Media FX News Archives
- June 22, 2001
- A.I. Opens in One Week to
- Disney Animation
Archive Celebrates Five Year Anniversary
- Cats & Dogs World Premiere
- News Link of the Day
- Comics Store Celebrates its Longevity
in One Week to Glowing Reviews
(by digitalmediafx.com) Next Friday, AI will hit over 3,000
theaters nationwide with strong favorable reviews already pouring
in from critics.
A robotic boy, the first programmed to love, David is adopted
as a test case by a Cybertronics employee and his wife, whose
own terminally ill child has been cryogenically frozen until a
cure can be found. Though he gradually becomes their child, with
all the love and stewardship that entails, a series of unexpected
circumstances make this life impossible for David.
acceptance by humans or machines, and armed only with Teddy, his
supertoy teddy bear and protector, David embarks on a journey
to discover where he truly belongs, uncovering a world in which
the line between robot and machine is both terrifyingly vast and
Here are what
early reviews are saying about AI:
- "AI boasts a beautiful central performance Haley
Joel Osment, 13, plays David with a kind of buoyant gravity
and a canny turn by Jude Law as a robo-stud, while other actors
are wan. The film is bold, rigorous and sentimental by turns,
and often all at once, as should be expected from a two-man movie
where both have strong wills to match their great gifts, and one
- "The fruit of the unique spectral artistic convergence
of two cinematic titans, Steven Spielberg and the late Stanley
Kubrick, this deeply thoughtful and thoroughly fascinating film
about a mechanical boy who yearns to be real contains strong traces
of both directors' sensibilities: the intimate childhood connection
and the gentleness of spirit often associated with the former,
the conceptual boldness and scientifically/philosophically oriented
probing of the latter..."
Reporter - "The film is never less than fascinating. Certain
to open big, AI has plenty for audiences and critics to
glom onto -- a riveting, awesome performance by child actor Haley
Joel Osment; brilliant production design and special effects;
and a provocative theme that in these days of synthetic life forms
and genetic tampering is worth re-examining."
"Its a movie that makes us ponder the very nature of
lovehow its hard-wired into us, how it blurs the line
between the selfish and the selfless. Is love the ultimate affirmation
of free will, or its negation? AI exhilarates, frustrates
and provokes: its the most ambitious Hollywood movie in
AI is rated
PG-13 by the Motion Picture Association of America for "some
sexual content and violent images."
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Animation Archive Celebrates Five Year Anniversary
(by digitalmediafx.com) The
Disney Animation Archive is celebrating its five year
anniversary of providing Disney animation information to Internet
users worldwide. Earlier this month it was announced
that The Disney Animation Archive and Digital Media FX formed
an alliance as part of Digital Media FX's subsidiary site, AnimationHistory.com.
Animation Archive consists of over 2,600 pages and is run by animation
enthusiast Tim Montgomery.
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& Dogs World Premiere Tomorrow
(by digitalmediafx.com) The world premiere of Warner Bros.
FX-filled Cats & Dogs movie will take place tomorrow
at 11AM at the Mann Village Theater. In attendance at the premiere
will be cast members Sean Hayes, Charlton Heston, Joe Pantoliano,
Elizabeth Perkins, and Alexander Pollock. The real stars, however,
will be the cats and dogs that starred in the movie. They will
also be at the premiere.
Dogs is an adventure movie that marries live action with computer
animation and puppetry to tell the story of the covert, high-tech
struggle between cats and dogs, which comes to a head when a maniacal
Persian cat named Mr. Tinkles attempts to take over the world.
The film has
been given a PG rating by the Motion Picture Association of America
for "animal action and humor." Cats & Dogs
hits theaters on July 4, 2001.
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of the Day - Comics Store Celebrates its Longevity
to the San Jose Mercury News:
shape-shifting world of comic books, artists have exploded the
rectangular panel, writers have brought the real world into the
world of Archie, publishers have figured out how to grab a piece
of the oldies market, and dealers have learned to morph with the
has morphed more craftily than most. His Santa Cruz store, Atlantis
Fantasyworld, is in the midst of a yearlong 25th-anniversary party
here for the full story.
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