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Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends: The Movie is a 2018 American animated fantasy comedy-drama adventure film based on the Cartoon Network animated television series of the same name. The film is directed, written and executive produced by series creator Craig McCracken and written by Noah Baumbach. The film takes place after the show's series finale and it is produced by Warner Bros. Animation and Cartoon Network Studios and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. This makes it the first and only theatrical Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends film to hit the big screen as House of Bloo'sGood Wilt Hunting and Destination: Imagination were just made-for-television films.

The film stars the voices of Keith Ferguson, Sean Marquette, Grey Griffin, Tom Kane, Phil LaMarr, Tom Kenny and Candi Milo reprising their respective roles from the television series, with guest stars Neil Patrick Harris, Jason Maybaum and Kevin Hart.

The film was theatrically released in movie theaters on October 19, 2018 in the United States and Canada, by Warner Bros. Featuring the new single "Can You Imagine" by Madcon (feat. PARTYNEXTDOOR & D.R.A.M.). Although a traditionally animated film, it blends animation with computer generated, 3D scenery and objects that take up 20% of its environment.

The movie received generally positive reviews from critics and was a critical and commercial success, grossing over $108 million worldwide against a $54 million budget and has a 90% approval rating at Rotten Tomatoes, with critics praising its voice performances, soundtrack, and humor.

Plot

A supposed "real estate operator" wants to destroy Foster's home and capture the world of all of the imaginary friends because he finds them to be nothing more than childish distractions and a waste of time and life, so it's up to Mac, Bloo and their friends to save Foster's home and all of the captured imaginary friends before it's too late. Also, Mac befriends with a new kid in school, who is actually the son of the supposed ''real estate operator''.

Cast

Main Characters

  • Bloo (Keith Ferguson)
  • Mac (Sean Marquette)
  • Frankie (Grey Griffin)
  • Mr. Herriman (Tom Kane)
  • Wilt (Phil LaMarr)
  • Eduardo (Tom Kenny)
  • Coco/Madame Foster (Candi Milo)

Recurring Characters

  • Jackie Khones (Dennis Haysbert)
  • Goo (Katie Crown)
  • Cheese (Lauren Tom)
  • Terrence (Tara Strong)
  • Duchess (Helena Bonham Carter)
  • Fluffer Nutter (Andrea Libman)
  • Yogi Boo Boo/Handy (Rob Paulsen)
  • Scissors (Danny Pudi)
  • Sassyfrass (Carolyn Lawrence)
  • George Mucus/Sloppy Moe (Kenan Thompson)
  • Myron Giant/Boris the Florist (John DiMaggio)
  • Ringo Rango/Clambake (Justin Roiland)
  • Madame Mustachio (Ashleigh Ball)
  • Belly Bob Norton (Ian Jones-Quartey)
  • Pinecone Cola (Joseph Gordon-Levitt)
  • Red Rusher/Galoot Palooka/Dyno (Seth Green)
  • Pokey Toehair (Jack McBrayer)
  • Frit and Frat (Ben Schwartz)
  • Don Lickles (Fred Armisen)
  • Two Head Fred (Andy Samberg)
  • Myopic Patootie (Dave Foley)
  • One Eye Cy (Joe Manganiello)
  • Mr. Edmonton (Edward Norton)
  • Rodney Squiddlebeak (Brian Stepanek)
  • Spritz Coleman (Richard Horvitz)
  • Big Beaver (Khary Payton)
  • Mabel Licorice (Kristen Schaal)
  • Talking Racer Car (Paul Greenberg)
  • Socket Tubey (Christopher Knights)
  • Jokey (Eric Bauza)
  • Wally (Scott Menville)
  • Harold (Dee Bradley Baker)
  • Magic Wand (Zach Braff)
  • Bone (Kevin Schon)
  • Nerd Shark (Greg Cipes)
  • Groucho the Rubber Chicken (Frank Welker)
  • Bloppy Pants (Jeff Bennett)
  • Randolph (Wally Wingert)
  • Clock (Kevin Michael Richardson)
  • Bing Bong (Richard Kind)
  • Billy the Squid/Master Willy the Clown (Michael Cera)
  • Sunset Junction (Ricky Gervais)
  • World (Max Burkholder)
  • Mac and Terrence's Mother (Julia Roberts)
  • Ashley (Noël Wells), Terrence's girlfriend
  • Moose (Peter Linz)
  • Abraham Lincoln Pen (Steve Carell)

New Characters

  • Presley K. Blanford (Neil Patrick Harris), a supposed "real estate operator" who wants to destroy Foster's home and capture the world of all of the imaginary friends, finding them to be nothing more than childish distractions and a waste of time and life.
  • Carl (Jason Maybaum) a new kid in school who is Presley's son and met Mac and befriends with him.
  • Bibbles the Rabbit (Kevin Hart) is Carl's pet rabbit.

Other Imaginary Friends

  • Chester n' Nester
  • Orange Bloo
  • Orange Girl
  • Orange Girl Friend with Angel Wings
  • Orange Girl Friend with Angel Wings with Two Legs
  • Orange Girl Friend with Angel Wings with Four Legs
  • Orange Girl Friend with Angel Wings & Elephant Trunk
  • Tears
  • Violin
  • Crying Friend
  • Star Friend
  • Snow Man
  • Bendy
  • Eurotrish
  • Green Sponge
  • Card
  • Tiny Humans
  • Red
  • Rainbow Sponge
  • Giant Turtle
  • Puppies
  • Flowers
  • Santa Claus
  • Pizza
  • Hen
  • Cute Bird
  • Slug
  • Four Eyes Friend
  • One Eye Friend
  • Dog
  • Three Eyes Friend
  • Talking Snail
  • Mr. Meow Meow the Black Cat

Characters

  1. Mac is one of the two main protagonists in Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends. Mac's voice was high in the series premiere, but became slightly deeper in later episodes. He has brown hair, and wears a red t-shirt with a white sweater underneath, black and white tennis shoes, a dark green backpack, and tan khaki pants. Mac also has a crush on Goo. He is voiced by Sean Marquette.
  2. Blooregard Q. Kazoo, also known as Bloo for short, is one of the two main protagonists in Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends, voiced by Keith Ferguson. Mac created Bloo when he was three years old, meaning that, by the start of the series, they had been creator and creation for five years.
  3. Wilt Michaels is an imaginary friend created by Jordan Michaels, and one of the main characters in Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends. He is voiced by veteran comic/actor Phil LaMarr.
  4. Eduardo is a character in Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends, voiced by comedian/voice actor Tom Kenny. He speaks with a strong Spanish accent, sometimes even using Spanish words.
  5. Coco is a fictional character in Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends, and is voiced in English by voice actress Candi Milo.
  6. Frances "Frankie" Foster is the caretaker at her grandmother's home for imaginary friends. She is voiced by voice-acting/singing veteran, Grey Griffin.
  7. Mr. Herriman is a character in the Flash-Animated cartoon Foster's Home For Imaginary Friends on Cartoon Network, voiced by Tom Kane. He is the owner of Foster's, and is Frankie's boss.
  8. Madame Foster is a character in the animated television series Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends, and whose voice is portrayed in English by Candi Milo. She is the founder of Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends (the place), creator of Mr. Herriman, and grandmother of Frankie Foster.

Rating

Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends: The Movie is Rated PG for Parental Guidance.

Production

Announcement

On September 16, 2013, it was announced that there will be an Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends animated feature being developed at Warner Bros., with the show's cast members reprising their roles. Cartoon Network Studios will also be involved with production. On September 12, 2016, it was announced that Neil Patrick Harris, Jason Maybaum and Kevin Hart had joined the cast, but the film's release date wasn't revealed yet. The film marks the fifth time a theatrical Cartoon Network film is produced by Warner Bros. Animation, instead of Warner Animation Group since the group's formation in 2013.

On February 13, 2017, it was announced that actor Dennis Haysbert and actresses Katie Crown and Lauren Tom were part of the cast, as Jackie Khones, Goo and Cheese, respectively, with Tara Strong joining the cast, reprising her role as Terrence the same day. On March 13, 2017, Helena Bonham Carter, Andrea Libman and Rob Paulsen had joined the cast, as Duchess, Fluffer Nutter and Yogi Boo Boo and Handy. Danny Pudi was announced to voice Scissors in the film the next day. On December 18, 2017, Warner Bros. officially scheduled the film for an October 19, 2018 release.

Development

Warner Bros. Animation had already begun the process of starting development of movies with budgets of around $100 million. The intellectual property for these films was meant to be supplied by Warner Bros. Animation, Hanna-Barbera (Warner Bros. Animation's in-name only division), Cartoon Network and Turner Entertainment (also both Time-Warner divisions) among others and included The FlintstonesThe JetsonsScooby-DooSamurai JackAdventure Time, Cow and Chicken, and more, of course, Codename: Kids Next Door. Cartoon Network had been approaching the original crew from the television series to make a high-profile, animated theatrical feature-length film adaptation and had long wanted to partner with Warner Bros. Pictures to release a Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends film given the network's extraordinary legacy in the world of animation, including some of the most enduring characters on cable television history.

Creator Craig McCracken agreed to make a feature film version of the show with the promise it would be the first of a planned trilogy. During development stages of the film, he and his co-director Lauren Faust and co-writer Noah Baumbach intended to revisit some of the greatest films of the time, with Scarface and The Dark Knight having the core inspirations for the film.

Animation

The feature animation was handled by Boulder Media in Dublin, Ireland. The crew used the same processes from the original television series in the making of the film, most notably the 'skroutlines', which was a seamless blend of a more traditional screenplay with a more simple outline which resembled strong short stories and gave the storyboard artists such as Vaughn Tada, Ed Baker and Chris Dent all the creative and aesthetic freedom neccessary. McCracken and Faust themselves provided the film's animatics.

Famed comic book artists Neal Adams, Tracy Yardley and Jim Steranko, and animation veterans Robert Alvarez, Bob Harper and Eric Pringle also provided the film's storyboards. Timothy Lamb helped on the character designs and special effects work on the film. Another animation veteran Craig Kellman also worked with Craig McCracken on the character designs of the film.

The bulk of the animation work was done on Wacom Cintiq tablets, which allowed drawings to be done directly on screen to facilitate production using programs Adobe Flash and Toon Boom Studio. Pencilled key animation sequences would be digitally inked-and-painted, enhanced and composited into backgrounds using Toon Boom Harmony. The character animation was done by going through the clean-up animation department using Toon Boom Harmony and Adobe Flash, and it was scanned directly into Photoshop. 3D animation and scenery were used in the film, for the backgrounds, Frankie's bus, Presley's car, the satellite, Foster's Home, Presley's headquarters, and the friendship symbols.

The artwork was then enhanced to affect the appearance of painted strokes and fills, and combined with backgrounds, using Adobe After Effects. The backgrounds were painted digitally using Adobe Photoshop and animated in 3D CGI using Autodesk Maya. Additional pre-production work was done at Cartoon Network Studios in Burbank, California where the series' pilot episode was produced. Animation and clean-up work was done at Boulder Media's facilities on Dublin. The final animation was also provided by Atomic Cartoons in Vancouver, British Columbia, Snipple Animation and Top Draw Animation in the Philippines, Bardel Entertainment in Vancouver, British Columbia, Six Point Harness in Los Angeles, California, Cyber Chicken Animation in South Korea and DQ Entertainment in India. Computer animation was done at Sony Pictures Imageworks, Mercury Filmworks, Savage Frog!, Virtual Magic Animation and Munich Animation Film. Legend3D also played a role in the stereoscopic 3D conversion.

Sound and music

Mark Mothersbaugh composed the soundtrack for the film with Danny Elfman and Justin Timberlake serving as the soundtrack producers. In addition to using the original series' music work from James L. Venable and Jennifer Kes Remington on the film, he also composed themes for each character. Mac and Bloo's adventure score was the major focus and he also composed themes for Frankie, Mr. Herriman, Wilt, Eduardo, Coco, Madame Foster and Jackie Khones, and Goo. The music score was recorded at 20th Century Fox's Newman Scoring Stage in Los Angeles and Warner Bros. Eastwood Scoring Stage in Burbank and mixed at Henson Recording Studios in Hollywood and Remote Control Productions in Santa Monica. The score is conducted by Harry Gregson-Williams and David Newman. The music score is performed by The London Symphony Orchestra and The Hollywood Studio Symphony.

The sound design work was done at Skywalker Sound in Marin County, California and Cartoon Network Studios in Burbank, California.

The Music from the film is also recorded at Abbey Road Studios in London.

Soundtrack

  1. Can You Imagine (feat. PARTYNEXTDOOR & D.R.A.M.) - Madcon, written by Jessie J, Demi Lovato, Ray Dalton, Mixed by Calvin Harris
  2. Domino - Jessie J
  3. Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends Theme - James L. Venable
  4. Live It Up - Keith Ferguson, Sean Marquette, Phil LaMarr, Tom Kenny, Grey Griffin, Katie Crown and Candi Milo, written by Daft Punk and Keith Ferguson, Produced by Daft Punk
  5. Live It Up - Group 1 Crew
  6. U Can't Touch This - Crazy Frog
  7. Move On Up - Pharrell Williams, written by Pharrell Williams (cover by Curtis Mayfield)
  8. Let It Roll (feat. Lil Wayne) - Flo Rida
  9. Africa - Toto
  10. Try Everything - Shakira
  11. My Superstar - Jessie J
  12. Fireball (feat. John Ryan) - Pitbull
  13. More - Usher

A Studio Operation

  • Digital Intermediate by: EFilm

Special Effects

  • Animation Services: Boulder Media, Atomic Cartoons, Snipple Animation Studios, Top Draw Animation, Bardel Entertainment, Six Point Harness, Cyber Chicken Animation, DQ Entertainment
  • CGI Animation: Sony Pictures Imageworks, Mercury Filmworks, Savage Frog!, Virtual Magic Animation, Munich Animation Film
  • 3D Stereo Conversion: Legend3D
  • Main Title Animation: ReZ.n8 Productions
  • End Title Sequence: Mercury Filmworks

Music & Lyric Video

  • Can You Imagine: (PARTYNEXTDOOR & D.R.A.M.) - Madcon (From Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends: The Movie)

Lyric Video

  • Move On Up - Pharrell Williams (From Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends: The Movie)

Trailer Song

  • Now Or Never: By Outasight

Mini-Movies

  • Best Friends Day
  • Frankie's Alone Time
  • Say "Cheese"
  • Basketball Game

Short Film

  • Dexter's Laboratory in The Road Trip, Written and Directed by Genndy Tartakovsky

Cast

  • Dexter (Candi Milo)
  • Dee Dee (Kat Cressida)
  • Mom (Kath Soucie)
  • Dad (Jeff Glen Bennett)
  • Mandark (Silent role)

Soundtrack

  • Honey, I'm Good: By Andy Grammer

Release

Marketing

The film's title and teaser poster debuted on February 12, 2018. The teaser trailer was released on April 11, 2018, posted on the Cartoon Network and Warner Bros. Pictures YouTube channels. A second teaser trailer was released on August 14, 2018. McDonalds released Happy Meal toys to promote the film. WaterTower Music and Cartoon Network Records released the film's soundtrack. On September 10, 2018, promotional tie-ins on Cartoon Network consist of bumpers with Mac and Bloo in a movie theater announcing the film. In addition, they host the entire line-up, in intermissions between commercial break.

Theatrical release

The film was theatrically released in movie theaters on October 19, 2018 in the United States and Canada, by Warner Bros., on the same year as Cartoon Network's previous film Clarence's Big Break. The film was presented in a 1.85:1 format, rather than Warner Animation Group's standard 2.39:1 format on its previous titles. The film's theatrical release was preceded by The Road Trip, a short film based on Cartoon Network's animated television series Dexter's Laboratory.

Home media

The film was released on Digital on January 1, 2019 and Blu-Ray and DVD on January 22, 2019. It contains the deleted scenes, a Dexter's Laboratory short film The Road Trip, the 18-minute featurette, the behind-the-scenes look at Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends: The Movie, featuring interviews with most of the principal cast and crew, animatics, 4 Mini-Movies, the audio commentaries and a sneak peek of Rise of the Powerpuff Girls.

Reception

Box office/Commercial reception

Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends: The Movie was released in theaters on October 19, 2018. With heavy competition with Christopher Robin, The House with a Clock in Its Walls, Venom, Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween, and other films, but a lot of marketing and promotion, the film grossed $108.2 million worldwide against a budget of $54 million.

Critical response

Review aggregate website Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a 90% approval rating based on the 118 reviews and its average rating is 6.15/10 on IMDb. The critical consensus reads, "This movie is the reason kids and adults love so much adventure and fun". Metacritic, assigns the film a score of 69 out of 100, based on 46 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews". CinemaScore gives the film a "B+" on its A+ to F scale.

Gallery

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Awards & nominations

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Trivia

  • The film shares the same style as the 2004 TV series.
  • This is the first ever feature film of the series.
  • This is the first animated Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends movie to hit theaters. 
  • This is the first Cartoon Network movie to have an IMAX release.
  • The characters are animated in 2D while the backgrounds are animated in CGI and cel-shaded.
  • The movie is in IMAX and Rated PG.
  • This is Cartoon Network's seventh original program to get a theatrical release, after "The Powerpuff Girls Movie" released 16 years prior, ''Star Wars: The Clone Wars'' released 10 years prior, ''Regular Show: The Movie'' released 3 years prior, ''The Lego Ninjago Movie" released a year before and ''Teen Titans Go! To the Movies'' and ''Clarence's Big Break'' both released this year.
    • Although, Teen Titans Go! and Ninjago are only aired by CN, and they’re made by Warner Bros.
  • The original cast reprised their roles in the movie.
  • This is the seventh theatrical 2D animated movie in 20 years after Quest for Camelot (1998)19 years after The Iron Giant (1999), 2 years after Tiny Toon Adventures: The Motion Picture (2016) and The Animaniacs Movie (2016) and a year after Ed, Edd n Eddy's Big Movie (2017) and Dexter's Laboratory: The Movie (2017).
  • This marks as Warner Bros.' next 2D animated theatrical film. Warner Bros. had its original feature animation division, which produced 2D animated films.
  • Before the movie, a short film called "The Road Trip" based on Cartoon Network's animated television series Dexter's Laboratory was played.
  • Unlike the show itself, The characters from the show and the new characters from the movie are animated in 2D Flash animation by Boulder Media using Toon Boom Harmony while the backgrounds and scenery are animated in 3D CGI by Sony Pictures Imageworks to match the style of the show.
  • This is Keith Ferguson's second Warner Bros. animated film, after ''The Lego Movie'' released 4 years prior.
  • The recurring characters and the background characters from the animated television series will be voiced by all of the guest stars, except Terrence because he's once again voiced by Tara Strong.
  • This is the second traditionally animated film to blend animation with computer generated, 3D scenery and objects that take up 20% of its environment, after "Curious George" released 12 years prior.
  • This is the first time Katie Crown and Lauren Tom voice Goo and Cheese in the Warner Bros. animated film.
  • This is Cartoon Network's second theatrical film to be preceded by a Dexter's Laboratory short, after "The Powerpuff Girls Movie" released 16 years prior.
  • This is Kevin Hart's second Warner Bros. animated film to be released theatrically, after ''WordGirl: The Movie'' released this year.
  • Bibbles the Rabbit is similar to Snowball the Rabbit from ''The Secret Life of Pets'' because they are both voiced by Kevin Hart.
  • This is Warner Animation Group's tenth traditionally animated film.
  • The film was animated by Boulder Media.
  • This is Zach Braff's third animated film, after "Chicken Little" released 13 years prior and "Adventure Time: The Kingdom of Ooo" released this year.
  • This is the 2nd collaboration between Danny Pudi, Jack McBrayer and Joe Manganiello. Their first was ''Smurfs: The Lost Village'' released a year before.
  • This is Cartoon Network's third film to be released in October, after "Courage the Cowardly Dog: The Movie" released a year before and "Clarence's Big Break" released this year.
  • This is the 4th collaboration between Greg Cipes, Scott Menville, Khary Payton and Tara Strong. Their first was ''Teen Titans: The Movie'' released 6 years prior, their second was ''Codename: Kids Next Door - Operation: M.O.T.I.O.N.-P.I.C.T.U.R.E.'' released 2 years prior and their third was ''Teen Titans Go! To the Movies'' released this year.
  • Sunset Junction, who is voiced by Ricky Gervais using an exaggerated Cockney accent, sounds like Bugsy from Disney's 2005 animated film Valiant.
  • This is Fred Armisen's second Warner Bros. animated film, after ''The Lego Ninjago Movie'' released a year before.
  • This is Warner Bros.' tenth traditionally animated film to be released theatrically, after ''Clifford's Really Big Movie'' released 14 years prior.
  • This is Michael Cera's second Warner Bros. animated film, after ''The Lego Batman Movie'' released a year before.
  • Bing Bong from Disney & Pixar's 2015 animated film, Inside Out, makes a surprise appearance in this film, with Richard Kind reprising his role.
  • This is Ricky Gervais' fourth animated film, after "Valiant" released 13 years prior, "Escape from Planet Earth" released 5 years prior and "The Little Prince" released 3 years prior.
  • This is the 2nd collaboration between Michael Cera and Seth Green. Their first was ''The Lego Batman Movie'' released a year before.
  • This is Michael Cera and Edward Norton's second animated film together, after ''Sausage Party'' released 2 years prior.
  • This is the very first theatrical Warner Bros. film to rely solely on Flash animation mixed with CGI animation instead of hand-drawn animation.
  • This is Julia Roberts' first Warner Bros. animated film since The Ant Bully (2006).
  • This is the 2nd collaboration between Tara Strong, Andrea Libman and Ashleigh Ball. Their first was ''My Little Pony: The Movie'' released a year before.
  • This is Phil Meheux's first and only fully 2D animated film as a director of photography.

Presenters

  • Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends: The Movie
  • Written and Director: Craig McCracken
  • Production Designer: Michael Kurinsky
  • Character Designer: Craig Kellman
  • Art Director: Andre Medina
  • Head of Layout: James Williams
  • Casting Director: Mary Hidalgo
  • End Title Sequence: Mercury Filmworks

Transcripts

Main Transcript

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Trailer transcripts

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Credits

  • Written and Directed by: Craig McCracken
  • Screenplay by: J. David Stem & David N. Weiss and Peter Baynham
  • Written by: Noah Baumbach
  • Produced by: Brian A. Miller, p.g.a.
  • Executive Producers: Craig McCracken, Simon Lucas, Michelle Murdocca
  • Executive Producer: Seth Grahame-Smith
  • Co-Director: Lauren Faust
  • Digital Producer: Lisa Jacqueline Bechard
  • Based on Foster's home for Imaginary Friends by: Craig McCracken
  • Production Designer: Kendal Cronkhite, Art Director: Andre Medina
  • Director of Photography: Phil Meheux
  • Editor: John Venzon, ace
  • Music by: Mark Mothersbaugh
  • Music Supervisor: Kier Lehman Manish Raval
  • Head of Story: Craig Berry
  • Animation Direction: Mike Moon
  • Character Designers: Timothy Lamb, Craig Kellman
  • Visual Effects Supervisor: Daniel Kramer
  • Modeling Supervisor: Joshua West, Rigging Supervisor: Josh Murtack, Surfacing Supervisor: Andy Harbeck
  • Effects Animation: Yash Agrawal, Character Effects Artist: Kevin Carney
  • Casting by: Leslee Feldman
  • Keith Ferguson, Sean Marquette, Grey Griffin, Tom Kane, Phil LaMarr, Tom Kenny, Candi Milo, with Neil Patrick Harris, Jason Maybaum and Kevin Hart
  • Cartoon Network Presentation
  • In Association with: Boulder Media
  • Craig McCracken Film
  • Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends: The Movie
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