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  • Toons Battle World Cup for Summer Supremacy - - 4/25/06

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    Toons battle World Cup for summer supremacy
    Studios kick up slew of family fare

    By Hy Hollinger

    Full story at :

    Are family films the answer to a declining overseas boxoffice?

    Veteran studio distribution executives say a lot depends on how international moviegoers react in the summer to the first batch of one of the largest crops of animated family films to be released during a single year.

    20th Century Fox's "Ice Age: The Meltdown," and the Walt Disney Co.'s "The Wild" started the ball rolling this month, and five more CGI films -- DreamWorks' "Over the Hedge," Pixar-Disney's "Cars," Sony Pictures Animation/Amblin Entertainment's "Monster House," Warner Bros. Pictures' "The Ant Bully" and Fox's "Garfield's A Tale of Two Kitties"-- will reach offshore multiplexes during the feverish May-September span, competing with megabudget blockbuster hopefuls also seeking a piece of the estimated 40% of the peak-summer foreign boxoffice.
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