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After creating Martian dunes and submarine battles in a Simi Valley office complex, Dream Quest Images has sold itself to Walt Disney Co., which said Thursday that it plans to move the movie special effects shop out of town by year's end. Disney spokesman Ken Green said the entertainment giant bought Oscar-winning Dream Quest for an undisclosed sum to give Mickey Mouse more muscle in one of the fastest-growing realms of movie magic--computer animation and digital special effects.
September 15, 2013 | By Ronald D. White
For the last 18 years, Jakks Pacific Inc. has been a player in the ultra-competitive Southern California toy-making business, up against the likes of giant Mattel Inc. in El Segundo and others. But Jakks' roster of toys - including the Smurfs, Monsuno action figures and Winx Club fairy dolls - have not been pulling in the fun for investors. Sales have declined five straight years. In the most recent quarter, revenue fell 27% and the Malibu company lost $46.9 million compared with net income of $214,000 a year earlier.
September 15, 1997
Christine Baranski, Teri Hatcher, Nathan Lane and David Hyde Pierce are among the celebrities scheduled to take part Sept. 28 in AIDS Project Los Angeles' 13th annual AIDS Walk, which begins and ends on the Sky Set of Paramount Pictures in Hollywood. More than 800 corporate teams, including walkers from Hollywood studios Disney, DreamWorks, Universal and Warner Bros., are also expected. Last year's event raised $3.4 million for APLA. Information: (213) 993-1600.
June 28, 2002
The Black Hollywood Education and Resource Center on Saturday will present its fifth annual Artistry in Motion animation seminar at the California Science Center in Exposition Park. The seminar introduces middle and high school students to the craft of animation. This year's seminar will focus on the diversity of animators in Hollywood. Producers from the Disney Channel's "The Proud Family" and representatives from animation studios at Disney, DreamWorks and Warner Bros.
January 26, 1986
Is there any magic left at the Magic Kingdom? No, there is not. As I was driving by Disneyland the other night, my gaze turned up toward the once-familiar marquee at 1313 Harbor Blvd., the sign that is known throughout the world, giving visitors their very first taste of this exciting and happy land. To me, the sign was a chilling sight--a symbol signifying that what was once Walt Disney's dream is now dead. Disneyland is no longer "The Happiest Place on Earth." It is now "Everyone Wins--Every Day!"
April 8, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
Nick Stepka knew what gift would make his daughter's third birthday a hit, and it wasn't a toy or doll. He gave her a tablet - not a sleek new iPad or a hand-me-down Samsung, but one specifically designed and marketed for little ones. It even came with a purple protective casing and loaded with kids' apps and games. "Her eyes lit up when she opened it," said Stepka, 34, a Shakopee, Minn., father of three. "Everything else got put to the side. " That's exactly what tablet makers and companies that create children's entertainment were hoping for. PHOTOS: Top 10 gadgets we want to see this year Stepka's household is part of a growing group of consumers for whom traditional children's toys and games are not enough.
July 10, 1993 | RICH ROBERTS
Roy Disney's dream of winning the Transpacific Yacht Race faded fast Friday when his boat Pyewacket slipped from second to 11th place among the 12 ULDB 70s in the 37th biennial race to Hawaii. The two-year-old Santa Cruz 70, apparently finding less wind than its rivals in the 24 hours before Friday morning's position reports, logged only 165 miles. A day earlier there was a report that Pyewacket had been dismasted, but that proved unfounded.
February 19, 1996 | Times Staff Reports
Oppor-Toon-ities: Here's one job fair with a lot of drawing power. The third annual Animation Opportunities Expo will be held 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Universal City Hilton and Towers to match prospective animators with studios trying to find talent. Hollywood is in the middle of an animation boom, sparked by the success of Walt Disney Co.'s animated features and television programs and by the success of animated films on video.
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