeye” ‘s rescue after all of the special effects technicians who were working on that Robert Altman movie left Malta after Paramount stopped paying their salary

What is Turner Classic Movies doing to help commemorate the 100th anniversary of the opening of Fleischer Studios

Which production technique -- which was first used on Disney+’s “Mandalorian” series -- helped to make “Muppet Haunted Mansion” look as though it was actually shot inside of the theme park attraction

What’s significant about “Blush,” the new short from Skydance Animation that’s recently popped up on Apple TV+

How many times did Sony Pictures Animation shift the release date of the fourth & final film in the “Hotel Transylvania” franchise, “Transformania”


released October 6, 2021
Hosts: Drew Taylor and Jim Hill
Guest: Kirk Thatcher
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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