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April 11, 2009 | Associated Press
Readers might have done a double-take when they saw Friday's edition of the Courier-Journal newspaper in Louisville, Ky. The front page was reproduced as an artist's rendering, from photographs to type -- even the masthead. Only the bar code was untouched. The hand-drawn replica, by Turkish conceptual artist Serkan Ozkaya, is a project by a public art partnership among the artist, the newspaper and artwithoutwalls, a Louisville-based nonprofit that strives to bring art to new audiences in nontraditional places.
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December 14, 2012 | By Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times Art Critic
A translucent, animated condom filled with red candy hearts is an animated protagonist in Jordan Wolfson's marvelous video installation at REDCAT, the New York-based artist's solo debut in Los Angeles. Projected onto a white screen suspended on the diagonal in a white room carpeted in wall-to-wall white rug, the non-narrative video feels unmoored and adrift in a languorous state of liquid reverie. We soon float along with it. "Raspberry Poser" -- the title conjures Prince -- is in effect a 14 1/2-minute music video.
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December 9, 2009
With its critically acclaimed new release "The Princess and the Frog," Disney returns to its hand-drawn animation heyday. The man making that push? The same guy who helped usher in the computer animation takeover with the 1995 blockbuster "Toy Story." John Lasseter, the guiding force at Pixar Animation Studios, admits he was dismayed when Disney and DreamWorks and other studios decided to close up their 2-D hand-drawn divisions earlier this decade after several such films performed poorly.
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September 26, 2012 | By Glenn Whipp, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
When voters on the Academy's Animated Feature Film Award Screening Committee shunned "Cars 2" last year, it marked the first time a movie from Pixar Animation had been shut out since the category was created in 2001. For a studio accustomed to not just being nominated, but dominating (Pixar had taken the feature animation Oscar four years running before January's ceremony), it was a humbling moment. (Then again, maybe $559 million in worldwide box office, on top of merchandising, cushioned the blow.)
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November 23, 2003
Charles SOLOMON was on the mark again with his latest article on the new French animated film ("Animated Eccentricity," Nov. 16). It sure would be nice to see more well-told stories on hand-drawn animation produced in this country. What are we getting? Plastic toy commercials! And, unfortunately, more to come in the next few years as all of the major animation studios have eliminated all 2D artists, and sent the rest of the animation work to Canada (which by the way is heavily subsidized by the Canadian government)
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December 14, 2012 | By Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times Art Critic
A translucent, animated condom filled with red candy hearts is an animated protagonist in Jordan Wolfson's marvelous video installation at REDCAT, the New York-based artist's solo debut in Los Angeles. Projected onto a white screen suspended on the diagonal in a white room carpeted in wall-to-wall white rug, the non-narrative video feels unmoored and adrift in a languorous state of liquid reverie. We soon float along with it. "Raspberry Poser" -- the title conjures Prince -- is in effect a 14 1/2-minute music video.
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September 26, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Johnny Depp is slated to play two iconic roles in films for the Walt Disney Co.: the Mad Hatter in a remake of "Alice in Wonderland" and Tonto in a big-screen version of "The Lone Ranger." And he's not the only star on Disney's roster. At a showcase of its upcoming projects Wednesday at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, the studio also said that Jim Carrey is performing seven parts in a 3-D motion-capture remake of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" and that Oprah Winfrey would provide one of the voices in the hand-drawn animated movie "The Princess and the Frog," which features an African American heroine, Tiana, played by Anika Noni Rose.
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December 17, 2009
If you don't have kids at home, this probably isn't on your movie to-do list. So grab a pen (no changing your mind) and jot it down, because this return to the liquid beauty of hand-drawn animation from Disney, with big production numbers set to a Randy Newman jazz-infused beat, is the best movie musical going. Hit a late-night screening, OK 10 is about as late as it gets, but that's past bedtime for little ones, so you'll find it a mostly adult affair. Settle in and consider these questions: Are you swept up by the brilliant artistry as the story unfolds -- starry-eyed dreamer, frog prince, fateful kiss, bad mojo, good mojo?
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February 11, 2011 | By Robert Abele, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Shorts programs are by their nature mixed bags of ambition, art and quality. One that packages the 10 live-action and animated nominees for the Oscar, however, carries a greater sense of anticipation. That said, modest charms are what distinguish this year's academy-tapped batch. The animated five in particular help dispel our often fatigued prejudices about that format as a haven for all things digital, 3-D, snarky and kid-marketed. Bastien Dubois' style mash-up "Madagascar, Carnet de Voyage," in particular, is a vibrantly impressionistic travelogue of the French filmmaker's trip to the African island nation, rendered as a scrapbook come alive.
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October 11, 2011 | By Richard Verrier, Los Angeles Times
Viacom Inc.-owned Paramount Pictures has tapped veteran animation executive David Stainton to head its fledgling animation unit. Stainton spent 17 years at Walt Disney Co., where he most recently served as president of feature animation until early 2006, when Disney acquired Pixar Animation Studios and put its co-founder, Ed Catmull, and his creative partner, John Lasseter, in charge of the Burbank studio's storied but struggling feature animation division....
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October 11, 2011 | By Richard Verrier, Los Angeles Times
Viacom Inc.-owned Paramount Pictures has tapped veteran animation executive David Stainton to head its fledgling animation unit. Stainton spent 17 years at Walt Disney Co., where he most recently served as president of feature animation until early 2006, when Disney acquired Pixar Animation Studios and put its co-founder, Ed Catmull, and his creative partner, John Lasseter, in charge of the Burbank studio's storied but struggling feature animation division....
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July 13, 2011 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
It's the latest in a long-running series of films based on the work of a beloved British author of children's literature. It involves a close-knit group of friends on a quest. It's coming Friday to a theater near you. But if you're expecting 3-D wizards or boys with magical wands, you are looking in the wrong English woods, you bear of very little brain. In perhaps the biggest David-and-Goliath matchup of the summer box office, Disney is bringing a new but decidedly retro, hand-drawn, 2-D animated "Winnie the Pooh" movie to theaters opposite Warner Bros.' special effects-laden juggernaut, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2. " "Pooh" is Disney's first hand-drawn animated film since 2009's "The Princess and the Frog," and a relative rarity in an era dominated by computer-generated animated films like the "Toy Story" and "Shrek" series.
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February 11, 2011 | By Robert Abele, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Shorts programs are by their nature mixed bags of ambition, art and quality. One that packages the 10 live-action and animated nominees for the Oscar, however, carries a greater sense of anticipation. That said, modest charms are what distinguish this year's academy-tapped batch. The animated five in particular help dispel our often fatigued prejudices about that format as a haven for all things digital, 3-D, snarky and kid-marketed. Bastien Dubois' style mash-up "Madagascar, Carnet de Voyage," in particular, is a vibrantly impressionistic travelogue of the French filmmaker's trip to the African island nation, rendered as a scrapbook come alive.
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April 2, 2010 | By KENNETH TURAN, Film Critic
"The Secret of Kells" is an anachronism many times over, and what a good thing that turned out to be. A ravishing, continually surprising example of largely hand-drawn animation in the heyday of computer-generated imagery, an inexpensive and sophisticated European production in an age of broad-stroke studio films, even a spirited defense of books and bookishness while Kindles walk the earth, "Kells" fights the tide every way it can. ...
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March 31, 2010 | By Charles Solomon
As advances in technology allow for ever more realism in animated features, the artists behind "The Secret of Kells" -- the little-known Irish film that caught even insiders by surprise when it edged out the likes of "Ponyo" and "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs" for an Oscar nomination -- turned instead to the intricacies and grace of an ancient text to celebrate the curves and angles of traditional hand-drawn animation.
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December 17, 2009
If you don't have kids at home, this probably isn't on your movie to-do list. So grab a pen (no changing your mind) and jot it down, because this return to the liquid beauty of hand-drawn animation from Disney, with big production numbers set to a Randy Newman jazz-infused beat, is the best movie musical going. Hit a late-night screening, OK 10 is about as late as it gets, but that's past bedtime for little ones, so you'll find it a mostly adult affair. Settle in and consider these questions: Are you swept up by the brilliant artistry as the story unfolds -- starry-eyed dreamer, frog prince, fateful kiss, bad mojo, good mojo?
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November 4, 2005 | Carina Chocano, Times Staff Writer
THE classic story of Chicken Little, soon to be obscured by the new, computer-generated Disney version, is a cautionary tale about the dangers of overreacting to iffy conclusions and circumstantial evidence: A chicken gets beaned by a falling acorn, deduces that the sky is falling and promptly incites mass hysteria, endangering herself and her friends when a cunning fox takes advantage of the general mayhem.
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June 6, 1990 | JOHN M. GLIONNA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the two weeks since the tale of his gritty four-day vigil along a freeway median drew national attention, hit-and-run survivor Juan Francisco Camacho remains bewildered over the outpouring of public sympathy in cards, letters, checks and offers of employment, from Alaska to North Carolina.
NEWS
December 9, 2009
With its critically acclaimed new release "The Princess and the Frog," Disney returns to its hand-drawn animation heyday. The man making that push? The same guy who helped usher in the computer animation takeover with the 1995 blockbuster "Toy Story." John Lasseter, the guiding force at Pixar Animation Studios, admits he was dismayed when Disney and DreamWorks and other studios decided to close up their 2-D hand-drawn divisions earlier this decade after several such films performed poorly.
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