November 22, 2009 |
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.
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.
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.