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Feature Film Radar Screen

This month, KidScreen introduces 'Radar Screen,' a new feature film resource created to chart upcoming kids movies, along with details related to their licensing and promotional activities. While some studio projects are 'too new to be talked about,' we've included as...
September 1, 1997

This month, KidScreen introduces ‘Radar Screen,’ a new feature film resource created to chart upcoming kids movies, along with details related to their licensing and promotional activities. While some studio projects are ‘too new to be talked about,’ we’ve included as many kids movies as possible slated for release over the next two years.

‘Radar Screen’ is designed to show both the scope of marketing activity that is now associated with family and children’s features, as well as to provide those looking for new tie-in opportunities a glimpse of what’s available.

‘Radar Screen’ will be updated on an ongoing basis. Any questions related to ‘Radar Screen’ should be directed to Virginia Robertson at 213-966-4500.

Title & Primary Target Audience Release Date Storyline (A: animation, CA: computer animation, L: live action, CGI: computer generated images) Studio & Distributor Licensing Contact Promotion Contact Licensees & Promotional Partners Additional Media (TV series, CD-ROMs, other)

*The Little Mermaid

Family Nov. 14, `97 (A) Disney’s reissue of the film based on the classic Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale. Walt Disney Pictures, Buena Vista Walt Disney Pictures, 818-560-5151 Walt Disney Pictures, 818-560-5151 licensees: TBA

promo partners: TBA TBA

*Anastasia

Family Nov. 21, `97 (A) A modern-day look at the mysterious legend of the daughter of the last Russian czar. 20th Century Fox Michael Malone, VP of worldwide sales, 20th Century Fox Licensing and Merchandising, 310-369-3243 Steve Ross, sr. VP of worldwide promotions, 20th Century Fox Licensing and Merchandising, 310-369-3199 licensees: Galoob (master toy), Fruit of the Loom, Khan-Lucas, Freeze, Applause, HarperCollins, Golden Books, Tiger Electronics, Lalique and others

promo partners: Burger King, Hershey’s, Dole Foods, Cheeseborough-Pond’s CD-ROM game and sing-along video, both available fall `97

*Flubber

Family Nov. 26, `97 (L/CGI) An updated version of the 1961 Disney classic The Absent Minded Professor. Walt Disney Pictures, Buena Vista Walt Disney Pictures, 818-560-5151 Walt Disney Pictures, 818-560-5151 licensees: TBA

promo partners: TBA TBA

*Home Alone 3

Ages 6 to 14 Holiday `97 (L) There’s a new kid in townÑeight-year-old Alex PruitÑand he’s home alone when a team of criminals invade his neighborhood. 20th Century Fox Michael Malone, VP of worldwide sales, 20th Century Fox Licensing and Merchandising, 310-369-3243 Steve Ross, sr. VP of worldwide promotions, 20th Century Fox Licensing and Merchandising, 310-369-3199 licensees: TBA

promo partners: TBA TBA

*Mr. Magoo

Family Dec. 25, `97 (L) When a stolen gem lands in the possession of near-sighted millionaire Quincy Magoo, a sinister plot is hatched to steal it back. Walt Disney Pictures, Buena Vista Walt Disney Pictures, 818-560-5151 Walt Disney Pictures, 818-560-5151 licensees: TBA

promo partners: TBA TBA

*Spice: The Movie

Kids and teens January `98 (L) A Hard Day’s Night-style mockumentary following the Spice Girls in the days leading up to their live concert debut. Columbia Pictures TBA Stephen Zhawred, sr. coordinator of national promotions, Columbia TriStar, 310-244-4618 licensees: TBA

promo partners: TBA TBA

* The Borrowers Family First quarter `98 (L) The adventures of little people who live in the floorboards of homes and survive by borrowing items thought misplaced. Based on the Mary Norton book series. Working Title Films, PolyGram Films Beth Goss, VP of marketing services, PolyGram Films, 310-385-4000 Beth Goss, VP of marketing services, PolyGram Films, 310-385-4000 licensees: TBA

promo partners: TBA Animated series in development

*The Mask of Zorro Family March `98 (L) A drifter with a troubled past (played by Antonio Banderas) takes the reins from the original Zorro to fight oppression as the legendary hero. TriStar Pictures/Amblin Entertainment Sony Signatures, 310-244-7788 Tammy Moore, director of national promotions, Columbia TriStar, 310-244-8801 licensees: Playmates Toys (master toy), Fruit of the Loom, Golden Books, Tiger Electronics, others

promo partners: TBA Animated TV series on WB network, fall `97

*Lost In Space Family April 3, `98 (L/CGI) A sci-fi adventure about a family’s intergalactic voyage aboard a sabotaged spaceship. Inspired by the `60s TV series. New Line Cinema David Imhoff, sr. VP of worldwide licensing and merchandising, New Line Cinema, 212-649-4944 Mary Goss, VP of national promotions, New Line Cinema, 310-854-5811 licensees: Trendmasters (master toy), Scholastic, Applause, Trevco Sportswear, Inkworks, Ertl

promo partners: Altoids Mints, Sci-Fi Channel Animated TV series, fall `98; live-action series, fall `99; educational CD-ROM by Sound Source Interactive

* Godzilla Ages 8 and up May 25, ’98 (L/CGI) The hairy creature descends on New York City once again to check out the view from the Chrysler Building. TriStar Pictures Sony Signatures, 310-244-7788 Stephen Zhawred, sr. coordinator of national promotions, Columbia TriStar, 310-244-4618 licensees: Galoob (master toy), Equity Toys, Toy Biz, Trendmasters, Giant, The Bibb Company, Ero Industries, Tiger Electronics, Dark Horse Comics, Scholastic

promo partners: Taco Bell, Hershey’s Animated TV series

*Quest for Camelot Family May 25, ’98 (A) A young King Arthur grows up in the time of Camelot. Warner Bros. Feature Animation, Warner Bros. Jordan Sollitto, VP of promotions and branded foods, Warner Bros. Consumer Products, 818-954-1889 Dennis Lemenager, director of national promotions, Warner Bros., 818-954-6213 licensees: Kenner (master toy)

promo partners:

Wendy’s NA

*Paulie

Family Spring `98 (L) The story of a parrot who learns human languageÑbut never quite understands the ways of humansÑand his quest to return to the little girl who raised and loved him. DreamWorks SKG Travis Rutherford, head of licensing, DreamWorks Consumer Products, 818-733-7000 Anne Giangardella, head of promotions, DreamWorks Consumer Products, 818-733-7000 licensees: Hasbro (master toy), others TBA

promo partners: TBA TBA

*Dr. Doolittle

Ages 10 to 49 Spring `98 (L) A workaholic doctor suddenly discovers he can communicate with animals, who put him back in touch with what’s important. Davis Entertainment Co./20th Century Fox, 20th Century Fox Michael Malone, VP of worldwide sales, 20th Century Fox Licensing and Merchandising, 310-369-3243 Steve Ross, sr. VP of worldwide promotions, 20th Century Fox Licensing and Merchandising, 310-369-3199 licensees: TBA

promo partners: TBA TBA

*Barney’s Great Adventure

Families with children under 5 Spring `98 (L) The ubiquitous purple dinosaur makes its big-screen debut. Lyrick Studios, PolyGram Films Beth Goss, VP of marketing services, PolyGram Films, 310-385-4000 Beth Goss, VP of marketing services, PolyGram Films, 310-385-4000 licensees: Hasbro (master toy), others TBA

promo partners: TBA TV series, home videos

*Baby Geniuses

Ages 6 to 12 Second quarter `98 (L) A comedy-adventure based on the belief that kids hold the secrets to the past, present and future. Triumph Films, Columbia Pictures NA Tammy Moore, director of national promotions, Columbia TriStar, 310-244-8801 At press time, negotiations in major categories were being finalized. NA

*Mulan

Family Summer `98 (A) When her aged father is called by the Chinese army to war, and certain death, Mulan disguises herself as a man to take his place. Walt Disney Pictures, Buena Vista Walt Disney Pictures, 818-560-5151 Walt Disney Pictures, 818-560-5151 licensees: TBA

promo partners: TBA NA

*Small Soldiers

Ages 12 to 17 Summer `98 (L/CGI) Soldiers and monsters converge in a comedy-action romp. DreamWorks SKG Travis Rutherford, head of licensing, DreamWorks Consumer Products, 818-733-7000 Anne Giangardella, head of promotions, DreamWorks Consumer Products, 818-733-7000 licensees: Hasbro (master toy), others TBA

promo partners: TBA TBA

*Babar, King of the Elephants

Young children Late Summer `98 (A) The story of a young elephant who learns that great things are possible if one never gets discouraged. Based on the classic de Brunhoff books. Nelvana Limited, distributor TBA Kim Cleary, creative director, Nelvana Limited, 416-588-5571 or Amy Budinger, VP, The Clifford Ross Company, 212-777-2676 Andrew Witkin, sales and marketing manager, Nelvana Limited, 416-530-2830 licensees: Friemanit International, Gund, Mud Puppy Press, Noel Joanna, Peaceable Kingdom Press, Publications International, Takara Co.

promo partners: TBA 65 episodes of Nelvana’s animated TV series, Babar, to air on HBO beginning fall `97

*Sequel to Babe

Family November `98 (L/CGI) The continuing adventures of celluloid’s most eloquent pig. Universal Pictures Tim Rothwell, sr. VP of domestic sales Universal Studios Consumer Products, 818-777-9001 Lisa Berlin, VP of promotions, Universal Studios Consumer Products, 818-777-2987 licensees: Gund, others TBA

promo partners: TBA NA

*Sequel to Beavis and Butthead Do America

Ages 12 to 24 Holiday `98 (A) The brain dead duo return to the big-screen. MTV Films/Paramount Pictures Lisa Silfen, VP of consumer products, MTV, 212-258-8000 Lisa DiMarzio, VP of promotions, Paramount Pictures, 213-956-5377 TBA TBA

*Star Trek 9

Ages 12 to 49 Holiday `98 (L/CGI) Intergalactic classic makes anothers voyage. Paramount Pictures Pam Newton, VP of domestic licensing, Viacom Consumer Products, 213-956-1637 Lisa DiMarzio, VP of promotions, Paramount Pictures, 213-956-5377

licensees: Playmates Toys (master toy), Gifts and Greetings, (working within the framework of current licensees; will expand beyond that as required) CD-ROM; two TV series, Star Trek: Voyager and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, currently support the franchise

*Rugrats the Movie

Family Holiday `98 (A) Baby Tommy Pickles, star of the Nick series, faces new adventures with the arrival of an addition to the family. Nickelodeon Movies, Paramount Pictures Lisa Marks, VP of marketing, Nickelodeon, 212-258-7103 Pam Kaufman, VP of promotions marketing, Nickelodeon, 212-846-5930 licensees: Mattel (master toy), Simon & Schuster, Applause, Paramount Home Video New TV episodes, fall `97

*The King and I

Ages 6 to 12 Spring `99 (A) The Rogers and Hammerstein classic in an animated screen adaptation. Morgan Creek, Warner Bros. Brian Robinson, manager of marketing, Morgan Creek, 818-954-4601 Brian Robinson, manager of marketing, Morgan Creek, 818-954-4601 licensees: TBA

promo partners: TBA NA

*Antz

Family 1999 (CA) Woody Allen is the voice of an ant fed up with a totalitarian ant colony. DreamWorks SKG Travis Rutherford, head of licensing, DreamWorks Consumer Products, 818-733-7000 Anne Giangardella, head of promotions, DreamWorks Consumer Products, 818-733-7000 licensees: Hasbro (master toy)

promo partners: TBA TBA

*Star Wars 1999 (L/CGI) Episode 1 of the prequels to the Star Wars trilogy. Lucasfilm Jim Ward, director of marketing, Lucasfilm, 415-662-1800 Jim Ward, director of marketing, Lucasfilm, 415-662-1800 licensees: TBA

promo partners: TBA TBA

*Curious George

Family 1999 The mischievous monkey hits theaters. Imagine Entertainment/Universal Pictures, Universal Pictures Tim Rothwell, sr. VP of domestic sales, Universal Studios Consumer Products, 818-777-9001 Lisa Berlin, VP of promotions, Universal Studios Consumer Products, 818-777-2987 licensees: TBA

promo partners: TBA TBA

*Alvin & the Chipmunks

Family 1999 (A) Alvin and the gang go nuts once again. Universal Pictures Tim Rothwell, sr. VP of domestic sales, Universal Studios Consumer Products, 818-777-9001 Lisa Berlin, VP of promotions, Universal Studios Consumer Products, 818-777-2987 licensees: TBA

promo partners: TBA TBA

*El Dorado

Family Holiday `99 (A) A pair of ne’er-do-well stable hands stow away to the new world and discover the Incan City of Gold. DreamWorks SKG Travis Rutherford, head of licensing, DreamWorks Consumer Products, 818-733-7000 Anne Giangardella, head of promotions, DreamWorks Consumer Products,818-733-7000 licensees: Hasbro (master toy)

promo partners: TBA TBA

*Shrek

Family TBA (CA) A story of the ugliest man in the world and his pursuit of the ugliest woman. Based on the William Steig children’s book. DreamWorks SKG Travis Rutherford, head of licensing, DreamWorks Consumer Products, 818-733-7000 Anne Giangardella, head of promotions, DreamWorks Consumer Products, 818-733-7000 licensees: Hasbro (master toy)

promo partners: TBA TBA

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