DPS Film Roman, an IDT Ent. company, and recent Emmy award winner, Harry Connick Jr., will join forces to co-produce THE HAPPY ELF, a one-hour 3D animated holiday special based on Connick's original children's song from his 2003 release, HARRY FOR THE HOLIDAYS. HC Prods., whose partners include Connick, Scott Landis and Ann Marie Wilkins, will co-produce.
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The 2004 Ottawa International Animation Festival announced the winners of the official competition during its closing ceremonies held Sept. 26, 2004 at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. Taking the top prize was Chris Landreths groundbreaking short RYAN, an animated documentary about the famed NFB animator Ryan Larkin.
VIZ, LLC has teamed with Borders Group Inc., (BGI), the parent company of Borders and Waldenbooks, to co-promote the INUYASHA DVD and manga titles. The offerings will include the new feature film, INUYASHA: AFFECTIONS TOUCHING ACROSS TIME, the INUYASHA First Season DVD box set and a special Graphic Novel box set, which includes Vol. 19 and a limited edition INUYASHA figurine.
The Special Extended DVD Edition of THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE TWO TOWERS, from New Line Home Ent., is the top contender in the 7th Annual DVD Awards with Leonard Maltin, leading all entries with six nominations. Maltin will preside for the fifth consecutive year at the DVD Awards Ceremony, the August 30 opening night event of the new Entertainment Media Expo (EMX), at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel here, Aug. 30 through Sept. 1, 2004.
Aside from being a charming Irish fairy tale about leprechauns and banshees and co-starring Sean Connery, the soon-to-be James Bond, DARBY O'GILL AND THE LITTLE PEOPLE (1959) was also one of Walt Disney's personal favorites. Released on DVD on Aug. 3, 2004 DARBY O'GILL (Walt Disney Home Ent., $19.99) is particularly noteworthy for its wonderful work by the legendary Peter Ellenshaw (special photographic effects, special art styling), who collaborated with Eustace Lycett (special photographic effects) and Joshua Meador (animation effects).
Warner Home Video (WHV) will release a special edition DVD of THE IRON GIANT on September 7, 2004. The all-new special features include eight "never-before-seen" scenes, including an alternate opening, all with director commentary, 13 mini-documentaries highlighting key sequences and a featurette, "The Voice Of The Giant," hosted Vin Diesel. This version will be available on DVD for $19.97.
As a result of the wonderful response to our new MIPCOM, MIP-TV, NATPE and E3-specific Flash Newsletters, we will be publishing a special edition for Licensing Show, which is fast approaching and our editorial and advertising staff is gearing up for the new Flash Newsletter series. Here are the dates for the publications.
Licensing 2004 Animation Flash:May 27June 3June 18 (Follow-Up issue)
On May 2, 2004 at 10:00 pm, Sci Fi Channel delves deep into the legend of vampire hunter Van Helsing in the one-hour original special VAN HELSING: THE MAN AND THE MONSTERS. In addition to a behind-the-scenes look at Universal's upcoming feature VAN HELSING, the special will also explore the myths that surround vampires, werewolves, Frankenstein that inspired the story. VAN HELSING: THE MAN AND THE MONSTERS also features an exclusive interview with the film's star Hugh Jackman and a first look at one of the movie's scenes.
The 2nd Annual International Animated Film Festival "BIMINI," which took place April 1-4, 2004 in the city of Riga, Latvia, bestowed its top prize on LEGEND OF THE ORIGIN OF CRAWFISH by Valentin Olshvang.
SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS, takes a trip back in time to show the residents Bikini Bottom in prehistoric times in Nickelodeons SPOUNGEBOB GOES PREHISTORIC primetime special airing at 8-9:00 pm on March 5, 2004.
Canal+ has picked up Bardels award-winning holiday special, THE CHRISTMAS ORANGE special for its Christmas 2003 season to air in France, Monaco, Mauritius, Switzerland and Africa.
"THE CHRISTMAS ORANGE is exactly the kind of moral tale we like to have on Canal+", says Sandra Ouaiss, acquisition director of fiction & animation at Canal+ international acquisition.
Always out to save the world, now that flying triple treat, the Powerpuff Girls must also save Christmas everywhere in TWAS THE FIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS, a 60-minute holiday special, which was released on DVD Oct. 7, 2003. The Powerpuff Girls holiday special debuts Dec. 12 at 9:00 pm on Cartoon Network.
Raven Moon Entertainment has announced it will launch a nationwide contest to promote it's GINA D'S CUDDLE BUG CHRISTMAS SPECIAL, which is scheduled to air Dec. 21, 2003 on PAX Television. The contest will give 20 kids a Free Christmas Cuddle Bug and one grand prize winner and their family a trip to Orlando, Florida to watch a filming of an episode of GINA D'S KIDS CLUB.
The WB offers scary-family-fun during its first-ever all-original Halloween themed programming lineup on October 24, 2003 (8:00-10:00 pm). The WB will kickoff the fright-night festivities with the second original primetime special for the network, A SCOOBY-DOO HALLOWEEN (8:00 pm), followed by BUGS BUNNY'S HOWL-OWEEN SPECIAL (8:30 pm) and the hilarious horrors in THE WB'S OUTRAGEOUS HALLOWEEN OUTTAKES (9:00-10:00 pm). On Oct. 25, Kids WB! Offers a holiday-themed episode of JACKIE CHAN ADVENTURES.
In response to reader demand, AWN is going to make it easier for you to get all your important MIPCOM news in one concise place. AWN will be publishing four special MIPCOM newsletters, in Acrobat format, that will be emailed to all subscribers of the Animation Flash and AWN Spotlight. The first edition will arrived Wednesday, September 24, 2003 and it will continue every Wednesday until October 8. We still want your news related to MIPCOM, so that you won't be left out. Send all information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
TV Land will replay its first computer-animated special, THE ALAN BRADY SHOW, Oct. 5, 2003 (10:30-11:00 PM, ET/PT), giving the cabler another chance to gauge audience response in determining the commercial viability of a potential series. THE DICK VAN DYKE SHOW spin-off features Emmy Award-winner Carl Reiner reprising his caustic character in voice-over.
To commemorate the 75th anniversary of the "Popeye the Sailor Man" franchise in 2004, King Features Syndicate has christened production of a brand-new 3D computer-animated POPEYE TV and home entertainment special. Mainframe Entertainment will not only animate but, according to DAILY VARIETY, has secured international distribution rights in several markets, including TV rights in Canada and TV/DVD/VHS rights in the U.K. and Australia.
Sit back and get ready for 100 years of animation history in Bravos special THE ANIMATED CENTURY. Hosted by animated teacher Professor Elderberry and his student Horace, the show presents clips from the most important animated films of all time. The special delves into all forms of animation from cel to puppet to sand. Included in the special are works from Emile Reynaud, Winsor McCay, the Fleischer Bros., Walt Disney, Chuck Jones, Bob Clampett, Jiri Trnka, Raoul Servais, Yuri Norstein and many more.
In response to reader demand, AWN is going to make it easier for you to get all your important MIPCOM news in one concise place. AWN will be publishing four special MIPCOM newsletters, in Acrobat format, that will be emailed to all subscribers of the Animation Flash and AWN Spotlight. We're putting out a call for all your news related to MIPCOM, so that you won't be left out. The first edition will arrive Tuesday, September 23, 2003. Send all information to email@example.com.
To make it easier for you to get all your MIPCOM news in one concise place, AWN will be offering a special MIPCOM newsletter to subscribers of the Animation Flash and Animation Spotlight. Were putting out a call for all your news related to MIPCOM, so that we can include it. Send all information to firstname.lastname@example.org. If youre interested in advertising in this special picture enhanced newsletter e-mail email@example.com.
Alan Brady, the caustic TV host portrayed by Carl Reiner on THE DICK VAN DYKE SHOW back in the '60s, returns in a new computer-animated special on TV Land, airing Aug. 17, 2003 (10:00-10:30 pm). THE ALAN BRADY SHOW marks TV Land's first original animated special in the network's seven-year history. Reiner, who reprises his character in voice-over, also wrote the special and serves as exec producer along with George Shapiro and Howard West of Shapiro/West Prods.
20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA, Disney's first live-action star vehicle (Kirk Douglas, James Mason and Peter Lorre), is available on DVD in a lavish two-disc special edition ($29.99 suggested retail price from Buena Vista Home Entertainment).
Minnetonka-Minnesota based TV and film production/distributor/acquisition company Tremendous! Entertainment, Inc. will attend the Los Angeles Screenings for the first time this year, offering international buyers a peek at the newest Garfield 25th anniversary special. GARFIELD'S WORLD EGO TOUR celebrates the fat cat's 25th birthday in a live-action prime-time special. It chronicles the lasagna-loving feline as he visits his millions of fans around the globe.
The American Cinematheque at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood will present the 1st Festival of Japanese Anime from May 2-14, 2003. It features a cross-section of the newest and most challenging work from Japan, including the U.S. premieres of THE CAT RETURNS, the mondo-insane TAMALA2010 A PUNK CAT IN SPACE, the lovely fable PRINCESS ARETE, the long-awaited three-part anthology film MEMORIES, and Miramax Films POKÉMON 5, plus sneak previews of as-yet-unreleased episodes from cult-hit series including CRUSH GEAR TURBO, AURA BATTLER DUNBINE, BRIGADOON, SCRYED, PLEASE, TEACHER, YOURE UNDER ARREST, DNA2, READ OR DIE, RAHXEPHON, PARASITE DOLLS and a very special sneak peak at THE MATRIX-inspired THE ANIMATRIX, with all nine episodes shown for the first time.