Codatronca - This is not Gotham City - (2009)  :42 (Italy)

An Animated Web Film to promote Codatronca, a fast super car made in Italy.

Director Kobayashi has been contacted by Paolo Spada, one of the owner of SVS (Spada Vetture Sport), around 6 months ago to develop an online campaign for their brand new product: Codatronca, a super car with amazing performances (0-100 Km/h in 3.4 sec.) and a unique design.

Kobayashi immediately associated this car to his most loved comics and manga's vehicles, like Kaneda's bike in Akira or the Batmobile. The only difference... Codatronca is real!

SVS asked the director to take as much time as needed to craft the best possible experience and gave him complete creative freedom and a high budget for the entire production.

Girl Guides of Canada  / Perspectives on a Girl  - Different - (2009) 1:41 (Canada)

Oh sure, I act all tough but when a really pretty 'paper cut' animation tells the sweet story about a Chinese girl who just wants to fit in, and all the girls find their similarities and become friends, I get all misty eyed. A very sweet story, exceptionally animated. So cute!

Perspectives on a Girl is the first annual Girl Guides of Canada online film festival created by john st., Toronto. The inaugural collection of nine short films, posted at http://perspectivesonagirl.ca, have been created by talented female artists as an artistic expression of the issues young women face today - revealing why now, more than ever, Girl Guides is a necessary aspect of a young girl’s life.

In what seemed to be a surefire way to buy badwill, Dole Foods filed a lawsuit against the documentary filmmaker Fredrik Gertten because the documentary Bananas* 'contained falsehoods which harmed the US food giant.'

As soon as word got out, Max Hamburgers - an all Swedish burger chain that serves healthier burgers and always offers bean salad and fruit snacks in the kids meals - decided to stop serving Dole anything in retaliation for the suit. “We don’t like Dole’s actions. Suing a filmmaker instead of having a dialogue is despicable" said Max CEO Richard Bergfors in several interviews basking in the PR they got from that move. Soon enough Swedish grocers joined in, with ICA and Axfood the largest supermarket chains demanding talks with Dole as they no longer wanted to keep Dole products in the stores. Local ICA stores, like mine, boldly moved all Dole products back into the stockroom at customers request, so for a while I couldn't find Dole Food products anywhere. The Bananas* film was written up in every newspaper as it was aired on SVT (Swedens State Television) and in the space of one week, it went from perfectly normal to wildly anti-social if you had a dole-branded banana in your kids lunchbox.

Now the Local reports that Dole drops Bananas!* lawsuit.

While Dole said it believed it had a strong case, it chose to dismiss the suit because of “the free speech concerns being expressed in Sweden”.
The company maintained, however, that the film was inaccurate.
“While the filmmakers continue to show a film that is fundamentally flawed and contains many false statements we look forward to an open discussion with the filmmakers regarding the content of the film,” C. Michael Carter, Dole’s Executive Vice President and General Counsel, said in a statement.

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