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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 VMM bounces back - with plenty of Stretch and Squash!

Like Woody and Buzz, Visual Magic Magazine is back. After a period ofinactivity, your favorite visual effects & 3D animation magazine is back onthe web sporting a brand new look, a new way of publishing, and a renewedcommitment to providing superior articles and news to visual effects andanimation professionals and enthusiasts. The only thing we don't have isTom Hanks and Tim Allen. But that can be arranged (maybe). "Toy Story 2" ishitting our screens very soon, and of course, you can expect full coverage

Headline News November Acrobat Issue of Animation World Magazine now On-line!

November is another packed, globe trotting issue as Animation World takes alook at the exciting arena of animated feature films. Heikki Jokinenreveals the health of the European feature market and its high hopes forthe future. Ilene Gannaway takes us inside the production of SonyImageworks' next wower, "Stuart Little." From story to technicalinnovations, Ilene gives us the inside scoop on how Imageworks is turning aCGI mouse, into one of the family. Andrew Osmond debates whether or not

Headline News French animation exports to screen in LA!

TVFI, a trade association supporting the international sale of French TVprograms, presents a French Animation Evening in Los Angeles, with ascreening of "La France s'Anime" ("France Gets Animated"), followed by aFrench party. "La France s'Anime: 19 Projects for the Year 2000 " is acompilation of French TV series pilots including: "Les Aventures d'Ooki"(Les Films de la Perrine), "Chris Colorado" (AB Productions), "Les Mysteresde Babel" (Praxinos), "Mars Brothers" (France Animation), "Allo la Terre

Headline News Mondo Media looking for 2D Character Animators and Directors

By Guest (not verified) | Monday, November 29, 1999 at 12:00am

Mondo Media, one of the Bay Area's largest independent animation studios,is looking for TRADITIONAL 2D CHARACTER ANIMATORS and DIRECTORS who areinterested in participating in the creation of original on-lineentertainment. The Mondo Mini Shows are currently featured on Netscape'sNetcenter, Shockwave.com, and Altavista, as well as other affiliate sites.Contract and staff positions available. Job Requirements: Traditionalcharacter animation experience; Timing; Poses; Knowledge of basic

Headline News STUDIO GHIBLI retrospectives are being held throughout the US

To celebrate the US premiere of Studio Ghibli's PRINCESS MONONOKE, directedby Hayao Miyazaki, Studio Ghibli retrospectives are being held throughoutthe United States. Most of the retrospectives will be showing all of StudioGhibli's films: NAUSICAÄ OF THE VALLEY OF THE WIND (1984), LAPUTA, CASTLEIN THE SKY (1986), GRAVE OF THE FIREFLIES (1988), MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO(1988), KIKI'S DELIVERY SERVICE (1989), ONLY YESTERDAY (1991), PORCO ROSSO(1992), POM POKO (1994), WHISPER OF THE HEART (1995), and PRINCESS MONONOKE

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

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