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Saturday - August 11, 2001
- Osmosis Jones Bombs on Opening Day
- Pixar Has Big Faith in Monsters, Inc.
- Soundtrack for Osmosis Jones Released
- News Link of the Day - High Tech Toon Boom

Osmosis Jones Bombs on Opening Day
(by Osmosis Jones opened in 7th place at the box office on Friday, bringing in only $1.86 million. The live action mixed with animation movie failed to draw audiences, who instead flocked to movies like Disney's The Princess Diaries and Rush Hour 2.

Osmosis Jones

Osmosis Jones took a pounding by several critics, many who actually liked the animation but felt that the overall story (particularly the live action scenes) were executed poorly. The opening for Osmosis Jones is the poorest of the year for an "animated movie" with the exception of the limited release The Trumpet and the Swan last May.

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Pixar Has Big Faith in Monsters, Inc.
(by Pixar has raised its year end outlook after another excellent quarter and continued building anticipation for Monsters, Inc. on November 2, 2001. DreamWorks, meanwhile, responded to the news by announcing it is releasing a deluxe Shrek 2-disc DVD set on the same day that Monsters, Inc. hits theaters (which is not a normal release date for DVDs).

Audience testings for Pixar's Monsters, Inc. have been astronomical, ranking even higher than the audience tests for Toy Story. Shares of Pixar rose over 5% this last week.

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Soundtrack for Osmosis Jones Released
(by The official movie soundtrack for Osmosis Jones was released into stores this week featuring no background scores in favor for songs from Sunshine Anderson, Brandy, Craig David, De La Soul, Drama, R. Kelly, Kid Rock featuring Joe C., Debelah Morgan, Nappy Roots, Nivea, Solange, Trick Daddy, and Uncle Kracker.

Here's the complete track listing:

1. St. Lunatics - "Summer In The City"
2. Drama - "Big Ball"
3. Solange - "Solo Star"
4. Brandy - "Open"
5. Craig David - "Fill Me In (Part 2)"
6. R. Kelly - "I Believe"
7. Kid Rock featuring Joe C. - "Cool, Daddy Cool"
8. Del La Soul - "Turn It Out"
9. Trick Daddy - "Take It To Da House"
10. Nivea - "Just In Case"
11. Debelah Morgan - "Why Did You Have To Be"
12. Sunshine Anderson - "Don't Be Mad"
13. Nappy Roots - "Here We Go Again"
14. Ms. Toi - "Love Me Or Leave Me"
15. Ezekiel Lewis - "Rider Like Me"
16. Uncle Kracker - "Break U Off"

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News Link of the Day - High Tech Toon Boom

According to Variety:

"These days, it's not the Mouse House that drives animated success, but the computer mouse.

Earlier this summer, lines were long outside Disney's El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood with moviegoers queuing for the studio's cartoon Atlantis: The Lost Empire. But just across the street, mobs rushed Mann's Chinese to see the computer-animated Shrek from Disney arch-rival DreamWorks.

Nothing could better frame the burgeoning power of computer-generated animation -- or the threat to Disney's once-inviolate hold on the toon market..."

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