March 9, 2010 |
Disney is wringing the pink out of its princess movies. After the less-than-fairy-tale results for its most recent animated release, "The Princess and the Frog," executives at the Burbank studio believe they know why the acclaimed movie came up short at the box office. Brace yourself: Boys didn't want to see a movie with "princess" in the title. This time, Disney is taking measures to ensure that doesn't happen again. The studio renamed its next animated film with the girl-centric name "Rapunzel" to the less gender-specific "Tangled."
November 21, 2010 |
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.
September 7, 2012 |
"I'm about to do it for the first time," chirps goofy Mormon missionary Elder Cunningham. "And I'm gonna do it with a girl!" The young man in a white shirt and tie isn't singing about a lusty encounter, but a holy rite of passage in "Baptize Me," a bubbly show tune in the Broadway phenomenon "The Book of Mormon. " "I just died during that part," said Joanna Brooks, author of "The Book of Mormon Girl: Stories From an American Faith," recalling the first time she heard the cast album.
October 6, 2011 |
When Walt Disney Co. looked to revamp its troubled retail stores in 2008, Chief Executive Robert A. Iger sought advice from the company's largest shareholder, a foremost expert on the consumer experience. Apple Inc. co-founder Steve Jobs had lured theme-park-size crowds to his company's stores with daring architecture, no-pressure sales staffs and displays that enticed customers to come in and play with the tech world's sexiest toys. Though Disney sold its chain four years earlier, its name was still on the stores.
September 18, 2013 |
The Walt Disney Co. is pushing back "The Good Dinosaur," the Pixar movie that had been set for release in 2014, making next year the animation studio's first without a feature film since 2005. "The Good Dinosaur," which was to have hit theaters May 30, 2014, will now arrive Nov. 25, 2015, on the date "Finding Dory" was set to open. That movie, Andrew Stanton's "Finding Nemo" sequel, will now arrive in the summer of 2016. "Nobody ever remembers the fact that you slipped a film, but they will remember a bad film," said Pixar's president, Ed Catmull.
December 2, 1988
* Pixar, formerly the computer graphics division of Lucasfilm Ltd., has appointed Charles Kolstad as president and chief executive. Kolstad, 41, succeeds Ed Catmull, 42, who was named chairman and chief technology officer. As chairman, Catmull succeeds Steven Jobs, who continues as a director and the company's major shareholder. Kolstad previously was vice president-manufacturing and engineering. Jobs, is president of the computer company Next.