Disney in the swim with ‘Nemo’ preem

Pixar pic finds its way to El Capitan theatre

HOLLYWOOD — Disney might have been — in founder Walt’s words, “started by a mouse” — but a fish got the spotlight at Sunday’s “Finding Nemo” El Capitan preem.

Mouse House or Fish Tank, Disney threw one of it signature kid-friendly premieres for the animated pic.

Pixar exec veep John Lasseter credited his staff, singling out writer-director Andrew Stanton for special praise.The pic was projected on a Texas Instruments digital system just installed at El Capitan. “This is what it will be like in the future,” Disney topper Michael Eisner said of the crisp image.

Execs at both companies shied away from commenting on the future of the Disney-Pixar relationship, while the creatives just shrugged. “We’re left out of that,” Stanton said. “It’s the guys at the top deciding.”

Among those at the after-party in Hollywood & Highland’s Grand ballroom were Disney’s Bob Iger; Pixar’s Steve Jobs; voices Albert Brooks, Ellen DeGeneres and John Ratzenberger; plus guests Bill Mechanic, Kevin Huvane, Cindy Crawford and Rob Reiner.

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