November 5, 2012
When animation director Rich Moore was growing up in Oxnard, he spent so much time in video arcades that his parents worried that their young son was wasting his time. “They would always tell me that I should be concentrating on the real world,” says Moore, who grew up to put all that invaluable research into his first big-screen movie, Disney's “Wreck-It Ralph.” The film is a loving homage to the era of blocky video games of the '80s and '90s. In the vein of “Toy Story,” it gives these childhood favorites a life and story of their own. “The idea had been kicking around at Disney for quite some time, but they could not really come up with the right storyline,” says Moore, who is based in Burbank.
June 3, 2000
Amber Willard CIVIC CENTER -- Book reports aren't just for school anymore. In Burbank Superior Court, people who have stolen video games have to write book reports -- along with paying a fine and being placed on probation -- for Judge Rand Rubin. "It's a personal thing," Rubin said from his chambers in Division 2. "My kids' doctors have told me video games and watching TV are passive activities. They cause the mind not to think." To promote brain stimulation, Rubin has young, mostly first-time offenders write the reports, usually ordering them to read a history book, in addition to paying fines and restitution.
April 10, 2004
Darleene Barrientos A Los Angeles man pleaded innocent Friday to seven counts of commercial burglary and robbery at three Glendale and Burbank Blockbuster video stores. Edward Dilworth, 45, was arrested Wednesday and is suspected of committing seven burglaries at three Glendale and Burbank video stores, Glendale Police Sgt. Ian Grimes said. Three of those burglaries escalated into robberies, when employees confronted Dilworth and he displayed a gun or a screwdriver to scare them.
June 28, 2006
Burbank company 'best to work for' For the second year in a row, Insomnia Games, a Burbank-based company that has developed video games for the Sony PlayStation, earned a top spot in the top 50 "Best Companies to Work for in America." The winners were announced in Washington, D.C., at the Society for Human Resource Management's 58th annual conference and exposition. Insomnia, the lone video games company included on the list, received a fourth-place ranking in the small-companies category.
September 5, 2007
Imagine a full-length documentary about goofball guys playing the classic arcade game Donkey Kong. Who would want to pay money to see that? I would and so should you, if you love video games or off-beat films about strange people. “King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters” gets the high score for unintentional comedy and could go down as one of the great documentaries of recent memory. It tells the true story of two grown men, Billy Mitchell and Steve Wiebe. Both claim to have set the high score on the 1981 vintage game Donkey Kong.
April 18, 2010
DOWNTOWN — Parents and their children got a crash course in healthy nutrition and physical activity Saturday during the Burbank Community YMCA’s ninth annual Healthy Kids Day. The event featured a series of booths advertising summer camps and after-school programs for children, and incorporated outdoor activities for kids who attended. “It’s a celebration of healthy activity, but it’s also an education on health,” said JC Holt, YMCA chief executive.
October 19, 2005
The British invasion hits Burbank in the shape of MODS production company.Ian Robinson's vision of the future is quite graphic. It is animated. It is stylized. It's digital, and part of it will take place from a 6,500-square-foot new North Varney Street studio, influenced by images he and his colleagues have seen from their native Britain and fueled by their graphic design skills. Robinson and his colleagues, Simon Reeves, Stephen Marsh and Toby Evetts have started MODS, a new production company that caters to entertainment productions who simply need space, or who need production services from MODS staffers, who do everything from creating three-dimensional graphics to motion-capture elements for everything from television to video games.
July 10, 2004
ANNE LOUISE Maybe it's me ... but aren't there some things that you just shouldn't need to say to your children? Like "Don't hit your brother with the hammer." That really shouldn't be necessary, now should it? Not only that, it's dangerous -- saying it, I mean. My father overheard me say that to my daughter, and was, um, slightly alarmed. Fortunately, it was just a minor heart attack. He's OK now. By the way, before you reach for the phone and start dialing Children's Services, it was a PLASTIC hammer.
January 6, 2010
The lengthy inner turmoil of the Burbank Police Department has carried with it a heavy cost. A police department is a team, and regrettably but unavoidably, criticism of a team falls upon all its members, even those who are doing a first-rate, professional job. Unfortunately, the overall record of the Burbank Police Department has been substandard. The team has lost focus, and its responsibility — the safety of Burbank’s residents — has been compromised. Proof came in the Dec. 24 Leader article “FBI report: Violent crime’s up.” ( burbankleader.