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Tuesday - November 13, 2001
- Heavy Traffic to WB for Chuck Jones Timber Wolf
- Critical Acclaim Continues for Harry Potter
- Final Weekend Box Office Numbers - Animation & FX Films
- News Link of the Day - Ex-Wichitan Enjoys Monstrous Success


Heavy Traffic to WB for Chuck Jones Timber Wolf
(by digitalmediafx.com) Chuck Jones Flash animated Timber Wolf series is bringing large amounts of traffic to the Warner Bros. Website. According to Warner Bros, "Since its initial launch on Oct. 24, nearly three-quarters of a million fans have checked out the antics of 'Timber Wolf' and more continue to log on each day."

A new episode airs each week and is 3-5 minutes in length. These are the first original animated characters created by Chuck Jones for Warner Bros. in more than 40 years.

Traffic to Warner Bros. Website doubled after the debut of the online cartoon series.

Timber Wolf" was created by Jones, then developed by Executive Producer, Co-Writer and Supervising Director Stephen Fossati, producers Philip Vaughn and Jeff DeGrandis and director Steven Dovas

Click here to access the WB Timber Wolf page.

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Critical Acclaim Continues for Harry Potter
(by digitalmediafx.com) Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone continues to receive critical acclaim from critics in the UK and the United States. The latest U.S. critics to praise the movie are Roger Ebert and Richard Roeper who both gave the movie a thumbs up and compared it to the classic film, The Wizard of Oz.

Already set to break nearly every box office record there is, the two and a half hour movie will gain additional benefit from the wide and near unanimous praise it is receiving from critics and the press. The addition of a new Star Wars: Attack of the Clones trailer won't hurt either.

"...Harry Potter vividly imagines the world of wizards, magic school and mystical creatures found in J.K. Rowling's series of children's adventure books," says Kirk Honeycutt in his mostly praise filled review of the movie for The Hollywood Reporter. "Clearly, the sky's the limit, not only for worldwide box-office but video, DVD, television and merchandising."

Meanwhile, the Daily Variety calls the movie "smartly produced and elaborately manufactured."

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone opens this Friday. Some theater showings are already sold out due to very strong advanced ticket sales. Box office analysts agree that the movie will easily surpass Shrek as the number 1 grossing movie of the year.

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Final Weekend Box Office Numbers - FX & Animation Films
(by digitalmediafx.com) Final weekend box office numbers are in and here are the results for the top animated and visual effects movies:

Movie

Rank

Weekend Total

Gain/Loss

Overall Total

Monsters, Inc.

# 1

$45.5 Million

-27%

$122.1 Million

Waking Life # 25 $265,901 6% gain $001.1 Million

Shrek

# 32

$121,220

-17%

$267.4 Million

Jurassic Park 3 # 34 $117,035 -6% $180.7 Million

Atlantis: The Lost Empire

# 40

$54,827

-24%

$083.9 Million

Planet of the Apes # 43 $48,738 -35% $178.9 Million

Pearl Harbor

# 51

$33,493

-23%

$198.5 Million

Cats & Dogs concluded its box office run with a final box office tally of $93.5 million.

The gain/loss represents the movie's performance when compared to last weekend.

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News Link of the Day - Ex-Wichitan Enjoys Monstrous Success

According to The Times Record:

"When Brandon Onstott joined the staff at Pixar Animation Studios, he was put to work on Toy Story 2. Now you can see the former Wichitan's work in Monsters, Inc. As a technical director, he was responsible for putting the texture and surface properties on the characters in the film, including the big, blue hairy star, Sulley, seen behind Onstott at Pixar in Emeryville, Calif..."

Click here for the full story.

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