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Saturday - March 24, 2001
- Saying Good-bye to William Hanna
- Ub Iwerks: 100 Years Later
- Chicken Run: Biggest Marketing Budget of 2000
- News Link of the Day - Famous Animator William Hanna Dies at 90


William HannaSaying Good-bye to William Hanna
(by digitalmediafx.com) William Hanna was an animation legend. He inspired thousands of artists and millions of people worldwide. The team of Hanna and Barbera was one of a kind — a team that knew how to entertain.

Hanna passed away on Thursday at the age of 90 after several years of deteriorating health. His passing brings on a time of mourning for animators and animation enthusiasts who respected his work and advances within the animation industry.

William Hanna
Born: July 14, 1910
Died: March 22, 2001

Thank you for bringing us so much happiness...

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Ub Iwerks: 100 Years Later
(by digitalmediafx.com) If Ub Iwerks were still alive, he would be celebrating his 100th birthday today. Iwerks was vital in the creation of the Disney animation empire. Iwerks artistic abilities combined with Walt Disney's visionary storytelling helped breath life into a mouse and passion into an industry.

"His prolific achievements and vision have helped to inspire and build the animation and visual effects community as a whole," says Don Iwerks, the son of Ub Iwerks. "If he were alive today, even at the age of 100 he'd be excited by the advancements in the digital revolution. He'd probably be on his home computer designing and inventing new processes that would take the industry to even higher levels."

So who exactly was Ub Iwerks and why is so little ever heard about him? Digital Media FX is putting together a three part series analyzing the life of Ub Iwerks. Today, on what would have been his 100th birthday, we are releasing part one of the series: "Ub Iwerks: The Disney Years." To read this new feature, click here.

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Chicken Run: Biggest Marketing Budget of 2000
(by digitalmediafx.com) DreamWorks spent a lot of money to get the word out on Chicken Run last year - $45 million to be exact. According to the magazine Inside, Chicken Run "was the most heavily advertised picture of 2000." Gladiator came in #2 in spending at $42.7 million. Chicken Run made $106.8 million at the U.S. Box Office, making it the highest grossing non-Disney animated film of all time.

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News Link of the Day - Famous Animator William Hanna Dies at 90

According to MSNBC:

"Animation legend William Hanna, who with partner Joseph Barbera turned television into their own personal cartoon world, creating such characters as Huckleberry Hound, Yogi Bear and the Flintstones, died Thursday, a spokesman for Warner Bros. said. He was 90 years old.

Hanna, the co-chairman and co-founder of Hanna-Barbera Studios, died at his home in North Hollywood, Warner Bros. spokesman Scott Rowe said. The cause of death was not immediately released..."

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