March 5, 2004 |
Copenhagen will stage a musical based on Hans Christian Andersen's "The Little Mermaid" next year, with 650 amateurs dancing and singing in a huge floating theater. The musical, Denmark's biggest theatrical event ever, will mark the 200th anniversary of the fairy-tale writer's birth. Denmark will celebrate Andersen, who died in 1875, with hundreds of events, parties and festivals.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 26, 2002 |
It wouldn't be a stretch to say that Alex Bacos has a big heart -- and mouth to match. As a guidance counselor and testing coordinator at Madison Middle School in North Hollywood, Bacos knew last May how hard it can be to get 2,400 sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders to commit to anything, let alone preparing for the Stanford 9 test. He needed a hook, a gag, a shtick -- something really over the top -- to get his students pumped for pulling up their scores on the three-day statewide exam.
May 3, 2001 |
Girl software. Boy software. What's up with that? Some children's software titles are created with just one gender in mind. Mattel's "Matchbox Caterpillar Adventures in Time" is clearly a boy title and will appeal to little guys who love trucks. Disney's "The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea" is a girl title because it features female characters from "The Little Mermaid" movies and has activities that girls will find interesting.
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November 24, 2000 |
If you are around the house with young children to entertain at the end of this long holiday weekend, you might consider taking in the afternoon performance of "The Little Mermaid" at the Excalibur Theater in Studio City. The show is a trip in itself, consisting of scenes set underwater, on land and in the sky. There are storms and monsters, and although the cast consists of only 10 members, they evoke creature-filled undersea realms and castles full of courtiers.
December 23, 1999 |
Sink or swim. For Scott Lane, adapting characters as beloved as Ariel and Sebastian the crab was daunting enough. But Disney on Ice's "The Little Mermaid" (opening Christmas Day at the Arrowhead Pond) was also the L.A. costume designer's first attempt at an ice show. "I know the lines of 'The Little Mermaid' by heart, like any good little 4-year-old," said the 38-year-old Lane. "I wore one tape out."
April 28, 1999 |
Walt Disney Co. said Tuesday that its fiscal second-quarter profit fell 30% because of weaker home-video and merchandising sales and higher costs at its ABC network. Profit from operations fell to $269 million, or 13 cents a share, from net income a year ago of $384 million, or 18 cents, adjusted for a stock split. Earnings matched the average estimate of analysts polled by First Call Corp. Revenue rose 5.1% to $5.51 billion from $5.24 billion.
November 14, 1997 |
Has it really been only eight years since the Walt Disney Studio's "The Little Mermaid" debuted? So much has happened in animation since 1989, when "Mermaid's" upbeat mixture of traditional storytelling and contemporary sensibilities redefined what an animated feature could be (and how much money a quality animated film could earn), that it seems much longer.
April 10, 1997 |
Sensitive writing, inadvertent comedy, varying performance levels, graceful and awkward movement--Serendipity Theatre Co.'s staging of "A Little Mermaid" at the Burbank Little Theater is uneven to be sure, and a little more polish would go a long way toward making this thoughtful production something special. As adapter-director Denys Gawronski notes in the program, this is not the cheery Disney version of "Mermaid."
December 10, 1995 |
A group of seven ever-so-proper ladies and gents, with ramrod-straight posture and pinkies extended, are seated in a row of wooden chairs. Their gaze is straight ahead, looking out toward the grounds where a sporting event will soon commence. This may look like a rehearsal room in a North Hollywood studio, but it's really teatime at Ascot. The crowd is poised. On cue, they sip, then stir, then sip again.
August 20, 1992 |
Fairy tales endure when they give insights to new generations. One that has stood the test of time is Hans Christian Andersen's "The Little Mermaid"--a story about a little mermaid who loved a prince, gave up her life in the sea to be with him, and died when he married one of his own kind. While the story has endured, the ending has been softened and sweetened over the years, transforming it into a tale of how love can overcome all obstacles.