February 12, 2001
DVD Animated and Anime Titles Being Released Tomorrow
It is a slow release week for animated and anime DVD titles
as only two are being released tomorrow. The list will pick
up next week, however.
are the two Animated DVDs being released tomorrow:
Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle (mixed live action
Vol. 3 (1994)
February 13, 2001
Office Results for Animated Films
Here are the Box Office results for animated films last weekend
as The Emperor's New Groove nears the $80 million mark, a number
that seemed unreachable to critics after the animated movie's
poor opening weekend in mid-December:
Emperor's New Groove
$1.3 Million ($1,220 per screen average - 33% decrease)
18th at the Box Office (up from #19 last weekend)
Total to Date: $83.5 Million
$147,713 ($4,103 per screen average - 5% decrease)
35th at the Box Office (up from #36 last week)
Total to Date: $5.7 Million
$110,259 Million ($525 per screen average - 33% decrease)
36th at the Box Office (down from #33 last weekend)
Total to Date: $75.2 Million
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The Academy Award nominations were announced earlier this
morning. Here are the nominations for Best Animated Short Film
and Best Visual Effects:
Animated Short Film
Father and Daughter
The Perfect Storm
missing from Best Animated Short was Pixar's For the Birds.
animated movies received a nomination for Best Original Score
(Dinosaur was surprisingly missing from this category), but
Disney's The Emperor's New Groove did receive a Best Original
Song nomination for "My Funny Friend and Me" by Sting
and David Hartley.
February 14, 2001
Releases Final Fantasy Budget Numbers
Square and Columbia Pictures state that it cost $137 million
to make Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within, which opens
in theaters nationwide on July 13, 2001. The $137 million includes
all costs associated with the production of the film. It does
not include the cost for marketing the movie, which Columbia
Pictures, the distributor for the film, will handle.
has experienced great success with its Final Fantasy series
for Playstation, which have ranged from medieval fantasies to
futuristic sci-fi adventures. For Final Fantasy: The Spirits
Within, Square decided to create a futuristic sci-fi fantasy.
It has also been reported that Square has already begun work
on another Final Fantasy movie that will also be a futuristic
sci-fi adventure and possibly a sequel to Final Fantasy:
The Spirits Within.
Fantasy: The Spirits Within is expected to receive a PG-13
rating from the MPAA.
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Toys to Invade Stores
Part of the mounting DreamWorks campaign for the animated
Shrek includes invading toy stores with dozens of Shrek
toys. This includes
A series of 6-inch fully articulated figures, which include
Shrek, Dragon Battlin' Shrek, Donkey Fiona, Duloc Mascot and
A series of 6-inch bean toys with sound (a McFarlane Toys first),
including Shrek, Donkey, Fiona, Lord Farquaad and Gingerbread
A series of 3-inch figures sold in multipacks of six figures
each. The list includes all the major and many minor characters
in the film, including Shrek, Fiona, Dragon, Donkey, Lord Farquaad,
Knight and many more.
Duloc Dungeon Playset, complete with sound and play action.
A series of super-size figures (10 to 12 inches) of Shrek and
Donkey, fully articulated and featuring voice chips with signature
Several diorama-style playsets, including Shrek's Swamp House,
the Wrestling Ring and Deluxe Dragon.
is being released nationally on May 18, 2001.
February 15, 2001
and the Beast IMAX Details
On February 7, Animation Artist Magazine broke
news that Disney was planning on rereleasing Beauty and the
Beast to IMAX screens. Disney confirmed that news yesterday
with an official announcement that appears below:
"tale as old as time" will get introduced to a new
generation of fans in a big way when Walt Disney Pictures releases
its Academy Award-winning animated motion picture Beauty
and the Beast in IMAX and other large-format venues around
the world on March 8th, 2002, it was announced today (2/14)
by Dick Cook, chairman of the Walt Disney Motion Pictures Group.
the only animated film ever to be nominated for a Best Picture
Oscar, the giant-screen release of Beauty and the Beast
follows the record-breaking success last year of Disney's Fantasia/2000
- The IMAX Experience, which took in 2.8 million dollars in
its first two days, more than $10 million in two weeks, and
more than $64.4 million worldwide in only 75 theaters by the
end of its limited four-month IMAX engagement.
make Beauty and the Beast a must-see event, Walt Disney
Feature Animation has spent a year in production on the film,
enhancing the image and refining character faces, backgrounds,
and special effects, in order to let the film shine brightly
on the giant screen. In addition, the filmmakers have added
an extraordinary, never-before-seen musical sequence, featuring
the song "Human Again" by the Academy Award-winning
team of Howard Ashman and Alan Menken. Written for the original
1991 release, the song was storyboarded but never animated,
until now. Featured in the hit Broadway musical Beauty and the
Beast,"Human Again" is an upbeat, festive sequence
in which the enchanted characters dream about what they'll do
when they change back into their original forms. This marks
the first time that Disney has ever animated a new sequence
for a previously-released feature.
on the announcement, Cook said, "The success of Fantasia/2000
clearly indicates that Disney entertainment and giant-screen
showmanship go together like Mickey and Minnie, and this is
a relationship we want to continue. We think Beauty and the
Beast is a perfect match for large-format theaters -- with
critical acclaim, worldwide box office success, and a hit Broadway
show to its credit, this remains one of the most popular Disney
stories of all time."
Schumacher, President of Walt Disney Feature Animation, added,
"At the time of its initial release, Beauty and the
Beast represented a major milestone for our animators and
for the genre as a whole. Now, with its giant screen debut,
the addition of a great new musical sequence, and new improvements
to the picture and sound quality, the film truly is bigger and
better than ever. Directors Kirk Wise and Gary Trousdale and
producer Don Hahn have created a timeless piece of entertainment."
support the giant screen release of Beauty and the Beast,
Disney will be working with each theater to design an individual
marketing campaign specific to that theater. Each theater will
be assigned a Disney representative to assist it, as the Studio
did successfully with Fantasia/2000. Furthermore, taking
advantage of the unique educational opportunities offered by
Beauty and the Beast, the Studio is creating two complete
resource guides -- one complete program for elementary school
students, and another for middle school students -- to assist
teachers looking for real-world examples of their everyday assignments.
The guides will include lesson plans in Language Arts and Reading,
Social Studies, Science and New Technology, Art, Music and Dance,
and Foreign Language.
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