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'Radar Screen' is a regular feature that charts upcoming kids movies, including details related to their licensing and promotional activities. Questions or materials related to 'Radar Screen' should be directed to Virginia Robertson at 213-966-4500....
May 1, 1998

‘Radar Screen’ is a regular feature that charts upcoming kids movies, including details related to their licensing and promotional activities. Questions or materials related to ‘Radar Screen’ should be directed to Virginia Robertson at 213-966-4500.

Title & Release Storyline Studio & Licensing Promotion Licensees & Additional Primary Date (A: animation, Distributor Contact Contact Promotional Media Target CA: computer animation, Partners (TV series,

Audience L: live action, CD-ROMs,

CGI: computer generated other)

images)

Small Soldiers

Ages 7 to 17,

family

July 10, `98

(L/CGI) Action figures accidentally become equipped with top-secret artificial intelligence chips, and all-out war breaks out in this action adventure.

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), Penguin, DreamWorks Interactive, Landoll

promo partners: Burger King, Coke, Microsoft, Travelodge

TBA

Madeline

Girls ages 6 to 11, family

July 10, `98

(L) Based on the Ludwig Bemelman book series, the film brings the exploits of the Parisian schoolgirl to the big screen.

Columbia TriStar Pictures

M.J. Chisholm, DIC Licensing,

818-955-5400

Karen Davis, manager of national promotions, Columbia TriStar,

310-244-6043

licensees: Golden Books, Golden Books Home Video

promo partners: TBA

TBA

Ever After: The Cinderella Story

Tween and teen girls, family

July 29, `98

(L) Cinderella, played by Drew Barrymore, finds her prince in this updated fairy tale.

20th Century Fox

Michael Malone,

VP worldwide sales,

20th Century Fox Licensing & Merchandising,

310-369-3243 Steve Ross,

sr. VP worldwide promotions,

20th Century Fox Licensing & Merchandising, 310-369-3199

licensees: TBA

promo partners: TBA

Mighty Joe Young

Family Summer `98

(L) In this update of the 1949 classic, a zoologist discovers Joe, a 15-foot gorilla that was raised by an orphaned girl.

Walt Disney Pictures

Walt Disney Pictures,

818-560-5151 Walt Disney Pictures,

818-560-5151 licensees: TBA

promo partners: TBA

TBA

Title & Release Storyline Studio & Licensing Promotion Licensees & Additional Primary Date (A: animation, Distributor Contact Contact Promotional Media Target CA: computer animation, Partners (TV series,

Audience L: live action, CD-ROMs,

CGI: computer generated other)

images)

The Bumblebee Flies Away

Family

October `98

(L) The story of an 18-year-old with amnesia who initiates a covert investigation into his own history.

Artisan

Entertainment

Artisan Entertainment,

818-908-0303

Artisan Entertainment,

818-908-0303

licensees: TBA

promo partners: TBA

TBA

Freak the Mighty

Family

October 30, `98 (L) The popular novel Freak the Mighty is brought to the big screen starring Sharon Stone and Harry Dean Stanton.

Miramax

John Polwrek, sr. VP of worldwide promotions,

Miramax Films,

213-769-4137

John Polwrek, sr. VP of worldwide promotions,

Miramax Films,

213-769-4137 licensees: TBA

promo partners: TBA

TBA

Jack Frost

Ages 6 to 12, family

November 6, `98 (L) A musician, played by Michael Keaton, who pays little attention to his son, dies, then gets a chance to redeem himself by returning to life as Frosty the Snowman.

Warner Bros. Jordan Sollitto,

VP of promotions and branded foods,

Warner Bros. Consumer Products,

818-954-1889

Tyler Turquand, sr. promotions representative,

Warner Bros.,

818-954-6167 licensees: TBA

promo partners: TBA

TBA

The Prince of Egypt

Ages 8 and up November 8, `98 (A) The epic story of Moses from the time he is set adrift in a basket as a baby to the moment he leads his people out of Egypt to the Promised Land.

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: TBA

promo partners: TBA

TBA

Star Trek 9

Ages 12 to 49 November 20, `98 (L/CGI) The cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation reunites on the big screen.

Paramount

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)

CD-ROM and two TV series, Star Trek: Voyager and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, currently support the franchise

Rugrats the Movie

Family

November 25, `98 (A) Tommy Pickles and gang, stars of the Nick series, face new adventures with the arrival of an addition to the family.

Nickelodeon Movies,

Paramount Pictures Maureen Taxter,

sr. VP and general

manager of licensing, Nickelodeon,

212-258-7500 Pam Kaufman,

VP of promotions marketing, Nickelodeon,

212-258-7500 licensees: Mattel

(master toy)

promo partners: Burger King, Mott’s Juices New TV episodes began airing fall `97; movie soundtrack by Interscope Records

A Bug’s Life

Family November `98 (A) Toy Story director John Lasseter directs this comedy surrounding the ‘ant-ics’ of a misfit young ant as he tries to save his colony from a greedy gang of grasshoppers.

Pixar Animation Studios/Walt Disney Pictures Walt Disney Pictures,

818-560-5151 Walt Disney Pictures,

818-560-5151 licensees: TBA

promo partners: McDonald’s

TBA

Air Bud: The Golden Receiver

Family

December 18, `98

(L) A sequel with the dog playing football.

Miramax

John Polwrek, sr. VP of worldwide promotions,

Miramax Films,

213-769-4137

John Polwrek, sr. VP of worldwide promotions,

Miramax Films,

213-769-4137

licensing: TBA

promo partners: TBA

TBA

Babe: Pig In The City

Family

December 25, `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: Equity Toys, Gund, Random House, GT Publishing, Landoll, Publications International

promo partners: Dole Food Company

TBA

Title & Release Storyline Studio & Licensing Promotion Licensees & Additional Primary Date (A: animation, Distributor Contact Contact Promotional Media Target CA: computer animation, Partners (TV series,

Audience L: live action, CD-ROMs,

CGI: computer generated other)

images)

The Wizard of Oz (re-issue)

Family

December 25, `98 (L) The yellow brick road winds its way to the box office once again.

Warner Bros.

Jordan Sollitto,

VP of promotions and branded foods,

Warner Bros. Consumer Products,

818-954-1889 Tyler Turquand, sr. promotions representative,

Warner Bros.,

818-954-6167 licensees: TBA

promo partners: TBA

TBA

Sequel to Beavis and Butt-head Do America

Ages 18 to 24

December

`98 (A) MTV’s sophomoric pair head to the big screen for a second time.

MTV Films,

Paramount

Lisa Silfen,

VP of consumer

products, MTV,

212-258-8000

Lisa DiMarzio,

VP of promotions, Paramount Pictures,

213-956-5377 licensees: TBA

promo partners: TBA

TBA

Fool on the Hill

Teens and adults Holiday `98

(tentative)

(L) Jim Carrey stars in this comedy based on the British TV series Taking Over the Asylum, about an aspiring DJ who starts a radio station at a mental institution. MGM/United Artists,

Orion Pictures,

MGM Distribution Co. David Palmer, VP of marketing, MGM Consumer

Products,

310-449-3880

Randy Smith,

VP of national

promotions, MGM/United Artists,

310-449-3444

licensees: TBA

promo partners: TBA

TBA

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Movie

Family Holiday `98 (A/CA) The classic Rudolph in a new feature-length adventure with a whole new cast of characters.

GoodTimes

Entertainment

Seth Willenson, executive

producer,

GoodTimes Entertainment,

212-951-3020

Seth Willenson, executive

producer,

GoodTimes Entertainment, 212-951-3020 licensees: TBA

promo partners: TBA

TBA

The Parent Trap

Family Holiday `98

(L) Remake of the Disney classic in which twin sisters, separated at birth, meet at summer camp.

Walt Disney Pictures Walt Disney Pictures,

818-560-5151 Walt Disney Pictures,

818-560-5151

licensees: TBA

promo partners: TBA

TBA

I’ll Be Home for Christmas

Family

Holiday `98

(L) Comedy ensues when a student awakens to find himself stranded in the middle of the Arizona desert dressed as Santa Claus.

Walt Disney Pictures

Walt Disney Pictures,

818-560-5151

Walt Disney Pictures,

818-560-5151

licensees: TBA

promo partners: TBA

TBA

Super Dave: The Movie

Teens

1998 (L) Based on the TV series starring Bob Einstein as daredevil buffoon Super Dave Osborn.

MGM/United Artists

David Palmer, VP of marketing, MGM Consumer Products,

310-449-3880

Randy Smith,

VP of national

promotions, MGM/United Artists,

310-449-3444 licensees: TBA

promo partners: TBA

TBA

Rocky and Bullwinkle

Family

1998 (A) The pair has been summoned out of retirement to make a big screen debut.

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

Antz

Family

Spring

1999 (CA) Woody Allen is the voice of an ant fed up with his 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: TBA

promo partners: TBA

TBA

The King and I

Family

Spring 1999

(A) The Rodgers and Hammerstein classic in an animated screen adaptation.

Warner Bros., Morgan Creek

Linda Goldenberg, sr. VP marketing, Warner Bros.

818-954-5196

Brian Robinson, manager of marketing, Morgan Creek, 818-954-4601

licensees: Playmates Toys (master toy), Scholastic, Rubies Costumes

promo partners: TBA

TBA

The Pink Panther

Family

Summer `99

(L) A hip revision of the comedy spy spoof that dubs itself ‘the color of cool,’ featuring a whole new fashion-driven look.

MGM/United Artists

David Palmer, VP of marketing, MGM Consumer Products,

310-449-3880

Randy Smith,

VP of national

promotions, MGM/United Artists,

310-449-3444

licensees: Fossil, Toy Island

promo partners:

TBA

TBA

The Incredible Mr. Limpett

Teens, young adults

Summer `99

(L) Kevin Kline and Will Smith in a cinematic remake of the TV tale of two Secret Service agents going undercover in the West. Warner Bros. Jordan Sollitto,

VP of promotions and branded foods,

Warner Bros. Consumer Products,

818-954-1889

Erin Corbett, manager, national promotions,

Warner Bros.,

818-954-6026 licensees: Hasbro

(master toy)

promo partners: TBA

TBA

The Incredible Mr. Limpett

Teens, family

Fall `99

(L) Remake of the Don Knotts movie in which a man (played by Jim Carrey) turns into a fish and helps the U.S. Navy spot enemy submarines.

Warner Bros. Jordan Sollitto,

VP of promotions and branded foods,

Warner Bros. Consumer Products,

818-954-1889

Shannon Ryan-Nicosia, director, national promotions, Warner Bros.,

818-954-6213

licensees: Hasbro

promo partners: TBA

TBA

The Road to El Dorado

Family

Holiday

`99 (A) A comedy surrounding a pair of ne’er-do-well stable hands who 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

Toy Story 2

Family

Holiday `99

(CA) Sequel to the computer-animated blockbuster reprising all of the original’s voice talent.

Walt Disney Pictures

Walt Disney Pictures,

818-560-5151

Walt Disney Pictures,

818-560-5151

licensees: TBA

promo partners: TBA

TBA

Prequel to Star Wars

Family

1999 (L/CGI) Episode one of the prequels to the Star Wars trilogy. Lucasfilm,

distributor TBA

Jim Ward,

director of marketing, Lucasfilm,

415-662-1800 Jim Ward,

director of marketing, Lucasfilm,

415-662-1800 licensees: Hasbro

(master toy), Galoob

promo partners: TBA TBA

Curious George

Family

1999 (L) The mischievous monkey hits theaters.

Imagine Entertainment, 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: Equity Marketing, GT Publishing, Everything Kids, Landoll, Sony Signatures, Gund, ACI, Zak Designs, Christine Foley, Wee Play, Jay Franko & Sons

promo partners: Dole Food Company

Golden Books/Golden Books Home Video clay animation videos

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

Elmo in Grouchland

Ages 6 to 12 June `99 (A) The cute Sesame Street creature heads to the big screen.

Sony Pictures Entertainment, Children’s Television Workshop

Ann Kerns, VP of licensing,

Children’s Television Workshop,

212-595-3456

Karen Davis, manager of national promotions, Columbia TriStar,

310-244-6043

licensees: TBA

promo partners: TBA TBA

Stuart Litttle

Family 1999 (L/CGI) The film version of the E.B. White story.

Sony Pictures Entertainment Ann Kerns, VP of licensing,

Children’s Television Workshop,

212-595-3456

Karen Davis, manager of national promotions, Columbia TriStar,

310-244-6043 licensees: TBA

promo partners: TBA TBA

Shrek

Family

2000 (CA) A ‘fractured fairy tale’ based on the William Steig children’s book about an ugly ogre looking for love.

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), Penguin Publishing

promo partners: TBA

TBA

My Favorite Martian

Family

TBA

(L) Intergalactic comedy based on the classic television series. Jeff Daniels and Christopher Lloyd star.

Walt Disney Pictures

Walt Disney Pictures,

818-560-5151

Walt Disney Pictures,

818-560-5151

licensees: TBA

promo partners: TBA

TBA

Films in Development

Walt Disney Pictures

Davis Ent./Sky Prod.

DreamWorks SKG

Fox

Nickelodeon/Paramount

New Line Cinema

Scholastic

Universal Pictures

Warner Bros.

- Tarzan (A) – Fantasia 2000 (A) – Kingdom of the Sun (A) – Marco Polo: Return to Xanadu (A) – Treasure Planet (A) – Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? (L) – Inspector Gadget (L)

- Pippin (A)

- The Cat in the Hat (A/CGI) – Chicken Run (A)

- Planet Ice (A) – Dark Town (A) – Santa Calls (A)

- Stinky Cheese Man (A) – Hey Arnold! feature (A) – second Rugrats feature (A)

- Dumb & Dumber prequel (L)

- Golden Compass (L) – Stellaluna (A)

- Cats (A) – Frankenstein (A) – Alien Pet Store (A) – Miss Spider (A)

- The Dog of Flanders (A) – Dennis the Menace 2 (L) – Iron Giant (A) – The Superman Project (L)

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