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Wednesday - April 18, 2001
- DreamWorks Releases Shrek Behind the Scenes Teaser
- Disney Promotes Earth Day With Pepper Ann Episode
- Enhanced Chrono Trigger and Final Fantasy IV Coming to Playstation
- News Link of the Day - Final Fantasy: Making the Movie

ShrekDreamWorks Releases Shrek Behind the Scenes Teaser
(by digitalmediafx.com) DreamWorks continues to heavily market Shrek in anticipation of a giant opening on May 18. DreamWorks has just released a behind the scenes teaser with quotes from several voice over artists and new footage not seen in the trailers. A look behind the scenes shows how Shrek will appeal to both males and females alike. For example, in once scene, the princess is waiting to be rescued and she meticulously plans out exactly how the rescue will take place, how she will look… every little detail. In comes Shrek, getting right to the point by shaking her awake and practically dragging her out of the tower. So much for being swept off her feet by a knight in shining armor.

DreamWorks could get a major publicity boost if Shrek is chosen as one of the films to be represented at the prestigious Cannes International Film Festival. The festival represents "works of quality in order to contribute to the progress of the motion picture arts and to encourage the development of the film industry throughout the world." Shrek is a contender as the films selected to be shown will be announced at the end of the week. It is very rare for an American animated movie to be selected for the festival.

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Pepper AnnDisney Promotes Earth Day With Pepper Ann Episode
(by digitalmediafx.com) Disney has announced that it will be airing a special "Earth Day" episode of its animated Pepper Ann series on Sunday, April 22, on UPN. Earth Day is an annual worldwide awareness and event campaign where issues like pollution and energy consumption are brought to the forefront. Disney's Pepper Ann Earth Day episode, called "Environ-Mentals," tackles Pepper Ann's fear of performing in front of an audience for an Earth Day event.

The series is animated by Walt Disney Television Animation. Sue Rose is Creator/Executive Producer and Nahnatchka Khan is Producer.

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Enhanced Chrono Trigger and Final Fantasy IV Coming to Playstation
(by digitalmediafx.com) Square Electronics has announced that it is bringing enhanced versions of its past games, Chrono Trigger and Final Fantasy IV to the Playstation as part of a dual bundle package. The bundle will be released in July.

"We are pleased to deliver these two titles to our North American fans on the PlayStation game console," said Jun Iwasaki, president of Square Electronic Arts. "Since the release of Chrono Cross last August, we've received an overwhelming number of fan requests to re-release Chrono Trigger for the PlayStation game console. We have added a variety of new features to both Final Fantasy IV and Chrono Trigger for this compilation and believe this set will appeal to fans of the original games and introduce a new generation of gamers to some of our classic titles."

Chrono Trigger will have new opening and closing cinematic sequences and several re-creations of memorable sequences, all of which add to the game's emotional impact, answer lingering questions, and offer insight into the game's successor, Chrono Cross.

The enhanced Final Fantasy IV will include a "dash" feature, allowing players to move quickly through towns and dungeons; a two-player mode that allows two players to participate in battles together; and a completely new, improved localization of the original unedited story. In addition, it contains some new cinematic sequences and includes all the original monsters, abilities, items and scenes that were not seen in the SNES version.

The cost of the bundle will be around $40.

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News Link of the Day - Final Fantasy: Making the Movie

According to the MSNBC:

"Having spent an estimated $70 million on the Final Fantasy movie, Square has developed proprietary technology that outshines its best competitors. Square's computer animation stands to do for human subjects what Pixar's has done for toys.

The company that made role-playing games a household phrase is about to teach Hollywood the meaning of computer graphics. Hold on to your hats, folks..."

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