Monday, August 27, 2001 at 1:00am

Hollywood has always had a difficult time successfully presenting satire. Irony and understatement, two vital ingredients in successful satire, require both exacting writing skills and precise acting abilities. The new DVD featuring Josie & the Pussycats reaffirms the struggle filmmakers have had with satire.

Josie and the Pussycats (Universal) was originally a Saturday morning cartoon staple during the

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