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- July 4, 2001
Cats & Dogs
Opens to Mixed Reviews
Here are quotes from select reviewers about Cats & Dogs:
Mark Caro of the Chicago Tribune - "...Making cats look ugly on film takes some effort, and these are the most hideous felines I've ever seen...In Babe, I never doubted that the animals were talking. Here, six years of presumed technological advances later, I kept being reminded of annoying pet-food commercials. Swarms of computer-generated mice further undercut the feeling of watching flesh-and-blood creatures..."
Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun Times - "The dogs and cats talk a lot, with perfect lip-synch, and they do things we somehow doubt any animals, however well-trained, could really do. So advanced are the special effects techniques that the filmmakers even combine animated faces with real animal bodies, with such uncanny skill that after awhile you give up trying to find the seams..."
Mike Clark of USA Today - "It's really a migraine-inducing, furniture-upending jumble. The worst Disney comedies of the '60s primed us to accept, perhaps unwillingly, the sight of pets destroying houses without being pound-bound by nightfall. But do Goldblum and Perkins have to smile so goofily after the destruction to their house?..."
A.O. Scott of the New York Times - "Yes, the script, by John Requa and Glenn Ficarra, does suffer from some hectic overplotting, and the elaborate climax fails to make much sense. But despite some slapdash sentimental subplots...there is enough dopey, exuberant fun to delight children without driving their parents completely crazy."
Kenneth Turan of the Los Angeles Times - "So much work went into "Cats & Dogs," and there's so little to show for it. A very resistible movie made from what sounds like an irresistible premise, it proves one more time that it's easier to make animals talk than give them anything interesting to say..."
of Jurassic Park 3 Set for July 16
The screenplay for "Jurassic Park III" was written by Peter Buchman and Alexander Payne & Jim Taylor, based on characters created by Michael Crichton. Industrial Light & Magic and the Stan Winston Studio once again combine forces to create the dinosaur effects.
Fourth of July
- The Walt Disney World Resort holds over 1,000 fireworks shows a year.
- The second and third presidents of the United States, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, both died on July 4, 1826. They were two of the founding fathers of the United States.
- On July 4, 1997, NASA achieves a first by landing a spacecraft on Mars (the Mars Pathfinder).
News Link of the
Day - The Phantom Reedit - Not Kevin Smith
According to the Philadelphia Daily News:
"When an unauthorized, re-edited version of George Lucas' Star Wars: Episode 1 - The Phantom Menace began circulating around town in early June, fans on the Internet were convinced that it was the work of acclaimed independent director Kevin Smith (Clerks, Chasing Amy, Dogma).
Dubbed 'The Phantom
Edit,' the reedited film removes nearly 20 minutes of footage from the
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