Chris Maier (oom9@crosswinds.net)
Mon, 19 Jun 2000 12:24:18 -0400


Funny you should mention that. Not only is Pokemon coming back this Summer,
Digimon has been scheduled for October 6th release by Fox.Get this:They're
going to splice the two Japanese movies together. That's gonna be odd.
  I quess there is'nt a market for serious animation, at least theatrically.
The failures of Iron Giant, Mononoke,X and now Titan proves this. ADV says
they're going to market Spriggan better than Mononoke, but given ADV's
realitively small budget I really don't see that happening.
  There's also been talk of a Dragonball Z movie, but the dub of DBZ is such
a travesty that I'm not expecting anything big. Also, the movie they're
planning on showing is almost 10 years old and produced by TOEI, so it's
gonna get pulled apart by animation critics anyway.
  But with Gundam on the rise, and Bandai getting ready to unleash a
Pokemon-size merchandise upheavel, maybe we might see Endless Waltz:Movie
Edition in theathers...but it's a long shot.
----- Original Message -----
From: Blackeagle <cdupchurch@hotmail.com>
To: <gundam@aeug.org>
Sent: Monday, June 19, 2000 12:00 PM
Subject: Re: [gundam] OT: Titan A.E.

> >Here's more detail from www.filmforce.net
> >
> >Bleak news for Fox, as the animated epic Titan A.E. tanked. Genre fans
seem
> >to dig the look of the film, but were down on the story. The film just
> >didn't seem to have what it took to reach the masses. Some fans of
animated
> >film see this as a potential blow to more experimental animated films
being
> >made in Hollywood. It's possible that studios might see the weak
> >performance of Titan as a sign that an animated film that isn't just a
> >"cartoon" can't perform. Another group down on Titan are science fiction
> >fans, who were hoping for a little bit of redemption after the dismal
> >Battlefield Earth. Alas, Titan was not to be their savior.
>
> I think part of Titan's problem may be that Fox just doesn't know who to
> market it to. Part of the basis for this assesment is the trailers I saw
> before the movie. Most of the trailers were for kiddie flicks (Pokemon,
> Thomas the Tank Engine). Looks like the Fox marketing execs seem to think
> anything animated has to be aimed at an audience under ten.
>
> Right before the movie the last trailer was for X-Men. That is the kind
of
> demographic that the studio should have been aiming for (teen/young adult
> SF/comic/anime fans).
>
> I think that every anime fan (wheather you liked Titan or not) should be
sad
> that it tanked. If it had done well, it probably would have given some
> impetous to more American animated SF (some of which you might have liked
> better than Titan). It might even have inspired the otherwise dimwitted
> studio execs that there is a ready supply of animated SF on the other side
> of the Pacific just waiting to be released on American shores.
>
> Alas, it was not to be. Which means the only anime we'll see on the big
> screen in the forseeable future (aside from 'cons and limited releases) is
> that Pokemon/Digimon BS.
>
>
>
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