In a ceremony held Nov. 17, 2004, at Tournament House, Mickey Mouse was revealed as the Grand Marshal for the 2005 Tournament of Roses, themed Celebrate Family. Tournament of Roses president Dave Davis was joined on stage by film and Broadway legend Julie Andrews to announce the beloved Disney icon as the Grand Marshal who will lead the family-themed New Year's Day celebration in Pasadena. As Grand Marshal, Mickey Mouse will ride in the 116th Rose Parade, and toss the coin before the 91st Rose Bowl Game on Jan. 1, 2005.
The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade has announced its lineup, which includes 12 new elements including eight floats, three giant helium character balloons and a set of Macy's newest invention -- the Balloonicle, a balloon and self-propelled vehicle. From classic characters to timeless toys, the 78th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade will arrive in New York City on Nov. 25, 2004 at 9:00 am.
Production maquettes from Pendragon Pictures' new movie version of H.G. Wells' THE WAR OF THE WORLDS will be featured in the new WAR OF THE WORLDS exhibit opening at Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen's Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame beginning Oct. 30, 2004. The exhibit, which will run for one year, also features dozens of book editions, radio, film and stage adaptations. An array of artists' interpretations of the Martian invasion, including a collection of original illustrations for the 1906 le Vandamme edition of the novel by Brazilian artist Alvim Correa will be on display.
DreamWorks has announced a musical version of the animated film SHREK, reports the NEW YORK TIMES. The Broadway production will be directed by Jason Moore, best known for AVENUE Q, and with a script by the playwright David Lindsay-Abaire (FUDDY MEERS). AMERCAN BEAUTY director and theater vet Sam Mendes will produce the production. The musical will have a tryout in another town in 2006, followed by a move to Broadway. No composer has been selected.
King Camera has just completed work on a 90-second take of the famous show-stopping production number, "American Dream, created and designed by highly acclaimed Pink Floyd's THE WALL illustrator and satirist, Gerald Scarfe for Sir Cameron Mackintosh's new touring show of the legendary musical MISS SAIGON. It was directed by High Eagle's Geoff Dunbar and produced by Jacqui Davies.
The Nintendo Fusion Tour (www.nintendofusiontour.com) will launch its second outing Sept. 18 in Phoenix. The 37-city tour brings together alternative and punk rock music and gaming. Story of The Year will headline the tour with supporting acts lostprophets, My Chemical Romance, Letter Kills, Anberlin and Autopilot Off.
Linda Jones and Craig Kausen, daughter and grandson of legendary animation director and artist, Chuck Jones, have donated the Chuck Jones lithograph, "The Scweam," to the Munch Museum in Oslo, Norway in response to the recent theft of Edvard Munch's "The Scream" this past week.
Cosgrove Halls pre-school star Engie Benjy will begin a two-year musical tour of the U.K. stage. ENGIE BENJY is one of the fastest selling pre-school TV shows of all time. The stageshow is also voiced by U.K. TV stars Ant & Dec and new songs were specially composed and recorded by ex-INSPIRAL CARPET indie kid Clint Boon. The event is being produced by Premier Prods.
Producer Tony Adams and Marvel Comics are negotiating a deal to bring Spider-Man to the stage as a musical, reports VARIETY. Reportedly Neil Jordan of CRYING GAME fame would pen the script with music by U2's Bono and The Edge. LION KING stage director and FRIDA film helmer Julie Taymor would take the director's seat on the project.
SpongeBob is leaving his pineapple under the sea to star in SpongeBob SquarePants 4-D, a brand new underwater motion simulator ride based on Nickelodeon's popular cartoon series, at Six Flags Over Texas. The interactive attraction puts riders in the middle of all the action and deceives their senses with state-of-the-art technology and special effects.
Universal Studios Hollywood has announced the debut of "Van Helsing: Fortress Dracula," an all-new attraction inspired by Universal Pictures' VAN HELSING opening simultaneously with the film's nationwide debut on May 7, 2004. The attraction will transport guests to a world inhabited by Dracula, The Frankenstein Monster and The Wolf Man. The attraction will feature special effects as well as hundreds of artifacts, original props and set pieces, created for the movie.
Threshold Digital Research Labs has wrapped production of STAR TREK: BORG INVASION 4D for Paramount Parks, part of the STAR TREK: THE EXPERIENCE at the Las Vegas Hilton. The multi-million dollar experience is the first RealityVision 3D production in history.
IMAX Corporation's co-chair/ co-ceo Richard L. Gelfond has announced the official opening of the first commercially-operated IMAX theatre in China. The IMAX Theatre at Peace Cinema will be operated by Shanghai Evershining IMAX Theatre Co. Ltd. and Shanghai United Cinema Line Co. Ltd. Universal Pictures and Imagine Entertainment's APOLLO 13 will mark its first exhibition in China at the new theater.
IMAX Corp. has signed an agreement with Daytona USA, the official attraction of NASCAR, to open a new IMAX 3D theatre alongside the Daytona International Speedway. Scheduled to open in April 2004, the theater will premiere the Warner Bros. Pictures first IMAX 3D film, NASCAR 3D: THE IMAX EXPERIENCE.
Starting on February 12, 2004, a total of 27 animated shorts from Nanyang Polytechnic students will air on MRT trains in Singapore, reports CHANNEL NEWS ASIA. Nanyang Polytechnic partner TV Mobile put the deal together.
Kim Wong-Nathan, programming director of TV Mobile at MediaCorp, said, "Our average commuting time is about 26 minutes and these animations comes in fun short bites, and it's actually refreshing and entertaining for our TV commuters, and for people on the move."
It's fitting that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has named its newest theater, a 286-seat state-of-the-art screening room at the Pickford Center in Hollywood, in honor of optical, vfx pioneer Linwood Dunn.
"Linwood Dunn was a giant in the motion picture field, a gifted artist and scientist who made enormous contributions to our art form throughout most of the 20th century," said Academy president Frank Pierson. "Naming the theater in Lin's honor made eminent sense to the board of governors."
Creators of the WILD EARTH videogame at San Diego-based Super X Studios are joining forces with the Entertainment Technology Corporation (EnTCo), of Philadelphia, to produce a motion simulator-based version of WILD EARTH for zoos, amusement parks and other location-based entertainment venues.
Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida, recently unveiled MICKEY'S PHILHARMAGIC, a new 3D film presented by Kodak starring Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and other favorite Disney characters. It marks the first attraction to feature the beloved Disney characters in computer animation. Set in Fantasyland Concert Hall, the musical experience unfolds on one of the largest - if not the largest -- seamless screen ever created for a three-dimensional film: a 150-foot-wide canvas. Disney Feature Animation in Burbank was responsible for the animation.
Visual effects house Guava has been enlisted by Radio City Entertainment to bring legendary singer/actor Frank Sinatra back to the Radio City Music hall stage in a multi-media event entitled SINATRA: HIS VOICE. HIS WORLD. HIS WAY. This project is the first time that Sinatra Enterprises has approved the exclusive and unrestricted use of Sinatra footage to a single entity outside the family. The stage show was constructed from never-before-seen video footage and home videos as well as 35mm images from classic television and film appearances.
Design/post-production house Perception has delivered kiosk display sequences for the National Constitution Center (www.constitutioncenter.org), which opened its doors in Philadelphia July 4, 2003. For the seven 10-second animation sequences, Perception teamed with director Hock Films Jonathan Hock, who recently collaborated with Perception on the show opens to ESPN's STREETBALL and BLOCK PARTY. The permanent exhibit, entitled "Point Counterpoint," presents short films featuring actors arguing both sides of some of the influential teachings of American history and culture.
SHREK 4D, an all-new "multi-sensory" attraction and a continuation of the SHREK fairy tale, is scheduled to debut at Universal Studios theme parks in summer 2003, and will be the first major attraction to be introduced simultaneously at Universal's theme parks in Hollywood, Orlando and Japan. SHREK actors Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz and John Lithgow return to voice the characters they created in this all-new animated saga that will pick up the story where the feature film left off.
The groundbreaking for Hong Kong Disneyland, the first Disney theme park in China was held on January 13, 2003. Hong Kong Disneyland is being built in partnership with The Walt Disney Company and the Hong Kong government, is scheduled to open in 2005/06. Against a backdrop of Lantau Island's mountains, the waters of Penny's Bay and a facade of the soon-to-be-built Sleeping Beauty Castle, the honorable Tung Chee Hwa, chief executive, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China, Michael D. Eisner, chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Company, and Robert A.
Dedicated to preserving the art and legacy of Charles M. Schulz, the popular PEANUTS cartoon artist, the Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center has been opened in Santa Rosa, California. The Museum is near Schulz's studio and across the street from the Redwood Empire Ice Arena (now called Snoopy's Home Ice); the two places where Schulz spent most of the last 30 years of his life.
Gullane Entertainment has signed a multi-year deal with ITEC Entertainment Corporation for exclusive North American theme parks and attractions representation of the THOMAS & FRIENDS brand. "We are very excited to be working with ITEC to bring THOMAS & FRIENDS into the world of theme parks," said Jennie Saul, Gullane Entertainment's VP, group head of live events.
King Features, the rights holder to many classic characters like Popeye, has hired DMA Animation to bring Betty Boop to a new line of video slot machines. The machines are being scripted by Top Gun Gaming and manufactured under a licensing agreement with Las Vegas-based Bally Gaming and Systems. The new BETTY BOOP game starts off with images of Betty in her dressing room, asking players to help her pick her next movie role. She points to three posters on the wall that illustrate her choices - Circus Extravaganza, Daredevil Betty or Game Show Sweetheart.