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Fine Tooning with Drew Taylor - How Kris Pearn adapted “The Willoughbys” for animation

by The Jim Hill Media Podcast Network

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Drew Taylor & Jim Hill start off this week’s episode by talking about how Comic-Con’s cancellation doesn’t bode well for other big fan events that were supposed to be staged in Southern California this Summer. They then share a phone interview that Drew & Jim recently did with the writer & director of Netflix’s latest animation feature.


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

Why shifting the release date of “Raya and the Last Dragon” to March 12, 2021, might actually be a good move for Walt Disney Animation Studios.

How Hyrum Osmond -- the talented animator behind those “Olaf at Home” shorts -- was supposed to be the director of a new feature-length film version of Winsor McKay’s “Little Nemo in Slumberland”

Why the Rescue Ranger characters reportedly weren’t allowed to talk in “Double-O Duck in You Only Crash Twice”

How finding the perfect character for Ricky Gervais to voice in “The Willoughys” solved a number of narrative problems Kris Pearn was facing on this animated feature

What’s significant about the shape of Nanny, the character that Maya Rudolph voices for “The Willoughbys”


released April 22, 2020
Hosts: Drew Taylor and Jim Hill
Editor: Nancy Stadler


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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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