Disney on Ice Does 'Finding Nemo'

Wednesday, August 18th 2004, 10:48 am
By: News On 6

NEW YORK (AP) _ Fans of ``Finding Nemo'' will be able to find the little clownfish this winter _ on ice.

The Disney/Pixar film about a fish's oceanic adventure is getting the Disney on Ice treatment with elaborate costumes and choreographed routines inspired by the popular animated film.

``Finding Nemo'' begins its 13-city tour in Lakeland, Fla., on Sept. 3. Other stops include Nashville, Tenn.; Richmond, Va.; Atlanta; and East Rutherford, N.J. The final stop is scheduled Dec. 8-12 in Raleigh, N.C.

``This is completely unlike any other show,'' costumer designer Scott Lane told The Associated Press Tuesday.

Lane, who also designed costumes for 2003's ``Monsters Inc.'' live-action production, turned the film's underwater computer-generated characters into an above water 145-piece costume extravaganza featuring fish, sharks, jellyfish, pelicans and turtles.

Creating the sea creature costumes proved to be a fishy endeavor for Lane.

``Fish are more horizontal,'' said Lane. ``People stand up. Fish don't have a ground, they live on many levels.''

For several of the costumes, which take nearly a year to create, Lane incorporated the legs of the performers so ``the fish is as much of the performer as the performer is as much of the fish.''

Because ``Finding Nemo'' is set underwater, Lane promises more movement on the ice and undulating costume elements.

His favorite part of the show? A ballet in which 24 performers become an array of jellyfish.

``There's a lot more good old-fashioned ice skating,'' said Lane.