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Headline News A Closer Look: Big Time Animation in Theme Parks

In the last few years, animation has played a thrilling role in bringingmany theme park attraction 'visions' to life. Take for example the popularTerminator 2 3D ride at Universal Studios, or the new Spiderman attractioncompleted by Kleiser-Walczak Construction Company. One player in the gameof theme park animation is Iwerks Entertainment, a huge ridefilm companywhose clients include Universal Studios, Disney, and the IMAX Corporation.Exactly 2 years ago they announced they would team up with visual effects

Headline News Cartoombria '99 Program Announced!

The 5th Cartoombria International Animation Festival will happen inPerugia, Italy, December 2-5, 1999. Although there will be no competitivesection, the artistic committee of the festival has put together a numberof retrospectives, exhibits, workshops, screenings, premieres and artisttributes. The festival will provide an international forum for a wide rangeof animation including feature films, TV serials, animated drawings, logosand advertising spots, and experimental videos made by international

Headline News Charles Schulz diagnosed with Cancer

By Rick DeMott | Thursday, November 25, 1999 at 12:00am

Charles M. Schulz, creator of Charlie Brown, his dog Snoopy and the rest ofthe PEANUTS gang, has been diagnosed with colon cancer. The cancer wasdiscovered when the 76-year-old Schulz underwent emergency surgery lastTuesday for a blocked abdominal aorta. Schulz' wife Jean said doctors aredetermining the best course of treatment, which can include surgery, radiationand chemotherapy. One concern for doctors is that Schulz, who turns 77 onFriday, is still recuperating from the abdominal surgery. Since being moved

Headline News ANA presents The Peg Bar

By Rick DeMott | Thursday, November 25, 1999 at 12:00am

*Thursday, December 9, 1999. Newcastle upon Tyne, UK.

The Association of Northern Animators will present "The Peg Bar" featuringscreenings of new animation produced in the region, with musicby DJs 'Salad Butty'. The event will be held at the Bridge Hotel, CastleGarth at 8pm. For more information, or to contribute material to bescreened contact Alys at ++0191 232 8413, or E-mail: alyspalace@hotmail.com.

Headline News Larry Lauria Workshop

By Rick DeMott | Thursday, November 25, 1999 at 12:00am

*Saturday, December 11, 1999. Tampa, Florida, USA.The International Academy of Design will host animator/educator LarryLauria in an all day animation workshop. The workshops will initiate theAcademy's Animation Institute and are geared toward high school, collegeand young professionals. The workshop takes place from 8:30am to 5:30pm at5225 Memorial Highway, Tampa Florida. This exclusive event has a per personfee. Reservations are required, limited seating available. R.S.V.P. withKristine Fescina at (800) ACADEMY.

Headline News Mr. Wonderbird Screening

By Rick DeMott | Thursday, November 25, 1999 at 12:00am

* Tuesday, December 14, 1999. New York, New York.

MR. WONDERBIRD, the 1953 animated feature directed by Paul Grimault,will have a rare screening as part of the weekly Light+Screen FilmFestival. MR. WONDERBIRD is a surreal adventure following a lively bird whorallies a group of imprisoned lions and a lamenting polar bear in thedefense of two young lovers who are pursued by a mad king, a giant robotand a battalion of flying policemen. The film features an English-language

Headline News Threshold must destroy Pokemon

By Rick DeMott | Thursday, November 25, 1999 at 12:00am

TheThreshold.com, a leading on-line entertainment network for brandedentertainment, has announced the premiere of its newest show, POKEMON MUST BEDESTROYED. Daily, the series will feature a new POKEMON character beingdestroyed in a delightfully merciless way. Web-surfers and haters of the"pocket things" will be able to vote on the next day's method of destruction. After thecomplete genocide of the little creatures, the network shall remain open shouldanything else need to be permanently eliminated. TheThreshold.com

Headline News Harvey Toons coasts with Landmark

By Rick DeMott | Thursday, November 25, 1999 at 12:00am

The Harvey Entertainment Company has partnered with Landmark EntertainmentGroup to create themed attractions from Harvey's cast of classic toons. Toons likeCASPER, THE FRIENDLY GHOST, RICHIE RICH, LITTLE AUDREY, and WENDY THE GOODWITCH will be the spark of ingenuity behind several location-based entertainmentcenters. Landmark's past film-inspired rides include STAR TREK: THE EXPERIENCE,JURASSIC PARK: THE RIDE, and TERMINATOR 2: 3D. Tony Christopher, CEO ofLandmark Entertainment Group believes, "Families are looking for entertaining things

Headline News Blur whooses in with New Ride Division

By Rick DeMott | Thursday, November 25, 1999 at 12:00am

Venice, CA-based, Blur Studio, a leader in 3D animation, effects anddesign, has spawned a new theme park and special venue division. The new venture will behelmed by veteran ride film director Yas Takata. The new studio comes off theheels of Blur's success with the creation of last year's METEOR ATTACK, acustom film attraction for the Tobu Zoo Park in Tokyo, Japan co-directed by Takata andBlur co-founder Tim Miller. The film has since been licensed by IwerksEntertainment to play at venues around the globe. Takata has directed

Headline News New Portal opens for Iwerks & Stan Lee

By Rick DeMott | Thursday, November 25, 1999 at 12:00am

Iwerks Entertainment, Inc., an international leader in location-basedentertainment attractions, and Stan Lee Media, Inc., comic book icon StanLee's Internet entertainment company, are making Web history by molding the firsttheme park and specialty attraction experiences for the out-of-home market,based on Stan Lee's Internet entertainment material. Lee's Web-based superheroes will be brought to ride simulations, 3D/4D FX attractions and largescreen venues by Iwerks. Lee, in the first quarter of 2000, will launch his

Headline News TLC highlights Special Effects

By Rick DeMott | Thursday, November 25, 1999 at 12:00am

Over the Thanksgiving weekend, The Learning Channel will feature a specialentitled ULTIMATE SPECIAL EFFECTS. Premiering Sunday, November 28th from8pm to 11pm ET/PT, the special event will be comprised of three showshighlighting the effects in recent films like THE MATRIX, THE HAUNTING,ARMAGEDDON, and STAR WARS: THE PHANTOM MENACE.

Headline News Crater Software welcomes Chromacolour Int.

Crater Software recently made an agreement with Chromacolour Internationalwhich will see Chromacolour's industry leading colour palettes incorporatedinto Crater Software's popular CTP animation system. CTP is alreadyproviding animation studios with a cost effective solution to 2D celanimation and cartoon production, however, the software will benefit evenfurther from having such a well known and widely used colour paletteavailable for artists and animators to utilize. For more information on CTPand Crater Software visit www.cratersfotware.com.

Headline News Metacreations announces KPT 6

Metacreations, the developers of cult 3D package Bryce and popular 2D paintprogram Painter, recently announced that a new version of its famous KPTplug-in for Photoshop was now available. The new version is made up of 8filters -- Materializer, Equalizer, Gel, LensFlare, Turbulence, Reaction,Projector and Goo -- plus, there are two bonus filters: SceneBuilder andSkyEffects. The plug-in does, as in previous versions, share the consistenteasy to use interface across all of the filters. It also shows previews of

Headline News More on Mary Kay Bergman death

A cloud has eclipsed the world of animation since the passing of belovedvoice-over actress, Mary Kay Bergman. A prolific artist, she has recentlyprovided the voice for Daphne Blake in the two most recent SCOOBY-DOOdirect-to-video flicks; Batgirl/Barbara Gordon in BATMAN: SUBZERO; and allbut one of the female voices on Comedy Central's SOUTH PARK. She is alsobeen the "official" voice of Disney's Snow White since 1989. Mrs. Bergmanhad recently received an Annie Award nomination for her work in the SOUTH

Headline News Execs Michael Perik & Kevin O'Leary leave Mattel

MICHAEL PERIK, the Learning Company's chairman, and its president, KEVINO'LEARY, have moved on from MATTEL, INC. A search has begun for a newperson to helm Mattel Interactive, the division which includes all units ofthe Learning Company, Mattel Media and the company's Intel Play venture. Inrelated news, Mattel has said that FRANCESCA LUZURIAGA will be the newchief operating officer of Mattel Interactive, responsible for finance,information technology and new business development. In addition, the

Headline News Cinar hires Louise Sansregret as New VP

CINAR CORPORATION, creators of two-time Emmy winning ARTHUR and RICHARDSCARRY, appointed LOUISE SANSREGRET as Vice President of their newlycreated position in Investment Relations. Sansregret will focus her talentson various special corporate and community-based projects, as well asmanaging donations and sponsorships. In addition, SUZAN AYSCOUGH hasreturned to CINAR to take over as Vice President, Communications. Ayscoughwill over see corporate communications and product communications.

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