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NEWS
September 22, 2009 | Claudia Eller and Dawn C. Chmielewski
Walt Disney Co. Chief Executive Bob Iger must act quickly to replace studio head Dick Cook to avoid further destabilizing the Burbank-based movie operation. Cook's abrupt departure Friday is upsetting employees, many of whom are finding it difficult to focus on work because they are anxious about their future. In addition, stars and filmmakers do not like to face uncertainty and want assurances that their projects will remain on track. Iger is not tipping his hand about whom he will name to fill the job. One executive that's a subject of speculation is Disney Channel President Rich Ross.
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NEWS
January 5, 2013 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times staff writer
I've been trying in vain for the better part of a decade to get my family to take a road trip along Route 66. Nothing worked until my wife and daughter stepped onto the fake Route 66 in Cars Land at Disney California Adventure - and suddenly their interest piqued in the Mother Road. Photos: The real Route 66 inspirations for Disney's Cars Land In an attempt to close the deal on my dream vacation, I decided to search for the real-world inspirations behind the fictional town of Radiator Springs.
BUSINESS
March 21, 2006 | Claudia Eller, Times Staff Writer
The first casualty of Walt Disney Co.'s acquisition of Pixar Animation Studios came Monday when the Burbank entertainment giant shuttered a computer animation unit created to make sequels to such Pixar hits as "Toy Story" and "Finding Nemo." Thirty-two employees, or nearly 20% of the 168 artists, production managers and support staff, were told they would lose their jobs effective May 26.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 28, 2001 | MARIA L. La GANGA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
John Lasseter is a passionate guy. He gets worked up about telling stories and making movies and harnessing computers to make art. He's wild about animation and laughter and good jokes and not-so-good jokes and family entertainment and collaboration. And on this day, the man described as the Walt Disney for the 21st century is really, really excited about Froot Loops. With marshmallow eyeballs. And a monster on the box. For a limited time only. "Have you seen the Froot Loops?
ENTERTAINMENT
January 9, 2002
Movies "Toy Story" (1995) "A Bug's Life" (1998) "Toy Story 2" (1999) "Monsters, Inc." (2001) "Finding Nemo" (2003) Short Films (available for viewing at http://www.pixar.com/shorts/index.html) "The Adventures of Andre & Wally B." (1984) "Luxo Jr."
ENTERTAINMENT
November 21, 2010 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski and Claudia Eller, Los Angeles Times
Once upon a time, there was a studio in Burbank that spun classic fairy tales into silver-screen gold. But now the curtain is falling on "princess movies," which have been a part of Disney Animation's heritage since the 1937 debut of its first feature film, "Snow White. " The studio's Wednesday release of "Tangled," a contemporary retelling of the Rapunzel story, will be the last fairy tale produced by Disney's animation group for the foreseeable future. "Films and genres do run a course," said Pixar Animation Studios chief Ed Catmull, who along with director John Lasseter oversees Disney Animation.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 29, 2007 | Kenneth Turan, Times Staff Writer
IF we are living in a golden age of animation -- and we are -- one of the reasons is writer-director Brad Bird. That's somewhat ironic, because as his new "Ratatouille" demonstrates, what makes Bird so unusual is that he doesn't really think of himself as an animator at all.
BUSINESS
June 1, 2012 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski, Los Angeles Times
In naming film veteran Alan Horn to oversee its troubled movie studio, Walt Disney Co. has tapped an executive who nurtured the blockbuster "Harry Potter" franchise and could bring magic back to the studio that once controlled the family film market. The former Warner Bros. Entertainment president takes over as Walt Disney Studios chairman June 11, assuming control of the Burbank company whose 1937 "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" heralded a golden age of animated movies and made Mickey Mouse, Ariel and the Lion King an indelible part of the American childhood.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 30, 1989
PICTURE "Rain Man" DIRECTOR Barry Levinson "Rain Man" ACTRESS Jodie Foster "The Accused" ACTOR Dustin Hoffman "Rain Man" SUPPORTING ACTRESS Geena Davis "The Accidental Tourist" SUPPORTING ACTOR Kevin Kline "A Fish Called Wanda" SCREENPLAY Original Ronald Bass, Barry Morrow, "Rain Man" SCREENPLAY Adaptation Christopher Hampton "Dangerous Liaisons" ART DIRECTION Stuart Craig (art), Gerard James (set), "Dangerous Liaisons" CINEMATOGRAPHY Peter Biziou "Mississippi Burning" FILM EDITING Arthur
ENTERTAINMENT
December 15, 2006 | Sheigh Crabtree, Special to The Times
Looks like the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. has 'tooned up its awards, nominating three movies in its inaugural animated feature film race. The toe-tapping penguins of "Happy Feet," the revved-up vehicles in "Cars" and the spooked suburban neighbors of "Monster House" were each cited in the 64th annual Golden Globe nominations announced Thursday. For the most part, animation industry veterans delighted in the new Golden Globes recognition.
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