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 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.
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.
November 3, 2002 |
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.
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.