During the early 20th century, the Fox studio made some of the best movies of all time. These movies include: The Sound of Music, The Space Chimps, Doctor Dolittle, and M*A*S*H. Fortunately, these movies are still around and they aren’t going anywhere anytime soon.
During the Vietnam War era, M*A*S*H drew millions of viewers. It was a deft blend of drama and comedy. The series became a television landmark. It also garnered over 100 Emmy nominations during its 11-season run. In fact, almost half of all televisions were tuned to the M*A*S*H finale.
The M*A*S*H show used this stage for the first eight seasons. The set was located in a Santa Monica Mountain canyon. The area was originally used for silent black and white films. The studio purchased the land in 1946. The studio has been a television and film production location for many years. The M*A*S*H set has been restored partially.
The Sound of Music
During the time when 20th Century Fox was facing financial distress, The Sound of Music saved it from bankruptcy. The movie’s box office success made the studio financially stable. The film earned five Academy Awards and grossed $286,214,076 worldwide. It’s considered to be one of the greatest film musicals ever made.
The film’s story takes place in 1938 in Austria, on the eve of the Anschluss. It tells the story of a German navy captain (Christopher Plummer) and his family who are forced to leave Austria. Maria (Julie Andrews) falls in love with the children. She decides to flee with them.
The Sound of Music was based on the memoirs of Baroness Maria von Trapp. Oscar Hammerstein II wrote the lyrics for the movie’s musical score. The soundtrack album sold 10 million copies worldwide. It contains songs like “Edelweiss,” “Sixteen Going on Seventeen,” “How Do I Love Him,” and “Baby Grand.”
The movie won five Academy Awards, including Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Picture, and Best Screenplay. It was also awarded the Writers Guild of America Award for Best Written American Musical. It has been listed by the American Film Institute as the fourth greatest film musical of all time.
During the early Seventies, 20th Century Fox had an upturn in fortunes. They were riding the musical wave of The Sound of Music and My Fair Lady. They were also concentrating on television. But the cost of making My Fair Lady was alarming.
The studio hoped the soundtrack would help save them from crippling profit deficits. They also believed the film would be a hit. They started a major campaign to win an Oscar.
Arthur P. Jacobs was the head of the 20th Century Fox studio. He planned to use Alan Jay Lerner and Rex Harrison for the role of Doctor Dolittle. He projected that the film would cost $6 million. However, he had to cut that estimate by about $2 million.
Space Chimps 2
Despite the hype, Space Chimps 2 is a bit of a dud. It features a few moments of genuine brilliance but otherwise lacks the charm of its predecessor. The film is also snoozy and lacks special features. It’s 76 minutes long and is an entertaining movie to watch in the rain or under the stars.
The sequel, which is a sequel to the first Space Chimps film, focuses on the chimp Comet (voiced by Zack Shada) and his quest to be the first chimp to go into space. Comet is a computer-savvy chimp who has a penchant for all things techno. He’s also a fan of outer space and longs to go on a voyage with his chimp colleagues Ham (Andy Samberg), Luna (Jamie Chung), and Titan (Patrick Warburton).
Comet’s quest to become a chimp-o-naut takes him to Planet Malgor. On the planet, Comet meets Kilowatt (voiced by Laura Bailey). Kilowatt is an alien who’s bulbous head is reminiscent of a chimpanzee. The two make friends and become a team.
Widescreen logos fade to a white snowstorm
Amongst the most popular studio logos, the 20th Century Fox logo has been a staple of filmmaking for over 85 years. It first appeared in black and white, then in Technicolor in 1936. The logo has been modified several times over the years.
The first version of the 20th Century Fox logo was created by Emil Kosa Jr. and Pacific Title and Art Studio, Inc. The logo was designed to be used as a background on films produced for the newly created CinemaScope format. The logo would resemble a large Los Angeles cityscape on a black background.
The logo is stretched out and becomes more dramatic as it reaches the end. It plays with a slightly out-of-sync fanfare.
Known as the “Fanfare Logo,” the Twentieth Century Fox studio logo has been one of the most recognizable logos in the history of Hollywood. The logo was first designed by Emil Kosa, Jr., in 1933, and was later repainted in 1935. In 1994, the logo was reconstructed using computer-generated imagery.
The Twentieth Century Fox studio logo can be seen in a wide variety of films, including The Princess Bride, The Greatest Showman, and Young Guns II. It has also appeared on television and Blu-ray prints. The logo has been modified in various ways over the years, including by replacing the logo with the name of the company. It is also played before each live action Star Wars film.