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- September 19, 2001
In related news Disney has announced that Atlantis: The Lost Empire will be released to video and DVD on January 29, 2002. There will also be a 2-disc special edition (details forthcoming).
Disney has found its direct to video sequels to be very profitable which is why it keeps dipping into its "classics" to create new revenue sources.
here to view a trailer for Hunchback 2.
Over the past 18 months a new management team placed in the company by Nomura has completely reorganized Cambridge Animation Systems. The new management expanded Cambridges line of products and set up a growing reseller network worldwide. The restructuring of the business and the promise of growth made the company an attractive investment, according to Peter Florence, leader of the purchasing consortium and a founder of Cambridge Animation Systems in 1990.
The company has dramatically accelerated its product pipeline to meet customers needs, says Florence. Our focus is on delivering great products such as Animo for Mac on time and bringing new products to market as quickly as possible. As a founder of this company, I know the product, people and market. I feel strongly that we are on the right path to guarantee that Cambridge Animation Systems will continue to be the leader in the 2D animation market.
Moving to new facilities in Cambridge Research Park will enable the company to continue its aggressive new product development. This year Cambridge has released a new version of its Inkworks 3D cartoon rendering program, new software called Swiffworks that delivers Macromedia Flash output to 3D animators, and Animo 4, a major upgrade of the companys flagship software.
With Animo 4.0 for Mac OS X due out next month, and a number of other products scheduled for release by early 2002, it was imperative that we move the company to larger, superior facilities, says Florence. This will allow us to expand quickly once the market recovers from this period of consolidation.
About the Consortium
Dr. Gavin Ferris is CTO and cofounder of RadioScape. Before returning to the UK to join Peter Florence in setting up RadioScape, he was based in Los Angeles at DreamWorks SKG, where he headed a team developing the studios production and asset management system for animation and film production. Dr. Ferris was one of the key developers of Cambridge Animation Systems Animo software.
Chris Briscoe is creative
and technical director at Primal Pictures, which he established in the
1990s. He has a wealth of experience in computer graphics, including founding
one of the worlds first 3D graphics curricula at the Slade School
of Art in London. Briscoe also co-founded Digital Pictures with Peter
Jackie Chan Almost
at WTC on September 11, 2001
Many scenes of Nosebleed are now being reedited and shot, particularly since the movie was about a World Trade Center window washer and a terrorist plot to blow up the Statue of Liberty.
News Link of the
Day - Disney: The Man Behind the Mouse
betrayed by his animators - he thought he was running a big, happy family.
But apparently not - look closely at the cap interviewee Bill Littlejohn,
a union leader, wears: It sports what looks suspiciously like a Warner
Click here for the full story. (note: the show this article refers to aired last Sunday night)
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