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- August 10, 2001
Osmosis Jones Opens
to Mixed Reviews
Here's what several mainstream critics have to say about Osmosis Jones:
Peter Travers of Rolling Stone - "The way I see it, Osmosis Jones will have to duke it out with A.I. as the most schizoid flick of summer 2001. What we've got here is a mix of live action (directed by those kingpins of uncouth comedy, Peter and Bobby Farrelly) and animation (directed by Tom Sito and Piet Kroon, who work on stuff like The Little Mermaid and The Iron Giant) that wants to reach the family audience and gross them out as well. Can your heart be warmed while your guts are being wrenched?"
Claudia Puig of USA Today - "The animation sequences the movie's best moments hurtle by at breakneck speed, while the live-action portions are a bit sluggish...Adults might remain immune to the process of Osmosis, but younger viewers probably will be receptive to its nervy fun."
Desson Howe of The Washington Post - "...it doesn't help matters that the animation by Piet Kroon, who also animated The Quest for Camelot and The Iron Giant, is more functional than memorable. If Frank should have listened to his body, telling him to eat better, maybe it's time for the prolific Farrelly Brothers to listen to their body of work. It seems to be telling them to slow down a little and give their conceptual juices more time."
Kirk Honeycutt of The Hollywood Reporter - "...The culprit appears to be Marc Hyman's script. A laziness invades his writing whereby the mere recasting of a cliche --say, placing a tired gangster scene in the "Brain Stem" instead of Louie's Bar -- is believed to be wildly original. The best thing in the movie is the set design in the cartoon world: There are too many gags here for one viewing. All the animation is terrific -- a neat blend of CGI with traditional animation."
Paul Clinton of CNN - "...Osmosis Jones is sort of a multimillion-dollar health science film on acid. In a very basic way -- and using plenty of creative license -- it does explain in broad terms how the body fights disease. Still, if you're really sick, you might want more than Rock and Drix on your side. It might also be wise to practice better personal hygiene than Murray's character Frank. But they all make a fine comedy."
of Entertainment Weekly - "Osmosis Jones oscillates between
streaky black comedy and sanitary instruction (as well as between crude
live action and elegant animation) like a patient with a fever, and viewer
tolerance may similarly run hot and cold."
Joins Stuart Little 2 Voice Cast
Stuart Little 2 will once again incorporate a strong array of visual effects technology by the artists and innovators at Sony Pictures Imageworks, who received a 2000 Oscar nomination for Best Visual Effects for their work on Stuart Little.
Stuart Little 2
will be released in theaters on July 19, 2002.
Shrek Coming to
Video and DVD on November 2, 2001
One of the biggest features of the DVD is a program called ReVoice Studio, which enables viewers to voice the lines of their favorite characters. The program enables viewers to select from 12 of the film's scenes and record the lines of the characters. It then syncs up their voice with the character's mouth. The viewer can also view the scene and see how their performance as the voice of Shrek, Donkey, Fiona or Farquaad plays.
Here's a detailed list of the material that will appear on the DVD:
The suggested retail
price for the Shrek video is $15.95 while the DVD will retail for
News Link of the
Day - Pixar Has Happy Quarterly Ending
According to The Industry Standard:
studio Pixar offered a short-but-sweet earnings announcement Thursday
that provided a welcome fillip of good news during a harried results season
that has been characterized by dour outlooks. The Emeryville, Calif.-based
company, which scored its first big hit with Toy Story in 1995,
posted earnings of $8.75 million (18 cents a share), handily topping First
Call consensus estimates of 13 cents a share..."
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