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June 15, 2008
PETER RAINER's flip dismissal of Steven Spielberg's Lincoln project was appalling ["The Director's Craft, May 18]. If Lincoln's life and presidency can continue to be reexamined from new points of view in books, why should Spielberg be dissed for doing so in film? Rainer gives the proposed film a yawn, not on the basis of a script or a trailer, let alone the film itself. Has competition with the fanboy critiques of the Internet led Rainer to this kind of mean-spirited rush to judgment?
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November 22, 2009 | By Susan King
The Disney animation team of Ron Clements and John Musker wrote and directed the 1989 blockbuster musical fairy tale "The Little Mermaid," and followed that up with 1992's "Aladdin" and 1997's "Hercules." Seven years after their last Disney film, 2002's "Treasure Planet," the two are back with the new musical fairy tale, "The Princess and the Frog," set in New Orleans in the 1920s and featuring the studio's first animated African American heroine. Randy Newman supplies the lovely ballads and swinging ragtime jazz score.
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November 22, 2009 | By Susan King
The Disney animation team of Ron Clements and John Musker wrote and directed the 1989 blockbuster musical fairy tale "The Little Mermaid," and followed that up with 1992's "Aladdin" and 1997's "Hercules." Seven years after their last Disney film, 2002's "Treasure Planet," the two are back with the new musical fairy tale, "The Princess and the Frog," set in New Orleans in the 1920s and featuring the studio's first animated African American heroine. Randy Newman supplies the lovely ballads and swinging ragtime jazz score.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 15, 2008
PETER RAINER's flip dismissal of Steven Spielberg's Lincoln project was appalling ["The Director's Craft, May 18]. If Lincoln's life and presidency can continue to be reexamined from new points of view in books, why should Spielberg be dissed for doing so in film? Rainer gives the proposed film a yawn, not on the basis of a script or a trailer, let alone the film itself. Has competition with the fanboy critiques of the Internet led Rainer to this kind of mean-spirited rush to judgment?
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June 22, 1997 | Bruce Newman, Bruce Newman is an occasional contributor to Calendar
By any conventional measure, they are two of the most successful directors in Hollywood, a place that worships success and treats any director who can attain it as gods. "But we're benevolent gods," says the short pale one, pushing his glasses back up his nose. The only thing more nearly infinite than their benevolence is their grosses: Their last film made nearly half a billion dollars.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 29, 1997
Along with other recent articles, "The Strongmen Behind 'Hercules' " (by Bruce Newman, June 22) failed to give proper credit to Jeffrey Katzenberg for turning Disney's animation franchise around. As an animator who worked at Disney for over 10 years, I can attest to how he dramatically brought the department back from life support ("The Black Cauldron," 1985) to the blockbuster status it has attained. Jeffrey's pursuit of excellence pushed the artists to be better than we ever thought we could.
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November 27, 2002 | Kenneth Turan, Times Staff Writer
"Treasure Planet" is another one for the boys. Disney's latest animated adventure is a hybrid on several levels, starting with relocating Robert Louis Stevenson's classic lads' tale "Treasure Island" in a space-travel world. Although it may sound gimmicky, the notion of setting the popular story of young Jim and the pirate John Silver in a fantasy world based on the planet Montressor (French for "my treasure") turns out to be an excellent, much more appealing one than might be imagined.
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November 7, 2012 | By Richard Verrier
How do colleges measure the success of their graduates? Here's one way: tally up how well their movies do at the box office. That's the novel approach being taken by the California Institute of the Arts, the Valencia institution founded by Walt Disney and his brother Roy. PHOTOS: Billion-dollar (at the box office) films The college said movies directed by graduates from CalArts' famous animation programs have generated $26.4 billion in box office revenue since 1985.
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June 25, 1997 | KENNETH TURAN, TIMES FILM CRITIC
Hollywood being the kind of place it is, people out there are waiting for the powerhouse that is Disney animation to get its comeuppance. The good news about "Hercules," at least for the rest of us, is that they're going to have to wait awhile longer. Light on its feet and continually amusing, this free-spirited show-biz version of Greek mythology ranks with the best of modern Disney animation.
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November 3, 2002 | Michael Mallory
The holiday season usually signals at least one big-event animated film. This year, however, promises enough live-action family tent poles to hold up a city, which will leave two top-pedigree, traditionally animated adventures striving to keep up with the Potters and the Bagginses. On Nov.
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June 22, 1997 | Bruce Newman, Bruce Newman is an occasional contributor to Calendar
By any conventional measure, they are two of the most successful directors in Hollywood, a place that worships success and treats any director who can attain it as gods. "But we're benevolent gods," says the short pale one, pushing his glasses back up his nose. The only thing more nearly infinite than their benevolence is their grosses: Their last film made nearly half a billion dollars.
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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November 11, 1992 | KENNETH TURAN, TIMES FILM CRITIC
"Aladdin" is a film of wonders. To see it is to be the smallest child, open-mouthed at the screen's sense of magic, as well as the most knowing adult, eager to laugh at some surprisingly sly humor. To achieve either would be something, to manage them both in the same film is next door to amazing. Based on the classic tale from the Near Eastern collection known as the Arabian Nights, "Aladdin" (El Capitan, citywide in two weeks) is the latest animated musical from the Disney empire.
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