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Thursday - May 31, 2001
- Santa vs. The Snowman Coming to IMAX 3D
- Interplay May Be Acquired
- New dFX Newsletter Tomorrow
- News Link of the Day - Shrek Breaks Disney Stranglehold; Disney Gets Ideas From Japan

Santa vs. The Snowman Coming to IMAX 3D
Santa vs. The Snowman(by Steve Oedekerk's original animated film, "Santa vs. The Snowman," is being reformatted into IMAX 3D in time for a November 2002 holiday release to IMAX theaters throughout the nation.

The special first aired on ABC in 1997 and will have some additional work added to it for the IMAX release.

"When I saw the animation come alive in 3D, I couldn't believe it and I'm sure that audiences will have the same reaction. This is the perfect format for this classic holiday story and I'm very excited to be working with IMAX on this and potential future projects," said Steve Oedekerk, president of O Entertainment, which did the original animation along with DNA Productions.

"Santa vs. The Snowman" tells the story of a lonely Snowman who at first is swept away by the magical wonders of Santa's Village, only to ultimately wage war on Santa because he's jealous of all the attention Santa gets during Christmas time. An epic-scale polar war develops. The hilarious battle features such holiday defense mechanisms as hot chocolate squirt guns, giant Igloo Robot Walkers and even a 50-foot tall toy soldier manned by Santa himself.

"'Santa' is a fantastic movie and I'm proud that Steve not only shares our desire to bring innovative IMAX 3D entertainment to audiences worldwide, but that he is taking the lead in partnering with us to repurpose his terrific animated film for the giant IMAX screen," said IMAX's President, Filmed Entertainment Greg Foster.

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InterplayInterplay May Be Acquired
(by Interplay, a leading developer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment software, put out a surprise press release this week saying that it is "engaged in discussions with a third party concerning the acquisition of the company, but that no binding or definitive agreement had been reached."

The announcement was a surprise because usually companies wait until an acquisition attempt is public knowledge or the deal is concluded before announcing it. Interplay has failed to say what company it is in negotiations with, causing a lot of speculation.

Since the announcement, Interplay's stock has dropped more than 12% (hovering in the $2.60 - $2.70 range as of Wednesday).

Interplay is based in Irvine, CA.

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New dFX Newsletter Tomorrow
(by A new edition of the free dFX Animation and Visual Effects Newsletter is being delivered tomorrow to those subscribed to receive it. The dFX newsletter is delivered the 1st and 15th of every month with original animation and FX news. In addition, the newsletter gives subscribers advance access to new columns and features (usually 1-3 days before they are publicly announced on the Digital Media FX Website). Sign up today!

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News Link of the Day - Shrek Breaks Disney Stranglehold; Disney Gets Ideas From Japan

According to a Pulp Culture editorial:

"While the masses were filling theaters for Pearl Harbor over the weekend, I decided to see a movie that might actually be good. (I don't have to see Pearl Harbor to know what kind of superficial, soulless pyrotechnics to expect from director Michael Bay.)

Happily, I wasn't alone, as Shrek actually took in more money during its second weekend than it did during its first. That is what good word of mouth can do for a film…"

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