TFH Presents

The Movies That Made Me

with your hosts Josh Olson & Joe Dante

Billy West

Season 02 | Episode 17

Billy West

Voice Actor

Legendary voice actor Billy West (Futurama, Space Jam, Looney Tunes: Back in Action) takes Josh and Joe on an epic journey into the realm of animation and the cinematic masterpieces that inspired him.

Show Notes:

Movies Referenced In This Episode

Looney Tunes: Back In Action (2003)
Atlantis, The Lost Continent (1961)
Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse (2018)
Love and Mercy (2015)
Space Jam (1996)
Daffy Duck’s Fantastic Island (1983)
Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)
Superman (1978)
The Mummy’s Curse (1944)
The Puppetoon Movie (1987)
The Time Machine (1960)
Some Like It Hot (1959)
Dark of the Sun (1968)
Gun Crazy (1950)
Spartacus (1960)
Night of the Demon/Curse of the Demon (1957)
A History of Violence (2005)
World Without End (1956)
Abbott and Costello Meet The Mummy (1956)
Hollywood or Bust (1956)
The Brides of Dracula (1960)
The Song of Bernadette (1943)
12 Angry Men (1957)

Other Notable Items

Billy’s Bugs Bunny and adventures in Looney Tunes cartoons
Warner Brothers
Silas Marner by George Eliot
Futurama (1999-2007, 2010-2013)
Disenchantment television series (2018- )
M&M’s commercials
George Takei
Brian Wilson
Roy Orbison
The Beatles
Billy’s Elmer Fudd
Arthur Q. Bryan’s Elmer Fudd
The Man From U.N.C.L.E. television series (1964-1968)
Legendary Looney Tunes cartoonist Chuck Jones
Animation director Eric Goldberg
Marlon Brando’s weird ideas for Superman (1978)
Shock Theatre film packaging
George Pal
Ray Harryhausen
Willis O’Brien
Paul Frees
The Beatles cartoon television series (1965-1969)
Bill Scott, voice of Bullwinkle J. Moose
Peter Fernandez, voice of Speed Racer and Racer Z
Barry Kroeger
Get Smart television series (1965-1970)
The Dick Van Dyke television series (1961-1966)
I Spy television series (1965-1968)
Powerhouse Indicator’s Ray Harryhausen box sets, Volume One and Volume Two
Robert Vaughn
Burt Ward
Mel Blanc
The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Lee J. Cobb

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About the Podcast

Filmmakers and entertainers discuss the movies that inspired them. Hosted by Oscar nominated screenwriter and TFH Guru Josh Olson and TFH Fearless Leader Joe Dante.

The Movies That Made Me is recorded live in Hollywood and engineered by film composer Don Barrett.

About The Hosts

Josh Olson was the only student in his second grade class to see The House That Dripped Blood. Many years later, he wrote and directed the no-budget horror film, INFESTED, a brutal assault on The Big Chill, with zombies. He went on to write the screenplay for A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE and was nominated for the WGA, BAFTA and Academy Awards for Best Screenplay. He kept losing to Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana, but that’s okay.

He has written features and TV shows with Harlan Ellison, Walter Hill, Slash, Willie Nelson, and Mick Jagger. His Village Voice essay “I Will Not Read Your Fucking Script” became an internet phenomenon, getting upwards of five million hits.

The ten-part audio drama BRONZEVILLE which he wrote, starring Laurence Fishburne, Larenz Tate, Tracee Ellis Ross, Omari Harwicke and Tika Sumpter was a popular and critical hit, and is currently being developed for TV. He and John Brancato (THE GAME) recently wrote and sold the feature spec TRIGGER WARNING, which is being produced by Thunder Road.

Joe Dante is a director known for his satirical blend of horror and comedy viewed through the lens of grounded, relatable American life. his career in film began as a movie critic at age 12. A few years later, he conspired with Jon Davison to produce The Movie Orgy, an experimental exploration of ‘50s pop culture that metamorphosed into a hit phenomenon bringing Dante to college campus showings nationwide.

Soon after, he followed Jon to Hollywood where he edited trailers for producer Roger Corman before co-directing his first feature, Hollywood Boulevard. His first solo film, Piranha, successfully kickstarted his legendary career with titles like The Howling, Gremlins, The ‘Burbs, Innerspace, and more.

Joe’s dedication to preserving the history of cinema and his near encyclopedic knowledge of movies led to the creation of Trailers From Hell, a web series offering viewers a brief history lesson of movies discussed through their respective trailers.