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- October 25, 2001
Disney Begins Dismantling
The Secret Lab
According to Daily Variety, "Disney has become the latest studio to quit the live action visual f/x business, shuttering its two-year-old Secret Lab, and preparing to lay off several hundred employees."
The move comes after Disney laid off hundreds of animators earlier this year and slashed the salaries remaining animators by up to 50%.
president of Walt Disney Feature Animation is quoted in Daily Variety
as saying, "We're not actively soliciting outside work under the
banner of the Secret Lab anymore. If the studio comes to me and says here's
a movie that we have a special demand for, then fantastic. But I don't
need to set up a separate company to do that. We're going to be reassigning
our production capabilities."
Snow White DVD
InterActual, which is in charge of DVD support for Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs DVD acknowledged that the DVD won't play at all on some Windows 2000 and Windows XP operating systems. In a technical support document for the problem, InterActual says:
"The Walt Disney Company and the Microsoft Corporation are jointly addressing this matter, and expect to provide a resolution for consumers shortly. Buena Vista Consumer Support and InterActual would like to inform you and provide assistance when a solution is made available...In the interim, we recommend trying the movie through your main DVD decoder software, which should have been provided by your computer manufacturer..."
In investigating the problem, CNET quotes Microsoft spokesman Greg Sullivan as saying that Disney didn't test the disk on Windows 2000 or Windows XP.
The problem seems
to be isolated to those two operating systems, but there is a possible
workaround that can be found by clicking here.
The Iron Giant
Special Edition DVD a Year Away
News Link of the
Day - Waking Life: Dream On
"It could be
a dream or a nightmare, depending on your perspective. But Richard Linklater's
latest push to the envelope is definitely a nocturnal vision you'll have
to shake off. Dazed and confused and reveling in it, his animated Waking
Life is both a return to form and an intense break from it a movie
filmed entirely in live-action is transformed into animation..."
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