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Tuesday - July 24, 2001
- DIC and PBS Team Up for Animated Series
- "Be in the Rugrats" Contest Launched
- Final Weekend Box Office Numbers
- News Link of the Day - Disney Moves to Block Online Movie Trailers!

DIC and PBS Team Up for Animated Series
(by Kids watching PBS will be given a history lesson next year when DIC Entertainment and PBS launch a new animated series about two teenagers that work in the print shop of Benjamin Franklin. From here, the show gives the audience an inside glimpse at American history. Titled "Liberty Kids," the animated series will debut in May 2002 in time for Memorial Day and features the voice of Walter Cronkite for Benjamin Franklin.

"This series was inspired by a desire we shared to introduce kids in America, and around the world, to the principles and ideals that were at the core of the American Revolution -- democracy and freedom of expression," said Andy Heyward, chairman and CEO of DIC Entertainment. Such important values as these are described as part of entertaining and colorful stories, all the while inspiring young Americans to understand a little more how fortunate we are to be living in such an open democracy. 'Liberty's Kids' deals with real issues in a manner that a young audience can understand."

Educational material will be provided to schools that coincides with the animated series.

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"Be in the Rugrats" Campaign Launched
(by Nickelodeon and Embassy Suites Hotels have launched a joint contest where one winner will be animated into a three minute Rugrats mini-movie.

From now through Aug. 31 at participating Embassy Suites Hotels throughout the United States, children between the ages of five and 15 can enter to win a five-day/four-night trip to Los Angeles for the winning family. During the winner's trip to L.A., the winner will have the chance to meet the creators of the Rugrats and be animated for the promotional three-minute Rugrats mini-movie. In addition, the winning family will stay at an Embassy Suites Hotel in Los Angeles and receive Rugrats toys.

Entry forms can be picked up at participating Embassy Suites Hotels.

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Final Weekend Box Office Numbers
(by Final weekend box office numbers are in and here are the results for the top animated and visual effects movies:



Weekend Total


Overall Total

Jurassic Park 3 # 1 $50.7 Million New $81.4 Million
Cats & Dogs # 5 $06.8 Million -43% $72.4 Million

Dr. Doolittle 2

# 8

$04.4 Million


$93.3 Million

Final Fantasy # 9 $03.6 Million -68% $26.8 Million


# 11

$02.3 Million


$251.9 Million

A.I. # 12 $02.1 Million -58% $74.5 Million

Tomb Raider

# 13

$01.9 Million


$126.2 Million

Atlantis: The Lost Empire

# 14

$01.2 Million


$77.5 Million

Pearl Harbor

# 16

$01.0 Million


$192.1 Million

The Mummy Returns

# 25



$200.7 Million

The gain/loss represents the movie's performance when compared to last weekend.

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News Link of the Day - Disney Moves to Block Online Movie Trailers!

According to ZDNet:

"The company that brought you "Lady and the Tramp" and "Pinocchio" is cracking down on online movie trailers, sparking a legal case that could help clarify how far film studios can go to compete with retailers by selling their own products on the Web..."

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