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- May 10, 2001
to Lawyers to Avoid Disney Legal Battle
"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
Trumpet of the
Swan Receives Negative AP Review
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.
here for an earlier news story on The Trumpet of the Swan.
Final Star Trek Game
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."
News Link of the
Day - Summer Tie-Ins Smaller
"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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