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Digital Media FX - The Power of Imagination
Vol. 1, No. 11 - August 15, 2001
Table of Contents:
(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
(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 features.
This issue 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
Warner 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.
Warner Bros. 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 features, click
here for a story from the March 15, 2001 dFX newsletter.
Animated Box Office
(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:
1. $259.9 Million
- Shrek (DreamWorks/PDI)
2. $080.8 Million - Atlantis: The Lost Empire (Disney)
3. $031.6 Million - Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within (Square Pictures)
4. $007.7 Million - Osmosis Jones (Warner Bros.)
Shrek 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 Tuesdays.
(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
Since opening 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 clicking
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.
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
Sneak Peek - 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.
To see the article,
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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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