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Monday - April 23, 2001
- Waking Life Distribution Rights Acquired by Fox Searchlight
- Release Charts: Animated, FX, and Anime DVDs
- Cartoonist Awards Set for Late May
- News Link of the Day - Microsoft Forms X-Box Alliance with Taco Bell

Waking Life Distribution Rights Acquired by Fox Searchlight
(by digitalmediafx.com) Having air time at this year's Sundance Festival was a big boost for the movie Waking Life, an experimental animation that transformed live actors into unique characters, each interpreted and animated by 31 different artists. Fox Searchlight Pictures has announced that it has acquired the distribution rights to Waking Life. Fox Searchlight will apparently release the film nationally this Fall.

After editing of the Waking Life footage was complete, the animation process began using software invented by animator Bob Sabiston. The software allows artists to paint over the digital footage using a technique of interpolated rotoscoping. Individual brushstrokes can be stretched smoothly across a range of frames, giving the animation a unique look.

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The Mummy Ultimate EditionRelease Charts: Animated, FX, and Anime DVDs
(by digitalmediafx.com) It's another light week for animation, FX, and anime releases. The Mummy Ultimate Edition is very timely since The Mummy Returns hits theaters in less than two weeks. the Ultimate Edition is a 2-disc collector's set. Here is this week's list:

Ghost (1990 - FX)
Magic Knight Rayearth Season 2 (anime)
The Mummy Ultimate Edition (1999 - FX)
Shadow Raiders - Final Hours (Vol. 3) (1998 - animated)
Rurouni Kenshin Vol. 7 - Shadow of the Wolf (1999 - anime)

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Cartoonist Awards Set for Late May
Cartoonists from around the world will descend on Boca Raton, Florida for the 55th annual Reuben Awards weekend May 26-31. Boca Raton is the home of the International Museum of Cartoon Art, founded in 1997 by Mort Walker, creator of Beetle Bailey. It is arguably the largest and most prestigious cartoon art museum in the world.

The three-day event will climax with the presentation of The Reuben Award to the outstanding cartoonist of the year on Saturday night at a black-tie dinner. Past Reuben winners include Scott Adams, Sergio Aragones, Garry Trudeau, Gary Larson, Cathy Guisewite, Mike Peters, Jim Davis, Lynn Johnston, Bill Watterson, Charles Schulz... the list goes back for 54 years. This years nominees are Pat Brady (Rose Is Rose), Jack Davis (MAD Magazine) and Matt Groening, creator of The Simpsons.

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News Link of the Day - Microsoft Forms X-Box Alliance with Taco Bell - Starts Spending Spree

According to USA Today:

"As part of the biggest consumer launch in the 26-year history of the company, Microsoft is forming an alliance with Taco Bell to promote the fall launch of its Xbox video-game system.

Microsoft promises to spend $500 million over 18 months to market Xbox around the world. That makes Xbox one of the biggest consumer product launches in history, eclipsing Microsoft's $200 million rollout of its Windows 95 operating system..."

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