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Times Staff WritersTo build his dream theme park in Anaheim a half-century ago, Walt Disney borrowed against his life insurance policy and cashed in property, including a vacation home in Palm Springs, to pay the $17-million construction bill. When the Anaheim theme park...
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterJOHN LASSETER, the award-winning animator and CEO at Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios, has directed two "Toy Story" films, "A Bug's Life" and "Cars." But what counts as his favorite movie of all time? "Dumbo," the 1941 Disney classic animated...
LAS VEGAS - Walt Disney is going 3-D on a lot of future films - and some from its past. The studio says 3-D versions of the computer-animated tales "Toy Story" and "Toy Story 2" will be released Oct. 2 for a two-week run as a double feature. Disney...
Zap2It.comIn anticipation of the release of "Toy Story 3" in 2010, Pixar has announced plans to rerelease the franchise's first two films back into theaters. With Disney-Pixar's "Toy Story 3" being produced in 3-D under the direction of studio vet Lee Unkrich,...
The upcoming Disney animated film "Bolt" features a feisty canine that gets lost and makes his long journey home with the help of two world-wise pals. It's the kind of classic Disney parable that could just as well be told of the studio's once-revered...
When Pixar first started working on "Wall-E" several years ago, the studio considered making the animated movie -- about a lovable robot on a future Earth -- without any dialogue at all. As the film's screenplay evolved, a few talking humans dropped in,...
Zap2It.comIf "Chicken Little" was Walt Disney Pictures' attempt to muscle in on Pixar's turf, well ... let's just say Disney had better do everything in its power to keep the makers of "Toy Story" very, very happy. A half-baked combination of "Shrek" and "The...
Tags: Patrick Stewart, Steve Zahn, Don Knotts, DVDs and Movies, DVDs
Zap2It.comPixar is moving forward on plans for "Toy Story 3," selecting a director, writer and a target release date. According to Variety, Pixar bigwig John Lasseter and Disney Animation head honcho Ed Catmull told investors on Thursday (Feb. 8) that the long-...
Tags: Academy Awards, Toys, John Lasseter, Lee Unkrich, Toy Industry
Zap2It.comMeteorology never looked so delicious. The fledgling Sony Pictures Animation announced Tuesday, Aug. 15 that it would adapt the beloved picture book "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs" into its latest feature film. "This is a project that we put into...
Twenty-seven years after "My Dinner With Andre," Wallace Shawn remains best known for that movie, as well as for his voice work in animated features such as "Toy Story" and "The Incredibles." Yet Shawn is most significant as a playwright -- author of...
Tags: Book, Wallace Shawn
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterIVIVIDLY remember two things about having breakfast with Pixar guru John Lasseter earlier this year. One was that my back was out, so unable to sit comfortably, I had to take notes either standing up or lying down on the carpet of his hotel suite. The...
Times Staff WriterWhen veteran animator Jill Culton set to work on her directorial debut, "Open Season," she knew she wanted something different. In most animated movies, said Culton, "there's always a straight guy and a sidekick. We wanted to make a film that has two...
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