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Leonard Maltin
December 18, 1950 -
Nationality: American
Category: Critic
Subcategory: American Critic

Beauty and the Beast became the first animated feature ever nominated for best picture.


Movie theaters still exist in spite of all of the alternatives that are available, video and video-on-demand and DVD and streaming video and all of these things.


I'm a lifelong Disney nut.


Los Angeles has the greatest concentration of surviving movie palaces in the United States, yet most residents have never been inside one of them.


Quality survives.

    Topics: Short

A Christmas Carol is such a fool-proof story you can't louse it up.


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.


Television is what made It's a Wonderful Life the classic it is today.


I had the great good fortune to interview Peggy Lee. Her memories of working with Walt Disney and his team were warm and upbeat.


While it was occasionally done here or there, nobody else had a figurehead like Walt doing it. Jack Warner wasn't on TV. Walt was the boss, but he had a real public profile and he used it to his advantage. And he became a household face.


Polar Express is not an attempt to do animation. It is a technology-based film.


Dumbo... makes me cry. Every single time and in the exact same spot. I just have a special affection for Dumbo.


Timing in life is everything.


I think people in Hollywood are afraid of sentiment because they think audiences will reject it.


Audiences deserve better.


Hollywood executives believe that money is both the be-all and end-all to the moviemaking process.


Shakespeare wrote great plays that we're still watching all these years later. Charlie Chaplin made great comedies and they are still as funny today as they ever were.


When Tim Allen made The Santa Clause, I thought that was a delightful film. It took a modern sensibility but layered onto it a kind of sentiment.


If I were less than honest as a critic, I think people would spot that right away, and it would destroy my credibility.


NBC anchor Brian Williams is a standup comic in disguise.


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