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July 2002 Select Animation And Visual Effects DVD Releases

From an Oscar-nominated animated boy hero to World War II to Plymptoons, July has a little bit of everything in the way of home video releases.


In this Oscar-nominated feature from Nickelodeon Movies, nerdy Jimmy Neutron and his robot dog fight evil, rescue his parents and save Earth. DVD features include, "The Making of Jimmy Neutron" featurette, two music videos, 12 promotional spots, seven DVD-ROM games and two theatrical trailers. Release Date: July 2, 2002. Suggested retail price: DVD $29.99.

Rick DeMott maps Jimmy Neutron's amazing rise from DNA Productions in Texas to theatres and televisions sets around the world as Nickelodeon's next big thing.


In case you missed it the first two times, director Michael Bay is presenting his epic war film for the third time on DVD, and this effort has over 12 hours of additional footage for "one of the most extensive explorations of moviemaking ever presented." Yikes. Visual effects by ILM. DVD features include, bonus documentary on the attack on Pearl Harbor, behind-the-scenes of the making of the film, documentary on Pearl Harbor veterans and multiple track commentary including visual effects supervisor Eric Brevig and storyboard artist Robbie Consing, plus a conversation with Michael Bay and Eric Brevig discussing various effects sequences. Release Date: July 2, 2002. Suggested retail price: DVD 4-disc set $39.99.


A Parisian waitress finds an old box of mementos in her apartment and sets out to return them to their owner, discovering some things about herself along the way. Visual effects by Duboi. DVD features include "The AMELIÉ Effect" featurette, "The Look of AMELIÉ" featurette, Q & A with director Jean-Pierre Jeunet and "Inside the Making of AMELIÉ" featurette. Release Date: July 16, 2002. Suggested retail price: DVD $29.99.

Jean Detheux comments on the nature of AMELIÉ in his article discussing commercial entertainment versus art.

ESCAFLOWNE - THE MOVIE (Ultimate Edition 3-Disc Set)

An anime adventure saga about a young girl who is magically transported to the alternate world of Gaia. DVD features include isolated score audio track, real-time overlapping storyboards, production art gallery, ESCAFLOWNE premiere event interviews, theatrical poster gallery and a 20-page memorial booklet. Release Date: July 23, 2002. Suggested retail price: DVD 3-disc set $54.98.


This collection of independent animator Bill Plympton's shorts (made between 1985 and 1991) is available for the first time in this special edition DVD. DVD features include rare early footage of and by Bill Plympton, commentary tracks with Bill Plympton, the comics that inspired the films and two exclusive Bill Plympton featurettes. Release Date: July 23, 2002. Suggested retail price: DVD $19.98.

AWN hosts Bill Plympton's Website. Find out all about Bill and his upcoming films and appearances at


This 1986 Disney animated feature is based on Eve Titus's book BASIL OF BAKER STREET. DVD features include "The Making Of THE GREAT MOUSE DETECTIVE" featurette, CLOCK CLEANERS animated short and DONALD'S CRIME animated short. Featuring Vincent Price as Ratigan and directed by Ron Clements (LITTLE MERMAID, ALADDIN). Release Date: July 23, 2002. Suggested retail price: DVD $29.99.


Tarzan and Jane celebrate their one year wedding anniversary in this direct-to-video sequel to TARZAN. DVD features include Tarzan & Jane's Adventure Builder game and an exclusive sneak peek at Disney's TARZAN II. Release Date: July 23, 2002. Suggested retail price: DVD $29.99.


This film is the most recent adaptation of H.G. Wells' classic novel, which chronicles the journey of a man in the 1890s who travels 800,000 years into the future to discover that humans have evolved into two species the Eloi and the Morlocks. Visual effects by Digital Domain and ILM. DVD features include: an exclusive behind-the-scenes featurette: an interview with visual effects artist Stan Winston; director and editor's commentary about the making of the film; commentary by producer David Valdes, production designer Oliver Scholl and visual effects supervisor James E. Price describing how they brought to life four distinct and unique time periods in New York City; an animated sequence featuring a selection of Simon Wells original storyboards set to music; a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of the time machine; and an in-depth look at the films visual effects. Release Date: July 23, 2002. Suggested retail price: DVD $19.95.