March 1, 2004 |
Winning the Academy Award for best animated feature film Sunday evening wasn't a sure thing for "Finding Nemo." Disney/Pixar's heartwarming father-son fish tale had been considered the shoo-in for Oscar gold until the November release of the quirky animated film "The Triplets of Belleville," which fast became the critics' darling. So Pixar and Disney probably breathed a big sigh of relief when "Nemo" was named the best animated feature of 2003.
April 11, 2006 |
"Finding Nemo," Disney's Pixar Animation Studios' blockbuster film, has already been reincarnated as an ice show spectacular. Next up: "Finding Nemo -- The Musical." Written by Tony Award-winning "Avenue Q" composer Robert Lopez and his wife, "Along the Way" composer Kristen Anderson-Lopez, the all-new production will open at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla., in late 2006. Peter Brosius, artistic director of the Tony Award-winning Children's Theatre of Minneapolis, is slated to direct.
February 9, 2004 |
"Finding Nemo" dominated the Annie Awards on Saturday night at the animation industry's annual gala, winning nine, including best animated feature. That the film made by Pixar Animation Studios and Walt Disney Pictures took so many nods may not have been much of a surprise, but host Steve Marmel began razzing Pixar's soon-to-be ex-partner before a single award was handed out.
July 29, 2003 |
Nemo is nudging out Simba for a rarefied place in animation history. Pixar Animation Studios and Walt Disney Co.'s undersea adventure "Finding Nemo" is on track to become the highest-grossing animated film in the United States and Canada, surpassing Disney's 1994 release "The Lion King." "Finding Nemo" took in $4.39 million over the weekend, bringing its total to $313.1 million in the nine weeks since its debut. "The Lion King" amassed $312.
January 17, 2004 |
"Finding Nemo" was the best reviewed movie of 2003, according to RottenTomatoes.com, a film-oriented website that specializes in gathering and warehousing reviews from critics around the country. Its year-end rankings, released this week, are based on both the quality and enthusiasm of reviews a film received. Rounding out the top five were, in order, "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King," "Lost in Translation," "Spellbound" and "American Splendor." And the worst-reviewed films?
January 21, 2004 |
The consensus within the animation industry is that the top contenders for the Academy Award for best animated feature are Pixar/Disney's "Finding Nemo" and Sylvain Chomet's "The Triplets of Belleville." As in 2003, it's a race between an American big studio release and a smaller, quirky foreign challenger. Last year, "Lilo and Stitch" and "Spirited Away" led the pack, with "Spirited" eventually winning the award. With $339.