Media FX Newsletter
Vol. 1, No. 11 - August 15, 2001
(2) Warner Bros. Continues
to Delay The Iron Giant Special Edition
(3) Animated Box Office Report
(4) Forum Debates
(5) Top News Stories of the
Past Two Weeks
(6) Sneak Peek - Jim Hill:
Shrek Shakes Up Toon Town
Welcome to another edition of the Digital Media FX (dFX) newsletter,
covering the world of animation and visual effects. This newsletter
is published on or near the 1st and 15th of each month with original
animation/FX content, insider news, and sneak peeks at new dFX
contains stories on The Iron Giant Special Edition DVD, an animation
box office report, and some interesting forum debates currently
taking place. There's also a sneak peek of Jim Hill's newest column,
Shrek Shakes Up Toon Town. Enjoy! -- Joe Tracy
Bros. Continues to Delay The Iron Giant Special Edition
(by digitalmediafx.com) Warner Bros. continues to internally delay
the release of the much-anticipated "The Iron Giant Special
Edition DVD." The first unofficial release date was earlier
this year, followed by a late July or early August release. Now
the DVD has been moved to an "iffy" December release,
according to a Digital Media FX reader who spoke with a Warner
Bros. representative at the recent animation WACFEST.
has yet to officially announce a release date for The Iron Giant
Special Edition, even though it has had the main footage and special
features completed since late Spring. To read about the special
here for a story from the March 15, 2001 dFX newsletter.
Box Office Report
(by digitalmediafx.com) Here is a breakdown on how animated films
have faired at the box office this summer. The below results are
updated through August 16, 2001:
Million - Shrek (DreamWorks/PDI)
2. $080.8 Million - Atlantis: The Lost Empire (Disney)
3. $031.6 Million - Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within (Square
4. $007.7 Million - Osmosis Jones (Warner Bros.)
has made over twice as much money as the other three animated
films combined. DreamWorks is challenging Pixar's animation power
by purposely releasing a Shrek
2-disc DVD on Friday, November 2, the exact day Pixar's
Monsters, Inc. hits theaters. It is unheard of for movie companies
to release movies on a Friday. Movies are usually released on
(by digitalmediafx.com) Several interesting debates are taking
place in the Digital Media FX forums on a variety of topics. Here
are some of the current top debates and links to those debates:
Wars 2 Title - "Attack of the Clones"
DreamWorks Emulating Disney?
Mighty Mouse, Now Popeye.
of Bubble Boy Blasts Disney Over New Film
in March 2001, there have been over 5000 posts on the Digital
Media FX forums. You can visit the front page of the forums by
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.
of Garfield Dead at 64
Studios Begins Work on New Animated Film
Osmosis Jones Bombs on Opening Day
Light & Magic Has Busy Summer
Crosses $350 Million Mark Worldwide
- Jim Hill: Shrek Shakes Up Toon Town
(digitalmediafx.com) During a time when jobs for traditionally
trained animators are scarce and getting scarcer, Jim Hill talks
about how the huge long-term impact DreamWorks' not-so-lovable
ogre could have on the animation industry. Jim Hill takes a look
at how and why in his newest column that you are being given an
exclusive sneak peek of.
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I hope that you've enjoyed this 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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