- January 21, 2001
Golden Globes Awards
might have lost out the award for Best Musical/Comedy film to Moulin
Rouge, but its co-stars Mike Myers and Cameron Diaz were one of the
highlights of the evening when they presented the prize for Best Song.
Overall, another big ceremony for Dreamworks!
The Anime Debate
World Magazine asked ten animation professionals and commentators for
their views about the anime genre, while the New
York Times refers to it as "Japanese Cinema's Second Golden Age" in
a special article by David Kehr.
that a new Muppet movie is currently in the planning stages. It would deal
"with Kermit’s early days (pre-Muppet Movie)" and looks "very promising"
according to the online spy. Additionally, encouraged by the success of
the one-time live 25th anniversary edition of the Muppet Show given on
December 9th at Hollywood’s Palace theatre, "the Jim Henson Company is
now seriously looking into mounting a Broadway stage version of the Muppet
Show. This would not be cheesy with people in oversize Fozzie and Kermit
costumes, but the actual show done on stage with the real puppeteers (...)
dressed in black and the Muppets cavorting over their heads. Rather than
be distracting, it added to the charm of the performance, and once the
Muppets distinctive characters took over, you forgot the puppeteers were
The $25M Nickelodeon hit Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius fell out
of the top 10 after five weeks in release, with a $3.0M three-day gross,
bringing its U.S. total to a strong $72.83M.
To NeverLand on PlayStation
Though this item will only be made available on February 15, you can
already pre-order it from Amazon.
Also preview upcoming Ice Age items over at CountDown.
Did You Know That... DreamWorks negotiated with Fox to share distribution
Age but couldn't come to an agreement with the competing studio.
- January 20, 2001
Reminder: Golden Globes Awards Tonight on NBC
Tune in on NBC at 8 p.m. ET to find out live whether Shrek
will grab the Best Comedy/Musical Film Award!
Two Great Animation Sites
That will make Spanish readers very happy! For everything Disney, check
Club, and for everything else: No
Solo Disney. Two real mines of information with an easy-to-read format.
Both sites are managed by Juan Bauty, who dropped me a note and is as desperate
as I am to get his hands on the trailer for 101 Dalmatians: The Animated
Arnold! The Movie
Those interested can now check out the official
site of this Nickelodeon production, set for a summer release. Thanks
Worldwide Disney Release Dates
Non-U.S. residents will be happy to learn that the Disney Animation
Archive just updated its calendar!
Did You Know That... Shrek
was the first cartoon feature to compete for the Cannes Film Festival's
Palme d'Or award in nearly a half century. The last animated film
to be selected for the competition was Disney's Peter
Pan in 1953.
- January 19, 2001
Else To Catch The 101
Dalmatians Sequel's Trailer
'Lancer' lets us know that the trailer is "also on the DVDs of The
Princess Diaries and Princess of Thieves." Also, 'Justin' took
the time to create this great storyboard style image -enjoy!
Ice Age's Official Site
Gets A Really Cool Update!
In a continued attempt to differentiate the first Blue Sky Studios
production from the rest of the crowd, Fox just put up an extremely entertaining
site, where you take "your scrat" through a snow trail and help him pick
up acorns, in order to discover character profiles, storyline, downloads...
A bit complicated to get at first, but a regular menu is available for
the ones of us with little patience or a slow connection! Ice Age
hits U.S. theaters on March 15.
Tidbit on The
takes a critical look at this upcoming Disney live-action feature. "Directed
by Peter Hastings (who won Emmys for his work on Animaniacs and
& The Brain), The Country Bears follows America's biggest super-band
who have disbanded after being "torn apart by the perils of their own success:
ego, women, jealousy and a little too much honey." When an evil banker
(Christopher Walken) attempts to destroy the Bears' favourite venue years
later, Haley Joel Osment's character, Beary Barrison convinces them to
play a benefit one last time. Also making audio or on-camera cameos will
be a veritable bevy of music's biggest and brightest superstars, including
John Hiatt (who did most of the soundtrack), Willie Nelson, Bonnie Raitt,
Don Henley, Elton John, Brian Setzer and Queen Latifah. As for the bears
(who, for the record, wear shirts but not pants), they'll all be suit-performers
in radio-controlled costumes with facial expressions controlled by Jim
Ray Romano Talks About His Role In Ice
"It had a great story, it had heart, it had drama, and it had humor,
and not only humor for the kids, but also for the adults. And that's very
important, especially for a parent. Any time an animated movie comes out,
I say, 'Please be funny, because I know I'm going to have to see it at
least four times.'" The actor added to Sci-Fi
Wire that "what was weird was when they came to my dressing room on
my TV show, and... we talked about it, I said, 'This will be great. I'm
playing a mammoth. I can put a little spin on my voice.' And they said,
'No, no. What you're doing right there is fine. Do that voice right there.'
I didn't know whether to be flattered or not. Everyone else was putting
on cartoon voices, and I just had to talk like myself. It was a lot of
fun to do. I give [director] Chris [Wedge] all the credit. I didn't have
much opportunity to work with other actors as you do in these things, but
Chris helped me. This is my transition from TV, and I think it's good that
I weaned the audience slowly to myself. First my voice. Next, I'll do like
a back shot of me or something." Press previews were already hosted for
the movie, which will be shown today at 12:30pm in Dallas, TX, AICN
A Fan Tribute to Don
While I wouldn't normally point out to comments from forum, this
one is worth reading, about a director too often criticized -sometimes
with reason, but let's not throw the baby with the water bath.
Review of the John A. Lent Book "Animation In Asia And The Pacific"
A"nimators across the region face the same artistic and pragmatic questions,"
World Magazine. "Should they make crowd-pleasers or personal visions?
Should their animation explore its home culture, or should it be made with
an eye to the world market? Or, indeed, should the animators simply subcontract
to transnational giants?" You won't find much more information in this
review, so those interested can buy
their copy now!
Court Rulings Go Against Disney in Pooh Dispute
Wanna know more about this nasty business? The L.A.
Times dug it all out for you! Thanks to the Laughing
Place for the heads up.
Studio Ghibli Changes Everything with Spirited Away
notes that Soft
Image covers Studio Ghili's use of their software in this article.
"It's somewhat of a thinly-veiled advertisment, but does contain interesting
Shrek Unlikely To Grab The Best Picture
Award At Tomorrow's Golden Globes?
According to the Calgary
Sun, Shrek, Gosford Park and Moulin Rouge all
have a chance. For sheer audacity and brilliance, Moulin Rouge should
win and probably will, but don't count out Gosford Park."
Jimmy Neutron is expected to round up the top 10 at this weekend's
U.S. box-office, and rack in another $4.3M to bring its total to an impressive
Many Adventures of Winnie The Pooh Start Online
This August 2002 DVD
release will include an all-new rendition of the bear's theme song as performed
by Carly Simon, sneak peeks at two exciting new Pooh movies, a bonus featurette,
and a behind-the-scenes interview with the original voices and animators.
Did You Know That... In creating the musical score for the "Winnie
the Pooh" featurettes, musical arranger Buddy Baker used musical instruments
to help define the delightful personalities of the Hundred Acre Wood denizens.
Pooh was represented by a baritone horn, Rabbit by a clarinet, Owl by the
ocarina and French horn, Kanga by a flute and Roo by a piccolo, Piglet
by the oboe, and Eeyore by a bass clarinet.
- January 18, 2001
101 Dalmatians: The Animated Sequel Goes Straight To Video Later
'Justin' wrote back with more details on the movie's trailer: "about
two minutes in length", it "shows a Disney artist's hand drawing a number
of the puppies in a similar way to the promotional trailers on 102 Dalmatians.
A black and white theme with the artist adding details to the drawings
-eyes, spots and toungues.The drawn puppy, Patch, then comes alive and
winks at the end of the trailer. Disney blurb runs throughout and we are
told that it's on Video & Disney DVD in 2002!"
To NeverLand Review: "Disney Should Be Ashamed"
reviewer 'Capone' has harsh words for what he refers to incorrectly as
"Disney’s first animated sequel released in theatres" (many seem to forget
the underrated The
Rescuers DownUnder). A "vapid story" for a "cheap-looking" movie,
"if there was ever a film that didn’t need to be made, this is it." Ouch!
Let's be our own judge comes February 15!
Dalmatians: The Animated Sequel Trailer Premieres
'Justin' reports that a first trailer for this sequel can be seen on
the Newsies DVD, which hit U.S. stores last Tuesday. According to
the latest rumours, this sequel is likely to get a theatrical release.
Please email me if you
get your hands on a broadcast copy!
John Lasseter Inspired By Sleeping Beauty
John Lasseter told Ananova
that a book about Sleeping
Beauty inspired him to become an animator. He wrote to Disney after
reading it and was offered a lot of encouragement. Now head of Pixar, he
adds: "They invited me over, toured me around, encouraged me to take figure
drawing classes, basic art. When I was a senior, I got a letter from Disney
that they were starting an animation program at University, teaching their
style of animation. I applied and was the second person accepted into the
programme. When I saw the very beginnings of computer animation in Tron,
it blew my mind. When I saw what computers could do, I said 'This is it!'
Surprisingly, very few people saw the potential of applying computer techniques
to traditional animation. When we were making Toy
Story, people were asking me if I was sure people would sit still
for a feature-length film of computer animation. Well, that was exactly
what they were asking Walt Disney when he was making the first feature-length
Release Date for Treasure
confirms that the second Disney feature of the year will come to U.S. theaters
the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, on November 27th, 2002. A December 2003
release had been considered at first during the movie's troubled production,
back from its original Summer 2002 slot. Though the very healthy Lilo
& Stitch started production after Treasure Planet did,
it will hit screens first.
Spirit To Become the Pony King of Taiwan
Dark Horizons reports
that UIP Taiwan (who handles DreamWorks films) has had an inspiration and
apparently renamed the upcoming animated Spirit
film to The Pony King in hopes to cash in on the success of the
similarly titled 1994 Disney flick The
Lion King. Taiwan funnily enough was one of the few countries in
the world where Dreamworks' Shrek
was a box-office failure last year so there's pressure on UIP Taiwan to
work extra hard this year on this animated release.
Photos from the People's Choice Awards
Check out funny shots (1,
of Mike Myers and Jeffrey Katzenberg after they received the Award for
Best Animated Feature over at Yahoo.
Snow White 2 Plot Continued
'Mason' reveals more on the rumoured plot of this very moderately exciting
sequel: the evil Queen's sister Noriss learns from her magical crystal
ball that the only way to make Snow White and her family leave the castle
would be to kidnap her friends the dwarfs. She goes to the mine asking
the little men to help her find her way home, then pulls out 7 bags to
kidnap each one of them. Only Dopey can escape from her claws by hiding
behind rocks. Snow White, the Prince, and their 13-year old daughter Rose
come to the rescue of the dwarfs with the help of Dopey...
Disney Led Last Year in Sales of DVDs, Videos
reports that Walt Disney Co.'s Buena Vista Home Entertainment unit won
the title for most videos and DVDs sold to consumers last year, earning
an estimated $2.1 billion compared with Warner Home Video sales of about
$1.9 billion, or Dreamworks SKG's Dreamworks Home Entertainment with $635
million. The Mouse House was primarily helped over the holidays by the
surprising success of Pearl Harbor and Princess Diaries though.
Scaring Up Some Fun
Times reviews the five software titles based on Monsters,
Inc. Thanks to the Laughing
Place for the heads up.
Great Mouse Detective Won't Run Out This Year
Originally scheduled for an early 2002 release on VHS and DVD, this
title has been removed a few weeks ago from the Disney calendar.
Sets Yet Another Record
Universal Pictures Australia announced via Dark
Horizons that the Shrek DVD has sold 350,000 units in its first
eight weeks of release, making it both the fastest and biggest selling
disc in the format's history.
Golden Globes Awards This Sunday
Tune in on NBC at 8 p.m. ET to find out live whether Shrek will
grab a Best Picture (Comedy/Musical) Award!
Did You Know That... Exactly ten years ago, Beauty
and the Beast received three Golden Globe awards from the Hollywood
Foreign Press Association: Best Comedy/Musical Film, Best Score, Best Song
("Beauty and the Beast"). It was also nominated for a second Best Song
("Be Our Guest").
- January 17, 2001
Teaser Site for Kaena: The Prophecy
A trailer is
now available for this $27 million French CGI sci-fi adventure, Dark
Horizons reports. Production started in early 1999 in Paris and this
movie -which already went through two title changes, Gaïna
then Axis- is
tentatively scheduled for a Summer 2002 release. Set above a world where
a giant tree called Axis rises 100 mile from the surface, this is tale
of adventure that occurs when a young woman, Kaena (Kirsten Dunst), leaves
her village hoping to discover why the tree's sap is disappearing. Coming
down past the clouds, she meets the Selenites, a race (led by a Queen voiced
by Anjelica Huston) that is also trying to keep the tree from dying, although
by enslaving another race. Can Kaena discover why the tree that gives them
all life is imperiled? The movie also features the voice talent of Richard
Harris, as a village sage.
New Page for Moby Dick
All the information gathered about this traditionally animated Dreamworks
feature will be integrated in the site as soon as Fortunecity is back up
-the server was supposed to be down from Sunday through Wednesday, but
worked until Tuesday, so expect a couple more days of trouble.
More Rumours On The Plot of Snow White 2
'Mason' returned with more unconfirmed details about this direct-to-video
production: apparently, Snow White and the Prince will indeed be seen raising
their 13-year old daughter Rose, but the Evil Queen's sister will have
kidnapped all the dwarves but one -Dopey, which will likely play a prominent
role in the sequel. Stay tooned for more!
Hollywood Reporter announces that America's favorite rotund cat Garfield,
his dull-witted canine cohort Odie and their perpetually single owner Jon
Arbuckle are making their way to the big screen as a live-action feature,
with a computer-generated Garfield. 20th Century Fox has optioned feature
rights to Garfield, the long-running comic strip that John Davis
will produce through his Davis Entertainment. The film will be written
Story scribes Joel Cohen and Alec Sokolow, which will focus on
the sibling rivalry between Garfield and Odie. The project is an ideal
franchise for Fox and Davis, as the duo worked together on another live-action/CGI
franchise, Doctor Dolittle and sequel
Dr. Dolittle 2. As
a reminder, an Opus feature is also currently in development.
The Evolution of Garfield
"Garfield," created by Jim Davis (no relation to the film's producer
John Davis), was first published in 1978. Its characters changed a lot
over the years, as you can see at the Garfield
and Friends site.
New Don Bluth & Gary Goldman Interview
asked 10 questions to the famous duo: Don admits that Rock-A-Doodle
is the project that lived up the least to what he envisioned, while Faust
is the film he would like to direct the most. Meanwhile, Gary hesitates
Secret of NIMH as his greatest achievements, The
Pebble and the Penguin or A
Troll in Central Park as his major failures, and The Little
Blue Whale by Robert Towne as his dream project for the future.
Photo Gallery from the Annie Awards Ceremony
World Magazine hosts 8 pages for this Animation Hall of Fame, which
features many celebrities including Shrek co-directors Andrew Adamson
and Vicky Jenson, Paul Dini, Bill Justice, Piet Kroon (Osmosis Jones),
Margaret Kerry-Wilcox (the model for Tinkerbell), Kathy Najimy, and Leonard
Embarrasing Disneyland Visit for Michael Eisner
Two weeks ago, Michael Eisner was put in an embarrassing situation
in front of John Lasseter while hosting the Pixar mastermind and his young
son for a visit to the Magic Kingdom, Mouse
Planet reports. Young Lasseter Jr.'s excitement to head towards Tom
Sawyer Island was only equal to his disappointment of finding it in an
extremely poor condition: the suspension bridge was "temporarily closed
for repairs" -since the Spring of 1999-, another wobbly barrel bridge was
also "temporarily" closed -since the Disneyland maintenance department
was too understaffed to get to it-, while a visit to Fort Wilderness
revealed a wood rot filled structure that has had the air guns removed
and the turrets and climb through catwalks sealed off to visitors. A few
minutes later when young Lasseter Jr. found an Island tunnel darkened by
burned out light bulbs and a dangerously decayed section of the tunnel
sealed off by Disneyland Facilities CM's with tacky plastic yellow "danger"
tape worthy of an urban crime scene, Michael Eisner began to get visibly
upset. John Lasseter politely explained to the Disney CEO that when he
was a young man, he had actually worked at Disneyland for a time as a Jungle
Cruise Skipper and had fond memories of the Disneyland of his youth. He
further mentioned to Michael Eisner that it was obvious that parts of Disneyland
were not being allowed to age gracefully, and that things would never have
been allowed to deteriorate this poorly when he had worked at Disneyland.
The Disney Head gave a few frantic phone calls for immediate patch-up fixes,
but that was clearly an experience he could have done without to impress
the talented director, who had previously declined his offer to leave Pixar
in order to lead Disney Animation.
New Peanuts Cartoons On Their Way
Although no artist took over the production of the Peanuts cartoon
strip following the death of Charles
Schulz two years ago, a new animated Peanuts special, the first in
more than eight years, has been scheduled to air on Valentine's day, February
14 on ABC, animator-director Bill Melendez told TV reporters in Pasadena
Tuesday. Melendez said that the special was based on comic strips that
Schulz had previously created. "He left us with several thoughts and ideas
about [other] things that he wanted to do, and I still hope that at least
a couple of those come to life," Melendez said. Producer Bill Mendelson
said that one of the programs will be a "baseball show" titled Lucy
Must Be Traded, Charlie Brown, to be followed by a Snoopy holiday special.
Did You Know That... Several editors suggested that Snoopy became
less of a focus in the Peanuts comic, but then unknown Charles Schulz
quietly but firmly vetoed the suggestion.
- January 16, 2001
Details on the Wallace
and Gromit Shorts
"A year ago we were invited by Explore, an American magazine, to create
a series of photographic vignettes themed, Wallace's Workshop. The series
of pictures featured Wallace and his incredible inventions. It was this
project that inspired us to create this new series of short films," Nick
Park explains on the Aardman
website, which also features several pictures from the project. "Using
a free CD Rom 'album', fans will visit chosen web sites to collect a series
of short film clips. Each set collected unlocks a whole film for viewing
from the CD. A new film will be available for collection onto the 'album'
Jones And Scooby-Doo TV Series
WB Kids is currently developping a spin-off TV series for this box-office
bomb, MovieHole reveals.
Described as a comedy-adventure piece, Ozzie & Drix follows
a somewhat familiar format as white blood cell cop Ozzie and his partner,
over-the-counter cold pill Drix, find themselves in a new venue: the City
of Hector (the body of a 13-year-old boy). Here, Ozzie and Drix will investigate
and combat such adolescent viruses as zits, body odor and the realization
that girls exist. In more exciting news, Warner Bros Animation will launch
this summer the All New Scooby-Doo, which will bring the gang into
the 21st century with the same creature-related comedy type mysteries fans
have grown to love.
Grab Peter Pan And Return To NeverLand
has a very interesting special offer: a free movie ticket for Return
To NeverLand with every copy of the Peter Pan DVD purchased.
Thanks to 'Mason' for the notice.
Rave Reviews for the Atlantis:
The Lost Empire DVD
"The picture and sound are nearly flawless, while the supplements should
satisfy just about anyone. [The collector edition of] Atlantis is
by far the most comprehensive collector's edition that has been produced
to date," DVD
File applaudes. Furthermore, no "stone is left unturned" in the audio
commentary, which sounds quite exciting! Meanwhile, Dark
Horizons gives it a 8/10: "extensive, exhaustive and impressive." Thanks
Patriotic Spirit Poster Now Available for Sale
Priced at $19.99 at All
Posters, it is for those who can't wait!
Animated Movies Gets A Brand New URL: http/www.Animated-Movies.com!
In order to reduce the number of pop-up windows and decrease the risk
of the site being down, I just moved the address of Animated Movies a bit
further away from free unreliable services. You can now type http/www.Animated-Movies.com
into your browser and be sure to be at the right place at the right time
in the animation world! Don't be surprised if the address it redirects
you to changes regularly -all you have to do is
(Netscape users should do it manually) and not worry about anything else.
Also, as you can see above, the site celebrates its new identity with...
... A First Logo for Animated Movies!
Young Brazilian animator Fred Sposito lent his creativity and superb
talent to Animated Movies, and came up with a first logo for the site:
simple yet colorful and playful, it reflects the personality of Animated
Movies. Make sure to check out Fred's fantastic online portfolio at http://www.fredsposito.hpg.ig.com.br/.
Smart studio execs can contact him now by email at email@example.com
to be the first to take him where he belongs -among the best of the animation
field! Feel free to send me your
feedback on the Animated Movies logo!
Design from Treasure
'Xavier' sent in a character design for Captain Amelia, which was drawn
at the Disney studios from Montreuil, and comes from the upcoming Disney
Wallace and Gromit To Return In 2004's The
Great Vegetable Plot
reports that Aardman claymation creations Wallace and Gromit are to star
in 12 new one-minute films that will be released on video and the Internet
in the Fall 2002. In the films Gromit is forced to try out some of Wallace's
new inventions such as a TV toaster, a bowl-a-matic and mad vacuum cleaner.
Their creator Nick Park told The Sun: "I've
enjoyed bringing them to life again." Aardman Animation have already announced
they are working on a new Wallace and Gromit film, called The Great
Vegetable Plot, which will be released in 2004.
Cast Your Vote for the Best Animated Feature Oscar
Animation Magazine hosts a dummy Oscar
Nomination Poll -results will be announced on February 11, a day before
the actual Oscar nominations are unveiled!
& Stitch Book Cover
While it is unclear whether this
work is still in progress or final, it is certainly worth taking a
look at. Thanks to 'Celbi'. Enjoy!
When Warner Bros Sell Their Cells
Cartoon Research points
out to the fact that a few months after withdrawing from the studio store
business, Warner Bros now struck a deal with Clampett
Studios Collections for their inventory of animation art. The Hollywood
Reporter further explains that "Ruth Clampett, daughter of legendary Looney
Tunes director Bob Clampett, (...) will create new limited-edition art
based on classic Warner Bros. animation and film properties to be distributed
to art galleries and high-end department stores." Comments Karen McTier,
Executive VP Domestic Licensing at WBCP: "Ruth Clampett is the perfect
choice for spearheading this operation because of her background -- both
professionally and personally -- and unique appreciation for the collecting
world and these pieces of art. By setting up this new program, Warner Bros.
Consumer Products is showing a commitment to a premier collection of fine
art and collectibles for the company's world-class family of properties."
The online gallery also feature animation cells from Dreamworks production
and The Simpsons, to name a few.
Did You Know That... While promoting Chicken
Run, Nick Park admitted: "We often wondered whether we could make
a whole feature film work [based on Wallace
and Gromit]. Because the shorts have worked doesn’t mean a feature
will. That has been our biggest challenge is making a whole 80 minutes
be enthralling and captivating."
- January 15, 2001
to NeverLand Poster
More explicit art has finally been released in what will likely be
one of the final versions used for full-blown promotion of the movie next
Hayao Miyazaki Interview
Eye talked to the director of Japanese blockbuster Spirited
Away during his recent trip to France. Find out why he usually
starts working on his films before completing the script, or what his next
directorial effort will be. No word on a feature-length project yet unfortunately...
Beauty and the Beast Box
In its first 13 days of release, Disney's Beauty and the Beast:
Special Edition has brought in $7.7 million in 68 IMAX and Big Screen
theaters in the U.S. and Canada, Digital
Media FX reports. Surprisingly, Beauty and the Beast: Special Edition
is not playing as well as Fantasia
2000 did two years ago. In Beauty
and the Beast's second weekend, the classic animated movie grossed
$2.1 million. However, Fantasia 2000 grossed $2.6 million in its
second weekend and $3.1 million in its third weekend. Fantasia 2000
had a strong marketing campaign, while the marketing campaign for Beauty
and the Beast: Special Edition has been considered weak. Fantasia
2000 scored over $49 million during its 2000 run in IMAX theaters.
It also played in fewer theaters than Beauty and the Beast, though
one has to admit that it premiered in IMAX, while Beauty and the Beast
has already been viewed by most, on either regular theaters, TV or video.
Check out the Laughing
Place for more informaiton.
More on The Lion King III: Hakuna Matata
According to the Disney Animation Archive, Bradley Raymond, who already
committed Pocahontas 2 and the infamous Hunchback 2, will
helm the second sequel of The
Hakuna Matata will tell the story of how Timon
and Pumbaa got together. Actor Ernie Sabella, who will resume his role
as the voice of Pumbaa, told the L.A. Times last month that the video was
due to be out around Christmas -though it is unclear whether he was referring
to Christmas 2002 or 2003.
Lair To Go Into Production Shortly
Don Bluth revealed on his website
that he is now "anticipating the start of production" of the long in development
feature adaptation of his video game creation. Plans were originally to
kick it in last November.
Final Weekend Box-Office Data
#6: Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius with $5,523,825 (-39%) for a total
#13: Monsters, Inc. with $2,195,669 (-43%) for a total U.S.
gross of $247,458,486
#15: Beauty and the Beast: Special Edition with $2,073,437 for
a total gross of $7,694,320
#42: Waking Life with $32,823 (-4%) for a total $2,649,367
Animagic's Tribute to Walt Disney
Check out this very good Brazilian site for a second set of interviews
about Walt Disney and the art of animation. Thanks to webmaster Celbi Pegoraro
for the heads up.
A Year-Long Celebration of 100 Years of Magic
In tribute to the 100th anniversary of Walt Disney's birth, Walt
Disney World in Florida will host a year-long celebration "as big and broad
as Walt Disney's imagination." You can find out more on the new parades,
shows and attractions at the different Disney Theme Parks here.
Confirmed as the Critics' Favorite Toon of the Year
The Dreamworks blockbuster took home the Broadcast
Film Critics Assn. Awards last Friday, beating expected Oscar
nominees Monsters, Inc. and Waking Life. It is now hard to
conceive that any other feature could grab the first Best Animated Feature
Award next March!
More Premiere Pix of the Jimmy Neutron Premiere
just posted more photos from the movie's Paramount Lot premiere last month.
Most of these have been available over at Yahoo for a few weeks now.
Broadway's Weekly Numbers
Lion King remains stays in the top 3 plays in Broadway with 101.2%
in attendance per performance last week, while Beauty
and the Beast does well at number 7 with 95.0% and $620,153 in
net receipts ($1,021,614 for Lion).
A New Address for Animated Movies!
In an effort to improve the quality of your experience with Animated
Movies, many pop-ups and connection problems will disappear later this
week, when the address of the site is officially switched from http://www.Animated-Movies.com
(a free service that is too often down) to http://www.Animated-Movies.com.
Beware of the dash! Members will receive an alert as soon as the address
becomes active. Expect a surprise coming with that to celebrate Animated
Movies' new identity!
Did You Know That... In June 2000, Roy Disney confirmed that there
were plans for another
at the time set for a 2006 release. James Levine was reinstated for
the occasion to conduct new pieces of music, and had already finished conducting
a modern piece of music based on an African rhythm: it involves a
group of children in a small township in Africa, who watch a feather float
through the air. Seeing this, the children get an idea and make kites
to fly in the air. Adapting this modern piece of music continues
the tradition of Fantasia as an experiment and vehicle to explore
different cultural music.
- January 14, 2001
Launches An Unusually Creative Campaign for Lilo
And best of all, a hilarious teaser debuted last week. In a Pixar-like
approach, Disney took an exciting creative risk and played with its image
to introduce its latest creation: in the minute-long trailer presented
in theaters, TV and the Internet simultaneously, Stitch shows up in the
beloved and classic ballroom dancing scene from Beauty & the Beast,
only to mess it up and almost kill the masterpiece's protagonists! "Get
your own movie," says an insulted Belle before walking out on Stitch and
the Beast. The second part of the trailer is more conventional and places
Stitch back into its own universe. If you can't download this jewel (high
res), check out the screen
grabs posted by 'robster16' on the Feature Animation Forum!
Jeffrey Katzenberg Talks Animation, Shrek
and Michael Eisner
While talking to the Hollywood
Reporter about the Innovator of the Year award the magazine presented
him, Jeffrey Katzenberg commented about the new Oscar category for Best
Animated Feature: "I'm beyond thrilled and excited [that there is the new
category]. Within it, like every other new category the academy has created
over the years as this business has changed, there are going to be things
that it will have to adjust in regard to the rules. For instance, the fact
that it has decided that there has to be eight movies (submitted for academy
consideration for the category to exist). It's totally arbitrary and based
on today's level of production, which will not be maintained. My anxiety
is that the academy will discover that animation will not steadily hit
this level of production. In fact, not long after it announced the category
last year, several animation studios actually went out of business." Asked
about his view behind the animation market's down in the late 90s, Jeffrey
further explained: "Like anything else with the movie business, animation
looks easy, but it's not. It's really, really hard work and a very unique
business. It takes a long time to learn it. Animation, more than any other
kind of storytelling -- television, music, live-action features -- requires
a large amount and diversity of talent to make it happen. Everything about
it. Depending on the style of animation, it can take from 300 to 500 artists
about three to five years to make a movie. That's an endurance test. People
often ask why we have two directors and three producers on an animated
feature. Why do we have department heads in addition to a production designer
and an art director and then even within the departments have animators
supervising other animators and then also have directing animators? Why
all these people? Because we're in principal photography for 1,000 days.
What human being has the mental and physical endurance to do that? The
level of leadership needed to run an animated film is like what you need
on a professional baseball team. You need different skills to come together
as a team. Animation is a team sport. For instance, the sequence with the
gingerbread man was created not by the directors or screenwriters but by
a storyboard artist. A storyboard artist in this business is a writer.
alone, we had 12 or 14 storyboard artists, all contributing ideas. Then
we have the actors and everything they contribute. So is this kind of animation
personal filmmaking? No. As you know, under the academy's rules (for the
animation category), we had to designate two people as being the most responsible
for the production. The rules actually say "the person or persons" whose
creative vision is reflected by the film. In itself, that is a contradiction
to how animated films are made. Why are there four people allowed for the
visual-effects category? So we put together a group of seven people who
were most responsible for Shrek
and then as a group decided who the two people would be." Asked about the
risks involved in making films like this, creatively and businesswise,
Jeffrey Katzenberg said: "It's almost a mathematical equation for me. You
have original and/or unique equals risky. If you're doing things that have
not been done before, there will be risk. Now, then you go to risky equals
some failure. I learned that lesson almost 30 years ago when I first went
to work at Paramount as a twentysomething wonk running around getting Barry
Diller's dry cleaning or whatever I did back then. But I got to watch three
guys up close and personal at that time: Charlie Bludhorn, Barry Diller
and Michael Eisner. They had many things in common, but the one thing that
made an incredible impression on me was that they believed the only way
people can really do their best work in this business is if they are given
the absolute right to fail. If they're not, then creative people won't
take risks. Charlie Bludhorn gave that to Barry and Michael, and they gave
that to everybody else in the company. Time after time, I would hear that
we had to take risks -- prudent risks -- in order to succeed. I don't think
there's any more important lesson that I've ever learned."
Stallion of the Cimarron Trailer Available Online
Download it now from the Tigress!
'Fred' also posted a variation of the movie's teaser poster on the FAF,
which includes the official site's new tag line: "Some Legends Can Never
Be Tamed." You can also check out Breyer
Horses for new promotional toys, including a new plush line, playsets,
and action figures.
New Disney DVD Sites
The Lost Empire as well as Peter
Pan each got their official site launch earlier this month. Features
listing, order forms and Peter Pan wallpapers are now available online.
Four Disney Titles Go On Moratorium
Disney has announced that Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs,
and Tarzan: Collector's Edition will all go on moratorium, effective
1/31, Animation on DVD
confirms. Retailers will not be able to order more copies of the product
after that date, so what is on the shelf is all that will be available.
Get your copy now if you haven't already!
Age Gets Game Boy Advance Title
Ubi Soft Entertainment has teamed
up with 20th Century Fox, to bring Ice Age to the Game Boy Advance
hand-held video game system worldwide. The game will launch simultaneously
with the movie, when it hits theaters in March of 2002. In the game, fans
will enjoy 10 different levels that depict everything from icy caverns
to lava-spewing volcanoes. Players can try on the power and size of Manny
the mammoth in levels where stomping, striking and throwing big nuts ensures
victory. If speed is their game, players can run, jump and slide while
playing Sid the sloth during action and speed based levels. Make sure to
avoid falling rocks, vicious saber-tooth tigers and other prehistoric creatures
in this very cool adventure.
The CGI Production Process
World Magazine features an interesting article covering everything
from pre-production through final film/video output.
Haunted Mansion Movie Officially Greenlit by Disney
Continuing a trend of focusing on so-called branded content, the Mouse
House has greenlit its third feature film derived from a Disney theme park
says. The studio will develop a script inspired by its Haunted Mansion
attraction, and hopes to turn the picture into a franchise. Disney's The
Country Bears, based on the Country Bear Jamboree ride, will reach
theaters July 26; the studio recently greenlit ride-based Pirates
of the Caribbean with Jerry Bruckheimer (Pearl Harbor) attached
to produce. In Haunted House, a father who has neglected his family
encounters a ghost while on a job interview. The vision spooks him into
a profound awareness of the importance of his family. David Berenbaum,
part of Disney's writers-in-residence program, wrote the script.
Animation President Talks CGI and Ice Age
Chris Meledandri was interviewed by the Hollywood
Reporter for an article about the boom of CGI: "Inevitably, the success
of Shrek will encourage others to try it, but you have to realize
that these are incredibly complex pictures to produce. It's a very young
field, and there's a limited amount of individuals with the kind of experience
necessary to pull off these movies. [With Fox's foray in the genre via
Blue Sky Studios' Ice
Age], we imagined what the Ice Age world could look like if rendered
digitally -- the snow, the rain, the terrain -- and realized that it could
be rendered to create a movie with a completely unique look. We liked the
idea of creating characters that have a realism to them, to essentially
create a realistic fantasy world." Responding to statements that CGI is
starting to phase out traditional animation, Chris Meldandri commented:
"This business is very cyclical. Clearly, there is less traditional animation
being produced, but I don't think that means there won't be more in the
future. In the near future, I think there is likely to be a continuation
of the contraction of traditional animation, but eventually something will
come along and swing the pendulum back in that direction."
Inc. Now the Third Biggest Animated Feature of All Time
Collecting an estimated $2.2 million this weekend, and a cumulative
domestic box office of $247.7 million, Monsters, Inc. passed Toy
Story 2 as Pixar's most successful film, Box
Office Mojo observes. Toy Story 2, released in November 1999,
achieved a total domestic box office of $245.8 million, and went on to
capture another $253.3 in international box office receipts. Monsters
international box office currently stands at $41M, but it has yet to be
released in the largest overseas markets. Monsters' next target:
Shrek's $267.7 domestic box office grab. But unless Monsters
gets a box office boost by winning the first ever Oscar for best animated
feature, there's not much of a chance that it will grab 2001's animated
box office crown from that irascible green ogre. Meanwhile, Jimmy Neutron's
U.S. total now stands to a very respectable $69.1M, with a 39% drop this
Time Magazine Names Shrek
"Best Movie of 2001"
Adding fuel to Shrek's attempt at winning the first ever "Best
Animated Feature" Academy Award this March, Time Magazine commented that
"the movie runs on his delightful spirit—and runs right past an adult's
expectations for animation. We usually hope not to get too restless as
we indulge the kids in their cinematic treats. But this pretty, fractured
fairy tale offers us real wit—including some nice, satirical hits on the
Disney tradition—while still giving the wee ones plenty of broad, silly
fun." Shrek was the only animated movie to make the magazine's top 10 list.
In other award news, the green ogre also became last Thursday the first
animated film to be nominated for the Producers Guild Awards, presented
by the Producers Guild of America. It also grabbed the Online Film Critics
Society award for Best Feature and was voted favorite movie of the year
at the People Choice's Awards.
Media FX reminds us that the anime movie Escaflowne will get
a limited release in the U.S. and Canada on January 25, and is then expected
to have a wider opening around mid-February 2002. "Escaflowne epitomizes
Japanese anime, providing a compelling film that breaks down the barrier
of animation as an entertainment genre for children only," says Ken Iyadomi,
Executive Vice President, Bandai Entertainment. "For fans of anime, as
well as for all moviegoers, Escaflowne is a visual feast, and an
exciting story brilliantly told with battle scenes and breathtaking displays
of supernatural power that unfolds on the screen." Based on the television
series The Vision of Escaflowne, the movie is centered around the
story of Hitomi, Van Fanel – prince of the ravaged kingdom – and the legendary
god of protection, Escaflowne. Watch the trailer
The Idea for Return
To NeverLand Comes From
'Mason' learnt from a Mouse House employee working on this project,
which is now completed, that Roy E. Disney originally suggested at a staff
meeting that Peter
Pan be continued, when discussing which classic should get the
sequel treatment next. Since most voice actors from the 1953 original were
no longer available to reprise their roles in NeverLand -Bobby Driscoll
(Peter Pan) died from drug abuse in 1968, Tommy Luske (Michael) lost his
life in a car crash with a drunk driver, while Hans Conried (Captain Hook
and George Darling) deceased from heart ailment in 1982-, the Disney management
rejected Roy Disney's suggestion that 62-year old Kathryn Beaumont be brought
back to voice the adult Wendy.
Wynonna Sings for Lilo
Country star Wynonna recorded the Elvis Presley hit "Burning Love"
last October 29 and 30 at Ocean Way Studio on world-famous Music Row. The
song will be featured in the last moments of Lilo & Stitch as
well as over the end title. The recording will also be included on the
film's soundtrack, with several other Elvis Presley originals.
Don Bluth Comments On Robin
Hood and The Rescuers
The talented director wrote on his official
site that "there is a lot of entertaining animation in [Robin Hood].
Ollie Johnston's Prince John and the character Sir Hiss were hilarious.
As a film it did not fare well in the theaters. Disney's first major success
Book (1966), was The
Rescuers (1976). We believe that the marketing for Robin Hood
just didn't reach the family audience. Most people, at that time, were
not even aware that Disney still produced animation. At least, that is
what we ran into a lot of the time. Robin Hood cost about $5.5 million
and probably cost about the same to market in the US alone. We're not sure,
but the movie probably grossed less that $20 million in the US theatres
and even less overseas. So, the film probably did not make profit for the
company. If a film "grosses" $20 million, the theaters get to keep approximately
50% of this money. So if Disney spent $5.5 mil on production and $5.5 mil
on marketing and they only got back $10 million. Then they lost $1 million.
Plus it costs more to market in the foreign countries. So, they probably
lost money on the foreign release as well. On the other hand, The Rescuers
cost approximately $7.5 million and Grossed $45 million world-wide on it's
first release. While maybe not as funny as some of Prince John's scenes
Hood, The Rescuers had a better story and seemed to attract
a bigger audience. Remember, The
Rescuers story was about rescuing a little girl from kidnappers
while Robin Hood was mainly about adult characters in a story that
had been told quite well in live action and is considered a classic."
Another Don Bluth Toon Up Animation Seminar
Don Bluth will be holding another "Toon Up Animation Seminar" on April
13 and 14 at the Clarion Hotel in Allentown, PA. The two-day event will
cover drawing, character design, animation, storyboarding, acting and directing.
Tickets are $200 and seating is limited to 100 people. For more details,
check out the Don Bluth website.
Site Launch for the Walt Disney Studios
The new Paris-based theme park opens on March 16, and you can already
find out everything you want to know at its official
site: descriptions of the Studios' main attractions, listing of the
boutiques, restaurants, and more.
Disney released a couple of official
shots from its Christmas animated release, while Light
Fantastic posted more scans from the movie's Pines of Rome sequence,
featuring a ship flying among whale-shaped creatures. According to Dark
Horizons, an official Disney calendar of upcoming calendars given away
during press screenings for Snow Dogs announcing an unlikely August
27, 2002 release date for Treasure Planet.
$892M in Movie, Video and DVD Revenue for Shrek
In response to Disney's recent press release about Snow
White's international DVD success, DreamWorks movie studio announced
last Tuesday that the green ogre has sold over $420 million worth of home
videos and DVDs in just over two months on retail shelves, adding to its
$472 million (and counting) at global box offices. DreamWorks said it has
sold over 21 million VHS videotapes of Shrek,
a record 7.9 million DVDs in the United States and another 2.1 million
DVDs in international markets, making it the most popular video since all-time
Lion King. Consumers have spent more than $51 million renting VHS
and DVD copies of
Shrek so far, according to Video Software Dealers
Assn.'s VidTrac, ranking the picture 29th on the rental charts for the
January 1, 2003: The
Lion King on IMAX
Disney just opened a teaser
site to present the animated king's IMAX trailer -efficient but far
from exciting. You can view it now in large
& Dogs On the Short List of Nominees for the F/X Oscar
A 15-minute presentation for each of the 8 nominees will be given to
the Academy on February 6 -the final three will be announced on February
12, at the same time as the other major awards. Cats & Dogs
will have a hard time staying in the top trio considering it is competing
against movies like A.I., BHarry Potter and The Sorcerer's Stone,
Park III or The Lord of The Rings. Meanwhile, Monsters,
Inc. is one of the seven films being considered for Achievement
in Sound Editing for the 74th Academy Awards.
2 Will Not Deal With "Fairy Tale Conventions"
In the new issue of Creative Screenwriting, Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio,
screenwriters of Shrek, explain why they opted not to pen the movie's
sequel: "many great Shrek
sequels can be made. We felt that all of the good sequel versions had a
similar quality, which is that you'd always begin with the fairy tale conventions
and out of those conventions you'd tell a dramatic and funny story. And
the story that was chosen for Shrek 2 was actually one that does
not deal with fairy tale conventions." Shrek 2 is slated for tentative
December 19, 2003 release.
Theme Parks Hopeful for 2002 After Strong Holidays
After the nation rode an emotional and economic rollercoaster in 2001,
Americans are more than ready to return this year to more traditional rollercoasters
and rides at theme parks, fueling a much-needed rebound for the sector,
industry experts told Reuters.
Reeling from the weakened economy, which was compounded by the Sept. 11
attacks on New York and Washington, close to half the nation's top 50 theme
parks had flat or declining attendance in 2001, analysts said. While discounts
and promotions spurred better-than-expected year-end holiday numbers at
many of the country's biggest parks, the big lift nevertheless gave industry
watchers reason to feel optimistic for 2002. "Christmas week was a gangbuster.
Walt Disneyworld Resort in Florida had to close its doors for a few hours
because it had attendance overruns. And attendance was tremendous at other
parks like Universal, as well," said Tim O'Brien, senior editor of Amusement
Business, an industry publication. "The discounts and promotions helped,
but more than anything, there was basic cabin fever. People had been cocooned
since September 11 and they needed to get out again. That process blew
the doors off the attractions,'' he said. "We had a strong holiday season
and we are continuing to see an improvement since Sept 11. We hope to continue
to see that improvement well into 2002," said Ray Gomez, spokesman for
Walt Disney Co's(NYSE:DIS - news) Disneyland Resorts in Southern California.
According to industry estimates for 2001, attendance at Walt Disney World
in Florida fell about 4 percent to 14.8 million, while attendance at Disneyland
in California fell about 11 percent to 12.4 million visitors. But industry
analysts saw a brighter year in 2002.
and Dark Horizons
posted the movie's first poster along with a couple of promotional shots.
That one could be a lot of fun! The July 26 release will feature cameos
by Don Henley, John Hiatt, Elton John, Queen Latifah, Willie Nelson, Bonnie
Raitt and Brian Setzer.
Greenlight Funds Happily N'Ever After
The Hollywood Reporter announces that Sarah Michelle Gellar, Freddie
Prinze Jr. and Sigourney Weaver will lend their voices to the animated
comedy feature Happily N'Ever After for Vanguard Films' John H.
Williams (Shrek) and Berlin-based Greenlight Media. The project,
fully funded by Greenlight, is out to studios for a tentpole summer 2003
release. It will be the inaugural feature from Williams' partnership with
Greenlight, which signed the producer to a multipicture production and
development deal in June. N'Ever is inspired by classic Brothers
Grimm fairy tales and is based on Greenlight's European animated television
series SimsalaGrimm. Set in the fairy tale land of Simsala, the
project explores what happens when the balance of good and evil is out
of whack. Against this backdrop is an emotional love triangle among Ella
(Gellar), her ideal prince and her unknown true love, who turns out to
be Rick, the palace dishwasher (Prinze). Weaver plays the evil, sexy stepmother
Frida. Gerhard Hahn (who committed the disastrous Asterix in Amerika)
is directing the project from a script by Rob Moreland. Greenlight International,
headquartered in Hilversum, the Netherlands, is handling worldwide sales
for N'Ever. "This is a highly creative and entertaining project
and a wonderful way for Greenlight Media and myself to start our relationship,"
Williams said. "Greenlight has already done a terrific job with the brothers
Grimm fairy tales for television, and I'm looking forward to transferring
these stories to the big screen with some of the same type of elements
that made Shrek a success." Added Heath McLaughlin, president of
U.S. operations at Greenlight Media: "The purpose of our relationship with
John Williams and his Vanguard Films is to create exciting, high-concept
family entertainment which can include animation, live action or both,
to blend U.S. studio and distribution sensibilities with worldwide interest
to create lasting international brands. This project is truly a global
production and the first of what we hope will be a number of highly successful
productions with John Williams."
Pixar Can Boast Striking Effects on an Industry
Read a great L.A.
Times article explaining why and how Pixar paved the way for all the
other studios in this age of computer animation.
A Difficult Beauty
and the Beast Scene To Adapt for IMAX Screens
"[The 'Human Again' scene] just felt cumbersome and presented some
story problems at the time that we couldn't solve," director Kirk Wise
told the Chicago
Tribune. "But ... when we saw the Broadway version, [composer Alan
Menken], who had always loved the song, managed to reincorporate it and
edit it in such a way that the story problems were solved and now it makes
a very, very nice kind of story within a story." When animators who worked
on Beauty and the Beast had the opportunity to go back in and fix
imperfections for the movie's IMAX edition, one particular scene was driving
producer Don Hahn wacky. "During the song 'There's Something There,' there's
a scene where Cogsworth, Mrs. Potts and Lumiere are singing and in the
background, you see Belle and the Beast having a snowball fight," director
Gary Trousdale explained. "Originally, those drawings were about an inch
and a quarter high and because they're so small, we didn't draw all the
detail in them. And their faces were very rudimentary. So when these things
were blown up ... on the giant screen, you go, "Whoooaaaaa! We gotta fix
that."' Disney, at first hesitant to plunge into the DVD market, now embraces
it. In October, Beauty and the Beast will receive the same kind
of DVD treatment as Snow White, which came out as a two-disc set
with a number of extras.
Web Host In Maintenance Through Wednesday
You get what you pay for... Fortunecity will be down until this Thursday,
so make sure to access Animated Movies through http://www.Animated-Movies.com
and be patient if links and pictures are not working yet. Sorry about the
Did You Know That... Pixar originated as the computer division of
Lucasfilm, before Apple co-founder Steve Jobs purchased it for $10 million
in 1986 and renamed the company.
- January 1, 2001
MOVIES WISH YOU THE BEST FOR 2002!
"Banner Year" for Animation
The top three movies of 2001 were made for kids -the boy-wizard fantasyHarry
Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, grossing $286 million through Sunday,
followed by two animated hits: storybook spoof Shrek
at $267 million and nightmare farce Monsters,
Inc. at $236 million. Indeed, animated films as a whole enjoyed
a banner year, accounting for nearly $800 million, or 10 percent, of the
collective box office in 2001, said Tom Borys, president of the tracking
EDI. "We've never had two $200 million grosses in animation before,
and we have two this year with Shrek and Monsters, Inc."
A Lot To Look Forward To in 2002!
2001 has been a very important year for animation, with the rise of
Dreamworks, continuing cough of Disney's Animation division, and their
growing dependence on Pixar. Hold on to your seat for an either more animated
and the Beast: Special Edition Opens Today!
And it should earn a "princely sum" in large-screen houses, according
The paper further comments that the re-release is "better than ever: in
terms of animation, it remains a uniquely elegant and entertaining mix
of hand-drawn classicism and high-tech innovation. (Speaking of the latter:
One of the original's most magical sequences, the computer-generated ballroom
dance to the title song, is nothing short of stunning in large screen.)
The Ashman and Menken score --justly praised by many critics back in 1991
as superior to anything heard on Broadway in decades -- has lost none of
its capacity to delight." The L.A.
Times is not so kind, titling "it was big enough already." Meanwhile,
Reviews gives the special edition 4 stars out of 5 and "highly" recommends
it: "the insertion [of the "Human Again" scene] couldn’t be more seamless."
Check out the movie's official
site to find out where it's playing near you -and enjoy!
Jungle Book and Peter
Pan Considered for IMAX Treatment
According to 'Mason', Roy E. Disney recently announced that the studio
is in the very early stages of adapting these two classics for giant screens
-The Jungle Book was released 35 years ago, while Peter Pan
will turn 50 next year. As a reminder, The
Lion King is already locked for a 2003 IMAX release, while The
Little Mermaid and Aladdin
will hit large screens next if Beauty and King are successes
at the box-office.
Petition for Song
of the South To Be Released on DVD
'Eddie' points out to this official
Disney page where you can request that the Mouse House releases this
disowned classic on VHS or DVD. The link is on the top left, and in pure
it. Let's try again!
Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron Trailer Online This Week
Fansite SKG reports that the movie's trailer is expected to pop up
on the movie's official site
sometimes this week.
Animation Supervisor Glenn McQueen Talks Monsters
Pro features a great interview with M.I. animation supervisor
Glenn McQueen. A free registration is needed to access the article. "Pete
Docter, the director, has been noodling around with it for 5 years. I was
on it for about 2 years. As soon as I wrapped Toy
Story 2, I immediately went on to Monsters Inc." Glenn explains
that early in the process, Sulley had tentacles and Mike had no arms -just
two legs with prehensile toes.Each time Mike picked something up he shifted
his weight to one foot and used the other as a hand. But after a
20-second test was animated, the production team realized this would be
too difficult to work around. Glenn McQueen further comments that Boo was
the hardest character to animate, and that about "only about 40,000" storyboards
had to be created for the movie!
Away Review at AWN: "Unnatural"
Animation World Magazine published a three-page
article on Hayao Miyazaki's latest, to conclude that it might be "the
most sophisticated and exciting anime film", but remains "nothing more
than the attractions in Tokyo Disneyland." So far, the movie is only set
for release in France and Asia -hopefully you will all soon have a chance
to judge by yourself!
Meet Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnson this Saturday in Pasadena
The two incredibly talented veteran Disney animators will attend a
screening of the documentary "Frank & Ollie" on , the L.A.
Times reports. You can find out more at the Pasadena
Historical Museum site.
Did You Know That... Chip's character in Beauty
& the Beast was originally meant as a one-line joke, but the
producers liked the voice of Bradley Michael Pierce so much that they had
extra lines written.