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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Thursday, September 26, 2002

Voice of Lilo 'Spirited'

Advertiser Staff and News Services

Daveigh Chase, the voice of Lilo, the troubled little hula dancer in Disney's animated hit "Lilo & Stitch," also speaks for Chihiro, the moody main character in the English version of the Japanese anime smash "Spirited Away," scheduled to open here Oct. 11.

You'll also be able to see and hear her pull a Linda Blair as a demon child whose presence is so unnerving it causes horses to commit suicide in "Ring," a remake of the 1998 Japanese cult thriller, opening Oct. 18.

Actually, you may be able to see only part of Chase, since her scary makeup, designed by master of disguise Rick Baker ("Planet of the Apes," "Men in Black"), turns her normally sweet features into a strange sight. Most of her nine-hour workday was given over to the transformation. "It took about six hours to dye my hair black, do the makeup and take it off," she says. "About six or seven people would work on me at a time." How would Chase describe the outcome? "Creepy. And I never get to be creepy, so this is cool."

New home for 'Futurama'

The Cartoon Network, a division of AOL Time Warner, has bought the cable television rights for the Fox Television animated series "Futurama." The $10 million nonexclusive deal will bring the show, created by Matt Groening of "The Simpsons" and David X. Cohen, to the network's "Adult Swim" animated block, which airs from 8 to 11 p.m. Saturdays and 7 to 10 p.m. Sundays on Oceanic Cable channel 29.

Cartoon Network will begin airing the 72 half-hour episodes in January. "Futurama" has been a Sunday-night hit for Fox, although it has slipped in the ratings lately.

Defiantly racing for the cure

Far be it from Margaret "Lyn" Rowland to seek the spotlight, but her son in California called The Advertiser to let people know what an inspiration she is.

Rowland, 71, of Waikiki, lost her 40-year-old daughter to breast cancer in 1996. Six months before her daughter died, Rowland was diagnosed with breast cancer herself. After surviving the cancer, she was hit by a truck, but she did the Race for the Cure walk last year, despite having to use a cane — and came in as the last finisher.

"I came in in a pack of one," she said, "but the bottom line is that I walked the mile and finished it."

She'll be back at Sunday's Race for the Cure, walking with two canes for added support. She's doing it in memory of her daughter and out of thankfulness for her own health.

"I'm just so grateful that I'm here and able to do it," she said. "I have so many blessings in my life, and I tell people when I go out walking in the neighborhood that I'm in training for the mile walk." Rowland said she would be "darn proud" if she could inspire people to do the walk against breast cancer as well.

Registration for the Race for the Cure is $25. Packet pick-up is 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Aloha Tower Marketplace, where late registration will be available. For more details, call 754-1817.

"If I can do it with two canes," Rowland said, "come and join me."