February 16, 2001 |
"Recess: School's Out" registers as complacent yet competent animation kids will enjoy despite its mundane nature. Based on the cartoon series "Disney's Recess," on ABC and also airing on UPN and in syndication, this animation piffle was originally envisioned as a video movie. And though "Recess," the feature film, is far from innovative, it is agreeable. This big-screen enlargement of the small-screen series presents T.J.
January 25, 1999 |
Michael Ovitz is diversifying his new talent management company to include representation of some of television's leading animators. In doing so, he has struck a deal with Ellen Goldsmith-Vein to merge her successful 5-year-old animation management company, Gotham Group, into his Artists Management Group.
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.
February 3, 2001 |
At first glance, Disney's new Saturday morning ABC series "Lloyd in Space," premiering today, resembles any number of other animated shows about the offbeat lives of weird, unearthly-looking cartoon kids, albeit with overtones of "The Jetsons" redux.
March 9, 2001 |
Disney's "Recess: School's Out," which has grossed about $30 million in three weeks, demonstrates the box-office potential of low-budget animated features based on popular children's television shows. It also reveals a problem that has dogged many of these films: the villain or threat confronting these kids is simply too big for the child heroes to tackle plausibly.