/ FX Cheers and Sneers - May 2001
digitalmediafx.com) Here is the list of Digital Media FX's May
2001 Cheers and Sneers for the animation and visual effects industries:
DreamWorks announced that it was embarking on three new animated
series based on the Bromeliad trilogy. This includes "Truckers,"
"Diggers," and "Wings."
Cartoon Network bans several Bugs Bunny cartoons making claims
of parts being socially unacceptable. Then it is discovered that
many other cartoons have been edited (or "butchered")
without the input of the original directors or creators.
PDI/DreamWorks Shrek is shown at Cannes, resulting in positive
buzz (particularly with all the "over the edge" movies
shown this year) and a long standing ovation. Many critics gave
it an outside chance of winning the best movie award (but it didn't).
DreamWorks releases the soundtrack for Shrek, but fails
to deliver the movie's background score and holds off announcing
whether one would ever be available (Digital Media FX eventually
found out one is in the works - slated for mid-July with the possibility
of a delay).
Shrek tears up the box office, receiving strong positive
reaction from critics and exit polls showing people grading it
between an A and A+. By the end of May (after only two weeks at
the box office) Shrek had made over $120 million!
A Spy Kids: Special Edition (new special effects)
is put into works for release against Osmosis Jones in
August in what is already an overcrowded month at the box office.
It is announced that the original animated special, "Santa
Vs. The Snowman," is being reformatted for IMAX 3D. Look
for it in November 2002.
The International Cartoon Museum attempts to auction off several
pieces of its important historical collection to raise money for
paying off debts. Many pieces don't sell or sell for lower than
expected, causing the museum to announce it will look for other
ways for funding (something it should have done in the first place).
Eventually they announce another auction.
Disney Interactive announces that it is creating a new slate of
games known as "Imagineering games" where the user becomes
the creator. One of the first titles to be released is Ultimate
Ride where users create their own roller coasters then ride them.
When asked about the salary cuts, layoffs, and changes to
Disney Animation, the head of Walt Disney Studios (Peter Schneider)
responds, in part, "That's just life, isn't it?"
In honor of Maurice Noble. His contributions to the world of animation
and willingness to train others in his style (even long after
his retirement) will remain an inspiration to many for the rest
of their lives. He will be greatly missed.
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