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- October 17, 2001
Alan Burnett Wins
Writers Guild Animation Award
The honorary award is given to "that member of the Animation Writers Caucus and/or the guild who, in the opinion of the Board of Directors, has advanced the literature of animation in film and/or television through the years, and who has made outstanding contributions to the profession of the animation writer."
"One mark of a top writer is the ability to take characters and themes that have been around for a long time and use them in ways so new and so different you can only marvel," said Craig Miller, the caucus chair. "His work with characters such as Batman and Superman prove just how good Alan Burnett is. For that reason and for all his work, the Animation Writers Caucus is proud to present him with this year's award."
"Alan's well-deserved award comes at a time when animation writers are fighting for greater recognition within our industry," said Patric Verrone, Secretary-Treasurer of the Writers Guild of America, west. "The feats of superhuman courage that Alan writes about are being matched in real life by many of his fellow writers in their ongoing battles for truth, justice, and WGA representation."
Currently serving as producer/writer on Static Shock, which airs on Kids' WB, Alan Burnett has also lent his producing talents to Batman, Superman, The Zeta Project and Batman Beyond. In addition, he co-produced and co-wrote the animated feature film Batman: Mask of the Phantasm. From 1987 to 1990, Burnett wrote for the Disney animated series Gummi Bears and Chip 'n' Dale Rescue Rangers; he was executive producer and story editor for Disney's Ducktales, and also wrote the first feature film produced by Disney's television animation operation, Ducktales, The Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp.
While serving as a
staff writer at Hanna-Barbera from 1981 to 1986, Burnett worked on projects
that included: Superfriends, Super Powers, the Gobots miniseries and The
Smurfs. He also co-developed the 1980's animated version of The Adventures
of Jonny Quest as well as The Completely Mental Misadventures of Ed Grimley.
He began his entertainment career as a page at the NBC television network
and as an intern in Children's Programming at NBC. Originally from Cleveland,
Ohio, Burnett holds a bachelors degree in Broadcast Journalism from the
University of Florida, and a masters degree in film production from the
University of Southern California. In 1978, Burnett joined Ten-Four Productions,
where he co-produced the first special to ever highlight television commercials,
We'll Be Right Back.
Shrek for Xbox
to be Ready on November 15
Xbox game creates whole new worlds for `Shrek'," said Brad Globe,
head of DreamWorks Consumer Products. "TDK has delivered a terrific
combination of original, action-packed gameplay and Shrek-style humor."
DreamWorks, who masterfully marketed Shrek last Spring, will participate in the marketing of the Shrek video game. One of its first strategies is to promote the video game on the Shrek DVD, including providing game hints.
Here's an official description of the Shrek video game:
"The Magic Mirror has an important message for Shrek. You see, it seems that the evil sorcerer, Merlin, has captured the lovely Princess Fiona and has her locked in his Dark Tower Fortress of Pure Evil...Wha ha ha ha!
In order to face off
with Merlin, Shrek must travel to the Dark Tower Fortress of Pure Evil
(...Wha ha ha ha!), but a thick and foul fog surrounds it. The only way
to clear the fog and gain access is to perform Good Deeds across the Fairy
Tale Lands. To help him out, the Magic Mirror gives Shrek a Book of Good
Deeds and offers to teleport Shrek to places where Good Deeds are required...
Shrek for the Xbox features the following:
Top Selling Animation
and FX DVDs
News Link of the
Day - Waking Life in Sleepy Toontown
"...Waking Life," which would be nearly intolerable as a live-action feature, is worth seeing because of its groundbreaking animation style, which should land it a spot in the new animated-feature Oscar category.
Linklater shot the
actors (mostly nonprofessionals) in high-definition video, edited the
film, then turned over his footage to animated director Bob Sabiston..."
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