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Nickelodeon Headline News

Thirty-Foot SpongeBob Marks Nickelodeon Universe Ride

Amid the construction bringing Nickelodeon Universe to life, a 30-foot SpongeBob SquarePants sculpture was installed at the stroke of midnight on Tuesday at the entrance to the new ride, SpongeBob SquarePants Rock Bottom Plunge.

Local Minnesota manufacture TivoliToo Inc. created the giant 3D sculpture.

Only three weeks away, the grand opening of Nickelodeon Universe at Mall of America promises to offer family fun and excitement as 20 new rides whirl in motion.

Headline News

Kabillion Launches New Promotion With Interactive uWink Restaurant

Kabillion, the multi-platform kidsâ entertainment service, has launched a new cross-promotion with uWink, the popular new interactive restaurant that allows customers to order food, drinks, games and other digital media at their table through proprietary touch screen terminals.

Software Headline News

Power Integration Tour for Maxon

MAXON Computer, the developers of CINEMA 4D and BodyPaint 3D, announced Monday the 2008 schedule of its highly anticipated Power Integration Tour.

The tour is a joint road show with Adobe Systems that highlights the ease of integrating MAXON CINEMA 4D 3D software with Adobe Creative Suite 3 Production Premium for a powerful 2D/3D cross platform solution.


Screenings Come to a Close at ICM

By Dan Sarto | Saturday, February 23, 2008 at 10:10am

When the agents cringed at the time it takes, tour host Ron Diamond said, “Animation is a painful process and this brings it to a new low.” Hugh added that he would have liked more time to finish Peter, but they had already sold out the Royal Albert Hall for the premiere and they wanted to continue working in the U.K., so they had to keep the debut date.


Closing the Day with William Morris Agents

By Dan Sarto | Friday, February 22, 2008 at 2:20pm

After a late screening in the Aidikoff Screening Room for the William Morris agents, the filmmakers had a chance to meet with a few of the agents. Like many people have said along the tour, the agents felt that this year is one of the strongest years for animated shorts in quite some time.


DreamWorks Day on the Oscar Showcase Tour

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, February 21, 2008 at 3:42pm

When it comes to development of stories, John said they have the entire story department brainstorming on the projects at the beginning then pare down the writers on each film. He added that usually the scribes will be the first on the project and can stay involved with the project as late as three months before release.


An Afternoon with Disney TV

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, February 21, 2008 at 3:20pm

A new question for the Peter and the Wolf team was how they came about designing and animating the animals. The main goal of the design was to not make them caricatures. Hugh said the duck was the toughest and the look they chose was based on how goofy the breed looked, which would help create instant sympathy for the doomed character.

Entertainment Headline News

Dubailand and HIT Entertainment Strike Alliance

Dubailand, a member of Tatweer, today announced it has formed a strategic alliance with U.K.-based HIT Entertainment, one of the worlds leading independent childrens entertainment producers and rights owners.

They will work together to develop a diverse portfolio of family entertainment projects in Global Village at Dubailand, a 3 billion-square-foot development that includes theme parks, eco-tourism projects, shopping malls, restaurants and residential units in United Arab Emirates.