May 25, 1990 |
Buoyed by the success of "Who Framed Roger Rabbit," "Oliver and Company," "The Land Before Time" and "The Little Mermaid," animation is enjoying a banner year: * "The Little Mermaid," which earned a record-breaking $82 million, won two Academy Awards--the first animated feature to receive an Oscar since "Dumbo" in 1942. * At least five new animated features are scheduled to be released this year.
May 21, 1990 |
It's not just the kids who are being targeted by movie merchandise tie-ins during this summer's blitz of big-budgeted films. Adults are going to have their share of the gimmickry too. It's all part of the summer movie sweepstakes, as studios look for more ways to bring attention--and audiences--to their films. As the year's busiest moviegoing season, summer accounts for 40% of the year's total grosses.
March 1, 1990 |
The brouhaha over the motion-picture academy's alleged snubbing of Spike Lee's "Do the Right Thing" and Michael Moore's "Roger & Me" has overshadowed the Oscar exclusion of the most widely seen animated film of 1989, Walt Disney Pictures' "Tummy Trouble." The first Roger Rabbit cartoon and the first short cartoon Disney had released in 25 years didn't receive a nomination in the animated-short category.
December 5, 1989 |
At a USC screening of "The Little Mermaid" the other night, a young woman asked the co-authors and co-directors, in a tone that could be characterized as civilly indignant, whether a woman had been consulted in the creation of the script. Was what she called the "Some-Day-My-Prince-Will-Come" Syndrome (in which the answer to any mermaid's prayer is simply to find a good man) their work solely or a coeducational enterprise?
November 21, 1989 |
Mirroring the trend in fine-art sales, prices for artwork from animated films remained high, but set few records at a Sunday auction at Christie's East in New York. Of the 358 lots offered, 273 were sold, for a sale total of nearly $1.6 million. Cel and background setups from the black-and-white Mickey Mouse shorts of the 1930s continued to command the highest prices.
November 12, 1989 |
"The Little Mermaid" and "All Dogs Go to Heaven" aren't just competing at theaters this holiday season. Ariel, the ocean beauty, and Charlie, the rakish junkyard dog, will be vying for consumer attention in fast-food restaurants, department stores, toy and record shops and on TV and in print as well. The most direct clash will occur in the fast-food arena. Starting this Friday, Wendy's and McDonald's will go mano-a-mano with their respective "All Dogs" and "Mermaid" promotion campaigns.
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.