Media FX News Archives
- June 23, 2001
- Blue Sky Studio Quietly Preps
- Walking with Dinosaurs
to Become Theme Park Attraction
- Friday Box Office Results
- News Link of the Day
- Cinar Agrees to Repay $2.6 Million
Studio Quietly Preps Ice Age
(by digitalmediafx.com) While major media are talking about
Shrek, Atlantis, Final Fantasy, and Monsters, Inc.
there is another animated movie coming out first quarter 2002
that has received very little publicity - Blue Sky Studio's Ice
Age. Being distributed by 20th Century FOX (which doesn't
have its own animation department after closing it down last year
due to the failure of Titan A.E.), the movie is fully CGI.
Ice Age is being released on March 15, 2002.
Chris Wedge is directing Ice Age. In 1998, Wedge received
an Best Animated Short Academy Award for Bunny, a seven
minute CGI animated short. Work on Ice Age started in early
here to see a trailer for Ice Age.
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With Dinosaurs to Become Theme Park Attraction
(by digitalmediafx.com) The hit U.K. FX documentary, Walking
with Dinosaurs, is about to become a theme park experience.
in the footsteps of other companies, BBC Worldwide
Ltd. and Hyper Entertainment Inc. have entered into a major new
partnership to develop a "Walking with Dinosaurs" 27,000
square feet scalable attraction for licensing will to theme park
operators around the globe,
with Dinosaurs" attraction will give customers a "real-life"
experience of dinosaurs with an interactive post-ride show. The
theme of the ride is based on the BBC's TV series "Walking
with Dinosaurs," which attracted a global audience of more
than 360 million viewers.
thrilled to be working with BBC Worldwide on taking an incredible
show and creating an exciting attraction that will be fun for
all ages," says Mike Swinney, president and CEO for Hyper
Entertainment. "We believe that the success of the Walking
with Dinosaurs series and the compelling nature of the subject
matter will make for an incredibly fun and exciting attraction
at premier locations around the world."
Both BBC and
Hyper Entertainment are being hush-hush about exact planned details
as they search for sponsorship and finalize plans for the attraction.
will be ready for shipments to theme parks licensing the adventure
beginning in late summer 2002.
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Box Office Results
(by digitalmediafx.com) Friday's box office results are in.
Here are the top five movies for the day:
1) Fast and
the Furious - $14.7 million.
2) Doctor Doolittle 2 - $8.5 million.
3) Tomb Raider - $6.4 million.
4) Atlantis: The Lost Empire - $3.7 million.
5) Shrek - $3.0 million.
is showing signs of gaining on Atlantis
in daily box office receipts. If the gain holds then next week
Shrek will start bringing in more money than Atlantis
in daily receipts even though Shrek has been playing a
month longer. Shrek has already made an astounding $207.8
million at the box office. Atlantis, meanwhile, has made
$34.8 million. Both Atlantis and Pearl Harbor receipts
combined don't match Shrek. Disappointing numbers for Disney
is analyst reasons cited in Peter
Schneider's resignation as Disney Studio Chief a few
counts, Shrek is now playing in 3,007 theaters, Atlantis
in 3,071 theaters, Pearl Harbor in 2,668 theaters, and
Tomb Raider in 3,312 theaters (more than any other movie).
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of the Day - Cinar Agrees to Repay $2.6 Million
to the Edmonton Journal:
TV and film producer Cinar Corp. has struck a deal to repay Telefilm
Canada $2.6 million in subsidies, clearing up more of its tax-fraud
scandal and making the company more attractive to buyers it is
known for its Arthur and Richard Scarry cartoons, became embroiled
in scandal in 1999 when the RCMP began investigating allegations
that it had illegally claimed tax credits
here for the full story.
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