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Chuck Gammage Toons Island Adventure For Kellogg's

With Chuck Gammage Animation handling the traditional animation and TOPIX/Mad Dog taking on the 3D, a new spot for Kellogg's Island Adventure campaign in the U.K. has Uder the Cow bringing excitement to breakfast. The spot introduces Kellogg's new Corn Flakes Cereal and Chocolate Milk Bars. In the 2D spot, Uder armed with a chocolate milk gun takes aim at boxes of Corn Flakes falling from the sky, turning them into Corn Flakes Cereal and Chocolate Milk Bars. Director Chuck Gammage oversaw the production of the entire spot.

Alien Headline News

ILM Says Whassup To Alien Budweiser Spot

ILM created the new Super Bowl spot for Budweiser that has aliens saying, "Whassup!" The spot opens with a dog walking into a country field and is then beamed up into an alien spacecraft. After the head alien asks the dog what he has learned on Earth, the dog unzips and out pops an alien who yells, "Whassup!" The animation was done using Softimage with facial and lip-synchs done with ILM's in-house software Caricature. Modeling was done in Maya and Alias|Wavefront, with rendering handled in RenderMan and compositing in ILM's in-house software CompTime.

Cartoon Headline News

Cartoon Movie: Where European Animation Feature Deals Get Done

Cartoon Movie (March 15-17, 2001, Potsdam-Babelsberg, Germany) is the European market for animation feature film. The annual event is put together by the AEFA Cartoon (European Association for Animated Films), which has been organizing every year since 1990 the Cartoon Forum, the co-production marketplace for TV animation. Cartoon Movie gives European feature film producers the chance to meet and exchange ideas, even create co-production partnerships.

Television Headline News

World Summit On Media For Children Fights For Kids' Rights Around The Globe

The 3rd World Summit On Media For Children will happen March 23-26, 2001 in Thessaloniki, Greece. The Summit aims to create an audiovisual policy supporting the rights of children around the world. Organized by the European Children's Television Centre, the event strives to bring many people, including teachers, researchers and academics, together to investigate the relationship of children's television and new media.

Online Headline News

ASC And CreativePlanet Launch Web Site For Cinematographers

The American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) and AWN's parent company, creativePLANET, Inc. announced today that they are launching a combined Website featuring easy access to unique editorial content, and new tools and resources for professional filmmakers and students...

Festival Headline News

Bill Plympton Around The World

Bill Plympton has updated his appearances page. In the upcoming months, "Mutant Aliens" and Bill's other films will be appearing in various festivals and other events, including the Boston Underground Festival, Massachusetts, February 20-27; Festival Du Dessin Anime, Brussels, Belgium, February 21-March 3; New York Underground Festival, New York, March 7-13; Images Du Nouveau Monde, Quebec, March 7-11; SXSW Festival, Austin, Texas, March 12-20; and CineAmbigu, Barcelona, Spain, in April.

Headline News

Store Specials: Redeem yourself!

So, you ignored our awesome store specials and missed Valentine's Day. Don't worry, we can help. Nothing offers redemption better than Davey & Goliath's "Learning about Forgiveness."

- And if that special someone forgot about you, check out Davey & Goliath's "Learning to Be Responsible." Nothing like a gentle reprimand delivered with love and care.

Animation Headline News

This Week's Web Animation Guide For Friday, February 16, 2001

AWN's Web Animation Guide is the place for what's new on the Net. In this week's installment a new ANGRY KID Webisode, another would-be POP.com toon is now on CountingDown, several Valentine's Day-themed shorts and much, much more!

Get your Web Animation Guide here!

Also every week AWN's associate editor Rick DeMott highlights what he thinks is the top new toon in cyberspace in "Rick's Picks!"

Headline News

Curious Pictures Signs Special Effects Director Noble Jones

Curious Pictures has announced it has signed Noble Jones as a live-action/special effects director. Noble is renowned for his work directing commercials in far off places like South Africa and Switzerland for such clients as AT&T, Coca-Cola, MTV and Toyota. His music video for Wide Mouth Mason won awards for Best Cinematography at the Much Music Awards. "We have been aware of Noble for years," said Richard Winkler, executive producer, Curious Pictures. "His work took a quantum leap in the last year or so and the timing was right for both of us.

Animation Headline News

The Acrobat Issue Of Animation World Magazine Is Now On-Line!

This month we take a look at one area of animation that has been showing enormous and steady growth. With game development on the rise and the emergence of new platforms, the gaming industry is rich with possibilities - not only economic but also artistic. Jacquie Kubin tells us why gaming is bigger than ever and how animators can bank on it in the future. Paul Younghusband discovers why Artworld UK is one of the leading, innovative gaming companies using digital images across several mediums for both continuity and profits.

International Headline News

Former Saban Prez Named CinéGroupe Int. President

Michel Welter has been named president of CinéGroupe International. In this newly created position, Welter will head the companys international corporate development efforts in addition to overseeing all aspects of international sales for the company including distribution, licensing and merchandising. Prior to coming to CinéGroupe, he was president of Saban Enterprises International, where he managed the worldwide licensing and merchandising activities of Saban Entertainment and developed new international ventures.

Headline News

An "Art of Dr. Seuss" Exhibit Comes To So Cal!

By Rick DeMott | Thursday, February 15, 2001 at 12:00am

* Saturday, February 9 Saturday, March 31, 2001. Brea, California, U.S.A.

The Sarah Bain Gallery is presenting an exhibit of the "Art of Dr. Seuss." This is a rare opportunity to catch a glimpse of the "Tufted Gustard" sculpture and purchase limited editions of your favorite artwork. For more information contact the gallery at: http://sarahbaingallery.com.

Sound Headline News

Learn More About Putting Your Voice On The Web

By Rick DeMott | Thursday, February 15, 2001 at 12:00am

* Wednesday, February 28, 2001. North Hollywood, California, U.S.A.

The Webisode Academy is holding a voice and sound capture workshop. Attendees will go to an actual sound studio and record their voices. A discussion will follow about the uses of voice capture on the Web. For more information on the workshop: E-mail: info@webisode-academy.com.

Cartoons Headline News

ASIFA-Atlanta Presents Saturday Morning Cartoons Screening

By Rick DeMott | Thursday, February 15, 2001 at 12:00am

* Tuesday, March 6, 2001. Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A.

ASIFA-Atlanta presents "Saturday Morning Cartoons," a screening of cartoon classics spanning three decades. Take a walk down memory lane with favorites including BEANIE & CECIL, HUCKLEBERRY HOUND, CRUSADER RABBIT, TOM TERRIFIC and ROCKY & BULLWINKLE. The event will run from 8 - 9:45 pm at Fountainhead Lounge, 485 Flat Shoals Avenue SE, Atlanta, Georgia. For more information contact Steve Mank at: Tel.: (404) 874-7200.

Entertainment Headline News

Illegal Pac-Man Games On The Web Leads To Lawsuit

By Rick DeMott | Thursday, February 15, 2001 at 12:00am

Twelve video game companies have filed a joint suit against four individuals accusing them of offering unauthorized versions of such games as PAC-MAN and DONKEY KONG on the Web. The suit seeks to shut down sites operated by Dasheill Ponce De Leon of Houston, John Sterling of Beaumont, Texas, Byron Beck of Monrovia, California and Kuei Lin Lo of Amherst, Massachusetts. The complaint also seeks monetary damages of US$150,000 for each copyright infringement.

Million Headline News

Cinar Extends Bank Credit

By Rick DeMott | Thursday, February 15, 2001 at 12:00am

Cinar Corporation has entered into an agreement with its banks to extend its credit line until October 15, 2001. Of US$24 million previously outstanding, half of the amount is still with standing. In certain circumstances prepayments will be required prior to October 2001. The plagued children's producer also announced that it would release its unaudited 2000 financial statements by March 31, 2001. "Cinar continues to have a strong balance sheet.

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