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Given PG-13 Rating
August 3 is approximately the same time that The Iron Giant was released into theaters two years ago to disappointing box office results. Despite the names associated with Osmosis Jones, the film appears set for failure due to the appearance that it is a kids movie (when it is not), the PG-13 rating (which will keep away families), and the competition. On August 3, Disney is releasing a movie called Bubble Boy (which will take the family audiences) and Rush Hour 2 is also being released (which will take the comedy and action crowds). Further complicating the movie's chance of success is that it appears aimed at the same audience as Titan AE, which showed little interest in seeing an animated production.
Osmosis Jones is being set up to possibly become the box office disaster of the summer.
Charts: Animated, FX, and Anime DVDs
Ball Z - Androids - Dr. Gero
Casper to Get a
The deal is estimated at $16 million in addition to the handling of certain liabilities. The deal is expected to be completed once shareholders vote on the acquisition.
This isn't the first time that Harvey Entertainment and Classic Media have tried to strike a deal. In August of 2000, the two tried to strike a similar deal worth $26 million (via stock investments). However, in November it was announced that the deal had been terminated, "due to the parties' inability to reach agreement on definitive documentation."
Harvey Entertainment's Chairman of the Board of Directors has expressed regret over having to sell the characters, but says that financial conditions of the company required the move. Harvey's stock has gone from a high of $6 a share on March 29, 2001 to a low of .06 cents on December 29, 2000. The stock has recently been trading around the .15 cent level (HRVY.OB).
News Link of the
Day - CTV Cartoon Series a Poor Second Choice
"With little more than two months until the end of the season, CTV will finally unveil its second new prime-time Canadian series of the year. It's a half-hour family cartoon called Committed and it launches Saturday at 7 p.m.
Committed seems an
unlikely piece of Canadiana. It is based on a daily, single-panel syndicated
cartoon produced by a Texas doodler named Mike Fry. The cartoon is almost
unknown in Canada, where no more than 12 newspapers carry it, most of
them in small markets..."
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