April 6, 1988 |
The British entertainment company Goldcrest has signed a $40-million deal with animation director Don Bluth and partner Morris Sullivan to produce three animated features at Sullivan Bluth Studios Ireland Ltd.--their Dublin facility--over the next three years. Production is already under way on the first feature, "All Dogs Go to Heaven." Sullivan Bluth's "The Land Before Time Began," will be released this Christmas by Steven Spielberg's Amblin' Productions.
December 5, 1989 |
At a USC screening of "The Little Mermaid" the other night, a young woman asked the co-authors and co-directors, in a tone that could be characterized as civilly indignant, whether a woman had been consulted in the creation of the script. Was what she called the "Some-Day-My-Prince-Will-Come" Syndrome (in which the answer to any mermaid's prayer is simply to find a good man) their work solely or a coeducational enterprise?
April 6, 1992 |
It's been more than 12 years since Don Bluth and 16 colleagues shocked the world of animation by walking out of Walt Disney Productions, complaining that the studio's traditions of producing "classical animation" had been abandoned. In those 12 years, animation has enjoyed a significant revival in creative terms and Bluth and his colleagues, despite fluctuations in their fortunes, have survived as major players in the field.
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September 2, 2008 |
Morris F. Sullivan, who ran a financial consulting firm before helping to establish an animation studio in Ireland populated by ex-Disney artists, died Aug. 24 of complications related to old age at his Toluca Lake home, his family said. He was 91. In 1979, three of Disney's top animators -- including Don Bluth -- left the company with a group of artists who felt production values were being compromised for the bottom line. The maverick studio they set up in Van Nuys was struggling financially when a golf partner persuaded the semi-retired Sullivan to step in. The animators screened their 1982 film "The Secret of NIMH" for him, and Sullivan responded: "I'm your guardian angel.
November 18, 1988 |
Parents may have a hard time scraping dinosaur goo off the young ones they take to "The Land Before Time," (citywide) a fatally cunning animation feature set back when the earth really moved. Having dinosaurs, a whole array of different species, as central characters is an interesting challenge. Their size and the relative mystery about their disappearance still carry an almost primal fascination.
November 17, 1989 |
I've always loved the idea of feature-length animated movies more than I've loved the movies themselves. Although there are many notable exceptions, animation seems to work best in the short form; few feature-length animated movies have the sustained snap and invention of, say, the best Disney and Warners shorts. This is to some degree a matter of economics.