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DECEMBER 1-15, 2003: NEWS ARCHIVES

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December 15, 2003 - We're now down to just the final four films in our Animated Classics Countdown. No film in our countdown received more than the 15 first-place votes that today's feature did. This fourth-place finisher has also not been topped at the box office by any other film created by Disney's Feature Animation department, and nearly a decade after its theatrical release, it continues to delight audiences young and old with its blend of unforgettable music, Shakespearean drama, and a dazzling animated Africa. (#4)

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December 13, 2003 - The 2-disc Brother Bear DVD is now up for pre-order at Amazon.com, for 30% off. Full-sized cover art has been added to Upcoming Cover Art.

December 12, 2003 - Disney has just announced a March 30 DVD release for their 43rd animated classic, Brother Bear. The 2-disc release marks a return to double-disc sets for new animated theatrical releases. The film will apparently be presented in both 1.66:1 widescreen (which they're calling "Full Frame") and 2.35:1 widescreen (which matches the majority of the film's theatrical exhibition ratio). Read the full press release here.

For today and tomorrow (Saturday, December 13) only, CircuitCity.com has Pirates of the Caribbean, Finding Nemo, and The Santa Clause 2 for just $14.99 each, with Free Shipping also.

Down to the top 5 in the Countdown, today's featured film is the 5th classic from the 1950s to make our Top 20, and the 5th animated feature Disney made in the 1950s. It's also a fairytale which inspired some interesting comments from voters. (#5)

December 11, 2003 - Curious about the "I'm Odd" unused song that has been prominently promoted on next month's Alice in Wonderland: The Masterpiece Edition DVD? Well, we've now set up a page of "I'm Odd" stills from the Disc 1 bonus feature.

More Disney Channel content is coming to DVD next March. The 66-minute film Kim Possible: A Sitch in Time arrives March 16, with an SRP of $19.99. Full press release here. The same day, two new overpriced 'volumes' featuring assorted episodes of Disney's popular "Lizzie McGuire" show - "Star Struck" and "Totally Crushed" - hit store shelves. Full press release here.

The proverbial "one that started it all" finally gets its day in today's Countdown feature. (#6)

December 10, 2003 - We're down to the final 7 in our Top Animated Classic Countdown and today's feature, which celebrated its 50th anniversary this year, continues to delight, in ways that its lackluster sequel never will. (#7)

December 9, 2003 - If you're doing your holiday shopping now, you might be interested in BestBuy.com's $15 off coupon (good on purchases of $150 or more). In addition, all items offer free shipping. The coupon expires Thursday, December 11. BestBuy.com coupon

Countdown proceeds with yet another 1950s feature, this one, a beloved fairy tale. (#8)

December 8, 2003 - Today's Countdown features a Cinemascope tale of two dogs, from different sides of the tracks. (#9)

We also have a special feature today - Disney's Christmas Features, an article that looks out the holiday fare the Disney studio has put out over the last seventy years.

December 6, 2003 - We've got the first look at the sophisticated and stylized menu screens from next month's 2-disc Alice in Wonderland: The Masterpiece Edition. Good news is that despite the omission from the press release, it does appear "One Hour in Wonderland" will appear on the set as first reported. We put together a little Alice preview page with all the specs and artwork, as well.

December 5, 2003 - This week's daily featured film in the Top Animated Classics Countdown wraps up with (#10), Disney's adaptation of the puppet who wanted to be a boy.

December 4, 2003 - Countdown continues, with a selection that is unusually dark fare for Disney, but which voters found easy to connect with. (#11)

December 3, 2003 - The Animated Classics Countdown gets curiouser and curiouser with today's featured film. (#12)

December 2, 2003 - Today's featured film in the Top Animated Classics Countdown was the last one with Walt's guidance. (#13)

December 1, 2003 - And so we kick off December, my favorite month, with some exciting news about next year's DVD releases. Next summer sees three more TV show season sets being released, including two series making their DVD debuts - "Boy Meets World" and "Popular". More on that here.

The 2003 Top Animated Classics Countdown continues with the 14th highest-rated film from the Disney animated canon - a lively caper about an enormous litter of puppies. (#14)

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