Brace yourselves, boys and girls, Aardman animation
are launching a new online
star from 8th May. Angry Kid is anarchic, irreverent
and definitely not suitable
for family viewing - at least that's what their
press release says!
The first episode is downloadable from midnight
7th May, with 24 more episodes
posted at regular intervals over forthcoming weeks.
Eps are 1 min. long, and posted
as quicktime movies of around 1-2mb size. That
means a 5-10 min download time
for you and me.
Check out: http://www.angrykid.com
for a preview and clip....
Speaking of Aardman, first reports say CHICKEN
RUN is BIG. Aint-it-cool posted
a report on the first test screening that claims the
audience were going wild
over the antics of the featherbrained stars. And
there was me thinking our
North Atlantic buddies might find the whole thing
too British to swallow!
Just a couple of week's shooting left on this
one, then it's all hands to the
coop for a June 23rd release stateside, June 30th
over here. I'm counting
US site: http://www.reel.com/chickenrun
UK site: http://www.chickenrun.co.uk
This weekend is officially the
50th birthday of the legendary space
pilot Dan Dare. To celebrate, a Dan Dare statue
is being erected outside
the merseyside home of his equally famous creator
Frank Hampson -
- Hats off to Dan and Frank, eh?
Who needs ACDC? - Those rock bastions Pinky
and Perky are staging yet
another comeback! They took the world by
storm after appearing on the Las
Vegas stage in 1959. The following year
they appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show,
and from there, well, the world became their
oyster. The porky duo have
scratched up 16 albums all told, and are
credited with launching one of the
largest merchandising assaults of the 60's.
And now they're back. Creators Jan and Vlasta
Dalibor sold the rights to
entertainment company Just Group for a tidy
£500,000. A funky new series
is planned for 2001 plus another ocean of
merchandise, including a new P&P
There's a P&P website being planned at:
(nothing here yet, though)
You want more? - So how about news that the BBC
are producing all-new
versions of 'Watch With Mother' classics
'The Woodentops' and
'Andy Pandy'! - Looks like nostalgia's back
with a vengeance, eh?
S'funny how everyone's looking back for new product,
when there's some
modern-day classics right under their noses: Witness
'The Big Knights'
a brilliant show lost in the wilderness of Xmas and
You'll find plenty of nostalgia at:
Just opened this month: Beanoland at Chessington
World of Adventures. Join
Dennis, the Bash Street Kids, Billy Whizz and
the gang for rides and fun in their
very own park section. Top stuff. Now if only
someone would create
You'll find all the fun at: http://www.chessington.com
News from DVD Review magazine suggests Fox might
be releasing the
Simpsons on R2 DVD from October - Hoorah!
Not so good is Disney's R2 DVD release of
Lady And The Tramp: They've
put it out in the wrong ratio!
Lady was the first Disney film made in Cinemascope,
for crying out loud. It's
even been put out on widescreen video over
here, so who screwed up? If they
can do it for Mulan, Little Mermaid and Hercules
DVDs, why not Lady. Is it
because it's an older title? - I hope not.
My fave Disney Sleeping Beauty is
supposedly out in the next batch. Now that
one definitely, absolutely is
widescreen - got it?
Don't forget, all-new South Park toons have arrived
by the bucketload at
the shockwave site. They're perty quick
to load up, and whilst you're waiting
for 'em there are some nifty SP games to
play, like Mr Hanky Hangman!
And another reminder, plasticene God Mr Nick
Park is putting in a special
appearance at London's Animation Art Gallery
this May where he'll be promoting
a new line-up of gallery collectibles. The original
'Wallace & Gromit' maquette
is still available, but shifting fast -
check it out at:
The search goes on (and on) for those elusive
Anyone found a 'Noah and
Nelly' homepage yet?
And how about 'Alias
And this here gem: a 'Cloppa
Surely these are out there somewhere?
- Till next time!