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Wednesday - October 24, 2001
- Star Wars 2 Teaser Attached to Monsters, Inc.
- Phantom Menace DVD Sets Sales Records
- Top Selling Animation and FX DVDs
- News Link of the Day - Is Game Up for Toy Story?


Star Wars 2 Teaser Attached to Monsters, Inc.
(by digitalmediafx.com) George Lucas is attaching a teaser for Star Wars Episode 2: Attack of the Clones to Monsters, Inc. and Disney is more than happy with the move. The teaser will be the first official theatrical look at the newest Star Wars adventure, which is said to be much "tighter" than The Phantom Menace with very little of the annoying Jar-Jar Binks character.

The celebration from Disney and added income as a result of the teaser will be short lived, however, as Lucas apparently will include a full length theatrical trailer for Star Wars 2 attached to Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone which opens two weeks after Monsters, Inc.

The teaser being attached to Monsters, Inc. is bad news for DreamWorks, which was hoping to keep some people at home on November 2 watching Shrek. DreamWorks deliberately planned the release of the Special Edition Shrek DVD and video on the exact same day as Monsters, Inc. release.

Monsters, Inc. opens nationwide on Friday, November 2, 2001.

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Phantom Menace DVD Sales Set Record
(by digitalmediafx.com) The one week selling record for The Mummy Returns DVD didn't last long having now been surpassed by Star Wars: The Phantom Menace. First week sales of The Phantom Menace DVD were estimated at over 2.2 million compared to The Mummy Returns 2 million DVD sales in its first week. In total, approximately $45 million has been spent on The Phantom Menace DVD in just one week.

The Phantom Menace sales record could be challenged by Shrek, which comes out on November 2, 2001.

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Top Selling Animation and FX DVDs
(by digitalmediafx.com) Here is a list of the current top selling animation and FX DVDs at Amazon.com. Animation and FX DVDs dominate the top 20 overall top sellers:

Rank Title Genre Price
1 Shrek Animation $19.95
2 Star Wars: The Phantom Menace FX $22.95
3 Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within Animation $22.46
6 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Animation $19.95
8 Dumbo Animation $22.49
9 The Simpsons: Complete First Season Animation $29.98
11 Tomb Raider FX $22.49
12 The Mummy Returns FX $19.95
16 Jurassic Park 3 FX $20.24
18 Planet of the Apes FX $23.95
19 Pearl Harbor FX $22.49

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News Link of the Day - Is Game Up for Toy Story?

According to The UK Times:

"Buzz Lightyear’s trip to infinity and beyond could have come to an abrupt halt because of a row over the multibillion-dollar Toy Story film franchise.

The contractual dispute threatens to damage the Hollywood partnership between Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios..."

Click here for the full story.

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