/ FX Cheers and Sneers - August 2001
digitalmediafx.com) Here is the list of Digital Media FX's August
2001 Cheers and Sneers for the animation and visual effects industries:
Universal Studios announced it was beginning work on a new animated
film based on the book Where the Wild Things Are. Former animation
gurus from Disney, like Eric Goldberg and David Reynolds become
major players in the project.
Showing a continued perceived lack of vision, George Lucas
names Star Wars Episode II "Attack of the Clones".
The name gains mass negative attention as people compare it to
names like "Attack of the Clowns" or "Attack of
the 50-Foot Woman".
Industrial Light and Magic shows that it is still the visual effects
king of the industry by being the main supplier of five summer
blockbusters, including Planet of the Apes, Pearl Harbor,
and Jurassic Park 3.
DreamWorks announces that it is releasing a Shrek 2-disc
DVD on Friday, November 2, 2001 - the exact day that Pixar opens
Monsters, Inc. in theaters. The blatant move, especially
with new videos and DVDs always being released on Tuesday's, begins
to earn DreamWorks a bully reputation that once was reserved for
The Japanese anime Spirited Away tears up the box office
in Japan, shattering all records and showing the power of Hayao
Miyazaki's anime reign.
Inside magazine reports that Disney has no interest in bringing
Spirited Away to U.S. shores after the failure of Princess
Mononoke in the U.S. The article fails to challenge the way
Disney handled the distribution and marketing of Princess Mononoke.
It is announced that The Simpson's entire first season will hit
DVD on September 25, 2001.
Nintendo announces that it is delaying the launch of the GameCube
by nearly two weeks, giving a major advantage to Microsoft, whose
Xbox system will now arrive on store shelves before Nintendo's
To hold fan's interest in The Matrix, which won't have a sequel
ready until 2003, Warner Bros. puts together a special DVD for
release on November 20 that will include numerous special features,
including anime-produced episodes of The Matrix.
Warner Bros. continues to delay release of "The Iron
Giant Special Edition" which should have been out months
More schools, like The Art Institute of Pittsburgh, begin offering
degrees in Digital Media.
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