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Orange: First Reviews, Sales Hit 2000, Wikipedia Prank

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Orange DVDThe first Elephants Dream DVDs have arrived in Europe and the buzz in the international community is growing. Europeans have started posting the first reviews and people farther away are impatiently awaiting for the package to arrive in the mail.

Orange 2?

Ton mentions that the DVD sales have now reached 2000 copies and he's already speculating about starting another Open Movie project. With the experience the Orange team has accumulated over the last 7 months, I'm sure it would nothing less than a big success. Selling more DVDs will make the changes of another project bigger so if you haven't ordered your DVD yet, head over to the Blender e-shop now!

Sharing Elephants Dream

Despite Ton's request to wait with posting Elephants Dream on the Internet until the Orange team has had a chance to publish a good quality version, you can already view it on YouTube. In itself this is not a problem (in fact, you're encouraged to share it!), but the Orange team is quite disappointed by the quality of it. As they will be releasing a series of high-quality downloads in the next few days, I can only recommend that you wait for those to get the best possible first impression that you can.

Catalan translation falls victim to Wikipedia prank

Here's another good reason to be cautious about what you read on Wikipedia: Matt writes on the Orange blog that during the final phase of preparing the translations, he looked up the native words for the 30 different languages that they were preparing on Wikipedia.

Exactly during that timeframe, somebody had changed the word for Catalan into an insult, and this word made it into the final DVD set. The Catalan subtitle translator was of course quite upset about this, as was the Orange team. The error has been fixed but obviously they can't recall the 2000 DVDs that have already shipped. The online version will be ok as will any new DVD batches.

What's next?

So, next week is going to be exciting. I'm sure that once the movie and production files are available for download, the news will spread rapidly over the web. The Blender.org webservices team (of which I'm a member) is already bracing itself for the impact of Slashdot, Digg and other major news sites. We've learned how to survive Slashdot by now, but this might be an event of a somewhat larger magnitude. It's gonna be fun :-)

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16 Comments

  1. Vassilios Boucer on

    Very Good NEWS!!
    GO for ORANGE 2 Open Movie!!!( like Ton says maybe in October 2006)!!!
    Then Orange 3....and then for a Fulllenght 90 Minutes 3D Film made with Blender 3D Application!!That would be Great!
    Thanks!
    SeeYA

  2. I thought it said they just got their 1000th? Something's freaky about this Blendernation. Maybe the ghost of Vrotje.

  3. Woot woot! Can't wait for Sunday...online release! yay! I watched the trailer just today (can't imagine why i waited till today for that) and was amazed. The detail is amazing, especially the eyes on the characters. Only two more days...

  4. @itabasco: I think Ton mentioned May 14th as a preliminary release date a long time ago. I'm not sure that the movie will indeed be tomorrow. In fact, Matt posted the following on the Orange blog today:

    "We’re working hard to get the web release out within the next couple of days. Video is (slowly) encoding on my system as I type this post out, but even after the different versions are all finished and checked, they need to be uploaded and mirrored before the onslaught, so we can’t guarantee exactly when it will be available."

  5. Thanks so much for Your comments!
    I figured taking a few hours to reflect on the movie was the least I could do to show my appreciation.

  6. Yeah! I got my copy of ELEPHANT'S DREAM today, in Cincinnati Ohio, USA.

    I've watched it three times, and enjoyed it each time. Now I am digging into the ORANGE directory to see what secrets and treasures lie therein.

  7. Wow, I just got my dvd yesterday.

    I was one for the first 500, and glad to have given my money to Ton :]. I was happy about the overall feel of the movie but the character animations was a bit iffy(but expectect from time strain) and the story was hard to grasp. The Commentary & extras was just awsome. I spent a lot of time going threw the materials and, I just wish there was more behinds the scenes documented.

    I highly suggest purchasing a crisp DVD, since its a great inspiration to keep blending on!

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