Everyone is looking for the sure thing. They are looking to hedge their bet. They think the way to do that is to go with a proven quantity, a remake of something you have already seen. That is their mindset.
A Christmas Carol is such a fool-proof story you can't louse it up.
If I were less than honest as a critic, I think people would spot that right away, and it would destroy my credibility.
Television is what made It's a Wonderful Life the classic it is today.
Beauty and the Beast became the first animated feature ever nominated for best picture.
NBC anchor Brian Williams is a standup comic in disguise.
Polar Express is not an attempt to do animation. It is a technology-based film.
Timing in life is everything.
The last person to stand still and repeat himself was Walt Disney. He refused to repeat himself. So to think that he'd be making the same kind of film in the year 2001 that he made in 1941 is absurd.
I think the people who are making Christmas-themed movies today feel that people are more cynical about Christmas. There's more of an edge.
I'm a lifelong Disney nut.
I teach at USC. I have a big class of 360 kids, only about a fifth of whom are film majors. I don't just show the Hollywood blockbusters. I show independent films, foreign films, documentaries.
Dumbo... makes me cry. Every single time and in the exact same spot. I just have a special affection for Dumbo.
Hollywood executives believe that money is both the be-all and end-all to the moviemaking process.
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