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- October 29, 2001
- Chuck Jones Timber Wolf
- Steve Jobs: "Pixar
Creates Original Stories"
- Release Charts: Animated,
Anime, and FX DVDs
- News Link of the Day
- Family Appeal
Jones Timber Wolf
(by digitalmediafx.com) Last week Digital Media FX announced
the online Warner Bros. Flash series by Chuck Jones titled Timber
Wolf. Here is additional information on the series, in which the
second episode premieres today (click
In each three-to-five
minute episode, Thomas T. Wolf and his cohorts slip, skip and
stumble through adventures and predicaments, including Earl the
Squirrel's insistence on collecting a $100 bounty for Thomas'
tail, a herd of sheep that becomes a little too amorous toward
Thomas and Thomas' misadventures in babysitting. And, among all
of this bucolic bliss, there's just one catch, involving the utterance
of "Timber" and a slew of falling trees...
created "Timber Wolf," helped bring to life scores of
animated characters during the Golden Age of animation, including
some of Warner Bros.' most famous Looney Tunes characters - Bugs
Bunny, Daffy Duck, Pepe Le Pew, Elmer Fudd and Porky Pig. He has
been actively involved with animation for more than 60 years,
has won four Academy Awards, is the recipient of the Director's
Guild of America's Honorary Life Membership and is the only director
to have two animated shorts in the United States National Film
Registry ("What's Opera Doc?" and "Duck Amuck").
Wolf" was created by Jones, then developed by Executive Producer,
Co-Writer and Supervising Director Stephen Fossati, producers
Philip Vaughn and Jeff DeGrandis and director Steven Dovas in
the spirit of Warner Bros.' classic Looney Tunes shorts, with
the same Jones attention to character, humor and believability.
Thomas (Timber Wolf) years ago, but he was in hibernation and
it took a man like Stephen to uncover him sleeping soundly in
a hospitable, hollow tree," recalls Jones.
runs for 13 weeks. Today marks the start of week two.
a great privilege to have had the opportunity to help bring these
stories and these great new Chuck Jones characters to life and
to have worked with so many talented, enthusiastic and dedicated
people in doing so," said Fossati.
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"Pixar Creates Original Stories"
(by digitalmediafx.com) In a possible jab at DreamWorks, Pixar
CEO Steve Jobs has said that Pixar focuses on original stories
versus buying past works like some other companies. The exact
comment, made to the LA Times, is as follows:
we haven't bought fairy tales or Harry Potter," Jobs said.
"We came up with original story ideas inside of Pixar and
made them into movies... Every film has had a story crisis. It's
a necessary part of the process."
recent Shrek hit was based on a book as is several of its
upcoming animated productions. DreamWorks also put the release
of the Shrek 2-Disc DVD up against the launch of Monsters,
Inc. this Friday. So far, Pixar seems to be winning the media
war with extensive coverage of Monsters, Inc. appearing
in magazines, newspapers, and on TV. Early reviews of Monsters,
Inc. have been very positive and the attachment of the first Star
Wars: Episode 2 trailer is also likely to boost the film's
initial box office performance.
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Charts: Animated, Anime, and FX DVDs
(by digitalmediafx.com) Here are new animated, FX, and anime
DVDs hitting store shelves tomorrow. The only odd one is Shrek,
which is actually being released against industry standard this
Friday to "compete" with Monsters, Inc. theatrical
15th Anniversary Gift Pack (animated)
- Masters - Legacy Collection 4 (animated)
Amazing American Animation Archive, Vol. 1 (2001 -
From Space (1999 - FX)
- A New Threat (Vol. 7) (1985 - animation)
- Revelations (Vol. 8) (1985 - animation)
Blade II - Complete Collection (1994 - anime)
2-Disc DVD (2001 - animation - being released Friday)
is now accepting pre-orders for the Osmosis Jones DVD. Click
If you haven't
yet ordered the Snow White DVD (availability will be limited),
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of the Day - Family Appeal
According to the Chicago Sun-Times:
upon a time there was an animation studio named Pixar that teamed
up with a megaforce in the movie industry--Disney--to create the
first feature film animated entirely by computer.
The year was
1995 and the film was "Toy Story." A new film genre
was created and a duel began between Disney/Pixar and DreamWorks
to create computer animated blockbusters..."
here for the full story.
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