November 22, 2009 |
Even before it opens later this week, Disney's new animated feature, "The Princess and the Frog," is already considered something of a cultural and animation landmark. After centering cartoons on a Middle Easterner ("Aladdin"), a Native American (" Pocahontas"), an Asian ("Mulan"), and a Hawaiian ("Lilo & Stitch"), Disney animation has entered the post-racial era. The new film features a black protagonist alongside the green one. It has been a long time coming, but it is an event that, if you believe Disney detractors, would have old Walt spinning in his grave (or his cryogenic chamber)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 14, 2000 |
Walt Disney Co.'s planned Grand Central Creative Campus in Glendale will eventually employ 10,000 workers and include 3.6 million square feet of offices, sound stages and studio production facilities, according to interviews and documents filed with the city of Glendale. In announcing the development in September, Walt Disney Imagineering executives declined to disclose the project size, the number of employees or the dollar value.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 27, 1993
When I was a young teen-ager living in a home for boys, I didn't have a father, even though my father was alive. I didn't have anyone to encourage or inspire me. Until that day the man in the Nash Metropolitan wearing an Eisenhower jacket arrived to pick up me and my friend, Mike Howard, to spend the weekend at his home. The man was Walt Disney. I credit Walt Disney with helping me overcome the hatred I developed for my father. Mr. Disney told me I had to forgive my father. He said, "Hatred will destroy you."
January 24, 2013 |
MADRID - Walt Disney was hardly a perfect American. He may have been the most famous and beloved American during his lifetime. But his private magic kingdom was not always the happiest place on Earth. Disney had his own private torments and is reputed to have railed against unions, blacks and Jews. At least that is part of the 21st century Disney legend, and it is necessarily part of Philip Glass' new opera, "The Perfect American. " Far from sterilized yet also disarmingly affectionate, it looks at Disney the myth, the artist and the man. The work contrasts between the America that formed Walt Disney and the America he formed for the rest of us. And that is what makes Disney a perfect American opera character, even if it took Spain to bring Glass' "The Perfect American" to the lyric stage.
August 8, 2012 |
Marvel's comic book superheroes "The Avengers" proved up to the task of vanquishing not only a malevolent demigod — but also the ghost of "John Carter. " The blockbuster summer movie, which has garnered nearly $1.5 billion in worldwide box-office receipts so far, helped Walt Disney Co. post a better-than-expected 24% increase in quarterly earnings. Buoyed by "The Avengers" and improvements at its theme parks and consumer products groups, the Burbank company reported a profit of $1.83 billion, or $1.01 a share, for its fiscal third quarter, which ended June 30, compared with $1.48 billion, or 77 cents a share, a year earlier.
December 6, 2001 |
The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences honored Walt Disney, founder of the Disney empire, on what would have been his 100th birthday. Hollywood paid tribute to the pioneering animator in a two-hour event that included rare movie clips, home movies and discussions with family members and associates about his life.