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The Wood, the Bad and the Hungry

Episode Number:136 / 6.10
Production Number:
Show Number:A560
Air Date:26 November 1996
Teleplay by:Adam England
Director:Geoffrey Nelson
Taping Date:


The cast appears in animated form during a brief dream sequence in this touching Thanksgiving episode. The story concerns Tim's freeloading friend Benny, whose past boorish behavior puts him off the Taylors' holiday guest list until Tim sees him in line at a soup kitchen. Tim's change of heart is followed by the dream, filmed in stop-motion animation by the studios of Claymation creator Will Vinton. In the fantasy, Tim gathers a myriad of items for those less fortunate and comes to realize that "real charity is about giving of yourself." The show also includes cameos (in human form) by race-car drivers Michael and Mario Andretti, who compete against Tim in "the Butterball 500," a turkey-carving race, which is called by famous Indy 500 announcer Jack Arute.


Jonell Dunn's name was misspelt as Jonelle Dunn in the credits.


Tim AllenasTim Taylor
Patricia RichardsonasJill Taylor
Earl HindmanasWilson
Zachery Ty BryanasBrad Taylor
Jonathan Taylor ThomasasRandy Taylor
Taran Noah SmithasMark Taylor
Richard KarnasAl Borland

Guest Cast

Mario AndrettiasMario Andretti
Michael AndrettiasMichael Andretti
Debbe DunningasHeidi Keppert
Sherry HurseyasIlene Markham
Blake ClarkasHarry Turner
Jim LabriolaasBenny Baroni
William O'LearyasMarty Taylor
Jack AruteasJack Arute
Lee BoekasJoe
Carmen FilipiasNick


ProducersEric Horsted, Gayle S. Maffeo, Frank McKemy
Created byCarmen Finestra, David McFadzean, Matt Williams
Executive ProducersTim Allen, Bruce Ferber, Carmen Finestra, Charlie Hauck, David McFadzean, Elliot Shoenman, Matt Williams
Supervising Producer Laurie Gelman
Consulting ProducersRuth Bennett, Lloyd Garver, Marley Sims
Co-ProducersAlan Padula, Jon Vandergriff
Director of Photography Donald A. Morgan
Production Designer David Sackeroff
EditorsRichard Russel, Marco Zappia
Associate Director Peter Filsinger
Stage ManagersGuy Distad, Shawn Shea
Original Music by Dan Foliart
Casting byDeborah Barylski, C.S.A., Jonell Dunn
Dimensional Animation Provided by Will Vinton Studios
Set Decorator Jeannie Gunn
Property Master Warren Shaffer
Script Supervisor Susan Straughn Harris
Technical Consultant Brett Gregory
Production Coordinator Jeff Sarver
Post Production Coordinator Judy Rauh
Costume SupervisorsNicole Gorsuch, Valerie Laven-Cooper
Make-up Wendy J. Weiss
Hair Stylist Tim Burke
Production Consultant Kim Tushinsky
Opening Design by Geoffrey Nelson
Technical Director Craig Shideler
Audio Klaus Landsberg
Video Bob Kaufmann
Editing System byAvid Technology, Inc.
Based on the Stand-Up Comedy of TIM ALLEN
© MCMXCVI Touchstone Pictures and Television. All rights reserved
Wind Dancer Production Group
Touchstone Television
Distributed by Buena Vista International, Inc.

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