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Monday - September 3, 2001
- Ice Age to Have Toy Line
- Release Charts: Animated, Anime, and FX DVDs
- Holiday Weekend Box Office Estimates
- News Link of the Day - Venice Festival Gets Serious with Animation Cinema


Ice Age to Have Toy Line
(by digitalmediafx.com) After initial strong reaction to its Ice Age trailer, Fox is moving into high gear to secure licensing and promotion deals for the animated feature that hits theaters on March 15, 2002.

One of Fox's first licensing deals is JAKKS Pacific's Flying Colors division, which will create a full line of toys and merchandise for the digitally animated feature.

Included in the Flying Colors line will be plush toys, action figures, playsets, activity kits, and lunch boxes.

"We're thrilled to have leading entertainment toy licensee JAKKS Pacific on board for Ice Age," said Peter Byrne, Executive Vice President of Fox Licensing & Merchandising. "We have every confidence that this film and its merchandise will be a huge family hit."

The story in Ice Age revolves around three characters: an acerbic woolly mammoth named Manfred (voiced by Ray Romano), an unsocialized giant sloth named Sid (voiced by John Leguizamo), and a scheming saber-toothed tiger named Diego (voiced by Denis Leary). Together, this group of dysfunctional characters takes an unexpected passenger on the biggest commute of all time! Along the way, they become unlikely allies on a perilous quest to return the passenger to its family.

The animation is being done by Blue Sky Studios and Twentieth Century Fox. Fox has a multi-million dollar marketing campaign in the works for the movie.

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Release Charts: Animated, Anime, and FX DVDs
(by digitalmediafx.com) Here are new animated, FX, and anime DVDs hitting store shelves tomorrow:

The Incredible Adventures of Wallace and Gromit (stop motion animation)
Dragon Ball Z - Frieza - Desperation (anime)
Dragon Ball Z - Lord Slug Feature
(1996 - anime)
Farscape #6: Till the Blood Runs Clear/Rhapsody in Blue (1999 - FX)
Max Fleisher Color Cartoons (animated)
Mobile Suit Gundam The 08th MS Team - Vol. 2 (anime)

Amazon.com is now accepting pre-orders for the Shrek 2-Disc DVD. Click here.
Amazon.com is also accepting pre-orders for The Phantom Menace DVD. Click here.

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Holiday Weekend Box Office Estimates
(by digitalmediafx.com) Here are estimates for the top 10 movies at the box office over the 4-day Labor Day weekend:

1. Jeepers Creepers - $15.8 million
2. Rush Hour 2 - $11.8 million
3. American Pie 2 - $11.7 million
4. The Others - $10 million
5. Rat Race - $9.2 million
6. The Princess Diaries - $7.6 million
7. O - $6.9 million
8. Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back - $6.4 million
9. Summer Catch - $5 million
10. Captain Corelli's Mandolin - $4.1 million

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News Link of the Day - Venice Festival Gets Serious with Animation Cinema

According to iWon:

"The idea that animated cinema is just for children is being overhauled at the world's oldest film festival, where cartoons are being taken seriously. For the first time in the long history of the Venice Film Festival, an animation film, "Waking Life" by American director Richard Linklater, entered the prestigious Golden Lion competition.

Festival director Alberto Barbera told Reuters it would not be last, as this annual cinema showcase increasingly toys with innovative film-making techniques..."

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