''Nemo'' becomes the top-grossing 'toon of all time. The fish story surpasses ''Lion King'' and sets a DVD release date
On Monday, the day Disney announces details of the DVD release of ”Finding Nemo,” the movie is poised to break a box office record to become the top-grossing animated film of all time. Already the year’s top movie, having netted $312.7 million in North America to date, ”Nemo” should surpass on Monday the $312.9 million grossed by Disney’s ”The Lion King” in 1994. ”Who would have thought?” said ”Nemo” writer/director Andrew Stanton to USA Today. ”It’s pretty wild, and we’re all pinching ourselves.”
”Nemo” the DVD comes out Nov. 4. Highlights are expected to include deleted scenes, a Jean-Michel Cousteau documentary about the Great Barrier Reef, a fish encyclopedia, a feature that turns your TV into an aquarium, and a preview of the next Disney/Pixar feature, ”The Incredibles,” due in November 2004.
The success of ”Nemo” does not mean that Pixar is already working on ”Finding Nemo 2: Lost Again.” ”We’re not going to let the hype influence us into making rash decisions,” Stanton tells USA Today. ”If there is a sequel, it will happen when there is a story that’s equal or better than the first.”