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This issue contains some interesting tidbits on the Disney animation layoffs, Battlefield Earth, and official recognition of Homer Simpson's most popular slang word - Doh! In addition you are being give THREE special sneak peeks - Jim Hill's new column, a new feature, and an interview with Shrek's Raman Hui. Enjoy! -- Joe Tracy
Homer Simpson Slang
Recognized by Dictionary
The dictionary officially
describes the word "Doh" as "expressing frustration at
the realization that things have turned out badly or not as planned or
that one has just said or done something foolish, also implying that another
person has said or done something foolish."
The Anime Series
The role of Terl, the Psychlo security chief of Earth in L. Ron Hubbard's sweeping saga of alien conquest and human rebellion in the year 3000 A.D., was played by John Travolta in last year's theatrical adaptation of one of the most critically acclaimed science fiction novels of all time.
Earth is an action and character-charged story, magnified by a deadly
battle of wits between Terl and the hero, Jonnie Goodboy Tyler, with the
entire Earth -- from Scotland to Africa to the Rocky Mountains - and the
immense expanse of 19 galaxies as the ultimate battleground," says
Javier Ruiz, senior vice president of Hollywood-based Author Services,
which overseas all L. Ron Hubbard literary and theatrical rights. "The
TV series will capture this with an explosion of anime color and graphic
detail that will leave viewers simply hungry for more."
Disney Over Animation Layoffs
In a lengthy story on June 15, the LA Times states, "The scaling back of the much-storied division, which comes as Disney is cutting 4,000 jobs in a company-wide belt tightening, has sparked anger among some longtime animators. They say Disney is no longer nurturing top talent the way its founder did and that the division that produced such classics as 'Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs' and 'Peter Pan' is losing its way."
For those interested in what Disney animators make, the article also states, "In the last decade, journeymen animators saw their salaries jump from $1,500 a week to nearly $3,000."
You can view a full
copy of the story, also published by the Orlando Sentinel, by clicking
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of the Past Two Weeks
Sneak Peek - A
Feature, Interview, and Jim Hill's New Column
Because this is a sneak peek, keep in mind that the material is not in finished form. You are being given an advance look, meaning that the articles are still being formatted (i.e. images are being added, grammar double-checked, print pages added, etc.).
Sneak Peek #1 - Noell Wolfgram Evans has prepared another excellent feature article - this one focusing on John Hubley. You can read the feature article by clicking here.
Sneak Peek #2 - Jim Hill tries to explain the quirky pleasures to be found when one watches the "VeggieTales" and "3-2-1 Penguins" video series. You can access the column by clicking here.
Sneak Peek #3 - Digital Media FX recently had the opportunity to interview Raman Hui about the Princess Fiona character in Shrek. You can read the interview by clicking here.
Remember that Sneak Peek material is not always in its final form. Many are still being formatted or having images added. Thus be sure to check back a few days after your original viewing to see the article/interview in its final form.
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