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|A portion of the cover of the new "Paul McCartney Music and Animation Collection" DVD|
Update (9/13/04) Info on the UK release of the DVD, including the cover, can be found here. (Thanks to Sven.)
20 YEARS AFTER THE FROG SONG MACCA HUMS NEW SINGLE FOR KIDS - 02.08.2004 PAUL McCARTNEY is to release his first single for children in 20 years - recording a flipside to the Frog Song. Two decades after the original frog song, We All Stand Together, went to No.3 in the UK charts, Paul is releasing a new kids song - Tropic Island Hum - for the children of the children who bought the nursery favourite in 1984. Tropic Island Hum is the title track of a new children's animation film created by Paul McCartney. Said Paul: "I don't often write songs deliberately for children but we made this new film for kids and the film needed a song. As a songwriter I'm always interested in trying to write music in different styles, so I took the challenge of trying to write another one for kids". A limited edition single will be issued by EMI Records on September 20th. The CD will feature Tropic Island Hum along with the original recording of We All Stand Together, to mark the 20th anniversary of the long-ago deleted amphibian anthem. Both songs are written by Paul McCartney and sung by a chorus of animals. The film Tropic Island Hum will introduce a new cartoon character, Wirral the squirrel. The short film, which follows the cheeky Scouse squirrel on an adventure to an island animal sanctuary, will be released on DVD on September 27th as one of a package of three cartoons created by Paul and titled Paul McCartney: The Music And Animation Collection. The collection will also feature the award-winning Rupert And The Frog Song and another Macca frog flick, Tuesday. The CD single Tropic Island Hum is the first release from Paul McCartney since he recently headlined the Glastonbury Festival. Said Paul: "I shouldn't imagine that too many of the Glastonbury bands would follow performing Helter Skelter there with releasing a single for children by a cartoon squirrel, but it's ringing the changes like this which keeps me interested in the possibilities of life".
I picked up Paul's "Music and Animation Collection" DVD yesterday at B.J.'s Wholesale Club for $6 less than Best Buy was selling it--what a deal! Nothing much else to add except I love the entire disc. "Tropic Island Hum" and "Tuesday" are both superb, although quite different in tone. It's interesting to compare the animation to "Rupert", which is cruder but seems more inventive in many ways. Highly recommended for animation fans and Beatles fans with young children. My only regret is that "Seaside Woman" wasn't included (perhaps in an Easter Egg? Anyone found one yet?)
I bought the new Paul McCartney Music And Animation Collection DVD yesterday at Best Buy and watched it last night. All I can say is Watch Out Disney. This is completely and totally fabulous from beginning to end. It is a lovingly put together. You can see the Disney influence from the outset in the way McCartney introduces the videos just as Walt used to do. There are three short animated features. Tropic Island Hum is the first. It is a story about an island where animals find sanctuary from hunters and other forms of abuse. It is light, whimsical, and fun. Some of the artwork is quite astoundingly beautiful: look at the sunsets. This is a lovely tribute to Linda McCartney who was a great animal protection advocate. Second up is Tuesday which is about a day when frogs go on an extraordinary adventure. This is based on an award winning book of the same name by David Wiesner. The animation includes voice work by Dustin Hoffman. This is the best of the three. It is surreal, funny, and completely charming. The music is absolutely stunning and I hope it will be released. This one is just plain exquisite. The third video is Rupert And the Frog Song featuring the song We All Stand Togther and voice work by June Whitfield who plays Edwina Monsoon's mother on Absolutely Fabulous. I love the song and love the video. Bonus features include a McCartney interview and short "Making of" films. Don't miss the cartoon Paul and Linda dancing on the beach. What a beautiful and touching image! This is completely delightful and magnificent. It is a must have!!!!!!!!!!
Behind this link, I have the press release of Miramax UK (Premier Public Relations) on the Paul McCartney Music and Animation Collection: http://www.germanbeat.info/off_mac_dvd.htm
Hi Steve, Yesterday I got a VHS press copy of PAUL McCARTNEY MUSIC AND ANIMATION COLLECTION. It looks and sounds great. I ran through the tape, in the next few days I will be able to give a full review. Now, it seems to be a lovely thing. The tales are pretty and artically painted - not even a touch of toy story more a touch of the good old Disney stuff. The Making off ... of Tropical Hum, Tuesday and Rubert are quite interesting - you will be in the center of such producion process. Finally you will see the line tests of all the short films. The McCartney interview is concentrating of course on the animation activities of the Ex-Beatle. He reveals the just known intention to write a novel for childs and maybe to make an animation film from it. The release date in the UK is pushed back from April 19 to June 21, 2004, as Premier PR London told me last Friday (March 19). Premier is in charge of the British promotion. A release date for Germany is not known yet. Here you will see the UK press release and a link to a hi-res cover picture: http://www.germanbeat.info/off_mac_dvd.htm
Update (3/2/04) Fans on either side of the pond will take interest in this DVD. For those in the UK, Rupert is a long-standing tradition, almost like Mickey Mouse. For those in the U.S., it's all the rare McCartney music that'll be included, as well as the reavailability of "Rupert," which has been out of print here for years. More info to come.
(12/4/03) A press release issued Wednesday:
Miramax Expands Family Home Entertainment Library With Three Animated Stories Produced by Legendary Musician Paul McCartney
Tropic Island Hum, Tuesday and Rupert and The Frog Song To be Released on DVD and Video Spring 2004NEW YORK, Dec. 3 /PRNewswire/-- Miramax co-chairman Harvey Weinstein announced today that the Company has acquired a trio of classic animated stories produced by musical legend Sir Paul McCartney. "Tropic Island Hum," "Tuesday" and "Rupert & The Frog Song" are scheduled to be released on DVD and video in Spring 2004. McCartney and Weinstein most recently collaborated on "The Concert for New York City," which raised $35 million for the victims of 9/11. McCartney worked with long-time collaborator Geoff Dunbar to create additional special effects in order to enhance the animation. In addition, newly recorded live-action footage -- featuring McCartney himself -- will be included. "While the world knows Paul as a creative, musical genius, he is also a master of animation and I'm thrilled to be working with him again," said Weinstein. "In keeping with the great Disney tradition, these three titles are breathtaking and will be a real treat for families to watch together." "I've loved animation since I was a little kid and I'm proud that Harvey and Miramax are handling the release of these three little gems," said McCartney. Jeff Tahler, vice president of acquisitions, is overseeing the project for Miramax in New York and Colin Vaines, executive vice president of European production and development, is handling the project for Miramax in the UK. Stuart Ford, executive vice president and co-head of Miramax International, negotiated the agreement on behalf of the Company. Lee Eastman of Eastman & Eastman negotiated the agreement on behalf of McCartney.