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Sunday - May 13, 2001
- Cartoon Network Invades Israel
- The Mummy Returns and Spy Kids Reach Blockbuster Status
- Atlantis: The Lost Empire Score Being Released May 22, 2001
- News Link of the Day - How SpongeBob Became the Coolest Marine Animal on Television

Cartoon Network Invades Israel
(by By the end of this month, the Cartoon Network will be available on all cable and satellite platforms throughout Israel. The reach will be 1.3 million cable and satellite homes in the country.

The Cartoon Network is available 24 hours a day with Hebrew subtitles. In April, the Cartoon Network received blanket coverage when it introduced Tom and Jerry animator Karl Torge to the country's press. In addition, there has been a rapidly expanding demand for licensed product in the market.

Worldwide, the Cartoon Network airs animated cartoons 24 hour a day, seven days a week on eight feeds in nine languages on digital and analogue satellite, cable and DTT in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

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The Mummy Returns and Spy Kids Reach Blockbuster Status
(by Both The Mummy Returns and Spy Kids surpassed the $100 Million blockbuster level this weekend with The Mummy Returns reaching the milestone in only 9 days. Last weekend The Mummy Returns broke many Box Office records, including the largest Friday gross ever of any movie. It continued strong throughout the week, consistently pulling in $3 - $5 million a day during the weekdays. Spy Kids also captured the Box Office with strong showings and low weekly declines (until The Mummy Returns was released).

The Mummy Returns could easily gross over $200 million at the Box Office this year.

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Atlantis: The Lost Empire Score Being Released May 22, 2001
(by The full background score for Disney's animated Atlantis: The Lost Empire is being released to CD on May 22, 2001.

The score for Atlantis: The Lost Empire is composed by James Newton Howard who was recently recognized with an Animatasia Award (recognizing excellence in the animation industry) for "Best Animated Soundtrack" for his Dinosaur compositions.

This is the third straight year that Howard has scored a Disney movie. The last two movies he scored - Dinosaur and The Sixth Sense - were both blockbusters at the Box Office.

Visit the brand new dFX Music Store here.

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News Link of the Day - How SpongeBob Became the Coolest Marine Animal on Television

According to The Salt Lake City Tribune:

"Jerry Lewis, the perpetual child, is a fan. So is street-weary troubadour Tom Waits.
And Rob Lowe, 'N Sync's Lance Bass and Bruce Willis. They all love 'SpongeBob SquarePants.'

For a cartoon aimed at children ages 2 to 11, Nickelodeon's buck-toothed, googly-eyed, silly, earnest and good-hearted cartoon yellow sea sponge, a whiz with the spatula and a master jellyfisher, attracts quite a large adult audience…"

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