July 27, 1989 |
Roger Rabbit is back in the theaters--and so are short cartoons. Walt Disney Pictures and Amblin Entertainment are following up the success of "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" with a series of shorts starring the zany bunny.
July 13, 1989 |
In this, the hottest summer in movie history, America's theater owners and operators are discovering that there can be too much of a good thing. With a block of solid hits dominating almost half of the country's 24,000 theater screens, and setting a pace that will shatter all Hollywood box office records, exhibitors are giving themselves headaches trying to decide which films to leave on their screens and which to take off. The decision is not as arbitrary as it seems.
July 6, 1989 |
For studio executives at Orion, 20th Century Fox, Tri-Star and Universal, reading the weekly summer box office charts must produce that same sinking feeling people have when they're renting during a real estate boom. "Top 10 Sparklers Light B.O. Fire," the Daily Variety headline chirped Wednesday, over a story reporting the fall of yet another film industry record. "July 4 weekend b.o. sizzles; 'Bat' shatters $100 million mark," said the Hollywood Reporter. Box office analysts predict a $1.
December 2, 1988 |
Walt Disney Co., sharply countering production cutbacks by other movie makers, said Thursday that it is forming a new film unit and plans to double its production of feature films. The new unit, Hollywood Pictures, will begin operation in February and will make about 12 movies a year by 1991, Disney said. The studio currently releases about 15 films a year, including several "picked up" from outside producers, under the Touchstone Pictures and Walt Disney Pictures labels.
November 3, 1988 |
"There are funny things in this movie, too," a studio representative assured the audience as they filed into their seats for a recent preview of Bette Midler's newest film, "Beaches." "If you see something funny, don't be afraid to laugh." When Walt Disney Pictures, masters of the modern movie comedy, starts assuring viewers that it's OK to laugh, you can be certain there's change in the air.
April 24, 1988 |
Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck get back to work next year when the boss opens a second animation studio in Florida. As part of the Disney Studios' "animation renaissance," a crew of about 70 directors, designers, animators, assistants, background painters and ink-and-paint artists will produce 22-minute featurettes starring the familiar Disney characters. And getting the star treatment themselves will be the creators of Mickey and Donald.
April 13, 1988
David Hoberman has been named president of production, Walt Disney Pictures, and Ricardo Mestres has been named president of Touchstone Pictures, a subsidiary of Walt Disney Pictures. The promotions are part of a restructuring of the motion picture production division. Hoberman and Mestres previously were senior vice presidents.
August 17, 1987 |
If the Walt Disney and Sullivan ("An American Tail") studios can realize their ambitious schedules, cartoon fans may be seeing as many as three new, fully animated features a year, beginning in 1988.