As the holidays approach our minds turn to licensing and merchandising andwhat is going to be on the shelves this winter. In this issue TarletonGillespie takes us on a trip through Toys R Us to determine the meaning oftoys to kids. The French licensing and merchandising market is detailed byValerie Rivoallon. Sharon Schatz profiles toon loving Rhino Records andKaren Raugust looks at how "Sesame Street's" content changes as the popularshow travels around the world. "Toy Wishes" predicts this year's top dozen
AWN's Winter 2000 Animation School Directory is coming in December.Educators and School Administrators - don't miss out! Make sure AWN's nextschool directory includes the most current information about youreducational program....
This week, we highlight AWN's exclusive two part story on legendaryanimator Bob Clampett, his award winning work at Warner Bros. and hisfamous Beany and Cecil show - plus Glenn Vilppu's latest masterclass tutorial...
This week's AWN Animation Trivia Quiz features questions famous animators and their close relationship with "comics."...
This week's comic, extracted from the comic book, "SleazyCartoons of Bill Plympton," is for ADULTS ONLY....
Yuri Norstein is considered one of the most remarkable directors to emergefrom the current generation of Russian animators. Norstein will be inCalifornia this upcoming week for an exceptional tour of major studios anduniversities. His California tour includes: ASIFA San Francisco and De AnzaCollege on Sunday, October 17; Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) on Monday,October 18; UCLA and CalArts on Tuesday, October 19; the Disney Studios andUSC on Wednesday, October 20; L.A. Art Centre & ASIFA-Hollywood on
United Kingdom's ITV Network Centre has commissioned a second series of 13episodes of the animated series THE STORYKEEPERS from Dublin, Ireland-basedMonster Productions, an animation studio and distribution company formed in1995 by former management and artists from the Don Bluth studios. The newseries, produced by Shepherd Films, and distributed by Monster Distributes,will be delivered in Spring 2001 for broadcast on Sunday mornings. The newseries, which is a prequel to the existing series, is set in AD 8, and
The 3rd Annual Digital Video (DV) Conference & Expo will highlight andshowcase the "Indie" film and video industries. The DV Expo merges theworlds of broadcast video, Web video, 2D and 3D graphics, animation, sound,and data. The event features a D. FILM DIGITAL FILM FESTIVAL. The eventtakes place Monday, October 18 - Friday, October 22 in Long Beach,California, USA. For more information visit the Miller Freeman and CMPwebsites at www.mfi.com and www.cmp.com.
Gil Zimmerman speaks about Digital and Traditional Animation in TARZAN.Zimmerman, currently Model Development Supervisor on TREASURE PLANET, washired by Disney to be the liaison between traditional animators and digitalartists on TARZAN. Cost: $10. To make reservations Tel. (323) 466-6663. Theevent takes place at Gnomon School of Visual Effects, 1015 N. Cahuenga Blvdon Thursday, October 14, 7 pm in Hollywood, California, USA.
Nickelodeon hosts a screening of new animated student films made at theUniversity of Southern California. The screening takes place on Wednesday,October 13, 6:30 pm at the Directors Guild of America at 7920 Sunset Blvd.in . Los Angeles, California, USA. For more information Tel. (213)740-2804.
North Hollywood-based Film Roman's Board of Directors has decided thatDAVID PRITCHARD will no longer be president and CEO of FILM ROMAN. Thecompany is not yet ready to provide details on the circumstances ofPritchard's leaving. Chief operating officer BILL SHPALL and senior vicepresident JON VEIN will take over Pritchard's responsibilities until a newpresident is named. David Pritchard was named President and CEO of FilmRoman in August 1997. Pritchard had been CEO and partner of
Last week we announced that the THE IRON GIANT laser disc release will havea 1.85:1 aspect ratio, whereas the film was released with a 2.35:1. Inaddition, when we announced the DVD and VHS releases three weeks ago, weneglected to mention that the DVD, as well as the widescreen VHS release,will also be 1.85:1. It's unfortunate that none of these will be 2.35:1because Brad Bird designed THE IRON GIANT partly in homage to theCinemaScope films of the 1950s, and he even wanted to include "CinemaScope"
Santa Monica, California-based SIMEX DIGITAL STUDIOS has completed thecomputer animation for "Glitch," a spot for Repairnow.com, an Internetresource site. West Los Angeles-based Rhythm & Hues produced the spot forad agency Millenium Communications, and Richard Taylor directed it. Thespot depicts the impact of a mini whirlwind of destruction, which is named"Glitch," as it passes through VCRs, CD players, and other household items.
Copenhagen, Denmark-based A.FILM has completed "Jumbo Book," a :30 forDisney Scandinavia. The spot touts JUMBO, a collection of Donald Duckcomics. The spot mixes 2D animation and live-action. In the spot, alive-action maid stumbles across all sorts of 2D animated figures includingDonald Duck's beak, Uncle Scrooge's hat, etc. The figures tease and provokethe maid into opening a closet from which spill hundreds of Donald Duckcomic books, burying the maid. Live-action was directed by Michael Hegnerand animation was directed by Craig Frank.
Boris FX, the makers of compositing and effects plug-ins for filmmakers,recently made several key announcements, including the introduction of twonew products. Boris Graffiti, a new 3D title animation tool will shipbefore the end of 1999 at just under $1000. The program will be availablein the form of a plug-in for non-linear editing programs, and will allowusers to create and extrude 3D text, and rotate it in 3D space with lights,motion blur and animated kerning. Also, Boris Factory, a new 3D DVE
Philip Weiss Auctions, in conjunction with The Big Apple Comic ArtConvention, is overseeing a large animation art auction that will takeplace on Friday, November 12, 1999 at 7 pm in New York City at theMetropolitan Pavilion. Thousands of pieces of animation art are beingauctioned to benefit The American Foundation for the Visual Arts. Previewsof the auction items will begin at 1 pm on November 12. The auction is partof The National Comic Book, Art, Toy, and Fantasy Convention. For moreinformation Tel. (516) 594-0731.
TIM BURTON'S NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS (its official title) plays atDisney's El Capitan theater. El Capitan is located west of Highland onHollywood Blvd. The event takes place Friday, October 29 - Sunday, October31 in Hollywood, California, USA. For more information Tel. (323) 467-7674.
John Canemaker, animation historian and author, will lecture on DisneyStudio storyboards and their creators at the Museum of Modern Art in theTitus II Theatre. The presentation will include slides of storyboarddrawings and clips from famous Disney films, such as SNOW WHITE and 101DALMATIANS. At 5:30 pm, preceding the lecture, Canemaker will sign copiesof his new book, PAPER DREAMS: THE ART AND ARTISTS OF DISNEY STORYBOARDS,which will be available for purchase at the theatre and the MOMA bookshop.
Hayao Miyazaki's PRINCESS MONONOKE's official West Coast premiere takesplace at the El Capitan theater as part of the 13th Annual AFI Los AngelesInternational Film Festival. The event takes place Monday, October 25, 7 pmin Hollywood, California, USA. For advance tickets Tel. (323) 520-2000. Formore information visit www.afionline.org.
Mary Kocol's MY FATHER'S STORY will be shown at several places inMassachussetts during the next few weeks. October 22, 7 pm: Gallery NAGA at67 Newbury Street, Boston. For more information Tel. (617) 267-9060.November 7, 2 pm and November 10, 2 pm: Boston Jewish Film Festival at theCoolidge Corner Theatre which is located at 90 Harvard Street, Brookline.For more information Tel. (617) 734-2500. November 6, 5 pm: NorthamptonFilm Festival at the Academy of Music on Main Street, Northampton. For more
Matt Stone and Trey Parker, the creators of Comedy Central's SOUTH PARK, have received permission tosample copyrighted Monty Python work for use in IT'S THE MONTY PYTHONSTORY. The animated special will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the BBCcomedy series MONTY PYTHON'S FLYING CIRCUS, which was created by GrahamChapman, John Cleese, Michael Palin, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and TerryGilliam (the lone American in the group, who did the animation). Thespecial will include a spoof of the famous "Dead Parrot Sketch" entitled
Seattle, Washington-based Honkworm International has secured a content development,production, and distribution agreement with web animator, Camp Chaos, thefirst such alliance Honkworm has completed. "We are excited to work evencloser with Camp Chaos and broaden our already existing relationship," saysHonkworm COO, Dan Pepper. "As we ramp up production, we're continuing tolook for more partners like this to add to our portfolio." Theco-production structure with Camp Chaos will likely be repeated in future
The fourth edition of The Animated Castles film festival took place September 29 - October 3 in Rome,Italy. Here are this year's winners:
Grand Prize "I Castelli Animati":AU BOUT DU MONDE by Konstantin Bronzit, Russia.
Special Jury Prize:EUROPE & ITALY by Bruno Bozzetto, Italy.
Prize For The Best Debut Short Film:MIGRATIONS by Constantin Chamski, France.
Prize For The Best European Short Film:3 MISSES by Paul Driessen, Netherlands.
Special Audience Prize:
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) has announced the nominees for the 4th AnnualBAFTA Children's Awards. The Awards "honour the variety, richness andexcellence of British television for the young audience." This year'sAnimation category nominees are: THE BEAR (Channel 4/TV Cartoons Ltd.),BYBS (S4C/Griffilms), THE FIRST SNOW OF WINTER (BBC1/Hibbert RalphEntertainment), and SPOT (BBC1/King Rollo Films). Additionally, two of thefour nominees for the Children's Feature Film are animated: A BUG'S LIFE