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Dis makes 'Wise' move with retailer

Dis makes 'Wise' move with retailer
In a move that reflects the growing clout of big retailers, the Walt Disney Co. is giving Wal-Mart exclusive sales rights through the end of the year to the animated holiday feature film The 3 Wise Men, which debuts on DVD Nov. 1. The Arenas Entertainment production, released theatrically in Spain and France in 2003, was animated by Animagicstudio, whose principals are veterans of such Disney hits as Fantasia 2000, Hercules and Tarzan. Martin Sheen, Emilio Estevez and Eddy Martin were among those tapped to provide voices for the English-language version of the film. The voice cast also includes Christian recording artists Jaci Velasquez and Marcos Witt.

Dis makes 'Wise' move with retailer

Dis makes 'Wise' move with retailer
In a move that reflects the growing clout of big retailers, the Walt Disney Co. is giving Wal-Mart exclusive sales rights through the end of the year to the animated holiday feature film The 3 Wise Men, which debuts on DVD Nov. 1. The Arenas Entertainment production, released theatrically in Spain and France in 2003, was animated by Animagicstudio, whose principals are veterans of such Disney hits as Fantasia 2000, Hercules and Tarzan. Martin Sheen, Emilio Estevez and Eddy Martin were among those tapped to provide voices for the English-language version of the film. The voice cast also includes Christian recording artists Jaci Velasquez and Marcos Witt.

Dis makes 'Wise' move with retailer

Dis makes 'Wise' move with retailer
In a move that reflects the growing clout of big retailers, the Walt Disney Co. is giving Wal-Mart exclusive sales rights through the end of the year to the animated holiday feature film The 3 Wise Men, which debuts on DVD Nov. 1. The Arenas Entertainment production, released theatrically in Spain and France in 2003, was animated by Animagicstudio, whose principals are veterans of such Disney hits as Fantasia 2000, Hercules and Tarzan. Martin Sheen, Emilio Estevez and Eddy Martin were among those tapped to provide voices for the English-language version of the film. The voice cast also includes Christian recording artists Jaci Velasquez and Marcos Witt.

'Maya' team looks to bring Mexican ani to next level

MEXICO CITY -- Striving to set a new standard for Mexican cartoons, two former Disney animators have teamed with Mexican producers to supervise the making of Maya: La Primera Gran Historia. Maya, a $3 million Escarabajo-Artem production, tells the story of a power struggle between good and evil set in the Mayan era. Mike Kunkel, who has worked as an animator on Walt Disney Pictures' Tarzan and Hercules, and Tony Bancroft, who co-directed Disney's Mulan, will contribute as supervising animators on Maya. Because of a lack of financing, animated films are a rarity in Mexico. Last year, Mexico City-based Anima Studios put out Magos y Gigantes, hoping to resurrect a genre that had been dormant for about two decades. However, Magos cost only $850,000, a low-budget production even by Mexican standards.

Dis bows to live-action 'Gods'

Dis bows to live-action 'Gods'
Walt Disney Studios is brushing up on its Greek mythology. The studio, which explored the world of the gods in its 1997 animated feature Hercules, has just dropped mid-six figures to pick up King of the Gods, an original concept from writer Sid Quashie, who will now write the script. The pitch was sold to the company through producers Gordon Gray and Mark Ciardi's Mayhem Pictures. Independent producer AJ Marcantonio, who conceived the idea with Quashie, also is set to produce. Gods is an epic fantasy that explores how the young god Zeus discovered that his destiny was to overthrow his father, the evil Titan Cronus, and become ruler of the world. The story is based on the original Greek myth as told by Hesiod. It is being developed as an live-action adventure that could have franchise potential in the vein of The Lord of the Rings.

Disney will shutter Paris ani unit

PARIS -- Walt Disney Feature Animation will close its production studio in the Parisian suburb of Montreuil-sous-Bois and lay off all of its 89 workers there, a Disney spokesperson said Tuesday in London. The spokesperson maintained that there is no set date for the studio's closure, but French news sources reported that it may happen as early as September. Disney said it had sought to sell the unit for 18 months as part of company efforts to centralize animation production but had no viable offers. The studio was involved in production work on such films as The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Tarzan and Hercules. The announcement was initially made to employees at a workers' council meeting June 20, but the news was not immediately made public.

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