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& Dogs Versus A.I.
AI, being released in theaters on June 29, has been mysterious in its marketing approach, with the WB opting to give very few details about the film in an apparent hope to "build interest through mystery." Meanwhile, Cats & Dogs, being released a week later on July 4 has been doing massive marketing showing off the films effects and story in movie theaters and on TV.
By releasing Cats & Dogs only one week after AI, Warner Bros. is setting it up so that both films, which have an overlapping audience, will be competing against each other. The odd move is further complicated by another issue: AI was produced by DreamWorks, which gave Warner Bros. U.S. distribution rights for the film while DreamWorks handles the International distribution.
each other for box office dollars will not be productive for either movie
(particularly with the same studio distributing both), but it will create
an interesting race to follow.
Nabs Chicken Run
For the Cartoon Network the deal also gives them cable broadcast rights to The Prince of Egypt, ANTZ, The Road to El Dorado, and even Shrek.
the country gather together to enjoy the best in contemporary animated
features every week during Cartoon Theatre," said Betty Cohen, president,
Cartoon Network Worldwide. "We already showcase films with stars
such as Scooby-Doo and Bugs Bunny. Adding these modern classics will definitely
enhance Cartoon Network's reputation as a destination for fans of top
The Mummy Returns
Premiere Set for Sunday
"The USC School
of Cinema-Television has produced some of the most talented and successful
filmmakers working today, and Stephen Sommers easily fits into that category,"
says Stacey Snider, chairman, Universal Pictures. "We are thrilled
to have him as part of our family and delighted to host the premiere of
The Mummy Returns as a benefit for his alma mater."
In attendance at the premiere will be Brendan Fraser, The Rock, Rachel Weisz, John Hannah, Arnold Vosloo, Oded Fehr, Patricia Velasquez, Freddie Boath, Shaun Parkes and Aharon Ipale, writer-director Stephen Sommers, producers James Jacks and Sean Daniel, executive producers Bob Ducsay and Don Zepfel, ILM Visual Effects Supervisor John Berton, composer Alan Silvestri, cinematographer Adrian Biddle and production designer Allan Cameron.
The Mummy Returns
opens nationwide on May 4, 2001.
News Link of the
Day - Disney to Lay Off Animators
"Disney's famed animation unit is in for some rough times.
The Disney department
responsible for churning out such recent hits as The Lion King
and Beauty and the Beast reportedly may cut as many as 300 jobs
and cut salaries by 30 to 50 percent..."
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