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Old 11-22-2002, 07:57 PM
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Spirit Stallion of the Cimarron

Stampedes Onto VHS and DVD on November 19th

DVD Offers Hours Of Fun Including An All-New DVD Technology That Let’s Kids Create And Star In
Their Own SPIRIT Movie!

PLUS Every Spirit VHS and DVD Comes With TWO Free Gifts!

GLENDALE, CA – Fun and adventure run wild as one of this year’s most acclaimed animated films, DreamWorks’ action-packed SPIRIT: STALLION OF THE CIMARRON, charges onto VHS and DVD on November 19. The studio that produced the Academy Award®-winning Shrek*, gives life to this heart-pounding story that for the first time ever seamlessly merges the personal touch of hand-drawn 2-D animation with the amazing scope and wizardry of 3-D animation. Designed to showcase the film’s ground-breaking artistry and thrilling tale, the SPIRIT DVD captures the film’s essence through all-new animated menus that illustrate the various stages of the animation process, bonus programs that reveal the secrets of crafting this breakthrough picture, and a never-before-used on DVD technology that puts viewers in the director’s chair. Similar to last year’s release of the best-selling SHREK DVD, which premiered the unprecedented DVD-ROM program “ReVoice Studio,” the SPIRIT DVD will debut “Spirit’s Make-A-Movie Studio.” This exclusive program brings together all the activities kids love – watching movies, playing computer games, and having their friends over for hours of creative play. “Spirit’s Make-A-Movie Studio” provides, for the first time ever, a selection of actual backgrounds, music, effects and characters from the film that can be combined with kids’ own personal digital photographs, to take Spirit and his friends on all new adventures. To show off their filmmaking skills to friends and family, kids can personalize movie posters and premiere invitations featured in the DVD’s downloadable section. SPIRIT: STALLION OF THE CIMARRON will also feature an Instant Win Game sticker on every VHS and DVD package offering millions of prizes and an instantly redeemable coupon for a free M&M’S® MINIS® Tube. The VHS will be ownably priced at $15.95 and the DVD will be available for $19.95.

2001 Academy Award® for “Best Animated Feature”

SPIRIT: STALLION OF THE CIMARRON features state-of-the-art animation that truly brings the entire film to life with eye-popping visuals. Setting a new standard in animation with its majestic imagery, SPIRIT: STALLION OF THE CIMARRON was shot in the wide-screen format Cinemascope, which required both the traditional animators and the digital artists to produce 40 percent more animation to fill the larger frames.

To achieve this world of romanticized realism that incorporates tens of thousands of 2D and 3D elements, the studio’s Animation Technology team developed a special pencil test application called “ToonShooter.” This proprietary technology allowed the animators to scan in hand drawn animation and then combine it with other elements – whether it be other characters, backgrounds or effects – and play it back in real time, to see how it would all work together on the big screen.

The studio took this state-of-the art filmmaking tool to the next level with the premiere of an all-new-to DVD program “Spirit’s Make-A-Movie Studio,” which guides kids of all ages through a simple, step-by-step process to create and star in their own SPIRIT movie.

Offering more than just a movie, the SPIRIT: STALLION OF THE CIMARRON DVD provides hours of fun games and activities including:

“Spirit’s Make-A-Movie Studio” – First Time Ever On DVD
The DVD-ROM program provides a variety of actual backgrounds, music, effects and characters from the film that kids can arrange on a timeline by simply clicking and dragging their selections to create all new adventures for SPIRIT and his friends. To truly personalize their movie, kids can scan and import photos to provide unique backdrops for the characters. For the finishing touches, kids can add customized music, narrate their movie, and create their movie’s title and credits. After creating their personalized SPIRIT movie with “Spirit’s Make-A-Movie Studio,” kids can host a red carpet premiere using customized invitations and posters featured in the “Cimarron Cinema” section of the DVD.

“Spirit’s Make-A-Movie Studio” is featured in a dedicated “kids” area on the SPIRIT DVD called DWK (DreamWorks’ Kids): This Way To Play. First launched on the SHREK DVD, DWK: This Way To Play is a “virtual playground” designed to extend the movie’s entertainment experience in a dedicated, kid-friendly environment. Other bonus features on SPIRIT: STALLION OF THE CIMARRON’s DWK: This Way To Play area include:


Desktop Creativity Kits By Hewlett-Packard
Extending the fun, the DVD includes a selection of creative projects offering SPIRIT-themed printables and downloadables by Hewlett-Packard. In addition to creating personalized posters and invitations for the premiere of their SPIRIT movie, kids can also make customizable calendars, design instantly wearable t-shirt transfers, or print out a true-to-life horse-sized growth chart, among other activities.

Learn To Draw SPIRIT
Created exclusively for the SPIRIT: STALLION OF THE CIMARRON DVD, this program features world renowned animator, James Baxter, taking kids through an entertaining step-by-step process on how to draw Spirit from hoof to tail. After viewing this fun-filled interactive lesson, kids will want to let their creativity run wild.

The Songs Of SPIRIT
An engaging segment focusing on Academy Award®–winning composer Hans Zimmer and Grammy®–winner Bryan Adams’ musical collaboration that brought Spirit’s story to life through music.

Games and Activities
SPIRIT: STALLION OF THE CIMARRON features an assortment of games and activities for kids that can be played on the DVD set top or via DVD-ROM. Following is a listing:

Set Top Games
 Cimarron Slam
 Mustang Derby
 Frontier Find
 Horse Sense
 Rain’s Coloring Fun
 Hillside Glide
 Goal!!! – Celebrating DreamWorks’ partnership with AYSO soccer
 Canyon Concentration
 Nickname Maker
 Teepee Tees
 Wild West Word Wrangle
Downloadable Activities
 Spirit Calendar Maker
 Rain’s Coloring Fun
 Tall As A Horse Growth Chart
 Cimarron Cinema (which lets you make a movie poster and invitations to your mini movie premiere)

The SPIRIT: STALLION OF THE CIMARRON DVD also features a fascinating look inside the making of one of the most critically acclaimed films of the year. The behind-the-scenes programs include a filmmaker’s commentary featuring the directors Kelly Asbury and Lorna Cook, and the producer
Mireille Soria revealing the technological breakthroughs developed to capture the grandeur of the mythic American West. “The Animation of SPIRIT,” is an in-depth featurette that provides a look at the film’s stunning animation. In addition, the DVD also offers a highly visual compilation of original storyboards by the film’s animators set to music from the movie.

--Round Up Cool Prizes In The Instant Win Game--
Saddle up and ride the prize stampede with two free gifts with every SPIRIT: STALLION OF THE CIMARRON VHS and DVD purchase. All SPIRIT: STALLION OF THE CIMARRON home video packages includes an Instant Win Game sticker guaranteeing consumers one of the following spectacular prizes: A Ford Mustang Convertible, thousands of Nintendo GameBoy Advance Systems with SPIRIT GameBoy Advance and PC videogames from THQ, a thousand Hewlett-Packard digital cameras, or millions of free Baskin-Robbins ice cream cones. Plus, every SPIRIT: STALLION OF THE CIMARRON VHS and DVD includes an instantly redeemable coupon for a free M&M’S® MINIS® Tube.

Join Spirit, a wild young mustang, as he sets out on a spectacular, action-packed quest to overcome the impossible, save his homeland and regain his freedom. In his courageous and thrilling journey home across the majestic wilderness of the American frontier, Spirit forms a remarkable friendship with a young Lakota brave, outwits a relentless squadron of soldiers, and falls for a beautiful paint mare named Rain. Acclaimed as “one of the most visually breathtaking animated films ever made,” SPIRIT: STALLION OF THE CIMARRON is a spectacular tale about discovering the true hero inside of you.

Academy Award®-winner Matt Damon (Good Will Hunting) provides first-person narration for the title character. The film also features the voice talents of Academy Award-nominee James Cromwell (Babe), and Native American actor Daniel Studi. SPIRIT: STALLION OF THE CIMARRON is directed by Kelly Asbury and Lorna Cook and produced by Mireille Soria and Jeffrey Katzenberg from a screenplay by John Fusco. The music is by Academy Award®-winning composer Hans Zimmer (The Lion King), with songs by Grammy-winner and three-time Oscar®-nominee Bryan Adams (The Mirror Has Two Faces, Don Juan DeMarco, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves).
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