November 29, 2003 |
They're a bunch of cartoon babies who consistently delivered top ratings over 12 seasons, nabbed four Emmys, spawned three successful feature films and created a huge merchandizing presence. Trouble is, real-life children grow up. Now the kids' network Nickelodeon and animation studio Klasky-Csupo have done something unprecedented in animation: allowed the characters to grow up too.
February 2, 1999 |
Symbols of Hollywood's revival may soon include a neon Tommy "Rugrat" rolling a ball atop a Sunset Boulevard office building. The creators of "The Rugrats," who founded Emmy-winning animation group Klasky Csupo Inc., have purchased a shuttered Mercedes-Benz dealership and regional office near the famous intersection of Sunset and Vine. The fast-growing company that also created the hit kids show "The Wild Thornberrys" will convert the sleek mid-1980s-vintage development into its headquarters.
June 13, 2003 |
It was perhaps inevitable that the characters from the popular Nickelodeon TV series "The Rugrats" and "The Wild Thornberrys" and their respective feature films would meet on the big screen. The result, "Rugrats Go Wild," is ideal for family audiences familiar with the combined characters that densely populate this adventure. For the uninitiated, the Rugrats are the world's most precocious babies.
October 30, 1994 |
They're not as gross as the Brothers Grunt over on MTV, but the adolescent beasts of Nickelodeon's Aaahh!!! Real Monsters are still in training. Nickelodeon's new series comes to the cable channel courtesy of Klasky Csupo Inc., which brought the animated "Duckman" and "Edith Ann" to the small screen. At the center of the monster madness are Ickis, Krumm and Oblina.
June 19, 2007 |
A high-spirited adaptation of a classic in children's literature and a biography of one of the genre's most popular authors are set for release today on DVD. "Bridge to Terabithia" (Disney, $30), based on Katherine Paterson's award-winning novel, revolves around an artistic boy (Josh Hutcherson) who is bullied at school but becomes friends with his bright, imaginative new neighbor and classmate (Annasophia Robb).
August 17, 1991 |
Should Bart Simpson join a union? In an effort to win converts to the union cause, a Hollywood guild orchestrated the filing of a lawsuit Friday on behalf of animators who work on "The Simpsons"--even though the cartoonists are not union members. With the help and support of Local 839 of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employes (IATSE), one current employee and one former employee of Klasky-Csupo, Inc.
March 29, 1999 |
When the actor dressed as a glittery silver flashlight shouted into the Universal Amphitheatre audience, "A baby's gotta do. . . . " and paused, hundreds of pint-sized audience members, bouncing in their seats, finished the sentence with a deafening roar of in-the-know gusto: ". . . what a baby's gotta do!" Yep, it's the Rugrats, in the flesh--or rather, in the foam.
December 20, 2002 |
In a splendid animated transition from the Nickelodeon cable channel to the big screen, "The Wild Thornberrys Movie" makes a witty and delightful Christmas present for the entire family. The inspired adventures of 12-year-old animal lover Eliza Thornberry (voiced by Lacey Chabert) transpire largely on Africa's Serengeti plain, which unfolds in all its unspoiled magnificence like a series of vast and beautiful murals, luminous in their richly shaded hues and subtle play of light and shadow.
February 16, 2007 |
From the special effects-laden trailers, "Bridge to Terabithia" looks for all the world like the second coming of "The Chronicles of Narnia." It's not -- and that's a very good thing.
November 17, 2000 |
In the history of American cinema, sequels that match or surpass the quality of their predecessors are not unheard of. Many critics preferred "The Empire Strikes Back" to "Star Wars." "The Godfather, Part II" is always ranked right alongside the first installment. And despite a seven-year gap between them, "Aliens" showed no stylistic drop-off from "Alien." Alas, "Rugrats in Paris--The Movie" does not fall into this category. This will matter not one lick to 6-year-olds.