James Horner, composer for Star Trek, Aliens, An American Tail, Braveheart, Titanic and many more, has passed away


Sad, sad news. James Horner, who composed the music for well over a hundred films — winning two Oscars and co-writing hit songs like ‘Somewhere Out There’ and ‘My Heart Will Go On’ along the way — passed away in a plane crash yesterday.

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Ice Age — will it dominate overseas again?

If anything signaled the end of Disney’s dominance in the feature-length animated-film department, as well as the rise of computer-animated films over traditionally hand-drawn animated films, it was the release, ten years ago, of Ice Age.

Prior to that, most of the major cartoons — the successful ones, that is — were produced by Disney, distributed by Disney or, in the case of DreamWorks, produced by former Disney people who were either imitating Disney’s style (a la The Prince of Egypt) or mocking it (a la Shrek).* But Ice Age changed all that: produced by Fox, it borrowed at least some of its sensibility from the old Warner Brothers cartoons — certainly where the hapless Wile E. Coyote-like Scrat was concerned — and its makers didn’t seem to have Disney on the brain at all. And audiences still flocked to it anyway.

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