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Fine Tooning with Drew Taylor - How “Rudolph” wound up on Freeform

by The Jim Hill Media Podcast Network

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Drew Taylor & Jim Hill discuss what surprised them about this year’s Annie Award nominations. They also look back at the complicated history of the holiday specials produced by Rankin-Bass


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

How Bob Iger’s attitude towards “The Simpsons” making fun of Disney is very reminiscent of the free reign that Michael Eisner gave the Muppets back in the late 1989 / early 1990

The online intel that Oh My Disney gathered about people’s favorite characters from the original “Frozen” which was then funneled to the team developing the sequel to this Chris Buck / Jennifer Lee film

How Walt Disney Pictures’ ongoing effort to not have Jon Favreau’s “Lion King” reboot grouped with other animated films may have backfired when it comes to awards season

How Disney’s promotional campaign for “Frozen II” (which was two years in the planning) deliberately targeted different demographics

Why – when it comes to regaining the East Coast theme park rights to the Marvel characters – Disney’s willing to be patient


released December 6, 2019
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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