Animation World Magazine, Issue 3.3, June 1998

Home Video

MGM Gets Funds For New Features. MGM Animation has reached a co-financing agreement with Stone Canyon Investments for the development and production of at least three new animated films over the next four years which will be released on home video and may also be released theatrically. The first two titles will be based on classic stories "Tom Sawyer" and "Swiss Family Robinson." Executive producing credits will go to MGM's Jonathan Dern and Paul Sabella, and Stone Canyon's Ibrahim A. Moussa and Ovidio Assonitis. Founded in 1993, MGM Animation has produced three home video titles: All Dogs Go to Heaven 2, The Pebble and the Penguin and Babes in Toyland, and will release The Secret of Nimh II and An All Dogs Christmas Carol this year.

Anastasia Stages Royal Promo. Twentieth Century Fox celebrated the April 28 home video release of their animated feature Anastasia with a contest which will award one winning contestant with an authentic royal title ship. The contestant who writes the best 25-word essay about "why they would like to become nobility and what good deeds they would endeavor to do," will be awarded with the title, Lord or Lady of Whinnymoor, Nottinghamshire, England, an actual title which Fox purchased for this giveaway. The winner also receives U.S. $5,000 and a trip to England and France. Entries were due by May 11. Details are available at retail outlets selling Anastasia, which is available now for U.S. $26.98 (collectors edition $79.98).

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