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AWN Presents: Zagreb School Of Animation Toons Screening In Hollywood!

On Wednesday, December 13, 2000 at 7:00 PM, the American Cinematheque and CAMEO are presenting a retrospective of animation from the Zagreb School. Directors Vatroslav Mimica and Zdenko Gaparovic will be on hand at the screening. The Zagreb School, which reached its peak in the 1960s, is considered one of the most modernist European animated film schools and produced some of the most important animated short films of its time.

Animation Headline News

This Week's Web Animation Guide For Friday, December 1, 2000

AWN's Web Animation Guide is the place for what's new on the Net. This week's edition features an addictive installment of GOODNIGHT MR. SNOOZLEBERG, the start of a new Animation Showdown at AtomFilms, a new Webisode of ANGRY KID 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!"

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New At Visual Magic Magazine

Check out the latest "behind the scenes" features and tutorials from Visual Magic Magazine:

"Toon Boom Brings Animation To The Web." 2D animation software giant Toon Boom Technology recently released USAnimation Web Edition. We decided to take a look at what this "flash" new product has to offer...

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New In The Animation Showcase: Scott Clark And Dr. Filmgood

In the past twenty years that Canadian artist SCOTT CLARK has been producing art, his life has gone down many creative paths. For him, animation is the ultimate art form, bringing together storytelling, line, color, music and movement. Scott Clark's gallery features acrylic paintings inspired from his travel along the West Coast Trail of Canada, and to the US and Nepal. Plus, there are background paintings from his animated/live-action short film in progress, "Keeping Balance." British artist Grant White, aka DR.

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Filmtecknarna Brings Rave Posters To Life In Anti-Drug Ad

Stockholm animation studio Filmtecknarna F. Animation has finished a 30-second animated spot as part of a series of ads for PDFA, the Partnership for a Drug Free America. The 3D/cel animated spot utilizes the graphic style found on rave posters and flyers. The commercial follows a cel animated boy through a computer-generated city where he is attacked by drug-peddling, robot bugs and is only saved by the music from his headphones.

Live-action Headline News

R!OT Races With Michael Johnson & Samsung

Santa Monica, California digital studio R!OT has created the visual effects for a new Samsung television commercial featuring Olympic sprinter Michael Johnson. The commercial shows the world-record holder running on a track that actually is a super-sized Samsung 8500 cellular phone. Johnson, the other runners and race officials were shot against a green screen at Whiteman Airport in Pacoima, California, in addition to other objects like a pair of wind-whipped flags.

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RealNetworks Adds Wolpert As Strategic Advisor

Richard Wolpart, former CEO of Checkout.com, has been brought onto RealNetworks' staff as a strategic adviser on digital music distribution and wireless communications. Wolpert will split his time between RealNetworks and consulting for his 10-year-old investment company, Chance Investments. From 1996-98, he served as president of Disney Online.

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Dir. Dave Foss Joins Class-Key Chew-Po Commericals

Class-Key Chew-Po has signed 3D animation director David Foss. The director has worked with Class-Key in the past on projects for Columbia Tri-Star, Nickelodeon and San Diego's Wildlife Park's Festival of Lights promotion. In the past he has worked for such studios as Optimus, Hgun Labs and Runandgun. Foss' personal work has toured with festivals around the world. His film 47 HURTZ was screened as part of Resfest and his short HORNED GRANDMA is part of Spike and Mike's Sick and Twisted Festival.

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Macromedia Launches Flash Developer Community Site

By Rick DeMott | Thursday, November 30, 2000 at 12:00am

Macromedia, Inc. has launched Macromedia Exchange for Flash, a Web destination dedicated to Flash developers. exchange.macromedia.com allows Flash users to share Flash 5 extensions such as Smart Clips, ActionScript samples, Macromedia Generator templates and source files. Free extensions on the Exchange range from ready-made interactivity building blocks to sophisticated server-side technologies.

Series Headline News

3D TV Series Weird-Ohs Comes To Home Video

By Rick DeMott | Thursday, November 30, 2000 at 12:00am

ADV Films is releasing Mainframe Entertainment's 3D animated TV series WEIRD-OHS on video. The series chronicles the town of Weirdsville, the fast-paced world just off Route 66, where cars and racing is the way of life. The first 110 minute volume will be released on November 28, 2000 with two more following on December 5, 2000 and January 23, 2001. Each tape will retail for US$12.98 each.

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Gasaraki Volume II Combats Home Video

By Rick DeMott | Thursday, November 30, 2000 at 12:00am

GASARAKI 2: THE CIRCLE OPENS arrives on video from ADV Films November 28, 2000. In this sequel, giant robots battle to uncover the secrets of the T.A. team, which is attacked by a mysterious unknown enemy. The film will be released in an English-dubbed VHS version and on DVD, which will contain both an English-dubbed and English-subtitled edition. Volume 3 is set for release on January 23, 2001 with Volume 4 available on March 27, 2001. The VHS tape will sell for US$19.98 and the DVD for $29.98.

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Leda Lands On Video

By Rick DeMott | Thursday, November 30, 2000 at 12:00am

The anime feature, LEDA: THE FANTASTIC ADVENTURES OF YOHKO, is arriving on video November 28, 2000. The story follows high school student Yohko as she travels to Earth's mirror planet Ashanti and must aid the universal warriors in defeating the dimension's new leaders from taking over Earth. The video will be available in an English-subtitled and English-dubbed version for US$9.95.

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Right Stuf For Three Captain Tylor Releases

By Rick DeMott | Thursday, November 30, 2000 at 12:00am

Right Stuf International will release three new CAPTAIN TYLOR collections on video November 28, 2000. The final volume of THE IRRESPONSIBLE CAPTAIN TYLOR will contain part one and two of the "From Here to Eternity" tale, which concludes the bumbling war between UPSF and Raalgon forces. The humorous series continues in the release of THE IRRESPONSIBLE CAPTAIN TYLOR "Music Video Collection," which features Captain Tylor belting out funny tunes with the crew of the Soyokaze.

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DIC Names Melissa Bomes Executive VP

By Rick DeMott | Thursday, November 30, 2000 at 12:00am

DIC Entertainment has named Melissa Bomes executive vice president of worldwide consumer products. Bomes will oversee the growth of the division, including such areas as licensing and merchandising, promotions and retail marketing. Bomes recently served as VP of business development at estyle.com and before that was an executive at Walt Disney working in strategic alliances and business development for its retail stores.

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Manga Brings Macross II To DVD

By Rick DeMott | Thursday, November 30, 2000 at 12:00am

Based on the popular TV series SUPERDIMENSIONAL FORTRESS MACROSS, MACROSS II is the follow-up to the original anime classic. Hitting stores on November 28, 2000, the second film in the theatrical MACROSS franchise, continues the tale of Earth's fight against the Zentradi, an alien race of giants. Taking place eight years after the first MACROSS in a time of peace, renegade Zentradi bent on war use strength sapping music to defeat the humans.

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Anime Classic Honneamise Rockets Onto DVD

By Rick DeMott | Thursday, November 30, 2000 at 12:00am

Manga Video is releasing anime classic WINGS OF HONNEAMISE on DVD November 28, 2000. At the time of the production in 1987, HONNEAMISE marked the highest budget for any Japanese animated feature ever at ¥800 million (approximately US$8 million). The DVD's special features are: three language tracks, one in English, one in Japanese and one in Japanese with English subtitles; director commentary; an original promotional short; a deleted scene; conceptual artwork; and storyboards.

Studios Headline News

Broadcast Graphics & Virtual Studios Conference

By Rick DeMott | Thursday, November 30, 2000 at 12:00am

* Monday, January 29 Tuesday, January 30, 2001. London, U.K.

The Second Annual Broadcast Graphics & Virtual Studios Conference embraces the cutting edge of innovation in the world of graphics and virtual studios. The conference provides a forum for television and film professionals to gather and discuss technology trends and developments. Access Conference International is sponsoring the event. For more information contact Access at: Tel.: ++44 (0)207 840 2734; Fax: ++44 (0)207 840 2751; or E-mail: bruce@access-conf.com.

Version Headline News

SensAble Technologies Announce Freeform 3

By Rick DeMott | Thursday, November 30, 2000 at 12:00am

SensAble Technologies announced the release of version 3 of their FreeForm modeling system. The new release expands on the previous version's shape creation capabilities while maintaining the fundamental FreeForm touch advantage. When combined with the FreeForm system's unique ability to create complex blends and highly sculpted details, the result is a very powerful modeling solution. The new version also features new surface creation tools, which make the transition downstream to production easier then ever before.

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U.S. Primetime TV Ratings For The Week Of November 20-26, 2000

By Rick DeMott | Thursday, November 30, 2000 at 12:00am

Once again Fox's Sunday night back-to-back-to-back toon line-up ruled the primetime animation field. THE SIMPSONS claimed the highest finish at #36 with an 8.4 rating and a 12 share. KING OF THE HILL came in at #75 with a 4.7 rating/7 share, down 1.5 rating points from the previous week. FUTURAMA returned to its Sunday night 7 pm slot in 83rd place, with a 3.7 rating/6 share. THE PJS continues to struggle on the WB gaining a 1.7 rating/3 share. These ratings and shares represent primetime TV in the U.S.

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