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Posted by: RichKoster on Mar. 05, 2003 2:17 am/pm

The animated Disney-Pixar film Finding Nemo comes to theaters May 30, 2003.

Get a sneak peek and see the movie's trailer < here at Pixar's website >.

Download the movie's teaser poster < here at Disney's website >.

Posted by: Tigger58 on April 06, 2003 1:19 am/pm

I've seen the  previews  about  4  times already!  I cannot wait to  see this  movie!    :upside:
Posted by: RichKoster on May 30, 2003 7:10 am/pm

Finding Nemo opened this morning and I was there for the first show. I give it two fins up ( one of them a "lucky" fin! )

I'm not going to post about the movie so those who haven't seen it yet won't have any parts ruined for them, but I wanted to tell you that all 3 of us meeces loved it to pieces. It's funny, thrilling, and touching. I can tell when a Disney or Disney/Pixar movie is good enough to interest me with its characters and story by if it makes me cry. ( BTW, Atlantis did not make me cry and I don't consider it a good movie. ) Yes, Finding Nemo made me cry.

< Here's an article > which includes spoilers (so beware) about where the Pizza Planet delivery truck can be found in Finding Nemo as well as many other in-jokes in that movie and others by Pixar and Disney.

< Full details. >

Posted by: Tigger58 on May 30, 2003 9:24 am/pm

Thanks for not  spoiling!   :D

I  have to wait til Monday  to see it!

Posted by: RichKoster on June 01, 2003 10:03 am/pm

Carol, Michael and I saw Finding Lilo Nemo ( I can't believe I did that! ) again this morning, with a bunch of people locally from the Disney Echo who we met in person face-to-face for the first time.
Good to meet you all! I'm sure we'll do it again and again. Just as I suspected from reading their messages, they're all very nice people.

Well, thanks to everyone who saw Finding Nemo this weekend, Disney and Pixar set a new opening record for an animated film, surpassing the $62.5 million benchmark set by Disney & Pixar with "Monsters Inc." in November 2001.

Finding Nemo is at the top at the box-office in the U.S.'s this weekend, which is the movie's opening weekend of course. It made $70.6 million in ticket sales. It beat out Universal's "Bruce Almighty," which made $35.6 million this weekend. And remember, many of Finding Nemo's ticket sales were for kids, which cost less than adult tickets at most showings - - and I bet "Bruce Almighty" had more adults watching it than Finding Nemo did, so that makes Nemo's win even more impressive.

Posted by: Tigger58 on June 02, 2003 11:19 am/pm

Hey Rich,  did you see that you  said  "Finding Lilo"?
hehe!   :laugh:

Posted by: RichKoster on June 02, 2003 12:50 am/pm

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Hey Rich,  did you see that you  said  "Finding Lilo"?
hehe!   :laugh:



Thanks for telling me! I just edited it in the original message.

Hey, maybe I just read the minds of Disney animators working on a sequel to Lilo & Stitch in light of how well Finding Nemo has done at the box office!

Posted by: Liv2CdWorld on June 02, 2003 8:46 am/pm

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Hey Rich,  did you see that you  said  "Finding Lilo"?
hehe!   :laugh:

This is TOO FUNNY.  My 4 yr old son keeps saying "Nemo and Stitch"  :laugh:

PS:  This movie was GREAT!!!!

Posted by: RichKoster on June 02, 2003 10:46 am/pm

Great minds think alike! My 7 1/2 year old Michael today told me the sequel to "Lilo and Stitch" would be "Nemo and Stitch"!

Posted by: minnimama on June 02, 2003 10:57 am/pm

Sorry to be the nay sayer- saw it and did not care for it-kids did not like it either- oh well to much fish stress in it!
Posted by: RichKoster on June 02, 2003 11:02 am/pm

I can see if the kids don't like too much action or thrilling sequences then they wouldn't like Finding Nemo. It is very funny, but also very intense in the action it contains. So I understand how your kids didn't care for it.

It will be out on DVD in November, I hear. So, you might want to get it and see if later when they're older they want to watch it then. Or don't get it. Just a suggestion.

Posted by: Liv2CdWorld on June 03, 2003 9:10 am/pm

It was more thrilling than any other Disney/Pixar film.  My son had his ups and downs.  I do think it was jam packed with humor intended for adults.

I personally LOVED it!  It will be on my shopping list in November!

Posted by: minnimama on June 03, 2003 9:06 am/pm

Rich- Oh being disney addicts of course well get it. I felt a little that way about Lilo too and it grew on us.   ;)
Posted by: RichKoster on June 11, 2003 2:53 am/pm

Ellen DeGeneres discusses her role as Dory in Finding Nemo...

< Full details. >

Posted by: RichKoster on July 15, 2003 9:21 am/pm

"Mr. Ray" sues Pixar, says hurt by "Finding Nemo"

Children's entertainer Ray Yodlowsky, known as Mr. Ray in parts of New Jersey, says he's suing Disney and Pixar over their use of the "Mr. Ray" manta ray school teacher in Finding Nemo. He and his lawyer are claiming Disney/Pixar's use of the "Mr. Ray" name would "obliterate and destroy Plaintiff's reputation" and the market for his products. So, taking a cue from Spike Lee who sued and settled with Viacom over the name "Spike TV," the real Mr. Ray is suing for $10 million.


< Here's the complete story. >

Posted by: Liv2CdWorld on July 15, 2003 9:28 am/pm

Some people will just try and do anything for money.... :rolleyes:
Posted by: Tinas Travel on July 16, 2003 12:43 am/pm

Legally his name is not 'Mr. Ray' it's Mr. Yodlowsky, so what's his problem?

Greed :suspect:

Posted by: RichKoster on July 16, 2003 4:42 am/pm

Anybody remember the old running joke on Rowan & Martin's "Laugh-In"...

"You can call me Ray, ..."


Posted by: Tinas Travel on July 17, 2003 12:14 am/pm

>>He and his lawyer are claiming Disney/Pixar's use of the "Mr. Ray" name would "obliterate and destroy Plaintiff's reputation"

I'm still trying to figure out how "Mr. Ray the manta ray school teacher" is going to destroy this guys reputation.  "Mr. Ray" is a good teacher not a bad guy.

Posted by: Liv2CdWorld on July 21, 2003 9:42 am/pm

Went to see it again Saturday at the drive-in!  Was just as good as the first time!  DS loved it again and DH thought it was pretty good.

This time, I stayed and watched all of the credits.  Got to see some things I missed the first time.

Can't wait until this comes to DVD!

Posted by: RichKoster on July 21, 2003 10:45 am/pm

Yoo Hoo, Beth!

According to this list, Finding Nemo should be available on Disney DVD and Video on November 4, 2003.

Posted by: Liv2CdWorld on July 21, 2003 10:59 am/pm

Yep, I know  :nod:

And I'll be one of the first in line to get it :)

Posted by: RichKoster on July 29, 2003 2:08 am/pm

Kingfish of the Hill

The Lion King about to be overtaken by a clownfish?

There's an < interesting article on > about how well Finding Nemo is doing in the box office.

Quick quote:
When Simba raised his head high on Pride Rock in 1994's The Lion King, it looked like it might be for keeps. The Disney classic grossed a stunning $312.9 million in domestic box office before tacking on a little more in Imax re-release this past holiday season. Nine years passed without an animated feature even coming close.

The way movie ticket prices inch up each year, you knew it would be a matter of time before we saw a new King of the Hill. Few, however, would have expected Simba's dethroning to come at the fins of a clownfish.

Pixar's Finding Nemo passed the $313-million mark over the
weekend (much to our own David Gardner's pleasure: Pixar is one of his top picks in Motley Fool Stock Advisor). But when industry watchers at culled the top-grossing animated features of all-time from Box Office Report's inflation-adjusted list, they found that, in real dollars, Nemo ranked below 10 other hand-drawn features.

Yet there's one important difference. All ten have been through various re-releases since their initial runs. Nemo is still a freshman. Reissues to introduce new generations to the Pixar classic will hit the big screen in time. That kind of perpetual bonus will be good news not only for Pixar but for Disney too. After all, while Disney is behind the 10 inflation-adjusted leaders, it also splits profits with Pixar as Nemo's distributor.

Let's face it, Disney's owns the box office this summer. This past weekend the third installment in the Spy Kids series was the surprising top draw in theaters, while critically acclaimed epic Pirates of the Caribbean held strong in second place, sailing off toward a $200 million bounty.

Between the sword-wielding pirates, the Aussie fishies and the 3D hijinks of the Cortez family, Disney's once-troubled studio division looks a pretty picture right now. The view from Pride Rock couldn't be better.

Did you catch Spy Kids 3D over the weekend or did the 3D gimmick keep you away? What about Pirates of the Caribbean? Was Disney's attraction-titled release a swashbuckling good time? And, hey, how about that Finding Nemo? What will Disney do without Pixar if the deal isn't extended beyond 2005?

Posted by: RichKoster on July 31, 2003 9:56 am/pm

At $313 million, Finding Nemo beats Lion King's record

Quick quote:
This past weekend, domestic box office receipts for Disney/Pixar's Finding Nemo rose up another US$4.4 million, with totals now passing US$313 million. That makes Finding Nemo the highest-grossing animated feature film ever by about $200,000. The previous record has been held for almost a decade by another Disney feature - The Lion King.

It's great news for Pixar Animation Studios, which also saw Finding Nemo open with the strongest weekend receipts ever for an animated movie -- $70.6 million. The $313 mark also puts the movie in the number one spot for the year.

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Posted by: utilidor27 on Aug. 01, 2003 11:44 am/pm

Disney and Pixar seem to have found a "magical" combination when it comes to producing animated features. I really hope that they can come to some sort of an agreement soon. I would hate to see such talent lost over money haggling.
:dollar:  :sniffle:

Posted by: Maresean on Aug. 02, 2003 7:05 am/pm

I agree totally!!  My son who's 2 1/2 loves the Disney Pixar movies the best!!  I couldn't even get him to watch the cartoon animation ones until just recently!!  

Toy Story, Monsters, Inc., and A Bugs Life have been played in our house thousands of times!!  

Not to mention the Pixar(ish) Shrek and Ice Age!!  I'm hoping that the Disney Wonder will be playing "Nemo" on the ship for our October 12th-16th cruise!  :coolgrin:

Posted by: RichKoster on Aug. 02, 2003 12:51 am/pm

Part of Disney's recent movie problems (Treasure Planet, Atlantis for example -- but thankfully with Lilo & Stitch Disney got back on track -- and I love Pirates of the Caribbean but it is too intense for the entire family) is that Disney has tried to branch out more to the teens and make their films more "edgy." What's happened is that Pixar has been doing "Disney" movies better than Disney has on its own! Pixar's movies are made in the same tradition with the same values, characterizations, and great storylines of the best that Walt Disney produced himself.

As one somewhat-confused Guest was overheard to say, "If Walt Disney were alive today he'd be spinning in his grave!"

Posted by: RichKoster on Aug. 08, 2003 3:44 am/pm

Yoo Hoo, Disney EchoEars!

The following was sent to me from < The Motley Fool's Personal Finance and Investing website >: Pixar's Latest Catch [Motley Fool Take] August 8, 2003
Pixar's Latest Catch
By Rick Aristotle Munarriz

Life can be stranger than computer animation. Going into last night's second-quarter earnings report, Pixar (Nasdaq: PIXR) had made a habit of showing up Wall Street. In three of the last four quarters, Pixar trounced analyst profit projections by 36%, 41% and 82%. Little wonder few took the bait back in May when Pixar announced that it was looking to earn just $0.12 a share in the June quarter.

A few weeks later, Finding Nemo was released and promptly become the highest-grossing animated feature film of all time. Analysts wouldn't be hooked again. Wall Street expectations ranged from $0.12 a share to as high as $0.22. Surely this time the financial community had found a way to net the elusive Pixar.

Sorry. Last night, Pixar reported earnings of $0.34 a share, on revenue that more than doubled to $48.9 million. For those who think Microsoft's (Nasdaq: MSFT) living the fat life, that translates into net profit margins of 39.9%. And while Nemo accounted for a little more than half the top line, that party's not over: The movie has yet to make it through global distribution channels, not to mention home video and DVD.

All of this might come as a surprise to investors but not to our own David Gardner. David highlighted Pixar months ago in Motley Fool Stock Advisor.

Meanwhile, Pixar continues to negotiate with partner Disney (NYSE: DIS) on a more equitable deal. Should Pixar escape, one can only imagine that rivals AOL Time Warner (NYSE: AOL), Sony (NYSE: SNE), Viacom's (NYSE: VIA) Paramount and MGM (NYSE: MGM) will cast their own nets.

Surprise. With management warning that marketing costs will bite into third-quarter results, Pixar is looking to earn a modest $0.07 a share this quarter. Analysts, as tempting as that worm looks dangling there, please learn from the past and don't bite too hard.

Posted by: CarolKoster on Aug. 09, 2003 7:04 am/pm

Quoting the Gross Domestic Box Office, all time, list on as of Saturday afternoon, August 9, 2003:


Rank Title (click to view) Studio Lifetime Gross Year
1 Titanic Par. $600,788,188 1997
2 Star Wars Fox $460,998,007 1977
3 E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial Uni. $435,110,554 1982
4 Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace Fox $431,088,297 1999
5 Spider-Man Sony $403,706,375 2002
6 Jurassic Park Uni. $357,067,947 1993
7 Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers NL $339,764,716 2002
8 Forrest Gump Par. $329,694,499 1994
9 The Lion King Dis. $328,541,776 1994
10 Finding Nemo Dis. $323,082,000 2003

Copyright © 1998-2002 by Box Office Mojo. All rights reserved.

End quoted material.

Do the math, and as of the date I'm posting this "Finding Nemo" is within a bit less than $5.5 million to _meet_ "The Lion King" as highest grossing animated film of all time.  It took "The Lion King" at least three theatrical releases since June 1994 to meet this milestone (was released that summer, came back at Christmas that year, was rereleased to IMAX/large-screen format theatres in 2002) and it's taking "Finding Nemo" since the last week of May 2003 to meet it, finished the opening weekend at about $70 million or so.

"Spy Kids 3-D" and now "Freaky Friday" are eating into "Finding Nemo"'s strong forward momentum nowadays.  Yet the little fishies are still Top 10 box office this weekend so far and are #1 box office for the year 2003 so far.

If you play around with Box Office Mojo's website, you'll find this "all time domestic gross box office" horserace is a bit of a misleading thing to follow.  That's because when you use another Box Office Mojo all-time chart, adjusting movie grosses for inflation (changes in ticket prices since any movie was released to present day prices), and still another chart, for international box office, "The Lion King" still leads "Finding Nemo" far, far, far, far away.

Still, the above listing is what the entertainment press uses when it's reporting movie news and is likely to be the citation they use when "Finding Nemo" reaches that particular box office milestone.

If you enjoyed "Finding Nemo" and the idea of horseraces appeals to you, swing by a movie theatre and buy a ticket, and help the little fishies take over Pride Rock.  Congrats to Disney-Pixar for a stunning achievement, truly, because I don't think anybody saw this coming back in the spring.     :clapping:
And here's this for forking over more money at the movies.   :dollar:

Posted by: RichKoster on Aug. 09, 2003 7:17 am/pm

I think to be fair to not only movies of the past like TLK but also as it relates to adult-oriented movies (where most pay adult ticket prices) as compared to family/kids movies (where a large segment of the audience gets in at reduced children's ticket prices) that Hollywood should switch to a head-count: compare movies based on the number of tickets sold, not what they cost. That would eliminate the inflation inequality, too.
Posted by: CarolKoster on Aug. 09, 2003 7:49 am/pm

Speculation on Laughing Place's WWW discussion forum has the Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter movies coming out this November as potentially beating the pants off "Finding Nemo".  We'll see.  More sequels coming, too, such as the next Shrek and some others.  So competitive!
Posted by: CarolKoster on Aug. 19, 2003 11:19 am/pm

Revised and updated All Time Gross Domestic Box Office, Unadjusted for Inflation, as of Monday, August 18, 2003, from Box Office Mojo (< >). Notice as of 8/18/03 only $748,582 separates "Finding Nemo" from equalling "The Lion King" for highest grossing animated feature film. Last weekend was the first weekend since its premiere in late May 2003 "Nemo" was out of the weekly Top Ten Spot, so the momentum of that movie in theatres is fading as other fare such as "Freaky Friday" and "Spy Kids 3-D" compete and as
kids around the nation prepare for back-to-school or are in school. "Nemo" could still overtake "The Lion King" by Labor Day, but at the rate of daily box office shown on Box Office Mojo it will take more days than anticipated to do so and it'll be close.

Quoting Box Office Mojo (< >):


Rank Title Studio Lifetime Gross Year

1 Titanic Par. $600,788,188 1997
2 Star Wars Fox $460,998,007 1977
3 E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial Uni. $435,110,554 1982
4 Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace Fox $431,088,297 1999
5 Spider-Man Sony $403,706,375 2002
6 Jurassic Park Uni. $357,067,947 1993
7 Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers NL $339,776,642 2002
8 Forrest Gump Par. $329,694,499 1994
9 The Lion King Dis. $328,541,776 1994
10 Finding Nemo Dis. $327,793,194 2003

End quoting Box Office Mojo WWW site.

Posted by: dizneluver9 on Aug. 19, 2003 10:53 am/pm

What are going to be the extras on the DVD?

Also my nephew who turned three in June cried the second time he saw Nemo cuz he didnt want Nemo to get lost ....awwww  :happydance: Little people rock!  :bigsmile:

Posted by: RichKoster on Aug. 20, 2003 12:05 am/pm

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What are going to be the extras on the DVD?

I give up... what?

Sorry, I think I turned into Dory for a bit there...

You can see what is going to be on the DVD by clicking here.

Posted by: CarolKoster on Aug. 21, 2003 2:06 am/pm

As of box office tallies on Tuesday, 8/19/03, on Box Office Mojo, "Finding Nemo" is now within $269,276 of tieing with "The Lion King"'s all time domestic box office gross unadjusted for inflation.  

It's going slow, but will happen within mere days.

Posted by: CarolKoster on Aug. 21, 2003 6:34 am/pm


These are unadjusted-for-inflation all time box office domestic grosses as charted on Box Office Mojo, updated as of close of business on Wednesday, August 20, 2003.

Please notice that only $24,263 separates "Finding Nemo" from tieing "The Lion King" as #9 and then moving on to exceed TLK's totals to become the highest domestic grossing box office animated film of all time, as of a chart below compiled through end of business on Wednesday.  Since the figures below are for Wednesday, that means _today_(Thursday, August 21) people attending theatres are likely taking "Nemo" to that box office milestone.  "Nemo" on weekdays is still pulling in, domestically, $247,000-$252,000 _per day_.  So add $247,000-$252,000/day to "Nemo"'s year-to-date total of $328,517,513 and "Nemo" will top TLK today, Thursday, August 21, 2003, definitely.

That means for Friday morning Disney-Pixar's "Finding Nemo" will make morning entertainment headlines.  The entertainment press will check box office tally sites such as Box Office Mojo which don't get updated 'til the morning after the night before, if you follow.  As soon as these sites get updated the news will be out, on Friday.  But the milestone was achieved today.

Again, when you consult the chart on Box Office Mojo titled "Adjusted for Inflation" the two films still aren't  close.  But the chart below, on movie tracking WWW sites such as Box Office Mojo (, is what the entertainment press is following.

Begin quoting figures copied from Box Office Mojo (I placed spaces on purpose between #8 and #9-#10):


Rank Title (click to view) Studio Lifetime Gross Year
1 Titanic Par. $600,788,188 1997
2 Star Wars Fox $460,998,007 1977
3 E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial Uni. $435,110,554 1982
4 Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace Fox $431,088,297 1999
5 Spider-Man Sony $403,706,375 2002
6 Jurassic Park Uni. $357,067,947 1993
7 Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers NL $339,776,642 2002

8 Forrest Gump Par. $329,694,499 1994

9 The Lion King Dis. $328,541,776 1994
10 Finding Nemo Dis. $328,517,513 2003

End of quoted figures from Box Office Mojo.  Quoted Box Office Mojo WWW site figures as of Wednesday, August 20, 2003.

Difference of $24,263 as of Wednesday, August 20, 2003 between "Finding Nemo" and "The Lion King", and difference of $1,176,986 separating "Finding Nemo" from #8 "Forrest Gump" on the above list.  After "The Lion King" then "Forrest Gump" is next and that's probably as far as "Nemo" will get.  Locally to us few multiplex theatres are still carrying "Finding Nemo" and it's even playing in the dollar cheapie theatre local to us.

Updated figures that would include through end of business on Thursday, August 21, 2003 will be released on Box Office Mojo the morning of Friday, August 22, 2003  

:clapping: :beer: :clap: :happydance:

These are figures when the movies actually played in theatres.  Home video is another, different, separate set of figures and milestones.    

By sheer coincidence today before Rich went to work we had catfish for dinner.  "Finding Nemo" movie...catfish...coincidence....heh. :wink2:

Posted by: CarolKoster on Aug. 22, 2003 4:15 am/pm

Updated chart as of Friday afternooon (Central time), August 22, 2003 from Box Office Mojo, All Time Domestic Box Office UNadjusted for ticket price inflation, Top 10 only, QUOTING (and the space between #7 and #8-9-&-10 is Carol Koster's editting):



Rank Title (click to view) Studio Lifetime Gross Year
1 Titanic Par. $600,788,188 1997
2 Star Wars Fox $460,998,007 1977
3 E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial Uni. $435,110,554 1982
4 Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace Fox $431,088,297 1999
5 Spider-Man Sony $403,706,375 2002
6 Jurassic Park Uni. $357,067,947 1993
7 Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers NL $339,776,642 2002

8 Forrest Gump Par. $329,694,499 1994
9 Finding Nemo Dis. $328,751,122 2003
10 The Lion King Dis. $328,541,776 1994

"Only" $943,377 separates "Finding Nemo" from tieing "Forrest Gump" for 8th place on this chart.  Above chart reflects total domestic box office receipts through end of business on Thursday, August 21, 2003.   "Finding Nemo" total exceeds "The Lion King" by $209,346.

Posted by: RichKoster on Aug. 22, 2003 8:19 am/pm

From < >:

"Nemo" bests "Lion King" as top animated film

Quick quote:

LOS ANGELES, Aug 22 (Reuters) - The fishy father and son heroes of summer movie hit "Finding Nemo" have bested "The Lion King" at the box office, breaking the long-held animated film record for U.S. ticket sales, tracking firm Exhibitor Relations reported on Friday.

"'Nemo' is the biggest film of the summer, the biggest film of the year, and now it is the biggest animated feature of all time," said Exhibitor Relations chief Paul Dergarabedian.

"Nemo" had sold $328.7 million in tickets in the United States by the end of Thursday, topping the $328.5 million that "The Lion King" sold in its original release and a more recent large-format Imax reissue.


"The Lion King" still reigns over the worldwide box office for animated films, with more than $780 million in tickets sold, and since ticket prices were lower when "The Lion King" came out, Nemo still has a way to go before it can claim more a bigger audience, even in the United States.

"But 'Nemo' is still playing," said Dergarabedian.

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Posted by: CarolKoster on Aug. 22, 2003 10:17 am/pm

Closing stock prices as of close of business Friday, August 22, 2003 (on the news "Finding Nemo" overtook "The Lion King" to be highest domestic box office grossing animated feature length film of all time, UNadjusted for inflation (whew, that's a lotta title and disclaimer! )):

The Walt Disney Company (DIS on NYSE) 21.41, down 0.19 or down 0.88%

Pixar (PIXR on NASDAQ) 71.89, up 0.38 or up 0.53%

Posted by: dizneluver9 on Aug. 23, 2003 10:53 am/pm

What is the highest price that Disney stock has gotten and when did it occur? :)

A curious mind wants to know LOL

Posted by: CarolKoster on Aug. 23, 2003 2:19 am/pm


I honestly don't know, but you could probably ask any stockbroker or whoever manages your 401K or if you own Disney stock they could find that out for you.  Sometimes as the price of stock gets very high a corporation will have the stock split, into two-for-one, three-for-one, etc.  So it's hard to say what the highest price is or ever has been, given that Disney stock has split numerous times.

One thing you can play around with for free on the Internet:  Go to CBS Marketwatch (, and on the front page of that site, on the left it will ask you to enter in a stock ticker symbol in the blank.  Enter in 'DIS' and hit "go" or "enter" or "news".  It will take you to a page that has a chart of the price of Disney stock over time, among other statistics (and if you scroll down you see news and press releases for Disney).  On the stock chart you can click on any time period it shows, and the site takes you to a more full view of the stock chart.  Keep hitting time periods including "all time" or essentially the charting of Disney stock prices since time for that stock began.  The charts will show time periods when Disney stock either hit peaks or valleys.  The chart underneath that stock chart shows share volume, or how many shares were trading in relation to the price over time.  

Play around with the information on CBS Marketwatch and see what you can come up with.  Kinda interesting to follow the numbers trail.

Michael Eisner and Frank Wells were made CEO and I think COO (I forget) of Disney in 1984, around September of 1984 if my memory of the book "Storming the Magic Kingdom" is accurate.  Before that date there was a hostile takeover attempt by those who wanted to parcel off the theme parks, studio and film library, and Disney's film division was only then catching on to changing to meet more contemporary tastes.  Before that and after Walt and then Roy Disney died the Company was mired in so-so "What Would Walt Have Done" type projects and movies.  In '84 Eisner, Wells and Jeffrey Katzenberg realized they had to contemporize Disney and most of everything they were doing at the time was to bring the stock price up.  "Storming the Magic Kingdom" lays it all out.  And as Michael Eisner enters his 19th year as CEO, with stockholders and Disney fans heaping criticism on him, it's always good to look back and see where the company truly was when Roy Disney Jr. brought Eisner, Wells and Katzenberg on board, the remarkable turnaround these three truly brought about , to put today into perspective.

Posted by: CarolKoster on Aug. 23, 2003 9:29 am/pm

"Storming the Magic Kingdom" is out of print, you might try finding a copy at your local public library or have the library search around your metro area or state to borrow it on your behalf.  This is essential Disney reading for those interested in Disney as a business.  It explains how Eisner, Wells and Katzenberg strove to turn the place around.  Since they were incoming after a hostile takeover attempt, their common goal was to raise up the stock price and the value of the company so that a hostile takeover could never happen again.  We've diverted into "stock prices" and historical highs and lows, this era the book covers would be emerging from a low point, in answer to your question.  Just wanted to make that clarification on how to find the book and why I referred to it.

Preceding "Storming the Magic Kingdom" is a biography of Walt Disney called "Walt Disney:  An American Original".  It's a friendly biography, but it also lays out company history just after Walt's death and leading up to the hostile takeover attempts of the early '80s.

Posted by: CarolKoster on Aug. 24, 2003 6:46 am/pm

As posted on Box Office Mojo Sunday 8/24/03, All time domestic box office grosses UNadjusted for ticket price inflation.  "Finding Nemo" just ate up "Forrest Gump", "Pirates of the Caribbean" is on the list now, too:


Rank Title (click to view) Studio Lifetime Gross Year

1 Titanic Par. $600,788,188 1997
2 Star Wars Fox $460,998,007 1977
3 E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial Uni. $435,110,554 1982
4 Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace Fox $431,088,297 1999
5 Spider-Man Sony $403,706,375 2002
6 Jurassic Park Uni. $357,067,947 1993
7 Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers NL $339,785,181 2002
8 Finding Nemo Dis. $329,754,000 2003
9 Forrest Gump Par. $329,694,499 1994
10 The Lion King Dis. $328,541,776 1994

11 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone WB $317,575,550 2001
12 Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring NL $313,364,114 2001
13 Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones Fox $310,676,740 2002
14 Return of the Jedi Fox $309,306,177 1983
15 Independence Day Fox $306,169,255 1996
16 The Sixth Sense Dis. $293,506,292 1999
17 The Empire Strikes Back Fox $290,475,067 1980
18 Home Alone Fox $285,761,243 1990
19 The Matrix Reloaded WB $278,507,722 2003
20 Shrek DW $267,665,011 2001

21 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets WB $261,988,482 2002
22 Pirates of the Caribbean Dis. $260,965,000 2003
23 How the Grinch Stole Christmas Uni. $260,044,825 2000
24 Jaws Uni. $260,000,000 1975
25 Monsters, Inc. Dis. $255,873,250 2001
26 Batman WB $251,188,924 1989
27 Men in Black Sony $250,690,539 1997
28 Toy Story 2 Dis. $245,852,179 1999
29 Raiders of the Lost Ark Par. $242,374,454 1981
30 Twister WB $241,721,524 1996

31 My Big Fat Greek Wedding IFC $241,438,208 2002
32 Bruce Almighty Uni. $240,340,000 2003
33 Ghostbusters Col. $238,632,124 1984
34 Beverly Hills Cop Par. $234,760,478 1984
35 Cast Away Fox $233,632,142 2000
36 The Exorcist WB $232,671,011 1973
37 The Lost World: Jurassic Park Uni. $229,086,679 1997
38 Signs Dis. $227,966,634 2002
39 Rush Hour 2 NL $226,164,286 2001
40 Mrs. Doubtfire Fox $219,195,243 1993

41 Ghost Par. $217,631,306 1990
42 Aladdin Dis. $217,350,219 1992
43 Saving Private Ryan DW $216,540,909 1998
44 Mission: Impossible 2 Par. $215,409,889 2000
45 X2: X-Men United Fox $214,836,193 2003
46 Austin Powers in Goldmember NL $213,307,889 2002
47 Back to the Future Uni. $210,609,762 1985
48 Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me NL $206,040,086 1999
49 Terminator 2: Judgment Day TriS $204,843,345 1991
50 The Mummy Returns Uni. $202,019,785 2001

Posted by: RichKoster on Sep. 25, 2003 4:37 am/pm

Yoo Hoo, Disney EchoEars!

This picture was sent to us by a friend. Carol wonders if it an example of cutting budgets at Disney...

Posted by: Goofyteer on Sep. 25, 2003 8:44 am/pm

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Yoo Hoo, Disney EchoEars!

This picture was sent to us by a friend. Carol wonders if it an example of cutting budgets at Disney...


That pretty much sums it up. I'm getting more and more annoyed with the way Disney has been handling things lately. I wish we had another Frank Wells (wasn't that his name?) in there to keep Eisner in check again.
Posted by: RichKoster on Oct. 29, 2003 2:57 am/pm

Yoo Hoo, Disney EchoEars!

Now that the DVD of "Finding Nemo" is coming out, please go to this thread to add your comments about the movie.

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