The No. 1 Film of the Year Becomes The No. 1 DVD on Nov. 4!; Walt Disney Pictures Presentation Of A Pixar Animation Studios Film ``Finding Nemo''

BURBANK, Calif.--()--July 28, 2003--

  Dive Into A 2-Disc Collector's Edition DVD Loaded With Bonus Materials; From The Oscar-Winning Creators of "Toy Story" and "Monsters, Inc."  

Go `beyond the sea' with the #1 film of the year, FINDING NEMO, coming to DVD in a 2-disc Collector's Edition and to VHS on November 4 from Walt Disney Home Entertainment and Pixar Animation Studios (Nasdaq: PIXR). The fantastic Collector's Edition DVD plunges the viewer deep into the world of FINDING NEMO, with a new, original short film, exciting, never-seen-before scenes, a humorous Pixar studio tour, a fun interactive game, virtual aquariums, an exclusive `making of' documentary, and much more. Presented with pristine digital picture and sound, a stellar cast and eye-popping computer-animation magic, FINDING NEMO on DVD includes both `widescreen' and `full-frame' viewing options. This tidal wave of laughs, adventure and cinematic wizardry is available on a 2-disc DVD for $29.99 (S.R.P.) and on VHS for $24.99 (S.R.P.).


    --  Widescreen Viewing Presentation

    1.78:1 Enhanced for 16 x 9 Televisions. Digitally Mastered
    from Pixar's original source.

    --  Filmmakers' Visual Commentary

    Including Deleted Scenes And Recording Sessions

    Take a trip through the evolution of Finding Nemo as Pixar's
    Writer/Director Andrew Stanton, Co-Director Lee Unkrich and
    Co-Writer Bob Peterson provide revealing commentary on the
    film's challenges, wrong turns, and unexpected surprises.

    --  Making Nemo: A Special Documentary

    A documentary filmmaker worked alongside Pixar Executive
    Producer John Lasseter, Writer/Director Andrew Stanton and the
    Pixar team to reveal the making of Finding Nemo. Go inside the
    studio and meet the people at Pixar who brought Finding Nemo
    to life. Learn about the challenges they faced designing and
    animating characters without arms and legs, how they created a
    believable underwater experience, and struggled to build a
    world as vast as the ocean itself. With a little mariachi
    music, an "Ugly Contest" and a lot of determination, see how
    the team finally brought Finding Nemo to the big screen.

    --  Review The Art Of Nemo

    Narrated By The Artists Themselves

    Listen in as Pixar artists guide you through a collection of the
    stunning pre-production artwork that inspired Finding Nemo's final
    computer-generated imagery.

    --  Virtual Aquariums

    Let the world of Finding Nemo come to life, as you turn your TV
    into your own aquarium of beautiful, animated environments from 
    the movie.

                    DISC 2: A VOYAGE OF FAMILY FUN

    --  Fullscreen Viewing Presentation

    1.33:1 Standard TV digital source specifically reframed 5.1
    digitally mastered from Pixar's original source and specially
    reframed by the filmmakers themselves.

    --  Exploring The Reef With Jean-Michel Cousteau -- a New Original
        Short Film!

    In this original short film, created exclusively for the DVD,
    world-renowned undersea explorer Jean-Michel Cousteau takes us
    on a dive into Australia's Great Barrier Reef, the real-life
    setting for Finding Nemo. All he wants to do is finish his
    documentary, but things get complicated by the surprise
    appearance of Dory, Marlin, and Nemo.

    --  Learning Fun Encyclopedia

    Nemo's very own teacher guides you through an encyclopedia that
    comes to life! Learn all about the real fish that inspired the
    characters of Finding Nemo.

    --  Discover The Classic Pixar Animation Studios Short Film Knick

    Imagine being a snowman trapped in a snow-globe. Now imagine
    you're surrounded by knick-knacks from "Sunny Miami," "Sunny Palm
    Springs" and even "Sunny Death Valley." You'd want out, but how to
    do it? Watch this hilarious story of frustration created by the
    Pixar team with early CGI technology. As a bonus feature, learn
    about the first days of computer animation with commentary from
    Director John Lasseter and Technical Director Eben Ostby.

    --  Play "Fisharades"

    Crush hosts a game of underwater charades with your favorite
    school of fish. As they form shapes, it's your chance to guess
    what they are before they finish. This game lets you play alone,
    or with another player!

    --  Grab The Kids for Storytime

    Enjoy an all-new, read-along adventure with Nemo. Meet all his fun
    teachers as he spends a day at school.

    --  Pixar Animation Studios

    Made especially for "future animators," and hosted by the voice of
    Nemo, Alexander Gould, this hilarious behind-the-scenes tour
    journeys from story department to screening room and everywhere

    --  Virtual Aquariums

    Wish you had a fish tank like the dentist? Well stop wishing! Turn
    your TV into an aquarium populated by Gill, Bloat, Peach, Nemo and
    the rest of the tank gang.

                            And Much More!


    --  Choice Of Digitally Mastered Viewing Presentations. Mastered
        Directly From Pixar's Digital Source.

            Fullscreen Version Of The Film (1.33:1)

            -     Specially Reframed For Standard Televisions

            Widescreen Version Of The Film (1.78:1)

            -     Enhanced For 16x9 Televisions

    --  English, French And Spanish Dolby(R) Digital 5.1 Surround EX

    --  THX-Certified, Including THX Optimizer

In FINDING NEMO, the Academy Award(R)-winning creators of "Toy Story," "A Bug's Life," and "Monsters, Inc." dive into a whole new world of computer-animated fun, fantasy, and heartfelt emotion with this splashy underwater adventure. The film follows the comedic and eventful journeys of two fish -- Marlin (Albert Brooks, "The In-Laws") and his son Nemo (Alexander Gould) -- who become separated in the Great Barrier Reef. Buoyed by the companionship of a friendly-but-forgetful fish named Dory (Ellen DeGeneres (TV's "The Ellen Show"), the overly cautious father embarks on a dangerous trek and finds himself the unlikely hero of an epic journey to rescue his son -- who hatches a few daring plans of his own to return safely home.

The top-notch voice cast of FINDING NEMO includes:

Willem Dafoe ("Spider-Man") as Gill, the mysterious Moorish idol
   and leader of the Tank Gang.

Geoffrey Rush ("Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black
   Pearl") as the gossipy pelican Nigel.

Barry Humphries (stage star "Dame Edna") as Bruce, the Great White
   shark who enlists in fish-eaters rehab.

Austin Pendleton ("A Beautiful Mind") as Tank Gang member Gurgle.

John Ratzenberger (TV's "Cheers") as the Moonfish

Allison Janney (TV's "The West Wing") as Peach the Starfish.

Stephen Root (TV's "NewsRadio") as Bubbles the yellow tang.

Brad Garret (TV's "Everybody Loves Raymond") as Bloat the
   temperamental puffer fish.

Vicki Lewis (TV's "NewsRadio") as Deb/Flo the damselfish.

Bruce Spence ("Inspector Gadget 2") as Chum the hyperactive mako

Eric Bana ("Hulk") as Anchor the anti-dolphin hammerhead shark.

Bob Peterson (Finding Nemo screenwriter) as the nursery manta.

Andrew Stanton (Finding Nemo director) as Crush, the surfer-dude
   sea turtle.

Nicholas Bird as Squirt, the surfer-dude sea turtle in training.

Joe Ranft (Pixar Story Department Head) as Jacques the over-eager
   cleaner shrimp.

Written and directed by Pixar's Oscar(R) nominated Andrew Stanton, (nominated Best Animated Feature, "Monsters, Inc." 2001 and Best Screenplay, "Toy Story" 1995) co-director of Disney/Pixar's 1998 hit "A Bug's Life" and co-writer of all four previous Disney/Pixar films, FINDING NEMO sets a new "high water mark" for the art and technology of computer animation.

Street Date:                       November 4

DVD Direct Prebook:                September 2

DVD Distributor Prebook:           September 16

Rated:                             "G"
                                   Bonus material unrated and subject 
                                   to change.

Feature Run Time:                  Approximately 100 minutes

DVD aspect ratio:                  Widescreen Version Of The Film 

                                   -   Enhanced For 16x9 Televisions

                                   Full Frame Version Of The Film 

                                   -   Specially Reframed For Standard

Sound:                             Dolby(R) Digital 5.1 Surround EX

                                   THX-Certified, Including THX 

French Language Track

Spanish Language Track

About Pixar Animation Studios:

Pixar Animation Studios (Nasdaq: PIXR)( combines creative and technical artistry to create original stories in the medium of computer animation. Pixar has created four of the most successful and beloved animated films of our time: Academy Award(R) winning Toy Story (1995); A Bug's Life (1998); Golden Globe-winner Toy Story 2 (1999); and the Academy Award(R)-winning Monsters, Inc. (2001). Pixar's latest film, Finding Nemo, was released on May 30, 2003 to widespread critical acclaim. The Northern California studio's five films have earned more than $2 billion at the worldwide box office to date. Pixar's next releases are The Incredibles (November 2004) and Cars (holiday 2005). Pixar Animation Studios films are released by Walt Disney Pictures.

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