As Dreamers Do: American Magic Redux

Entertainment News for March 1978
Thanks to the runaway success of Bert and Ernie, Jim Henson teases a longer-term joint venture with Hanna-Barbera.
- Variety

Taft, Turner, Six Flags, enter bidding war for Magic Mountain theme park.
- The Los Angeles Times


ANIMATION STUDIO ARRIVES IN ATLANTA
The Atlanta Constitution
March 21, 1978

The new Danjaq-Richard Williams joint venture sets up shop at temporary bungalows adjacent to the former Progress Club, now the headquarters of Turner Broadcasting. A skeleton crew of about fifteen artists will occupy the bungalows, where they will produce new material on an accelerated schedule. The first project will be a feature-length adaptation of CS Lewis's classic novel, The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, which will be released for Christmastime 1979.

And now, a profile of the artists who will be taking residence adjacent to Channel 17:
Art Babbitt, 70
A veteran of nearly 50 years at 5 different studios.

Ken Harris, 79
A veteran of nearly 50 years at more, mostly at Warner Bros.

Fred Hellmich, 51
Disney veteran

Richard Trueblood, 36
Formerly of Hanna-Barbera

Bob Hathcock, 33
Formerly of Hanna-Barbera

John Celestri, 28
Assistant on Raggedy Ann and Andy

Roger Allers, 28
Formerly of Grantray-Lawrence

Betsy Baytos, 21
Rookie

Henry Selick, 25
Rookie

Darrell Van Citters, 21
Rookie

Phil Nibbelink, 22
Rookie

Eric Goldberg, 22
Assistant on Raggedy Ann and Andy

John Lasseter, 21
Rookie

Brad Bird, 20
Rookie

Daniel Abbott, 19
Assistant on Raggedy Ann and Andy


 
Sources are saying that a Turner acquisition of Hanna-Barbera may happen in the next 3 years. Turner has wanted to make the deal ever since he bought United Artists but has never been able to. If Sgt. Peppers and Revenge Of The Pink Panther do well enough then he can possibly buy the studio.
 
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Beatles' Apple Corps to produce "Sgt. Peppers" movie. The film will star Apple Corps artists including Queen, David Bowie, Steve Miller and more alongside the Beatles as themselves. Turner will distribute in the US and Canada while Apple Corps will self distribute in the UK and RKO-Desilu will distribute internationally.
- LA Times
 
Sources are saying that a Turner acquisition of Hanna-Barbera may happen in the next 3 years. Turner has wanted to make the deal ever since he bought United Artists but has never been able to. If Sgt. Peppers and Revenge Of The Pink Panther do well enough then he can possibly buy the studio.
Beatles' Apple Corps to produce "Sgt. Peppers" movie. The film will star Apple Corps artists including Queen, David Bowie, Steve Miller and more alongside the Beatles as themselves. Turner will distribute in the US and Canada while Apple Corps will self distribute in the UK and RKO-Desilu will distribute internationally.
- LA Times
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Jabberwocky (1978 Film)
Jabberwocky
(Titled in the United States and Canada as Monty Python Presents Jabberwocky)

Released on April 7, 1978

Based on the poem by
Lewis Carroll

Production Companies
Python (Monty) Pictures, Ltd.
Umbrella Films

Distributed by
Buena Vista Distribution Co, Inc
(Hyperion label in the United States and Canada)

Directed by
Terry Gilliam
(Solo directorial debut)

Cast
Michael Palin as Dennis Cooper
Harry H. Corbett as The Squire (Ethel)
John Le Mesurier as Passelewe
Warren Mitchell as Mr. Fishfinger
Annette Badland as Griselda Fishfinger
Max Wall as King Bruno the Questionable / Voice of Red Herring
Deborah Fallender as The Princess
Jerold Wells as Wat Dabney
Bernard Bresslaw as The Landlord
Rodney Bewes as The Other Squire
John Bird as First Herald
Neil Innes as Second Herald
Terry Jones as Poacher
Brian Glover as Armourer
Graham Crowden as Fanatics' Leader
Terry Gilliam as Man with Rock
Dave Prowse as Red Herring and Black Knights

Jabberwocky was actually completed in 1977, but had trouble attracting US distributors because it wasn't a true Python film. By '77, Flying Circus was expanding its viewership on a growing number of PBS stations and Columbia had imported Holy Grail to American cinemas. Python's next project, Life of Brian, has been picked up for North American exhibition by Buena Vista, who will then assign the film to the Hyperion label for a 1979 release.​
 
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