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August 22, 2001 | ROBERT W. WELKOS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Before the summer began, the entertainment media were awash in stories forecasting the season's big films by A-list directors such as Steven Spielberg, Tim Burton and Michael Bay. But who could have predicted that the summer box-office heat would be fueled by films made by a string of unsung directors such as Andrew Adamson and Vicky Jenson, Rob Cohen, Lawrence Guterman, Joe Johnston and Robert Luketic? Don't recognize their names?
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August 22, 2001 | ROBERT W. WELKOS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Before the summer began, the entertainment media were awash in stories forecasting the season's big films by A-list directors such as Steven Spielberg, Tim Burton and Michael Bay. But who could have predicted that the summer box-office heat would be fueled by films made by a string of unsung directors such as Andrew Adamson and Vicky Jenson, Rob Cohen, Lawrence Guterman, Joe Johnston and Robert Luketic? Don't recognize their names?
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September 12, 2004
For those of us who get that animation is not just for kids, fall '04 is blessed with not one but three high-profile animated movies, which is a rarity to say the least. Will DreamWorks' "Shark Tale" dominate the season the way "Shrek 2" ruled summer? Arriving Oct. 1, the movie directed by Vicky Jenson, Eric Bibo Bergeron and Rob Letterman features the voices of Will Smith, Robert De Niro, Renee Zellweger, Angelina Jolie and Jack Black, among others.
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May 16, 2001 | KENNETH TURAN, TIMES FILM CRITIC
A gleeful piece of wisenheimer computer animation, "Shrek" doesn't have much patience for traditional once-upon-a-time fairy tales: The only time one appears, its pages end up as reading material and then some in the hero's outhouse. That hero is a fierce ogre with a name that's Yiddish for fear. He made his debut in William Steig's 1990 children's book, about a cheerfully ugly monster who's "tickled to be so repulsive," that has become something of a classic.
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October 1, 2004 | Kenneth Turan, Times Staff Writer
"Shark Tale" is an underwater movie that's gone to the well once too often. For reasons both in and out of its control, it does not have as much invigorating freshness as audiences have come to expect in computer animation. One thing "Shark Tale" (directed by Vicky Jenson, Bibo Bergeron and Rob Letterman) couldn't control was the accident of timing that has it hitting the water in the wake of the equally aquatic "Finding Nemo," one of the best-loved hits of the past few years.
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October 24, 2002 | Susan Carpenter, Times Staff Writer
Quick: Name five female directors. Now name five more. If you can't think of one, let alone a handful, don't beat yourself up. Women directors are a minority, having directed only 6% of last year's 250 top-grossing films. Yeah, yeah. Whine, sob, sniffle. You've heard this one before--women just aren't taken seriously in Hollywood. Why should anyone care? Because they're getting gypped, that's why.
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May 27, 2001 | CHARLES SOLOMON, Charles Solomon writes regularly about animation for Calendar
The PDI/DreamWorks loose adaptation of New Yorker cartoonist William Steig's children's book "Shrek" is "Beauty and the Beast" recast as a "Fractured Fairy Tale"--with multiple fractures.
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February 10, 2005 | Susan King
Malcolm X Denzel Washington, Spike Lee Warner Home Video, $29 In conjunction with Black History Month, Warner is releasing this superlative two-disc edition of Spike Lee's epic biography on the controversial civil rights leader who was slain in 1965. Denzel Washington received his first Oscar nomination for best actor in this 1992 release; he lost the Academy Award, though, to Al Pacino in "Scent of a Woman."
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November 12, 2001 | PATRICIA WARD BIEDERMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As emcee of the 29th Annual Annie Awards, voice actor Billy West set the tone Saturday night for the animation Oscars. It's going to be wild and crazy, West promised: "We're going to open envelopes without fear." In fact, the annual gala seems to have mellowed over the years, and the once notoriously scruffy animation crowd to have spruced up. Yes, sneakers continue to be the footwear of choice--new black-and-white sneakers to go with the tux.
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October 19, 2001 | MICHAEL P. LUCAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the cool darkness of a Santa Monica sound studio one recent afternoon, director Michael Bay was re-watching his $135-million war and romance epic "Pearl Harbor"--and explaining, shot by shot, how he brought it to the screen. Suddenly, there it was--the quick scene showing Japanese planes roaring over a group of American boys playing baseball at a little past sunrise on a Sunday morning.
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May 25, 2011 | Nicole Sperling
Jennifer Yuh Nelson, the director of the new animated film "Kung Fu Panda 2," might have been destined for a career in pictures. After immigrating to the United States from South Korea with her parents and two sisters when she was 4, Nelson spent her childhood in Lakewood watching martial arts movies, playing with cars and drawing. As a young girl, she would sit at the kitchen table for hours and watch her mother draw, copying her every stroke. Nelson traces the lineage of her career to those formative family experiences.
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