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Monday - November 5, 2001
- Positive Buzz From Harry Potter Premiere
- Digital Media FX Reviews Monsters, Inc.
- Release Charts: Animated, Anime, and FX DVDs
- News Link of the Day - Monsters, Inc. Mashes Box Office

Positive Buzz From Harry Potter Premiere
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone(by Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone premiered in London on Sunday and those who viewed it, including royalty, gave the movie rave reviews.

Thousands of people packed Leicester Square to get a glimpse of the stars attending the World Premiere. Those who stayed after were treated to Harry Potter author JK Rowling exiting the theater and giving a big thumbs up to fans, who then loudly cheered.

"It is brilliant," commented the Duchess of York. "I thoroughly enjoyed it and the girls loved it."

Opening on November 16, Harry Potter will play on a record 4,000 screens and is expected to easily set the all time three day box office record. Some box office analysts believe it will also break Titanic's all time record. The movie runs two and half hours long. The visual effects supervisor for the movie is Rob Legato. Several visual effects companies, including Industrial Light and Magic, were used for the hundreds of visual effects shots.

Here's a synopsis of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone:

"Based on the first of J.K. Rowling's popular children's novels about Harry Potter, the film tells the story of a boy who learns on his eleventh birthday that he is the orphaned son of two powerful wizards and possesses unique magical powers of his own. Invited to attend Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Harry embarks on the adventure of a lifetime. At Hogwarts, he finds the home and the family he has never had."

A sequel is already in the works for release next year.

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Digital Media FX Reviews Monsters, Inc.
(by Digital Media FX has posted its review of Monsters, Inc. giving Pixar's latest animated film an 8.5 out of 10 rating. Here's a quote from the review:

"Pixar seems to be the only animation company that can "do no wrong" with its animated productions. From Toy Story to Monsters, Inc. the company has done an excellent job of entertaining children and adults with cutting edge computer animation, good stories, and strong humor. A lot of companies, including Disney, could learn a lot from studying Pixar's techniques..."

Click here for the full review, which doesn't make any comparisons to Shrek!

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Release Charts: Animated, Anime, and FX DVDs
(by Here are new animated, FX, and anime DVDs hitting store shelves tomorrow.

Action Man - In Space (2001 - animated)
Mickey's Magical Christmas: Snowed In at the Mouse of House (2001 - animated)
Nadia, The Secret of Blue Water - Battleground - Vol. 4 (anime)
Recess Christmas: Miracle on Third Street (2001 - animation) is now accepting pre-orders for the Osmosis Jones DVD. Click here.

If you haven't yet ordered the Snow White DVD (availability will be limited), click here.

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News Link of the Day - Monsters, Inc. Mashes Box Office

According to CNN:

"Monsters, Inc. scared away the weekend competition. The film about a monster factory that collects kids' screams recorded the best debut in film history for an animated film and the sixth-best opening of all time, bringing in $63.5 million, according to studio estimates Sunday..."

Click here for the full story.

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