Wyoming landscape, products featured in Hollywood movies

WYOMING — The Wyoming Business Council reported that in 2015, one Hollywood movie used Grand Teton National Park as a backdrop in an animated film, and furs from another business were seen in a Quentin Tarantino film.

Stunning panoramas of Grand Teton National Park inspired the backdrop to the adventures of Arlo and his human friend in the animated movie “The Good Dinosaur.”

The Wyoming Office of Tourism partnered with Disney Pixar and will invest $1.2 million on a media campaign promoting both the film and the state. Tourism officials also spent $100,000 to sponsor the world premiere in November.

Thermopolis tannery Merlin’s Hide Out enjoyed a cameo in the new movie “The Hateful Eight.”

Owner Barb Heinze said her company’s buffalo coats have been on back order since actor Kurt Russell donned the handmade attire in Quentin Tarantino’s box office hit.

Kurt Russell hasn’t made a personal appearance in the shop yet, but the employees keep hoping, Heinze said with a laugh.

“It was a pretty cool experience to see your product on the big screen,” Heinze said. “It looked spectacular.”

Merlin’s Hide Out has grown in the past eight years from a two-person business in a lean-to shed into a 5,000 square-foot warehouse and showroom with five employees.

Source: Wyoming Business Council

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