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Monday - June 4, 2001
- dFX and Disney Animation Archives Form Alliance
- Shrek Almost Upsets Pearl Harbor for #1 Spot
- Release Charts: Animated, Anime, and FX DVDs
- News Link of the Day - Rascal or Racist? Censoring a Rabbit


dFX and Disney Animation Archives Form Alliance
(press release) Digital Media FX, a leading online publication for animators, visual effects artists, and animation enthusiasts, has announced that it will host, and assist with updating, Tim Montgomery's Disney Animation Archive. The Disney Animation Archive is a comprehensive archive of news, features, and information related to Disney animation. It is now officially located at Animation History - www.animationhistory.com - a non-profit subsidiary of Digital Media FX.

"For years, Tim Montgomery has put together a vital resource for the animation community through the Disney Animation Archives," says Joe Tracy, Publisher of Digital Media FX. "We are honored that we can host the site at our Animation History subsidiary and help Tim maintain it. His work is significant to preserving an important aspect of animation history - Disney animation information."

Throughout the next several months The Disney Animation Archive and AnimationHistory.com will undergo major refurbishing for enhanced style and navigation abilities. Both will remain accessible at www.animationhistory.com during this time.

"I am very excited about this partnership between myself and Digital Media FX," says Tim Montgomery, Webmaster of the Disney Animation Archive. "I believe that this will be a good venture for both Digital Media FX and The Disney Animation Archive."

The Disney Animation Archive can be accessed directly at http://www.animationhistory.com/disneyanimation/index.html.

About Digital Media FX
Digital Media FX is a free online magazine for animators, FX artists, students, and animation enthusiasts. The publication is updated 365 days a year, including holidays and weekends. The magazine is located at www.digitalmediafx.com.

About the Disney Animation Archive
The Disney Animation Archive is the largest Internet site covering every aspect of Walt Disney Animation imaginable, including past, present and future Disney animated movies, videos, and shorts.

About AnimationHistory.com
Animation History is a non-profit work in progress to preserve the history of animation.

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From ShrekShrek Almost Upsets Pearl Harbor for #1 Spot
(by digitalmediafx.com) Shrek almost pulled off a major upset by nearly beating out Buena Vista's Pearl Harbor at movie theaters over the weekend. According to weekend estimates, Pearl Harbor made exactly $30 million from Friday - Sunday and PDI/DreamWorks Shrek made $28.4 million. Shrek premiered in theaters a week earlier than Pearl Harbor making the near upset in Pearl Harbor's second weekend even more amazing.

Even though Shrek didn't upset Pearl Harbor, it had a much lower drop-off rate than Pearl Harbor, leading analysts to believe that Shrek will easily gross more money than Pearl Harbor.

Shrek next opens in Italy on June 15, 2001.

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Release Charts: Animated, Anime, and FX DVDs
(by digitalmediafx.com) It's a decent week for anime and animated releases. While there are no FX selections this week, there are two Muppet selections:

Bubblegum Crisis - Tokyo 2040, Vol 6: For All Mankind (anime)
Escaflowne - Light & Shadow - Vol. 7 (2000 - anime)
Escaflowne - Forever & Ever - Vol. 8
(2000 - anime)
The Muppet Movie (1979 - puppetry)
The Muppets Take Manhattan (puppetry)
Oliver and Company (1988 - animation - may be delayed further)
Quest For Camelot (1998 - animation)
X-Men - Reunion/Out of the Past (animation)
X-Men - Sanctuary/Proteus/Weapon X (animation)

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News Link of the Day - Rascal or Racist? Censoring a Rabbit

According to The New York Times:

"Cartoon Network acquired the rights to all the Bugs Bunny cartoons, it announced, in early May, that it would celebrate by holding a marathon 49-hour broadcast of the entire Bugs oeuvre — the first complete airing ever. Then the network blinked.

Twelve cartoons would not be aired because they contained racially offensive material, the network said. Animation fans hit the roof…"

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