November 21, 2009
BURBANK ? The first Creative Talent Network Animation Expo kicked off Friday at the Marriott Hotel and Convention Center in Burbank, drawing hundreds of students and professionals for an exhibition in a region that is widely acknowledged as the animation capital of the world. The event featured seminars from innovators like ?Hellboy? comic book creator Mike Mignola and entrepreneurial animator Don Bluth, who split off from major studios to create ?The Secret of NIMH.? The event was an opportunity for animators to learn from industry pioneers, while also promoting their own work, said Tina Price, who founded the Creative Talent Network.
August 12, 2009
SARA AND HARLEY Sara, 12, is a spayed female yellow Labrador retriever. Harley, 10, is a spayed female Dalmatian. They grew up together and were recently relinquished by their owner. They are both friendly and still quite active. Harley loves Sara but does not like other animals. Harley is also deaf. If you are interested in meeting them, contact the Burbank Animal Shelter and inquire about ID No. A006561 & A006556. The animal shelter is at 1150 N. Victory Place, Burbank.
June 17, 2009
BURBANK — As their attorneys shuffle between four similar lawsuits that allege the Walt Disney Co. has for decades contaminated groundwater with cancer-causing chromium 6 and other toxic chemicals, stories of ill health from the plaintiffs are beginning to emerge. In the latest lawsuit, filed last week in Los Angeles Superior Court by the Sacramento-based firm Kershaw Cutter & Ratinoff LLP on behalf of 16 people with strong ties to the Rancho District, the plaintiffs claim Disney dumped wastewater contaminated with hexavalent chromium from its on-site cooling systems down the centerline of Parkside Avenue, toward Parish Place and across Riverside Drive into the so-called Polliwog, an 11-acre parcel near the studio’s Imagineering facilities.
June 10, 2009
They aren?t supposed to be casual or friendly, welcoming a reader to investigate an unfamiliar subject. The late Walt Stanchfield didn?t seem to adhere to the usual textbook rules, though. During his 60-year career in animation, Stanchfield developed a penchant for thinking ? and drawing ? outside the box. While working for Disney in the 1970s and ?80s, he successfully established weekly drawing classes for young animators and other interested artists to learn from his experience.
May 9, 2009
PASADENA — A Nickelodeon Studios animator was sentenced to seven years and four months in prison for committing lewd acts on a 14-year-old boy and showing him pornography. Judge Lisa Lench ordered Ezel Channel, 36, of Tarzana, to serve 16 months in prison for the molestation and for violating a previous conviction of lewd acts with a child under 14. He was sentenced to six years in prison for that conviction. Channel, already a convicted registered sex offender, was found guilty of one misdemeanor count of inappropriately touching a 14-year-old boy and one felony count of offering to show pornography to the boy earlier this year after he was arrested Dec. 15, 2005.
October 18, 2008
Jeffrey Maxim held on tightly to his mother’s hip. The 10-year-old didn’t want to meet the creatures of the night, lurking in the bushes, waiting to hear his footsteps so they could pounce. He and his mother waited in line Friday to hitch a ride up the hill to the Stough Canyon Nature Center, where laboratory animals had supposedly taken over the grounds. Jeffrey, a Burbank resident, had been to haunted houses in the past and said he can sense when the enraged animals will stay silent or scream, or when they’re creeping through the bushes.
October 1, 2008
Efrain Valenzuela opened the door to his mobile dairy classroom — an unusual classroom to say the least — to reveal a cow. And his audience was duly impressed. About 60 students sat on the floor of Roosevelt Elementary School’s playground in amazement Monday morning. “Wow,” the children said in unison as Milky Way, the cow, chomped on hay and whisked flies away with her tail. The children unanimously agreed that Valenzuela, of the Dairy Council of California, doesn’t look like he lives in the city.
August 6, 2008
The Volunteers of the Burbank Animal Shelter are devoted to providing medical, social, behavioral and financial care for at-risk animals and are dedicated to eliminating animal homelessness in our community. The nonprofit organization has 70 volunteers in addition to 40 kitten foster parents who, according to the group’s president, Molly Stretten , have donated close to 6,000 hours of volunteer service in the first half of 2008 alone. To show their gratitude to all of the volunteers, especially Dr. Martin Small , a retired Burbank veterinarian who donates his services to the shelter, the organization staged a volunteer appreciation barbecue at Small’s beautiful hillside home Sunday.