The Grand Finale. . .
On A Desert Island With. . . .

Fox Kids Network and Sony Pictures Family Entertainment Group

compiled by Rick DeMott,
Heather Johnson and David Kilmer

We are about to be rescued! In this our final month of "On A Desert Island With..." we heard from executives at both Fox Kids Network and Sony Pictures Family Entertainment Group. They all answered the question, "What ten films would you want to have with you if stranded on a desert island?"

David McDermott is one of Fox Kids Network key development executives. His recent projects include Big Guy and Rusty the Boy Robot and Spider-Man Unlimited. Patrick Connolly is currently working on The Avengers, Sherlock Holmes in the 22nd Century and Ned's Newt. Daniel Evans III is also in Programming and Development at Fox Kids Network, where his current projects include Spider-Man Unlimited and XYBER 9.

Tara Polacik is the Director of Creative Affairs for Sony Pictures Family Entertainment Group, whose most recent project is Dragon Tales. Also contributing from Sony Pictures Family Entertainment Group are creative executives Grace Benn and her associate Kirstin Hartenbower. Sony Pictures Family Entertainment Group is a production division responsible for such high profile shows as Big Guy and Rusty the Boy Robot, Godzilla: The Series for Fox Kids Network, Men In Black: The Series, which airs on Kids WB!, and Roughnecks: Starship Troopers Chronicles on the BKN Kids Network.

David McDermott's selections:
1. Monty Python's Flying Circus (BBC).
2. The Road Warrior by George Miller.
3. Mystery Science Theater 3000 (Best Brains, Inc.).
4. Brazil by Terry Gilliam.
5. Roujin Z by Hiroyuki Kitakubo.
6. Clockwork Orange by Stanley Kubrick.
7. Red Dwarf (BBC).
8. Slayers by Kadokawa Shoten/Bandai Visual.
9. Iron Chef (FujiTV).
10. The Young Ones (BBC).

Patrick Connolly's cargo:
1. Avengers (of course!!!) (Saban Entertainment, Inc./Marvel).
2. Fantasia (Disney).
3. Raiders of the Lost Ark by Steven Spielberg.
4. The Iron Giant by Brad Bird.
5. Network by Sidney Lumet.
6. I Love Lucy by William Asher & Marc Daniels.
7. Speed Racer (Tatsunoko Productions).
8. Ultra Man by Hajime Tsuburaya.
9. Annie Hall by Woody Allen.
10. Waiting for Guffman by Christopher Guest.

Daniel Evans III's picks:
1. Princess Bride by Rob Reiner.
2. Empire Strikes Back by Irvin Kershner.
3. Police Story by Jackie Chan.
4. The Thin Man by W.S. Van Dyke.
5. Do The Right Thing by Spike Lee.
6. Nausicaa by Hayao Miyazaki.
7. Project Ako by Katsuhiko Nishijima.
8. Yellow Submarine by George Dunning.
9. Sub-Zero by Boyd Kirkland.
10. Bubblegum Crisis by Katsuhito Akiyama (episodes 1-3).

Tara Polacik's choices:
1. Life is Beautiful by Roberto Benigni.
2. Harvey by Henry Koster.
3. A Christmas Story by Bob Clark.
4. Alice in Wonderland (Disney).
5. It's a Wonderful Life by Frank Capra.
6. Breakfast at Tiffany's by Blake Edwards.
7. Braveheart by Mel Gibson.
8. The Godfather by Francis Ford Coppola.
9. Good Fellas by Martin Scorsese.
10. The Point by Fred Wolf.

Grace Benn's picks:
1. The Great Escape by John Sturges.
2. Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid by George Roy Hill.
3. It's a Wonderful Life by Frank Capra.
4. Rebel Without a Cause by Nicholas Ray.
5. Buy Buy Birdie by George Sidney.
6. Young Frankenstein by Mel Brooks.
7. The Philadelphia Story by George Cukor.
8. To Catch a Thief by Alfred Hitchcock.
9. Breakfast at Tiffany's by Blake Edwards.
10. Ordinary People by Robert Redford.

Kirstin Hartenbower's decisions:
1. The Nightmare Before Christmas by Tim Burton.
2. Sleepless in Seattle by Nora Ephron.
3. Shawshank Redemption by Frank Darabont.
4. Big by Penny Marshall.
5. Usual Suspects by Bryan Singer.
6. Raiders of the Lost Ark by Steven Spielberg.
7. Star Wars by George Lucas.
8. Terminator 2 by James Cameron.
9. The Player by Robert Altman.
10. To Catch a Thief by Alfred Hitchcock.

Thanks to everyone who has participated in the Desert Island series for Animation World Magazine. Next month we will start a new monthly feature, where one lucky person gets to answer our ten favorite questions.

Rick DeMott is the Associate Editor of Animation World Magazine. Previously, he served as Media Coordinator for Hollywood-based Acme Filmworks. He holds a BA in Film/Video from Penn State University with a Minor in Comperative Literature.

David Kilmer is the former associate editor of
Animation World Magazine.

Research and formatting was done by Heather Johnson.

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