To present the 2002 Kinder Surprise collection Canadas TOPIX, a commercial computer animation studio, has created 3D character animation for the 30-second spot Action Convention, for Ferrero Canada Ltd. and agency Garneau Würstlin Philip Brand. For those not in the know about this candy treat, Kinder Surprise, launched in Italy in 1972, is a hollow chocolate egg which contains a collectable prize. In Action Convention an animated Kinder Surprise is seen underwater, decked out in a diving bell, as he introduces his collection of toys for 2002.
Geographical Region: North America
Nightmare Before Christmas - Special Screening: Friday, October 19 - Wednesday, October 31, 2001, Hollywood, California USA. Tim Burton's stop-motion masterpiece, directed by Henry Selick, THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS will be screening for two weeks (Oct. 19 - 31) at Hollywood's historic, restored movie palace The El Capitan Theatre on Hollywood Blvd. This is an annual Halloween tradition. On the first night, Friday Oct. 19th, Jerry Beck will be moderating a panel of guests on stage in a Q & A about working with Tim Burton on NIGHTMARE, VINCENT and FRANKENWEENIE.
The Real Bugs Bunny and Friends: Saturday, October 20 - Saturday, November 24, 2001, Toronto, Ontario Canada. A few years back everything that might offend anyone was cut from the great films of Hollywood's Golden Age Of Animation. Little was left for those of us who love these films. This special program offers two hours of great cartoons exactly as their creators meant us to see them.
Webisode Academy / Lecture Series: Wednesday, November 07 - Wednesday, November 28, 2001, Studio City, California USA. Masters of Animation Lecture Series. Open to all - check-in at 6:30pm. Reservations recommended - class size: 25 people max, $20 per person. November 7 - Gwen Wexler. Topic: Progress & Contributions of The Women in Animation. November 14 - Dave Brain. Topic: It's All In the Animation Timing! November 17 - Art Leonardi. Topic: The Pink Panther Days. November 28 - Iraj Paran. Topic: The Hanna-Barbera Days.
The remaining artworks of Polish animator and director Aleksandra Korejwo are now for sale. These pastels are the storyboards Aleksandra created for her upcoming short animated film and were recently featured at an exhibition and silent auction of Aleksandra's work at The Director's Guild, which was the first exhibit of her work in the United States. Korejwo has developed a unique style of animation using colored salts that are manipulated with the use of acondor feather. To view the artwork, go to http://www.acmefilmworks.com/
Bob Clampett Animation Festival: Wednesday, October 24, 2001, Toronto, Ontario Canada. Bob Clampett is recognized today as perhaps the key force in the shaping of Warner Brothers Animation. This program offers a rare chance to see two hours of his films as he meant us to see them. Uncut. In black and white if they were made in black and white, color if they were made in color.Stars Bugs, Daffy, Porky, the original nude Tweety & lots more.
Kellogg USA and Fox Licensing and Merchandising (Fox L&M) have created two limited-edition cereals featuring THE SIMPSONS. Kellogg's Bart Simpson Peanut Butter Chocolate Crunch and Kellogg's THE SIMPSONS Homer's Cinnamon Donut Cereal are now available nationwide for a limited time at a suggested retail price of $2.49 per box.
Peppers Ghost Productions CGI-animated series TINY PLANETS has been licensed to Germanys Super RTL network and ITV1 in the U.K. The show recently received two BAFTA Interactive awards nominations and is scheduled to debut in the U.K. and Germany in the first quarter 2002.
French childrens cable and a satellite channel Canal J has partnered with Nickelodeon U.K., Spain, Australia and Latin America and acquired Japanese anime series YU-GIOH, which will be broadcast in France in spring 2002.
With three major animation series currently in production and one more scheduled to start production next month, the U.K.-based animation house Telemagination has expanded its digital ink and paint studio. John McManus joins the company as senior compositor and Alistair Beckett and Neil Harris have been contracted as compositors, all to begin working immediately on the in-house production, PONGWIFFY.
Canadian independent production-distribution outfit Portfolio Entertainment has sold all 210 interstitials of the animated series KLOOTZ to Australian pay-TV operator Foxtel. The dialogue-free series follows the adventures of two pears and was created by Canadian 3D animation studio Klik Animation. Canadian network The Family Channel has already picked up English Canada broadcast rights.
Cartoon Network Latin America turned two lucky viewers into heroes for their schools by choosing them as winners of the POWERPUFF GIRLS Super Power Contest, which ran from June 6 through July 6, 2001. Diego Armando Ojeda Jimenez of Mexico, age 11, and Caique Tony de Andrade of Brazil, age 7, were each awarded the Grand Prize - a computer for themselves and ten more for their schools. In addition to the grand prizes, 20 first-prize winners received Nintendo 64s, 80 second-prize winners took home Nintendo Gameboys, and 200 third-prize winners each won a POWERPUFF GIRLS Gameboy game.
For their November event, the Toronto Animated Image Society (TAIS) welcomes Derek Lamb, former filmmaker and executive producer of animation at the National Film Board of Canada. He will present an evening of screenings and insights into independent filmmaking. Derek Lamb is the Academy award-winning producer of EVERY CHILD, and dean of film at Harvard University. He has worked on episodes of SESAME STREET, collaborated with Edward Gorey on the PBS MYSTERY!
ASIFA-Colorado:- Wednesday, October 17th, 2001 ASIFA Colorado welcomes Sayoko Kinoshita, director of the Hiroshima International Animation Festival. Kinoshita will be presenting "The Best of Hiroshima Festival," a show produced as part of the Denver International Film Festival. For more information contact Edward Bakst at ASIFA-Colorado, RMCAD, 6875 E. Evans Ave., Denver, Colorado 80224, U.S.A.; Tel.: (800) 888-ARTS; or E-mail: EBakst@RMCAD.edu.
The Board of Directors of Teletoon has appointed veteran broadcasting executive Len Cochrane as president of the Teletoon television network, which operates 24-hour English and French animation services across Canada. Cochrane replaces John Riley, recently named president of Astral Television Networks. Cochrane served as president of The Family Channel Inc. for the past 11 years, and led that network's growth as a premium service with over 309,000 subscribers to one of the most successful television channels with over 4.3 million subscribers.
Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust: Friday, October 05 - Thursday, October 11, 2001, Los Angeles, San Francisco, California USA. Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust is currently playing in theaters in the Los Angeles and San Francisco areas. Theaters and showtimes: The Showcase, Los Angeles, 323.934.2944. Showtimes: 2:30pm, 5:00pm, 7:30pm, 10:00pm. The Laemmle Playhouse 7, Pasadena, 626.844.6500. Showtimes: Noon, 2:30pm, 5:00pm, 7:30pm, 10:00pm. Edwards University 6, Irvine. 949.854.8811. Showtimes: 2:30pm, 5:00pm, 7:30pm, 10:00pm. Encino Town Center, Encino, 818.940.1136. Showtimes: 10:15pm.
Durango Film Festival: Friday, March 01 - Sunday, March 10, 2002, Durango, Colorado USA. Entry Deadline: Saturday, December 01, 2001. The Durango Film Festival, after its successful 2001 premiere, is in the works for 2002. This juried 10-day festival will present independent feature films, documentaries, animated films, shorts, experimental, and new media works. In addition, the festival will offer educational salons, VIP panels, filmmaker discussions and host a variety of parties and receptions. On Saturday, March 9, 2002, the winners of the Golden Quakie Awards will be announced.
Kinetica 3: Friday, August 17, 2001 - Wednesday, December 31, 2003, Touring, USA and Canada. KINETICA is the iotaCenter's annual travelling film/video exhibition celebrating the art of abstraction in the moving image. KINETICA 3 is touring the US and Canada, dates include San Francisco Cinematheque (Oct 12-13), New York's Museum of Modern Art (October 29-30), Harvard Film Archive (November), Cinematheque Ontario (Dec), please visit website for full calendar and 2002 dates. There are two programs in this third edition in the KINETICA series.
This week's updates to the Calendar of Events include: Metreon Festival Of Anime: Saturday, October 27 - Sunday, October 28, 2001, San Francisco, California USA . . . Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust: Friday, October 05 - Thursday, October 11, 2001, Los Angeles and San Francisco, California USA . . . Durango Film Festival: Friday, March 01 - Sunday, March 10, 2002, Durango, Colorado USA . . . Kinetica 3: Friday, August 17, 2001 - Wednesday, December 31, 2003, Touring, USA and Canada.
Canadian computer animation studio Mainframe Entertainment, Inc has appointed Mark Fleischer president of its Los Angeles-based subsidiary, Mainframe, U.S.A. In this newly-created position, Fleischer will spearhead the expansion of the companys presence in Los Angeles, with the goal of positioning Mainframe to more effectively pursue opportunities within Los Angeles and the U.S. Fleischer first began working with Mainframe while he was president of Fleischer Studios, Inc. in Los Angeles.
Metreon Festival Of Anime: Saturday, October 27 - Sunday, October 28, 2001, San Francisco, California USA. Metreon-A Sony Entertainment Center in downtown San Francisco will host the first annual Metreon Festival of Anime the weekend of October 27-28 inside Metreon's Action Theatre attraction. The Metreon Festival of Anime will take place in conjunction with the Big Apple Anime Fest scheduled for the same weekend in New York City. Throughout the two-day event, fans will have a chance to watch Sony Pictures' "The Making of Metropolis", Bandai Entertainment's "Love Hina" and the U.S.
Reg Hartt Presents The Sex & Violence Cartoon Fest: Saturday, September 29 - Saturday, October 27, 2001, Toronto, Ontario Canada. Many of the best films from Hollywood's Golden Age Of Animation have ben banned. The rest have been cut to bits. This program offers the rare chance to see 14 great films exactly as their creators meant us to. It's Bugs, Daffy, Popeye and pals with all their parts. Saturday, September 29, 2001 and October 6, 13, 20, 27, 2001 at 9:30 pm Cineforum, 463 Bathurst, Toronto, Ontario Canada.416-603-6643.
Webisode Academy / Lecture: Production Mgmt. Meeting for Animation: Wednesday, October 10, 2001, Studio City, California USA. One night lecture with confirmed speakers from Movie Magic, Peppers Ghost and Rhythm & Hues. Topic: Software for Production Management and Tracking. October 10, 2001, 7pm-9pm. All are welcome but seating is limited to 25 people. Call 818-508-TOON for reservation. $20 at the door.
The Art of Chuck Jones: Friday, October 26 - Sunday, December 02, 2001, New York, New York USA. Friday evening preview from 6-9 PM, October 26. A reception for Linda Jones. Preview exceptional original production art, rare limited editions and unique works by the legendary film director, animator and creator, Chuck Jones. RSVP required 212-226-7374 or VIP@animazing.com. Saturday, October 27 The Art of Chuck Jones - Hosted by Linda Jones. Exhibit runs through December 2. Beginning with a Film Festival 1-3pm at Void Theater 16 Mercer street and followed by a reception in the gallery 3-6PM.
Homage to New York: Saturday, December 08, 2001, New York, New York USA. Homage to New York - The Fine Art of Ralph Bakshi. Saturday, December 8. Cocktail Reception for the artist 6-9pm. This collection of paintings and pastels is rendered with superb technique. "Cartoon Portraits" with personalities larger than life are seriously delightful. This famous animation director has had a passion for fine art throughout his career and will be making an appearance with new works in our Soho gallery. RSVP required: email@example.com Bakshi's fine art is showcased exclusively at Animazing Gallery.
Spanish-based animation company BRB Internacional has secured two major European co-production partners for THE INVISIBLE MAN (26 x half hours). Italian state broadcaster RAI and French animation house Dargaud Marina are teaming up with BRB Internacional to co-produce the unique series, which is aimed at 8-12 year olds. The deal gives RAI exclusive Italian speaking rights, Dargaud Marina exclusive French speaking rights, plus some other distribution territories, with BRB Internacional and Dargaud Marina handling distribution for the rest of the world.