Israeli President Shimon Peres visits DreamWorks Animation on March 9.
The oddly titled film combines state-of-the-art animation, an anti-war documentary theme and a psychoanalytic approach to recover the memory of a traumatized Israeli soldier.
Ezra Schwartz: In the summer of 1992 I was looking for a short story to animate. Nothing seemed to click, until I read "Gimpel The Fool" by Isaac Bashevis Singer. I realized that the characters, beliefs and conflicts in this wonderful story were related to me, my family and people I knew -- Eastern European Jews who emigrated to Israel after the second world war.
One of Barry Josephson's first forays into the world of fairy tales was in an elementary school production of "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs." Although the "Men in Black" producer doesn't remember which dwarf he played, that glimmer of the land between "once upon a time" and "happily ever after," started him on the path to creating Disney's latest film, "Enchanted," opening in theaters Nov. 21.
For the film's characters and design, Kenan at times drew on his own childhood memories of creepy houses and neighbors. When he lived in Ramat Gan, he says there was a dark, shuttered house across the street from his family's apartment; a weird woman sometimes shouted from within.
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According to reports in various newspapers last week, NBC-Universal is contemplating acquiring DreamWorks' live-action feature-film division, or as it used to be called, their movie studio.
Genndy Tartakovsky will be among the hot names attending next week's Eighth Annual World Animation Celebration. Co-sponsored by Animation Magazine and Variety, the Hollywood festival will kick-start a week of symposiums addressing cartoon industry issues.
Student films from throughout Southern California are currentlybeing featured on the three-part KCET series "Fine Cut: A Festival ofStudent Film," airing on Sundays at 10 p.m. The series, hosted bydirector Michael Apted, will feature a total of 17 films fromstudents at UCLA, USC, CalArts, Loyola Marymount and the AmericanFilm Institute. Ranging in length from three to 32 minutes, theentries include dramas, documentaries and animation.