July 3, 2009
In the Walt Disney classic “Dumbo,” storks deliver the babies. Outside the maternity ward at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center, across the street from Disney headquarters, a duck delivers the ducks. Last year, Momma Duck gave birth to 12 ducklings that were promptly removed by animal control. She came back in May, dropping nine eggs into a third-floor terrace planter and returning to the balcony overlooking the labor and delivery waiting room with the whole clan.
December 9, 2011
I was born in 1966, the year Walt Disney passed away. He would've been 110 this week. I'm too young to have had a first-hand memory of him. In fact, I didn't even know Disney was a man until late in my childhood. Disney was a place (Disneyland) and it made cartoons (Mickey Mouse) and it made movies (Snow White). I later learned that Disney was a person and not a swirling entity defined by Disneyland, Mickey Mouse and Snow White. Or so I thought. As childhood slipped away, I clung to it through the discovery of Walt's entire catalog of animated content.
May 24, 2000
NAME: Ralph Zondag. HOME: Glendale three years. AGE: 35 FAVORITE DISNEY MOVIE GROWING UP: "Dumbo;" "It is simple in approach but has such heart with endearing characters;" and "Bambi;" "a simple story that works around the naturalism of the piece." FAMILY: Wife Lori; children: Tristan, 2 years old, and one on the way. HOBBIES: Illustrating still life, working with models, painting. "I used to play hockey -- ice and in-line skating." NAME: Eric Leighton.
December 4, 2012
Netflix has acquired the exclusive U.S. rights to movies from Walt Disney Studios films, beginning in 2016, in a three-year deal that catapults the Internet video-on-demand service into direct competition with pay-TV giants such as HBO and Showtime. The news is a blow to the pay channel Starz, which previously had the rights to Disney movies, including its Pixar animated films and Marvel superhero pictures. Disney has also agreed to immediately give Netflix non-exclusive streaming rights to more of its older library titles including "Dumbo," "Pocahontas" and "Alice in Wonderland.
December 20, 2000
Katherine Tolford, Enjoy! GLENDALE -- A "skinny, scrawny guy with attitude" is how Mark Pudleiner refers to Kuzco, the main character in Walt Disney's new animated film, "The Emperor's New Groove." The film, set in a mythical mountain kingdom, follows the misadventures of an arrogant, egocentric young emperor named Kuzco (David Spade) who gets turned into a llama by his power-hungry advisor, Yzma (Eartha Kitt). A Glendale resident, Pudleiner is one of three animators who drew the human version of Kuzco.
May 11, 2005
Mark R. Madler Joe Grant loved his craft so much that he was still working on several projects for Disney at age 96. The writer and designer for such classics as "Fantasia," "Dumbo" and "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" suffered a fatal heart attack Friday in his Glendale home. Roy. E Disney, Walt Disney's nephew, described Grant as the consummate creator. "I don't think his brain ever stopped," Disney said. Grant was a humble yet disciplined man who never talked about himself but was respected by Walt Disney and animators around the world, his eldest daughter Carol Grubb said.
February 7, 2004
Tim Willert John Hench, a longtime Disney artist who designed Space Mountain and painted official portraits of Mickey Mouse, has died. He was 95. Hench died Thursday of heart failure at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center. A resident of Toluca Lake, Hench worked at Walt Disney Imagineering in Glendale at the time of his death. Hench, whose career at Disney spanned nearly 65 years, was instrumental in the design of Disney theme parks, and was actively involved in the design of Disney's latest theme park in Hong Kong, company officials said.
May 18, 2005
Mark R. Madler The new integrated cancer center at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center will carry one of the most recognized names in entertainment after a $10-million donation from Roy E. and Patricia Disney. The gift is the largest in the Providence St. Joseph Foundation's history, officials said. "This coming from Roy and Patricia Disney really speaks to who they are and their belief of what philanthropy can do in terms of healthcare," said Patricia Modrzejewski, executive director of the Providence Health System Foundations.
May 24, 2000
Joyce Rudolph, Enjoy! BURBANK -- Wanted: female voice actor who can sound like a big lizard while able to convey soft, feminine demeanor for lead role in major film production. Sounds like an easy role to fill, but Glendale resident Pam Marsden found it a challenge as part of her duties as producer on Disney's "Dinosaur." She was involved in casting and recording the voices, story development as well as managing the whole production. The main female character, Neera, was difficult to cast, she said, because the role called for a young female voice with just the right amount of huskiness to match the size of the character.
May 23, 2001
Lolita Harper BURBANK -- The influences of the late animation designer Maurice Noble spanned across the industry, friends said. Noble changed animation by inspiring people who were lucky enough to work with him, as well as those who merely watched his work. "He is the reason that a lot of people got into animation, whether they know it or not," said Randy Myers, a Cartoon Network animator. "You just look at his cartoons and you're inspired." Noble, a longtime La Crescenta resident, died Friday.