Media FX News Archives
- June 17, 2001
- Betty Boop Returns
- Tomb Raider Dominates
Weekend Box Office
- Cartoonist Award Results
- Reuben Awards
- News Link of the Day
- Comic Book Creator Tests Hollywood Waters in New Disney
(by digitalmediafx.com) After several successful merchandising
efforts, including slot machines in Las Vegas, the character Betty
Boop is about to make a return to television. This series will
be much different, however, as Betty Boop will be all CGI, courtesy
of Mainframe Entertainment. Fleischer Studios, Inc. will be a
partner in the efforts.
of us at Mainframe are very excited about this new effort with
Fleischer Studios," said Ian Pearson, Chief Creative Officer
of Mainframe Entertainment. "The rich animation history of
the Fleischer family and its studios as well as the incredible
talents of both Richard and Mark Fleischer ensure that the new
'Betty Boop' television series will respect the integrity of the
original property while moving Betty into a new and modern age.
We'll also be working with Fleischer and King Features Syndicate
on launching a significant licensing and merchandising campaign
in support of the new series."
was originally created in the 1930's by Max
Fleischer. Betty Boop has starred in over 100 cartoons.
Even though the series had been long dead, merchandising for the
character has been very strong. More than 250 licensees in the
United States and nearly as many internationally produce quality
products bearing Betty's likeness in virtually every category.
The idea to
start a new Betty Boop cartoon series originated with Richard
Fleischer at Fleischer Studios. "I am very excited about
the new series, which will capture the cutting edge humor of the
alluring Betty Boop in an adventurous and music driven setting,"
he says. "She'll Boop-oop-a-doop her way into the 21st century."
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Dominates Weekend Box Office
(by digitalmediafx.com) Weekend estimates are in and Paramount's
Tomb Raider pounded the competition this weekend by bringing
in an estimated $48.2 million. Atlantis: The Lost Empire came
in second with an estimated $20.4 million. Still going strong
in third place (and a month after opening) was PDI/DreamWorks
Shrek with an estimated $12.9 million.
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Award Results - Reuben Awards
(by digitalmediafx.com) This year's Reuben Awards, the top
award ceremony focused on honoring cartoonists, presented its
top award - Cartoonist of the Year - to Jack Davis, who is best
known for advertising illustration and work in MAD Magazine. Here
is the full list of award winners:
Dan DeCarlo, Scarsdale, NY, "Betty and Veronica"
Cards: Bill Brewer, Kansas City, MO
Comic Strip: Bud Blake, Damariscotta, ME, "Tiger"
Gag Cartoons: Kim Warp, Renton, WA
Mike Lester, Rome, GA
Illustration: Peter deSeve, Brooklyn, NY
Cartoons: Jerry Holbert, Boston Herald
Gag Panels: Dan Piraro, Dallas, TX, "Bizarro"
Bill Hinds, Spring, TX, "Buzz Beamer"
Animation: Gary Baseman, "Teacher's Pet"
Eric Goldberg, design, direction and animation for the "Rhapsody
in Blue" segment of the Disney Feature Film, Fantasia
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of the Day - Comic Book Creator Tests Hollywood Waters in
New Disney Film
According to the Kansas City Star:
you hang on one second?' Mike Mignola says at the outset of a
recent telephone interview. More than a second later the celebrated
comic book artist of Hellboy comes back on the line.
Disney calling,' Mignola says from his home studio in Portland,
Ore. 'I had to take that one.'
from the Mouse House are old hat these days to Mignola, the lead
production designer of Walt Disney Pictures' new animated adventure
film Atlantis: The Lost Empire
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