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Fine Tooning with Drew Taylor Episode 21: “Spy Jam​,​” “Race Jam​,​” & “Skate Jam​”​: Warners’ 20+ years effort to get a “Space Jam” sequel made

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Drew Taylor & Jim Hill start off this week’s show by comparing Lee Unkrich’s graceful exit from Pixar with John Lasseter’s awkward arrival at Skydance. They then do a deep dive on Warners’ “Space Jam,” tracing the origin of that live-action / animated feature back to Nike’s “Hare Jordan” & “Aerospace Jordan” commercials


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

Is Darla K. Anderson (i.e., the producer of Pixar’s latest Oscar winner, “Coco”) ’s March 2018 exit from that animation studio somehow connected to Lee Unkrich (i.e., the director of “Coco”)’s decision to step away at the studio?

How Blue Sky Studios & Illuminations’ ability to deliver top earning animated features at a far lower production price point really put pressure on Pixar over the past few year to better contain its own production costs

The genuine craft & truly crazy attention-to-detail that the team at Walt Disney Animation Studios applied to “A Place Called Slaughter Race,” Vanellope von Schwweetz’s “I Want” song parody from “Ralph Breaks the Internet”

How Mel Blanc’s death in July in 1989 screwed up Oldsmobile’s plan to capitalize on the success of 1988’s “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” with their “This is not your Dad’s Oldsmobile” promotional campaign

Since the “Space Jam” follow-up that Warner Bros. had originally envisioned was allegedly tripped up by the fact that Michael Jordan hadn’t actually signed to do a sequel, studio execs then reportedly reimagined “Space Jam 2” as a starring vehicle for Tiger Woods


released January 24, 2019
Hosts: Jim Hill and Dustin Fuhs
Editor: 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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