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Sunday, Jan 20, 2002

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"After a decade or two as an underground phenomenon in the United States where legions of obsessive fans exchange fuzzy videotapes or, more commonly now, trade bootlegged movie files over the Internet anime is slowly emerging into the light of day. Hayao Miyazaki's "Princess Mononoke" was released by Miramax in 1999 in a dubbed version, featuring the voices of Claire Danes, Gillian Anderson and Minnie Driver; Katsuhiro Otomo's 1988 "Akira" opened theatrically last year in a digitally restored edition (and is now available on DVD); last summer Columbia Pictures released "The Spirits Within," an elaborate computer- animated episode of the long-running "Final Fantasy" series; and opening on Friday is "Metropolis," a fascinating blend of computer and traditional hand-drawn animation directed by Rintaro and based on a 1949 comic book written by Osamu Tezuka."

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