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Blogs Coming Attractions: Ottawa International Animation Festival

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, September 10, 2008 at 10:20pm

The Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF) is trying out some new elements this year, including a new venue (the Canadian Museum of Civilization), a new free shuttle bus between venues and new additions to programming, like a live art presentation by Daniel Barrow, who uses an overhead projector and narration to create something called "manual animation."

Blogs Anima Mundi 2008: The Warmth of Brazil

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, September 10, 2008 at 9:59pm

From the shores of enchanting Rio to Sao Paulo’s urban hustle and bustle, I was lucky enough to attend Brazil’s 2008 Anima Mundi festival. This is the only festival I know about that starts in one city for a week and then moves to another town for another week of festivities. While this makes it one of the longest festivals, I think most people would want it to last even a little longer.

Headline News Total Immersion Brings Augmented Reality To Arizona Science Center's New Exhibit

Fireworks aren't just for the Fourth of July. Total Immersion has created an augmented reality experience for a new permanent gallery called "My Digital World," which opened on September 1 at the Arizona Science Center in Phoenix, Arizona, USA. And for the engaged visitor, the payoff is almost incendiary.

Blogs Help Save Totoro's Birthplace!

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, September 2, 2008 at 10:33pm

If you haven't heard about the amazing Totoro Forest Project fund-raising exhibition/auction, which will be held Sept. 6th at Pixar, then you are missing out on some fabulous artwork being sold for a great cause. Spearheaded by Pixar art director Dice Tsutsumi, the event features artwork from some the top animators and illustrators working today. Check out this artwork!

Headline News Disney-Style Halloween Offers Spook-tacular Entertainment

Beginning September 26 and continuing through Sunday, November 2, Disneyland and Disney's California Adventure parks become a one-stop destination to experience spook-tacular entertainment, whimsical decor, a lively mix of Disney characters in Halloween costumes and a variety of festive foods.

Headline News New Epcot Attraction Lets Guests Into World Of Kim Possible

Epcot guests at Walt Disney World Resort will be treated to a brand new, highly interactive attraction inspired by Disney Channel's Emmy Award-winning animated series, Disney's KIM POSSIBLE. The new experience is slated to premiere in late 2008.

Using the latest technology, DISNEY'S KIM POSSIBLE WORLD SHOWCASE ADVENTURE invites guests of all ages to become secret agents, teaming up with members of Team Possible to save the world from various comical villains and their mad inventions.

Headline News Oscar, Props, Costumes Showcased In New Universal Studios Hollywood Attraction

The 1973 Best Picture Oscar statuette for THE STING arrived via armored truck with police motorcycle escorts as Universal Studios Hollywood inaugurated its new movie memorabilia attraction, THE UNIVERSAL EXPERIENCE: BEHIND THE SCENES OF UNIVERSAL PICTURES, celebrating the Studios' historic movie heritage and the first-ever public Oscar display at The Entertainment Capital of L.A.

Headline News Sesame Street And USO Partner To Bring Tour To Military Families

Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit organization behind SESAME STREET, and the USO (United Service Organizations) announced THE SESAME STREET EXPERIENCE FOR MILITARY FAMILIES: a free traveling tour to military installations across the country. The tour, produced by VEE Corporation, is part of Sesame Workshop's TALK, LISTEN, CONNECT initiative, a military outreach program which launched in 2006.

Headline News Toy Story Mania! Launches With Four Dimensions Of Fun At Disneyland

In a ceremony featuring sky divers, fireworks and Disney executives, along with NASA Astronauts and Buzz Lightyear on board the International Space Station, the new TOY STORY MANIA! attraction premiered Tuesday in Disney's California Adventure as part of Disney's "Year of a Million Dreams."

Headline News It's The Home Of Your Dreams!

Imagine a home so perfectly attuned to the needs of a family that it can anticipate and fulfill them, virtually without anyone lifting a finger. Now imagine that the home offers family members high-tech connectivity, not just with one another but with people, entertainment and information in the world at large.

Guests at Disneyland can soon do more than imagine it. Beginning June 17, the Innoventions Dream Home in Tomorrowland is bringing that world to life as a limited number of guests have the opportunity to preview the home.

Headline News Horrid Henry Headed To The Stage

Leading independent producer Novel Ent. is taking its hit show HORRID HENRY from the TV screen to the stage with Watershed Productions in association with Sheffield Theatres. This announcement comes on the back of a recent second series commission for HORRID HENRY from CITV.

For the first time ever on stage, Henry takes his rightful place in the spotlight. Along with Mum, Dad, Perfect Peter and Moody Margaret -- only they're not going to be in the spotlight, of course, not if Henry's got anything to do with it.

Headline News Universal Studios Honors California Firefighters

Universal Studios Hollywood is paying tribute to the firefighters who recently helped save the historic Universal studio with a "Salute to Firefighters," offering badged fire department personnel a free One Day General Admission throughout the month of June. Up to three family members or friends accompanying an eligible firefighter will also receive 50 percent off a One Day General Admission.

To obtain free admission, firefighters may show current photo employee identification at the Universal Studios Hollywood theme park box office.

Headline News The Show Goes On At Universal Studios Hollywood Following Fire On Sunday

Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal CityWalk have taken a "the show must go on" stance and are open for business as usual after a weekend fire that damaged the King Kong backlot attraction and one area of film sets that were frequently visited by the Studio Tour.

Headline News Universal Studios Backlot Fire Destroys Several Rides, Shooting Locations

A fire at Universal Studios on Sunday affected two popular backlot shooting locations -- New York Street and the BACK TO THE FUTURE courthouse square -- the KING KONG park attraction and countless copies of studio films and TV shows in a video vault, VARIETY reports.

The pre-dawn blaze is said to have burned three to four acres, but the full impact on shooting and theme park operations was unclear. A Universal rep said Sunday afternoon they had no information regarding future production in the affected areas.

Headline News Universal Studios Shows Us The Black Lagoon

Drawn from Universal's crypt of classic monsters and updated with spectacular Broadway production values and special effects, CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON -- THE MUSICAL will rise, live, on stage at Universal Studios Hollywood beginning spring 2009.

Headline News Simpsons Ride Open at Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood

You've seen the show, played The Game, watched The Movie. And now, yes, it's finally here. You can ride -- The Ride.

America's favorite animated family has arrived in Hollywood and Orlando -- with their very own mega-attraction. THE SIMPSONS RIDE is officially open at Universal Studios Hollywood, California and Universal Orlando Resort in Florida. The new attractions plant guests smack in the middle of a brand-new Simpsons adventure -- a ride adventure so big, so funny and so thrilling it's no surprise it took years to make.

Headline News Homer Simpson Throws Out A First Pitch

Universal Studios Hollywood hits it out of the ballpark with a new promotion offering kids a chance to visit the all-new mega attraction, THE SIMPSONS RIDE at The Entertainment Capital of L.A. for free when a Dodger hits a "Homer" during the fifth inning of any Dodgers home game this 2008 MLB season.

The "Hit a Homer" promotion, which runs all season long, will step up to the plate on Monday, May 19 when Homer Simpson throws out the first pitch at the L.A. Dodgers vs. Cincinnati Reds game. One free child's ticket will be offered with one paid adult ticket.

Headline News Six Flags Great Adventure Unveils The Dark Knight Coaster

Six Flags Great Adventure in New Jersey today unveiled the highly anticipated THE DARK KNIGHT COASTER. Based on Warner Bros. Pictures' upcoming movie THE DARK KNIGHT, the indoor, dark coaster offers guests a one-of-kind ride experience.

Headline News Manhattan Museum Opens Dora And Diego Exhibit This Month

On May 20, the Children's Museum of Manhattan (CMOM) opens the brand-new "Adventures with Dora and Diego" exhibit, the nation's only museum exhibition inspired by the popular characters from the award-winning Nickelodeon series, GO, DIEGO, GO! and DORA THE EXPLORER.

Blogs fmx/08: Expanding the Global Animation & VFX Connection

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, May 14, 2008 at 12:00am

Johannes Wolters dives into fmx/08, which this year offered an even greater number of stimulating discussions on the state of artistic and technological visual content.

Headline News Harry Potter: The Exhibition

Becker Group, in partnership with Warner Bros. Consumer Products, will bring worldwide audiences "Harry Potter: The Exhibition," a state-of-the-art exhibition highlighting artifacts from the Warner Bros. films based on J.K. Rowling's book series. The 10,000 square foot experience will premiere in spring 2009 in a major market, and will appear in 10 or more cities around the world throughout a five-year span.

Headline News Celebrities Flip Their Fins In New Installment Of Disney Dream Portrait Series

For the latest image in the portrait series of celebrities living out their Disney dreams, photographer Annie Leibovitz followed a simple recipe: Just add water.

Continuing the "Disney Dream Portrait Series" that has put stars in all kinds of Disney fantasies, Leibovitz trained her famous lens this time on the undersea world of Ariel, heroine of THE LITTLE MERMAID. To get there, she dressed actress Julianne Moore and American swimming icon Michael Phelps in tails and scales.

Headline News Animation Artwork To Color Academy Gallery

More than 125 hand-drawn artwork pieces from such classics as ALICE IN WONDERLAND, 101 DALMATIANS, and THE LION KING, will be showcased in "Ink & Paint: The Art of Hand-Drawn Animation," a new exhibition opening on Friday, May 16, in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Grand Lobby Gallery in Beverly Hills. Admission is free.

The magic of an animated film depends on the ability to bring to life not only animated characters, but the worlds they inhabit.

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