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Animal band movie stampedes into theaters
Mar 11, 2004 12:00 am
Over the past 14 years, Jim Moore and The Animal Band have enjoyed countless successes in the realm of family entertainment, from performing at packed theaters to releasing a number of well-received children's recordings.
On Wednesday, however, the Mt. Juliet-based act took on an entirely new medium as their feature film, Imagination Dance, opened for a special release at Regal Cinemas across the country.
Beamed to movie screens via satellite, the interactive concert film sold out theaters in Jacksonville, Fla., Philadelphia, Atlanta and California. Three screens at the Opry Mills Regal Cinema – where Moore and The Animal Band made a surprise appearance Wednesday – were also sold out.
"It's the first-ever interactive film for theaters for kids," an ecstatic Moore said shortly after the film's release. "Here we are, right here in Wilson County, on the cutting edge of technology. We're coming up with all these new ideas.
"The Animal Band is known for doing some cool new things. We were the first act in our genre of music to go into big arenas with a big show like that."
The film, which took 18 months to complete, was shot at a number of Middle Tennessee locations including some areas of West Wilson County. Moore noted it includes a number of special effects such as pyrotechnics and digital animation.
The nearly 1,000 Opry Mills audience, which included a large number of Wilson County students and teachers, was shocked when Moore and the band made their unannounced appearance Wednesday morning.
"They went nuts," Moore laughed, adding the moment was just as thrilling for the band. " … I'm just on cloud nine. People were coming out of there saying they'd never seen anything like it before."
The film was also released on video and DVD Wednesday and can be rented or purchased at 2,400 Movie Gallery stores across the United States.
Noting the movie "captured the very essence of The Animal Band," Moore said it is his hope that the group's family-oriented performances will soon play a role in improving the quality of entertainment options available for children and their families.
"I'm thinking that The Animal Band's time has come because people are really tired of all this stuff that's being aired out there like the Janet Jackson thing … I really do think that people are getting very leery and fed up with the entertainment industry shoving all of this R and X-rated stuff," he said. "Sooner or later, kids stumble onto that."
Moore explained he and The Animal Band have no plans to slow down any time soon. Already, he added, the band plans to shoot five more films.
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