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Project Zero is a 2000 American animated science fiction comedy film produced by TjsWorld2011 Entertainment for Paramount Pictures. The fourth feature film from TW2011 Entertainment, it was co-written and directed by TjsWorld2011 and co-written and produced by Ntpockets, and was the studio's first independently produced film since The Hub (1995). It follows an amateur technician who invents a makeshift gateway to the computer world, but soon discovers that his school's computer network is being corrupted from within. He is thus given the task 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 TjsWorld2011 in 1998 while working on his Nickelodeon series Tj's World. Ntpockets convinced him to pitch their original screenplay for the film to Paramount in January 1999. Production lasted from March to October 1999, with recently-founded visual effects company Blur Studio assisting the studio in creating various cyberworld backgrounds and scenes, as well as various 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 in Los Angeles 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, characters, and style, and grossed $102.6 million worldwide against its $27 million budget, making it the sixth highest-grossing animated film of 2000, as well as the fourty-ninth highest-grossing film of 2000 overall. The film was later released on DVD and VHS on April 10, 2001 and on Blu-ray on March 24, 2010, exactly ten years after its original release.

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Jason (Matthew Broderick) is a struggling 16-year-old inventor and technician who strives to make his late father's vision of a gateway between the physical world and the electronic world a reality.

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ConceptEdit

Following the release of TjsWorld2011’s previous film Revolt Squad (1998) through Warner Bros., Tj and Ntpockets began work on Tj’s next television series Tj's World for Nickelodeon in September 1998. During production of the series, Tj frequently took breaks to work on a screenplay revolving around the then-recently emerged technology of the Internet. He recalled, “I was invited to an America Online presentation some years earlier and I was pretty amazed by it. They showed us various websites in the making, and I wanted to write a screenplay involving them, so that's what I did. [...] AOL’s technology had helped me expand my creativity for it in a way, so I had a lot in mind for the script.”

By January 1999, Tj had completed his original screenplay; upon its completion, he presented the first draft to Paramount Pictures, the sister company of Nickelodeon which was also owned by Viacom. Paramount responded by proposing to adapt it into a feature film co-branded under its Nickelodeon Movies label. Tj gladly accepted the film offer, but turned down the Nick branding offer. He recalled, “I wanted it to be a project separate from my Nickelodeon work. I said just because I was working with Nick now didn't necessarily mean I was willing to make movies with them, but not just yet.”

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MusicEdit

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

The film's accompanying soundtrack album was released on March 7, 2000 by Columbia Records and Sony Music Soundtrax, and its score album, composed by John Debney, was released on March 14, 2000 by Sony Classical. The soundtrack album features music by artists such as Nine Inch Nails, Massive Attack, Sneaker Pimps, The Chemical Brothers, UNKLE, Boards of Canada, and Aphex Twin.

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Home mediaEdit

Project Zero was originally released on DVD and VHS on April 10, 2001. The DVD release included a 23-minute making-of documentary titled Project Zero: Behind the Screens, which also aired on CBS and Nickelodeon in May 2001.

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