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April 21, 2003 | Greg Braxton, Times Staff Writer
Academy Award-winning animator Will Vinton, creator of the groundbreaking Claymation technique of dimensional characters and a producer of successful commercials featuring the California Raisins and the talking M&Ms, has been laid off from the studio he founded 27 years ago. Vinton, 54, was one of five employees at the Portland, Ore.-based Vinton Studios to be laid off Friday in a company restructuring. Philip H. Knight, co-founder of Nike Inc.
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April 21, 2003 | Greg Braxton, Times Staff Writer
Academy Award-winning animator Will Vinton, creator of the groundbreaking Claymation technique of dimensional characters and a producer of successful commercials featuring the California Raisins and the talking M&Ms, has been laid off from the studio he founded 27 years ago. Vinton, 54, was one of five employees at the Portland, Ore.-based Vinton Studios to be laid off Friday in a company restructuring. Philip H. Knight, co-founder of Nike Inc.
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February 11, 1992 | ALEENE MacMINN, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Shape Up With Barbie: Move over Jane, Angela, Cher and Kathy. Barbie is entering the exercise/dance video market. "Dance! Workout With Barbie" will find Mattel's famous doll helping a live-action aerobic instructor teach jam and aerobic dance steps. Barbie is being animated by the Will Vinton Studios, the folks who created the Claymation California Raisins. The video will be distributed by Buena Vista Home Video on April 10.
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November 2, 1993 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
'California Raisins' Animator Forms Venture: Will Vinton Studios, known for stop-action animation used in the popular "California Raisins" commercials, is forming Will Vinton Entertainment to develop film, television, video and theme park projects. Terry Thoren, former head of Expanded Entertainment, has been named president of the venture in Vinton's new Los Angeles office.
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November 27, 1993 | ABIGAIL GOLDMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
While clay-animation artistes may scoff, none of them denies that Gumby has had an effect on popular culture. "At the time I thought it was kind of a dumb thing," says Gene Coe, the director of graphics and animation at the USC School of Cinema-Television. "I didn't think it was a particularly interesting character. A lot of other people obviously did."
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July 21, 2000
* Callaway Golf Co. said it named Gateway Inc. executive Brad Holiday as its chief financial officer, effective Aug. 15. Holiday, 46, most recently served as vice president of financial planning and analysis at Gateway. Before joining the computer maker, he held financial positions with Nike Inc., Pizza Hut and General Mills. * Animation firm Will Vinton Studios of Portland, Ore., has named Chris Rico director of development. He will be based in Los Angeles.
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October 13, 1998
Carol Allison Watson, a former Los Angeles Times reporter and Southern California screenwriter who recently sold producer Norman Lear on her concept for a TV series, died Monday at her mother's Sacramento home. She was 33. Watson died quietly, surrounded by family and friends, after a long illness. Represented by the William Morris Agency, Watson had worked as a freelance screenwriter since graduating in 1995 with honors from the Graduate Writing for Screen and Television Program at USC.
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October 20, 1999 | GREG BRAXTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In 1969, two dope-smoking hippies hopped on their Harleys and set out in search of America. In 2000, two hapless puppets will hop into a convertible and set out in search of the same place. One thing you can say about the difference between "Easy Rider" and the upcoming animated comedy "Gary & Mike": The more things change, the smaller they get. You won't hear Steppenwolf's thundering "Born to Be Wild" in the opening credits of the new comedy, which will premiere on Fox at midseason.
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January 21, 1994 | CHARLES SOLOMON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
"The 24th International Tournee of Animation," an uneven program of 14 short films from Europe and the United States opening today at the Nuart in West Los Angeles, confirms that stop-motion animation, a technique once relegated to Speedy Alka-Seltzer commercials and low-budget movie monsters, is enjoying a comeback. "Prehistoric Beast" (U.S.), by Oscar-winning special-effects artist Phil Tippett, which depicts two dinosaurs stalking each other in a Mesozoic forest, eclipses the other films.
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March 18, 1999 | JENNIFER OLDHAM
For 45 years, Bethlehem, Pa.-based Just Born Inc. uttered little more than a peep about its flagship brand. Until now. Battling increased competition in the candy aisle, the 75-year-old company is airing its first-ever TV commercial for Peeps, the marshmallow bunnies and chicks that have graced Easter baskets for generations. The ad, geared toward women 25 to 49 years old, is scheduled to run on ABC, CBS and several cable channels through Easter.
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