Kids' WB! has ordered 13 episodes of MAX STEEL, a new 3D CGI animated action-adventure half-hour series from SonyPictures Family Entertainment (SPFE) which is set to debut in January 2000.Set in the fictitious suburban city of Del Oro Bay, it centers around MaxSteel, a young international secret agent who was the product of abio-technical accident which infused him with nano-technology giving himbionic abilities. The teenage hi-tech hero is dedicated to protecting theEarth by fighting the most dangerous and sinister mercenary organization,
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As the holidays approach our minds turn to licensing and merchandising andwhat is going to be on the shelves this winter. In this issue TarletonGillespie takes us on a trip through Toys R Us to determine the meaning oftoys to kids. The French licensing and merchandising market is detailed byValerie Rivoallon. Sharon Schatz profiles toon loving Rhino Records andKaren Raugust looks at how "Sesame Street's" content changes as the popularshow travels around the world. "Toy Wishes" predicts this year's top dozen
What does a trip through Toys R Us teach us in regards to how our children are playing with toys in today's world of heavily licensed creations? Tarleton Gillespie takes us on such a voyage...
Alexander Petrov, a Russian master animator whose best known films are THE MERMAID
and THE TRAGEDY OF A RIDICULOUS MAN, has completed a new film, THE OLD MAN
AND THE SEA, based on the novel by Ernest Hemingway about an old man's
struggle to catch a fish. Two years in the making, the film is now playing
at IMAX Theaters throughout the world and features Petrov's renowned
paint-on-glass technique for which he is world famous. For more information
On Monday, September 7 ForeignTV.com began offering clips from the newlyremastered YELLOW SUBMARINE, which will debut on video, DVD, and laserdiscon Tuesday, September 14 in the US. The site is offering a different clipeach day, including the newly restored "Hey, Bulldog" sequence. For moreinformation visit www.foreignTV.com. ForeignTV.com is an Internetbroadcaster of streaming media content from around the world, includingworld news, arts, travel, sports and entertainment.
In March, Cheung Kong (Holdings) Ltd said it was interested in participating in a proposed project to build a Disney theme park in Hong Kong, but it depended on the outcome of talks between the government and Walt Disney Co. . . In Orlando, Florida, Walt Disney World officials said they expected more people than ever to flock to its sprawling Orlando theme park complex, after a 1998 performance that many industry analysts described as mixed. Year in and year out, Disney World proves to be the most popular tourist attraction on the planet.
A panel of experts discuss how the introduction of new technology into the advertising world has changed the business of making commercials.
A May start date has been set for the production of MONSTERS, INC.(tentative title), a new computer-animated feature to be produced by PixarAnimation Studios under their arrangement with Walt Disney Studios. Thefilm is targeted for release in 2001. MONSTERS, INC. is a comedy set in aparallel world of monsters who live on the screams and fear of children.But because end-of-the-millenium kids are jaded and not easily scared, themonsters' world is in danger of becoming extinct. When one of the monsters,
Disney's HERCULES has its world television premiere on Saturday, February 27th, on the Disney Channel at 7 p.m. (ET/PT)
World Events Productions has licensed the 3D animated series, VOLTRON: THE THIRD DIMENSION to Teletoon, Canadas all-animation network. The show will make its Teletoon Canadian premiere on Wednesday, March 3. Voltron, based on the popular 80s cartoon, is produced for World Events by Mike Young Productions (THE SECRET GARDEN) and Netter Digital Entertainment (BABYLON 5).
Disney is going all out for their release of FANTASIA 2000 by launching anexclusive four-month run of the film in IMAX theaters around the world fromJanuary 1 through April 30, 2000. The updated version will debut with afive-city, London Philharmonic Orchestra-accompanied tour starting inDecember 1999. The tour, which will pass through Los Angeles, London, Paris andTokyo, will have its world premiere December 17 at Carnegie Hall in NewYork City with a concert by the London Philharmonic Orchestra. In addition,
Blue Sky | VIFX's Jan Carlée directed and designed a cinematic bug's-eye-view of the natural world for a series of three 30-second computer animated spots for Nature's Resource herbal products: "Echinacea," "Ginko Balboa" and "St. John Wort." All three ads, which feature a ladybug searching out the choicest flowers and herbal ingredients, "bring the camera down to the ladybug's level and stage the scenes so that we see the world from her point of view," explains Carlée.
Mark Christiansen reviews Inside SoftImage 3D, a long overdue text of tips, tricks and tutorials on the popular 3D animation package.
Heather KenyonWow! It's an interactive future!
I can't wait to go to Disneyland in forty years. It is going to be unbelievable! Already I am a huge fan of Disneyland. The best treat for me in the past has been a two day ticket given to me for Christmas. So, to read Clark Dodsworth's article "Theme Parks in the Digital Age" is exciting not only because of his predictions of the future, but also for what is already here. I realized that the Indiana Jones ride was different every time I went through but I had no idea this could be attributed to the...
* Saturday, October 3 - Friday, October 9. Cannes, France.
MIPCOM and MIPCOM Junior will once again bring together the television producers, distributors, buyers, and programmers of the world. Animated programming of all types is being offered by dozens of suppliers. Animated events within the conference include receptions with companies such as: BKN International, Film Roman, Nelvana and Southern Star. MIPCOM will be reviewed by Sony Wonder's Loris Kramer in the November 1998 issue of Animation World Magazine.
The World Animation Celebration offered a number of events ranging from screenings to technology seminars to employment expos. Animation World sent a bevy of specialists to report.
Joy Kennelly highlights the different events of the World Animation Celebration which will be held in Pasadena, California February 16-21.
The Internet has long been lauded as a tool of great potential for the distribution of not only ideas and knowledge but also merchandise. Last month Animation World Network (AWN), publishers of Animation World Magazine, launched the first Internet commerce venture devoted entirely to distributing animation merchandise. The Animation World Store's virtual doors opened with a special selection of both exclusive and limited edition animation art. "There is tremendous potential for the Internet as a means for distribution. AWN plans to explore that fully, ...
AWM visited Henderson, Nevada, to see first-hand the home of The Simpsons. View our Quicktime movies for a full tour of the house and coverage of an entire day of Fox festivities.
I'd like to take this opportunity to introduce myself, and to share some of the background that motivated me to publish Animation World Magazine and motivates me still in our great and growing venture. I would like also to introduce my esteemed partner in AWN, and co-publisher, Dan Sarto. Dan is our technical guru and the spark behind the creation of the magazine. We have just begun our second year in publication, successfully reaching people in more than 100 countries who all share a common interest, animation. We are connected by our fascination, appreciation...
I am very proud to present the first of a series of monthly comics to appear in Animation World Magazine featuring the international stars, Purdy, The Dirdy Birdy and Furgerina, from the heart-warming short animated film, The Dirdy Birdy. Soon The Dirdy Birdy will have his very own web site accessible through Animation World Network and everyone will be able to enter the strange and dysfunctional world of Purdy, The Dirdy Birdy. If you choose, write to The Dirdy Birdy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sincerely John R. Dilworth
All Rights Reserved. JRD 1996.