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Finding Nemo hooks nine Annies



Story by: Jack Foley

CHILDREN’S animated favourite, Finding Nemo, has hooked nine Annie awards from the International Animated Film Society.

The Pixar-made film, released through Disney, proved a smash hit with audiences and critics last year, also won best film, best director and best voice acting, for Ellen DeGeneres, among its awards haul.

The film has become the most successful animated feature of all time, earning in excess of $800m (£430m) at the world-wide box office.

Finding Nemo tells the story of a shy fish who is forced to search Australia's Great Barrier Reef for his lost son, Nemo, after he has lost the rest of his family to a predator.

It triumphed over French film, Belleville Rendez-vous, which won a prestigious BBC World Cinema award recently, as well as It beat Disney's Brother Bear, Warner Bros.' Looney Tunes: Back in Action, the Japanese anime, Millennium Actress.

The victory comes one week after Pixar and Disney ended their long-term working relationship, over creative differences.

Of the other award winners at the animation ‘Oscars’, Matrix spin-off, The Animatrix, which set up the Reloaded and Revolutions sequels, won an outstanding achievement accolade, while perennial TV favourite, The Simpsons, won best animated TV show.

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