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Wednesday - June 6, 2001
- Footage From Atlantis World Premiere
- New York Premiere of Atlantis Tonight
- Mr. Potato Head Becomes Cartoon Strip
- News Link of the Day - Golden Books Acquired

Atlantis is WaitingFootage From Atlantis World Premiere
(by The world premiere of Atlantis: The Lost Empire was held Sunday at the historic El Capitan Theater in Hollywood. Along with the main crew, the majority of the movie's voice cast was in attendance at the event, including Michael J. Fox, who voices the lead character of Milo Thatch.

After the premiere, those in attendance were treated to an underwater adventure at the El Capitan Entertainment Center where the Long Beach Aquarium decked out the numerous galleries with tanks of seahorses, exotic fish and sharks.

You can view unedited footage from the Atlantis World Premiere by clicking here.

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New York Premiere of Atlantis Tonight
(by A special New York premiere of Disney's Atlantis: The Lost Empire will take place tonight with proceeds from the showing going to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research. In attendance at the event will be Michael J. Fox, directors Gary Trousdale and Kirk Wise, producer Don Hahn, "Milo" supervising animator John Pomeroy, and from the soundtrack's single, Mya.

The benefit premiere is by invitation only. Disney did not provide any further details (i.e. location and time).

Atlantis: The Lost Empire will have a limited opening in New York and Los Angeles this Friday then will open nationally on June 15, 2001.

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Mr. Potato Head Becomes Cartoon Strip
(by Mr. Potato Head is about to get a marketing boost, when it premieres July 16 in hundreds of newspapers. Cartoonists Jim Davis and Brett Koth, with help from Hasbro, Inc. and Universal Press Syndicate, will bring the strip to life.

The Mr. Potato Head comic strip will focus on the antics of Mr. Potato Head's every day life both at home with his devoted wife, Mrs. Potato Head and their children, Julienne and Chip, and at his "day job" as a Vice President of Toy Testing.

"Mr. Potato Head has been a source of fun and laughter since 1952," said Alan G. Hassenfeld, Hasbro's Chairman and CEO. "This nationally syndicated comic strip - co-created by the amazing Jim Davis and Brett Koth -- speaks volumes about the popularity of Mr. Potato Head and the status he enjoys as a toy and as an enduring pop culture icon."

Mr. Potato Head was "born" in 1952 at Hasbro, Inc. in Pawtucket, R.I. Mrs. Potato Head joined the world the following year and, since then, more than 75 million Mr. Potato Head brand toys have been sold.

"Brett and I have been fans of Mr. Potato Head forever," said Jim Davis, the world's most syndicated living cartoonist. "My first Mr. Potato Head, in the early 50s, required a real potato. If potatoes weren't available, I used apples, turnips, onions, and once I used my cat `Blinky.' That cat had no sense of humor. We're thrilled that Hasbro has allowed us to do this feature and has blessed our work. We couldn't be prouder of the result."

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News Link of the Day - Golden Books Acquired

According to The Mercury News:

"Golden Books, a venerable but financially struggling publisher of children's books, is being purchased by DIC Entertainment Holdings, a producer of animated children's shows such as 'Super Mario Bros.' and 'Sailor Moon.'

DIC Entertainment, which is based in Burbank, is paying about $70 million in cash and assuming about $100 million in debt to purchase Golden Books…"

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