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- March 10, 2001
LA Times: "Scale
Down Animated Bad Guys!"
The article asserts, "By pumping up the threats, the filmmakers' concepts violate the worlds of the original programs."
The article states that overstating the threats also weakened both Pokemon movies where the team has to fight to save the world from major threats, versus the TV series, which is more true to the characters.
The only movie series the article could name that has not "caved in" to this syndrome is both Rugrats movies.
The conclusion of
the article is that TV animated series present characters more true to
daily form (i.e. Disney's Recess kids have ordinary school problems
solved in creative ways) versus their movie counterparts (i.e. Disney's
Recess movie has the same kids facing a gang of Ninjas).
Katzenberg - "Shrek
is State of the Art"
Shrek was animated by DreamWorks subsidiary PDI. Prior to the acquisition of PDI a year ago, DreamWorks had a co-production deal with the animation FX company, much like Disney's deal with Pixar. The studio is now officially referred to as PDI/DreamWorks. In addition to an animation feature division, PDI also has a commercial division and an FX division.
Warner Bros. Stands
Behind Pokemon Franchise
On the TV end, WB is showing its continued faith in the series by ordering 52 episodes of a Pokemon spinoff series titled "Pokemon: Johto League Champions." This isn't to be confused with "Pokemon: The Johto Journeys" currently airing strong on Saturday mornings, particular with kids up to age 11.
News Link of the
Day - Not So Hip Chick Spoils CyberWorld
"OK, let's get this out of the way right now: Cyber chicks are no longer hip, edgy or futuristic. They are, like you know, sooo 1999. Heck, they're really sooo 1997 -- 1996 even.
That said, the computer-generated 'star' of the new IMAX film CyberWorld is our only real quibble with an otherwise outstanding visual panoply. Voiced by Jenna Elfman (from TV's 'Dharma & Greg'), the film's 'saucy and synthetic' hostess, Phig, is one of those kick-butt kinds of cyber heroines that's designed with Barbie doll proportions and charged with loads of attitude. She's super sexy, she's super tough... she's super annoying..."
[editor's note: CyberWorld just started playing in Sacramento, which is why the reviewer refers to it as "new" even though it has been out for nearly a year.]
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