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- May 31, 2001
Santa vs. The Snowman
Coming to IMAX 3D
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.
May Be Acquired
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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News Link of the
Day - Shrek Breaks Disney Stranglehold; Disney Gets Ideas From
"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
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