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Jun 26, 2018


John welcomes Linda Woolverton (Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, Homeward Bound) to talk about her experience writing animated features, from the parallel processes of writing and production to her paltry paycheck for Beauty and the Beast. They consider the blurring lines between live-action and hyperrealistic CGI, as well as the history of animation writers’ exclusion from the WGA.

We also answer listener questions about whether there is such a thing as a bad character want and how to manage story days within a screenplay, which prompts exploration of wardrobe changes, thinking in terms of color rather than time and Linda’s penchant for naked characters.


* Thanks for joining us, Linda Woolverton!
* Adjusted for inflation, Beauty and the Beast ranks #133 in domestic grosses, above Toy Story, Iron Man, and other huge films.
* In Episode 317: First Day on the Job, we talked about the history of why animation writers are not represented by the WGA.
* In Episode 92: The Little Mermaid, we did a deep dive on the animated film that changed the game.
* Shanghai Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean ride is amazing. This POV video of the ride is definitely a spoiler.
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* Outro by Matthew Chilelli (send us yours!)

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