Monitoring Dread's radio frequencies, Captain Power and his team discover strong energy readings in an underground city called Haven. Suspicious, The Soldiers of the Future investigate this so-called "City of Peace" only to discover the price it's inhabitants have paid - cooperation with the Styx phase of Dread's Project New Order. As the trap springs, the people of Haven must choose between freedom and peace at a terrible cost.
(b. November 17, 1920 Toronto, Ontario - d. February 15, 1979 London, England)
One of the most original, talented and productive animators of his time, George Dunning established himself at the National Film Board as an artist with a strongly individual style before moving to Britain, where he made the film he will always be associated with: Yellow Submarine (1968), the innovative, vibrantly surreal landmark feature that became an instantly recognizable pop icon of the sixties.
Following studies at the Ontario College of Art and freelance work as an illustrator, Dunning joined the NFB in 1943, where he worked with Norman McLaren and contributed to several episodes of the Chants populaires series. But it was his work on Grim Pastures (1944), Three Blind Mice (1945) and especially Cadet Rouselle (1947) – with its use of articulated, painted, metal cut-outs – that marked him as an individual talent. He attempted an independent production of The Adventures of Baron Munchausen with Colin Low, but it was never finished.
In 1948, he spent a year working for UNESCO in Paris under the mentorship of Czech-born animator Berthold Bartosch. Then in 1949, he and fellow NFB grad Jim McKay created one of Toronto’s first animation studios, Graphic Associates, where he produced commercials and gave Michael Snow his first job in film. He won a Special Canadian Film Award in 1951 for Family Tree(1950), and in 1956 moved to England to manage UPA’s new London office. After the office went under seven months later, he hired many of the UPA staff to work for him and his newly established production company, TV Cartoons (which became TVC London in 1961). While TVC produced about one hundred commercials a year, Dunning managed to make the atmospheric, KafkaesqueThe Wardrobe (1958), The Apple (1962) and The Flying Man (1962).
He also made the three-screen animated film Canada Is My Piano for Expo ’67, and oversaw the cartoon series “The Beatles” for BBC-TV. This led to his work on Yellow Submarine, which he produced and directed, supervising over two hundred artists on an eleven-month production schedule. The influential film, like all of his later work – including the award-winning Damon the Mower(1972) – stresses Dunning’s irrational, surrealistic themes.
The Computer Chronicles was an American television series, broadcast during 1981-2002 on Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) public television, which documented the rise of the personal computer from its infancy to the immense market at the turn of the 21st century. The series was created in the Fall of 1981, by Stewart Cheifet (later co-host), then the station manager of the College of San Mateo's KCSM-TV (which co-produced the show with Harrisburg, PA's WITF-TV), initially broadcast as a local weekly series. Jim Warren was its founding host for its 1981-1982 season. It aired continuously from 1981 to 2002 with Cheifet co-hosting most of its later seasons. Gary Kildall served as co-host for six years (1983 to 1990) providing insights and commentary on products as well as discussions on the future of the ever-expanding personal computer sphere.
During the 1980s, the show had many supporting presenters including:
George Morrow: Presenter and commentator who for a time headed the Morrow Design company, Morrow was a well known face on the Chronicles until the 1990s. Morrow died in 2003.
Paul Schindler: Featured predominantly in software reviews, Schindler contributed to the series until the early 1990s.
Wendy Woods: Provided reports for many software and hardware products, as well as talking with the main presenters in the studio about specific topics.
The Computer Chronicles format remained relatively unchanged throughout its run, except perhaps with the noticeable difference in presenting style; originally formal it evolved into a more relaxed, casual style. From 1984 onward the last five minutes or so featured Random Access, a section which gave the viewer the latest computer news from the home and business markets. Stewart Chiefet, Janelle Stelson and various other individuals presented the segment. Random Access was discontinued in 1997.
Despite performing well in the ratings in the United States and being broadcast throughout the world, the Computer Chronicles was cancelled in 2002. Almost all episodes of Computer Chronicles have been made available for free download at the Internet Archive. Many episodes of the show have been dubbed into other languages including Arabic, French and Spanish.
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