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Cheers and Sneers - January 2002
Cheers: To Nickelodeon for its success with Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius which has made over $76 million since being released in late December.
Sneers: To Square USA for trying to blame the failure of Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within on the fact that it was released in July 2001 amidst strong box office competition. Final Fantasy was doomed to fail when filmmakers departed from the strong video game elements - particularly fantasy elements. The video game series has always had strong story elements, strong magical elements, and very colorful visuals. The movie failed to capture these, even though the animation was impressive.
Cheers: To Disney for a very impressive Atlantis: The Lost Empire DVD. While many studios are starting to cut back on extras, Disney is setting the pace as a leader in how to make a good DVD better. It gives new meaning to the words "Disney DVD". Now if Disney would only stop trying to force trailers on DVD users versus allowing them to select them as a bonus feature...
Cheers: To George Lucas for removing N'Sync from Star Wars: Attack of the Clones.
Sneers: To George Lucas and gang for thinking it would be a good idea to add the N'Sync group to Star Wars: Attack of the Clones in the first place. Lucas needs to learn not to distract from the story elements (i.e. Jar-Jar Binks). Focus on the story, Lucas, as it was you who once said that a special effect is only a special effect.
To DreamWorks and New Line Cinema for the many critic and film board awards
they have won for Shrek and Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of
Sneers: To Disney for poor marketing of Beauty and the Beast: Special Edition on IMAX screens. The movie has made less money on more screens than Fantasia 2000 did two years ago.
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