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.''