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Friday, December 12, 2008

A. Film's Premiere in Denmark and on CBS!

Here is a strange coincidence! My company, A. Film has co-produced a film originally called Niko & the Way to the Stars, and it has its theatrical premiere today Friday in Denmark! Well - tonight at 9 pm PST it is shown (in a 1-hour slot) on CBS! It is domestically distributed by the Weinstein Co. as "The Flight Before Christmas."

The film was originated at the Finnish CG animation studio Anima Vitae, where the original story was produced and the basic designs of the characters was developed. A. Film has contributed with the film's director and a large part of the actual film: planning, animation, lighting, rigging, rendering etc.

How CBS fits the film within the 1-hour timeslot, I do not know (yet). But for those of you who want to see the entire thing, it's available at Amazon - and I saw it for sale at Fry's Electronics just this afternoon!

Here are the US cover and a Danish banner ad (click to unsqueeze).
DVD coverNiko banner
Imagine what we could do with a REAL budget!

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11 Comments:

Anonymous Michael Sporn says...

Finally, something to watch on TV on Friday night. I look forward to seeing it and hope the ratings will be great. Congrats.

Friday, December 12, 2008 at 5:19:00 AM PST  
Anonymous Hans Perk says...

Thanks, Mike - it will be interesting to see how they chopped off 29 minutes!

Friday, December 12, 2008 at 8:46:00 AM PST  
Anonymous Matt says...

Also saw it at Walmart last night

Monday, December 15, 2008 at 10:55:00 AM PST  
Anonymous The Mauricenator says...

Completely off your current topic, I have a question that Mark Mayerson and David Nethery were unable to successfully answer:

What did Hal King animate in "Lady and the Tramp"? I was surprised to see his name turn up as a supervising animator on that feature.

(David's theory, which he says he can't verify, is that Hal animated the Beaver voiced by Stan Freberg.)

Monday, December 15, 2008 at 11:01:00 AM PST  
Anonymous Michael Sporn says...

Hi Hans, I just wanted to wish you a Merry Christmas.

Your program aired again in NY on a local tv channel 11, which was once part of the WB network. I saw about half of it again this second time and probably will again next year. Congrats on its success.

Thursday, December 25, 2008 at 6:06:00 AM PST  
Anonymous Hans Perk says...

Thanks again, Mike, very nice to know! As you may have gathered, we are not told about this. After the film leaves the studio, it leads a life of its own...

Thursday, December 25, 2008 at 11:11:00 AM PST  
Anonymous Hans Perk says...

Mauricenator: the beaver in Seq. 06.0 "At the Zoo" in Lady and the Tramp was animated mainly by Eric Larson and Milt Kahl, with scenes by George Kreisl in the beginning and the end, and three scenes by Don Lusk...

Sunday, January 25, 2009 at 3:18:00 AM PST  
Anonymous Hans Perk says...

Mauricenator: On Lady and the Tramp, Hal King animated the following:
- Lady looks through window
- Jock scrambles to hide bone
- Jock and Lady sequence
- Lady when Jim Dear comes home
- Lady when Jim Dear is sent out for food
- Lady looking at baby
- Lady when Tramp finds her with muzzle
- Dachsie digging hole and filling it up
- Tramp walks in on Jocks proposal (until Trusty and Jock walk away)
- Lady scolds Tramp (until he walks away)
- "A rat!" "Where?" until Tramp in hallway
- Jock, Tramp and Lady in several final scenes incl. the very last scene with characters.

Hope this helps!

Saturday, January 31, 2009 at 12:09:00 PM PST  
Anonymous David Nethery says...

I'm curious about this when/if you post the draft for Lady & the Tramp (PLEASE ?) .

Since Hal King was credited as a Directing Animator on Lady & The Tramp, I'm surprised that he did not have a larger sequence to himself .

My guess (only a guess) was that he may have been in charge of the Beaver sequence, but I guessed incorrectly. Surely he animated more than the scenes you have listed ? (although those are all "A" scenes , beautiful work.)

-DN

Saturday, January 31, 2009 at 7:28:00 PM PST  
Anonymous Hans Perk says...

Hi David - I am afraid that the L&T draft won't be up any time soon: I have to scan it carefully page by page, and I am at this time never at a good fast scanner for a longer time. I cannot feed these, and I wouldn't anyway, since they are the "original copies" from the BG Morgue.

On the other hand I can tell you that it FEELS that there are at least as many scenes with KING on them as there are of anyone else, The bits with Lady and Jock for instance, each span several pages.

With this in mind, it is, of course, very possible he planned more of the scenes around these, that then were animated by other animators (Sibley, Nordberg, you get the idea), just like how Frank or Ollie worked. As we have seen so often before, the name of the Supervising Animator only appears on scenes that were "personally animated" by that one person - like how Frank planned the Toad on Gypsy cart sequence all the way until the start of the weasels, but his name is only on a few scenes...

Sunday, February 1, 2009 at 2:21:00 AM PST  
Anonymous Steven Hartley says...

In Lady and the Tramp, what did Jack Campbell do?

Saturday, April 10, 2010 at 5:57:00 AM PDT  

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