Note to Self: Dope = Good Posted Monday, March 29, 2004, 5:54PM by TylerL
"Long Toonami '04 Promo now online.
Download like thunder.
Update by Tyler half an hour later: Pok√©mon The Movie 2000 promo and Tony Hawk Underground review now online too.
Update by Tyler another half an hour later: Check out TI's Infolink Recommends thanks to Infolink's 4th Musketeer, JJc14.
Toonami Infolink is proud to present this presentation. Posted Monday, March 29, 2004, 3:06PM by andromaton
"Some time ago, TI forum member and part time news contributer JJc14 had an idea for the Review To End All Reviews.
He calls it TI - The Infolink Recomends.
TI forum members had the opportunity to write short reviews of their favorite animated movies/series and give a reason why. For several months, he took submissions and on March 14th started the long process of compiling all the information.
So, without further adieu, I give you part one and two of JJc14's four-part opus:
TI - The Infolink Recomends [A-F] and [G-L]
You can expect parts three and four around next monday.
Samurai Stealth Posted Sunday, March 28, 2004, 3:39PM by TylerL
"Well this one flew under my radar...
Adrenium quietly released ""Samurai Jack: The Shadow Of Aku"" for the Playstation 2 and Gamecube last week to a mostly lukewarm reception. While it's said to retain the 'feel' of a regular episode of the series, many are pointing fingers at its lack of difficulty and overall lack of innovation.
Check your favorite gaming site for more information.
Source(s): GamePro.com and GameSpot.com
Welcome to your Self-Sustaining fan-based & supported website. Posted Friday, March 26, 2004, 3:41PM by TylerL
"Thanks to some more generous donations, we've broken even for this month again.
...in fact, y'know those ad banners we have now?
They'll be able to pay for TDA/Infolink from now on. The Debt-O-Meter has been removed from the main page.
Money from Google will start coming in the next few weeks and (so far), looks to be just enough to pay for our bill each month.
...so, from a financial-operations standpoint, TDA is now fully supported, AND is running a a server over twice as powerful and expansive as our previous one. Things are looking up.
Update by Tyler sometime that night: Pok√©mon movie intro now online.
Replacement News Topic Posted Wednesday, March 24, 2004, 8:55PM by TylerL
"All the files that were put in the /lazy folder pending database repair have been added to the database.
Also, one new file:
SD Gundam US Intro
I'm gonna probably put all Toonami Saturday stuff in its own Toonami Download section (like we have Toonami, Old Toonami, etc) once I learn a little more about it.
In the meantime, check the last update for the new Toonami teaser.
Update by Tyler while Knux is whining: Dragonball Chronicles Promos now online.
Also, I made a slight change to the text for all video summaries and stats. It should be a little bigger and easier to read.
Sneak Peek at Toonami's New Look Posted Monday, March 22, 2004, 3:45PM by TylerL
"Toonami.com has updated with a quick 15 second peek at Toonami's new look starting on Saturday April 17th.
Take a look.
Whoa. Posted Monday, March 22, 2004, 1:50PM by TylerL
"The TDA title graphic has been updated to match the awesome new look.
High Quality Promo
A Dark Shadow Cast over U.S. Animators. Posted Monday, March 22, 2004, 11:19AM by Andromaton
"There was a nice (albeit depressing) piece in yesterday's LA TIMES looking at how Los Angeles animation artists are struggling to stay financially afloat nowadays and how some of them who can't secure any cartoon-related work are finding employment elsewhere (like working at Trader Joe's or opening their own retail stores). The article isn't available on the TIMES website, but it's been posted on an ANIMATION NATION thread.
Source: CartoonBrew.comClick Read More for the article in it's entirety.
LA Times Calendar Section-March 21, 2004
MOVIESOut of the pictureToontown darkens for L.A.'s animation artists, as computers and an overseas workforce overtake their future.
By Lynell George, Times Staff Writer
Eddie Goral doesn't look like a man who would have painted himself into a corner.
Even among the requisitely colorful Trader Joe's crew he works with in Pasadena, Goral stands apart: There's the whimsical push broom of mustache that looks as if it were daubed on with a big, saturated brush and the metal professor specs. It's that and the booming question he poses to most anyone passing through his checkout lane: ""So, what's your passion?""
He wastes no time telling you his: ""Painting."" He nods toward a brightly hued mural that seems to float above the top quarter of the store, a points-of-interest sweep of Pasadena â€” the Arroyo, the Colorado Street Bridge, the Rose Bowl.
""Before this?"" he'll explain, if you press him as he runs bottles of ""Two-Buck Chuck"" through the price scanner. ""I was an animator.""
Suddenly whimsy drains away. Anger flashes in its place. ""Until Disney got rid of all of us."" Once upon a time, not so long ago, Goral worked ""cleanup"" on a variety of big-screen Disney products â€” from ""The Fox and the Hound"" and ""The Great Mouse Detective"" in the '70s to ""The Hunchback of Notre Dame"" and ""Mulan"" in the '90s. He averaged about $1,200 a week, not high-end animator money, but Goral had no complaints â€” he was doing what he loved. But then work slowed, eventually dried up, and Goral joined the growing ranks of the newest displaced Los Angeles employee â€” the out-of-work animator.
For decades, Southern California was the ultimate destination for self-described ""animation geeks"" â€” kids who worked from homemade flip books and cel collecting to get there. But shifts in the industry â€” a growing appetite for computer-generated graphics and the chronic issue of outsourcing â€” have eliminated 1,000 jobs in the last three years.
It's a frustrating time for animators: Television appears to be a lively circus of work, with new shows, concepts and packages arriving seasonally, but much of the work is being done overseas. According to the Animation Guild, there are about 1,600 union members currently employed. But for the first time in 70 years the Walt Disney Co. doesn't have a traditional animation feature in the pipeline. (""Home on the Range,"" Disney's last-in-the-can 2-D feature, is due out April 2.) There is only one hand-drawn feature in production â€” ""Curious George"" for Universal Pictures. Walt Disney Co. began streamlining its traditional animation units nearly four years ago; since then several hundred jobs have vanished from Southern California and Florida.
Some animators have been out of work for 18 months or more, creating a small army hidden in plain view. Some have taken part-time jobs in art supply shops or bookstores. Others have become gardeners, chefs, teachers and real estate agents. A few are studying to be masseuses or reflexologists. While a number are making strides to transition into 3-D, or computer-generated imaging, others figure it looks like a good time to delve into long-sidelined projects. Then there are those who are simply stuck, lost or in denial. They vent and carp with friends or on the busy website www.AnimationNation.com, or sit at home and obsess. As with many laid-off populations, occasional rumors of suicide pepper conversations.
In the last couple of years, it had become catch as catch can, with many bouncing from studio to production company. Goral had worked as a cleanup assistant on ""Osmosis Jones"" in 2000 and on ""Austin Powers in Goldmember"" a couple of years later. But when a steady flow of projects failed to sync, Goral had to think creatively.
""My wife got tired of me sitting around complaining and said, 'Look, the people at Trader Joe's seem like nice people. Maybe you'd like to work there,' "" he says with a chuckle, the anger cooling some. ""And they are. They've been very good to me.""
Goral considers himself lucky. Though it has been a lesson in improvisation for him, his wife and their two children, he has a steady schedule, health benefits, a regular paycheck and a roof â€” a pleasant painting- and toy-strewn apartment in Montrose â€” over his head. He's also been teaching art and drumming up commissions. ""I've begun to shamelessly promote myself,"" he says of the portfolio he keeps at the ready.
Goral's animation job, the painstaking process of tightening or ""cleaning up"" a rough drawing, giving it heft, depth and form, no longer exists in the old sense of the task â€” in many cases the computer takes care of the final polish. But it isn't a simple question of learning the hot tool of his trade â€” CGI animation. For Goral, who's 57, it's not just about skills but passion, a sense of connecting with the work. Unlike workers in other ""factories,"" animators are artists; to be asked to learn a new medium, for some, is like asking Monet to ditch the pastels.
""I'm an animator,"" Goral explains, ""I like to paint. That's what got me here.""
Industry ups and downs
This isn't the first time the world of hand-drawn animation has felt the squeeze. Over the last 30 years, there've been creatively flat periods, as well as volatile strikes in late '70s and early '80s that sought to put the reins on ""runaway production"" â€” subcontracting television animation work to foreign posts. Ink and paint people had learned to live lean. But a trio of Disney feature hits â€” ""The Little Mermaid"" (1989), ""Beauty and the Beast"" (1991) and ""The Lion King"" (1994) â€” proved that classic, hand-drawn animation could still romance the eye and make a pile of cash. (""The Lion King"" pulled in more than $300 million in domestic theatrical release alone.)
Suddenly, it was the era of the celebrity animator, says animation director Tom Sito, former president of the Animation Guild Local 839, the labor union for screen cartoonists. ""I opened an issue of In Style or Buzz or something [and there was a story called] 'Animation: A cool profession,' "" says Sito, who worked on a string of Second Golden Age hits, including ""Lion King,"" ""Mermaid"" and ""Beast.""
""When I got hired, in '75, animation seemed so dead. Each strike was like a Greek tragedy,"" he recalls. ""[Then] you saw animators riding around in Humvees, buying houses in the Glendale hills. They were getting signing bonuses. The '90s were very fat.""
But like any bubble, it burst. The success of Disney and Pixar's ""Toy Story"" changed everything â€” hand-drawn was out, CG was in. Recent poor showings for hand-drawn projects with high hopes â€” ""Looney Toons: Back in Action"" and ""Treasure Planet"" â€” haven't helped matters. Although the new technology created new jobs, they were neither numerous enough nor technically suited to the skills of established traditional animators. Ink and paint people are told that they can make the tech transition but most in-town productions want animators with lots of experience, says Bronwen Barry, a clean-up artist and ""in-betweener"" who has served on the animator's union executive board for more than a decade. ""Although it's nice for the rÃ©sumÃ©,"" Barry says, ""it's not the lifeboat that people thought it would be.""
The tech shift only exacerbated an ongoing problem, one facing many industries â€” outsourcing. At nonunion shops in Australia, Korea, Taiwan and now India, the painstakingly detailed work of cleanup and ""in-betweening"" â€” refining the series of sketches that create movement â€” can be done for less than half the cost.
The studio's mounting expectations haven't helped matters.
""We were in the middle of an enormous boom after 'Lion King,' "" Barry says. ""And it just got crazy. We were being managed by MBAs. They would change things â€” gags, the story. And when a film would tank, it was the artists â€” their high salaries â€” who were blamed.""
But survival has always been about reading between the lines. As Sito explains, ""One of my mentors once said, 'Always remember, you're only two flops away from disaster. The first one happens and it's time to reevaluate; the second, steal your pencil sharpener.' ""
Kathleen Quaife, a special-effects animator, had worked pretty much nonstop since relocating from Virginia to Los Angeles in 1982. She had her pick of work â€” Hanna-Barbera, Don Bluth, Warner Bros. and eventually Disney. Even during the industry's slower periods, she worked 80-hour weeks, animating fire, cyclones and her favorite â€” water. She's mentored and trained a new generation and has the gold-plated ""Official Disney Mentor"" paperweight to prove it. She moved with ease between television and features. She never thought it would change. Until it did.
Now Quaife, who just a couple of years ago was pulling down six figures, can barely hold back the tears when she realizes that she is looking at a 70% salary dip. She mulls the last few months, picking at a plate of roasted chicken at a favorite Thai restaurant in Sherman Oaks. She has a little time before she has to rush back home to interview a potential boarder. ""Every little bit helps,"" she says.
When the restaurant owner comes by to say hello, she asks about his son. Puffed up, the owner announces: ""He's going to Art Center!""
""Not to study animation?"" Quaife asks with a start.
The color returns to her face.
Divorced, she's the mother of two sons. One is on his way to college â€” thankfully, Quaife says, with some financial aid. The other is in eighth grade. ""The orthodontist would like to get paid, I'm sure.""
""This year was the wake-up call,"" Quaife says. She has a plan, today's anyway â€” she's going to move to India, where the action is. ""CG isn't the problem,"" she says. ""There's work. Plenty of work. It's just that it's done in every other country on the planet. I could not in good conscience train people here for work when there is none.""
Even the most optimistic worry that the future of paint and ink looks bleak. Animators, whose stock in trade is keeping it light, find themselves short on gags. ""We're so used to making people laugh,"" says storyboard artist and director Tom Mazzocco, ""it's very strange to be in this position where you're constantly consoling people.""
On any given Friday, from 12:30-ish to 2-ish, a couple of dozen or so animators descend on a dimly lighted coffee shop in Burbank. Their aloha shirts and grab bag of mouthed sound effects â€” the rimshots, car horns, coiled-spring ""boings"" â€” announce them.
One by one, they file in for their break from the drawing board, filling up the big horseshoe booth. Stan Sakai, who writes and draws the Usagi Yojimbo series of comic books, arrives and passes out copies of the Comic-Con International convention pamphlet. Paul Power and Mike Kazaleh fall into a discussion about ""Plastic Man"" while Chad Frye and landscape painter and storyboard artist Bob Foster listen in.
The lunch, a 20-year-plus word-of-mouth institution, has long been a place to trade ideas, gossip, chart the goings-on at various studios around town. But of late the time has been spent networking, rustling up work or grousing.
These bull sessions can cover a lot of ground in the time it takes to finish up a patty melt and cola. Don Dougherty regularly brings in a newspaper and does a reading of a review, then the group trades opinions across the table. Today, Dougherty arrives with the paper, but they don't get to the reviews. Too much is going on in the business pages â€” what with Comcast and its bid for Disney and Roy Disney's campaign to oust Michael Eisner, who has been blamed by many for the 2-D world's woes. ""Disney lost itself,"" says Floyd Norman, who joined Disney in 1956 and was among the first to break the company's color line. ""They want to be something else. They took the mouse off the logo. Disney doesn't want to be Disney anymore.""
""Everyone's been going nuts about things going overseas,"" says Rusty Mills, ""but nobody ever notices when it happened in our industry. We've been dealing with this for years.""
The formidable Stan Shaw! (the exclamation point is the way he signs off on everything, even his contracts) pipes in from across the table. ""Yeah, they don't like animators over 30. They don't like animators who have ideas.""
""Yeah, they send you to the theme park and you get to be a character at the park. An animal,"" Dougherty tosses in, peering over his specs, his eyes horror-story wide.
""Well,"" says Shaw!, ""I guess that's better than being a topiary.""
The wisecracking has gotten most of them through the worst of times. And a good many of them around the table packed the pencil sharpener.
""This is a job people used to have for a lifetime,"" Norman says. Over the years, he has reinvented himself, from animator to storyboard artist, from features to Saturday morning TV, from ink and paint to 3-D.
But not everyone is that lucky. Norman has bumped into a fair number of ex-co-workers around town â€” bagging groceries, shaking the trees for work.
""To see your job disappear, everything you worked and trained for? There's nothing that prepares you for that,"" Norman says. ""We've seen a lot of fads and trends. Right now it's CG. But what people forget is that it's all about a good story. Three-D, 2-D, whatever. I see it at Pixar, but not at Disney. Pixar is doing Disney storytelling. And I don't think Disney has learned that yet. I hope that they do. But until then the artists are taking the hit.""
Some warn that CG is not exempt from the outsourcing drain. ""A lot of live-action-effects work,"" Sito says, ""is going to New Zealand, Shanghai and Taipei."" If the CG world doesn't face its future, he says, its inhabitants will be caught like Bambi in the headlights.
'2-D's last stand'
The more banged-around veterans say it used to be a seven-year cycle. When things took a dip, more than likely you could piece things together with freelance, a little moonlighting, ride it out.
Veteran animator Mark Kausler did so for many years, navigating between television, commercials and an array of landmark features including ""Yellow Submarine,"" ""Who Framed Roger Rabbit"" and ""Beauty and the Beast."" Most recently he worked on ""Looney Tunes: Back in Action"" and ""Osmosis Jones."" And though he stays busy â€” he's working on ""Puffy Ami Yumi,"" a coming series for the Cartoon Network that's being produced out of Japan â€” the telephone doesn't ring as often as it used to. He's had enough ""free time"" to put the finishing touches on his labor of love, ""It's the Cat,"" a nostalgic animated short in the classic ink-and-paint style, 15 years in the making. ""With every project,"" he says, ""you get this sense, hanging over your head, 'This is 2-D's last stand.' ""
After all she'd been through, ex-animator Denise Meehan decided it was time to leave the game.
It's a rainy night outside, so business is slow inside her funky tchotchke shop, Fuzzy Dice, a short stroll from Pasadena City College. ""But at least there's business,"" says Meehan, tucking a strand of wavy dark hair behind her ear as she helps a woman pick out a couple of astrological sign magnets.
Meehan took a job at Disney in the early '90s. She was 23. She left her family, her home, even her fiancÃ© to take a crack at it. ""My fiance told me, 'If you don't go, you'll always wonder, what if?' So I came.""
Working cleanup and in-between, Meehan enjoyed all the perks. The catered breakfasts, lunches and dinners. There was a cappuccino-coffee cart, fabulous parties, drawing classes at lunch time. But by '95-'96, Meehan took note of the small changes. ""The coffee cart guy was the first to go. The fresh popcorn was replaced by packets by the microwave. They hired out the cafeteria and all the food started to smell the same."" Then she noticed the bigger things. The bonuses shrank, the five-year contracts disappeared.
By the time Meehan was working on ""Home on the Range,"" the writing was on the wall: ""I went home for the evening and came back, and they were rewiring my office for computers.""
But the day she knew things weren't going to turn around was when they were assembled in a room in late 2000 and told they would be facing pay cuts and most likely layoffs. It was the day that Meehan was closing escrow on her house. ""I just about passed out.""
Meehan ultimately took the pay cut, lost her house and then her job. ""I wrote a letter to Roy Disney, which got posted all over the studio, saying that it felt like I was losing a family."" Toward the end, Meehan had taken computer classes sponsored by her union. ""There was a waiting list. And they were very limited to what we were offered."" She'd gotten herself up to speed and applied for a job but got passed over.
After accepting a job ""for a lot of work and little pay,"" she quit and started thinking outside the box. Meehan and her old boss Jackie Sanchez sunk their creative impulses into this venture â€” Fuzzy Dice â€” because, as the tag line goes, ""People like stuff.""
It was something to focus on. ""It really was a place to put our energies instead of floating around blindly."" Open for three months, not only has Fuzzy Dice been a channel for Meehan and Sanchez, it has provided an artistic outlet and a financial base for their former colleagues who design T-shirts, jewelry, funky baby blankets.
Nowadays, Meehan says, she doesn't go to too many animator get-togethers. ""The bitterness just eats people up.""
She understands it, though: breaking with that identity is tough. ""People really get sucked into it, 'Oh, you work for Disney?' You can see it in their eyes. It's hard to give that up.""
When forced to, however, she discovered she didn't really miss it. ""I don't know if I'd go back into animation. But even if we close down tomorrow, I've already succeeded.""
Whether it will come around again feels up in the air. And even if it does, it won't be like the old days. There are worries that too much time might pass. ""Animation is like a muscle. You've got to use it,"" says Sito, who has started an independent production company, ""Gang of Seven Animation,"" to help shepherd new and independent animation projects. ""And right now CG is king. 'Finding Nemo' was supremely successful. But I don't think photography got rid of painting or the Moog synthesizer replaced brass or piano. I'm kind of hoping this goes the same way.""
But people like Eddie Goral can't sit around waiting. When he's not on the Trader Joe's clock, Goral's out teaching or collecting commissions â€” from the YMCA or anyone else who is interested. ""When people used to ask me what I did, I would whisper â€” I'm a painter,"" he says. ""I don't do that anymore. Now I announce, 'I'm a painter. Can I show you some of my work?' ""
He was all smiles as he sailed through the frozen food aisle on a recent Sunday morning. ""I just sold two more paintings on EBay. That means that I'll make this month's rent!""
*Of mice, moguls and cartoon stars
A history of animation from Mickey to Nemo.
1928: With fully synchronized sound, ""Steamboat Willie,"" left, drawn and voiced by Walt Disney, debuts in American theaters.
1937: Disney releases ""Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,"" the first feature-length animated movie.
1938: Los Angeles cartoonists form the Screen Cartoonists Guild Local 852.
The Golden Age of Animation
1939-69: In 1939, ""Snow White"" receives a special Academy Award for ""significant screen achievement."" The lushly drawn full-length animated feature â€” from ""Pinocchio"" to ""Jungle Book"" â€” becomes a hallmark of American moviemaking.
1940-42: Disney produces ""Pinocchio,"" ""Bambi"" and ""Fantasia."" Disney's top animators, the ""Nine Old Men,"" above â€” Les Clark, Marc Davis, Ollie Johnston, Milt Kahl, Ward Kimball, Eric Larson, John Lounsbery, Woolie Reitherman and Frank Thomas â€” become a powerhouse that will last through the 1970s.
1941: Veteran animator Art Babbitt and 13 other animators are fired from Disney for demanding a union. Anger over the long-promised profit sharing from ""Snow White"" makes the workers sympathetic to the call to unite. The strike lasts four months. The National Labor Relations Board helps settle the dispute and makes Disney recognize the Cartoonists Guild, give screen credits and rehire Babbitt.
Mid-1940s: ""Termite Terrace,"" the Warner Bros. cartoon studio, gives birth to a new wave of insane cartoons. Over the next several decades, characters such as Bugs Bunny, left, and Daffy Duck become central to the company's image.
1947: In New Rochelle, N.Y., members of the Guild's East Coast branch strike the studio known for Mighty Mouse and Heckle and Jeckle. The strike lasts eight months â€” the longest cartoonists' strike in history. Eventually Terrytoons founder Paul Terry is forced to sign with the guild.
1951: The cartoonists at Disney, Warner Bros. and Walter Lantz vote to join the IATSE (International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Moving Picture Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts of the United States, its Territories and Canada). Locals 839 (Los Angeles) and 841 (New York) are chartered in 1952. The guild continues as an independent union, gradually shrinking until it merges with the Teamsters in 1971.
1960: The Flintstones, above, by Hanna-Barbera, becomes the first prime-time animated TV series.
1984: John Lasseter leaves his animation job at Disney to join filmmaker George Lucas' special effects computer group, which later becomes Pixar Animation Studios.
The Second Golden Age of Animation
Late 1980s-2000: With exquisite color, rich soundtracks and celebrity voices, animated films from a variety of studios do surprisingly good business. Disney grows from 125 animation employees in 1985, to 1,500 by 1995. Warner Bros., MGM, Chuck Jones, Universal Studios , HBO and Fox Studios open animation divisions.
1989: ""The Little Mermaid"" grosses $84 million.
1991: ""Beauty and the Beast"" grosses nearly $146 million and becomes the only animated feature to be nominated for a best picture Oscar. The film receives six Academy Award nominations and won two (for its title song and original score).
1991: Pixar and Disney team to develop, produce and distribute up to three feature animated films.
1994: ""The Lion King,"" left, is released in the U.S. in June and grosses nearly $768 million worldwide.
1994: Jeffrey Katzenberg, Steven Spielberg and David Geffen, right, form DreamWorks SKG. Warner Bros., Fox Studios and Turner Entertainment embark on their own animation projects and feature-length production units.
1995: ""Toy Story"" is the first fully computer-animated feature film and the highest-grossing film of 1995.
1996: Lasseter receives the special achievement award at the Oscars for his ""inspired leadership"" of the ""Toy Story"" team.
1997: Pixar and Disney enter into a new agreement to jointly produce five movies.
1999: ""Toy Story 2,"" above, breaks opening weekend box office records in the U.S., U.K. and Japan. It is the first film in history to be entirely created, mastered and exhibited digitally and the first animated sequel to gross more than its original.
2001: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences adds the best feature animation film category. Disney announces plans to significantly scale back its feature animation operation, cutting scores of jobs and slashing salaries by 30% to 50%. The Animation Guild begins offering CGI/3-D training.
Disney Co. shutters its Secret Lab that has provided digital effects for a range of animation and live-action films such as ""Dinosaur,"" below right, and ""Pearl Harbor."" ""Monsters, Inc."" becomes the third-highest-grossing animated film ever.
2002: Disney reduces staff at its Burbank facility from 1,300 to about 1,000 by May 2003. ""Shrek"" wins the first best animated feature Oscar. ""Treasure Planet,"" a hand-drawn Disney release, fails at the box office.
2003: Walt Disney Feature Animation closes its production studio in the Paris suburb of Montreuil-sous-Bois and lays off all 89 workers. Fifty animators in Orlando, Fla., are laid off, and Disney's Tokyo-based animation studios are slated to be closed.
2004: Disney and Pixar split. Walt Disney announces it is shuttering its Orlando-based animation studio, cutting about 258 jobs.
Sources: AnimationNation.com, MPSC839,Tom Sito, Los Angeles Times, AP. Research assistance: Jacquelyn Cenacveira
Offline Updates Online now Posted Saturday, March 20, 2004, 10:36AM by TylerL
"The last three updates for archival purposes:
cupsd | syslogd fills me with such a hate, there isn't enough room in an update title to tell you the half of it. Posted Friday, March 19, 2004, 8:50PM by
Zoggs Gone Wild!: Spring Break
I will enjoy MY spring break by working at both my employer's places of business/non-profitness.
Sort-of uploaded files:
Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker Intro
Pokemon: The First Movie Promo
Maybe Viewtiful Joe will calm my broken brain...
kcpassword is just a simple passwd hash! Posted Wednesday, March 17, 2004, 10:36PM by
JL: Savage Time Intro
Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker Promo
Zogg's probably par-taying it up on spring break. :(
...now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to see if movtoy4m likes PhotoJPEG better than PanasonicDV in QT streams...
Uh oh... Posted Tuesday, March 16, 2004, 11:39PM by Tyler
Hmm...the new server seems to not like the file database tools or the news updater (Ceci n'est pas une update), so actual updates might have to wait a while. (By the way...I HATE FORWARD DELETE)
But while TDA's been out of update commission, I've been working almost everyday in my free time on the TDA Contest DVD. It's turning out rather nicely. Note to winners: no matter how much work you think you did for your entry, I'm doing double for this damn DVD.
I'll see if I can make another pseudo-update tomorrow with some content.
New Schedule Starting March 29th Posted Saturday, March 20, 2004, 12:28AM by meteo
"Toonami weekdays is going out in a blaze of Saiyan glory. On Monday, March 29th, with three weeks to go before Miguzi takes over Toonami's weekday slot, the schedule will completely change. Two of the current shows will remain, but they will switch to different sagas. Let's get to the point:
5.0 PM - Dragonball - First Tournament Saga
5.5 PM - Dragonball Z - Saiyan Saga (Starting with Goku vs. Vegeta)
6.5 PM - Dragonball GT
That is indeed a full hour of DBZ. The Friday schedule will remain the same.
[Source: Cartoon Network]
Server Fun (Part 2) Posted Wednesday, March 10, 2004, 10:07PM by Zogg
"Well, as you can see from Tyler's post below TDA is on a new server. I'm completely done transfering everything over, so in theory the entire site should be completely operational. (Including TDA, TIL, and pepito's page.) If there's anything on the server that doesn't work, or gives you a weird error, please send me an email so I can get it fixed ASAP.
Here's a quick list of things that I know don't work:
-Pepito's site may not work until tomorrow. I forgot to transfer his site until now, so DNS may take some time to propogate. (If you don't know what that means, don't worry about it.)
-Email doesn't work. This pretty much only affects Pepito. (Neither Tyler or I use the server for our email.)
That's all I have for now. Thanks for your patience with this whole thing!
Update from Pepito: Oh... I see how it is! Conviently it is only MY portions of the server that didn't quite make the transfer. Now... you listen to me! You get my email and website back onto the internet IMMEDIATELY!
Welcome to the new TDA! Posted Wednesday, March 10, 2004, 5:54PM by TylerL
"Doesn't look very different, does it?
We've moved to a new server with our same provider.
Twice as fast,
Double the RAM,
Double the storage space.
...$10 less per month.
Not a bad deal, eh?
This means we have a newer better server and we're paying less for it.
...now, people will need to pay less in donations every month...or maybe none at all if the fruits of our selling out continue at the current level...
Server Fun! Posted Wednesday, March 10, 2004, 12:14AM by Zogg
Tyler is planning a cool surprise.
Surprises are fun.
Things are out of whack until it is done.
Sorry if you can't get to Infolink. Try later/tomorrow.
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Dish - Viacom=Problem Posted Tuesday, March 9, 2004, 3:22PM by TylerL
"DISH Network has announced that the contract with Viacom has expired. You think that these channels are still there. Well...
Viacom's contract with DISH Network has expired, but the problem is that Viacom wanted rate increased which would cost the viewer a monthly bill higher than before. Because of this, DISH has dropped all programming from Viacom including Nickelodeon, MTV, MTV2, VH1, VH1 Classic, BET, and Comedy Central. Negotiations are being made, but all those channels are off-air at this time. Only a few channels from Viacom are still on the air including Spike TV.
Source: For Dish Users, Channel 101.
''Yes, managing Drederick has been my highest priority," Posted Tuesday, March 9, 2004, 2:20PM by Andromaton
"even though he is temporarily incarcerated for pushing his mother down the stairs.""
Paul Winfield, he played Lucius Sweet, manager to Drederick Tatem, on The Simpsons and provided voiceovers for multiple episodes of Batman Beyond and Gargoyles, died on Sunday at the age of 62.
And lo, there was boxes." Posted Monday, March 8, 2004, 9:31PM by Andromaton
"They're coming, they are finally coming. Season box sets for Batman: The Animated Series, Superman, and Teen titans are all in the works. That is all WB Home Video would say, not alot, but it's a start.Source: TZ
Uh...yeah. I just like, turned on the iMac and now its hard drive is dead." Posted Monday, March 8, 2004, 9:38AM by TylerL
Wanna see something horrible?
Infolink Forum Infester WhtHawk found this little gem:
DiC's Sailor Moon Syndication Promotional Tape
This tape was sent to TV stations to pitch Sailor Moon as The Next Big Thing.
It's a horrid display of shameless corporate advertising.
You can tell that DiC sent out the video before any real work was done on the localization. Notice the Sailor Scout's names...
I'm laughing too hard for an internet acronym right now. Posted Sunday, March 7, 2004, 2:13PM by TylerL
"More new stuff today:
Transformers Energon intro
Justice League: Savage Time promo
...Also, TDA says goodbye (and technically hello) to SVES as it goes off the air with a Hodgepodge of its bumpers and interstitials.
Saturday Video Entertainment System Hodgepodge
SVES will now be immortalized forever on a aging, volatile server. So long, Saturday.
Update by Tyler before his pizzaburger finished cooking: Important poll to decide the fate of Bombshell #4 (or is it 5?):
I saw it in theaters like a good CN fan. The rest of you suck. Posted Friday, March 5, 2004, 5:46PM by TylerL
Powerpuff Girls Movie Toonami Intro online.
This line of text was written for the sole purpose of padding this update.
Oldman Begins Posted Thursday, March 4, 2004, 1:52PM by Andromaton
"Production has begun on Christopher Nolan's Batman Begins, the latest feature film in the Batman franchise, Warner Bros. announced today.
The film stars Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne; Michael Caine as Alfred; Katie Holmes as Rachel, a childhood friend of Wayne's; Liam Neeson as Wayne's mentor, Henri Ducard; Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox; and Ken Watanabe as Ra's Al Ghul. Gary Oldman joins the cast as Lieutenant James Gordon.
Don't forget to tune in. Posted Wednesday, March 3, 2004, 2:34AM by Andromaton
"The annual shareholders' meeting of The Walt Disney Company (DIS) will be available live via webcast at the Investor Relations' Web site beginning at 10:00 a.m. EST on Mar. 3, 2004. A re-play will be provided through Wed., Mar. 10, 2004 at 5:00 p.m. PST. Speaking of which, Roy and Stanley held their premeeting rally. Here's the report.
They were young and old. They came from near and far. A few wore mouse ears and snapped photos like tourists on vacation. Some were curious onlookers, but most were angry shareholders of Walt Disney Co.
On the eve of Disney's annual shareholder meeting, several hundred people gathered Tuesday at a rally organized by two dissident former directors to voice their concerns about the venerable entertainment giant and call for the ouster of its longtime leader, Michael Eisner. Hundreds more were turned away, unable to enter the crowded hotel conference room.
Click Read More for the rest of the report.
Source: SaveDisney.com (it has a few pictures)
The crowd gave a standing ovation to Roy Disney, nephew of the company's co- founder, when he took the stage. Flanked by two banners proclaiming ""Restore the Magic,"" the former Disney director rallied the crowd and repeated his calls for Eisner's dismissal.
At one point, he compared Eisner's departure to the death of the Wicked Witch in the ""Wizard of Oz"" movie. Later, Roy Disney jokingly added, ""if we had enough rifles we'd have this thing over with.""
Since resigning from Disney's board late last year, Roy Disney and fellow dissident director Stanley Gold have waged a bitter campaign against Eisner and called on investors to withhold their support for his election at Wednesday's meeting. The dissidents have gained momentum recently as several large public pension funds have said they won't vote for Eisner's election. Disney's entire board is up for re-election and its nominees are running unopposed.
The company is bracing for a large protest vote. Disney President Bob Iger held a brief press conference across the street from the dissident meeting. Standing among 75 giant statues of Mickey Mouse, Iger defended the company's leadership and recent financial performance, saying the company had been the target of a ""campaign of misinformation and distortion.""
But the sentiment at the dissident investor meeting was unequivocal. Perhaps, it was best summed up by Kellyn Ligget, a 15-year-old shareholder from Newport, Pa. ""We need new blood in the board of directors,"" she said, wearing a pair of Mickey Mouse ears. Eisner ""has been there too long.""
Jim Urie, who runs a community art center in Minneapolis, spent three days driving 1,200 miles to attend the meeting and log his protest vote. Like others at the meeting, the longtime shareholder said he's most concerned about the "" short-term exploitation of Disney properties"" and a perceived decline in quality at its theme parks.
Jim Paradis, a certified public accountant, and his wife said they drove six hours from Manchester, N.H., to be part of the management ""coup."" Paradis said the current management seems more interested in ""gimmicks than quality."" He added, ""Eisner has to go.""
During a question and answer session, the former director Gold predicted a "" substantial"" number of votes would be withheld for Eisner's election at Wednesday's meeting. He said the vote would send a ""loud signal of disapproval"" to Eisner and the Disney board and called on the audience to keep up their activism after Wednesday's meeting.
Gold said there is a ""short list of five to ten people"" who could replace Eisner, but he declined to identify any. However, he did say the Iger should not be considered as a potential successor, saying he has failed to turn around ABC network's prime-time performance. When asked at the press conference whether he would be a potential successor, Iger declined to answer saying it was a "" preposterous question.""
But Aaron Benjamin said he's willing to take the job. The New York University film student and Disney shareholder said he and Eisner share the same birthday later this month. ""It's time to revamp everything. He's got to go,"" Benjamin said. ""He's going to be 62, I'm going to be 23.""
Vague and/or Blunt. Posted Tuesday, March 2, 2004, 6:42PM by TylerL
The first Astro Boy promo aired today. Get it in the new Astro Boy download section.
Buy his stuff too.
Update by Tyler 10 minutes later: The Powerpuff Girls Movie Promo is also online for your whatever enjoyment.
Two Days Left. Posted Monday, March 1, 2004, 9:06PM by Andromaton
"Quoted from latest Roy/Stanley letter (most likely last before the meeting):
WE NEED YOUR HELP TO RESTORE THE MAGIC!
THE DECISION IS YOURS - VOTE ""NO"" TODAY!
You don't have to just take our word for it. Look again at what others who have decided to VOTE NO on Eisner have said:
Click Read More for the rest of Roy Disney and Stanley Gold's letter to the shareholders.
Also included is the W. Disney Co. Board of Directors letter. Enjoy them both.
Roy E. Disney
Stanley P. Gold
4444 Lakeside Drive
Burbank, CA 91505
PLEASE EXERCISE YOUR RIGHT TO VOTE
March 1, 2004
Dear Fellow Walt Disney Company Shareholder:
There are only two days remaining until The Walt Disney Company annual meeting of shareholders on March 3, 2004. Although time is short, you still have time to cast your vote, if you have not already done so, or to change your vote.
To assure that your vote is received in time, we urge you to vote promptly by phone or internet. The deadline for most shareholders to submit their vote by either of these methods is 11:59 PM EST on Tuesday, March 2nd. However, if you are a Disney employee (or former employee) and your Disney shares are held in the company's 401(k) plan, the deadline for internet or telephone voting is 11:59 AM EST tomorrow, March 2, 2004. Simply follow the voting instructions you received with your proxy form. Proxies sent by mail or by hand must also be received by 11:59 AM EST Tuesday for 401(k) participants, and prior to the start of the 10:00 AM EST meeting on Wednesday for all other shareholders.
We are extremely gratified by the strong and growing support among shareholders to withhold their vote on the re-election of Michael Eisner, John Bryson, Judith Estrin and George Mitchell. We urge you to vote today and send an unmistakable message that it is time for a change in the senior management and Board of The Walt Disney Company. Tell the Board you believe it is time to replace Michael Eisner -- eight years of substandard performance is long enough.
We believe that the record of The Walt Disney Company over the last eight years speaks for itself. Shareholders are entitled to better management. Michael Eisner has failed to deliver for all Disney shareholders over this long period. We believe the FACTS are clear:
* Poor Capital Allocation: Little or no additional returns on billions of dollars this management invested. Despite reinvesting more than $15 billion in Company operations since 1996, Disney's operating income in fiscal year 2003 was only $3.2 billion versus operating income of $3.5 billion in 1996. Furthermore even if you assume Disney management achieves its forecasts for fiscal year 2004, earnings will only approximate those achieved six years ago.
* Loss of Strategic Focus, Creativity and Talent: New management is needed to restore the magic and rekindle the creative flame -- Disney can't afford the continued loss of talented individuals like Messrs. Bollenbach, Burke, Katzenberg, Laybourne, Pressler, Roth and Schneider.
* Damaged Relationships: In January, Steve Jobs announced that Pixar Animation Studios was ending its working relationship with Disney. For 12 years Pixar was a vital component of Disney's motion picture success -- over the last five years, Pixar was the largest contributor to operating income in the motion picture division. The Pixar relationship produced revenues of more than $3 billion with a string of mega hits like Toy Story, Toy Story II, Monsters, Inc. and most recently, Finding Nemo.
* Serious Corporate Governance Deficiencies, including Excessive Executive Compensation: The Walt Disney Company was ranked by The Corporate Library as one of the 10 worst Boards among 1700 companies. For the past three years, the top five Disney executives have received approximately $70 million in total compensation, despite a decrease in Disney's net operating income from $2.0 billion to $1.3 billion and a 50% decline in its stock price.
WE NEED YOUR HELP TO RESTORE THE MAGIC!
THE DECISION IS YOURS - VOTE ""NO"" TODAY!
You don't have to just take our word for it. Look again at what others who have decided to VOTE NO on Eisner have said:
* Institutional Shareholder Services, the largest independent proxy advisor with over 700 institutional clients, announced that ""this vote is a referendum on substantive change on the Disney Board,"" that the Board's prior efforts of ""reconstituting the Board was aimed more at quieting healthy boardroom dissent rather than creating it"" and that ""Board ties to Disney management are omnipresent."" ISS concluded ""at the end of the day, all roads lead back to Eisner.""
* Glass Lewis, another leading independent proxy advisor, stated, ""The Disney board has been notoriously insular, famously gullible and blindly loyal to Mr. Eisner."" Glass Lewis also noted that ""while the corporate world is watching carefully the fate of the Disney directors, investors should be heard to say in unison: we will hold directors' feet to the fire for present and past transgressions.""
* CalPERS explained, ""We have lost complete confidence in Mr. Eisner's strategic vision and leadership in creating shareholder value in the company.""
* The New Jersey State Investment Council said, ""Eisner has created no value for shareholders for the past seven years.""
* CalSTRS noted, ""Eisner's strategic vision as illustrated by his past actions doesn't encourage us that he's taking The Walt Disney Company in the right direction.""
* The New York State Common Retirement Fund announced that what Disney must do is ""replace Mr. Eisner as soon as possible.""
* The Treasurer of North Carolina stated, ""The failure of the company to generate long-term value for shareholders, combined with their past inattention to good corporate governance practices has forced us to take this step.""
* The Massachusetts Pension Reserves Investment Management Board expressed concerns about Disney ""mismanagement.""
* The Connecticut Pension Fund noted that ""management should report to the board, not the other way around.""
* The Ohio State Teachers' Retirement Fund explained that its vote was one of ""'no confidence' against management and board.""
* The Virginia Retirement System announced it would follow the recommendations of ISS.
* T. Rowe Price said its decision was a ""message that if companies don't perform, we do have a vote.""
Our message is resounding from Coast to Coast, from North to South and in the Heartland -- Michael Eisner must go NOW.
We ask you to VOTE NO on Michael Eisner, as well as John Bryson, Judith Estrin and George Mitchell.
For assistance in voting, please call our proxy advisors, Mackenzie Partners, Inc. Toll-Free at (800) 322-2885 or at (212) 929-5500 collect or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will be pleased to answer your questions. You may also visit www.savedisney.com for easy to follow voting instructions.
Send a message that you want change. Your VOTE, no matter how many Disney shares you may own, matters greatly.
We appreciate your vote and all your support in bringing back the magic to The Walt Disney Company.
Roy E. Disney Stanley P. Gold
Special Note: If your shares are held in a brokerage account and you fail to vote your shares, your shares will automatically be voted FOR all management nominees. If you have not already voted, please take a brief moment to vote today by internet or telephone to withhold (Vote No) on Eisner and on Bryson, Estrin and Mitchell!
February 27, 2004
Fellow Disney Shareholders,
The Walt Disney Company is dedicated to building long-term shareholder
value by continuing to produce and distribute high quality family
entertainment. Fortune Magazine this week recognized this by naming
The Walt Disney Company as America's Most Admired Entertainment
Company, based on a survey of top entertainment industry executives,
directors and securities analysts. Being the best is an exceptional
statement about our business, our organization and how we operate.
This year, your company expects to grow its earnings from continuing
operations in excess of 30%. In fact, as a consequence of the strategy
management is implementing across all segments of the company, the
company expects to deliver double-digit compound growth in earnings
through at least 2007. You should also be extremely pleased, as are
we, about your company's strong future potential, its momentum and the
significant value of its brands and assets.
This strong performance reflects the business, financial and creative
direction of Disney under the leadership of Michael Eisner and his
management team. Your Board believes the company's current structure
and strategy will maximize shareholder value. Enclosed please find a
guest column recently published in ""Variety"" that also illustrates on
a personal level your management team's commitment to creative
excellence and to maintaining Disney's position as the leading creator
and distributor of high quality family entertainment.
To continue to generate value for you, the company has to remain
focused on two primary goals -- performance and the continued
development of creative family entertainment. And that's what we're
doing. The commitment to creative excellence has never wavered, and
over the long term is producing results.
Your vote FOR each of the Director nominees is important to keep the
momentum of The Walt Disney Company going. To cast your vote, please
use the telephone or Internet voting procedures described in the
enclosed proxy form.
By doing so, you are making an important statement that, as
shareholders, you do not want The Walt Disney Company distracted from
concentrating all its talents and resources on continuing the
company's momentum, and continuing its rich tradition of creative
excellence -- in short, realizing the full potential of our creative
strength and enhancing thereby shareholder value.
Thank you for your continued support and confidence.
Your Board of Directors
For additional information, please contact The Walt Disney Company's proxy information help line, at 866-775-2703 or 877-750-9497.