Story by: Jack Foley
CHILDRENS 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
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.