/ FX Cheers and Sneers - March 2001
digitalmediafx.com) Here is the list of Digital Media FX's March
2001 Cheers and Sneers for the animation and visual effects industries:
After the passing of William Hanna, Warner Bros. fails to
properly recognize his memory and contributions to the TV cartoon
industry. Many within the industry are still waiting for Warner
Bros. to distribute a press release honoring Hanna's memory.
In the U.K. and Ireland, Warner Bros. arranges for more than 200
movie theaters to show the new Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's
Stone movie trailer on the big screen, in a continuous loop,
The Robert Zemeckis Center for Digital Arts Opens at the USC School
of Cinema. It is one of the most advanced digital arts facilities
in the world.
AOL Time Warner announces that it is merging the WB broadcast
network and Turner basic cable networks, including the Cartoon
Network, into one - the Turner Broadcasting System. Look for the
Cartoon Network to lose a lot of its originality as it becomes
more like Kids WB!
Dennis the Menace turns 50 years old!
Gladiator (FX by The Mill) tops The Perfect Storm
(FX by Industrial Light and Magic) for the "Best Visual Effects"
Oscar, shocking visual effects industry insiders.
The Mill gains industry recognition from its Gladiator
"Best Visual Effects" Academy Award and high profile
work on the upcoming Tomb Raider and Harry Potter
Warner Bros. claims that one city - San Antonio - will determine
whether a newly remastered Superman with added footage
will get a wider release. Despite high ratings from audiences,
Warner Bros. decides to kill any potential wider release.
The 100 year anniversary of the birth of Ub Iwerks is recognized
as people find out more about this aspiring animator who was a
vital part of Walt Disney's early years.
Pixar signs John Lasseter to a 10-year contract insuring that
the visionary behind the success of Pixar's first three animated
productions keeps Pixar recognized as one of the best animation
studios in the world.
Disney announces it is laying off 4,000 employees just a few
months after CEO Michael Eisner accepts an $11.5 million bonus.
The Orlando Sentinel reports that Disney is going to slice animator
"Best Animated Short" Academy Award winner Michael Dudok
de Wit (for "Father & Daughter") gives the shortest
speech at the Academy Awards, winning an HDTV set and gaining
To the memory of William Hanna a true visionary in the
cartoon industry. You will be deeply missed and forever remembered.
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