Media FX News Archives
- April 6, 2001
- Pokemon 3 Released to Theaters
- Quotes of Interest
From Pixar's Annual Report
- BBC News: Hanna-Barbera "Most
Famous Names in Cartoons"
- News Link of the Day
- From Pencils to Pixels
3 Released to Theaters
(by digitalmediafx.com) The animated Pokemon 3 opened on
2,675 theater screens today, complete with a marketing campaign
that gives free exclusive Pokemon cards to people who attend this
Pokemon movie to be imported to the U.S. grossed a staggering
$50 million in its opening five days (it opened on a Wednesday)
in November 1999. The sequel hit US theaters last year grossing
$19 million in its opening weekend. Warner Bros. is hoping for
another huge opening for Pokemon 3 around the tune of $12
million or higher. Pokemon 3 will have tough competition, particularly
from last weekend's mega hit, Spy Kids, which grossed $27 million
in its opening weekend and has sustained strong word of mouth.
Most industry analysts are predicting that Spy Kids will demolish
Pokemon 3 at this weekend's box office.
3, the main characters come across the most "mysterious"
ever pokemon character named Unown. The official subtitle of the
movie is "Spell of the Unown." Like the last two films,
audiences will be forced to sit through a 22-minute short prior
to the feature. Warner Bros. is forced to do this in order to
bring the movie in at a regulation time in order to be considered
a "feature" for theaters. The 22-minute short is titled
"Pikachu and Pichu."
3 only one out of five stars, the Orlando Sentinel states,
"As brainless as this drivel is, parents can still pass along
lessons to the wee ones from a Pokemon movie. Talk about the 'culture
in decline' that produced this phenomenon, a nation that gave
us sushi, Godzilla and Iron Chef now depends on gullible American
kids to end its trade deficit."
almost unanimous in their detest of the Pokemon franchise, yet
most recognize that kids don't care and will still be entertained
sequel after sequel after sequel.
is a Pokemon 4 in the works for release in the U.S. next
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of Interest From Pixar's Annual Report
(digitalmediafx.com) Pixar released its annual report last
Friday. Here are some interesting animation tidbits pulled from
we began production on our fourth theatrical film, Monsters,
Inc. and concept development on our sixth animated feature
film, 'Film Six.' In 2000, we began production on our fifth animated
feature film, Finding Nemo and concept development on our
seventh animated feature film, 'Film Seven.' These films will
be produced and distributed under the Co-Production Agreement
and will count as the second, third, fourth, and fifth films of
the five original films to be produced under the Co-Production
Agreement. We expect to release Monsters, Inc. in November
2001, and Finding Nemo in summer 2003, at the earliest.
Film Six and Film Seven are currently targeted for release no
earlier than 2004 and 2005, respectively."
the Co-Production Agreement, we share equally with Disney in the
profits of Toy Story 2 and A Bug's Life after Disney recovers
its marketing, distribution and other predefined costs and fees."
and animation services revenue increased from $10.4 million in
1998 to $115.3 million in 1999, and increased to $163.2 million
in 2000. Film revenue increased from $9.8 million in 1998 to $114.4
million in 1999, and increased to $162.3 million in 2000... Animation
services revenue includes revenue generated from short projects
related to our feature films. Fees for animation services, which
are fixed in advance, depend on the relative complexity and length
of each production and may also depend on the market and other
competitive conditions. Animation services revenue increased from
$630,000 in 1998 to $873,000 in 1999, and remained relatively
flat at $882,000 in 2000."
the Co-Production Agreement was executed, we determined that,
despite the fact that our first CD-ROM titles were successful
on relative terms, the resources devoted to our interactive products
division would be better allocated to other projects arising from
the Co-Production Agreement. We determined in March 1997 to discontinue
our business of producing CD-ROM and other interactive products
and redirected the approximately 60 employees in that division
to film and related projects within Pixar."
2000, we moved our offices from leased facilities in Richmond,
California to our new headquarters and studio facility in Emeryville,
California. As of December 30, 2000, we incurred capital expenditures
of approximately $98.6 million to purchase the land and to construct
our studio and headquarter facility. In order to complete construction
and furnish and equip our Emeryville facility, we expect to incur
capital expenditures ranging from $5 million to $7 million in
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Calls Hanna-Barbera "Most Famous Names in Cartoons"
While the world still awaits
a press release from Warner Bros. honoring the memory
of William Hanna, other publications continue to comment on his
contributions to the cartoon world.
BBC News had
the following to say: "Joseph Barbera and William Hanna,
who has died aged 90, remain the two most famous names in cartoons
more than 60 years after they first met and teamed up to form
their formidable partnership...Hanna Barbera studios was bought
by Warner Brothers in 1996 but William Hanna was said to have
worked at his desk every day up until his death."
away on March 22 at the age of 90.
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of the Day - From Pencils to Pixels
According to The Hindu:
visual art meets Computer Science, the result is an exciting `sangam'
which has breathed new life into one of the earliest, purest forms
of the cinematic arts - the animated film. We still lament the
lack of quality among the quantity of popular Indian Cinema (
an exercise triggered off at this time every year by our predictable
absence in the list on Oscar Night). But unheralded and largely
ignored, quality is creeping in - and it is rapidly establishing
an Indian stamp in a lucrative neck of the global cinema business:
the meeting place of education and entertainment that is the animated
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