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.
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.
January 28, 2004 |
They were half asleep and 400 miles from the Beverly Hills hoopla, but even in hype-averse Northern California -- even with a blockbuster like Pixar Animation Studios' "Finding Nemo" -- a fistful of Oscar nominations is something to celebrate. Director Andrew Stanton sneaked out of bed while his kids slept to watch the 5:30 a.m. announcements in his pajamas. Co-director Lee Unkrich jumped off his elliptical trainer when he heard the news.
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.
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?
November 6, 2003 |
This year's movie box-office champ, Disney/Pixar's "Finding Nemo," has become the fastest-selling home video title too. On its first day of availability Tuesday on DVD and VHS, the computer-animated film sold 8 million units in North America, the movie's producers reported. The previous record was held by "Spider-Man," which sold 7 million units a year ago on its first day of availability. The last Disney//Pixar release, "Monsters, Inc.," sold 5 million units in its first day in stores.