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Imax Headline News

Sharks 3D to Premiere Dec. 15 at Vegas IMAX Theater

Jean-Michel Cousteau, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and 3D Ent. announced the upcoming release of SHARKS 3D, a film that brings the viewer face to face with a multitude of the world's great shark species, including the Great White, Whale Shark and Hammerhead. Audiences will experience them as they truly are in their natural habitat: not wicked man-eating creatures, but wild, fascinating and highly endangered animals.

Software Headline News

Ubisoft Licenses MotionBuilder 6

Leading game developer Ubisoft has purchased several licenses of Alias MotionBuilder 6 Pro. With more than 45 animators already trained on the software, Alias MotionBuilder 6 will be an integral component of Ubisofts production pipeline for animating characters in several of its upcoming games.

Films Headline News

Sundance Picks Its Shorts

On Dec, 6, 2004, the Sundance Institute announced its lineup of short films for 2005. Out of 3,887 submissions, 82 flicks were chosen 10 of which are animated.

The animated shorts include:

9 (Director: Shane Acker)A BUCK'S WORTH (Director: Tatia Rosenthal)THE MEANING OF LIFE (Director: Don Hertzfeldt)MOTEL (Director: Thor Freudenthal)THE BIRTHDAY / Finland (Director: Kari Juusonen)FALLEN ART / Poland (Director: Tomek Baginski)IT'S LIKE THAT / Australia (Director: Southern Ladies Animation Group)

Animated Headline News

Annie Noms go to Incredibles, Shrek 2, Shark Tale

ASIFA-Hollywood announced the nominees for the 2004 Annie Awards, which will be held Jan. 30, 2005, at the Alex theatre in Glendale, California. Just leading the features is THE INCREDIBLES, from Pixar Animation Studios (Walt Disney Pictures with 16 nods while there are 14 for DreamWorks SHREK 2 and SHARK TALE, with seven each.

Holiday Headline News

WIA/LA Holiday Party in 9 Days!

WIA/LA Chapter Holiday PartyUniversal City, California, USADecember 10, 2004

It's that evil time of year again, when ghouls and demons roam the streets in the early darkness... oh, wrong holiday. Come join with Women In Animation, the Los Angeles Chapter for our jolly and heartwarming annual Yuletide party: "Christmas With The Devil."

Production Headline News

Moonscoop Signs FUNimation as U.S. Licensing Agent for Code Lyoko

French producer/distributor Moonscoop has signed a major deal with FUNimation Productions Ltd., the brand management company behind the wildly successful DRAGON BALL Z franchise, making the company the exclusive licensing agent for CODE LYOKO in the U.S. The far-reaching deal also makes FUNimation the exclusive home video distributor to CODE LYOKO for the U.S. and English-speaking Canada.

Software Headline News

SOFTIMAGE|XSI 4.2 Now Available

Avid Technology Inc. announced version 4.2 of SOFTIMAGE|XSI software, offering a series of enhancements designed to streamline the creative process for professionals working on complex CG productions including games, films, broadcast and post-production projects. Now, advanced features, such as crowd simulation and compositing and paint capabilities, are included with different versions of SOFTIMAGE|XSI 4.2 software.

Headline News

Aspyr Media Inc. Ships Call of Duty: United Offensive for the Mac

Aspyr Media Inc. has shipped the expansion pack -- CALL OF DUTY: UNITED OFFENSIVE, which introduces 13 all-new single-player missions distributed among historical U.S., British and Russian campaigns, an expanded multiplayer experience featuring 11 new maps and three new modes of play, plus new weapons, player abilities and special effects. Developed by Gray Matter Interactive Studios, CALL OF DUTY: UNITED OFFENSIVE is licensed by Activision Inc.

Animation Headline News

This Week’s Animation Trivia Quiz for Nov. 29, 2004

Test your skills and challenge your brain with AWN's Animation Trivia Quiz. Check out the latest installment from quizmaster Karl Staven, an accomplished independent animator and head of the Animation Department at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

This week the quiz deals with women animators in Canada.

Animation Headline News

Send Your Love-Themed Toons to the Animation Block Party!

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, November 24, 2004 at 12:00am

Animation Block PartyBrooklyn, New York, USAFebruary 14, 2005Deadline: January 24, 2005

Animation Block Party is committed to presenting the best animation. This particular show is in honor of Valentines Day. All submissions must have some kind of L-O-V-E related theme. Despite this subject matter, the event is accepting all-genres of work. For example, one may submit a horror animation as long as there is a love connection within the films context.

Game Headline News

Sarbakan to Develop Online WWII Multiplayer Game

Sarbakan, a Canadian one-stop multiplatform game development service provider, signed an agreement with Breakthrough New Media to develop a downloadable multiplayer game inspired by Breakthrough Films & Televisions six-part, World War II documentary series, FOR KING & COUNTRY.

Headline News

Animated Kangaroo Jack Hops on to Video Shelves

KANGAROO JACK fans may now hop to their nearest video retailer for KANGAROO JACK GDAY U.S.A.! the all-new and original full-length animated feature film from Warner Home Video (WHV), animated by Warner Bros. Animation and produced in association with Castle Rock Ent.

The entertaining animated sequel to the 2003 box office hit, KANGAROO JACK, was written by Andrew and Adam Scheinman, the talented team behind the original theatrical release. Animation director was Ron Myrick, exec producer was Sander Schwartz and Margaret M. Dean served as producer.

Animation Headline News

Guru Takes Teletoon On a Promo Detour

guru animation studio just completed a six-spot broadcast promo campaign for Canadas TELETOON network. Produced in collaboration with branding outfit Fishdog, Toronto, with DJ/turntablist Kid Koala providing sound design and music, guru handled the spots from concept through animation, to promote the networks primetime young adult-oriented programming block, The Detour.

Series Headline News

Pet Alien Adopted by U.S. Broadcasters Cartoon Network and Animania HD

PET ALIEN, Taffy Entertainments groundbreaking, new 3D, CGI character-comedy was acquired today (Nov. 22, 2004) by Cartoon Network to debut on the cablenet in the second quarter of 2005. The series started airing on Animania HD on Nov. 20 at 7:00 pm.

Imax Headline News

IMAX 3D Polar Express Continues Record Run

Despite its failure to catch on at the dominant box office, THE POLAR EXPRESS has clearly been a boon for IMAX, as the large-format companys maiden 3D feature grossed approximately $2,050,000 over the weekend, following last weekends record $2.1M gross. Playing on 60 screens in North America, the movie registered a noteworthy estimated per screen average of $34,000 for the period ended Nov. 21, 2004, and has now grossed a total of almost $6 million in only 11 days in IMAX theaters.

Show Headline News

Puffy AmiYumi Rocks in New Animated Flash Series on Cartoon Network

The inspiration and music is from Japan but the animation talent and work is all done in America in Cartoon Networks new 2D series, HI HI PUFFY AMIYUMI. The 30-minute animated comedy about the fictional adventures of two very real-life Japanese pop stars, debuts Nov. 19, 2004, at 7:30 pm during Fridays, CNs popular primetime block of animated comedies.

Advertising Headline News

Longano Named CMO at Videogame Ad Network Firm Massive

Nicholas Longano, previously of Vivendi Universal Games, has been named chief marketing officer of Massive Inc., the creator of the world's first video game advertising network. As cmo, Longano will be responsible for continuing to expand Massive's dominant leadership position in the in-game advertising market by building the largest network of publishers and titles into a recognized and legitimized media solution for advertisers.

Headline News

100+ Children Entertainment Icons Team on We Are Family DVD

By Rick DeMott | Thursday, November 18, 2004 at 12:00am

Arthur, Barney, Bear, Big Bird, Clifford, JoJo and SpongeBob, as well as more than 100 other children's characters, have united to re-record the smash hit WE ARE FAMILY in an unprecedented music video to promote tolerance and diversity to America's children. The video, which demonstrates to children the importance of togetherness embodied in the word family, will be distributed to 61,000 public and private elementary schools in the U.S. on March 11, 2005, in celebration of the proposed National We Are Family Day.

Film Headline News

Ryan Winner at AFI & Leeds

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, November 17, 2004 at 12:00am

The American Film Institute Film Festival honored The National Film Board of Canadas RYAN by Chris Landreth with a special honorable mention in the short film category. Additionally, RYAN was recognized at the Leeds International Film Festival earlier this month with the World Animation award.

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