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Friday - April 27, 2001
- Production Begins on New HBO Animated Series
- The Battle Over "R" Rated Marketing
- DreamWorks Bypasses Release of Shrek Score
- News Link of the Day - Ink and Computer Animation in ‘Toons

Production Begins on New HBO Animated Series
(by Production has started on a new HBO animated series titled "Harold and the Purple Crayon." The series, produced by Sony Family Entertainment will debut in December 2001 on the HBO Family channel. Actress Sharon Stone will narrate the series. The music will be composed by Van Dyke Parks.

The animated series will focus on character named Harold, a four-year old boy who invents imaginative and magical worlds with a purple crayon and his wits. The voice of Stone is meant to represent a warm, maternal adult presence who looks down on Harold and watches over him. Viewers will be dependent on the actions, narration, and music to gain insight into Harold, who rarely speaks.

"'Harold and the Purple Crayon' is a timeless story that we are excited to bring to life for HBO Family," said Bob Higgins, Senior Vice President of Creative Affairs of Sony Pictures Family Entertainment. "This classic property will charm TV viewers for generations to come."

Sony Pictures Family Entertainment Group produces traditional cel animation, CGI and live-action properties for television around the world. The division is currently producing "Jackie Chan Adventures," "Max Steel," and "Men in Black: The Series."

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The Battle Over "R" Rated Marketing
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Hollywood movie industry is crying fowl over a new senate proposal that will ban the movie industry from showing R rated movie previews before G rated films, which mostly comprise of animated movies. The bill is sponsored by Democratic senators Joseph Lieberman, Herb Kohl, and Hillary Rodham Clinton. It is expected to receive near unanimous approval.

The move is a surprise because of Hollywood's constant love affair with the Democratic party. Democrats like Julia Roberts, Rosie O'Donnell, Martin Sheen, and Ben Affleck are constantly hounding anyone who is a Republican for their conservative beliefs. Now Hollywood is getting a taste of joint conservatism from Democrats and Republicans in the name of protecting children from violent content.

Hollywood is fighting it.

Yesterday afternoon Jack Valenti, president of the Motion Picture Association of America, held a media conference where he complained that if the proposal passes it could kill efforts for Hollywood to censor itself in such efforts.

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DreamWorks Bypasses Release of Shrek Score
(by DreamWorks, which has in the past paid delicate attention to its animated film soundtracks, is giving the listener "less" with Shrek. DreamWorks announced that its soundtrack for Shrek will contain several songs from groups like The Baha Men and Smash Mouth, but it will only contain one "medley of score excerpts" for fans of background scores. DreamWorks has given no public indications that it plans to release a full background score for Shrek. The Shrek soundtrack, minus the background scores, will come out on May 15.

In other soundtrack news, Buena Vista will be releasing the full background score for its guaranteed blockbuster Pearl Harbor. Click here for an MP3 excerpt.

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News Link of the Day - Ink and Computer Animation in ‘Toons

According to MSNBC:

"This summer’s cartoon fare offers a nice mix of original story lines and a cutting-edge blend of live-action with computer-generated images and traditional pen-and-ink animation..."

Click here for the full story.

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