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Sunday - July 15, 2001
- Females Give Final Fantasy Low Grade
- Weekend Box Office Estimates
- New dFX Newsletter Tomorrow
- News Link of the Day - Snow White Sequel - Not Disney Related!

Females Give Final Fantasy Low Grade
(by A company called CinemaScore, which gathers movie opinions from a large sampling of audiences that attend movies on opening nights, has assembled the report card for Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within. In general, males gave Final Fantasy a "B" rating while females gave the movie a very low "D" rating. The "D" rating is amongst the worst that females have given any movie so far this year. While the survey measures report card style grade opinions, it fails to capture data on exactly what people thought of the movie and how they would improve it.

How does Final Fantasy rate against other animated movies this year?

For Disney's Atlantis: The Lost Empire, males and females gave it an average grade of a high A minus. For Shrek, both males and females gave the movie a solid A. Disney's Recess: School's Out averaged a high B plus for both males and females.

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Weekend Box Office Estimates
(by Weekend box office estimates are in and Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within saw one of the most disappointing openings this year for a movie that cost over $100 million to create. According to estimates, Final Fantasy could only manage a poor fourth place showing with an $11.5 million take. Coming in ahead of Final Fantasy was Cats & Dogs (in its second weekend), The Score, and Legally Blonde. Both The Score and Legally Blonde were playing in fewer theaters than Final Fantasy.

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New dFX Newsletter Tomorrow
(by Monday evening a new edition of the dFX Animation and Visual Effects newsletter will be delivered via email to those subscribed. Each free issue of the newsletter contains news stories and features not found in regular Digital Media FX updates. For example, the last issue contained information on Prince Charles visit to Aardman Animations, information on animated movies returning to the big screen, details on Crazy Taxi being made into an animated movie, and a recap of the top five animation/fx news stories for June. Many issues also contain sneak previews of columns and features.

Monday's newsletter will contain a special "Jurassic Park III Preview."

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News Link of the Day - Snow White Sequel - Not Disney Related!

According to The Philadelphia Daily News:

"Whatever happened to Snow White after she was swept off her feet by Prince Charming? Belgian director Picha plans to provide the answer in the adult animated feature "Snow White: The Sequel," for which he is putting together financing..."

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