Story | Dec 5, 2013 | 10:39 AM
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Story | Dec 6, 2013 | 6:30 PMNearly 20 years after "The Lion King" made a luminous Disney playground of the African wild, it's high time the continent responded with an animated vision of its own. Enter perky South African effort "Khumba," which remedies the romanticization to some extent with its textured savanna landscapes and stony skies, but doesn't take the regional authenticity much further than that. With a brashly Hollywood-flavored voice cast and a self-borrowing scripting assist from "Lion King" writer Jonathan Roberts, this tale of a half-striped zebra finding his place in the animal kingdom aims squarely for international crossover appeal -- rather at the expense of its own message, which trumpets the virtues of individuality. Still, for armchair-traveling youngsters, that should hardly diminish the appeal (or the ancillary lifespan) of this technically sophisticated toon.
Story | Nov 30, 2013 | 6:12 AM
Story | Nov 27, 2013 | 4:30 PM
If the eyes of Broadway producers light up at the mention of the word "Thanksgiving," it's not because they like turkey so much. It's because every year the Main Stem rings in big-money sales that are traditionally second only to the stratospheric...
Column | Nov 26, 2013 | 6:13 AM