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Fine Tooning with Drew Taylor Episode 25: When Disney wanted Michael Jackson to co​-​star in its “Mary Poppins” sequel

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Drew Taylor starts off this week’s podcast by talking about how “Hidden World” director Dean DeBlois shared with him about the development of DreamWorks Animation’s third “How to Train Your Dragon” movie. Then Jim Hill shares the history of Epcot’s “Journey into Imagination” attraction and the role that Pixar may play in the future of this Future World pavilion


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

Where – in the original “How to Train Your Dragon” – you can find the versions of Toothless, Hiccup & Astrid that Peter Hastings had planned on using when he was still directing this DWA production

Why Dean DeBlois is especially proud of how accepting the citizens of Berk are when it comes to Gobber the Belch

What got changed about “How to Train Your Dragon 2” after an early test screening

Why the folks who were editing “Captain EO” were forced to go back and reframe a number of scenes that Francis Ford Coppola had shot for this 3D theme park attraction

The role that Raul Julia was supposed to have played in “Honey, I Shrunk the Audience”


released February 19, 2019
Hosts: Jim Hill and Drew Taylor
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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