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Fine Tooning with Drew Taylor - How Disney Blew it with Don Bluth

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released April 9, 2019

Hosts: Drew Taylor and Jim Hill
Editor: Aaron Z. Adams


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The Disney Dish Podcast with Jim Hill Media

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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Track Name: Full Track - Episode 32: How Disney Blew it with Don Bluth
Over the course of this episode, listeners will learn about:

How exhibitors reacted when a work-in-progress version of “Toy Story 3” was screened at ShoWest (now CinemaCon) in Las Vegas back in March of 2010

How Ron Miller’s outright dismissal of “Banjo the Woodpile Cat” made an already bad situation worse at Walt Disney Animation Studios back in the late 1970s

How Michael Eisner should have learned from the lessons of the past (i.e., Disney’s mishandling of the Don Bluth situation = the Studio’s animated features being forced to compete in a far more crowded marketplace) when it came to Jeffrey Katzenberg

How Robert Stevenson turned one giant prop rock into the entire Arctic Circle in Walt Disney Productions’ December 1974 release, “The Island at the Top of the World”

How did Tim Burton persuade the powers-that-be at Disney that the villain of his live-action “Dumbo” reimagining should basically be an evil version of Walt (i.e., Michael Keaton’s character, V.A. Vandevere, the ruthless entrepreneur behind Dreamland)