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DreamWorks Animation

DreamWorks Animation LLC is an American animation studio, a subsidiary of Universal Pictures, a division of NBCUniversal, owned by Comcast. It is based in Glendale and produces animated feature films, television programs, online virtual games; the studio has released a total of 37 feature films, notably including ones from the Shrek, Kung Fu Panda, How to Train Your Dragon, The Croods and The Boss Baby franchises. Formed under the banner of DreamWorks Pictures in 1994 by some of Amblin Entertainment's former animation branch Amblimation alumni, it was spun off into a separate public company in 2004. DreamWorks Animation maintains its Glendale campus, as well as satellite studios in India and China. On August 22, 2016, NBCUniversal acquired DreamWorks Animation for $3.8 billion, making it a division of the Universal Filmed Entertainment Group as an acquisition for the animation studio. As of May 2019, its feature films have grossed $15.019 billion worldwide, with a $417.2 million average gross per film.

Fifteen of their films produced by the studio are among the 50 highest-grossing animated films, with Shrek 2 being the eleventh all-time highest. Although the studio made traditionally animated films in the past, as well as two stop-motion co-productions with Aardman Animations, all of their films now use computer animation; the studio has earned three Academy Awards, as well as 41 Emmy Awards and numerous Annie Awards, multiple Golden Globe and BAFTA nominations. In recent years, the animation studio has acquired and created new divisions in an effort to diversify beyond the high-risk movie business. Since 2013, DreamWorks Animation produced various TV shows based on various film franchises as DreamWorks Animation Television. Films produced by DreamWorks Animation were distributed worldwide by DreamWorks Pictures from 1998 to 2005, Paramount Pictures from 2006 to 2012, 20th Century Fox from 2013 to 2017. Universal Pictures now distributes subsequent DreamWorks Animation films, which began on February 22, 2019 with the release of How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, owns the rights to its back catalogue as well.

On October 12, 1994, a trio of entertainment players, film director and producer Steven Spielberg, former Disney executive Jeffrey Katzenberg, music executive David Geffen, founded DreamWorks SKG. To build the talent base, Spielberg brought over artists from his London-based studio, while Katzenberg recruited some of the top animation staff from Disney; some of Amblimation's artists came to DreamWorks in 1995, when the studio's last feature was completed, with the rest doing so following the studio's closure in 1997. In 1995, DreamWorks signed a co-production deal with Pacific Data Images to form subsidiary PDI, LLC; this new unit would produce computer-generated feature films, beginning with Antz in 1998. In the same year, DreamWorks SKG produced The Prince of Egypt, which used both CGI technology and traditional animation techniques. In 1997, DreamWorks partnered with Aardman Animations, a British stop-motion animation studio, to co-produce and distribute Chicken Run, a stop-motion film in pre-production.

Two years they extended the deal for an additional four films. With Aardman doing stop-motion, they covered all three major styles, besides traditional and computer animation; this partnership had DreamWorks participating in the production of stop-motion films in Bristol, had Aardman participating in some of the CGI films made in the United States. Three years DreamWorks SKG created DreamWorks Animation, a new business division that would produce both types of animated feature films; the same year DW acquired majority interest in PDI, reformed it into PDI/DreamWorks, the Northern California branch of its new business division. In 2001, Shrek was released and went on to win the first Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film. Due to the success of CGI animated films, DWA decided the same year to exit hand-drawn animation business after the next two of total four hand-drawn films. Beginning with Shrek 2, all released films, other than some co-produced with Aardman, were expected to be produced with CGI.

The releases of Shrek 2 and Shark Tale made DWA the first studio to produce two CGI animated features in a single year. The animation division was spun off into a publicly traded company named DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc. on October 27, 2004, traded via the New York Stock Exchange. Katzenberg headed the new division, while Spielberg and Geffen remained on board as investors and consultants. DWA inherited interests in PDI/DreamWorks, they made an agreement with their former parent to distribute all of their films until they deliver twelve new films, or December 12, 2010, whichever came last. On January 31, 2006, DWA entered into a distribution agreement with Paramount Pictures, which acquired DWA's former parent and distribution partner, DreamWorks SKG; the agreement granted Paramount the worldwide rights to distribute all animated films, including released films, until the delivery of 13 new animated feature films or December 31, 2012, whichever came last. DWA's partnership with Aardman ended after the release of Flushed Away in November 2006, having delivered three out of five films.

The announcement was made before the film's release, on October 3, citing "creative differences". DWA retained the co-ownership of rights to all films co-produced with Aardman, with an exception being Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, for which they only k

Brave (video game)

Brave is an adventure game adaptation based on the film of the same name developed by Behaviour Interactive and published by Disney Interactive Studios. Actress Kelly Macdonald, who voiced Mérida in the film, reprised her role for the video game; the storyline of the video game matches that of the movie up until Elinor's transformation into a bear and subsequent escape from the castle, where the game begins. Mérida chases her mother through the forest. Will-o'-the-wisps appear to guide her to the cottage of the witch from whom she received the spell. Confronting the witch, Mérida demands her mother be changed back; the witch explains that the cursed bear Mor'du has been corrupting a series of waystones with his evil energy, leading to the appearance of hostile creatures. The corruption has grown to the point that it affects the witch's magic, making its effects unpredictable, thus explaining Elinor's newly-ursine form. Due to her status as the best archer in the kingdom, the witch charges Mérida with cleansing the waystones of Mor'du's corruption.

As Mérida journeys through the land, she encounters her younger identical triplet brothers transformed into bears, her mother losing her humanity as the spell stays in effect. After cleansing the last waystone in Mor'du's lair, Mérida and her mother come face-to-face with the beast himself, with the princess defeating him after a long and arduous battle. With Mor'du's defeat and the triplets are restored to their human forms. Mérida states that the journey was good for her because it taught her that she must strike a balance between her desire for adventure and her responsibilities as a princess; the gameplay consists of local co-operative play. The first player controls Mérida while in co-op mode a second player can take control of a will-o'-the-wisp. Gameplay features puzzles, which are to be solved with the help of the triplets, Queen Elinor, playable in her bear form in arena fights. Different levels of the game can be accessed from the location called "Ring of Stones". Players can use different types of charms to add elemental effects to her arrows and sword attacks when fighting enemies, some of which are vulnerable to a certain element.

The PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions of the game are compatible with the PlayStation Move and Kinect motion control peripherals, respectively. This feature comes in the form of an "archery range" mode; the game received mixed reviews from critics. Official site

Chris Foreman

Christopher John Foreman, nicknamed Chrissy Boy, is an English musician, singer-songwriter, composer. In a career spanning more than 40 years, Foreman came to prominence in the late 1970s as the guitarist for the English ska band Madness. Christopher John Foreman was born on 8 August 1956, in St Pancras, England, his father John, known on the folk-scene as a music hall revivalist, attempted to teach him to play guitar as a child, but he could not maintain an interest. Foreman bought a cheap second-hand guitar when he was 17 and became more enthusiastic about the instrument when he began to learn chords, he acquired a Fender Telecaster which he used whilst recording Madness' debut album. Foreman formed Madness with keyboardist Mike Barson and saxophonist Lee Thompson in 1976. Foreman was one of the group's main songwriters writing music with other members Suggs or Lee Thompson, providing the lyrics. After Madness disbanded in 1986, he formed a new band The Madness with Thompson and Chas Smash, but they broke up after releasing their debut album, the eponymous The Madness.

Foreman, alongside Thompson, created another group called The Nutty Boys with Thompson on lead vocals. They released an album called Crunch! in 1990. The band continued to be known as Crunch!, played in London every couple of years. Foreman reunited with all seven original Madness members in 1992. In 2005 Foreman announced that he was leaving the band, but on 30 November 2006, it was confirmed that Foreman was returning to play on Madness' forthcoming UK Christmas tour. In 2006, Foreman began using a mobile phone attached to his guitar to record short videos from his position on stage during live Madness performances to provide his fans with a unique perspective from the "guitar's eye view", he coined the term "Axecam" to describe this filming technique. By December 2008, he had acquired a higher quality digital video camera which he attached to the shoulder strap of his guitar using an "Axecam holder", crafted by a member of the stage crew just before Madness went on stage at The O2 Arena on 19 December 2008.

The new "Axecam" produced a far more stable picture and Foreman posted the first video from this performance to the MadnessStudio2008 Channel on YouTube on 20 December 2008. Foreman maintains a series of videos made with the Axecam entitled "Chrissy Boy Meets And Greets...", in which he meets famous people that have either appeared alongside Madness at festivals, or that have attended awards ceremonies with Madness. The video is a close up of the famous person's face, with Foreman out of shot, consists of a few spoken words, a joke or humorous reference from Foreman to the star's career; each clip is less than ten seconds long. Stars featured have included: Dizzee Rascal, Al Murray, Plan B, Alex James, Graham Coxon and Damon Albarn, former Madness singer/drummer/manager John Hasler, all six members of the reformed Specials, ex-Bodysnatcher and Madness collaborator Rhoda Dakar, Martin Freeman, Eamonn Holmes, Jeremy Clarkson and Peter Andre, as well as an Elvis Presley lookalike security guard from Australia.

In 1976 Foreman married Susan, his childhood sweetheart, they have a son, Matthew. In 1992 Foreman married his second wife Laurence, they have a son, Felix. In 2002 Foreman married his third wife Melissa, they have a son, Frankie Hezbolla James Christ Foreman. and a daughter called Elfreda In 2006 Foreman moved out of his Kentish Town home, settling in Brighton. Myspace.com Crunch.uk.com Madness.co.uk