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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.
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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.
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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.
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October 19, 1988 | TAMARA JONES, Times Staff Writer
The moon, just out, hung over the Ozarks like a pale opal. Soon families would be saying grace over Sunday dinner; children would be clamoring to turn on the Christmas lights. It was time to go home. But in the darkening woods, four teen-agers lingered, enjoying the rush they always felt when they killed something. A kitten lay crumpled nearby. Sharing some unspoken secret, the boys exchanged furtive glances in the fading light. They were growing edgy.
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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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October 20, 1988 | TAMARA JONES, Times Staff Writer
The "action"--as student body president Jim Hardy now calls the bludgeoning death of Steven Newberry--began to unfold with a casual conversation among seven classmates one September afternoon. Jim and his best friends, Pete Roland and Ron Clements, were there, and the talk, as usual, was about killing. But this time, it wasn't just the twisted fantasies of tough teen-agers fixated on drugs, acid rock and violence. This time, it would be self-fulfilling prophesy.
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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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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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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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