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Headline News The $100M Mouse Slips To 2nd At U.S. B.O.

Sony's US$100 million plus grossing film STUART LITTLE couldn't hold off

the live-action comedy NEXT FRIDAY at the U.S. box office thus slipping to

second place. The mega-mouse flick, with primary visual effects by Sony

Pictures Imageworks, additional animation by CFX and Rhythm & Hues, and

miniatures by Thunderstone, grossed US$9.7 million bringing its grand total

to $106.8 million. THE GREEN MILE, with primary visual effects by ILM,

Rhythm & Hues, POP and Matte World Digital, fell to 5th place grossing $7.6

Headline News Cartoon Noir In LA

NEW! * Friday, February 25, 2000 - Thursday, March 2, 2000. Los Angeles, CA, U.S.A.

CARTOON NOIR comes to LA. This multi-technique film is a feature-length

compilation of animated shorts from American and European artists. Featured

in CARTOON NOIR are: APE, Julie Zammarchi's darkly comic critique of

monogamy, meat eating and the daily pattern of human brutality; ALTAIR,

Lewis Klahr's collagist elegy on New York nightlife; CLUB OF THE DISCARDED,

Headline News TAIS Presents Disney Animator Peter Emslie

* Wednesday, January 26, 2000. Toronto, Canada.

TAIS, the Toronto Animated Image Society, will present "Creating Appealing

Cartoon Characters" with Peter Emslie. In the evening's presentation, the

long-time Disney animator will explain his personal theory on what makes

for good cartoon character design, by referring to videotape and sketching

on the spot to illustrate various points. Since 1979, Emslie has spent much

of his time drawing for the Walt Disney Company. On staff for 10 years and

Headline News Disney Channel With A Latin Touch

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, January 19, 2000 at 12:00am

On Friday, January 14, 2000, Walt Disney International-Latin America

announced the launch of the Disney Channel Latin America and an exclusive

satellite television distribution agreement with Galaxy Latin America, LLC

for DIRECTV service in Spanish-speaking Latin America. "Launching the

Disney Channel in Latin America in 2000 is an exciting initiative for the

Walt Disney Company," said Diego Lerner, president and managing director,

WDI-Latin America. "As we have in other parts of the world, we will now

Headline News V12 Births Blue Cross/Blue Shield Spot

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, January 19, 2000 at 12:00am

V12's director David Hwang created a "'50s sitcom spoof" commercial for

Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Produced for the Detroit ad agency DP + Company,

the 30-second spot features blue-tinted footage of a classic LEAVE IT TO

BEAVER-like family. As the family reads about the Selectcare program, the

commercial washes over in bright Technicolor hues. The voice-over

concludes, "Sometimes the answer can come right out of the blue." Jennifer

Lucero produced for V12.

Headline News Red Rover Raps Molson Spot

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, January 19, 2000 at 12:00am

Toronto-based RED ROVER's directors Andy and Linzi Knight created the

"subliminal" message for the Molson Export "Subliminal" spot. The 30-second

spot slyly transforms the bubbles in a glass of beer into the image of

three go-go girls dancing to "And the Beat Goes On." The spot was produced

for McClaren McCann of Toronto. Linzi Knight said, "This is the kind of

commercial people look forward to seeing because they're always looking to

see if they notice anything else going. That kind of viewer attention is

Headline News Class-Key Chew-Po Closes On 2 Spots

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, January 19, 2000 at 12:00am

CLASS-KEY CHEW-PO, the commercial division of Klasky Csupo, produced two

animated spots for Hasbro's "Together TV" and Tiger Electronics' "Find

Furby" game. Both spots were directed by Steven Dovas and were produced for

New York-based ad agency Posnick & Koklaer. The "Together TV" spot features

live-action heads placed atop animated bodies. The spot highlights parents

spending time with their children. The "Find Furby" spot brings animated

versions of the Furby dolls to life as they bounce around the sky from

Headline News Curious Pictures & Tomato Create RCA Spot

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, January 19, 2000 at 12:00am

London-based collective, CURIOUS PICTURES and TOMATO, created the blend of

type graphics and stock footage for an RCA spot entitled "Static." Graphics

weave together images of static, distortion and color bars, until finally a

crisp picture of the two RCA Dalmatian mascots appear to illustrate the

growth of television from its early days to HDTV. The spot ends with the

tag "RCA. Changing entertainment. Again." Graham Wood directed for Curious

Pictures/Tomato and Quiche Campbell produced.

Headline News Pajama Sam 3 Arrives In April

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, January 19, 2000 at 12:00am

Hitting the U.S. market April 2000, Humongous Entertainment will bring

families their new CD-ROM, PAJAMA SAM 3: YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT FROM YOUR

HEAD TO YOUR FEET. Pajama Sam is back to uncover the mysterious

disappearance of four Peace Delegates who have not arrived at the Food

Pyramid for a Peace Conference. The suggested retail price will be $24.99.

Headline News NATPE News

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, January 19, 2000 at 12:00am

NATPE is one of the leading television markets and conferences in the

world. The event in New Orleans offers animation and special effects

companies a rare opportunity to showcase their work to a global audience.

NATPE 2000 will offer a vast array of exhibitors gathered in pavilions such

as Animation/Licensing sponsored by KidScreen; Cable sponsored by ATVC

(Asociacion Argentia de Television por Cable); HDTV/Visual Effects

sponsored by SMPTE (Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers);

Headline News Disney's Imagine Finds New Home At Fox

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, January 19, 2000 at 12:00am

Imagine Television, the makers of THE PJS, is leaving Disney for its new

home at Fox. The three-year collaboration between the small screen arm of

production house Imagine Entertainment and 20th Century Fox Television will

take effect at the end of April 2000. Worth up to $30 million, the deal

also includes a two-year option extension. Imagine TV had been based at

Walt Disney Television since it was formed in 1997 by Imagine Entertainment

Headline News Hey Monie To Debut On Oxygen

Tom Snyder Productions, the creators of DR. KATZ: PROFESSIONAL THERAPIST,

have been assigned to create a new animated comedy series for Oxygen,

Geraldine Laybourne's new network to launch February 2, 2000 to accompany

the Web site of the same name. The comedy series titled HEY MONIE is based

on the life and longings of a single African-American professional woman in

big city America. This is the first network animated series based on an

African-American woman and her friends. The show is scheduled to air on

Headline News Renegade Creates Trix Yogurt Spot

RENEGADE ANIMATION created their third in a series of 30-second Trix Yogurt

spots for New York-based ad agency Saatchi & Saatchi. The spot starts out

with a group of sad kids in a black & white colored world until they taste

Trix Yogurt. They use their spoons as magic wands to paint the world in

bright colors. The cel animated spot was directed by Darrell Van Citters

and produced by Jeff Poehlmann of Johnson Burnett Productions.

Headline News yU + Co Designs Graphics for AmEx Spot

yU + CO, in collaboration with Digital Domain, provided the motion graphics

design for seven new American Express "Blue" commercials. The titles appear

at the close of the spots as a grouping of light and dark squares, as in a

highly pixilated image, before coming into focus as letters. The titles

where designed to comment on the physical flexibility and the holographic

blue box center of the new card. Garson Yu was designer and director for yU

Headline News Radium Raps Mervyn's Spot

RADIUM's Inferno artist Alaina Goetz created effects for two Mervyn's

California commercials. In "Yo-yo," Goetz takes live-action footage of a

dancer and puts them into a yo-yo that spins and jerks off the screen. In

"Kung-fu," Goetz creates the transitions between scenes by creating

rice-paper doors that slide in front of the camera. Radium's Andrea Mansour

produced the project for Minneapolis ad agency Martin/Williams.

Headline News Vigilante 8: Second Offense Rides Onto Dreamcast

On December 27, 1999, Activision, Inc. shipped VIGILANTE 8: SECOND OFFENSE

for the Sega Dreamcast. In this new adventure, players must stop the Coyote

terrorist gang that has traveled back through time in an attempt to change

the course of events that will allow evil to dominate the world. Developed

by Luxoflux Corp., the game features multiple modes of play -- single

player quest, arcade and survival mode, two-player versus, cooperative and

Headline News Quake III Arena Shakes On Mac

On January 3, 2000, Activision, Inc. and id Software released QUAKE III

ARENA for Macintosh. The on-line multiplayer game features 26 deathmatch

and four capture-the-flag levels. The title is available at a suggested

retail price of $49.99. id Software offers such titles as Wolfenstein 3D,

DOOM, DOOM II, QUAKE and QUAKE II.

Headline News South Park Rally Skids Into Stores

On January 5, 2000, Acclaim Entertainment started shipping their SOUTH PARK

RALLY for PlayStation with Nintendo 64, PC and Sega Dreamcast to follow

shortly. Developed by Tantalus Interactive, the kart-style racing adventure

features mission-based game modes and 27 characters from the Comedy Central

series. All versions of South Park Rally will include multiplayer modes

that feature races and cooperative game modes, including the multiplayer

Headline News Mill Film & Magic Camera Morph Into One

In December 1999, Mill Film announced that they united operations with

sister company Magic Camera. The combination will create a formidable

start-to-finish London-based feature film facility mixing Mill's visual

effects talent and technical strengths with the digital effects, miniature

construction and photography of Magic Camera and Magic Models. Antony Hunt

will serve as managing director of Mill Film and will take charge of day to

day operations of the combined companies. Hunt has been at the helm of

Headline News Santiago Studios In Search Of U.S. Co-Prod.

Several animation studios in Santiago, Chile, including Arce Studios, EMU

Ltd., ROOS Film S.A., and Trimedia S.A. have formed a partnership to

promote the animation business in Santiago. The partners are looking for

co-producers and/or investors for their products. Alvaro Arce, President of

Arce Studios, worked in the animation industry in the United States for

many years at Hanna-Barbera, The Walt Disney Company, and others. Alvaro

has several original series currently in development. Arce Studios is now

Headline News Triggerfish Animates South African Sesame Street

South Africa-based Triggerfish Animation, a leading stop-frame animation

company in South Africa, is currently shooting animation sequences for the

South African SESAME STREET, using an assortment of different materials

including local contemporary art work, creating a unique African feel to

the production. In addition, Triggerfish is shooting a 30-second commercial

using 7 plasticine characters for a new product being launched in South

Africa and Australia called Slo Jo -- a fruit smoothie.

Headline News Clifford Comes To PBS

CLIFFORD THE BIG RED DOG will come to life on PBS' fall 2000 schedule. The

show will be based on the 39-year-old CLIFFORD Scholastic book series

written by Norman Bridwell. John Ritter will provide the voice of Clifford;

while Kel Mitchell (KEENAN & KEL) will voice the dog's buddy, T-Bone; Grey

DeLisle (RUGRATS) will voice Clifford's best friend, Emily Elizabeth; and

Cree Summer will voice Cleo.

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