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Friday - May 18, 2001
- Shrek Opens on 3,587 Screens!
- Digital Media FX Launches E3 Video Game Industry Reports
- Square and Disney Interactive Team Up for RPG
- News Link of the Day - Mouse Meat

Eat Me!Shrek Opens on 3,587 Screens!
(by Shrek officially opened today on 3,587 screens, a record for any past animated film and the second most screens for any movie ever (being topped only by Mission Impossible 2). Box office analysts are predicting a weekend opening for Shrek between $30 - $40 million. However, DreamWorks is being cautious with its predictions, saying they expect Shrek to make between $25 - $30 million.

Digital Media FX will be maintaining daily box office results for Shrek. You can view this new area by clicking here.

To visit the dFX Shrek Movie Site, Click here.

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Digital Media FX Launches E3 Video Game Industry Reports
(by Digital Media FX has launched a special section dedicated to posting releases and reports from the E3 video game tradeshow currently underway in Los Angeles, California. To access this new section, click here.

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Square and Disney Interactive Team Up for RPG
(by The creators of the Final Fantasy series, Square, are teaming up with Disney Interactive to create a brand new role playing game titled "Kingdom Hearts" for the Playstation 2 platform. In the RPG, past Disney characters will team up with brand new Disney characters to embark on a dark, magical adventure that takes them to familiar and newly created Disney worlds, interacting with characters indigenous to those realms.

"Kingdom Hearts" has been in production for two years with a team of over 100 artists working on it. The game will first be released in Japan this year followed by the U.S. next fall (2002). For more in-depth details on this game, click here.

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News Link of the Day - Mouse Meat

According to the San Jose MetroActive:

"In a presentation on an upcoming Disney cartoon, one of the head animators was describing the process of creating the male lead. First, he said, he'd started with silent comedian Harold Lloyd as a model for his drawings. Then he'd add details of Jimmy Stewart, Gary Cooper and Fred MacMurray. 'In other words,' whispered a friend, 'he took someone original and watered him down until it fit the Disney house style.'…"

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