The second annual Metreon Festival of Anime kicks off in San Francisco this weekend, and the festival highlight is the West Coast premiere of Columbia/Tri-Star's COWBOY BEBOP: THE MOVIE. Set on Mars in the year 2071, COWBOY BEBOP: THE MOVIE is based on the popular animated television series by Japanese director Shinichiro Watanabe, which airs on Cartoon Network in the U.S. The film is scheduled for theatrical release in early 2003.
On Saturday, September 21, Kids' WB!'s new 2002-2003 season dominated the Saturday morning competition to rank number one in kids 6-11 (5.7/25), beating Nickelodeon for the first time since March 18, 2000. The network also led all competition for the morning in boys 2-11 (6.0/26), boys 6-11 (8.0/32) and tweens 9-14 (5.0/25). Taking the top six program spots in the key demographic of boys 6-11, the network beat the combined performances of Nickelodeon (5.4/23) and Fox Box (1.8/7). Among kids 2-11, Kids' WB! also outperformed ABC Kids (1.7/8) and Fox Box (1.1/5) combined. Kids' WB!
The most successful film in the history of Japanese cinema finally debuts in North America in a newly dubbed version supervised by Pixar's John Lasseter. Directed by Hayao Miyazaki, SPIRITED AWAY follows the fanciful adventures of a little girl named Chihiro who discovers a secret world when she and her family get lost. When her parents undergo a mysterious transformation, Chihiro must fend for herself as she encounters strange spirits who seek to prevent her from returning to the human world.
September 14, 2002 marks the premiere of kid-friendly programming on most network and some cable stations. The Kids' WB will kick off the season with a "Scoob-Tacular-Saturday Sweepstakes," which offers kids the chance to win one of thousands of prizes throughout the morning. The network will introduce three new series to the fall schedule: the all-new WHAT'S NEW SCOOBY-DOO?, the buddy-cop comedy OZZY & DRIX and the new Mexican wrestling comedy ¡MUCHA LUCHA!, which had an early sneak-peek debut on Saturday, August 17. Kids' WB!
2002 marks the 15th anniversary of the Society for Animation Studies (SAS). Drawing historians, scholars and filmmakers from around the globe, the Society will celebrate this achievement with its 14th annual conference in Glendale, California, September 26-29, 2002. This year's conference will focus on a wide range of topics, including anime, technology, culture, gender and identity, childhood, theory and criticism, feature film production and Disney (in honor of Walt Disney's 100th birthday).
Toronto, Ontario's 10plus1 Communications is looking for a STORYBOARD ASSISTANT . . . New York, New York's Bunko Studios, Inc. is looking for a GRAPHIC DESIGNER . . . Santa Ana, California's Cartoons & Entertainment International, Inc. is looking for a 2D ANIMATOR . . . MiltonKeynes, UK's EurotimeSolutions is looking for a 3D ANIMATOR . . . FXJobs is looking for a COMPOSITOR . . . Moorpark, California's High Street Studios is looking for a BACKGROUND PAINTER . . . London, UK's Icecandy Entertainment is looking for a CHARACTER DESIGNER/MODELLER 2D/3D . . .
Vancouver-based Electric FX has released the public beta test of eFX Extract3D, a new effects plug-in for Adobe After Effects. According to Electric FX, the plug-in is designed to integrate 3D information with regular 2D imagery in the desktop compositing workflow, thereby enhancing the ability for visual effects and motion graphics artists to create effects based on a variety of 3D metadata, such as pixel depth (distance from the camera), object identifiers and surface characteristics.
Visit all of AWN's Discussion Forums to stay in touch with the animation community! This week, hot forum discussions include the best character animation in video games and recommended anime feature films. Over in Show and Tell, check out "The Bear Who Wanted To Be a Ballerina" and "Bert," plus demo reels and portfolios posted by Forum users. Don't miss The Animation Flea Market, where users can post items wanted or for sale. Visit all of AWN's Forums.
The Big Apple Anime Fest 2002 (BAAF 2002) will present the exclusive sneak preview of DreamWorks' recently acquired anime feature MILLENNIUM ACTRESS, this Saturday, August 31, 2002 at 7:30 pm. The screening will be introduced by Taro Maki, the film's producer, who will also be hosting a question and answer session directly following the feature. The festival will also premiere the English dubbed version of COWBOY BEBOP: THE MOVIE on Friday, August 30, 2002 at 8:00 pm (this screening is unfortunately sold out!).
Why hasn't American animation followed suit? Fred Patten reviews the new Trigun Ultimate Fan Guide and wonders why U.S. series aren't similarly documented.
Each week, Animation World Magazine offers new articles, special features and theme-based coverage of the art, craft and industry of animation. New this week:
Gerry Poulos details the steps to becoming a voice over actor for anime productions. Includes interviews with six leading anime director/producers.
Strega Imaging, a new visual FX and motion graphics design company, has opened its doors in Universal City, California. Partners and co-creative directors Colin Cheer and Michael Jackson gained their industry experience from their previous work on an eclectic array of projects. Cheer, an illustrator and designer, was involved in the early days of the desktop publishing revolution, and in 1997 he was recruited to head the 3D effects team at 525 Studios, working on effects for the series THE OUTER LIMITS along with other film and video projects.
Anime and pigs is the winning combination for Miramax Television's kids' TV debut. TOKYO PIG, an anime comedy produced by Miramax in association with SME Visual Works, Inc. will debut on ABC Family September 14, 2002. TOKYO PIG follows the adventures of nine-year-old Spencer and his magical pet pig, Sunny. When paired with Sunny, Spencer discovers he has the ability to make whatever he imagines come to life. Each week the duo embarks on a new adventure and Spencer tries to keep his stray thoughts from running wild and turning his life upside-down.
Anime and manga distributor ADV Films has acquired the short anime film THE VOICES OF A DISTANT STAR and plans a DVD-only release for the title. Using a mix of traditional and computer animation, the film was written, directed, edited and animated by Makoto Shinkai using a Power Macintosh 7600/120 computer and several consumer and professional-level design and animation software programs. Shinkai recently won the award for "Most Valuable Newcomer" at the 2002 Tokyo Anime Fair.
Manga publisher Tokyopop is transforming its booth at Comic-Con into "Manga Land," featuring a variety of branded attractions showcasing Tokyopop's popular manga brands, including INITIAL D, GTO and the CLAMP titles. The attractions include a full-sized prototype INITIAL D arcade game, a GTO "classroom" starring GTO hero Onizuka in the flesh, mini-manga drawing competitions and other games for prizes.
Fox Kids UK has announced the line-up for its new season of programming and it includes several UK television premieres and a second season of the battling robots show MEDABOTS, which is currently one of Fox Kids UK's top-rated shows. Among the UK premieres are the anime series SHIN CHAN, acquired from TV Asahi, and PIG CITY, a Cinegroupe production that features the adventures of a country bumpkin pig in the big city.
NorthAmerican anime distributor A.D. Vision, Inc. (ADV), has partneredwith CoMix Wave, Inc., a Japanese anime and manga management andproduction company, to promote and popularize CoMix Wave's creativetalent and holdings. CoMix Wave manages more than 50 of Japan's topmanga artists and illustrators, and works to discover and promote newtalent within the industry. The company also manages production --both in Japan and overseas -- of a variety of anime projects,
DreamWorksSKG has thrown its hat into the anime ring with the acquisition ofthe worldwide distribution rights for the Japanese animated filmMILLENNIUM ACTRESS. The film rights, licensed from The Klockworx Co.,Ltd., include all forms of distribution including theatrical, homevideo, television and ancillary rights, and covers all markets withthe exception of Asia. Based in Tokyo, The Klockworx Co., Ltd. willoversee the film's release in Asia. Directed by PERFECT BLUE director
Manga publisher Tokyopop has acquired publishing rights to the highly popular manga series LUPIN THE 3RD and the movie books for Katsuhiro Otomo's AKIRA. Tokyopop plans to publish the LUPIN THE 3RD series in its original right-to-left format, while AKIRA will join the company's growing catalog of "Cine-Manga" titles (digitally captured screen stills laid out in a storyboard format). With titles in its catalog including SAILOR MOON, GUNDAM WING, INITIAL D, REAL BOUT HIGH SCHOOL and COWBOY BEBOP, Tokyopop also publishes several hit properties based on popular Cartoon Network and Kids!
The 4th Brisbane International Animation Festival.
Wednesday, October 09 - Sunday, October 13, 2002.
Entry Deadline: Friday, August 16, 2002.
San Francisco, California's Academy of Art College is looking for an ANIMATION/VFX INSTRUCTOR . . . Angry Chicken Productions is looking for a TRADITIONAL ANIMATOR . . . Artifact Entertainment is looking for a MAYA ANIMATOR . . . Boomba is looking for a STORYBOARD ARTIST . . . Clay Pixel Studios - USA is looking for a DIRECTOR - 3D ANIMATION, a FINANCE CONTROLLER/CFO, a PRODUCER - 3D ANIMATION and a SALESPERSON - 3D SERVICES . . . Glendale, California's DreamWorks Animation is looking for a 3D/2D CHARACTER LIGHTER . . . Mumbai, India's Famous Cine Labs & Studios Ltd.
Visit all of AWN's Discussion Forums to stay in touch with the animation community! This week, hot forum discussions include the importance of learning Flash, the best anime films and more on LILO & STITCH. In The Animator's Desktop, Tony White has posted lesson #9 in his "Making Things Move Well" series. This lesson focuses on Flipping. Over in Show and Tell, check out "First Kiss" plus demo reels and portfolios posted by Forum users. Don't miss The Animation Flea Market, where users can post items wanted or for sale. Visit all of AWN's Forums.
From an Oscar-nominated animated boy hero to World War II to Plymptoons, July has a little bit of everything in the way of home video releases.
In this Oscar-nominated feature from Nickelodeon Movies, nerdy Jimmy Neutron and his robot dog fight evil, rescue his parents and save Earth. DVD features include, "The Making of Jimmy Neutron" featurette, two music videos, 12 promotional spots, seven DVD-ROM games and two theatrical trailers. Release Date: July 2, 2002. Suggested retail price: DVD $29.99.
Belgium's A&A Computer Systems is looking for a 3D ANIMATOR . . . India's Animation Resources Academy is looking for a CARTOONIST . . . Tulsa, Oklahoma's areyoupissed.com is looking for a WEB DESIGNER (UNPAID) . . . Corsham, Wiltshire's Bazley Films is looking for a PRODUCER . . . Woodland Hills, California's Darrel Bowen Media Design Services is looking for a WRITER . . . El Segundo, California's Digital Artist Management, Inc. is looking for an ENVIRONMENTAL ARTIST and a GAME PROGRAMMER . . .