Numerous production delays caused the program to be aired in 1988, shortly after Who Framed Roger Rabbit.  Roger Rabbit is widely considered to have significantly helped heralding in the Disney Renaissance, and the rebirth of American feature animation in general. While films throughout the ages have used a mix of animation and live action (the Alice comedies, Song of the South, Mary Poppins), Schulz worried that viewers would assume he copied the new film's technique. Jill Schulz was instructed by her father to clearly emphasize the program's conception date during interviews.  The New York Times decided "the similarities between the two are superficial", describing it as "relatively primitive" and "generally clumsy", and that the interaction was "not terribly convincing".