1998 | 20 Years Ago

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DreamWorks re­leases its first movie Antz, fol­lowed the same year by The Prince of Egypt (the first ma­jor stu­dio toon with a fe­male di­rec­tor: Brenda Chap­man); Dis­ney de­buts Mu­lan; Nick­elodeon has The Ru­grats Movie; and Warner Bros. of­fers Quest for Camelot. Plus, there’s tons of di­rect-to-video se­quels and one-offs. Fred­er­a­tor Stu­dios launches its first show­case se­ries on Nick­elodeon: Oh Yeah! Car­toons, cre­ated by Fred Seib­ert. The show in­tro­duces toons like ChalkZone and The Fairly Od­dPar­ents. U.S. TV also gets CatDog, Celebrity Death­match, His­te­ria!, the orig­i­nal Pow­er­puff Girls, The Wild Thorn­ber­rys and the first CG preschool se­ries Rolie Polie Olie. Nel­vana’s Bob and Mar­garet — cre­ated by Ali­son Snow­den & David Fine af­ter their Os­car-win­ning short Bob’s Birth­day — de­buts. Keith Chap­man’s Bob the Builder and Xilam’s Oggy & the Cock­roaches ar­rive in the U.K. and France, re­spec­tively. On the shorts scene: Chris Wedge’s Bunny hops to­ward Os­car gold; Syl­vain Chomet’s The Old Lady and the Pi­geons wins the year’s César; and Don Hertzfeldt builds his rep­u­ta­tion with his UCSB grad­u­ate film Billy’s Bal­loon, which wins 33 awards. Founded: BONES (Ja­pan), Dou­ble Neg­a­tive (U.K.), Lit­tle Air­plane Prod. (U.S.), Look Ef­fects (U.S.), Method Stu­dios (U.S.), Sav! The World Prod. (France), Syn­er­gySP (Ja­pan), ZEXCS (Ja­pan); An­i­mated Dreams fes­ti­val (Es­to­nia)

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