Mon 20th Jan 2003 | News
VANCOUVER, CANADA January 20, 2003 -- Mainframe Entertainment, Inc. (TSX: MFE), a leading creator of computer animation, was recognized at Tuesday night’s (January 14th) DVD Premiere Awards in Los Angeles for its animation work on Mattel’s "Barbie as Rapunzel" direct-to-video feature. Mainframe’s animation directors Gino Nichele and Sebastian Brodin were on hand to pick up the award for Best Animated Character Performance (in a DVD premiere movie) for the character of Gothel. The direct-to-video feature also won for Best Original Score (in a DVD premiere movie).
DVD Premiere Awards, a division of DVD Premieres magazine, celebrates and promotes movies with a high level of creativity work which are produced for the growing number of movies that make their premiere on DVD, as well as original extra features on special edition DVDs of theatrical films and movies premiering on DVD. More than 500 eligible titles were submitted for DVD Premiere Awards consideration, yielding nominees in 23 categories.
The company was also nominated for six other awards including Best Animated DVD Premiere Movie; Best Visual Effects; Best Original Song (three songs were nominated); and Best Director. The animated feature was a follow-up to "Barbie in the Nutcracker", which Mainframe also produced for Mattel and which earned the 2001 DVD Premiere Award for "Best Animated Video Premiere Movie."
Mainframe Entertainment Inc. is one of the world's most prolific producers of computer animation for television and direct to videos and is expanding into long-form CGI for feature films, commercials and interactive entertainment. The company is best known as the pioneer of computer animated television series for the groundbreaking ReBoot. Mainframe has produced over 200 half hours of computer animation since its inception in 1993. In addition to its critically acclaimed Barbie as Rapunzel direct to video feature, the company is currently in production of 13 episodes of Spider-Man for Sony Pictures Television. The company employs over 200 artists, animators, technicians and production personnel, and has won many prestigious awards for its creative and technical innovations, including an induction into the Smithsonian Institute.