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May 6, 1994 | JEFF KAYE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
While Walt Disney Co. has proven repeatedly that animated films can reach the highest box office echelons, no other studio has been able to duplicate that success. But with the potential payoff so huge--not just in ticket sales but in videos, merchandising and other areas--the major studios are embracing animation like never before.
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June 16, 2000 | KENNETH TURAN, TIMES FILM CRITIC
If you think homelessness is a problem today, look closely at the initials at the end of "Titan A.E." They stand for After Earth, the time in the 31st century after our planet has been incinerated. That's right, humanity has been turned into the homeless people of the universe, forced to live on drifter colonies, junk heaps cobbled together from random pieces of intergalactic trash. It's not good not to have a home.
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April 7, 1996
To add to your explanation of the meaning of the term ETAOIN SHRDLU (Letters, March 31), it should be noted that this series of letters was not arbitrarily chosen merely to catch the eye of the typesetter or whomever. They were chosen because they were the letters that were used with the greatest frequency in the English language, and in that order. I recall that Max Shulman named a character in one of his books Etaoin Shrdlu (quite fittingly an editor, I believe). He must have been a distant cousin of Al Capp's Joe Bftsplk.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 7, 1996
To add to your explanation of the meaning of the term ETAOIN SHRDLU (Letters, March 31), it should be noted that this series of letters was not arbitrarily chosen merely to catch the eye of the typesetter or whomever. They were chosen because they were the letters that were used with the greatest frequency in the English language, and in that order. I recall that Max Shulman named a character in one of his books Etaoin Shrdlu (quite fittingly an editor, I believe). He must have been a distant cousin of Al Capp's Joe Bftsplk.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 16, 2000 | KENNETH TURAN, TIMES FILM CRITIC
If you think homelessness is a problem today, look closely at the initials at the end of "Titan A.E." They stand for After Earth, the time in the 31st century after our planet has been incinerated. That's right, humanity has been turned into the homeless people of the universe, forced to live on drifter colonies, junk heaps cobbled together from random pieces of intergalactic trash. It's not good not to have a home.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 13, 1991
. . . A recent item implied that director Paul Verhoeven wrote "Total Recall." While he made creative contributions as a filmmaker, the screenplay is officially credited to Ron Shusett, Dan O'Bannon and Gary Goldman.
BUSINESS
May 4, 1994 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Fox Signs Top Independent Animation Producers: Don Bluth and Gary Goldman, the team responsible for animated films such as "The Land Before Time," "An American Tail" and "Hans Christian Andersen's Thumbelina," signed a long-term deal to produce animated features for 20th Century Fox's new family films division. Fox is committing more than $100 million to the animation company, scheduled for its first film release in late 1996.
BUSINESS
June 29, 2000 | CLAUDIA ELLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
20th Century Fox has shuttered its animation studio in Phoenix after a disastrous and costly six-year run that produced only two theatrical features. Fox's decision to close the unit had been under consideration for several months since layoffs of two-thirds of the operation's 320 employees in February. The remaining 60 staffers were let go Monday. Recently ousted Fox Filmed Entertainment Chairman Bill Mechanic had come under increased pressure from his bosses, News Corp.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 9, 1996
Re Jim Mann's article, "Dealing With Conspiracy Theories and Rumors Is No Walk in the Park," Sept. 2: Regarding the German Air Force training in Arizona: The whole reason they train in Arizona is because of the weather and the wide open spaces. They have so many more "flying days" available than in Germany (the weather is often terrible for flight training), and the population density is far lower, allowing land-based supersonic flight, etc. I have a theory of my own: Most of the people that take these weird theories to heart subscribe to the "secret knowledge" syndrome (I know what's "really" going on)
BUSINESS
February 12, 2000 | From Associated Press
Fox Animation Studios is laying off nearly 100 of its 320 workers in Phoenix and will contract out much of its production work in the future to studios throughout the world. Florence Grace, a spokeswoman for Fox Animation parent 20th Century Fox, said the studio is the only traditional animation studio the company owns. "We've kept the core creative team and we plan to continue to produce animated films," she said. "We are not closing the studio.
BUSINESS
May 6, 1994 | JEFF KAYE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
While Walt Disney Co. has proven repeatedly that animated films can reach the highest box office echelons, no other studio has been able to duplicate that success. But with the potential payoff so huge--not just in ticket sales but in videos, merchandising and other areas--the major studios are embracing animation like never before.
NEWS
January 7, 1996 | Kevin Thomas
Don Bluth's "Hans Christian Andersen's Thumbelina" casts its spell so effectively that you don't even have to be a child to be swept away to its magical never-never land. Another success from Bluth and his partner Gary Goldman, whose previous animated hits include "The Secret of NIMH" and "An American Tail," it is a work of lilting pace and charm with an array of enjoyable rather than memorable songs, with lyrics by Jack Feldman and Bruce Sussman and music by Barry Manilow.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 30, 1994 | KEVIN THOMAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Don Bluth's "Hans Christian Andersen's Thumbelina" casts its spell so effectively that you don't even have to be a child to be swept away to its magical never-never land. Another success from Bluth and his partner Gary Goldman, whose previous animated hits include "The Secret of NIMH" and "An American Tail," it is a work of lilting pace and charm with an array of enjoyable rather than memorable songs, with lyrics by Jack Feldman and Bruce Sussman and music by Barry Manilow.
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