"The Incredibles," a fable about a family of superheroes, beat out "Shark Tale" and "Shrek 2" to win the Oscar for best animated feature.
Writer-director Brad Bird thanked "the holy trinity" of Pixar Animation Studios -- chief Steve Jobs, President Ed Catmull and its animation guru, John Lasseter -- for "making the greatest studio on the face of the Earth."
The victory is a vindication for fresh-faced Bird, who's knocked around Hollywood for decades as a "potential" animation wonder.
Bird worked on such seminal pop culture artifacts as "The Simpsons" and directed the little-seen but well-reviewed animated feature "The Iron Giant."
It wasn't until he was wooed to Pixar by his old CalArts school chum Lasseter that Bird was handed the keys to animation's Lamborghini machine.