September 3, 2004


SAN CLEMENTE, CA - Animation producers Susan Ishida and Joe Clasen, the two-and-only staff members of Wonderlens Studios (, may have hit a mother lode in toy distribution based on their fanciful creature designs for characters in their new DVD, "Aquarium of the Aliens." Their partner is none other than Taco Bell, and the major fast food chain is distributing six Wonderlens toys in cross-promotion with the release of the DVD.

Clasen and Ishida are LightWave 3D aficionados with credits on DNA's "Jimmy Neutron" and much more. The Emmy Award-winning husband-and-wife animation team have built such CG characters as Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius and his parents, Casper the Friendly Ghost and the Ghostly Trio and Thing (from "The Addams Family"). The duo also produced Steve Oedekerk?s 3D IMAX movie "Santa vs. the Snowman" which will be revisiting IMAX theaters this holiday season.

Wonderlens is offering an "Ultra Mega Really Really Special Edition" of their DVD (see to coincide with the Taco Bell promotion. The special edition has new animation, is fully remastered and has extensive new bonus features. Among them is an "Alien Toy Laboratory," which shows kids how to create dozens of inventive alien paper toys. All the materials needed are supplied on the DVD.