Hollywood Adventure! w/ Jason and Hutton

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Today I present a photo tour of Hollywood, with my special guest, Horror Film Historian Jason Andreasson (creator and co-host of the terrific podcast Terror Transmission) and also joining us was his lovely partner, Hutton Dart. We visited several major locations, including the Hollywood Museum, a few famous shooting locations, Protek Film Vaults, George Barris’ Car Shop in Toluca Lake (the man who built the original 60’s Batmobile, K.I.T.T. from Knightrider, and the Munster’s car), and a personal grand tour of the Walt Disney Studios Lot in Burbank!  Here we go!

bodysnatch6 First stop, Jason is standing next to the Hot Dog Show building in Burbank, which can be seen (from the image above) in the 1956 classic horror film, Invasion Of The Body Snatchers.

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ABOVE:  Jason and Hutton are standing in the middle of Protek Film Vaults in Burbank. Protek is a major three vault storage facility for the major studios. Many of the most important and well known films in Hollywood history are stored within these vaults.

BELOW: our visit to the Hollywood Museum next to the corner of Hollywood and Highland.

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Max Factor’s Clockwork Orange Beauty Calibration Machine.

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I’m not mentally ill, just possessed by Satan. 😉
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“If the Hays Office would let me, I’d give ’em the bird all right!”
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The 8,000th Wonder of the World
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It’s funny because it’s true. 😉
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The Munster Mobile

Next stop, George Barriss Custom Cars in Toluca Lake.  BELOW:  I’m standing next to one of (I think 5) of the original Batmobiles built for the 1960’s TV series.  (The Black car behind the Batmobile is K.I.T.T. from Knightrider)

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And now…we take you on the Backlot of Walt Disney Studios!

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I’m standing next to a complex Animation Camera called the Multiplane camera. This camera was developed to create the illusion of depth, by placing background layers on several different levels, allowing the camera to truck in past several background layers. A few other cameras were built. It was first used in the 1937 Disney short, “The Old Mill”. The technology was used all the way up to The Little Mermaid (1989, the final film to use the camera) and by then the digital CAPS system had been created to do multiplane effects.

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The plaque I’m touching is for my animation idol and Disney Legend, Vladymir Tytla (Bill Tytla), who animated Stromboli, Monstro, Grumpy, Chernabog (Devil on Bald Mountain), and Dumbo and his mother.
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Animation Maquette of LeFou from Beauty and The Beast. These statues were created for reference so the animators could see the character when they had to draw it at different angles.
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One of the Underground Tunnels at Disney between the Old Animation Building and the Ink and Paint Building. The tunnels were used so the Ink and Paint people could carry animation cels to the Animation Building without the cels being exposed outside to weather and the elements.
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Our guide Steve Allen, who is the head of Disney’s Film Archives Department, showing us a negative print for an old Black and White Mickey Short

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A peek inside this soundstage (don’t know what they were filming), but if you look at the floor, it’s removable, and underneath is a 20ft deep tank. This stage was used all the way back to film the 1954 Disney Classic 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea

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It was thrill getting to take Jason and Hutton around to these historical landmarks, as they have always been on my must-see list despite being in my very own backyard!  It gives me the perfect excuse to check these places out.  This won’t be the last tour I take with my friends, who will definitely be coming back for more Hollywood adventures later on.

To close our trip, Jason has a little farewell for message for you.

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