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The owner of the toy developer Vivid Imaginations has hired advisers at KPMG to sell the company for up to £80m.

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First Night: Shrek The Musical, Theatre Royal, London

'Shrek': the show that leaves rivals green with envy

Video: Prince Charles meets Shrek

The Prince of Wales has been to meet the cast of Shrek the musical in London.

RIP Shrek, the sheep that bewitched a nation

In a country where sheep outnumber humans 10 to one, a castrated merino named Shrek stood out from the flock. Found in a mountain cave in New Zealand after six years on the run, he sported a fleece so enormous that he resembled "some Biblical creature", his owner recalls.

Harriet Walker: 'I'm going to miss the gurning strangers'

Just before I started sixth form, my old school building was knocked down. This was not a problem, because we had a spiffy new one to move into. At the time, I was so gleeful that the Dickensian gymnasium had been reduced to rubble and the sports department crammed into a basement that I didn't really have time for nostalgia.

Katy Holland: Why the Barbie hotel suite has made me a nervous Shrek

Am I imagining things, or has the world been taken over by kids' fantasy icons?

DVD: Shrek 4: Forever After &ndash; The Final Chapter (U)

"I'm just a jolly green giant," moans Shrek at his son's birthday party.

DVD: Shrek Forever After, For retail &amp; rental (Dreamworks)

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Splashing out: the ocean liner that thinks big

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3-D animations stand out for Cineworld

Cineworld has hailed resurgent advertising revenues and strong box-office sales from 3D movies this year, with Toy Story 3 alone bringing in £70m.

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