TFH Presents

The Movies That Made Me

with your hosts Josh Olson & Joe Dante

Floyd Norman

Season 03 | Episode 33

Floyd Norman


Legendary animator Floyd Norman talks about his all time favorite movies.

Show Notes:

Movies Referenced In This Episode

Floyd Norman: An Animated Life (2016)
Vertigo (1958)
Citizen Kane (1941)
Rope (1948)
The Trouble With Harry (1955)
The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)
Song of the South (1946)
The Treasure of Sierra Madre (1948)
The Third Man (1950)
The Jungle Book (1967)
The Jungle Book (2016)
The Lion King (2019)
Pinocchio (1940)
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
The Old Mill (1937)
Casablanca (1942)
Cinderella (1950)
Singin’ In The Rain (1953)
Paths of Glory (1957)
1917 (2019)
The Bridge On The River Kwai (1957)
Star Wars (1977)
American Graffiti (1973)
Sorcerer (1977)

Other Notable Items

Michael Fiore
The Watts riots
The LAPD’s cruel mistreatment of Rodney King
The George Floyd protests
MOVE in Philadelphia
Walt Disney Pictures
TFH Guru Roger Corman
Erik Sharkey
The Three Stooges
I Am the Greatest: The Adventures of Muhammad Ali TV series (1977)
Muhammad Ali
Fred Calvert
Alfred Hitchcock
Bernard Herrman’s Vertigo score
Robert Burks
The latest Sight and Sound poll of the best films ever
Gregg Toland
Orson Welles
Lux Radio Theatre
Joseph Cotten
George Sanders
Jon Favreau
I Love Lucy TV series (1951-1957)
Silly Symphonies animated short film series
Humphrey Bogart
The Beverly Canon Theatre in LA
The Fox Venice Theatre in LA
The Encore Theatre in LA
The Silent Movie Theatre in LA
Claude Rains
Willie Best
Bob Hope
Eddie Anderson
Mantan Moreland
Amos and Andy TV show (1951-1953)
Spencer Williams
The Jack Benny Program TV show (1950-1965)
Johnny Lee
James Baskett
Nick Stewart
Hattie McDaniel
James Stewart
Jack Carson
Whoopi Goldberg
Splash Mountain
Dooley Wilson
Gene Kelly
The Blake Masters Pandemic Parade episode
Marge Champion
Gower Champion
Lennie Hayton
André Previn
The Arlington Theatre in Santa Barbara
Stanley Kubrick
David Lean
Alec Guinness
William Holden
The Korean War
George Lucas
Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood
Cinefantastique Magazine (1967-2006, 2009- )
The Greedo-Han controversy
William Friedkin
Tom Hanks
Helen Mirren

This list is also available on Letterboxd.

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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.