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- March 22, 2001
TriStar to Sneak Animated Film Into Theaters on May 11
The rights to turn the book into an animated movie were acquired by Columbia Tristar in 1998. The company announced at the time that the movie would be a direct to video release in 2000 and even received a G rating by the Motion Picture Association of America last summer.
According to sources associated with the project, the release was delayed when it was learned that the Motion Picture Association of America was adding a "Best Animated Film" category to its award lineup. The film was readapted for the wide screen to play in theaters long enough to qualify for a possible nomination.
The Trumpet of the Swan is directed by Richard Rich, who also directed The Swan Princess and Warner Bros. animated The King and I. The movie stars the voices of Jason Alexander, Mary Steenburgen, Reese Witherspoon, Joe Mantegna, and Seth Green. The Trumpet of the Swan is the story of Louis, a voiceless trumpeter swan and his adventure in learning new ways to communicate.
The May 11 release
date will put The Trumpet of the Swan into theaters one week before
DreamWorks release of Shrek. Both are targeting separate audiences,
however. The animation was done by Rich Animation Studios, located in
Burbank, CA. Rich Animation Studios was acquired last year by Crest Communication
Ohh Nooo!!! Mr.
Bill Library Acquired - Coming to Home Video
Lions Gate Home Entertainment is assembling Mr. Bill episodes for release on video and DVD beginning this summer.
"We are thrilled to be in business with Walter Williams, who has done an incredible job of maintaining the Mr. Bill franchise through the years, and we are excited to be chosen as the ones to bring Mr. Bill to a whole new generation of fans," says Jason Constatine, Lions Gate's Director of Acquisitions.
The Mr. Bill Play-Doh
character was initially created by Walter Williams as a parody of bad
animation. From his humble debut on TV screens nationwide on the first
season of "Saturday Night Live" on February 22, 1976, he has
grown to occupy the nation's consciousness with his trademark "Ohh
Two Disney Animated
Movies Make Top 10 in DVD Sales
News Link of the
Day - Disney to Bow Pearl Harbor on Location
"The real Pearl
Harbor will host the premiere of Disney's Pearl Harbor when the film debuts
May 21 on the deck of the USS John C. Stennis, a nuclear aircraft carrier.
More than 2,000 guests, including the film's stars and survivors of the
attack on Dec. 7, 1941, are expected to attend..."
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