July 21, 1996 |
What's the top-rated cable series? Think cartoon. Think family-friendly cartoon. Think weird, family-friendly cartoon: "Rugrats," the Emmy Award-winning animated show that has captivated viewers of all ages with wacky, toddler-point-of-view observations of life. So what's the appeal? The characters, for one, with faces and forms not to be found in nature.
November 17, 2000 |
Throughout their 20-year odyssey through Hollywood, Arlene Klasky and Gabor Csupo have remained fiercely independent artists with a sensibility so quirky it's the definition of cool. Meet the Rugrats' real parents. Longtime partners, formerly married, Klasky and Csupo shunned the corporate trappings that would have turned their unpronounceable animation outfit (Class-Key Chew-Po) into a cartoon factory.
August 23, 1990 |
"The Simpsons," Fox TV's runaway hit, moves to its new Thursday time slot tonight, challenging NBC's top-rated "The Cosby Show." Both programs are repeats, and "The Simpsons" will remain in reruns until late October--a month after new episodes of "Cosby" start airing. Not an auspicious beginning for what many observers see as a David vs. Goliath confrontation. Fox Entertainment President Peter Chernin insists that he is not out to topple "Cosby," but to gain a toehold in weeknight prime time.
August 16, 1998 |
If a baby could talk, and he happened upon a toilet for the first time in his life, what would he say? That was the rough premise of the six-minute animated short that the team of Gabor Csupo, Arlene Klasky and Paul Germain brought to Nickelodeon in 1989.
July 8, 1999 |
No More Neon: Monty's Steakhouse, the Westwood fixture set atop the Westwood Center building at 1100 Glendon Ave., has closed. Arden Realty Inc. purchased the building in early '98 with plans to renovate it completely from the outside in. Monty's had been entrenched in the penthouse since 1969 (the structure dates from '65). During its reign, its neon sign became a landmark and its dark interior saw lots of interesting events, including Snoop Doggy Dogg's acquittal party.
January 21, 1992 |
Don't have a cow, but a different animation studio is going to be drawing Bart Simpson next season. After what one high-ranking source called "two years of battles and putting out fires," Gracie Films, which produces the animated comedy for Fox Broadcasting, plans to contract with North Hollywood-based Film Roman to draw the half-hour program for next fall.