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- June 27, 2001
- New York Observer: "Cheapness
- Willow Coming to DVD November
- DreamWorks Refuses Comment on Bromeliad
- News Link of the Day -
Cat Lovers Get Hissy Over 'Pro-Dog' Film
New York Observer:
"Cheapness Sinks Atlantis"
(by digitalmediafx.com) The New York Observer has published a detailed
feature article where animators cite cheapness as the reason for the failure
of Atlantis: The Lost Empire.
The article, by Rebecca
Traister, takes head on the competition between Disney and DreamWorks
and how DreamWorks is winning the animation war.
allegations made by Jeffrey Katzenberg in his acrimonious 1995 lawsuit
against Mr. Eisnerthat his magic had elevated Disney to dizzying
profit heightswere ringing true," claims the article. "Mr.
Katzenberg was not always right (check out The Road to El Dorado), but
there is a feeling that when he left the Magic Kingdom, he took the Leg-of-Tadpole
Cookbook with him."
Both DreamWorks and
Disney refused to speak with the article's author.
here to read the entire article. (Note: the article has brought
in a huge amount of traffic to the New York Observer and may result in
you receiving a "too many users connected" server error message).
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Willow Coming to
DVD November 27, 2001
(by digitalmediafx.com) The epic fantasy adventure Willow will debut
on DVD, via a Special Edition DVD, on November 27, 2001. The suggested
retail price for the DVD will be $26.98. For the DVD the movie has been
digitally remastered for higher quality picture and sound (THX). Features
on the disc include special commentaries, a documentary showcasing Willow's
special effects, a "Making Of An Adventure" documentary,
an effects featurette, original theatrical trailers, TV spots, and a still
" Based on a story by George Lucas, with a screenplay written by
Bob Dolman, Willow is director Ron Howard's fantasy world of medieval
adventure. Willow stars Val Kilmer as Madmartigan, a swashbuckling
warrior, and Warwick Davis as the title character. In a mythical kingdom,
the evil sorceress Queen Bavmorda (Jean Marsh) plots to kill all infants
so that the newborn princess, Elora, will never take over the throne.
But a midwife sets the baby adrift in a river, and she is rescued by Willow,
a farmer in Nelwyn, a peaceful village of trolls, fairies, and little
folk. Willow and Madmartigan begin a quest to deliver the baby from evil
while being chased by Queen Bavmorda's daughter, Sorsha (Joanne Whalley),
sent to bring the baby back to Nockmaar."
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Comment on Bromeliad Trilogy
(by digitalmediafx.com) DreamWorks will not confirm or deny a report
by BBC News earlier this week that claimed the animated Bromeliad
Trilogy by DreamWorks would be only one movie. Both Andrew
Adamson and Jeffrey Katzenberg were interviewed for the article.
The statement that the trilogy will be only one movie contradicts a press
release issued in May by DreamWorks that says, "Truckers [the
first movie in the trilogy] will be the first to be turned into
a computer animated feature."
to an inquiry by Digital Media FX, DreamWorks would only say, "The
project is still in development so we really can't confirm either way."
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News Link of the
Day - Cat Lovers Get Hissy Over 'Pro-Dog' Film
According to the Ottawa
"The makers of
a big Warner Bros. summer comedy are suddenly realizing that there are
a lot of cat lovers out there.
In fact, the fur is
already starting to fly over the movie, Cats and Dogs, even before its
July 4 arrival in theatres
here for the full story.
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