Nemo gets Oscar stamp
Finding Nemo, the summer box office hit about a clownfish searching the seas for his lost son, won the Oscar on Sunday for best animated feature film.india Updated: Mar 01, 2004 09:12 IST
Finding Nemo, the summer box office hit about a clownfish searching the seas for his lost son, won the Oscar on Sunday for best animated feature film, putting the Hollywood stamp of approval on one of the most successful animated films ever.
The Disney picture, which grossed $340 million and was the year's top film at the box office, was considered an almost-sure bet to win the relatively new category of best animated feature.
Since the film came out, the Disney-Pixar relationship, one of the most lucrative in Hollywood history, has gone sour, and the two sides broke off talks on renewing their lucrative partnership.
In accepting the Oscar, director Andrew Stanton made a point of thanking Disney studio head Dick Cook, who Jobs has also made sure to praise. Their relationship with Cook is in stark contrast to their frosty relations with embattled Disney Chief Executive Michael Eisner.
The film has been a smash debut on home video and DVD as well and a video game based on the film was also a hit.
With colorfully lively animation and a roster of stars providing voices for the undersea creatures ranging from tropical fish to sea turtles to sharks, the film captured the hearts and tickled the funnybones of children and adults alike.
Albert Brooks, who voiced the father fish, was joined by Ellen DeGeneres as the forgetful Dory, as well as Willem Dafoe, Allison Janney, Geoffrey Rush and others who contributed their relatively familiar vocal talents.
"'Finding Nemo' would have never been possible if it wasn't for the extraordinary moviemaking environment created at Pixar Animation Studios by John Lasseter, Ed Catmull and Steve Jobs," said "Nemo" director Stanton, in accepting the Oscar. Lasseter is Pixar's creative director, Catmull its president and Jobs its chief executive.
"I'm going to be forever grateful to the entire cast and crew of 'Nemo' for bringing their incomparable talents to this little fish story that I had," Stanton said.