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Monday - July 23, 2001
- Osmosis Producer Wanted Big Action Feel
- Michael Jackson Gets Animated
- Release Charts: Animated, Anime, and FX DVDs
- News Link of the Day - Shrek Swirl Lawsuit Puts Family in Dis-Flavor

Osmosis Jones Producer Wanted Big Action Feel
(by The producer of Osmosis Jones, Zak Penn, is speaking out about the new live action mixed with animation movie from Warner Bros.

According to Penn, "We were sure from the beginning that we wanted this movie to feel like a big action movie. Something in which the animated portion looked like a cop show or a detective movie, with a heightened sense of design. In addition to that, it has evolved to have a real retro, noirish look that’s very original. We didn’t just want to make a comedy. We wanted to make something where the wild action and special effects could stand up to what you’d see in a live action film."

The animation director for Osmosis Jones, Tom Sito, also comments on his role in the movie.

"I was shown the script and immediately struck by how imaginative and different it was. Someone once said ‘Animation should take up where live action leaves off.’ With the latest in digital technologies, the latest developments in computers, live action can go pretty far now. In Osmosis Jones I knew we’d be taking people even beyond the borders of reality-based imagination, to places they’ve never been before."

Osmosis Jones opens domestically on August 10. It is opening up against American Pie 2, Spy Kids: Special Edition, The Others, and Rat Race. In addition it will see continued strong competition from Rush Hour 2 and The Princess Diaries which open on August 3. Osmosis Jones was originally rated PG-13 for crude language and bodily humor. However, the language was edited to bring the rating down to a PG. The movie fits into the genre of "gross out comedy."

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Michael Jackson Gets Animated
(by Michael Jackson is set to star in, and produce, a new animated film titled, The Way of the Unicorn, The Endangered One. According to The Washington Post, the film will cost $75 million to create. His role in the movie is as an orphan named Sailor. The movie is about Sailor, a girl, and a group of endangered species that work together to try and save Earth. It is expected to be released in theaters in 2003. The animation production team behind the film has not been named.

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Release Charts: Animated, Anime, and FX DVDs
(by Here is a list of new animated, anime, and FX DVDs being released tomorrow. As you can see, tomorrow's list is heavy on anime:

Akira (anime)
Akira: Limited Special Edition (anime)
Arc the Lad - Wanted - Vol. 3 (anime)
Farscape #5: DNA Mad Scientist/They've Got a Secret (1999 - FX)
Ranma 1/2 - Random Rhapsody - Watermelon Beach - Vol. 3 (anime)

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News Link of the Day - Shrek Swirl Lawsuit Puts Family in Dis-Flavor

According to The Record:

"Since they became national news, the Janze family has been maligned for everything from filing a supposedly frivolous lawsuit to how they named their daughter.

Yes, they are suing Baskin-Robbins over an ice cream sprinkled with Pop Rocks (Shrek Swirl). Yes, they allege that a scoop of the stuff put their 5-year-old in the hospital. And yes, her name is Fifi..."

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