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'HAPPILY EVER AFTER,' AN ALL-NEW SNOW WHITE, TO OPEN WITH BENEFIT PREMIERE FOR H.E.L.P.

 NEW YORK, May 25 /PRNewswire/ -- To celebrate a labor of love four years in the making, First National Film Corporation and New York City's Guild Theatre will host the world premiere of "Happily Ever After" to benefit H.E.L.P. (Housing Enterprise for the Less Privileged), a not-for-profit organization chaired by Maria Cuomo Cole which provides housing and human services to New York's homeless families. All proceeds from this premiere will benefit the programs for the many children residing at H.E.L.P. -- which is the largest provider for homeless families in the nation.
 The screening will be held on May 26 at the Guild Theatre, 50th Street and Rockefeller Center, beginning at 7 p.m.
 "Happily Ever After," which opens May 28 in time for the Memorial Day weekend, at present is the only G-rated family film that is scheduled for theatrical release during this time period.
 The film features one of the greatest all-star casts ever assembled in an animated film. The roster of celebrity voices includes Dom DeLuise, Ed Asner, Tracey Ullman, Carol Channing, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Phyllis Diller, Sally Kellerman, Malcolm McDowell, and Oscar- and two-time Grammy award-winner Irene Cara as Snow White.
 In addition, the celebrity guests will be joined by New York's own Anne Meara & Jerry Stiller; recording artists Eric B. & Rakim, Big Daddy Kane and Al B. Sure!; and sports personalities Carl Banks and Earl Monroe.
 "Happily Ever After" is produced by animation veteran and Filmation Studios founder Lou Scheimer, who also produced the Cosby Kids, Ghostbusters, and HeMan/SheRA for television. Lou has a long and successful career in the animation field and the idea for the film came about because he had always wanted to do a series of sequels to all the great classic fairy tales. Lou's love for Snow White and the seven Dwarfelle characters has been clear through the making of "Happily Ever After." He said, "Making this film was one of the most satisfying experiences I've ever had."
 "Happily Ever After" boasts over 100,000 hand-painted cels, and involves the talent of over 300 of Hollywood's finest animators. Every illustration was designed and created at Hollywood studios, making "Happily Ever After" 95 percent "made in America." With so many of today's animated motion pictures increasingly produced outside the United States, First National Film Corporation is proud to affirm its commitment to America's animation talent with this delightful production.
 First National Film Corporation has quickly become one of the fastest-growing film distribution companies of the '90s. A publicly- held company, First National Film stock is traded on the NASDAQ exchange. For further information, call 212-736-0404.
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 /CONTACT: Pauline Barfield, 212-736-0404, for First National Film/


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