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Join Jim Hill and co-hosts Len Testa, Dustin Fuhs, Drew Taylor, Aaron Adams, Michelle C. Valladolid and Dan Zehr as they talk about the multi-faceted Walt Disney Company - including Pixar, Lucasfilm and Disney Studios - as well as Universal Studios and the world of collectibles.

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    Marvel Us Disney Episode 144: “Marvel Zombies” animated series gears up for 2023 debut

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 12, 2022 39:08

    Aaron Adams & Jim Hill start off this week's show by discussing images that have popped up online from the sets of “Echo” & “Ironheart.” They also preview the Marvel-related panels to be presented at next month's D23 EXPO Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Looking at Lucasfilm - Episode 66 How “Return of the Jedi” is tied to the Vietnam War

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 10, 2022 62:15

    Brian Gaughn & Jim Hill start off this week's episode by discussing “Star Wars: Andor.” They then look back at the production difficulties “Empire Strikes Back” experienced when that crew was shooting the Ice-Planet-of-Hoth sequences in Norway Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Fine Tooning with Drew Taylor - Episode 186: How Phil Tippett changed the world of stop motion

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 9, 2022 33:27

    Drew Taylor & Jim Hill start off this week's show by discussing Warner Bros. Discovery's decision to shelve “Scoob!: Holiday Haunt.” They also talk about how Skydance Animation's first feature length project, “Luck,” wasn't all that lucky when it came to positive reviews Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    The Disney Dish Dish with Jim Hill Episode 360: How did the WDW Resort get ready to handle the Y2K bug

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 8, 2022 49:39

    en Testa & Jim Hill start off this week's show by sharing a survey that reveals Universal Orlando's keen interest in people's most recent trips to WDW. They then take a look back at Epcot's Millennium Celebration Show Notes Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Marvel Us Disney Episode 143: Spider-Man celebrates the 60th anniversary of his Marvel Comics debut

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 5, 2022 48:34

    Aaron Adams & Jim Hill start off this week's show by talking about Marvel's “Secret Invasion.” which will supposedly be Disney+'s first crossover event. They then go on to talk about the important role that editor Jeff Ford played in crafting one of the more iconic moments in “Avengers: Endgame” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Fine Tooning with Drew Taylor - Episode 185: So is Skydance Animation's “Luck” worth a look?

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 2, 2022 38:08

    Drew Taylor & Jim Hill start off this week's show by talking about the teaser trailer for Guillermo Del Toro's “Pinocchio.” They then discuss the “Walt Disney's Jungle Book: Making a Masterpiece” at the Walt Disney Family Museum. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    The Disney Dish With Jim Hill Episode 385: MagicBands+ appear to have a power problem

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 1, 2022 65:04

    Len Testa and Jim Hill welcome Mrs. Shannon Ford, who talks about her experience aboard the Disney Wish. They then discuss what's happening with Disney's “Hercules,” which may be the Company's next animated feature to be headed to Broadway Show Notes Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Marvel Us Disney Episode 142: What's in the works for Phase 5 & 6 of the MCU

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 29, 2022 54:40

    Aaron Adams & Jim Hill start off by reviewing all of the news that came out of Marvel Studios' Hall H presentation at this year's San Diego Comic-Con. They then talk about which character was the heart of the MCU's Phases I - 3 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Looking at Lucasfilm - Episode 65: Why the Disneyland Paris Resort won't be getting its very own “Galaxy's Edge”

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 27, 2022 61:50

     Brian Gaughn starts off this week's show by looking back at the 2022 edition of San Diego Comic-Con. Then Jim Hill talks about four soon-to-be-published Star Wars-related books that are worth checking out Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Fine Tooning with Drew Taylor - Episode 184: DC Animated Original Films gets ready for its 50th release

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 26, 2022 33:37

    Drew Taylor & Jim Hill start off this week's show by discussing what Craig McCracken now has in the works. They also talk about some of the entertainment-related books these two are now reading. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    The Disney Dish with Jim Hill - Episode 384: Disney World knows that its official website needs to be retooled

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 25, 2022 60:14

    Len Testa & Jim Hill welcome back Christina Harrison from Touring Plans, who talks about the 2022 edition of the EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival. They then share Josh Gad's memories of working on “Frozen Ever After” Show Notes Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Marvel Us Disney Episode 141: How the Marvel characters slowly invaded the Disney theme parks

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 22, 2022 50:00

    Aaron Adams starts off this week's show by talking about a button he noticed on the remote for his new PS5. Then Jim Hill takes a close look at how “Thor: Love & Thunder” did over its second weekend in domestic release Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Fine Tooning with Drew Taylor - Episode 183: Live-action “Lilo & Stitch” gets a new director

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 19, 2022 40:14

    Drew Taylor & Jim Hill start off this week's show by sharing some updates about this year's San Diego Comic-Con. They then discuss an old right-of-passage that used to happen to new Walt Disney Animation Studio staffers back in the 1950s & 1960s Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    The Disney Dish with Jim Hill Episode 383: Len Testa to speak at this year's IAAPA convention

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 18, 2022 49:52

     Len Testa & Jim Hill start off this week's show by revealing which three WDW restaurants will begin offering character dining again. They then talk about why Epcot's “SeaVenture” attraction got its name changed to “Maelstrom” Show Notes Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Marvel Us Disney Ep 140: What veteran FX artists are saying about Marvel Studios

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 15, 2022 63:09

    Aaron Adams & Jim Hill start off this week's show by discussing how “Thor: Love & Thunder” did at the domestic box office over its opening weekend. They also talk about Episode 6 of “Ms. Marvel,” Marvel Studios' latest limited series for Disney+ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Looking at Lucasfilm - Episode 64: Whatever became of “Star Wars: Detours”

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 13, 2022 74:36

    Brian Gaughn & Jim Hill talk about Milly Bobby Brown's rumored involvement in a future “Star Wars” film. They also talk about George Lucas' sense of humor and how comfortable George was with people parodied the film franchise he created Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Fine Tooning with Drew Taylor - Episode 182: Get ready for the 2002 edition of Comic-Con International

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 12, 2022 45:09

    Drew Taylor & Jim Hill start off this week's show by plugging Jake S. Friedman's “The Disney Revolt: The Great Labor War of Animation's Golden Age.” They then list some of the panels & presentations that animation fans shouldn't miss if they're headed down to San Diego later this month Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Disney Dish Episode 382: What's in the works for the LEGOLAND Florida Resort

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 11, 2022 52:02

    Banks Lee joins Jim Hill on a special edition of the Disney Dish. As they look at how Cypress Gardens (which was a favorite Central Florida attraction of Roy O. & Edna Disney) spent the past 10 years transforming into the 5th LEGO Park in the world. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Marvel Us Disney Episode 139:: The “Worlds of Marvel” cinematic dining experience aboard the Disney Wish

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 8, 2022 53:19

    Aaron Adams & Jim Hill start off this week's show by talking about the “Art of Marvel Studio's Falcon and the Winter Soldier” book. They also discuss Episodes 4 & 5 of “Ms. Marvel.” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Fine Tooning with Drew Taylor - Episode 181: Is “Marcel the Shell with Shoes On” the best animated feature of the year

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 5, 2022 42:39

    Drew Taylor & Jim Hill start off this week's show by discussing how well “Minions: The Rise of Gru” seems to be doing at the domestic box office. They also talk about the “Baymax!” limited series that just debuted on Disney+. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    The Disney Dish with Jim Hill Episode 381: How many trolls is too many trolls?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 4, 2022 47:10

    Len Testa & Jim Hill start off this week's show by discussing Bob Chapek's contract being extended by Disney's Board of Directors. They talk about where the Brightline Train Service may be stopping in the Orlando area now that a station at Disney Springs is no longer in the cards Show Notes Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Looking at Lucasfilm - Episode 63: : John Williams gets ready to retire

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 29, 2022 54:42

    Brian Gaughn & Jim Hill start off this week's show by looking back at the career of this five-time Academy Award winner and the numerous blockbusters William wrote themes & scores for. They also discuss the final episode of that “Obi-Wan Kenobi” limited series for Disney+. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Fine Tooning with Drew Taylor - Episode 180: “Making of Jungle Book” exhibit opens at Walt Disney Family Museum:

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 28, 2022 33:08

     Drew Taylor & Jim Hill start off this week's show by continuing their discussion on the disappointing domestic box office for Pixar's “Lightyear.” Drew also shares his thoughts on “Baymax!” the series (which debuts on Disney+ this week) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    The Disney Dish Episode 380: How the Disney Institute transformed into Saratoga Springs

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 27, 2022 43:21

     Len Testa & Jim Hill start off this week's show by sharing some surveys that Guests who stayed at WDW's monorail resorts recently received. They also talk about Michael Eisner's 1985 trip to the Chautauqua Institute inspired him to start offering education-based vacation experiences to WDW visitors Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Marvel Us Disney Episode 138 :Where to find Sam Raimi's car in “Multiverse of Madness”

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 24, 2022 54:54

     Aaron Adams & Jim Hill start off this week's show by discussing the most recent episodes of Marvel Studios' latest limited series for Disney+. They also talk about where the “Doctor Strange” sequel fits in the current MCU chronology. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Fine Tooning with Drew Taylor - Episode 179: What Disney revealed at this year's Annecy Animation Festival 2022

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 21, 2022 40:03

    Drew Taylor & Jim Hill start off this week's episode by discussing how “Lightyear” did over its opening weekend at the North American box office. They also talk about the stage version of Disney's “Hercules,” which the Papermill Playhouse will present in the Winter of 2023 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    The Disney Dish with Jim Hill - Episode 379: Aulani delivers the Disney Resort experience you used to get stateside

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 20, 2022 64:26

    Christina Harrison reports on her recent stay at Disney's resort & spa on Oahu. Then Jim Hill looks back at the history of the House of the Future at Disneyland Park Show Notes Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Looking at Lucasfilm - Episode 62: Would “Solo: A Star Wars Story” have worked better as a limited series

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 18, 2022 68:12

     Brian Gaughn & Jim Hill start off this week's episode by talking about the new “Star Wars” that Dan Zehr wrote which would be a perfect Father's Day gift. They also discuss the last three episodes of Disney+'s “Obi-Wan Kenobi” limited series Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Fine Tooning with Drew Taylor - Episode 178: How Major Matt Mason inspired the creation of Buzz Lightyear

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 16, 2022 37:56

     Jim Hill starts off this week's show by describing the many different versions of “We Don't Talk About Bruno” Disney Studios created ahead of “Encanto” ‘s theatrical release. He also talks about the number of new animation studios that are opening up in Vancouver Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    The Disney Dish with Jim Hill Episode 378: Looking back on Fort Wilderness' abandoned expansion plans from the mid-1970s

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 13, 2022 51:53

     Len Testa starts off this week's show by sharing a fairly blunt survey that the WDW Resort recently sent out about Disney's Animal Kingdom theme park. Then Jim Hill talks about how – once upon a time – Pioneer Hall was supposed to have been the very first part of Florida's Frontier Town project Show Notes Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Marvel Us Disney Episode 137: “Ms. Marvel” is off to a marvelous start

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 10, 2022 43:06

     Aaron Adams starts off this week's show by sharing some of the audio that he recently recorded at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Then he & Jim Hill then discuss the first episode of Marvel Studios' latest limited series for Disney+ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Fine Tooning with Drew Taylor - Episode 177:Celebrating the 20th anniversary of “Kim Possible”

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 7, 2022 34:25

    Drew Taylor & Jim Hill start off this week's show discussing that first look at Disney's “Hamster & Gretel” which just got released. They then shine a spotlight on that new two-LP vinyl soundtrack for “The Iron Giant” which Varese Sarabande is about to release. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    The Disney Dish with Jim Hill Episode 377: How Walt Disney made his Imagineers walk in the Guests shoes

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 6, 2022 55:01

    en Testa & Jim Hill welcome Arthur Levine from About Theme Parks, who then talks about his new Substack project. These three then talk about an intriguing bit of construction that's now underway at WDW's Blizzard Beach water park Show Notes Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Marvel Us Disney Episode 136: Where is Joe Quesada heading now that he's leaving Marvel

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 3, 2022 37:06

    Aaron Adams starts off this week's show by recounting his recording adventures at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Then Jim Hill talks about his recent interaction with James Gunn, director of “Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol 3” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Looking at Lucasfilm - Episode 61: How many new “Star Wars” limited series will we see in 2023?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 1, 2022 78:13

    Brian Gaughn looks back at the four days he just spent at the Anaheim Convention Center covering this year's Star Wars Celebration. He and Jim Hill then discuss the first two episodes of “Obi-Wan Kenobi,” Lucasfilm's latest limited series for Disney+ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Fine Tooning with Drew Taylor - Episode 176: The history of Buzz Lightyear in the Disney Parks

    Play Episode Listen Later May 31, 2022 40:30

    Drew Taylor & Jim Hill start off this week's show by discussing how “Top Gun: Maverick” is impacting the box office potential of “The Bob's Burgers Movie.” They also talk about the “Winnie the Pooh” -themed comedy slasher movie, “Blood and Honey.” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    The Disney Dish with Jim Hill - Episode 376: How Walter Cronkite wound up narrating “Spaceship Earth”

    Play Episode Listen Later May 30, 2022 44:10

    Len Testa & Jim Hill start off this week's show by sharing some tips about how to score an ILL for “Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind.” They also answer some listeners' mail related to DVC members still being unable to purchase annual passes to the Disney Parks Show Notes Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Marvel Us Disney Episode 135: Is this the end of Chris Hemsworth in Marvel Studios' “Thor” series?

    Play Episode Listen Later May 27, 2022 53:48

    Aaron Adams & Jim Hill start off this week's show by discussing the new “Love & Thunder” trailer which debuted during Game 4 of the NBA Eastern Conference Finals. They also talk about the new “Daredevil” series that's reportedly in development for Disney+ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Fine Tooning with Drew Taylor - Episode 175: How Disney's lawyers helped make “Chip ‘n' Dale: Rescuer Rangers” happen

    Play Episode Listen Later May 24, 2022 35:24

    Drew Taylor & Jim Hill start off this week's episode by talking about “Elemental,” Pixar's next feature-length animated film. They also recall Tom Hanks' guest appearance on ABC's “Happy Days” back in November of 1982 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Disney Dish Episode 375: Survey sez: Disney World knows that Genie+ is a failure

    Play Episode Listen Later May 22, 2022 52:55

    Len Testa and Jim Hill start off this week's show by sharing yet another survey. This one revealing that WDW officials have grown very concerned about visitors to Florida preferring Universal Express to Genie, Genie+ & Lightning Lane Show notes Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Marvel Us Disney Episode 134: She-Hulk: Attorney at Law” to premiere on Disney+ August 17th

    Play Episode Listen Later May 20, 2022 54:35

    Aaron Adams & Jim Hill start off this week's show by talking about the Marvel-related news coming out of the ABC Upfronts. Then Aaron recounts his experience at “An Evening with Neil Gaiman,” which was held earlier this week at Clowes Memorial Hall in Indianapolis. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Looking at Lucasfilm - Episode 60: What to expect on Star Wars Nite at Disneyland Park

    Play Episode Listen Later May 18, 2022 55:17

    Brian Gaughan & Jim Hill start off this week's episode by discussing the recent resurgence in interest in prequels collectibles. They also talk about interviews Ewan McGregor has given out ahead of the Disney+ debut of “Obi-Wan Kenobi” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Fine Tooning with Drew Taylor - Episode 174: When H. R. Pufnstuf took Ronald McDonald to court

    Play Episode Listen Later May 17, 2022 33:10

    Drew Taylor & Jim Hill start off this week's show by talking about the teaser trailer for “Luck,” that Skydance Animation production that Apple Original Films will be releasing later this Summer. They also talk about Krofft Kon, which is being held in Orinda, CA this Saturday Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    The Disney Dish with Jim Hill Episode 374: Is Universal looking to add even more magic to its “Wizarding World” ?:

    Play Episode Listen Later May 16, 2022 47:33

    Len Testa & Jim Hill start off this week's show by sharing a recent survey that the Universal Orlando Resort sent out to Harry Potter fans. Jim then continues his look back at “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids” and how that film series made its way into the Disney Parks. Show Notes Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Marvel Us Disney Episode 133: What specifically makes “Multiverse of Madness” a Sam Raimi film

    Play Episode Listen Later May 13, 2022 55:54

    Aaron Adams & Jim Hill start off this week's episode by discussing how well “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” did over its opening weekend in theaters. They also share some ideas that were originally proposed for “Moon Knight” which then didn't make it into the final version of this limited series Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Fine Tooning with Drew Taylor - Episode 173: Disney Branded Television launches 100th animated series

    Play Episode Listen Later May 10, 2022 39:22

    Drew Taylor & Jim Hill start off this week's show by following up on Drew's story for The Wrap about what's been going on with Netflix's animated series. They then look back at how Walt Disney Studios cast voices for its animated features Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Disney Dish Episode 373: How “Cosmic Rewind” compares to other WDW attractions

    Play Episode Listen Later May 9, 2022 63:16

    Len Testa & Jim Hill welcome back Christina Harrison, who talks about the surprisingly tasty gluten-free offerings that can be found around WDW property. Jim then starts a new series about Disney's science-based gimmick comedies of the 1960s & 1970s that led to the “Honey, I Shrunk” attractions in the Parks Show Notes Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

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