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- May 30, 2001
Shrek Now Highest
Grossing Non-Disney Animated Film Ever!
has the kind of widespread appeal that has made it a must-see film for
not only families but all moviegoers," says DreamWorks head of distribution,
Jim Tharp. "We are thrilled that both critics and audiences have
embraced Shrek, and expect strong word of mouth to carry it throughout
the competitive summer season."
Mickey Mouse Storyboard
Up for Auction Again
Here's a description of the storyboard:
"Comprised of thirty- six frames on six pages, the continuity sketches for Plane Crazy are the first known conceptualizations of Mickey Mouse. Measuring approximately 9 inches by 12 inches, each sheet is divided into six rectangular sections, each of which is numbered one through thirty-six in the upper right corner. Various other numbers and production notations are scattered throughout. Apart from working stains and erasures, the recto of each of the drawings is clean, intact, and stable. Some pages have additional poses and sketches in the borders, while one page includes a sketch on the verso. Most experts concur that the use of storyboards was invented at the Disney studio. Although at Disney storyboards didn't come into general use until 1933, the Plane Crazy story sketches of 1928 are a clearly a precursor to the full-fledged storyboards that would become a staple of the cinematic process.
These sketches were typical of the format in which stories would thereafter be presented at Disney. Once the panels were drawn, Disney marked his directions for animation. Checks, double checks, numbers, lined numbers, circled numbers, numbers in different colors--all of these marks held significant meaning as to how the film would be animated. An 'X' or 'Cut' was written to note a deletion, long and close shots were noted by the hand of Disney as well. The drawings are remarkable not only for their astounding historical significance, but for their aesthetic appeal as well. Reflecting both the talents of the artist and the director, they are beautifully drafted and overwhelmingly charming."
The auctioneers are claiming that the storyboard is "quite possibly the Holy Grail of cartoon art." The new auction is set for June 8, 2001.
Exile Films Approaches
DreamWorks over BloodQuest Movie
Exile Films describes BloodQuest as follows:
"In a universe without hope, there are still heroes... Captain Leonatos and his Blood Angels must return to save Sekundar from certain destruction after an absence of ten thousand years. Both more and less than human, these bio-engineered near-immortal warriors must strive to contain the bloodlust that is the legacy of the flawed genetic seed from which they were created. Aloof and proud, they will yet learn to respect the desperate struggles of the local warriors with whom they must ally to defeat the hideous foes set against them."
The first draft of the screenplay has already been completed by Gordon Rennie, who also wrote a novel based on the same name.
Exile Films is aiming for a PG-13 rating with BloodQuest and says that the absolute earliest a film may be released is late 2002.
Results of talks between DreamWorks and Exile Films have not been released.
here to see a test clip from the movie (no sound).
News Link of the
Day - Big Bad Bugs Wascaly Wabbit a Wacist?
"Maybe the people
who made the Bugs Bunny cartoons were a bunch of racists.
How else can you explain
all the ethnic stereotypes in the old cartoons?
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