Episodes

May 21, 2024

Fine Tooning with Drew Taylor Ep 439: Remembering Jim Henson’s “Muppet Babies”

Drew Taylor & Jim Hill start this week’s show by discussing the first full trailer for Netflix’s “Ultraman: Rising.” They then talk about “Flow,” the dialogue-free post-apocalyptic animated feature which will be debuting at …
May 15, 2024

Fine Tooning with Drew Taylor Ep 438: How Motel 6 is helping to promote “The Garfield Movie”

Drew Taylor & Jim Hill start off this week’s show by talking up “Exploding Kittens.” They then take a look at Mark Dindal’s career as the director of full-length animated features Over the course of this episode, listeners w…
May 7, 2024

Fine Tooning with Drew Tylor Ep 437: Remembering MGM’s “Magic of Disney Animation”

Drew Taylor & Jim Hill start off this week’s show by talking about the series finale for that Lucasfilm Animation production, “Star Wars: The Bad Batch.” They then talk about how pleased Paramount+ is with the debut of its “…
April 27, 2024

Fine Tooning with Drew Taylor Ep 436: “Shrek 2” celebrates its 20th anniversary

Drew Taylor & Jim Hill start off this week’s show by talking up Pixar Fest (which starts this weekend at Disneyland Park). They then look ahead to which studios will be doing presentations at this year’s Annecy International…
April 20, 2024

Fine Tooning with Drew Taylor Ep 435: Which emotions didn’t make it into “Inside Out 2”

Drew Taylor & Jim Hill start off this week’s show by talking up "Ultraman: Rising.” They then discuss which animation studio is soon to be honored with a Palme D’Odr at this year’s Cannes Film Festival For this episode, list…
April 10, 2024

Fine Tooning with Drew Taylor Ep 434: The creatures that got cut from Pixar’s “The Good Dinosaur”

Drew Taylor & Jim Hill start off this week’s episode by looking back at how Walt Disney Studios did effects back in the 1960s. They also talk about the version of “Toy Story 3” that Circle 7 Studios had in development Over t…
April 3, 2024

Fine Tooning with Drew Taylor Ep 433: How we went from Bluto to Brutus & back again

Drew Taylor & Jim Hill start this week’s show by talking about many of the animation-related books that will hit store shelves later this year. They also discuss how “Aladdin” commemorated its 10th year on Broadway Over the …
March 23, 2024

Fine Tooning with Drew Taylor Ep 432: When Tim Allen almost played the Cat in the Hat

Drew Taylor starts off by revealing what he saw at the preview event for this year’s D23 Expo. Then Jim Hill shares a history of Genndy Tartakovsky’s never-completed “Popeye” Over the course of this episode, listeners will l…
March 15, 2024

Fine Tooning with Drew Taylor Ep 431:Disney Movie Club closes for good on May 20th

Drew Taylor & Jim Hill start off this week’s show by discussing the 96th Academy Awards. They then take a look at how well “Kung Fu Panda 4” did at the domestic box office over this past weekend. Over the course of this epis…
March 5, 2024

Fine Tooning with Drew Taylor Ep 430: “Maximum Horsepower” & other animated series that didn’t get greenlit

Drew Taylor & Jim Hill start off this week’s show by discussing Sean Bailey’s sudden departure from Walt Disney Studios. They then talk about why WDAS vet Hyrum Osmond will be sorely missed by “Frozen” fans Over the course o…
Feb. 27, 2024

Fine Tooning with Drew Taylor Ep 429: How “Rhapsody in Blue” became part of “Fantasia 2000”

Drew Taylor & Jim Hill start off this week’s show by talking about Warner Bros Discovery’s Q4 earnings call. They then talk about which animated features & shorts took home awards at this year’s Annies Over the course of thi…
Feb. 15, 2024

Fine Tooning with Drew Taylor Ep 428: Multiple “Moanas” are heading for your local multiplex come 2024 & 2025

Drew Taylor returns with a detailed recap of what’s been going on with “Coyote vs Acme.” Then Jim Hill talks about the recently released trailer for “Iwaju,” that animated limited series from Disney & Kugali Over the course …
Jan. 23, 2024

Fine Tooning with Drew Taylor Ep 427: Why Pixar’s “Newt” got neutered

Jim Hill starts off this week’s show with a solo news section. Then Drew Taylor joins the fun in a pre-taped segment that looks back at Gary Rydstrom’s animated films Over the course of this episode, listeners will learn abo…
Jan. 16, 2024

Fine Tooning with Drew Taylor Ep 426: How Hanna-Barbera got started in animation for television

In a solo show this week, Jim Hill starts things off by recapping what happened at this year’s Golden Globe. He shares what he’s heard about the lay-offs that are reportedly coming to Pixar Animation Studios later this year.…
Jan. 9, 2024

Fine Tooning with Drew Taylor Episode 425: Which animated features were released first by Disney Home Video

Drew Taylor & Jim Hill start off this week’s show by discussing which animated films are up for awards at the 2024 Golden Globes. They take a look at some of the superhero-themed animation that’s headed your way. Over the co…
Jan. 2, 2024

Fine Tooning with Drwe Taylor Episode 424: When did Disney’s villains start singing?

Drew Taylor & Jim Hill start off this week’s show by looking at how Illumination’s “Migration” is doing at the box office. They then look at how network television & streaming services are handling animated series differentl…
Dec. 26, 2023

Fine Tooning with Drew Taylor Episode 423: DWA’s “The Prince of Egypt” celebrates its 25th anniversary

Drew Taylor & Jim Hill start off this week’s show by discussing why Hollywood is celebrating Dick Van Dyke’s 98th birthday. They then chat about what impact the rumored merger of Warner Bros Discovery & Paramount could have …
Dec. 19, 2023

Fine Tooning with Drew Taylor Episode 242: Netflix’s “Leo” out-shines Disney’s “Wish” this holiday season

Drew Taylor & Jim Hill return with an all-new edition of this animation news podcast. They pay tribute to master animator Mark Henn, who is retiring from the Mouse House after 44 years Learn more about your ad choices. Visit…
Nov. 14, 2023

Fine Tooning With Drew Taylor - Episode 241: Which 1960s sitcom stars wound up voicing characters for Disney

Drew Taylor starts off this week’s show by describing what it was like to attend the world premiere of Disney’s “Wish” at Hollywood’s El Capitan Theater. Then Jim Hill looks back at how the success of Disney’s “Aristocats” i…
Nov. 7, 2023

Fine Tooning With Drew Taylor - Episode 240: Why Disney decided to make a “Big Hero 6” movie

Drew Taylor & Jim Hill start off this week’s show by discussing Walt Disney Animation Studios production workers decision to unionize. They then talk about box office projections for Disney’s “Wish” (which debuts in theaters…
Oct. 31, 2023

Fine Tooning With Drew Taylor - Episode 239: And the first animated Halloween special for television was …

It’s an unusual episode this week, folks. Drew Taylor does a quick drive-by while he covers this year’s Lightbox Expo at the Pasadena Convention Center. And then Jim Hill pays tribute to Matthew Perry & Richard Moll Learn mo…
Oct. 24, 2023

Fine Tooning With Drew Taylor - Episode 238: Skydance Animation shifts distribution of its films from Apple to Netflix

Drew Taylor starts off this week’s show by talking about the two panels he hosted at this year’s “Animation is Film” festival in Hollywood. Then Jim Hill pays tribute to Edward Bleier, the ABC executive who persuaded Warner …
Oct. 17, 2023

Fine Tooning With Drew Taylor - Episode 237: “Once Upon a Studio” is an artful, heartfelt tribute to Disney Animation

(Jim had a technical issue from 5min-10min in this show. If the crackle is too distracting, jump to 10:22 into the show. It's clean again after that point.) Drew Taylor & Jim Hill start off this week’s show by talking about …
Oct. 10, 2023

Fine Tooning With Drew Taylor - Episode 236: How “Mickey’s PhilharMagic” helped change Feature Animation at Disney

How “Mickey’s PhilharMagic” helped change Feature Animation at Disney