/ FX Cheers and Sneers - November 2001
digitalmediafx.com) Here is the list of Digital Media FX's November
2001 Cheers and Sneers for the animation and visual effects industries:
To Pixar and Disney for the amazing $62.6 million three day opening
weekend. It was the biggest three day opening ever for an animated
George Lucas and Warner Bros. who announced that a new trailer
for Star Wars Episode II would appear before Harry Potter
and the Sorcerer's Stone then being unable to properly negotiate
the showing in all theaters. This left the majority of people
who went to see the trailer in the cold.
Pixar and Disney surprised audiences with a new Monsters, Inc.
trailer before Harry Potter called "Charades" that was
quite humorous while paying homage to the popularity of Harry
Potter. Even Warner Bros. reportedly loved it.
DreamWorks released Shrek to video and DVD on the same day
Monsters, Inc. opened then lost another promotional deal
with THX (to put Shrek characters on the THX promotion
the same day Monsters, Inc. was released) that it blamed
The first ever Best Animated Feature Oscar for the Academy Awards
is a go as enough entries were received (barely) to qualify the
Harry Potter fans attending a preview of the movie in Scotland
stole over 1,000 Harry Potter promotional items (posters, hoardings,
banners, cutout figures) with 15 minutes of the shows end.
DreamWorks massive initial sales of its Shrek DVD and video. In
the first three days of its release to video/DVD, Shrek made over
$110 million in sales. Two discs were included with the DVD and
sold for the normal price of one DVD.
DreamWorks finally makes it official that a score soundtrack will
be released for Shrek. It will ship on December 4 (click
here to order).
CINAR's problems continue as a group of American shareholders
demand the removal of the Canadian animation company's board of
The producers of Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring
reportedly refuse a studio request to cut the movie
down. The running time is announced as 2 hours and 58 minutes.
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