Project Zero is a 2000 American animated science fiction film produced by T.J. Entertainment for Paramount Pictures. The fourth feature film from T.J. Entertainment, it was co-written and directed by Trevor Jordan and co-written and produced by Nicholas Pockes, and was the studio's first independently produced film since The Hub (1995). The film follows an amateur technician who invents a makeshift gateway to the computer world, but discovers that his school's computer network is being corrupted from within. He is thus given the task to use his invention to travel inside the cyberworld and eliminate the cause of the corruption: the leader of an oppressive dictatorship inside it.

The film's concept was envisioned by Jordan in 1997 while working on the film Revolt Squad. Pockes convinced him to pitch their original screenplay for the film to Paramount soon after. Production lasted from September 1998 to August 1999, with recently-founded visual effects company Blur Studio assisting T.J. Entertainment in creating various cyberworld backgrounds and visual effects. Project Zero also marked Mary Kay Bergman's final film role before her suicide on November 11, 1999, and the film is thus dedicated to her memory.

Project Zero premiered at the Fox Wilshire Theater in Beverly Hills on March 19, 2000, and was released in the United States on March 24, 2000. It received generally positive reviews from critics, who praised its animation, style and writing, and grossed over $84 million worldwide against its $15 million budget, making it the seventh highest-grossing animated film of 2000. It was later released on DVD and VHS on August 15, 2000, and on Blu-ray on March 24, 2010, exactly ten years after its original release.


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Further info: Project Zero: Music from the Motion Picture and Project Zero: Original Motion Picture Score

The film's soundtrack album was released on March 7, 2000 by Columbia Records and Sony Music Soundtrax, and features music by artists such as Nine Inch Nails, Massive Attack, Sneaker Pimps, the Chemical Brothers, UNKLE, Boards of Canada, and Aphex Twin.


Beginning in July 1999, Paramount Pictures launched a cryptic marketing campaign in the lead-up to the release of the film's teaser trailer. The campaign involved three short teasers released on the film's website from July 27 to August 24, 1999, each reading one of the three numbers of the film's release date ("03.24.00").

The film's official teaser trailer was released on September 14, 1999, and was attached to films such as Drive Me Crazy, The Landrums, and Superstar. The first theatrical trailer was released on November 2, 1999, and was attached to films such as Pokémon: The First Movie, The World Is Not Enough, and Toy Story 2. The second theatrical trailer was released on January 18, 2000, and was attached to films such as Supernova, Snow Day, and Hanging Up. TV spots for the film were released from January to April 2000.

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Box officeEdit

In the United States, Project Zero was released alongside Whatever It Takes, Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai and Here on Earth, and grossed over $15.3 million from 2,244 theaters on its opening weekend. The film closed on July 6, 2000, having earned over $59.7 million in North America and over $24.3 million in other territories for a worldwide total of $84 million. It became T.J. Entertainment's highest-grossing film up to that point, until it was surpassed by the studio's own PuffRuff School: The Movie a year later.

Critical receptionEdit

Project Zero received mostly positive reviews from critics. On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a 76% approval rating with an average rating of 7/10 based on 94 reviews; its critical consensus states, "Boasting an impressive cast and sleek animation, Project Zero proves to be another win for Trevor Jordan." On Metacritic, it holds a score of 68 out of 100, indicating "generally favorable reviews".

Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times gave the film three stars out of four, stating that "even if it may sometimes feel like an amalgamation of every sci-fi cartoon from the '80s, [it] still succeeds in convincing us that it's not a movie made just to sell toys." Peter Travers of Rolling Stone commended the film's screenplay and animation, specifically its use of computer-generated imagery, and said it was "one of the few hand-drawn films that actually uses CGI to its advantage."

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Home mediaEdit

Project Zero was originally released on DVD and VHS on August 15, 2000. The DVD release included a 23-minute making-of documentary titled Project Zero: Behind the Screens, which also aired on CBS and Nickelodeon in September 2000.

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