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Sunday, October 31, 1999

Tarzan to Hit DVD on February 1!
Disney's blockbuster, Tarzan, will be released to DVD on February 1, 2000. Disney plans to accompany the release with one of its biggest marketing campaigns in Disney history. In addition, Daily Variety reports that Disney will release a special collector's edition of Tarzan on March 21. It will retail for $50.

Part of Disney's advertising campaign includes Tarzan ads for the Super Bowl pre-game show. Tarzan will also be released to VHS on February 1.

Detroit Free Press Defines "Anime"
The Detroit Free Press has released an article titled, "What is Anime" that tries to describe exactly what anime means. In the article, author Terry Lawson states the following:

" Anime is the term used to describe animated Japanese stories...anime has its roots in manga... anime is less cute and conventional than U.S. animated features. Even children's anime often deals with complex themes and ideas. It is not at all uncommon for major characters to die or undergo a transformation that renders them evil. The most popular anime tends to draw heavily from Asian folklore and symbolism, especially from the ancient philosophies of Zen and Shinto and the disciplines of the martial arts."

In a separate Detroit Free Press article titled "Japanese Animation Poised to Break Out in the U.S.," Terry Lawson states:

"It is, in fact, a popular misconception in the West that all anime is violent and sexual. This is due in part to the cult that has grown around anime, which tends to be made up of the same teenage and young adult males who are drawn to fantasy and science fiction."

How would you describe anime? Voice your opinion in Voices in Animation (Anything Animation Forum).


Saturday, October 30, 1999

Disney Goes Head to Head with The Iron Giant
November 23 will be a big day in the animation industry. On that day, Warner Bros. will release The Iron Giant to VHS and DVD. Meanwhile, Disney will release, to DVD, Peter Pan, Lady and the Tramp, The Lion King II, and a special edition of A Bug's Life.

More Information on the Aardman Animations and DreamWorks SKG Deal is Announced
On the heels of their collaboration on the Summer 2000 release Chicken Run, the multiple Academy Award-winning animation house Aardman Animations and DreamWorks SKG have signed an exclusive deal for an additional four feature films, it was jointly announced today by DreamWorks principal Jeffrey Katzenberg, and Aardman co-founders David Sproxton and Peter Lord.

The pact continues the relationship that first began with Chicken Run, and brings the total number of films on which DreamWorks and Aardman will be working together to five.

Based in Bristol, England, Aardman is recognized as an industry leader in stop motion clay animation. American television audiences are perhaps most familiar with Aardman's animation technique from the popular Chevron commercials featuring talking cars.

The company was founded in 1976 by Peter Lord and David Sproxton, with Nick Park joining the company as a co-director in 1985. Aardman's numerous honors include three Academy Awards in the category of Best Animated Short for "Creature Comforts," and the popular Wallace and Gromit films "The Wrong Trousers" and "A Close Shave," all directed by Nick Park. The studio earned three additional Academy Award nominations for Best Animated Short, the most recent in 1997 for "Wat's Pig," directed by Peter Lord. Lord was earlier nominated for his short film "Adam."

In making the announcement, Jeffrey Katzenberg stated, "I have long been a fan of Aardman's extraordinary talent and ingenuity. Working with them on Chicken Run, my respect and admiration for their entire team has grown exponentially. I could not be more thrilled about this new creative partnership, and am very excited about exploring the many storytelling possibilities of this unique art form with a company that is quite simply the best in the business."

David Sproxton, co-founder and managing director of Aardman, said, "We are delighted to be partnered with a studio that is as driven by innovation and imagination as we have always been. I am pleased that this deal allows the partners to look far ahead, taking in its stride the many changes that will undoubtedly hit the film industry over the next few years. We look forward to a long, successful and highly creative partnership with DreamWorks."

Under the terms of the deal, Aardman will be exclusively producing feature films with DreamWorks, though they will continue independently to create and produce their own animated short films, as well as commercials and television projects. Slated for release on June 23, 2000, Chicken Run stars the voices of Mel Gibson, Julia Sawalha and Miranda Richardson. A co-production with Pathe, the film is directed by Peter Lord and Nick Park, with David Sproxton producing from a screenplay by Karey Kirkpatrick and Jack Rosenthal. Jake Eberts and Michael Rose are serving as executive producers.

The first project being talked about to go into development under the new pact is tentatively titled The Tortoise and the Hare, inspired by the enduring Aesop fable.

DreamWorks SKG was formed in October 1994 by its three principal partners -- Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg and David Geffen -- to produce live-action motion pictures, animated feature films, network, syndicated and cable television programming, home video entertainment, records, books, toys, consumer products and interactive entertainment.


Friday, October 29, 1999

Princess Mononoke Released!
Princess Mononoke was released today to select cities across the U.S. (Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York). Next week it will hit 15 more select cities. Depending on how it performs will help decide whether or not the film is given a wider release. For more information on Princess Mononoke (news, faq, reviews, artist info, gallery, and trailer), visit the Animation Artist Princess Mononoke Movie Site .

"Wakko's Wish" to Debut December 21
On Dec. 21, Warner Home Video will debut the first feature-length, fully animated Animaniacs movie, "Steven Spielberg Presents Animaniacs Wakko's Wish."

"Wakko's Wish" will be the flagship offering in the first wave of the Warner Bros. Family Entertainment "Century 2000 Collection," which will bring audiences 11 Family Movie Favorites. "Wakko's Wish" will be available at a $19.96 SRP and will feature 10 original songs created specifically for the movie.

The cartoon mayhem begins in the little village of Acme Falls -- where the once-cheerful and prosperous villagers, including Yakko, Wakko and Dot, are being taxed to the max by the greedy Baron von Plotz.

Things start looking brighter when Wakko miraculously picks the one star in the sky that can make his wish for happiness come true. The catch is, in order for Wakko's wish to be granted, he must travel very, very far to where the star has fallen to Earth and touch it before anyone else does.

When Pinky and the Brain, Slappy and Skippy Squirrel, Mindy and Buttons, and a menagerie of other well-known "Animaniacs" co-stars learn about the "wishing star," they too set out on a journey to reach the star in order to land their varied wishes. The quest for the enchanted star takes our animated adventurers across vast snowy country, through near-disasters, and, ultimately, to a showdown with the Kingdom's evil ruler, King Salazar (A.K.A. "Salad Bar").

"Animaniacs" is one of the most successful and celebrated animated series of all time. More than 1 million kids watch "Animaniacs" every week on Kids' WB, the WB television network's children's programming service, and the series has won eight Daytime Emmy Awards, including two awards for "Outstanding Animated Children's Program." The series is now in its seventh year on the air.

Each copy of "Wakko's Wish" will include a free, exclusive on-pack spinning toy featuring the movie's stars -- Yakko, Wakko and Dot. Also, "Wakko's Wish" -- as well as all other titles in the "Century 2000 Collection" -- will include a booklet containing more than $200 in savings offers from the following companies: Act II Popcorn, Domino's Pizza, Fuji Film, Panasonic, Princess Cruises, Warner Music Group and Zenith.


Thursday, October 28, 1999

Aardman Animations Signs Exclusive Deal with DreamWorks!
Daily Variety reports that Aardman Animations will produce four feature-length animated films under an exclusive deal that was just signed. According to Daily Variety, "DreamWorks principal Jeffrey Katzenberg, who was instrumental in putting the deal together and will personally oversee the projects, sees the deal as part of a larger strategic animation alliance." This new alliance will not effect DreamWorks relationship with Pacific Data Images (ANTZ).

Disney to Merge F/X Departments
In another Daily Variety report, Disney is planning to merge its two special effects departments - DreamQuest Images and Walt Disney Feature Animation - to form a new group called "Secret Lab." DreamQuest is immediately closing its doors and moving into the Walt Disney Feature Animation facilities. What will be the first venture with this new group? 102 Dalmations (CGI and live action film).

Film Roman Begins New Animated Series
Film Roman has announced that it will begin production for a new television animated series called "The Oblongs" that will be distributed by Warner Bros. for air on The WB Network in the 2000 season.

"The Oblongs" is the second animated prime-time series that Film Roman has added for the 2000 television season. Just last month the company announced that it will co-produce its proprietary animated project "Doomsday" for UPN with Howard Stern Productions & ATG.

"The Oblongs," based on characters, who appear in Angus Oblong's book titled "Creepy Susie and Thirteen other Tragic Tales for Troubled Children," are a twisted family with a variety of physical and emotional abnormalities caused by the toxic conditions which abound in the industrial valley they call home.

"It's so exciting to see my characters come to life. I'm thrilled to be working with Film Roman; the same people who produce 'The Simpsons,' 'King of the Hill,' and 'Mission Hill,'" said Oblong. Oblong describes his stories as "a modern, morbid, politically incorrect version of the classic Dick and Jane books of my childhood."

The series follows the daily lives of these peculiar "valley" people as they try to fit in with the pretentious, beautiful and affluent people who live in the hills above them.

"The show is about being pathetic and trying to fit in, and I think everyone can relate to that," said Oblong. "Fans who love the classic comic strip `Life in Hell' and chuckle at things that make other people squirm will be right at home with 'The Oblongs.'"

In making the announcement, Mike Wolf, Senior VP of Production at Film Roman, added: "This is one of the most daring and smart social satire the studio has helped bring to life. We are excited to be in business with Oblong Productions and to have another show on The WB Network. I think 'The Oblongs' are going to capture the imagination of a big audience on The WB Network."

The prime-time series will be executive produced by Jace Richdale ("The Simplsons"), Bruce Helford and Deborah Oppenheimer ("The Drew Carry Show"). Angus Oblong will serve as the series' supervising producer for the show. Mike Kim will serve as supervising director. Mike Kim was also a director on "Mission Hill," the WB's first animated comedy series, and "Dilbert."

Film Roman has a number of additional proprietary animated television programs in active development including "Til The Fat Lady Sings," by Norman Lear and John Baskin, and "The Cabbisons," with Jimmy Kimmel and Adam Carolla.


Wednesday, October 27, 1999

Animation Artist Opens Princess Mononoke Movie Site!
At 1:45PM PST this afternoon, Animation Artist Magazine opened its Princess Mononoke Movie Site, complete with the Animation Artist review of the movie, a gallery, and a look at some of the artists. The PG-13 movie opens in a limited number of theaters this Friday. The limited engagement could expand to include the rest of the U.S. if the movie does extremely well in the limited theaters. Click here to visit the new Animation Artist Princess Mononoke site.

Toy Story 2 Soundtrack Hits Stores on Nov. 9 with Song from Sarah McLachlan
Multi-platinum and Grammy Award-winning Arista artist Sarah McLachlan tells a tale on the upcoming soundtrack to Toy Story 2 with her recording of the poignant ballad "When She Loved Me." In the film, the song is sung by Jessie -- a spirited cowgirl who is one of Toy Story 2's endearing new characters.

"When She Loved Me," written by acclaimed composer Randy Newman and sung by McLachlan, tells the sad story of Jessie and her rise and tragic fall in the turbulent world of toy land. McLachlan's haunting voice and emotional performance offer a toy's eye view of the joy and angst Jessie felt as she went from being one of her owner's most beloved dolls to just another discarded old toy.

This is one of many recent projects for the busy McLachlan, who has emerged as one of Canada's leading recording artists and a major force in the North American music industry. Probably best-known for conceiving and launching the much-heralded Lilith Fair tour, McLachlan has released six albums with Arista Records.

Toy Story 2 is the exciting all-new sequel to the landmark 1995 computer animated blockbuster from Walt Disney Pictures and Pixar Animation Studios. This time around, the fun and adventure continue when Andy goes off to summer camp and the toys are left to their own devices. Things shift into high gear when an obsessive toy collector kidnaps Woody -- who hasn't the slightest clue that he is a highly valued collectable. It's now up to Buzz Lightyear and the gang from Andy's room to spring into action and save their pal from winding up as a museum piece.

Randy Newman, who wrote the songs and score for Toy Story and A Bug's Life, continues his successful collaboration with John Lasseter and Pixar on this film by providing another colorful score and two original songs. In addition to McLachlan's contribution, the Toy Story 2 soundtrack contains performances by legendary cowboy songsters Riders in the Sky ("Woody's Roundup"), irresistible troubadour Robert Goulet (in a big band version of "You've Got A Friend In Me" -- as the character "Wheezy") and renowned jazz saxophonist Tom Scott in an instrumental version of the same song.

Walt Disney Records' soundtrack to Toy Story 2 goes to retail November 9, 1999. Toy Story 2 opens in theatres nationwide November 24, 1999.


Tuesday, October 26, 1999

The Iron Giant VHS Art Released!
Last week, Animation Artist Magazine showed you the DVD art for The Iron Giant. Now we have obtained the VHS art to show you. To see a large version of the VHS art, visit the Animation Artist Iron Giant Movie Site News section or click here. Which do you like better? Voice your opinion in Voices in Animation .

Pixar Announces Third Quarter Results
Pixar Animation Studios (Nasdaq:PIXR) announced financial results for the third quarter of 1999 and for the nine months ended Oct. 2, 1999.

Revenues for the third quarter of 1999 were $79.2 million, compared with $2.5 million in the third quarter of 1998. Net income for the third quarter of 1999 was $32.3 million, compared with $867,000 for the third quarter of 1998. Diluted earnings per share for the third quarter of 1999 were $0.63, compared with $0.02 for the third quarter of 1998.

Revenues for the nine months ended Oct. 2, 1999 were $96.2 million, compared with $11.2 million for the nine months ended Sept. 26, 1998. Net income for the nine months ended Oct. 2, 1999 was $39.6 million, compared with $6.7 million for the nine months ended Sept. 26, 1998. Diluted earnings per share for the nine months ended Oct. 2, 1999 were $0.77, compared with $0.13 for the nine months ended Sept. 26, 1998.

ILM Selects Foundry as Networking Vendor
Industrial Light & Magic (ILM), a division of Lucas Digital Ltd. LLC, and the world's largest visual effects company, has standardized on Foundry Networks' end-to-end Gigabit Ethernet solution for their next generation network infrastructure.

Home of Hollywood blockbusters and Academy Award winning films such as StarWars, Terminator 2: Judgment Day and Jurassic Park, ILM processes more data per day than any other company in the highly competitive visual effects and post-production industry.

Creating the spectacular special effects seen in today's movies requires the rapid transfer of extremely large files, including streaming media, across the network. In order to meet their development goals and sustain their reputation as the world's leading post-production facility, ILM is building a high performance, scalable and fault tolerant network infrastructure. ILM's next generation network will be used to support the creation of its upcoming high profile feature films.


Monday, October 25, 1999

Pinocchio Hits DVD Tomorrow!
Tomorrow marks a first for Disney. On October 26, Disney will release Pinocchio to DVD, making it Disney's first, of many, traditional animated movies to make the jump to the popular viewing platform.

On November 9, 101 Dalmatians, Hercules, and Mulan will be released to DVD.

For purchase information on Pinocchio, click here.
For purchase information on 101 Dalmations,
click here.
For purchase information on Hercules,
click here.
For purchase information on Mulan,
click here.

Oniria Pictures Looking for Animators
Oniria Pictures is now hiring 3D animators for a 75 minute animated film based on the famous European legend of "Tristan and Isolde." Oniria is specifically looking for artists skilled in 3D Studio MAX and Maya. If you're interested in applying to work on the film, send your resume, portfolio, and demo reel to:

Oniria Pictures
Human Resources Department
Attention: Ms Cécile Devroye
115, Route d'Arlon
L-8311 Capellen
Luxembourg

For more information, email [email protected].


Sunday, October 24, 1999

Dinosaurs Continues Strong in UK
The BBC series "Walking with Dinosaurs" continues to pull strong ratings after three weeks. The series, watched by more than one-third of all UK households watching TV, is filled with CGI special effects that bring the dinosaurs back to life. A new part of the series airs every Monday (including tomorrow). The show has entered the record books as the most watched science program ever on BBC TV.

Toy Story Hits the Ice in Detroit
The easygoing cowboy and the high-flying space ranger return for more side-splitting humor and electrifying action in "Disney on Ice presents Toy Story," an exciting live ice extravaganza from Feld Entertainment, Inc. The millions of gigabytes, texture maps and miniscule pixel objects that took Disney's blockbuster film ``to infinity and beyond,'' have been ``morphed'' to real-life dimensions as an international cast of world-class skaters bring the toys to life in this $8 million, one-of-a- kind, on-ice family entertainment production playing for nine performances at Detroit's Joe Louis Arena, November 17-21.

"Bringing the computer-generated images to life for a live production proved to be quite a challenge," notes Producer Kenneth Feld. "Toy Story required more innovative skating and intricate staging techniques than any other production we have done. From start to finish, our production fuels the fantasy that toys actually can come to life."

Disney on Ice presents Toy Story is the delightful tale of Woody, the pull-string cowboy, and Buzz Lightyear, the out-of-this-world space ranger who hasn't yet realized he is a toy! As they vie for the attention of Andy, their six-year old owner, the two feuding toys find themselves lost in the outside world, with only each other to rely on.

Tickets ($30, $18.75, $16.75, & $13.75) for Disney on Ice presents Toy Story can be purchased at the Joe Louis Arena and Fox Theatre box offices and all Ticketmaster locations including Hudson's, Harmony House and Repeat the Beat. Tickets can be charged by phone via Visa, Mastercard, American Express, and Discover at 248-645-6666 or purchased on-line at www.ticketmaster.com.


Saturday, October 23, 1999

Ottawa International Student Animation Festival
Winds Down

The Ottawa International Student Animation Festival is winding down in Canada, where hundreds of animators are participating in animation festivities, including the viewing the work of more than 90 finalists in various animation categories. The festival started on Thursday (October 21, 1999) and ends tomorrow. Representatives from some of the major animation studios, including Disney, attend the festival in search of new talent. Today is "Children's Day" at the festival where cartoons, courtesy of Nickelodean will be shown throughout the day. A one day pass to the event, being held at the National Archives of Canada, is $35.

Today is a Scooby-Doo Marathon Day
Today at noon begins 24 hours of straight Scooby-Doo cartoons on the Cartoon Network. Also included in the marathon event is a Scooby-Doo parody on the Blair Witch Project.

New Computer Animation Bachelor Degrees
The Art Institute of Philadelphia and the Art Institute of Pittsburgh announced today that both schools have receive approval from the Pennsylvania State Department of Education to offer bachelor's degree programs in Computer Animation, Interior Design and Industrial Design (and in Graphic Design for Pittsburgh only).

The new curriculum offers an emphasis on more field-related course work and management-oriented studies. Each school began the application process when the State of Pennsylvania passed legislation allowing private, for-profit post-secondary schools to offer baccalaureate-level programs of study.

"Interest in bachelor's level courses has been increasing among our alumni, current and prospective students," said Art Institute of Philadelphia President Dr. Stacey R. Sauchuk. "We are pleased to be able to meet this demand."


Friday, October 22, 1999

Paul Din Wins WGAw Animation Award
The Writers Guild of America, west Animation Writers Caucus presented the second annual Animation Writing Award to Paul Dini at its Annual Meeting and Reception, Oct. 20, 1999, at the WGAw headquarters, Los Angeles.

The honorary award is given to "that member of the Animation Writers Caucus and/or the Guild who, in the opinion of the Board of Directors, has advanced the literature of animation in film and/or television through the years, and who has made outstanding contributions to the profession of the animation writer."

"We're very pleased to be giving Paul Dini this award," said Craig Miller, the caucus chair. "He's a talented writer who has always turned out interesting, exciting material. His work on Batman and, more recently, Batman Beyond has helped push the boundaries of television animation, opening it up to more adult and thoughtful storytelling."

Animation writer Paul Dini, who has received three Emmy Awards for his work on Tiny Toons and Batman: The Animated Series, is currently writing and producing the hit series Batman Beyond for the KidsWB Network. He began his career in the early 1980s while still a student at Boston's Emerson College. He then wrote for many animation studios, including Hanna-Barbera, Marvel and Ruby-Spears before spending four years developing and scripting animated versions of the Star Wars creations Ewoks and Droids for Lucasfilm.

Dini has also written the text for several graphic novels and books, including his upcoming creator-owned comic series Jingle Belle. He has written episodes of the syndicated series Monsters, co-authored the screenplay for the animated feature Batman: Mask of the Phantasm and the live-action feature Double Dragon.

In 1994, the WGAw formed the Animation Writers Caucus to address the issues of working conditions in the field of animation, as well as to provide a forum in which animation writers could gather to exchange information and to assist with animation organizing. The WGAw now represents writers on numerous animation television shows including The Simpsons, King of the Hill, Dilbert, Futurama, Family Guy, The PJs, Mission Hill and Pocket Dragon Adventures.

Racing Cars Get Toy Story II Themed
To celebrate the arrival of one of the most highly anticipated animated films of the year, three NASCAR racing cars have been specially themed to Disney/Pixar's new computer animated adventure Toy Story 2.

These special cars will compete in this year's final Winston Cup race of the season — The Napa 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Nov. 21.

General Mills, Mattel Inc. and McDonald's are each sponsoring a car which displays the characters from Disney/Pixar's Toy Story 2. General Mills is the sponsor of the No. 26 Cheerios Ford Taurus, which features Woody. Mattel Inc. sponsors No. 44 Hot Wheels Pontiac Grand Prix featuring Buzz Lightyear. McDonald's is the sponsor of the No. 94 Ford Taurus, which features the Toy Story 2 characters "Rex" (the neurotic dinosaur), "Hamm" (the pigheaded piggy-bank) and RC Racer.


Thursday, October 21, 1999

Princess Mononoke Premiere Held
Last night was the world premiere of the English-dubbed version of Princess Mononoke. The event, which Animation Artist Magazine attended, featured all the voice-over stars (i.e. Gillian Anderson) and principle players behind the Miramax English-dubbed version. Many sneak peeks of the film had been shown prior to the premiere on Wednesday.

A mini-review by Animation Artist Magazine will appear on Monday. Overall, our thoughts were that the movie was "deep," "symbolic," and filled with some "strong messages." Even so, parents should beware. The film's PG-13 rating comes from some characters having their heads decapitated.

Besides the dubbing, there have been no changes to any frames of the film.

El Capitan to Show Tim Burton's Nightmare Before Christmas
Hollywood's legendary movie palace, The El Capitan Theatre, will be serving up lots of tricks and treats this Halloween with a special 3-day (Oct. 29-31) return engagement of Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas , it was announced today by Richard Cook, chairman of The Walt Disney Motion Pictures Group.

The 1993 Touchstone Pictures' stop-motion animated feature, based on a story by Tim Burton (who also produced) and directed by Henry Selick, has grown increasingly popular with moviegoers in recent years. The El Capitan engagement marks the first major big-screen engagement for the film in six years.

A special panel discussion with several of the filmmakers and voice talents will take place at 7:15 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 29 (preceding the regularly scheduled 7:30 p.m. showing of the film). Among those confirmed to participate are director Henry Selick, Chris Sarandon (speaking voice of Jack Skellington), animation supervisor Eric Leighton and visual consultant Rick Heinrichs. Noted animation historian/author Charles Solomon will moderate.

Tickets for this 3-day special engagement are available by calling 1-800-DISNEY6.


Wednesday, October 20, 1999

Pokemon Cards to be Given Away at Pokemon: The First Movie Showings
Kids will have an exclusive opportunity to collect the first promotional cards for the Pokemon trading card game to add four brand-new cards to their collections when they go to the theater to see Kids' WB! Presents Pokemon: The First Movie, opening nationwide November 12. The announcement was made today by Brad A. Ball, President, Domestic Marketing, Warner Bros. Pictures.

In the Pokemon: The First Movie promotion, moviegoers will receive, with the purchase of each movie ticket, a randomly selected game card from a collection of four new cards published by Wizards of the Coast. These special new game cards are only available by purchasing a ticket to the movie or by making a selected purchase at the Warner Bros. Studio Stores, as long as supplies last.

Pokemon: The First Movie follows Ash and Pikachu and their pals to a remote island where they are lured into a massive Pokemon battle which will take all their courage and skill. In the ultimate showdown on New Island, the rare and legendary Pokemon Mew must do battle with the bio-engineered Mewtwo, the world's most powerful Pokemon.The Pokemon trading card game draws players into an imaginative world created for the "trainers" and mythical creatures called Pokemon. The goal of the trading card game is to collect, trade and battle with card versions of all 150 Pokemon monsters in an effort to become the world's greatest Pokemon trainer.

The new Pokemon cards feature Dragonite, a flying Pokemon messenger; Electabuzz, a wild Pokemon with a short temper; Mewtwo, the violent, genetically engineered creation who challenges Mew for dominance of all Pokemon; and Ash's furry pal Pikachu, the most charming and beloved Pokemon.

Kids' WB! Presents A 4Kids Entertainment Production: the American adaptation of Pokemon: The First Movie . The film is written by Norman J. Grossfeld, Michael Haigney and John Touhey with voice direction by Michael Haigney. Norman J. Grossfeld, president of 4Kids Productions, is the producer. The animated film is directed by Kunihiko Yuyama and produced by Choji Yoshikawa, Tomoyuki Igarashi and Takemoto Mori.
The original dialogue is written by Takeshi Shudo and based on characters created by Satoshi Tajiri. "Pokemon The First Movie" is distributed by Warner Bros. Family Entertainment, a Time Warner Entertainment Company.


Tuesday, October 19, 1999

CBS Tackles "Jack and the Beanstalk"
According to Daily Variety, CBS has hired Jim Henson Television to produce a four-hour special effects filled mini-series on "Jack and the Beanstalk" to air in the 2000/2001 television season. It is said that this version will offer a "unique take" on the story everyone grew up with...

CINAR Reports Record Revenues
Just a few days after issuing statements regarding investigations into tax fraud, CINAR has reported record earnings for third quarter 1999.

For the third quarter ended August 31, 1999, revenues increased 52.3 % to $46.5 million, compared to $30.5 million in the third quarter of 1998. CINAR Education accounted for 50.0 % of total revenues, as compared to 41.6 % last year. EBITDA was $12.9 million, an increase of 71.2 %, compared to $7.5 million, reported in the corresponding period last year. Net earnings rose 77.7 % to $6.8 million, or $0.17 per share, from $3.8 million, or $0.12 per share in 1998

CINAR delivered 36 half-hours of animation programming, all on ongoing series. These deliveries included six episodes of The Adventures of Paddington Bear(TM), four episodes of ARTHUR(TM), three episodes of The Country Mouse and The City Mouse Adventures(TM), 13 episodes of The Little Lulu Show(TM), six episodes of Ripley's Believe it or Not!(TM) and four episodes of Mona the Vampire(TM). Live-action deliveries consisted of two half-hours of SciSquad(TM).

Fox Kills "Family Guy"
Fox has pulled the plug on its animated "Family Guy" series. According to Daily Variety, network executives were not pleased with how the show performed on Thursday nights. Fox is reserving the right to bring the show back later this year or early next year.


Monday, October 18, 1999

CINAR Issues New Statement
CINAR, a creator of award-winning animation TV shows, has issued a new statement regarding a tax fraud investigation involving millions of dollars (see Saturday's update in October Archives). The statement is as follows:

"CINAR Corporation announces that the company has moved to deal with allegations contained in certain media reports concerning practices with respect to Canadian content rules related to television and film productions.

The allegations in the media appear to pertain to episodes produced several years ago and have no relation to the current operations and activities of the company. Based upon its review to date, CINAR believes that such allegations will not have any material adverse impact on the financial position or results of the company.

Nonetheless, the Board of directors has given a special mandate to members of the Audit Committee of the Board, composed only of outside directors, to review the various issues associated with the allegations. The Committee has been instructed to report its findings and recommendations to the Board of directors at the earliest possible date. The Board reaffirms its intent to cooperate with all competent authorities.

Finally, Ms Charest, the Chairman of the Board and co-chief executive officer, emphasizes that management will continue to pursue the company's plans for its growth and development. 'We are extremely proud of our last 15 years of production and of the more than 1,500 half-hours of high quality non-violent children programs in our library. Today, we are recognized as one of the world's leaders in this market. In the course of achieving that status, we have been instrumental in the growth of the Canadian television industry, and more particularly to the development of the Montreal creative talent.'"

Art for The Iron Giant DVD Released!
Animation Artist Magazine has obtained the artwork for the DVD version of The Iron Giant, being released to video and DVD on November 23, 1999. To see a bigger picture of the cover, go to the
Animation Artist Iron Giant Movie Site and click "News." You'll also find an expanded credits list under "Artists."


Sunday, October 17, 1999

Stars Attend Charity Premiere of Tarzan
BBC News is reporting that musician Phil Collins and Baby Spice Emma Bunton were among the stars that showed up for the charity premiere of Tarzan in the UK last week. Also in attendance was composer Mark Mancini, actor Brian Blessed, and director Kevin Lima.

Tarzan will be widely released throughout the UK on October 22, 1999 - this coming Friday.

Animated Video Aims at Pupil Problems
In another BBC News story, "An animated video is being circulated to primary schools across Scotland as part of a scheme to help pupils deal with their personal problems. It was commissioned by the Health Education Board for Scotland following concerns over the mental health of children."

The animated video is called "Rosie's World," following the ups and downs of a student named Rosie. Many dramatic elements are introduced in the film, including Rosie's and her best friend breaking up their friendship. Children are given worksheets to help parallel aspects of the story to their life to "help deal with emotions."


Saturday, October 16, 1999

Cinar Issues Statement on Accusations
Cinar, a provider of award-winning children animation series, like "ARTHUR," which airs on PBS, has issued the following statement:

" Following reports by certain media that the Montreal police is investigating alleged irregularities involving CINAR Corporation, Ms. Micheline Charest, its chairman and co-chief executive officer, indicates that the allegations are being seriously examined by CINAR management and its legal counsel.

'We have always collaborated with the responsible authorities and it is our intention to continue our collaboration,' declared Ms. Charest.

CINAR Corporation is an integrated entertainment and education company involved in the development, production, post-production and worldwide distribution of more than 1,500 half-hours of non-violent, quality programming and educational products for children and families.

CINAR's original productions include: the Emmy Award winning ARTHUR(TM), Are You Afraid of the Dark?(TM), Wimzie's House(TM) and Lassie(TM), as well as mini-series and family films, which are seen in over 150 countries."

The investigation by Montreal police is centering around tax fraud allegations involving millions of dollars. A Reuters release stated, "According to the CBC report, Canadians were asked to sign screenplays actually written by U.S. authors, a practice that secured government financing that had been set aside for productions written by Canadians."


Friday, October 15, 1999

Bob Bacon Promoted at Disney Animation
Bob Bacon has been promoted to the position of vice president of finance for Walt Disney Feature Animation, it was announced Thursday by Thomas Schumacher, president of Walt Disney Feature Animation.

In his new role, Bacon will oversee production finance for all of Feature Animation, including both traditional and CGI-based projects at Disney's Burbank, Orlando and Paris animation studios. He will report directly to Schumacher and Jeffrey Farnath, senior vice president of business development and finance for Walt Disney Feature Animation.

Commenting on the announcement, Schumacher said, "Through his capable support of previous animated features, Bob has proven himself to be the right person to shepherd Disney's production finances as we create the very diverse projects scheduled in our near future."

Since 1991, Bacon has held numerous key financial positions within Walt Disney Feature Animation, supporting the division's expansion of its worldwide operations.

Most recently, Bacon served as Feature Animation's director of production finance, managing the budgets of the recent animated features Tarzan and Mulan and helping to develop film-cost and production-planning strategies for future animated projects.

Bacon is an MBA graduate of California State University at Northridge.


Thursday, October 14, 1999

New Animated Series Coming to Kids WB
Kids' WB! has ordered 13 episodes of "Max Steel," a new 3D CGI animated action-adventure half-hour series from Sony Pictures Family Entertainment (SPFE) set to debut in January 2000. This announcement was made today by Donna Friedman, Senior Vice President, Kids' WB!

"We are thrilled to introduce our first CGI animated series on the Kids' WB! schedule," said Friedman. "`Max Steel' will bring a great new look to the network as well as an exciting new adrenaline-driven concept. Viewers will accompany Max on his heroic around-the-world missions, and can also relate to him as an everyday teenager dealing with the typical challenges in life -- like balancing school, a new `job' and his girlfriend."

"`Max Steel' is the superhero for the new millennium," said Bob Higgins, Senior Vice President, Creative Affairs, Sony Pictures Family Entertainment. "We are confident that kids will thrill to the action, adventure and gripping storylines the series will deliver each week."

Set in the fictitious suburban city of Del Oro Bay, the series centers around Max Steel, a young international secret agent who was the product of a bio-technical accident where he was infused with nano-technology giving him bionic abilities. The teenage hi-tech hero is dedicated to protecting the Earth by fighting the most dangerous and sinister mercenary organization, DREAD, and its goal of world domination. Max, who may very well hold the fate of the world in his bionically enhanced hands, lives a double life. His friends know him as Josh McGrath, a typical college student, with a passion for extreme sports.

Josh's intense curiosity and sense of adventure leads him into the furtive world of his surrogate father's corporation, N-TEK, a super-secret international organization that appears on the surface to be an extreme sports conglomerate. During a struggle with an intruder, a vat full of a mysterious fluid shatters and spills on Josh, causing a powerful reaction. The interaction of the fluid with Josh's body allows him not only to survive, but to evolve. He gains increased physical strength and agility, and is able to power up to ten times that of normal humans, giving him the unique ability to camouflage his appearance so that he can blend in with any surroundings.

Josh takes advantage of his new abilities and becomes a secret agent with the covert identity of Max Steel. The series follows Max and Team Steel on adventures around the world to help prevent evil DREAD from taking over.

Created completely in CGI animation, the high-action series will have a unique look and distinct style. The "Max Steel" cast will include Christian Campbell as Max Steel; Jacob Vargas as Berto; Shannon Kenny as Rachel; Lauren Tom as Laura; Chi McBride as Jefferson Smith; Ed Asner as Chuck Marshak; and Keith Szarabajka as Mairot/Psycho.

The series is executive produced by Richard Raynis ("Men in Black," "Godzilla"). Jeff Kline ("Men in Black," "Godzilla," "Jumanji") serves as co-executive producer and Greg Weisman ("Gargoyles") is producer. The show is produced and animated by Sony Pictures Family Entertainment for Kids' WB!


Wednesday, October 13, 1999

Pac-Man 3D Action/Adventure Game Release
On October 15, NAMCO is releasing a 20th anniversary version of the Pac-Man game. The Playstation game, titled "Pac-Man World 20th Anniversary" is heavy on 3D animation. The game spans six unique worlds where Pac-Man must find keys to rescue his jailed friends. To accompany the release, NAMCO has commissioned an effects-filled commercial starring "Mr. T." of A-Team fame and including a "virtual Pac-Man" actor.

Fantasia 2000 Undergoes Changes
When Fantasia 2000 was originally envisioned, it was to be a mixture of original material from Fantasia and newly created material. Now, just three months before it opens to the public in IMAX theaters, Fantasia 2000 has almost turned in to a complete sequel, retaining only one sequence (the Sorcerer's Apprentice sequence with Mickey Mouse) from the original. This was in order to cut the film down to 90-minutes, which will make it one of the longest running IMAX films ever. Go to
Upcoming Animated Films to download the movie trailer.


Tuesday, October 12, 1999

Animation Specialists Pool Resources
Daily Variety is reporting that, "Animation specialists from France, Germany and Spain have decided to pool their resources to set up the European Animation Group. The alliance, which will likely be redubbed before the end of the year, is looking to produce a minimum of one toon feature or series per year, with the first pic, the $15 million Elfquest, set for delivery in 2001." The group will start of with 12 different projects.

Elfquest is an animated project that is based on seven books by Wendy and Richard Pini (books published in 1978). Until the pooling of resources, the project belonged to Edward Pressman Film Corp. Wendy Pini is apparently a writer for the animated film.


Monday, October 11, 1999

India to Host Prestigous Animation Event
"A Week With The Masters," produced by Prescott Wright, is the first animation event of its kind in India and takes place November 1-5 in Trivandrum, the capital of Kerala in South West India. Never before has such an illustrious group of international animation masters of film, television and commercial production gathered in this part of the world.

The event is being hosted by Toonz Animation India, a new production studio and full-service facily, and will be held in the TechnoPark Campus, a 180-acre estate located 20 minutes from the beach. Information can be downloaded from www.toonzanimationindia.com/Weekmast.htm.

The focus of the event is pre-production techniques. The audience will be presented with a series of screenings, educational lectures and panel discussions on storytelling, storyboarding and character development. There will also be panel discussions on the state of the industry.

Panelists include such animation masters as Rob Coleman, Ian Diamond, David Flack, Jeff Hale, Derek Lamb, Lat, Bill Matthews, Maurice Noble, Ishu Patel, Tod Polson, Ajit Rao, Phil Robinson and Prescott Wright.

Making his first visit to India, Rob Coleman, animation director at ILM, will give the keynote address and present a lecture on Star Wars Episode 1: Phantom Menace, which comes on the heels of the film's Indian premiere. There will also be a screening of "The Mask," for which Mr. Coleman served as a member of the film's animation team.

Bill Matthews will give a lecture on the influence of the era of Hollywood musicals and the influences of the Disney classic villains, accompanying his lecture with screenings that review some classic toons from MGM, Warner Brothers and United Productions of America (UPA), the studio that influenced the design of television, Disney and other cartoon studios.

Other screenings include the works of Ishu Patel, Jeff Hale and Derek Lamb as well as of outstanding, award-winning film and commercial animation. A special tribute to Maurice Noble closes the event.

"A Week With The Masters" kicks off with the grand opening of Toonz Animation India, the new, state-of-the-art, 10,000 square foot facility that aims to establish itself as Asia's preeminent studio. Guests include the Maharaja of Travancore. Toonz's CEO is Bill Dennis, a veteran of the animation industry who spent two decades at The Walt Disney Studio, most recently as vice president of the studio's feature animation division during the period of its resurgence into classic feature animated film production.

Currently, very little original animated content is exported from South Asia, in part due to the lack of training and expertise in pre-production techniques. To buck this trend, Toonz plans for "A Week With The Masters" to become an annual event that offers a unique educational opportunity for Asian animators.

The event will be particularly important for the future of India's animation industry, which Toonz hopes to lead into the international market as it gears up to start producing original television series and feature films, based on Indian folklore and mythology and destined for audiences worldwide. Toonz aims to establish itself as Asia's preeminent studio for superior quality animation at 25-40% less than the cost of other major Asian studios.

To support its objective of increasing the amount of original animation exported from South Asia, apart from hosting "A Week With Masters," Toonz is investing heavily in training, recruiting and equipment. The studio has so far recruited 150 animators, 45 of which are apprentices, has hired an international, award-winning staff of creative and production professionals, and has installed the latest digital ink-and-paint systems.


Sunday, October 10, 1999

"Starship Troopers" Problems Plague Series
What was suppose to be a groundbreaking 3D TV series is turning into a nightmare for everyone involved. "Roughnecks: The Starship Troopers Chronicles" is in danger of being pulled from a number of TV Stations due to massive delays that have resulted in some episodes having to be shown four times in five weeks.

According to Daily Variety, "The production troubles are due to the heavy load of animated effects used in the series." Foundation Imaging and Flat Earth Productions were originally given the effects reigns for Roughnecks, but Flat Earth ended up exiting from the deal for reasons unknown. This left Foundation Imaging, who has more than doubled the size of its staff for the series, carrying the load.

"Roughnecks: The Starship Troopers Chronicles" was envisioned as a daily series. 20 episodes were promised by early September to stations airing the show, but only a handful of episodes were complete. Now Sony is promising stations that they will have 40 episodes by early January.

To try and "catch up," some episodes have apparently been rewritten to show "flashbacks," in order to reuse animation used in earlier episodes.

Problems aside, "Roughnecks: The Starship Troopers Chronicles" has received very good response from stations showing it and viewers. The frustrations all seem to be centered around the promised delivery of the product.


Saturday, October 9, 1999

Big Idea to Release 10th VeggieTales Video
Big Idea Productions is releasing its 10th VeggieTales video this month, which is part of its popular children's series aimed at "Sunday morning values and Saturday morning fun." VeggieTales was the fourth most popular direct-to-video children's series last year.  The new video, "Madame Blueberry," talks about the subject of "thankfulness."

Despite the efforts of her faithful friends Bob the Tomato and Larry the Cucumber, Madame Blueberry is a very blue berry. Oblivious to her friends' wise counsel, Madame B. believes that "stuff" will make her cheerier. Three rapping scallions -- salesmen of the newly opened "Stuff Mart" -- take advantage, persuading the despondent and vulnerable Madame B. to partake in a shopping whirlwind. Madame Blueberry is whisked across the street, hoping to purchase her way to happiness. She steadily fills her shopping carts with a material girl's dreams of such "essentials" as teacups, toasters, cake pans, and even an air compressor! But, as the laws of physics have proven, material goods can only go so far -- and Madame Blueberry's treehouse can only hold so much stuff! Despite how much she buys, Madame B. is still downhearted ... and unfulfilled. But with the help of some young friends, Madame Blueberry realizes that "being greedy makes you grumpy, but a thankful heart is a happy heart."

The VeggieTales video series became popular through the colorful 3D computer animation, mixed with humor and original children's songs.

Big Idea Productions was recently recruiting 3D animators at SIGGRAPH '99.

Walking With Dinosaurs Huge Hit in UK
The effects-heavy Walking With Dinosaur series is proving to be a huge hit in the UK. Airing on BBC One, the show saw 13.2 million viewers (51% of the TV audience) tuned into to the first episode last Monday. Episode two airs this Monday. It is a six-part series.


Friday, October 8, 1999

Film Roman CEO "Let Go"
Daily Variety is reporting that part-animation company Film Roman has let go its CEO of two years, David B Pritchard. According to Daily Variety , "Pritchard was abruptly let go Thursday by the company's board of directors at a time when the company is broadening its production interests and has seen a rise in its stock price."

Film Roman released the following mini press release: "Film Roman today announced that the company has determined not to continue the employment relationship of David B. Pritchard, its chief executive officer and president.

Accordingly, Pritchard will leave the company to pursue other interests. The board of directors thanked Pritchard for his service to the company.

A company spokesperson indicated that the board of directors does not contemplate a change in any other top executive officer positions, and that the board would be immediately taking steps to find a successor for Pritchard."

Animated Prequel to Wizard of Oz Announced
Cine-Groupe, Lions Gate's Montreal-based animation partner, has announced the production in association with Sony Wonder, of "Lion of Oz and the Badge of Courage," a new animated musical telefilm celebrating the 100th anniversary of the publication of The Wizard of Oz.

The new telefilm, produced in association with Sony Wonder, is a prequel to the original classic, and is based on the book written by Roger S. Baum, the great-grandson of The Wizard of Oz creator, L. Frank Baum. "Lion of Oz" is set to air on The Disney Channel in the U.S. in the fall of 2000. Distribution for "Lion of Oz" is being handled by Cine-Groupe and by Sony Wonder's subsidiary Sunbow Entertainment. The project is being presented at MIPCOM 1999. The 75-minute tele-feature stars the voices of Jason Priestly as The Lion, and Lynn Redgrave as The Wicked Witch of the East. Other starring voices include Jane Horrocks, Kathy Griffin, Tim Curry, Bobcat Goldthwait, and Dom DeLuise.


Thursday, October 7, 1999

Animation Overkill?
Theresa Plummer-Andrews, an executive for BBC kidvid recently told Daily Variety that "There's far too much animation out there and frankly a lot of it is pretty mediocre." The quote was part of an article debating the future of animation and how the business is changing because of the flood of animation showing up across the nation. One part of the article states, "Experienced animation execs and channel programmers were predicting a shakeout in the animation business. With animated product once again dominating the slate of shows being screened at Mipcom Junior [children's programming marketplace], the industry faces a glut of programs at a time when financing is becoming tougher to put together."

Documentary to Honor Ub Iwerks
Ub Iwerks was one of Walt Disney's finest original animators and workers. His life and work is now being honored with a documentary, narrated by Kelsey Grammer, that will play at the El Capitan Theater, in Hollywood, tomorrow through October 14, 1999. The name of the documentary is "The Hand Behind the Mouse - The Ub Iwerks Story." It will include quite a bit of footage and photographs that have never been publicly released.

Katzenberg Vs. Disney Lawsuit Thrown Out
The judge overseeing the Katzenberg Vs. Disney lawsuit has officially thrown it out because of the large settlement (figures not given) that both sides reached prior to the end of the trial. Katzenberg was suing Disney for "up to $578 million" for money he claimed Disney owned him. Most of the trial seemed to go Katzenberg's way, apparently forcing Disney into a settlement.


Wednesday, October 6, 1999

"The Lion King" Production Coming to LA
The theatrical stage production of Disney's "The Lion King" will be leaving Broadway for Los Angeles in one year. On October 19, 2000, regular performances of the award winning production (24 Awards, including six Tony Awards) will begin at the Los Angeles Pantages Theatre. Tickets will go on sale April 29, 2000.

A Cartoon Character for the Lottery?
FineLine Properties Inc. Wednesday announced it is going to create and market a new cartoon character titled "Lottery". Petry is transferring the copyrights and trademarks he personally owns to FineLine so that they can be utilized for the new character. The trademarks already have been granted for software, television quiz game shows, board games and apparel. With lotteries in 33 of 50 states, the recognition of this word provides a giant platform for the character's use in many products

New Animated "Mega Babies" Hits FOX Family
Mega Babies, a new animated series produced by CineGroupe in association with Sony Wonder and presented by Landmark Entertainment, premieres on Teletoon in Canada (Sunday, October 10 at 4:00 pm), and on Fox Family Channel in the U.S (Sunday, October 10 with back-to-back episodes at 9:00 and 9:30 am) with 26 action-packed half-hour episodes.

The frenzied excitement begins when a toxic blast mutates a trio of orphan babies into an ultra-strong fighting force. Mega Babies Derrick, Meg and Buck gain super powers after being struck by a DNA-altering bolt of lightning, and now the irreverent infants are prepared to do battle against the evil menaces of the universe. Jacques Pettigrew, Michel Lemire, Loris Kramer and Gary Goddard are executive producers; Louis Duquet is the producer; and Kevin Currie is the director.

The series was created by Montrealers Christian and Yvon Tremblay, who are also the series' associate producers. Mega Babies is produced by CineGroupe Animation Inc. in association with Sony Wonder and is presented by Landmark Entertainment. Mega Babies is distributed worldwide by CinGroupe and by Sunbow Entertainment, a division of Sony Wonder.


Tuesday, October 5, 1999

Princess Mononoke Trailer Released
The movie trailer for Princess Mononoke has been released and can be downloaded from the Upcoming Animated Films section of Animation Artist Magazine. The movie is being released in 20 theaters on October 29, 1999.

Signed Copy of "Illusion of Life" to be Awarded
Animation Artist Magazine will be giving away a signed copy of the limited edition, first printing, of Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston's "Illusion of Life" book. Originally printed (and sold out) in 1981, the book is considered a "must-have" for any serious animator or animation fan.

Recently, Animation Artist Magazine purchased another person's copy of the book (only 3,000 copies of the limited edition were made) just to give away as a prize to one lucky reader. Second runner-up will receive a later edition of "The Illusion of Life" (not part of the limited edition set and not signed) and third-runner up will receive a copy of the book, "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, The Making of a Classic Film."

This is a skills contests. Full details will be emailed this evening to Mailing List members , and posted to the Animation Artist Contests page tomorrow. In short, the contest is to write an essay on "The History of Animation." Full details, including judging criteria, will be available tomorrow on the Contests page.

"The Indescribable Nth" Tries for Oscar Nod
The Indescribable Nth," the latest original animated short from the prolific Character Builders animation studio in Powell, Ohio, will be entered this year by its producers Leslie Hough, Jim Kammerud and Oscar Moore into the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences' Animated Short Film competition, following a qualifying three-day exhibition Oct. 19, 20 and 21 at a Los Angeles-area Laemmle theater.

"The Indescribable Nth," a magical story about the mystery of the human heart, was written and directed by Moore with music by Bennie Wallace.


Monday, October 4, 1999

Princess Mononoke to Have Limited Release
Princess Mononoke will only be released in 20 cities when it hits theaters on Friday, October 29, 1999. The PG-13 anime film, being distributed by Disney subsidiary Miramax Films, has already aired at several film festivals and had a sneak preview last Thursday night at UCLA. For more information, including the list of cities that Princess Mononoke will open at, visit the Animation Artist Upcoming Movies section.

One Year Anniversary Tomorrow
Tomorrow is the one-year anniversary of the launch of Animation Artist Magazine. On October 5, 1998, the online magazine was first launched with about 20 pages of information. Now, 364 days later, there is over 300 pages of information. As part of the celebration, tomorrow Animation Artist Magazine will launch a contest to win a signed limited edition copy of "The Illusion of Life" by Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston.


Sunday, October 3, 1999

Disney to open second theme park in France
Disney has announced that it is going to build a second theme park in France, which will be located right next door to its Disneyland Paris theme park.  The new park, which has yet to be named, will focus more on the entertainment industry, including an inside look at animation techniques. Currently, Disneyland Paris is the number one tourist attraction in all of Europe. Disney is already adding a shopping mall and residential housing to the area.  Animation Artist Magazine will keep you posted on any new developments in regards to the animation attraction being built in the new park.

ANNIE Award Nominations Announced
The ANNIE animation award nominations have been announced and here are the nominations in the key categories:

Outstanding Achievement in an Animated Theatrical Feature:
"A Bug's Life" – Walt Disney Pictures and Pixar
"South Park: Bigger, Longer, & Uncut" –Paramount Pictures
"Tarzan" – Walt Disney Pictures
"The Iron Giant" – Warner Bros. Feature Animation
"The Prince of Egypt" – DreamWorks

Outstanding Achievement in an Animated Home Video Production:
"The Land Before Time VI" – Universal Cartoon Studios
"The Lion King II: Simba's Pride" – Walt Disney Television Animation
"Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World" – Walt Disney Television Animation
"Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island" – Warner Home Video and Hanna-Barbera Cartoons

Outstanding Achievement in an Animated Television Program:
"Batman Beyond" – Warner Bros. Television Animation
"Futurama" – The Curosity Co.
"King of the Hill" – 20th Century Fox Television and Deedle-Dee Productions
"New Batman/Superman Adventures" – Warner Bros. Television Animation
"The Simpsons" – Gracie Films and 20th Century Fox Television

A number of individual animation awards will also be given out at the 27th annual ANNIE awards, which is being held on November 6 at the Alex Theater in Glendale.


Saturday, October 2, 1999

Japan's Largest Airline to decorate with Pokemon
Remember when the UPS plane painted it's exterior with an image of the orca Keiko? Well, now Nippon Airways (ANA), Japan's largest airline, has painted on it's exterior the characters of Pokemon. Boeing 747 aircraft is 232 feet in length and is covered from nose to tail in the popular characters. Some of the Pokemon characters are more than 20 feet tall! They take it even further by bringing the Pokemon theme onboard. Passengers will see ANA flight attendants wear Pokemon aprons and their seats have Pokemon headrest covers. This aircraft is used on ANA's U.S. routes from Tokyo to Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco and now Washington, D.C. ANA has six other Pokemon aircraft in service on routes in Japan.
 

Friday, October 1, 1999

Toy Story II Trailer at Animation Artist!
Disney is releasing the Toy Story II movie trailer into theaters next week. Web surfers, however, get an early sneak peek. The Upcoming Animated Films section of Animation Artist magazine has posted the movie trailer for download. Click here to go directly to the Toy Story II page for download instructions.

 

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