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Sunday - March 25, 2001
- Disney Readies Atlantis: The Lost Empire
- Digital Media FX Opens "Trailer Watch"
- Interactive Achievement Award Winners
- News Link of the Day - It's Toons Day and Night

Disney Readies Atlantis: The Lost Empire
(by Disney is putting the final touches on its marketing campaign leading up to the release of its newest animated adventure, Atlantis: The Lost Empire. The PG-rated animated film opens in theaters nationwide on June 15, 2001 and will be competing directly against Paramount Pictures live action Tomb Raider movie.

Atlantis: The Lost Empire is about an inexperienced young adventurer who becomes the key to unraveling an ancient mystery when he joins up with a group of daredevil explorers to find the legendary lost empire of Atlantis.

Atlantis: The Lost Empire is directed by Gary Trousdale and Kirk Wise. It was written by Tab Murphy, who also helped write Tarzan and The Hunchback of Notre Dame. The main character of the film, Milo Thatch (shown in the first picture below) is voiced by Michael J. Fox.

The score for Atlantis: The Lost Empire is composed by James Newton Howard who was recently recognized with an Animatasia Award (recognizing excellence in the animation industry) for "Best Animated Soundtrack" for his Dinosaur compositions.

Atlantis: The Lost Empire Images:

Atlantis: The Lost Empire

Atlantis: The Lost Empire

Click here to see the trailer for Atlantis: The Lost Empire.

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Digital Media FX Opens "Trailer Watch"
(by Digital Media FX today unveiled a new section on its Website that links to all the recent trailers for animated movies and visual effects films. The section, called Animation and FX Trailer Watch contains links to the highest quality trailers for upccoming andimation and FX films. To visit this new section, click here.

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Interactive Achievement Award Winners
(by The Fourth Annual Interactive Achievement Awards, recognizing excellence in video game development, was held last week. And the major category winners are:

Game of the Year
Diablo II
Best Animation
Final Fantasy IX
Best Art Direction
Final Fantasy IX
Best Game Design
Zelda: Majora's Mask
Best Visual Engineering
Best Sound Design
Medal of Honor: Underground
Best Original Music
Medal of Honor: Underground
Best Character Development
Baldur's Gate II
Best Console Innovation
Best Computer Innovation
Deus Ex

"On behalf of the Final Fantasy IX development team, I would like to thank the Academy for the awards," said Jun Iwasaki, president of Square Electronic Arts L.L.C. "We are honored that our distinguished peers have chosen Final Fantasy IX from the many quality titles released in the past year. SQUARESOFT hopes to continue to deliver compelling titles to the North American market. Thank you again to our industry peers and, of course, our many fans who made these awards possible."

The awards were held Thursday, March 22, at Polly Esther's in San Jose. Hundreds of people within the game development community attended the ceremony.

Presenters at the awards included:

Scott Campbell, Incognito
Louis Castle, Westwood Studios
Mark De Simone, Rainbow Studios
Alex Garden, Relic Entertainment
Tony Goodman, Ensemble Studios
Lorne Lanning, Oddworld Inhabitants
Michael Limber, Angel Studios
Sid Meier, Strike Eagle, Pirates, Civilization
Dr. Ray Muzyka, BioWare Corp.
Gabe Newell, Valve, LLC
Ted Price, Insomniac Games
Mark Rein, Epic Games
Brian Reynolds, Big Huge Games
Jason Rubin, Naughty Dog
Tom Russo, Next Generation Magazine
Jonathon Slager, Kodiak Interactive
Chris Taylor, Gaspowered Games
Will Wright, Maxis
Dr. Greg Zeschuk, BioWare Corp.

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News Link of the Day - It's Toons Day and Night

According to The Hindu:

"Come July, the kids' share in the entertainment world is set to take a big leap. Arguably, kids favourite channel on the Idiot Box - Cartoon Network - is to deliver 24 hours of non-stop entertainment telecasting some of the best cartoons from July 1...

The 24-hour service is also in line with Cartoon Network's global strategic mission to elevate cartoons and animation to the level of general entertainment that appeals to both kids and grown-ups at different levels..."

Click here for the full story.

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