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"Aladdin" is a film of wonders. To see it is to be the smallest child, open-mouthed at the screen's sense of magic, as well as the most knowing adult, eager to laugh at some surprisingly sly humor. To achieve either would be something, to manage them both in the same film is next door to amazing. Based on the classic tale from the Near Eastern collection known as the Arabian Nights, "Aladdin" (El Capitan, citywide in two weeks) is the latest animated musical from the Disney empire.
June 25, 2004 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Theodora Zavin, 82, veteran copyright attorney and senior vice president at Broadcast Music Inc., died Monday in a New York City hospital after a brief illness. Zavin had worked as a lawyer for the music copyright company from 1952 until retiring in 2001. She also was founding president of its BMI Foundation Inc., which assists music students. Among the composers whose music Zavin worked to protect were John Williams, John Lennon and Alan Menken.
June 5, 1997 | STEVEN SMITH
What's safe for small fry in the coming months? Here's what studios hope will attract all ages: Friday: "Buddy." Jim Henson Pictures presents this purportedly true story about a 1920s ape advocate played by Rene Russo. June 25: "Hercules." Tate Donovan, James Woods and Danny DeVito head the vocal cast of Disney's 35th animated feature, with songs by Alan Menken ("Beauty and the Beast") and David Zippel (Broadway's "City of Angels"). July 2: "Wild America."
October 17, 2005 | Don Shirley
Pasadena Playhouse has confirmed that it will present "Sister Act," a stage musical version of the 1992 movie, to be directed by former Disney executive Peter Schneider, from Nov. 3 to 26, 2006. The score is by Alan Menken and Glenn Slater, with a book by Cheri and Bill Steinkellner. It will cap a 2006 season that will begin with "Diva" (Jan. 20 to Feb. 19), a behind-the-scenes look at a temperamental sitcom star written by former "Cybill" executive producer Howard Michael Gould.
Move over, Simba. Hello, Hercules. Disneyland's "The Lion King Celebration" parade, which has run for nearly three years at the Anaheim park, will make its farewell performance Sunday, June 1, according to park officials. The jungle-themed parade will be replaced by the new "Hercules Victory Parade" later that month to coincide with the summer release of "Hercules," the Walt Disney Co.'s upcoming animated feature film. The Lion King parade made its Disneyland debut in summer 1994.
May 15, 1994 | Kenneth Turan
Disney's 30th full-length animated feature--its most satisfying in decades--has a striking and detailed look plus a strong story line. Sure to charm a wide audience for a long time to come, it benefits strongly from the brilliant lyricist Howard Ashman, who, with composer Alan Menken, created captivating, exceptionally alive songs.
November 21, 2010 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski and Claudia Eller, Los Angeles Times
Once upon a time, there was a studio in Burbank that spun classic fairy tales into silver-screen gold. But now the curtain is falling on "princess movies," which have been a part of Disney Animation's heritage since the 1937 debut of its first feature film, "Snow White. " The studio's Wednesday release of "Tangled," a contemporary retelling of the Rapunzel story, will be the last fairy tale produced by Disney's animation group for the foreseeable future. "Films and genres do run a course," said Pixar Animation Studios chief Ed Catmull, who along with director John Lasseter oversees Disney Animation.
January 26, 2003 | Ann Conway, Times Staff Writer
Resplendently adorned camels, dancing snake charmers, jugglers -- they all took the spotlight at the party after the premiere of "Disney's Aladdin -- A Musical Spectacular" at Disney's California Adventure. Held under a chiffon-swagged tent, it was a magic carpet ride of a celebration for guests ranging from opera superstar Placido Domingo -- a pal of the musical's director, Francesca Zambello -- to "Hot Chick" movie headliner Rob Schneider.
March 2, 1994
General Categories * Record of the Year: "I Will Always Love You," Whitney Houston (David Foster, producer). * Album of the Year: "The Bodyguard" soundtrack, Whitney Houston (David Foster, Narada Michael Walden, L.A. Reid, Babyface, Whitney Houston and BeBe Winans, producers). * Song of the Year: "A Whole New World (Aladdin's Theme)," Alan Menken and Tim Rice, songwriters (Peabo Bryson and Regina Belle, artists). * Best New Artist: Toni Braxton.
March 29, 1992
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