If you live in Los Angeles, don't miss this final opportunity to check out two amazing animation exhibits: "Oscars In Animation" at the Academy and "William Kentridge" at LACMA. The "Oscars in Animation" exhibition, currently on display at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, showcases animated films that have been nominated for or have won an Academy Award. "Oscars in Animation" features rare and original animation art spanning seven decades -- from 1932, when the Academy awarded the first Oscar for animation, to the present day.
ASIFA-Hollywood, The Animation Guild Local 839 and Women In Animation present "State of the Industry: Independent Animation," the second in a series of quarterly discussions. This event will highlight the possibilities for animators that exist beyond the big studios. Piet Kroon (T.R.A.N.S.I.T., OSMOSIS JONES), will moderate the guest panel.
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.
On Sunday, October 6, 2002 MIPCOM Junior's "Talking With" sessions will host Gary E. Knell, president and CEO of Sesame Workshop. He will be interviewed by George Winslow, director of special projects, Reed Television Group. "Talking With" is an informal interview session that offers market participants an opportunity to interact with major players in the TV industry. Knell will unveil the story of the organization that revolutionized television with the legendary SESAME STREET and tell how its mission to create educational and challenging content for children is carried out.
The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) is the sole West Coast and final U.S. venue of South African artist William Kentridges haunting drawings and animated films. The exhibition remains on view through October 6, 2002. This is the first American retrospective of Kentridge's work and includes eleven animated films, more than 60 drawings, two sculptural installations and video presentations of theater and opera productions designed and scripted by Kentridge.
Pixar Animation is opening its doors for a worthy cause. The studio, which is normally not open to the public, is hosting a gala preview of the English-dubbed version of Hayao Miyazaki's SPIRITED AWAY, featuring special guests Miyazaki, Pixar director John Lasseter and actor John Ratzenberger, to benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. On Sunday, September 15, 2002, guests can enjoy an exclusive opportunity to spend an afternoon at Pixar Animation Studios, view a special preview of the film and meet the special guests during a cocktail reception and silent auction.
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!).
If you live in the Los Angeles-area, you have the opportunity to see Walt Disneys 1959 classic animated feature SLEEPING BEAUTY in its fully restored, original Technirama 70mm format. Screening exclusively at Hollywood's El Capitan theater, this special widescreen print of the film also features a restored audio soundtrack that takes maximum advantage of the films six-track Stereophonic mix highlighting the film's score, which was adapted from the music of Tchaikovsky.
On Friday, August 23, 2002, Playhouse Pictures, one of Hollywood's oldest animation studios, is having a moving sale. Beginning at 7:00 pm, the sale will include 45 years of animation paraphernalia from TV and film. According to ASIFA-Hollywood, vintage animation drawings and cels, background paintings, storyboards, color models, story sketches, cereal boxes, toys and even some animation equipment will be up for grabs. The sale will also be open to the general public on Saturday, August 24 and Sunday, August 25.
On Thursday, August 22, 2002, Saks Fifth Avenue and The New York Museum of Radio and Television are sponsoring a preview screening of the new Cartoon Network CG special, THE GROOVENIANS. Starring Dennis Hopper and Paul Reubens and featuring music by Mark Mothersbaugh of DEVO fame and members of the B-52s, the show is based on the designs of Pop-Surrealist Kenny Scharf. A special cocktail party and exclusive GROOVENIANS T-shirt signing with Scharf will be held at the Saks Manhattan store (611 5th Avenue) on Thursday, August 22nd from 6:00 8:00 pm.
At the 2002 London Effects and Animation Festival (LEAF), visual effects house The Mill will give a detailed presentation on the visual effects it created for Ridley Scott's Oscar-winning film BLACK HAWK DOWN. Further supporting the festival, The Mill has created animated IDs for the LEAF Awards to be held on October 10, 2002 at London's Olympia exhibition center. "We are very excited to be involved with this year's LEAF," says The Mill's 3D operations manager Stephen Venning.
Have you been waiting for a glimpse of Cartoon Network's brand-new HE-MAN series? Well, get yourself to Comic-Con this weekend and visit the Mattel booth #2942-2945 for a sneak-peek preview of the new Cartoon Network series, HE-MAN AND THE MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE from Mike Young Productions. Representatives from Cartoon Network, Mattel and Mike Young will be discussing the latest news about the property on Friday, August 2, 2002 from 1:00-2:00 pm in Room 6BCDEF. The series premieres with a 90-minute movie on Cartoon Network on Friday, August 16, 2002.
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.
Two premier events for the 3D, animation and effects market in the UK have combined their resources to create a single event. Digital Arts Festival, owned by Future Publishing, and Digital Media World, owned by Advanstar Communications, have combined into Digital Arts World, a single exhibition showcasing the best of both events. The new event will be held in the Grand Hall, Olympia, from October 9-11, 2002.
Animation World Network is proud to present artists Syd Mead and Bill Plympton for an exclusive signing at the AWN booth #1046 on Saturday, August 3, 2002 at Comic-Con International at the San Diego Convention Center, Aug. 1-4. Don't miss this incredible opportunity to meet two legends in art and animation.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 3, 2002 AWN BOOTH #1046
Bill Plympton: 11:00 am 1:00 pm
Syd Mead: 2:00 pm 4:00 pm: (only Comic-Con appearance)
On Wednesday, July 17, 2002 at 7:00 pm, ASIFA-Hollywood presents "Walt Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST - Eleven Years Later." BEAUTY & THE BEAST animator Tom Sito and a panel of veteran Disney artists will be assembled to recall the stories behind the creation of the only animated feature to be nominated for a Best Picture Academy Award. Among those tentatively scheduled to join Tom are director Gary Trousedale, Jim Hillin (CG supervisor, ballroom sequence), Nik Ranieri (creator of Lumiere) and Rick Familoe (animator of Lefou).
If you live or are going to be in the Los Angeles area between August 1, 2002 and October 6, 2002, be sure to stop by The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Gallery for the exhibit "Oscars in Animation 7 Decades of Animation Art." Culled primarily from the private collection of Mike Glad and the Glad Family Trust, this comprehensive exhibition displays rare and original animation art from every year since 1933 to the present, all of it from Oscar-nominated or winning films.
If you've heard rumors that the San Antonio Convention Center has been washed away by pesky flooding, pay no heed! While the record rainfall has caused flooding in the San Antonio area, downtown San Antonio where SIGGRAPH 2002 will be held 21-26 July has been unaffected. SIGGRAPH 2002 attendees and exhibitors will be able to enjoy their usual SIGGRAPH activities. To see a current picture of the riverwalk and the convention center go to the SIGGRAPH Website.
The second Melbourne International Animation Festival in Melbourne, Australia concluded on Sunday, June 30, 2002 with a best of the festival screening and awards presentation. Featuring over 150 films from more than 30 countries, the festival is currently touring other major Australian cities. Among the winners of this year's awards were DOG by Suzie Templeton, which tied with Phil Mulloy's THE INVASION for Best Overall Film. The Best Australian Film prize of AUS$2,000 (donated by SBS Television) was shared by Dan Hartney's BUCKETHEAD and LOOKING FOR HORSES by Anthony Lawrence.
BATMAN executive producer Michael Uslan will discusshow to build franchises, with an emphasis on branding, at the nextinstallment of the Cornerstone Film Lecture Series program. Theseries kicked off in March 2002 with artist Bernie Wrightson and inMay 2002, Cornerstone hosted RETURN OF THE JEDI and RAIDERS OF THELOST ARK producer Howard Kazanjian. Uslan's lecture will take placeThursday, June 27, 2002 (7:00 pm - 8:30 pm), at CornerstoneAnimation's offices at 815 East Colorado Blvd. in Glendale,
This summer, the NewYork Museum of Television and Radio (MTR) will feature the ED, EDD NEDDY episode "An Ed Is Born" among the programs screened as part ofthe special program "Cartoon POWER! Celebrating Cartoon Network's 93/4 Birthday." The MTR is honoring Cartoon Network's contributions toanimation with a screening series highlighting its broad range oforiginal programming. "Cartoon POWER!" will also include originalartwork and conceptual drawings from ED, EDD N EDDY creators a.k.a.
The Los Angeles Film Festival kicks off nine days of screenings this Friday, June 21, 2002, including the Los Angeles premiere of MISSING PERSONS, an independent feature length 3D animated film that tells the story of four lost souls in the 60th Precinct of Coney Island. The lives of a burnt-out detective, a rookie sergeant, an emancipated World War II Army surplus robot and a disfigured streetfighter intersect during the investigation of a mysterious man in this debut feature film from directors/animators/twin brothers Dan & Matt O'Donnell.
Freshfrom the dedication on June 13, 2002 of the Ray Harryhausen AnimationLab at Ex'pression Center for New Media in Emeryville, California,Ray Harryhausen received another honor, this time from the Academy ofArt College in San Francisco. On Monday, June 24, 2002, as part ofthe Academy's ongoing "Legends of Film Graphics" series, RayHarryhausen was presented an honorary doctoral degree from thecollege. The following day, the Academy's main animation building was
Do you have a series in production? Are you looking for financial partners? Are you about to sign a co-production contract and need to establish your production budget? Then you should be in Cardiff, Wales, U.K. on June 21st and 22nd for the CARTOON FINANCE Cartoon Master.
The Big Apple Anime Festival (BAAF) will host anime director Yoshiyuki Tomino, creator of the GUNDAM saga, as a guest of honor at BAAF 2002. Tomino will be appearing at BAAF 2002 and the Anime Expo NY, both held in Times Square, August 30 - September 2, 2002. Yoshiyuki Tomino's CHAR'S COUNTER ATTACK will be one of the featured films to be screened at the festival. There will also be a panel discussion on Tomino's works and he will make a special guest appearance at the Times Square Virgin Megastore where he will greet fans and sign autographs.