Posted: November 18, 2004

Lots of news today the 18th of November so lets get on to it.

I got a couple emails today that I'd like to share. First is this press release:

Hey guys!
Mike B. from Art/Gamexilla here again. I just wanted to drop this press release in your laps, let you know that we & the WB are holding a Hanna Barbera animation contest. I hope you have some space to share this with your readers. I think they would be very excited! If you can share this with your readers, please forward me a link to the story. Thanks!

Ottawa, Nov. 18: Warner Bros. and Gamexilla present Tom & Jerry's Animation contest!

Many of you out there love animation. We hear ya, and are in agreement. Cartoons rock, and is one of the best artforms of expression and communication ever! To celebrate this fact, Warner Bros. and Gamexilla ( have teamed up, to help our readers really show off their animation skills, and get a little reward for their efforts!

First off, the prizes:
4 winners will receive a DVD copy The Tom and Jerry Spotlight Collection DVD 2-disk set. If you are a real student of animation, you'll appreciate this prize. It features over 40 restored and unedited classic shorts that are breathetaking in their beauty and originality. And really darn funny!

So, how does the contest work?
You can enter one of 3 ways, as follows.

•You can enter an animated piece. It can be hand drawn, or Flash, or CG—whatever you prefer. Doesn't matter. It can be of any character or topic. You can even re-enter a piece you may have used in another Xilla contest.

•You can enter a story board break down. Black and white pencils. If you do this, it must utilize Tom and Jerry, or other Hanna Barbera characters in some form.

•Finally, you can enter a normal drawing, painting, sculpture, or whatever. This too, must contain Tom, Jerry or another classic HB character. You can use any style (ie. If you want to do a realistic version of fred Flintstone as a real Caveman, or Scooby Doo as Picasso may envision him, etc.)

And remember, no GORE or NUDITY in this one (save that for the Species III contest!)

Due to the special nature of this contest, we're giving you 8 weeks to enter. So, you have until Thurs. DECEMBER 16th! Good luck! And don't forget: Enter as many times as you like, and check out our current entries at this link:

And how do you enter the XILLA art contests? Go into our FORUMS area, and join up. It's quick AND free! You get access to all the Xilla boards and future contests (some members are picked randomly to win prizes!) Click on the "READY, SET, DRAW!" area, to see all the entries and enter your own. Leave feedback and comments on all the work, and really join the community!

As a special sneak peak, keep an eye out next week at Artxilla and Gamexilla when Warner Bros. will be presenting 2 very special contests. The Batman and The Matrix! More details soon!

Mike Bencic
Executive Coordinator

The Second Email is from Aaron over at the New Tom and Jerry Information Page:

I got this from The Golden Age Cartoons Forum, courtesy of one of its members, Javeman!

According to PaulP from the Home Theatre Forums:

"I emailed Jerry Beck after reading this post over at DVDTalk:"
What would also be cool, is if WB would release the remaining Tom and Jerry shorts as well. As you can see on the linked site, there were 13 Gene Deitch and 34 Chuck Jones shorts made after the initial 114 "classic" shorts, so that could very well be the 4th 2-disc set. And then there were 48 more shorts made in 1975 by Hanna-Barbera, which could be the 5th set (probably 3 discs this time).
"I asked him this question and his reply was:"

Warner Bros. is aware it owns the rights to all TOM & JERRY cartoons - including the Jones, Deitch and TV cartoons. We do not plan to release any of the later post-MGM cartoons on these collectors sets until after theatrical Hanna-Barbera cartoons were all released.

(However, some Gene Deitch and Chuck Jones Tom & Jerry's have already been released on earlier Warner dvds aimed at kids)
So keep your fingers crossed, New T&J Fans! We may just get our break yet!


In other news, I haven't heard anything about the recall disc with Warner Brothers concerning the Tom and Jerry Spotlight Collection edits. When I do find out I'll let you know.

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