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Monday - April 2, 2001
- William Hanna Being Honored Tonight
- Short Speech Major PR Boost for Animated Short Winner
- Release Charts: Animated, FX, and Anime DVDs
- News Link of the Day - Adventures in Anime

William Hanna Being Honored Tonight
(by digitalmediafx.com) William Hanna, who passed away on March 22, will be honored this evening in a private memorial service being held on the Warner Bros. lot at the Steven J. Ross Theater. Hanna is considered one of the biggest visionaries in the TV cartoon industry through his work with Hanna-Barbera.

Warner Bros. has finally issued its first public response to the passing of Hanna by placing a "Tribute to William Hanna" within its Cartoon Network site. You can access the page here.

The tribute begins, "William Hanna made an immeasurable contribution to animated entertainment and a lasting impact on the lives of cartoon fans worldwide."

Tomorrow, Digital Media FX will be releasing a feature honoring William Hanna titled "William Hanna: The Story of a Legend."

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Short Speech Major PR Boost for Animated Short Winner
Michael Dudok de Wit(by digitalmediafx.com) As reported in yesterday's Digital Media FX newsletter (emailed to subscribers the 1st and 15th of each month), Michael Dudok de Wit won a $2,500 HDTV set for giving the shortest speech at the Academy Awards. De Wit won the category for Best Animated Short, but has since discovered that his short speech, lasting a mere 18 seconds, has propelled recognition of him to all star status.

Since the Academy Awards, dozens of high profile publications like the LA Times and TV Guide have written detailed articles on Michael Dudok de Wit because of his short speech. In many venues, he is receiving more coverage than Best Actress winner Julia Roberts who delivered a speech nearly four minutes long.

De Wit's animated short is titled "Father and Daughter" and is eight minutes long. For more information on the win and the animated short, click here.

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KrullRelease Charts: Animated, FX, and Anime DVDs
(by digitalmediafx.com) Tomorrow there is a small mix of anime, animation, and FX movies being released to DVD. The list includes the following:

Dragon Ball Z - Androids - Assassins (anime)
Escaflowne (V.5) (2000 - anime)
Escaflowne (V.6) (2000 - anime)
Krull (1983 - Visual FX)
The Lost World (1925 - Stop Motion Animation)
The Powerpuff Girls - The Mane Event (1998 - animated)

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News Link of the Day - Adventures in Anime

According to the Kansas City Star:

"Two huge inflated plastic bunny rabbits flank the entrance to a popular exhibit at the Des Moines Art Center about the influence of Japanese animation on contemporary art.

My Reality: Contemporary Art and the Culture of Japanese Animation is a paradise of Japanese animation characters and artists' takeoffs on the art form's toys and paraphernalia..."

Click here for the full story.

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