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Monday - May 14, 2001
- Museum to Auction Mickey Mouse Drawings on Saturday
- Mummy Returns Still Huge at Box Office - Swan Drowns
- Release Charts: Animated, Anime, and FX DVDs
- News Link of the Day - Disney Taps Violence in New Video Game

Museum to Auction Mickey Mouse Drawings on Saturday
International Museum of Cartoon Art(by This Saturday, The International Museum of Cartoon Art will auction off prized original Mickey Mouse drawings in order to pay for debts. Disney's storyboard for his 1928 cartoon, "Plane Crazy," is expected to fetch over $3 million.

Many other early Disney animation drawings will also be sold, including some cells from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Disney's first full-length animated feature.

Sadly, several of the drawings being auctioned were donated to the museum in order to preserve them.

The International Museum of Cartoon Art opened to the public in 1974 in Greenwich, CT. It has moved twice, currently residing in Boca Raton, FL. The top mission of the museum is "To preserve and maintain the world's masterpieces of cartoon art."

A part of that preservation will disappear at 10AM on May 19, at the Guernsey's Auction House in New York City.

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Mummy Returns Still Huge at Box Office - Swan Drowns
(by The Mummy Returns was once again huge at the U.S. box office, bringing in an estimated $32 million to bring its grand 10-day total to $116 million. Meanwhile, Spy Kids brought in $2.5 million to surpass the $100 million blockbuster mark.

The animated Trumpet of the Swan had a disastrous limited opening in Los Angeles and New York, bringing in only $100,000 in 125 theaters, for a poor average of $800 per theater. However, because of its limited engagement, the film now qualifies for the Academy Awards new "Best Animated Feature" category.

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Release Charts: Animated, Anime, and FX DVDs
(by As you can see from the list below, it is a very slow week for animated, anime, and FX DVD releases:

Dungeons & Dragons - New Line Platinum Series (2000 - FX)
Mobile Suit Gundam Wing - Operation 7 (2000 - anime)

Soundtrack fans should check out Princess Mononoke: Symphonic Suite being released tomorrow.

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News Link of the Day - Disney Taps Violence in New Video Game

According to the Associated Press:

"The Walt Disney Co. has had enormous success marketing video games based on its popular storybook characters and hit television show 'Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?'
Now, the company hopes to extend its success by adding a very un-Disney-like element -- violence...The new game is based on the upcoming animated film "Atlantis: The Lost Empire," which opens nationwide June 15…"

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