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Digital Media FX - The Power of Imagination
Vol. 1, No. 6 - June 1, 2001
Table of Contents:
(2) Shrek Score Coming in Mid-July
(and Other Shrek Updates)
(3) Princess Mononoke DVD - U.K.
(4) Atlantis: The Lost Empire World
Premiere on Sunday
(5) EM.TV's Asking Price for The
Muppets is Too High
(6) Top News Stories of the Past
(7) Sneak Peek: Shrek Interview with
(8) dFX Quick Takes
Welcome to the sixth issue of the Digital Media FX (dFX) newsletter,
covering the world of animation and visual effects. This newsletter is
published on the 1st and 15th of each month with original animation/FX
content, insider news, and sneak peeks at new dFX features.
This issue contains
some interesting tidbits on Atlantis, Shrek, and The Muppets, along with
a sneak peek at an interview with Steve Sobisky, who worked on both Shrek
and Shrek.com. Enjoy! -- Joe Tracy
Shrek Score Coming
in Mid-July (and Other Shrek Updates)
(by digitalmediafx.com) DreamWorks Records is planning on releasing the
background score to Shrek in mid-July, according to sources working close
to the project. Although an announcement has not been made public by DreamWorks,
Digital Media FX has learned that a full background score CD, featuring
the work of John Powell and Harry Gregson-Williams, is well underway.
Shrek has been experiencing
mega success at the box office ($111 million in 11 days) and a few bold
analysts are even predicting that Shrek will challenge The Lion King as
the highest-grossing animated movie of all time.
Are you ready for
a Shrek sequel? DreamWorks is ready and has announced that it has already
started pre-production on Shrek 2. Click
here for more information.
DVD - U.K. Release Soon?
(by digitalmediafx.com) Last month, the U.K.'s BBFC (British Board of
Film Classification) approved bonus material submitted to them for a Princess
Mononoke DVD, meaning that the U.K. may soon see a DVD version of this
classic anime feature. The BBFC is similar to the United States MPAA (Motion
Picture Association of America). The BBFC has held "exercised responsibilities"
over cinema since 1913 and over video since 1985 (DVDs fall under the
The work submitted
by Buena Vista to the BBFC for review was an unnamed bonus segment that
was seven minutes and five seconds in length. Princess Mononoke (known
as Mononoke Hime in Japan) was the creation of respected anime visionary
Hayao Miyazaki who wrote and directed the movie.
Atlantis: The Lost
Empire World Premiere on Sunday
(by digitalmediafx.com) The world premiere for Atlantis: The Lost Empire
will take place this Sunday, June 3, at the historic El Capitan Theater
Those in attendance
from the animated movie will include Michael J. Fox, Cree Summer, Phil
Morris, Jacqueline Obradors, Don Novello, Corey Burton, Claudia Christian,
David Ogden Stiers, Florence Stanley, Producer Don Hahn, Directors Kirk
Wise and Gary Trousdale, Songwriter Diane Warren, and Composer James Newton
Be sure to visit the
dFX "Atlantis is Waiting" Movie Site by clicking
Price for The Muppets is Too High
(digitalmediafx.com) On March
13, 2001, Digital Media FX reported that EM.TV, which owns
all Jim Henson Productions rights, was looking for someone to acquire
the rights to the popular characters. EM.TV originally acquired Jim Henson
Productions rights when it acquired the company for $680 million in a
stock and cash deal. EM.TV knows it can't get that much in another sale
and has thus lowered the asking price for Jim Henson Productions to $400
According to the May
31 edition of the New York Post, analysts say that even $400 million is
twice as much as EM.TV is likely to receive for Jim Henson Productions.
The top companies still in the running appear to be Disney, Viacom, Nickelodeon,
and Jim Henson Productions management.
Top News Stories
of the Past Two Weeks
(digitalmediafx.com) Digital Media FX is updated 365 days a year including
Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays. If you don't visit daily you may have
missed some important news. Here is a list of what we consider the top
five news stories (in order of importance) of the past two weeks, including
links to each story.
Noble Passes Away at 91 Years of Age
Highest Grossing Non-Disney Animated Film - in Only 11 Days!
Mickey Mouse Drawings Don't Save Cartoon Museum
Kids Goes Up Against Osmosis Jones in August
vs. The Snowman Coming to IMAX 3D
Sneak Peek - Shrek
Interview with Steve Sobisky
(by digitalmediafx.com) Digital Media FX has interviewed Steve Sobisky
about his work with Shrek and the Shrek.com Website. As a reader of this
newsletter, you are being given a three-day advance look at the interview!
Parts of the interview
page are still being prepped for Monday's general public access to it,
so you may see a few changes (like additional pictures) between now and
then. You can access the interview by clicking
dFX Quick Takes
* On May 21, Digital
Media FX opened up an educational and informative site called "Atlantis
is Waiting," which covers Disney's newest animated feature. To
view the site, click
* Digital Media
FX makes it easy for you to track the daily box office results for Shrek
during its mega-blockbuster run. For daily updates, simply click
* You may not have
been able to attend the recent E3 video game tradeshow, so Digital Media
FX brought the news to you in the following special
report: Be sure to read about the new Role Playing Game coming
from Disney and Square (who are teaming up for the game).
Thank you for being
a part of the Digital Media FX team through your daily visits to www.digitalmediafx.com.
I hope that you've enjoyed this third edition of the Digital Media FX
newsletter and I look forward to providing you with continued coverage
of the animation and visual effects industries.
Joe Tracy, Publisher
Digital Media FX - The Power of Imagination
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