Mainframe Entertainment, Inc.
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Mainframe Entertainment, Inc.

March 31, 2006 10:01 ET

FUNimation and Mainframe Entertainment Team up to Release Tony Hawk in Boom Boom Sabotage

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(CCNMatthews - March 31, 2006) -

Exciting Direct to DVD Movie Expected in Fall 2006

FUNimation® Entertainment, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Navarre Corporation (NASD:NAVR), in cooperation with Mainframe Entertainment (TSX:MFE) a leading Canadian computer animation studio and production company, and skateboarding superstar Tony Hawk announced today that distribution plans and brand management have been set into motion for the new CG-animated feature Tony Hawk in Boom Boom Sabotage. FUNimation has acquired domestic and Japanese home entertainment rights to the feature, a direct to DVD movie slated for release in fall 2006. Hawk will star as his animated self and is executive producer of the feature, along with Mainframe Entertainment's Rick Mischel, Kim Dent Wilder and Gregory R. Little. Mainframe developed the project with Hawk, and produced the film in its Vancouver studio.

Tony Hawk in Boom Boom Sabotage is a computer generated 3D animated movie that utilizes state-of-the-art motion capture technology to directly translate the impressive skateboarding done by Hawk and other professional skateboarders for their characters in the feature. The movie is set in Lincolnville, a city dominated by technology where extreme sports and video games are all the rage and the circus is definitely not. This news comes much to the chagrin of a twisted circus ringleader who puts plans in motion to shut down Boom Boom HuckJam by kidnapping its headlining star, Tony Hawk. A group of young skaters unite to attempt the ultimate rescue.

Music artists for the soundtrack have yet to be announced. The project is directed by Mainframe's Johnny Darrell, with Ben Burden Smith producing.

"The skating in this project will be authentic and the story is funny, with an edge that you don't see in traditional animated features," said Tony Hawk. "The Mainframe crew is doing a great job with the skating action, as I and some of Vancouver's best skaters have done extensive motion capture. We now have an encyclopedia of tricks to choose from."

"Tony Hawk is a sports and pop culture icon and Mainframe Entertainment produces some of the best computer generated animation out there," says Gen Fukunaga, president and CEO of FUNimation Entertainment. "We are excited to be involved in this project and we look forward to managing the brand, marketing and distributing Boom Boom Sabotage."

Promotion for Tony Hawk in Boom Boom Sabotage will be far reaching and will include nationwide viral and event marketing, as well as print, online, television, radio and outdoor advertising.

Directors, producers and those closest to the movie are scheduled to appear at Comic Con in San Diego in July and at Wizard World Chicago in August.

Other convention appearances, including an appearance of Tony Hawk himself, are yet to be announced. Sneak previews and exclusive first-looks at movie artwork will be available at these conventions and others throughout 2006.

Additional information about Tony Hawk in Boom Boom Sabotage can be obtained by visiting http://www.boomboomsabotage.com.

About FUNimation Entertainment

FUNimation® Entertainment, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Navarre Corporation (Nasdaq: NAVR - News), is a brand management company and one of the nation's leading independent home video entertainment companies. The company's most recent initiative is the FUNimation Channel(SM), a new, 24-hour digital network featuring programming from the top anime brands in the United States. FUNimation has a proven formula for launching and advancing brands, and manages a full spectrum of rights for most of its brands including broadcasting, licensing, production, internet, and home video sales and distribution.

About Mainframe

Mainframe Entertainment Inc. (www.mainframe.ca) is the industry leader in computer generated (CG) animation for television and direct-to-video/DVD family entertainment. Mainframe has produced over 256 half hours of CG animated television as well as ten CG animated direct-to-video/DVD feature films and two one-hour CG animated television specials. Mainframe's CG animation expertise is also being used in the production of theatrical feature films, interactive games and commercials. Established in 1993, Mainframe continues to grow its library of proprietary productions, and has received many prestigious awards for its work on such international brands as "Barbie"(winner of VSDA Award for Children's title of the Year), "Hot Wheels", "Spider-Man", "Casper" and "Popeye". The Company is recognized as a CG animation pioneer having developed the groundbreaking internationally distributed television series "ReBoot". Mainframe clients include Sony, Mattel, Lions Gate Home Entertainment, Electronic Arts (Canada) and MTV. Mainframe's majority shareholder, IDT Corporation, is a NYSE-listed multinational telecommunications and entertainment company.

Contact Information

  • For Mainframe Entertainment:
    aLine media
    Kristi Blicharski
    (310) 371-8795
    Kristi@alinemedia.com
    or
    Mainframe Investor Relations:
    Genoa Management Limited
    Ali Mahdavi
    (416) 962-3300 ext.225
    amahdavi@genoa.ca