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Sunday - December 2, 2001
- Monsters, Inc. Passes $200 Million Mark
- Another Live Action Peter Pan Movie in the Works
- The Daily Telegraph Attacks Walt Disney
- News Link of the Day - Christian Cartoon May Get New Life

Monsters, Inc. Passes $200 Million Mark
(by Monsters, Inc. passed the $200 million mark at the domestic box office on Saturday, becoming only the fifth animated movie to reach that milestone. Other animated movies to reach that milestone include Aladdin, Toy Story 2, Shrek, and The Lion King. The Lion King's numbers are particularly impressive because it was released in 1994 when ticket prices were cheaper and there were fewer theaters. It holds the title "King of the animated movies" with a box office take of $312 million, a number no other animated movie has even come close to reaching.

Monsters, Inc. reached the $200 million mark quicker than any other animated film, but it has been losing a lot of steam at the box office. That could change soon, however, as Pixar is reportedly preparing outtakes to add to Monsters, Inc. in time for the Christmas holiday season.

Digital Media FX congratulates all the artists, technicians, cast, and crew involved with Monsters, Inc. for reaching the $200 million milestone.

Congratulations on Reaching 200 Million!

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Another Live Action Peter Pan in the Works
(by Douglas Wick, producer of Stuart Little 1 & 2, Gladiator, and Hollow Man told E! Online that he is developing, with P.J. Hogan, a new live action movie on Peter Pan. The movie will feature a CGI created Never Land and presents Captain Hook as "a soulful, fascinating, frustrated man who's stuck on the wrong sea." Hogan, who wrote and directed 1994's Muriel's Wedding, has completed the script and will direct this new Peter Pan adventure. The visual effects company that will bring Never Land to life has not yet been named.

Disney's animated sequel to Peter Pan will hit theaters in February 2002.

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The Daily Telegraph Attacks Walt Disney
(by The December 2 edition of The Daily Telegraph (U.K.) strongly attacks Walt Disney in an opinion editorial by Minette Marrin. Here's a short snippet from the strongly worded opinion piece:

"...I would like to take the opportunity of his 100th anniversary to say that I absolutely hate Walt Disney. I do not mean the man, so much as his works, and most particularly his so-called animated feature films, or cartoons.

There is something loathsome about the homogenised, sanitised, reductive sentimentality that is the Disney vision. He has invaded the whole world, commandeered its great myths and turned them into stereotyped, saccharine schlock, and then forced them back on us in their new, soulless form.

It is a mystery that his work is called animation; animation should surely mean bringing life or soul to something. Disney has drained some of the world's best stories of both; he turns archetype into stereotype. He has colonised our imagination...."

If Walt Disney were still alive he would have turned 100 on December 5, 2001.

Click here to read the entire editorial.

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News Link of the Day - Christian Cartoon May Get New Life

According to the Knight Ridder Tribune:

"...Davey and Goliath, those beloved television figures from baby boomer childhoods, are headed for a new generation of American homes, thanks to the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

The 5.1 million-member denomination hopes to relaunch the popular television show featuring a boy and his talking dog, using a line of merchandise, toys and commercials to raise the funds..."

Click here for the full story.

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