Julie Andrews

She is a legend.

  • Julie Andrews’ full name is Dame Julie Elizabeth Andrews.
  • Julie Andrews is an actress, singer, director, dancer and author.
  • Julie Andrews was born on the 1 October, 1935, in Surrey, England.
  • Julie Andrews was named a dame, by Queen Elizabeth II, in 2000, for services to the performing arts.
  • Julie Andrews’ voice was damaged in 1997 due to a throat operation, and she never regained her incredible four octave singing voice, and as a result, she has participated in very few singing performances ever since.

 

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  • Julie Andrews married Tony Walton, and later Blake Edwards, and had five children, two of them orphans adopted from Vietnam, and two of them step children from Edwards’ previous marriage.
  • Julie Andrews started performing on stage with her parents in 1945, and within two years she was singing solo.
  • Julie Andrews is best known for her work as an actress in the musical Disney film ‘Mary Poppins’ (1964), portraying the main character, Mary Poppins; and as Maria von Trapp, in the 20th Century Fox film, the ‘Sound of Music’ (1965).
  • Julie Andrews has won over 25 awards, and been nominated for many, including 16 for Best Actress.
  • Julie Andrews has written many children’s books, some of which have become  New York Times bestsellers.
Bibliography:
Julie Andrews, 2013, Wikipedia, <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julie_Andrews>

Toy Story

‘To Infinity and Beyond’ – Buzz Lightyear.

  • Toy Story is a computer animated movie produced by Pixar and Walt Disney.
  • Toy Story was released on 22 November 1995 and re-released as a 3D movie on 2 October 2009.
  • Toy Story is about a group of toys that have typical human behaviours, and pretend to be ‘dead’ toys when humans are present; the main characters being Woody, the pull string doll, and Buzz Lightyear, a space action figure.
  • The Toy Story film idea originated from the very successful, animated ‘Tin Toy’, a short film (five minutes) that was made to test new computer animating software in 1988.
  • There are two sequels to Toy Story – Toy Story 2 produced in 1999 and Toy Story 3 in 2010.

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  • The original Toy Story script was rehashed numerous times, and was very different to the released movie.
  • Toy Story was the first, completely computer animated, full length film.
  • Toy Story gained more than $350 million at the box office, with nearly $30 million on the weekend of its release.
  • Production of Toy Story came to a halt in November 1993, and was nearly cancelled due to issues with its story line.
  • Toy Story received numerous awards, including the Academy Special Achievement Award.
Bibliography:
Toy Story, 2013, Wikipedia, <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toy_Story>

DreamWorks

Ever watched a film by DreamWorks?

  • DreamWorks is also known as DreamWorks Studios; DW II Distribution Co., LLC; DreamWorks SKG; and DW Studios.
  • DreamWorks is a film producer that makes films and video games.
  • DreamWorks was founded in 1994 by Steven Spielberg, Jeffery Katzenberg and David Geffen.
  • DreamWorks released their first film in September 1997 called ‘The Peacemaker’.
  • SKG in the name “DreamWorks SKG” stands for Spielberg, Katzenberg and Geffen.
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  • DreamWorks was sold to Paramount Pictures film studio in 2006.
  • Walt Disney film studio currently distributes DreamWork’s products.
  • DreamWorks studio is located in Universal City, California, United States of America.
  • DreamWorks won Academy Awards for Best Picture, three years in a row, for ‘American Beauty’ (1999), ‘Gladiator’ (2000) and ‘A Beautiful Mind’ (2001).
  • In 2012, DreamWorks had approximately 80 employees.
Bibiliography:
Our History/FAQ 2010, DreamWorks Studios, <http://www.dreamworksstudios.com/about/history>

The Muppets

Ever heard of Kermit the Frog or Miss Piggy?

  • The Muppets are puppets, used in various sketch comedies.
  • The concept of the Muppets was created in 1955 by Jim Henson and is now owned by The Walt Disney Company.
  • Kermit the Frog, the Muppets signature puppet, was one of the first Muppets created and is stilled used in the modern Muppets.
  • After the success of Jim Henson’s Muppets on Sesame Street in 1969 and early 70s, Henson decided to create a television show aimed at adults and children, The Muppet Show.
  • Muppets were first seen on a show called Sam and Friends which began in the 1950s.

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  • In 1976, The Muppet Show was created, and new Muppets were introduced, including Miss Piggy, the Great Gonzo and Fuzzie Bear.
  • The design of the Muppets are wide mouths and large eyes and were coined “Muppets” by Jim Hensen who said the word came from “marionette” and “puppet”.
  • The Muppets are performed by Muppeteers holding the Muppets in one hand and using the other hand, they move arms and hands. Sometimes modern technology is involved, so that the Muppeteers can be removed and the Muppets can appear to ride bikes or boats.
  • The Muppets is now owned by The Walt Disney Company, who purchased the rights and trademarks of the Muppets in 2004.
  • Walt Disney have released videos of the Muppets on You Tube and plan to release a new Muppet movie in 2014.
Bibliography:
The Muppets 19 January 2013, Wikipedia, <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Muppets>
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