(April 5, 2000 – Burbank, CA) - Warner Bros. Classic Animation’s animated short “Little Go Beep” has been selected as the opening night animated short and a category finalist at the 33rd Annual WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival being held in Houston from April 7th–16th. Additionally, three Warner Bros. Classic Animation-produced commercials have been selected as finalists in the Television Commercials-Animated (Cel Animation) competition. The awards will be announced on Saturday, April 15. “Little Go Beep,” one of four finalists selected from a field of more than 60 entries, is competing in the Short Subject--Animated (Cel Animation) category. The theatrical short introduces Wile E. Coyote’s proud father, Cage E. Coyote, a champion hunter (voiced by the legendary Stan Freberg), who decides that it’s time to pass the torch to his offspring – even if he is still in diapers! Wile E. is then sent out into the world to catch the most prized animal of all, the Road Runner – thus beginning a lifelong obsession! “Little Go Beep” was directed by Spike Brandt, written by Earl Kress and produced by Spike Brandt and Kathleen Helppie-Shipley for Warner Bros. Classic Animation. In the Television Commercials-Animated (Cel Animation) competition, Warner Bros. Classic Animation’s efforts on “Tweety,” directed by Jeff Siergey, for MCI 5¢ Sundays, MCI Worldcom Telecommunications, “Fish,” directed by T.J. House, featuring Sylvester and Hector the Dog, for MCI Worldcom Telecommunications and “Twister,” directed by Frank Molieri, featuring the Tasmanian Devil, for Chevrolet Monte Carlo, have been named finalists. “We are extremely proud of our nominations and of being chosen to help celebrate the opening of this year’s WorldFest celebration,” said Kathleen Helppie-Shipley, Senior Vice President, Warner Bros. Classic Animation. “It is extremely rewarding for our efforts to be recognized by such an established film festival.” Celebrating it’s 33rd year, WorldFest-Houston will present independent films, shorts and commercials, representing 14 countries, during the 10-day event in April. One of the longest-running independent film festivals in the world, WorldFest has the distinction of having had the same director for their entire 33-year run. Warner Bros. Classic Animation is the award-winning boutique arm of the Warner Bros. Animation family. The classic animation unit specializes in commercial animation as well as adapting animation of the legendary Looney Tunes, DC Comics, Hanna-Barbera and Warner Bros. Television Animation characters for specialized use within entertainment venues. The classic unit produces animated theatrical shorts and theme park featurettes as well as the animation for numerous on-air promos, logos, public service announcements and special projects servicing the entire Time Warner company.
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