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Monday, 1 October, 2001, 23:51 GMT 00:51 UK
BBC to screen Disney classics
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Some of the most popular animated movies of all time, including Toy Story and A Bug's Life, are to be shown on terrestrial TV for the first time.

Viewers will be able to watch Toy Story, Toy Story 2, Mulan, A Bug's Life and The Hunchback of Notre Dame after a deal was brokered between Buena Vista International Television and the BBC.

The films combined have grossed more then $2bn (1.35bn) in worldwide box office and have been watched by more than 121 million people at cinemas in Europe.

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David Hulbert, president of Walt Disney Television International said: "These films have a unique resonance with kids and families - they combine our storytelling heritage with innovative animation to produce the very best in family entertainment.

"The BBC has a long history of outstanding broadcasting and ground-breaking programming that entertains the whole family together - so it is appropriate that these Classic Treasures are showcased for the first time with them."

Sophie Turner Laing, the BBC's controller of programme acquisition, described the deal as "ground-breaking", saying the BBC had a "long and successful history of family film viewing".

She added that the package of movies ensured it would remain "popular for family viewing at key times in the year".

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The films' transmission dates have not yet been finalised.

Three of the films, Toy Story, Toy Story 2 and A Bug's Life were made by Disney in partnership with Pixar Animation.

The Academy Award-winning Toy Story (1995), was the computer-animated feature film, while 1998's A Bug's Life was the highest grossing animated film released in 1998.

Golden Globe-winner Toy Story 2 was also the highest grossing animated film released in 1999.

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