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WILL VINTON STUDIOS TO CREATE FULL FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT FOR THE FUTURE; ANIMATION INNOVATOR ANNOUNCES MOTION PICTURE AND MULTIMEDIA PROJECTS

 WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif., Dec. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Will Vinton Studios, a world leader in animation innovation, has announced a slate of projects aimed at forging the future of "full family" entertainment. The Oscar- and Emmy-winning creators of such wild and endearing creations as the California Raisins, have announced they are creating a series of dimensionally animated characters who will star in motion pictures and television shows as well as virtual reality theme rides, high-tech games and other media for the future. To this end, the company has announced the following:
 -- The formation of Will Vinton Entertainment -- A Los Angeles-based office headed by animation entrepreneur Terry Thoren (formerly head of Expanded Entertainment, producer of "The International Tournee of Animation" and founder of Animation magazine) to develop new projects for the global market.
 -- A partnership with Peter Beale's New Entertainment Guild, leaders in high-tech entertainment experiences, to create simulator rides and virtual reality attractions based on Vinton characters.
 -- The production of two musical-comedy features which will bring Vinton's witty twists in character creation to classic tales: "The Frog Prince," a wild modernization of the blues-struck amphibian on a quest for the ultimate transformative smooch, to be written by Jim Cox ("Beauty and the Beast," "The Rescuers Down Under," "Fern Gully"); and "The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus," the definitive bio-pic of Claus, based on Michael Ploog's illustrated adaptation of the L. Frank Baum book, and written by Jeffrey Scott ("Muppet Babies").
 -- The retaining of Goldman, Sachs & Co. as the company's financial advisers.
 Vinton's new projects will introduce his "dimensional cartoon" technique, which combines computer-generated imagery, traditional stop- motion and his trademark Claymation(R) to bring to life characters with the expressiveness of humans but the high attitude and adventurousness of cartoons.
 Said Vinton: "Our studio is known for creating stories and characters that appeal to the fantasy-loving, irreverent side of humans that exists at every age. Now we're taking the next creative step, not only into movies but into every conceivable new medium that can bring joy and mayhem to people around the world. We've perfected our technology, assembled an incredible team of talent and we're ready to turn out new experiences for all ages."
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