Johnny Bravo will host a talk show and chat with callers live on Cartoon
Network. The toon's flamboyant personality will be brought to life with
Alive Animation's Multi-Standard Instant Cartoon Images (MICI) system.
Programmed to pose Johnny in hundreds of positions, the MICI system also
instantly lip synchs the voice actor to his alter-ego. THE BIG BRAVO-LIVE!
will begin airing February 21 - 25, 2000. This historic event can be
attributed to the success of Johnny Bravo's new weekday morning talk show
CHARLEX, a visual effects post-production house, helped the National
Football League thank their fans with a 60-second spot aired during
American football's biggest game, the Super Bowl. Headed by Alex Weil,
Charlex founder and director, the Charlex artists used a mix of film,
digital effects, graphics and editing to create the look of the "Thank You
2000" spot. The commercial begins on a shadowy checkerboard. Suddenly light
floods into the room as a uniformed football player makes his way to an old
Joe Cartoon Company has filed a lawsuit against two entities, John
Zuccarini and Cupcake City, for the violation of the newly enacted
Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act. The lawsuit is one of the first
cases filed under the anticybersquatting statute in the U.S. The act
outlaws the unauthorized use of an Internet domain name that is
"confusingly similar" to another name, for the purpose of intercepting
users of the pre-existing domain. Filed with United States District Court,
On February 29, 2000, comic book artist Marc Silvestri, creator of
WITCHBLADE, CYBER FORCE and DARKNESS, will be teaching fans and aspiring
artists how it's done through the first semester of on-line classes offered
at Eruptor.com. Silvestri will present a live, three-part series on
Eruptor's Web-based university, Eruptor College, to help students learn how
to produce layouts, refine characters and develop stories for comic books
of their own. The real-time class will allow Silvestri to answer questions
The Harvey Entertainment Company and PG Capital, an apparel industry
investment company, have finalized a joint venture for a new apparel
company, Harvey Fashion LLC. The new company will be responsible for
manufacturing, selling and marketing a complete apparel collection, based
on the popular Harvey Classic Character library. Paul Guez will serve as
chairman of the board and CEO. The creation of Harvey Fashion LLC replaces
and extends the scope of an earlier Harvey apparel venture planned with
Macromedia, the leading provider of web design tools, recently announced a
major upgrade to its famous FreeHand design and layout software. FreeHand 9
is set to change the way designers approach their work by offering a
powerful toolset for their vector graphics, regardless of whether their art
is intended for print or Web. FreeHand 9 is expected to ship in March on
both Macintosh and Windows platforms, and will be offered as both a
stand-alone product and in the new Macromedia Flash 4 FreeHand 9 Studio,
Director Dick Buckley of FLYING TIGER FILM and visual effects director Alex
Seiden of CYCLOTRON@POST PERFECT N.Y. rounded-up the e-Cowboy's for the
Super Bowl debuted LastMinuteTravel.com spot. Produced for New York-based
agency, Burkhardt & Hillman, the 30-second commercial is a modern spin on
the Sergio Leone spaghetti western. Reinforcing LastMinuteTravel.com's
message that great things happen at the last-minute, the e-Cowboys find
themselves quickly departing on a cyber-booked vacation, to escape an
RING OF FIRE made the crippled walk in Nuveen & Co.'s Super Bowl spot.
Andrew Douglas of SATELLITE was brought in to direct the futuristic spot
where paralyzed actor Christopher Reeve walks to a podium to receive an
award. The super feet was done for Minneapolis, Minnesota-based ad agency
Fallon McElligott. Ring of Fire's founder, Jerry Spivack, served as
creative director and visual effects supervisor for the commercial. Ring of
Fire isn't new to creating outstanding Super Bowl spots, their 1999
On the eve of the final PEANUTS comic strip, creator Charles Schulz died of
a heart attack at his Santa Rosa, California home. He was 77 years old. As
reported [AF 11/21/99], Charles Schulz had decided to retire from drawing
his weekly comic strip after several strokes and newly diagnosed cancer had
left him partially blind in one eye and too weak to keep up with the
rigorous routine. A private funeral will be held later this week. He is
survived by his wife, Jeannie; two sons Monte and Craig; and daughter Jill
PDI has recently promoted DENISE MINTER to vice president of production.
Minter will now oversee all of Pacific Data Images' production efforts
around the world. Most recently, she was been senior producer on PDI
commercials for Sega Dreamcast and Coca-Cola. Since joining the company in
1993, Minter has also served as production manager on the DreamWorks and
PDI feature ANTZ.
Job Opportunities For AFTER EFFECTS CHARACTER ANIMATORS, STORYBOARD
ARTISTS, TRADITIONAL ANIMATORS, DIGITAL DESIGN/INK & PAINT and ANIMATION
ASIFA-Hollywood will host its 7th Annual Animation Expo on March 3-4, 2000,
in Glendale, California. The Expo is a two day animation industry trade
show focusing on the exhibition of animation related products and services
and the recruitment of related talent and personnel. Confirmed workshops
include: master teacher and layout artist Glenn Vilppu's "Capturing the
Pose with Line;" Ralph Sanchez, Director of Animation Development at
Nickelodeon Animation Studio, providing insight into developing and
Accommodation information and pass order forms for Ottawa '00 (September
19-24, 2000) are now available on the festival web site...
Bill Plympton has updated his
In March, "Surprise Cinema"
will be appearing in various festivals and other events in the US, Canada,
Belgium, Germany and Australia. Bill will be appearing at the Zagreb World
Festival of Animated Films in Zagreb, Croatia, June 12-25, 2000.
No matter what your level, you will enjoy the animation lessons, character
designs and tips offered on the Toon Institute web site...
Plympton's new series of comics extracted from the comic book, "Sleazy
Cartoons of Bill Plympton," is for ADULTS ONLY...
The results of AWN's drawing to win a copy of Giannalberto Bendazzi's
reference book "Cartoons: One Hundred Years Of Cinema Animation" are in.
Following are the names of the ten winners: Eric Beckman, Carla Cobb, Peter
Dougherty, Andrea Moore, Scott Nelowet, Gail Noonan, Mary Peng, Stephen
Rapley, George Roy and Peter Westoby. Congratulations and thank you to all
the Animation Flash subscribers who participated.
Animation World Network has been acquired by Creative Planet, a network of
business-to-business Web sites for creative professionals focusing on the
art, technology and business of content creation...
Jeffrey Katzenberg, co-founder of DreamWorks, officially announced on
February 9, 2000 that his company has acquired the majority of interest,
approximately 80%, in Pacific Data Images (PDI). As reported [AF 2/8/00],
this deal comes on the heals of PDI founder and Chairman, Carl Rosendahl's
departure from the company to pursue "other creative interests." However,
Rosendahl will remains as a consultant for the newly named company,
PDI/DreamWorks. Katzenberg said that Palo Alto-based business will remain a
On February 4, CARL ROSENDAHL, founder and chairman of Pacific Data Images,
announced to his staff that he is exiting PDI after 20 years "to pursue
other interests." Rosendahl's remaining stake in the visual effects house
has been acquired by DreamWorks. Previously owning 40% of the Palo Alto,
California-based facility, DreamWorks now commands 80% of the company. More
details are soon to be announced.
* Thursday, March 16 - Tuesday, March 21, 2000. Stuttgart, Germany.
The 10th International Trickfilm Festival will present the best animated
productions from the past two years. More than 500 films will be screened
at the festival. The Best of Animation includes a selection of the most
interesting films in the history of artistic, animated film. Young
Animation is a competition featuring animated film schools and colleges.
The festival will also present the International Panorama, Tricks for Kids,
* Thursday, April 6 - Sunday, April 9, 2000. Brisbane, Australia.
The Third Brisbane International Animation Festival represents Australia in
an international animation festival alliance with Ottawa, Holland, Fantoche
and Anima Mundi. It is Australia's only festival dedicated exclusively to
animation in all o