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Monday - July 30, 2001
- DreamWorks Preps Shrek 2-Disc DVD
- Grown Up Rugrats Bring Huge Ratings
- Release Charts: Animated, Anime, and FX DVDs
- News Link of the Day - Brief History of Planet of the Apes

DreamWorks Preps Shrek 2-Disc DVD
Shrek DVD(by DreamWorks is quietly preparing a 2-disc DVD set for its hit animated movie Shrek. The DVD is expected to be shipped in November. The artwork for the cover (pictured here) is ready to go. DreamWorks has yet to publicly release details of exactly what will appear on the 2-disc set and whether it plans to do a rerelease of Shrek this fall to try and top The Lion King as the highest-grossing animated movie of all time. Shrek is currently the second highest grossing animated film of all time.

In other Shrek news, MediaForce (an digital copyright enforcement firm specializing in Internet anti-piracy solutions) announced that Shrek is the fifth most pirated movie online. Tens of thousands of downloads of the entire movie have taken place drawing attention to the issue of digital piracy. Many movies are surprisingly pirated and available online before they make it into theaters.

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Grown Up Rugrats Bring Huge Ratings
(by Nickelodeon experienced its highest ratings ever with a special 10th anniversary episode of The Rugrats that showed the babies all grown up. The episode pulled in an audience of 12 million viewer, breaking many cable records, including the biggest kids TV audience. The episode, titled ""All Growed Up," was brought to the attention of dFX Newsletter subscribers in the July 15 issue.

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Trumpet of the SwanRelease Charts: Animated, Anime, and FX DVDs
(by It's a very slow week for animated, anime, and FX DVDs. The only DVD coming out this week in the three categories is Trumpet of the Swan. Trumpet of the Swan was originally suppose to be on VHS and DVD last year. However, after the Academy announced a new Oscar for Best Animated Feature, the movie was revised for a limited showing on the big screen. It opened to largely negative reviews (article 1 & article 2).

The Trumpet of the Swan is directed by Richard Rich, who also directed The Swan Princess and Warner Bros. animated The King and I. The movie stars the voices of Jason Alexander, Mary Steenburgen, Reese Witherspoon, Joe Mantegna, and Seth Green. The Trumpet of the Swan is the story of Louis, a voiceless trumpeter swan and his adventure in learning new ways to communicate.

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News Link of the Day - Brief History of Planet of the Apes

According to AP:

The Associated Press has released a list of the history of Planet of the Apes on film. To view the list:

Click here for the full story.

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