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New Jobs: 3D Animators, Character Animators, VFX Supervisors And More...

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, April 24, 2001 at 12:00am

Venice, California's Digital Domain is looking for a VFX SUPERVISORto work in the company's commercial division. . . Winter Park, Florida'sFull Sail Real World Education is looking for an ASSOCIATE COURSEDIRECTOR OF COMPUTER SPECIAL EFFECTS in the Computer Animation DegreeProgram. . . Stony Brook, New York's Inky Dinky Animation Studios islooking for 2D, 3D and STOP-MOTION ANIMATORS for their new studio. . .London, UK's ITS is looking for a 3D ANIMATOR to design graphics for

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Affiliate Animator News: Augenblick Studios Debuts Shirley Temple On Hypnotic

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, April 24, 2001 at 12:00am

SHIRLEY TEMPLE, the first installment of Augenblick Studios' Flashanimated DIGNIFIED DEVIL adventure series premiered Tuesday, April 17on Hypnotic. A new episode will debut each week. Many have mistaken Franklin Raine for the devil, dignified or not. Appearances aredeceiving though. He's not the devil. He's actually a pretty niceguy. A drunk and a drifter, Frank is always somewhere he shouldn't

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Discreet Ships Reactor

By Dan Sarto | Monday, April 23, 2001 at 12:00am

Discreet announced on April 9, 2001 thatit has begun shipping reactor, an integrated extension for 3ds max 4.Reactor, powered by Havok, incorporates technology that realisticallysimulates cloth, rope, liquid and hard-/soft-body objects thatcollide, bounce, break and stretch. Reactor officially launched lastmonth at the Game Developers Conference. Reactor features includerope dynamics that simulate any deformable chain from realistic hairto knots of climbing ropes; cloth dynamics that give objects

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Discreet Announces 3ds Exporter

By Dan Sarto | Monday, April 23, 2001 at 12:00am

On April 10, 2001, at theMacromedia User Conference (UCON) in New York, Discreet announced a3ds max Shockwave exporter that includes support for rich characteranimation from character studio, dynamic physics from reactor andMultiRes mesh technology. With this integrated exporter, artists cantransfer 3D content directly from 3ds max into the Director 8.5authoring environment for deployment in the Shockwave format. "Withthe Shockwave Player already in use by more than 200 million Web

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New Dragon Ball Z Video Releases

By Dan Sarto | Monday, April 23, 2001 at 12:00am

FUNimation Productions Ltd. has announced a slate of upcoming DRAGON BALL Z home video releases. OnApril 17, 2001, edited and uncut versions of DRAGON BALL Z PERFECTCELL - TEMPTATION and DRAGON BALL Z PERFECT CELL - PERFECTION arescheduled for release. Scheduled for release on May 15, 2001, areDRAGON BALL Z GREAT SAIYAMAN - CRASH COURSE and DRAGON BALL Z WORLDTOURNAMENT - JUNIOR DIVISION, also in both edited and uncut versions.The videos will retail for $14.95 edited and $19.95 uncut. DRAGON

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New Saber Marionette J, Escaflowne And Angel Links Releases From Bandai

By Dan Sarto | Monday, April 23, 2001 at 12:00am

Bandai Entertainment has announced a series of June, 2001 VHSand DVD releases for their ANGEL LINKS, SABER MARIONETTE J andESCAFLOWNE series. On June 5, the company will release an ANGELLINKS - FALLEN ANGEL DVD, which will include both English andJapanese language tracks, English subtitles, trailers and bonusclips, retailing for $29.98. Also scheduled for a June 5 release isESCAFLOWNE - LIGHT AND SHADOW and FOREVER AND EVER on VHS and DVD,which marks the final installment of the ESCAFLOWNE television

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The Emperor's New Groove Is Coming To Home Video

By Dan Sarto | Monday, April 23, 2001 at 12:00am

Walt DisneyHome Video will be releasing THE EMPEROR'S NEW GROOVE on VHS and DVDon May 1, 2001. The VHS release, retailing for $26.99, will includeSting's "Making the Music" music video featuring "My Funny Friend andMe" from the film's soundtrack. Two different DVD versions will bereleased. The DISNEY DVD version, to retail for $29.99, includes anadditional music video "Walk the Llama Llama," as well as bonuscommentary, an interactive game and a deleted scene from the movie.

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Powerpuff Girls Home Video Collection Released

By Dan Sarto | Monday, April 23, 2001 at 12:00am

Warner Home Videohas released three new POWERPUFF GIRL collections on VHS and DVD,which include never-before-seen episodes. The new BOOGIE FRIGHTS VHScollection contains five episodes, including the never-before-seen"Helter Shelter," the Powerpuff Girls' music video featuring ShonenKnife, a bonus episode of COURAGE THE COWARDLY DOG, and a sneak peekat the upcoming Cartoon Network SAMURAI JACK series, which is set toair in Summer 2001. The new TWISTED SISTER VHS collection contains

Toon Headline News

Toon Factory Finds Partners For Kid Clones In Space

By Dan Sarto | Monday, April 23, 2001 at 12:00am

Animationproduction house Toon Factory has finalized a deal with Luxembourg'sNeuroplanet and Canada's Vivatoon for co-production of the televisionseries KID CLONES IN SPACE. The two companies join Toon Factory andFrench broadcaster TF1 as full co-production partners. Toon Factoryrecently acquired all the rights to the property from the UK'sCosgrove Hall, which will continue to work on the series' artisticdirection. Currently in development, the series is set to begin

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TV-Loonland Expands Into Russia

By Dan Sarto | Monday, April 23, 2001 at 12:00am

TV-Loonland has signed aseven-year licensing agreement with Russia's Nox Music, providing theMoscow-based company with video, television and merchandising rightsto 963 half-hour series episodes. The new agreement applies to theterritories of CIS/Russia, the Ukraine and the Baltic States ofLatvia, Lithuania and Estonia, and involved productions fromTV-Loonland's own studios as well as subsidiaries SunbowEntertainment and Telemagination. Nox was founded by Iosif

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Stojda Appointed To Head Softimage

By Dan Sarto | Monday, April 23, 2001 at 12:00am

Michael Stojda has beenappointed managing director of Softimage, Avid's Montreal-basedanimation and special effects subsidiary. Stojda, who will providestrategic business and operational leadership for the company, willreport to Joe Bentivegna, vice president and general manager of AvidMedia Solutions, located in Tewksbury, Massachusetts. Commenting onthe announcement, Bentivegna said, "With more than 14 years ofindustry and high-tech experience, Mike has an excellent

Television Headline News

New President For Jim Henson Television

By Dan Sarto | Monday, April 23, 2001 at 12:00am

Angus Fletcher has beenpromoted to president of the Jim Henson Television Group - Europe,the company has recently announced. Fletcher, who is based in London,will oversee all current and future television development,production and programming, and report to Charlie Rivkin, presidentand CEO of the Jim Henson Company. As executive vice president,Fletcher doubled the company's television program library.Currently, he is co-creator and executive producer on THE HOOBS, a

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ASIFA-East Animation Awards Screening At ASIFA-Hollywood

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, April 19, 2001 at 12:00am

* Friday, April 20, 2001. Burbank, California, U.S.A.

Back by popular demand! It's the ASIFA-East Animation Awards, a two-hour reel of the best independent shorts and commercials from the East Coast! The screening starts at 7:30 pm. The entry fee will be US$2 for members and $5 for non-members. Seating is limited. For more information contact ASIFA-Hollywood at: 721 S. Victory Blvd., Burbank, CA 91502; Tel.: (818) 842-8330; or Web: www.asifa-hollywood.org.

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Shrek’s Coming To Your Local Shopping Cart

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, April 19, 2001 at 12:00am

On April 16, 2001, DreamWorks Consumer Products and The Kroger Co. announced a joint promotion that allows supermarket shoppers to earn free movie tickets to the upcoming computer-animated feature SHREK based on their grocery purchases during a four-week period beginning this week. The four-week promotion is scheduled for more than 2,000 Kroger-owned stores nationwide. Customers who purchase $300 in groceries using their shopper's card will earn two free tickets to SHREK, which opens May 18 in theaters around the country.

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Tony Hawk Pro Skater Rolls Onto Six Platforms

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, April 19, 2001 at 12:00am

Activision, Inc. announced on April 12, 2001 that it will release the next installment of the best-selling skateboarding franchise of all time, TONY HAWK'S PRO SKATER, on six platforms -- the PlayStation2 computer entertainment system, Xbox video game system, Game Boy Advance, PC, PlayStation game console and Game Boy Color.

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Humongous Characters For Your Walls

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, April 19, 2001 at 12:00am

Wallcoverings designer 4walls.com has announced a licensing agreement to create and distribute murals and other wallcoverings based on characters from Infogrames, Inc.'s Humongous Entertainment division. The Humongous Entertainment line of wallcoverings from 4walls.com is now available in stores nationwide. "We are very excited to bring Putt-Putt, Pajama Sam and the Backyard Kids' to the walls of children everywhere," said Ronald Soeder, president of 4walls.com.

Idea Headline News

Big Idea Productions And Wal-Mart Team Up For Veggietales Promotion

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, April 19, 2001 at 12:00am

Big Idea Productions, creators of the made-for-video series VEGGIETALES, has teamed up with Wal-Mart, the world's largest retailer, for a chain-wide promotion of VEGGIETALES apparel, toys, videos, audio CDs and fabric. During April, more than 2,700 Wal-Mart stores across the United States will feature VeggieTales signage and merchandise. Shari Martin, executive director of licensing and consumer products for Big Idea Productions, said, "We are so excited to participate in this promotion with Wal-Mart, which clearly demonstrates how VEGGIETALES' popularity is exploding across the country.

Award Headline News

Spud Wins Cartoons On The Bay

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, April 19, 2001 at 12:00am

In the competition at Cartoons on the Bay, Folimages imaginative SPUD AND THE VEGETABLE GARDEN took home three prizes. The 5th Cartoons On The Bay International Festival of Television Animation was held in Positano (Amalfi Coast), Italy from April 5 - 9. Cartoons on the Bay is the only festival in the world dedicated to television animation. The festival is an international event with awards, workshops, lectures and events centering on the ever-changing world of television animation.

Animation Headline News

Sothebys.com Classic Disney Animation Art Auction

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, April 19, 2001 at 12:00am

* Friday, April 13 Friday, May 4, 2001. Online.

* Friday, May 11 Friday, June 1, 2001. Online.

Sothebys.com is holding a two-part online auction of original, pre-World War II animation art, primarily Disney art purchased in private transactions directly from the animators themselves over a 22 year period. Almost all of the artwork will be seen publicly for the first time (except, of course, as it appears in the actual movies). For more information, visit the Jeff Lotman Animation Art auction at: Web: www.sothebys.com

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ASIFA-Central Conference and Retreat

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, April 19, 2001 at 12:00am

* Friday, April 27- Sunday, April 29, 2001. Utica, Illinois, U.S.A.

ASIFA-Central is having its ninth annual Animators Conference and Retreat. Events include presentations, workshops, animation screenings, networking time, outdoor BBQ and a late night Animator's Bonfire! Registrations accepted onsite for the weekend or for Saturday only. Utica is located on the Illinois River, 90 miles west of Chicago (90 minutes), at I-80 near I-39 (Illinois Rte 51). For more information contact Melissa Bouwman at: Email: asifa_central@hotmail.com.

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