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November 10, 1987 | Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
After a 30-plus-year absence, Walt Disney's mischievous chipmunks, Chip and Dale, are returning to the little screen. Spurred by the success of "Ducktales," Disney's Buena Vista Television has announced plans for "Chip and Dale's Rescue Rangers," the company's second animated series created for first-run syndication. Except for a brief cameo in "Mickey's Christmas Carol" (1983), the cartoon chipmunks had been in hibernation since 1956, when their popular cartoon series with Donald Duck ended.
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April 19, 2014 | By Rebecca Keegan, Los Angeles Times
Considered deeply uncool at one point, music from animated movies is back - and singing along is now not only OK for kids, it's something adults record themselves doing on their phones and share on YouTube. The boom in popular songs from animated movies comes after a long fallow period when the form yielded few hits in the music world, despite box-office juggernauts like the "Toy Story," "Shrek" and "Ice Age" franchises. Though all incorporated music in their films, it was rarely the kind that had come to define the genre at Disney Animation in the late 1980s and early 1990s, when it was making music-driven hits like "The Lion King," "Beauty and the Beast" and "The Little Mermaid.
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September 18, 2012 | By Lisa Dillman
  No, we haven't gone back to our deep love of brick-by-brick animation so perfectly executed by the Guardian's website during the Summer Olympics. This is animation by the wildly creative hands over at the Taiwan-based NMA.tv Anchors Jen and Vanessa write: "With us, news is sexy, eye-popping and fun. Come here for a lively point of view on global politics, entertainment, sports and more!" Which, interestingly enough, lands on the current labor dispute between the NHL and its players.
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April 19, 2014 | By Frank Shyong
Hundreds of pet owners are expected to attend Saturday's 84th annual Blessing of the Animals in downtown Los Angeles. The event is "held in grateful recognition of the tremendous services given to the human race by the animal kingdom," church officials said. The free event takes place from noon to 5 p.m. on Olvera Street. The ceremony dates back to the 4th century, when San Antonio De Abad was named the patron saint of the animal kingdom and began to bless animals to promote good health.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 10, 2012
The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2012 — Live Action/Animation No MPAA rating Running time: 1 hour, 41 minutes (live action); 54 minutes (animation) Playing: The Nuart Theatre, West Los Angeles; Regency South Coast Village Theatre, Santa Ana
ENTERTAINMENT
January 8, 2013 | By Ben Fritz
Committing to the genre after years of fits and starts, Warner Bros. on Monday said it will produce one animated movie per year beginning in 2014. Every other major studio in Hollywood has established an animation strategy in the past few years, with some such as 20th Century Fox, Sony Pictures and Walt Disney Studios making the movies in-house and others like Paramount Pictures and Universal Pictures relying on outside companies with which it makes deals. While animated franchises like "Toy Story," "Ice Age" and "Despicable Me" have been among the industry's most profitable, Warner's approach has been more cautious.
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September 29, 1992
Jules Engel, founding director of CalArts' experimental animation program, has been chosen as the recipient of the Norman McLaren Heritage Award to be given at the Ottowa Animation Festival, which runs Wednesday through Oct. 4. Named for the late pioneering Canadian animator, the award has been given by the Association Internationale du Film Animation-Canada to Engel for his achievements as a mentor at CalArts.
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June 5, 2011 | By Steven Paul Leiva, Special to the Los Angeles Times
It seems that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is in a quandary. Steven Spielberg, a not inconsequential member, wants his upcoming performance capture (or motion capture, as it's sometimes known) film, "The Adventures of Tintin," to compete in the best animated picture category for next year's Academy Awards. That's understandable; there's less competition, and it's doubtful that an adventure film based on a European comic book would be nominated by the academy for best picture.
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November 20, 1998 | PATRICIA WARD BIEDERMAN
As 26-year-olds do, the Annies are beginning to grow up. The Oscars of the animation industry, the Annies were awarded last Friday at Glendale's elegantly restored Alex Theatre. Traditionally, animators tend to be a scruffy lot, much like computer wonks, understandable given that animators were, until recently, among the worst paid artists in the Industry. Animation has always been one of the footwear-optional professions, but without the benefit of stock participation. No longer.
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January 30, 2014 | By Martin Tsai
The five Academy Award nominees for animated short film this year split up into two disparate groups: happy meal and white tablecloth. Originally shown with the Disney feature film "Frozen," "Get a Horse!" is the best known and most seen of the bunch. As with "Saving Mr. Banks," Disney has mined its archives to bring us a 3-D meta update of 1920s Mickey Mouse cartoons. It's a blend of folly and nostalgia that won a nomination over "The Blue Umbrella," the whimsical Pixar short that ran before "Monsters University.
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April 18, 2014 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before deciding if I should just shave my head. The Skinny: A very nice touch in this week's episode of "The Americans" when a Jhoon Rhee Self Defense ad was on a television in the background. Anyone who grew up in D.C. in the 1980s like me had to get a chuckle out of that as those ads with their "nobody bother me" tag were a staple of local TV back then. Friday's roundup includes a preview of the weekend box office and more on tax credits for the entertainment industry.
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April 18, 2014 | By Christine Mai-Duc
A man who owned an exotic reptile business in Lake Elsinore, where thousands of rats and reptiles were found in appalling conditions, has been ordered to pay more than $190,000 in restitution, prosecutors said Friday. Mitchell Steven Behm, 55, of Coto de Caza, pleaded guilty this month to a dozen misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty while he owned Global Captive Breeders. There, in December 2012, investigators discovered more than 18,000 rats, bred as food, and several hundred emaciated and decomposing snakes.
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April 10, 2014 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Wonderfully animated and well-voiced, "Rio 2" is nevertheless too much. Too much plot, too many issues, too many characters. But not too much music. Yes, the musical numbers reach saturation levels, but the Latin-influenced jamming and singing are absolutely fabulous. "Rio 2's" music might even save the 3-D animated action-adventure about endangered South American blue macaws from the terrible 2s that affect so many sequels. The eclectic animal and human cast and respective star voices that "Rio" introduced in 2011 have all reconvened to continue the party.
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April 9, 2014 | By August Brown
Last May, the Dutch dance music label Spinnin' Records quietly uploaded part of a new track to its social media accounts. "Animals (Teaser)" was an instrumental number, full of evil sing-songy synth riffs and stuttering drums. Early speculation pegged the song as a new single from established dance stars like GTA or Hardwell. But the actual artist was Dutch producer Martin Garrix, 17, and "Animals" became the breakout single of the electronic dance music circuit last year. Today the "Animals" official YouTube video has more than 200 million views.
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April 3, 2014 | Martin Tsai
Imax 3-D documentary "Island of Lemurs: Madagascar" shines a spotlight on one of the earliest primates that coexisted with dinosaurs more than 60 million years ago. Although extinct in their native Africa, hundreds of lemur species have adopted Madagascar as home. But these wandering spirits are hardly thriving, as 90% of the forest has been torched since humans set foot on the island some two millennia ago. The film highlights the few species taking refuge in the Ranomafana National Park and the preservation efforts shepherded by Patricia C. Wright, anthropology professor at Stony Brook University in New York.
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April 3, 2014 | By Meehan Crist
The Royal Society for the Arts recently released a brilliant little animation based on a lecture by Dr. Brené Brown in which she differentiates between empathy and sympathy. In this animation, a sad fox is at the bottom of a deep, dark hole. An empathetic bear trundles down a rickety ladder into the hole, sits with the fox and says: "I know what it's like down here, and you're not alone. " A sympathetic gazelle peers down from the mouth of the hole, calling out: "Ooo! It's bad, uh-huh.
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January 15, 2004 | Charles Solomon, Special to The Times
With "Tokyo Godfathers," director Satoshi Kon once again demonstrates his skill for creating movies that are the antithesis of American animated feature films. The movie, which opens Friday at the Nuart Theatre, is centered on two men and a teenage girl who sleep in cardboard boxes and scavenge food from the alleys of central Tokyo. Their tenuous existence is thrown into further upset when they find an abandoned baby. Some U.S.
NEWS
April 2, 2014 | By Susan Denley
Kelly Rowland's cute short bob came about when she fried her hair in a home coloring accident and sought out Beyonce's hairstylist, Neal Farinah, for help, Rowland tells People magazine. [People] Nick Cannon showed off his new -- and much talked about -- animal-print hairstyle on the "Live with Kelly and Michael" show on Tuesday. Though he called the style a cheetah print when he debuted it Monday, Cannon said Tuesday that he is emulating a leopard. [Live with Kelly and Michael]
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March 31, 2014 | By Catharine M. Hamm, Los Angeles Times Travel editor
  You can nurture your child's inner zoologist and save 50% doing so with a Living Social deal for a camp about 100 miles south of Los Angeles that will teach a budding generation about the study of animals. The deal: Wild Wonders, a wildlife education organization, offers a Junior Zoologist Camp for kids 6-13, at its 5-acre facility in Bonsall, Calif., in north San Diego County. The 9 a.m.-1 p.m. camp is led by professionals, including biologists, and allows kids to interact with exotic creatures, which were not removed from their native habitat but come to Wild Wonders from other facilities or sometimes when owners can no longer care for them (or are no longer allowed to have them)
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