May 6, 1999
Three special programs will salute three important but lesser-known animation figures this month. * On Friday, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art will present "A Taste of Tashlin: Early Hollywood Cartoons." Although Frank Tashlin is known for directing such live-action comedies as "Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?," he began his career in animation. He worked at Warner Bros.
May 31, 2011 |
When the extraordinary success of "Steamboat Willie" made Walt Disney an overnight sensation in 1928, he'd already spent nearly a decade working in animation. During those years, he'd had successes and failures, as Timothy S. Susanin recounts in great detail in his new book "Walt Before Mickey. " In 1919, while Disney and his friend Ub Iwerks were working as commercial artists in Kansas City, they taught themselves animation. Disney began exploring the medium with the "Newman Laugh-O-Grams," a series of one-minute topical cartoons for local theater owner Frank Newman.
March 7, 2001 |
Iwerks Entertainment Inc., a maker of giant-screen theaters and theme park attractions, said Tuesday it will be acquired by a Canadian company for about $2.2 million in cash. Although the value of the deal is small, Burbank-based Iwerks has been an influential company in the theme park and attraction industry, supplying the 3-D projection system used in the elaborate Terminator rides at Universal Studios parks in Hollywood and Florida.
December 23, 2008 |
If you're a documentarian, you know that while it's a great honor to make the academy's shortlist for best documentary short, it's almost impossible to get anyone in the media to write about your movie, since they're almost totally obsessed with handicapping the ups and downs of the various actor and best picture races. But thanks to the Canadian government, in particular Alberta's minister of culture, Leslie Iwerks' documentary short "Downstream" has a shot at a little notoriety, which is just what a doc-short needs to steal a little attention from the endless speculation about Kate Winslet's Oscar chances.
July 17, 1989 |
Walt Disney's key group of animators and the designer of Mickey Mouse will be honored in a special ceremony Wednesday morning at Disney studios in Burbank. Walt Disney Co. Chairman Michael Eisner and vice chairman Roy E. Disney will present the Disney Legends Award for "significant creative contributions to the Disney legacy" to the animators, known as the "Nine Old Men," and to Ub Iwerks, Mickey's designer.
August 22, 2008 |
He is the world's most famous personality, better known in this country than anyone living or dead, real or fictional. Market researchers say his 97% recognition rate in the U.S. edges out even Santa Claus. He is the one -- and, for now, only -- Mickey Mouse. As Mickey turns 80 this fall, the most beloved rodent in show business is widely regarded as a national treasure. But he is owned lock, stock and trademark ears by the corporate heirs of his genius creator, Walt Disney.