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Thursday - May 10, 2001
- Shrek Shown to Lawyers to Avoid Disney Legal Battle
- Trumpet of the Swan Receives Negative AP Review
- Interplay Announces Final Star Trek Game
- News Link of the Day - Summer Tie-Ins Smaller


Shrek Shown to Lawyers to Avoid Disney Legal Battle
Shrek(by digitalmediafx.com) DreamWorks admits that the company's team of lawyers were shown work in progress scenes of Shrek in order to avoid a potential legal fight with Disney, which is the target of many jabs in DreamWorks animated movie.

"We showed each and every scene to lawyers as we went along," co-director Andrew Adamson told The New York Post. "We certainly did not want to be sued by Disney."

Shrek has some legal leeway because the film is considered a "parody". Parody is defined as "A literary composition imitating the characteristic style of some other work or writer, but treating a serious subject in a nonsensical manner in an attempt at humor or ridicule."

According to Adamson, DreamWorks' lawyers approved every scene in the movie - including a spoof of Disneyland and "It's a Small World" song - without any changes.

For more information on Shrek, visit the dFX Shrek Movie Site by clicking here.

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Trumpet of the Swan Receives Negative AP Review
The Trumpet of the Swan(by digitalmediafx.com) On Friday, TriStar Pictures is releasing the animated Trumpet of the Swan movie into theaters in Los Angeles and New York. Advanced reviews, however, are leaning toward the negative side for this newest animated fare.

According to a review by the Associated Press, "The Trumpet of the Swan, an animated movie based on the E.B. White classic, isn't much to trumpet about. There's very little to like here. The animation is unimaginative and uninspiring. Songs are just dropped into the movie like ads for a soundtrack CD, and only one of them - performed by Little Richard - is catchy. The movie probably will amuse toddlers or young children, anybody not bothered by incongruities such as a road sign in Montana that simply points the way to Boston. But adults who remember the book fondly will only shake their heads sadly at what happens on screen…"

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.

Click here for an earlier news story on The Trumpet of the Swan.

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Interplay Announces Final Star Trek Game
(by digitalmediafx.com) Interplay Entertainment Corp. has announced that its final Star Trek game, Star Trek: Shattered Universe, is currently in development for the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system. Star Trek: Shattered Universe is a space-based action-shooter that takes place in the dark alternative universe to the classic Star Trek setting.

The events in Shattered Universe take place in a setting after the events in the movie Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country.

According to Interplay: "Star Trek: Shattered Universe will allow gamers to embark on a different kind of Star Trek adventure, a dark voyage across hostile territories encountering an array of alien races (Klingons, Romulans, Vulcans, Tholians, and Gorn) and artifacts including the 'Guardian of Forever' (an ancient time portal) and 'The Doomsday Machine' (a giant robot ship that consumes planets for fuel). Piloting a series of agile single pilot ships, players will engage swarms of enemy fighters, and fleets of capital ships in a variety of space environments. Stranded in this hostile universe, the player must aide the Excelsior and seek out vital resources in order to survive and return to the normal universe. Players can gain additional fighters and technologies through alliances or through defeating attacking ships. The newly acquired technology can then be used to upgrade their fighter with more powerful weapons and shields including some exotic alien devices like the Romulan cloaking device."

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News Link of the Day - Summer Tie-Ins Smaller

According to the Chicago Sun-Times:

"Gadgets, gross-outs and adventure are some of the summer movie themes on which brand marketers are piggybacking hopes for blockbuster promotions. But their marketing scripts for the tie-ins all have the same story line: scaled back.

McDonald's is on board for only one Disney movie--and without one of its signature sweepstakes…"

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