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Thursday - October 18, 2001
- Universal Gets Feature Film Rights to Butt Ugly Martians
- Animated Films Play Big Role in Disney Monopoly
- Buy Your Way Into Lord of the Rings DVD Credits
- News Link of the Day - Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust

Universal Gets Feature Film Rights to Butt-Ugly Martians
(by Universal has secured the feature film rights to the CGI animated series Butt-Ugly Martians. The move came after the series continued to post very strong numbers amongst kid audiences in the UK. In addition to feature film rights, Universal also secured video rights and theme park rights to build attractions based on the show.

"Butt-Ugly Martians is a wonderful addition to our portfolio," said Bob Rubin, executive vice president, Universal Pictures Franchise Development, who negotiated the deal on behalf of Universal. "It complements our strategy to develop and maximize franchise opportunities for worldwide exposure across all our studio divisions."

Butt-Ugly Martians is set in the year 2053 and features three Martian heroes -- B.Bop-A-Luna (Charlie Schlatter, "Diagnosis Murder"), 2-T-Fru-T (Rob Paulsen, "The Mask"), and Do-Wah Diddy (Jess Harnell, "Animaniacs"). The heroes land on planet Earth having been sent on a mission to invade by their evil leader Emperor Bog. There's just one thing: they really have no intention of taking over! In fact, they fought for the assignment because they wanted to experience Earth's great pop culture of fast food, video games and TV.

The Butt-Ugly's new mission includes keeping their three Earth friends -- Mikey, Angela and Cedric -- safe from other space invaders and evading Emperor Bog by sending phony taped progress reports of themselves "conquering" the planet. Earth's invaders become its protectors.

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Animated Films Play Big Role in Disney Monopoly
(by The popular Monopoly game is about to get Disneyized with Monopoly: The Disney Edition. The board game just started shipping, courtesy of Hasbro, with a retail price of $19.99. Standard Monopoly rules apply and the object of the game is to collect Disney films to build color groups and acquire Disney dollars. The gameboard spaces and corresponding Title Deed cards contain vintage films like Steamboat Willie and 101 Dalmations to modern animated movies such as The Lion King and Toy Story.

Hasbro has also released two other animation related new editions of the board game - Powerpuff Girls and Pokemon.

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Buy Your Way Into Lord of the Rings DVD Credits
(by In a rather unique promotion that shows there is no bounds to what studios will do for money, you can buy your way into the credits of the first Lord of the Rings movie by purchasing a one year membership to the official Lord of the Rings Fan Club. If you sign up for a three year membership, your name will appear in the DVD credits of all three Lord of the Ring movies. The promotion tagline is "You can be immortalized in the credits of The Lord of the Rings."

The cost for a one year membership is $39.95 (U.S.)

Names will appear in alphabetical order, likely prompting some fake names for people desiring to be near the top (i.e. Joe AAAAtracy). For more information on the promotion, click here.

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News Link of the Day - Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust

According to Film Head:

"It won't be easy to see Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust in the theaters. It has a very, very limited release. Unfortunately there isn't currently a large market in America for R-rated animated films. Any fan of vampire movies or gothic romance should try and see this film either on the big screen or video/DVD. It is the best vampire movie, animated or live action, I have seen in theaters. It crushes Dracula ..."

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