June 22, 1997 |
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.
June 1, 1997 |
To appreciate the Walt Disney Co.'s animation monopoly, you have to travel back to 1994--months before "The Lion King" shattered Hollywood records. Far from Los Angeles, Warner Bros. held two test screenings of "Thumbelina," showing clips from its animated movie to gauge audience interest. The first time around, audience reaction was flat.
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.
November 27, 2002 |
"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.
November 7, 2012 |
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.
June 25, 1997 |
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.