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Michael Jackson Producing Animated Movie

Preproduction Begins in August (July 23, 2001)
Pop singer Michael Jackson is producing and starring in his first animated feature film, entitled "The Way of the Unicorn, The Endangered One."

The movie has a $75 million budget and is scheduled to begin pre-production next month. Jackson will do the voice of Sailor, an orphan who helps a young girl and a group of endangered animals save the planet. The theatrical release is projected to be spring 2003.

Dennis W. Peterson, chief executive officer of Las Vegas-based Big International Group of Entertainment Inc., is co-executive producer.

Jackson's last mvoie appearance was in the 1978 musical ``The Wiz.'' His 1986 3D film ``Captain Eo'' was a hit at Disneyland for 10 years.

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