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- September 4, 2001
- Animated Lord of the Rings Coming
- Animation/FX Cheers and
Sneers for August 2001
- New Clifford The Big Red Dog Season
- News Link of the Day -
Call it Poetry in Stop-Motion
Lord of the Rings Coming to DVD
(by digitalmediafx.com) Warner Bros. Home Video is releasing the animated
Lord of the Rings along with J.R.R. Tolkien classics The
Hobbit and The
Return of the King to DVD on Tuesday, September 11, 2001.
The suggested retail price for each is $19.98.
The Lord of the
Rings, The Return of the King and The Hobbit set in
a mystical age of magic, monsters and unlikely heroes will enjoy
great awareness and visibility, as the titles will be at height of popularity
in the coming months as the live action Lord of the Rings movie
is set to hit theaters this December.
Video is extremely excited to offer families these J.R.R. Tolkien classics,
available on both VHS and DVD, says Ewa Martinoff, WHV Vice President,
Family Entertainment Marketing. Children and adults alike are awaiting
the December, theatrical release of the live-action The Lord of the Rings
and will be thrilled to bring the magic home in anticipation of what is
sure to be a holiday movie event.
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and Sneers for August 2001
(by digitalmediafx.com) Here is the list of Digital Media FX's August
2001 Cheers and Sneers for the animation and visual effects industries:
Universal Studios announced it was beginning work on a new animated film
based on the book Where the Wild Things Are. Former animation gurus from
Disney, like Eric Goldberg and David Reynolds become major players in
Showing a continued perceived lack of vision, George Lucas names Star
Wars Episode II "Attack of the Clones". The name gains mass
negative attention as people compare it to names like "Attack of
the Clowns" or "Attack of the 50-Foot Woman".
Industrial Light and Magic shows that it is still the visual effects king
of the industry by being the main supplier of five summer blockbusters,
including Planet of the Apes, Pearl Harbor, and Jurassic Park
DreamWorks announces that it is releasing a Shrek 2-disc DVD
on Friday, November 2, 2001 - the exact day that Pixar opens Monsters,
Inc. in theaters. The blatant move, especially with new videos and
DVDs always being released on Tuesday's, begins to earn DreamWorks a bully
reputation that once was reserved for Disney.
The Japanese anime Spirited Away tears up the box office in Japan,
shattering all records and showing the power of Hayao Miyazaki's anime
Inside magazine reports that Disney has no interest in bringing Spirited
Away to U.S. shores after the failure of Princess Mononoke
in the U.S. The article fails to challenge the way Disney handled the
distribution and marketing of Princess Mononoke.
It is announced that The Simpson's entire first season will hit
DVD on September 25, 2001.
Nintendo announces that it is delaying the launch of the GameCube
by nearly two weeks, giving a major advantage to Microsoft, whose Xbox
system will now arrive on store shelves before Nintendo's GameCube.
To hold fan's interest in The Matrix, which won't have a sequel ready
until 2003, Warner Bros. puts together a special DVD for release on November
20 that will include numerous special features, including anime-produced
episodes of The Matrix.
Warner Bros. continues to delay release of "The Iron Giant Special
Edition" which should have been out months ago.
More schools, like The Art Institute of Pittsburgh, are now offering degrees
in Digital Media.
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Clifford The Big Red Dog Season
(by digitalmediafx.com) A new season for the PBS award-winning animated
series, Clifford The Big Red Dog, will begin on October 3, 2001. The series
has won acclaim for its ability to teach kids values while entertaining
at the same time. Here is an outline at the 20 new episodes that start
airing this Fall:
Doggie Garden - Help
others; Work together
It's "Keep Birdwell Beautiful" month and the kids are doing
their part by planting a flower garden. Seeing this, the dogs decide to
create a doggie flower garden of their own. But when Cleo hears that "almost
anything grows" in Birdwell Island soil, she decides she'd much rather
grow a garden full of dog toys!
Treasure - Be truthful
Clifford and his dog friends find the long-lost trunk of Captain Birdwell,
but through a misunderstanding, Jetta is given credit for the discovery.
It doesn't take long for her to realize, however, that awards don't give
much pleasure when they're not deserved.
Welcome to the Doghouse
- Help others; Be a good friend
In this flashback episode we see some of the challenges the Howards faced
when they arrived on Birdwell Island with a very big, red dog! Where will
Clifford live? How will they feed him? The island folks work together
to help them figure it out, forging strong new friendships in the process.
- Be a good friend
Jetta and Emily Elizabeth make plans to spend Saturday at the beach together,
but Jetta breaks the play date when a "better offer" from an
older girl comes along. Jetta learns that being a good friend means keeping
- Help others; Be a good friend
Clifford gets a bad case of the hiccups - a real problem with a dog the
size of Clifford! His dog pals come up with various remedies for Clifford.
Clifford expresses to his friends how good it feels to know they care
so much about him.
It's My Party - Have
respect; Be a good friend
When Jetta throws a "movie-watching" party, she expects everyone
to do things her way - by watching home-movies of herself. The other kids
are bored and go outside and make their own movie with Vaz's movie camera.
Jetta stubbornly refuses to join them and soon learns it's more fun to
play when everyone has a voice in deciding what to do together.
Clifford Cleans His
Doghouse - Have respect; Be a good friend
Clifford's good friends come over to help him clean out his doghouse,
determined to get rid of all his old "junk." But each item holds
a special memory for Clifford. Mac thinks this is nonsense, until he is
reminded of a memory in which he was included, resolving that one dog's
"junk" can be another dog's treasure.
And Baby Makes 4 -
Share; Help others
Jetta gets a new baby brother and at first is extremely proud to be a
big sister. But when she realizes she will now have to share the spotlight
with the baby, she goes all out to get back her position as the "center
of attention." She eventually learns it's more rewarding to be a
"big sister" than the "star of the show."
Jetta's Tall Tale
- Be truthful
Jetta feels a twinge of jealousy when the other children make a fuss over
Emily Elizabeth's wonderful big pet Clifford, so boasts of her own wonderful
big pet - a huge parrot named Lulu - which grows into a bigger and bigger
lie. Her conscience finally makes her do the right thing and she apologizes
for having created the lie in the first place.
The Big Fetch - Help
Vaz, a new paperboy, struggles with getting the papers onto people's doorsteps.
Cleo discovers that she can earn treats by helping out! She recruits Clifford
and T-bone and together they enjoy helping Vaz - and getting treats. Before
long Cleo grows more concerned with getting treats. Clifford and T-bone
help her rediscover that helping for its own sake is its own reward.
Potluck Party Pooper
- Be a good friend; Be kind
The Howards are having a party and everyone they know is attending. Everyone
but Mr. Bleakman, the old "party pooper," who insists he'd rather
stay home as usual. But Clifford, Emily Elizabeth and friends convince
Mr. Bleakman that trying something new can be fun!
The Best Gift - Believe
Emily Elizabeth believes she has the perfect gift for her mother's birthday.
She plans to spend the entire afternoon with her mother and read her a
poem written just for her mom. Jetta has other ideas, but Emily Elizabeth
soon realizes that a gifts created from the heart really is the best gift.
Two's Company - Be
a good friend
All of the dogs are so excited that their old friend K.C. is back on the
island for a couple of days. Cleo focuses all of her attention on him,
ignoring T-bone and Clifford. She discovers being a good friend means
being kind and considerate to all your friends and not take any of them
- Be a good friend; Help others
Mac is particularly disappointed when rainy weather threatens to ruin
the annual Back-to-School Barbecue. The other dogs vow to find a way to
stop the rain from falling. Mac's disappointment is replaced with delight
that his friends would go to such lengths to try and help him.
Topsy Turvy Day -
Be kind; Be a good friend
Jetta and Emily trade dogs for the Island's annual Topsy Turvy Day, a
day when everything gets turned around. Jetta learns that being kind and
thoughtful gets you a lot farther than being bossy.
Clifford's Charm School
- Help others; Believe in yourself
Mrs. Bleakman is having a very special party for her book club members
and Cleo and Mac convince Clifford that his regular good manners won't
be good enough for the event. After trying to learn some "fancy manners,"
Clifford decides to just be himself - and ends up saving the party by
providing shade for Mrs. Bleakman's guests.
Forgive And Forget
- Be a good friend
When Clifford forgets a play date, Cleo gets upset and won't even accept
Clifford's apologies. But T-bone points out to Cleo that maybe she is
the one who isn't being a good friend. After all, a good friend would
never hold a grudge. Cleo learns that good friends forgive (and forget!).
Mimi's Back In Town
- Be a good friend; Have respect
T-bone really likes Mimi, a little brown poodle that visits the island
occasionally, and is excited to hear she's coming back! But when Cleo
starts teasing him about it, T-bone gets embarrassed. Cleo learns that
teasing is not cool when it makes someone feel uncomfortable.
Blanket Blues - Have
respect; Be a good friend
Cleo spies Clifford's favorite blanket and proclaims it the perfect cape
for Super T-bone. Clifford reluctantly allows his friends to use the blanket.
But the game turns rambunctious, the blanket gets dirty - and Clifford
gets upset. Cleo and T-bone realize that to be a good friend you should
respect the wishes and property of others.
Dino Clifford - Believe
in yourself; work together
Bones and fossils on Birdwell Island! Clifford and his dog friends have
great luck digging up fossils that will complete a dinosaur skeleton Teresa
is assembling ? everybody but T-bone. But by believing in himself, T-bone
ultimately comes up with one of the most important bones needed.
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News Link of the
Day - Call it Poetry in Stop-Motion
According to the Chicago Tribune:
"At last, after
several out-of-print months, director Nick Park's "Wallace
& Gromit" trilogy returns to DVD in a special edition.
While the sharp wit of the scripts drive this trio of short films about
a cheese-loving man and his amazing dog, it's the intricate stop-motion
animation work that provides much of the duo's charm..."
here for the full story.
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