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Tuesday, 30 January 2001 |  Written by Bill Warren  | 
title: Dinosaur function popUp(URL,NAME) { amznwin=window.open(URL,NAME,'location=yes,scrollbars=yes,status=yes,toolbar=yes,resizable=yes,width=380,height=450,screenX=10,screenY=10,top=10,left=10'); amznwin.focus();} document.open(); document.write(""); document.close(); studio: Disney Home Video MPAA rating: PG starring: D.B. Sweeney, Alfre Woodard, Julianna Margulies, Samuel E. Wright, Ossie Davis, Della Reese, Joan Plowright, Max Casella release year: 2000 film rating: Three-and-a-half stars reviewed by: Bill Warren According to Hollywood rumor, 'Dinosaur' is the most expensive movie ever made; figures cited range from $200,000,000 to $375,000,000. It was in development at Disney, active and not so active, from 1988 to 2000, but more importantly, Disney wanted to set up their own computer-graphics animation studio. They are in partnership with Pixar on the 'Toy Story' movies and 'A Bug's Life', -- but the profits on those movies are split 50-50 with Pixar. Hence, 'Dinosaur', the first full-length CGI film made by the Disney feature animation division. And evidently the last; another CGI film in development was cancelled when 'Dinosaur' performed below expectations. Supposedly the Disney CGI division has been closed down.
Tuesday, 12 December 2000 |  Written by Abbie Bernstein  | 
title: The Road To El Dorado (DTS) function popUp(URL,NAME) { amznwin=window.open(URL,NAME,'location=yes,scrollbars=yes,status=yes,toolbar=yes,resizable=yes,width=380,height=450,screenX=10,screenY=10,top=10,left=10'); amznwin.focus();} document.open(); document.write(""); document.close();  studio: DreamWorks Home Entertainment MPAA rating: PG starring (voices): Kevin Kline, Kenneth Branagh, Rosie Perez, Edward James Olmos release year: 2000 film rating: Three-and-a-Half Stars sound/picture: Three-and-a-Half Stars reviewed by: Abbie Bernstein Some theatrical movies play better on home video, or perhaps they’re just more enjoyable the second time around. In the theatre, the animated musical "The Road to El Dorado" was agreeable, but it felt like a live-action script that had been incompletely reconceived for another format. Live, "Road" would have been an amiable, slightly obvious, effects-heavy piece. As animation, it seemed paradoxically daring and tame, tweaking the rules that govern what can and can’t be done in "family" fare without going as far as it might.
Tuesday, 21 November 2000 |  Written by Bill Warren  | 
title: Chicken Run function popUp(URL,NAME) { amznwin=window.open(URL,NAME,'location=yes,scrollbars=yes,status=yes,toolbar=yes,resizable=yes,width=380,height=450,screenX=10,screenY=10,top=10,left=10'); amznwin.focus();} document.open(); document.write(""); document.close(); studio: DreamWorks Home Entertainment MPAA rating: G starring (voices): Julia Sawalha, Mel Gibson, Jane Horrock, Miranda Richardson, Tony Haygarth, Timothy Spall, Phil Daniels release year: 2000 film rating: Four stars sound/picture: Four stars reviewed by: Bill Warren Yes, 'Chicken Run' is 'The Great Escape' with chickens. It's made by the brilliant team of Nick Park and Peter Lord; Park directed the Oscar-winning 'Creature Comforts' and the Wallace and Gromit shorts, one of which also won an Oscar. It's not as hilarious as those masterpieces of stop-motion comedy, but as a feature film, it has to be made in a different manner.
Tuesday, 14 November 2000 |  Written by Bill Warren  | 
title: Fantasia (DTS) function popUp(URL,NAME) { amznwin=window.open(URL,NAME,'location=yes,scrollbars=yes,status=yes,toolbar=yes,resizable=yes,width=380,height=450,screenX=10,screenY=10,top=10,left=10'); amznwin.focus();} document.open(); document.write(""); document.close(); studio: Disney Home Video MPAA rating: G starring: Mickey Mouse, Pluto release year: 1940 film rating: Five stars reviewed by: Bill Warren Who hasn't seen 'Fantasia'? The number of those over the age of 10 who have yet to see this animated classic must be nearing the vanishing point. Not only has it been reissued time and again, but the Disney company has sent it forth on video over and over -- though never in the form it is on this new DVD release. It's available as a stand-alone disc, or in a special 3-disc package that includes 'Fantasia 2000' and a galaxy of extra material. We're reviewing the stand-alone disc here.
Tuesday, 07 November 2000 |  Written by Bill Warren  | 
title: Titan A.E. function popUp(URL,NAME) { amznwin=window.open(URL,NAME,'location=yes,scrollbars=yes,status=yes,toolbar=yes,resizable=yes,width=380,height=450,screenX=10,screenY=10,top=10,left=10'); amznwin.focus();} document.open(); document.write(""); document.close();  studio: 20th Century Fox Home Video MPAA rating: PG starring (voices): Matt Damon, Drew Barrymore, Bill Pullman, John Leguizamo, Janeane Garofalo, Nathan Lane, Ron Perlman, Alex D. Linz, Tone Loc release year: 2000 film rating: One and a half stars reviewed by: Bill Warren One of the many dismaying things about 'Titan A.E.' is that not only is it just slightly better than 'Heavy Metal 2000,' it has almost the same story. This big-scale animated movie was supposed to take the boxoffice by storm as 'Star Wars' had years before -- but it was a bust, a bomb, a fizzle of such catastrophic proportions that it killed the 20th Century-Fox animation division.
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