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Tuesday - September 25, 2001
- Nightmare Before Christmas Coming Back to Big Screen
- Who Wants to Be a Millionaire Animator?
- Bidding Exceeds $2,000 for Lunch with Roy Disney
- News Link of the Day - Wounded Disney Co. Vows to Bounce Back

Nightmare Before Christmas Coming Back to Big Screen
(by Disney is bringing The Nightmare Before Christmas back to the big screen, but only in one theater - the Disney owned El Capitan theater in Hollywood. Since the movie was already rereleased in theaters last year and had an extensive DVD push, Disney is trying to boost attendance through several bonuses:

1) On opening night, October 19, there will be a film makers panel discussion that takes place at 6:30pm.

2) Tim Burton's shorts Frankenweenie and Vincent will both be shown to those in attendance.

3) The Lower Lounge of the El Capitan Theater will feature a display of props from the movie.

The Nightmare Before Christmas will run at the El Capitan from October 19 through October 31. Showtimes are daily at 11:30am, 2:00pm, 4:30pm, 7:00pm, 9:30pm, and midnight. Admission is $9 for adults and $6 for children. Attendees are being encouraged to show up "in costume."

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Who Wants to be a Millionaire Animator?
(by Daily Variety has announced that a new animated series is underway based on the game show Who Wants to be a Millionaire. The animation is being produced by DIC with the creator of the show being Britain's Celador. The show will apparently follow fake winners on the TV show and how they spend the money that they win.

Note: This story is not an April fool's joke.

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Bidding Exceeds $2,000 for Lunch with Roy Disney
(by Bidding for a lunch with Roy Disney has now exceeded $2,000 with six days left in the auction. To help raise corporate money, Disney has a "Disney Auctions" division that operates through eBay. The company auctions off experiences, collectibles, and unique items. One unique item Disney is currently auctioning is a "Virtual Disney Art Cow in Reflective Moosaic," which was an entry into the Chicago's Cows on Parade in 1999. Bidding for the cow is already at $3,150 with six days to go. Disney also auctions off items of interest to animators including a Donald Duck Modeling Sheet which, as of the writing of this story, had a top bid of $50. Similarly a Mickey Mouse Modeling Sheet has a top bid of $71.

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News Link of the Day - Wounded Disney Co. Vows to Bounce Back

According to the Orlando Sentinel:

"Walt Disney Co., a $25 billion entertainment giant, is mapping out a battle plan to confront a financial crisis that has intensified since the terrorist attacks.

The attacks came at an especially bad time for Disney, which was already struggling with a decline in advertising ratings from ABC, weak attendance at its theme parks, cuts in its animation division, and weak merchandise sales that have forced it to shutter hundreds of its stores..."

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