DINOSAUR (Buena Vista Pictures) Tentative Release Date: Second Quarter 2000
Starring: Voices of D.B. Sweeney, Kiefer Sutherland, Julianna Margulies, Alfre Woodard
Top Line: A non-traditional prehistoric tale about the extinction of dinosaurs using stop-motion, computer-generated imagery (CGI), and miniature models.
SHREK (DreamWorks SKG) Tentative Release Date: Fourth Quarter 2000
Starring: Sharon Stone, Nick Nolte, Jeff Bridges, Albert Finney, Catherine Keener
Top Line: A fairy tale about a young ogre who seeks his fortune and finds happiness by falling in love with the ugliest princess in the world. An all-CGI film.
FLINTSTONES 2: VIVA ROCK VEGAS (Universal Pictures) Tentative Release Date: Second Quarter 2000
Starring: Mark Addy, Stephen Baldwin, Kristin Johnson, Jane Krakowski
Top Line: The Flintstones return with an all-new cast in a prequel to the 1994 film that focuses on the newly married, twenty-something Fred and Wilma (Addy & Johnston) and Barney and Betty (Baldwin and Krakowski).
SLEEPY HOLLOW (Paramount Pictures) Tentative Release Date: Fall 1999
Starring: Johnny Depp, Christina Ricci, Christopher Walken
Top Line: Washington Irving’s legend of the Headless Horseman returns, with a more than a few twists to the classic tale. Ichabod Crane (Depp), a New York City constable, arrives in Sleepy Hollow to investigate the mysterious deaths of villagers who have been relieved of their heads by the revenge-seeking horseman.
Universal Studios Inc., Universal City, CA, went the security route twice recently by signing DaimlerChrysler’s Dodge division and Coca-Cola Co. to multi-year marketing contracts. The agreements offer their respective brands rights to a broad array of Universal properties, including movies, theme parks, cartoons, and music. Although no dollar estimates have been proffered, the scope of the deals rank them among the largest ever made in Hollywood.
Organizers of the Sci-Fi Expo & Toy Show in Plano, TX, are making the most of their timely May 21-23 show dates by dangling tickets to Star Wars: Episode I- The Phantom Menace as part of their $35 Gold VIP show package. The show is also auctioning off tickets for a special screening in which winning bidders get to sit next to some of the less luminous cast members of the first Star Wars trilogy, including Billy Dee Williams and the faces behind R2D2, Chewbacca, Boba Fett, and Greedo.
Fox Family/Saban Entertainment is working overtime getting fast-food partners for its kids’ TV properties. On the heels of a Mystic Knights of Tir Na Nog promo at McDonald’s come kids meal premium deals this month at Wendy’s and Long John Silver’s restaurants. Wendy’s is giving away Bobby’s World toys and games in its first kids meal tie-in with Saban. Long John Silver’s offers a variety of Life With Louie gadgets in its second hookup with the production house.