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Headline News Disney Releases Three Musketeers' Soundtrack

Walt Disney Records will release the soundtrack for the upcoming direct-to-video release, MICKEY -- DONALD -- GOOFY: THE THREE MUSKETEERS soundtrack on Aug. 10, 2004. The film premieres on DVD and video, Aug. 17. The soundtrack includes seven comedic spins on classical favorites by Beethoven, Tchaikovsky and others and features the brand-new Radio Disney and Disney Channel hit THREE IS A MAGIC NUMBER by teen singing stars Stevie Brock, Greg Raposo and Matthew Ballinger. The CD will sell for $6.98.

Headline News Marvel Gets into Plush Toy & Gift Licensing

Marvel Enterprises, Inc. has announced that it is consolidating important sub-categories of its toy licensing business with industry leader Russ Berrie and Co. for the plush and gift categories in the specialty markets. This new arrangement furthers Marvel's category management strategy, whereby Marvel seeks to enhance the potential market for its licensed products by selecting top-caliber partners who can expand the marketing and promotional support for Marvel-licensed product lines.

Headline News Lucasfilm Announces Revenge of the Sith Graphic Novel

Lucasfilm and Dark Horse Comics are teaming up to create a graphic novel based on STAR WARS: EPISODE III - REVENGE OF THE SITH. Dark Horse and the concept artists behind the film will produce the graphic novel called STAR WARS: VISIONARIES, a collection of 12 tales told by the artists that helped envision the worlds, creatures, technologies and characters of EPISODE III.

Headline News Davey and Goliath Get the Word from Scholastic

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and Scholastic have agreed to bring DAVEY AND GOLIATH to a new generation of children in the first major publishing deal for the religious, animated property.

DAVEY AND GOLIATH is a classic stop-motion animated television series that aired in the late 1960s and 1970s, starring Davey Hansen and his talking dog, Goliath, and is a property of the ELCA. The church's mission with DAVEY AND GOLIATH is to bring "moral and religious faith-based values to a new generation of children in lively and engaging ways."

Headline News Papa John's Tops Pizza Offer With Rocky & Bullwinkle DVD

Papa John's International Inc. continues its pizza and entertainment campaign with the introduction of four new DVDs and its featured specialty pizza during the month of July - the Barbeque Chicken and Bacon pizza. Along with the new flavor, customers may choose the JR. SCENE IT? game or one of three DVD movies - THE BEST OF ROCKY & BULLWINKLE AND FRIENDS, DURANGO KIDS or WEEKEND AT BERNIE'S II.

Headline News Clone Wars Model Sheets On Sale

In a special window from July 8-15, 2004, fans of CLONE WARS will be able to purchase hand-painted animation model sheets of Yoda at The new image features the final Yoda character model set against a fine art Giclèe that depicts drawings from the original Yoda model pack developed by series artist Paul Rudish and series creator Genndy Tartakovsky. Gicleé (zhee-clay) is a digital fine art printmaking process wherein millions of ink droplets stream onto canvas or high-quality stock paper.

Headline News Palisades Toys Launched 1st Fairly OddParents Line

Palisades Toys has announced the release of the first series of action figures based on the FAIRLY ODDPARENTS. Series 1 includes fully articulated action figures with episode specific accessories, and each figure is packed with Wanda and Cosmo in one of their many disguises. The figures will sell for $14.99.

The Timmy Turner figure includes a Goldfish Bowl with Nightstand, Baseball, an Enchanted Microphone, a Crimson Chin Comic Book, Eddie the Gerbil, and a FAIRLY ODDPARENTS logo figure stand, plus, Wanda and Cosmo in their signature Goldfish disguises.

Headline News Burger King Spins Web With Spidey 2

Burger King Corp. announced the availability of eight kids meal toys based on Sony Pictures' SPIDER-MAN 2. These Spider-Active toys are Burger King's first premiums with sun-reveal technology that enables a secret Spidey symbol to appear when the toys are in sunlight. The premiums are available at participating Burger King restaurants nationwide with the purchase of a kids meal from June 28, 2004, to Aug. 8, 2004, while supplies last.

Headline News Playmates Toys Awarded Worldwide Master Toy License for Delgo

Playmates Toys will toy around with the characters from the upcoming computer animated feature film DELGO. Fathom Studios and its licensing agency Joy Tashjian Marketing Group (JTMG) have scored a bit of a coup awarding the master toy license for the unfinished indie film with a distributor and release date still to be set. The toy line includes dolls and figures at several price points, as well as play sets, action figures, vehicles, play environments, and toy accessories.

Headline News U.S. Postal Service Honors Mickey Mouse and Friends on Stamps

The U.S. Postal Service has issued a set of four stamps featuring Mickey Mouse, Goofy, Donald Duck and a host of Disney friends, the first of three Disney-themed stamp panes that will be issued over as many years.

"With the dedication of the Disney stamps, we get the chance to capture the spirit of friendship as it appears in the art, the imagination and the creative tradition of Walt Disney," said postmaster general John Potter, who officiated at the first-day-of-issue stamp dedication ceremony in front of the Sleeping Beauty Castle in Disneyland Park on June 23, 2004.

Headline News Crayola Swings into Action with Spider-Man 2

Crayola's new SPIDER-MAN 2 inspired activity line allows kids to melt crayons and mold them into their own Spider-Man and Dock Ock characters with the SPIDER-MAN 2 Character Maker, draw webby designs with Crayola Spider Writers, pens that ooze a spider-web-like ink and even decorate their windows with all things "Spidey" with SPIDER-MAN 2 Window Markers and Window Clingers.

Headline News Crunch Toons Smash Maker's Profits, Then Discontinued

Poore Brothers Inc., the owners of T.G.I. Friday's restaurants, has discontinued its Crunch Toons product line of salted snacks featuring Warner Bros. cartoon characters. The company decided to discontinue the brand since testing of different consumer marketing variables did not significantly improve sales. In connection, Poore Brothers negotiated amendments to its license agreements with Warner Bros. Consumer Products, which will stop Poore Brothers' right to use the characters after September 30, 2004.

Headline News Playmates Awarded Atomic Betty Toy License

Breakthrough Animation's licensing agency Joy Tashjian Marketing Group has awarded Playmates Toys the master toy license for ATOMIC BETTY. January '05 is set for roll-out of the ATOMIC BETTY line, which will encompass dolls, playsets, action figures and toy accessories based on the animated series, which makes its debut on Cartoon Network this fall as well as TELETOON (Canada), M6 (France), TELETOON (France) and Cartoon Network (UK). In addition, the series has thus far been licensed to more than 55 countries worldwide.

Headline News Invader Zim Toys Coming

Palisades Toys is readying its release of the first series of INVADER ZIM action figures to quickly follow the release of the TV series on DVD in August. The cult hit, created by Jhonen Vasquez (JOHNNY THE HOMICIDAL MANIAC), was cancelled by Nickelodeon after only 26 episodes. The first series of action figures, each of which has a MSRP of $14.99, includes Invader Zim; GIR, his robot helper; The Almighty Tallest Purple, the leader of the Irken invaders; Ms.

Headline News Hasbro Opens Up Shrek 2 Toy Box

Hasbro Inc. welcomes Shrek and friends back with a full line of SHREK 2 plush, playsets, figures and games available in spring 2004 at retail stores in the U.S.

The Hasbro's SHREK 2 line includes WISE CRACKIN' SHREK/DONKEY, kind of an interactive companion doll. Press on his fuzzy muzzle and say "I love you, Donkey" to activate the plush donkey's buddy mode. But watch out, when he hears "Go away Donkey" his mood turns sour. (Approximate retail price: $29.99 for kids 5+.)

Headline News DreamWorks Bites Big Promo Deals For Shark Tale

DreamWorks Consumer Products has lined up a host of partners to support the computer animated feature film SHARK TALE, which arrives in theatres October 1, 2004. The film has attracted a diverse mix of promotional support including returning partners Burger King Corp., General Mills and Hewlett-Packard, as well as new partnerships with Coca-Cola, Krispy Kreme and Great Clips.

Headline News DIC Names Hasbro and Scholastic Key Trollz Partners

Following up DIC Entertainments recent acquisition of worldwide entertainment and licensing rights to the colorful-haired Troll character from the Troll Company (a.k.a. Dam Things), DIC has concluded partnership deals with key licensees Hasbro Inc. and Scholastic to launch TROLLZ, the entertainment and lifestyle brand for tweens, scheduled for U.S. debut in 2005.

Headline News TOKYOPOP & Disney Expand Cine-Manga Lineup

TOKYOPOP Inc. and Disney Publishing Worldwide are teaming on a new line of Cine-Manga books. The first new Disney Cine-Manga title, LILO & STITCH, is set to debut in stores April 2004, with versions of THAT'S SO RAVEN, PRINCESS DIARIES 2, THE INCREDIBLES and THE LIZZIE MCGUIRE MOVIE set to roll out throughout the year. In total, there will be more than 24 Disney Cine-Manga projects slated for release over the next three years.

Headline News Toys Based On Call of Duty Game Coming

Plan-B Toys and Radioactive Clown have announced a new series of highly detailed, historically accurate, WWII action figures based on Activision's award-winning PC game, CALL OF DUTY. Series 1 will be available in North America and Europe May 2004.

Headline News Cooper Owen To Auction Mickey Mouse Sketches

Cooper Owen is hosting an "At the Movies" auction, which will feature two original staff artist drawings of Mickey Mouse. The sketches from the Walt Disney Studios show multiple Mickey Mouse drawings running away from the viewer. Each sketch measures approximately 12x10 inches (30x25 cm). The starting bid will range between £150-200.