Big Fish


2h 5m 2003

Brief Synopsis

As an eight-year old confined to bed because of a preternatural growing spurt, Edward Bloom occupies himself by reading the entire World Book Encyclopedia. He is taken in particular with an article about goldfish, in which he learns that "if goldfish are kept in a small bowl, they will remain small.

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Release Date
2003
Distribution Company
Sony Pictures Releasing
Location
Alabama, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 5m

Synopsis

As an eight-year old confined to bed because of a preternatural growing spurt, Edward Bloom occupies himself by reading the entire World Book Encyclopedia. He is taken in particular with an article about goldfish, in which he learns that "if goldfish are kept in a small bowl, they will remain small. With more space, the fish can double, triple or quadruple its size." Ten years later, after becoming one of the most popular young men in Ashton, Alabama, he realizes that--like the goldfish--in order for him to grow he must leave home and explore the world. And thus, an improbable and mythic journey begins. Many years and countless adventures later, Bloom is well known as a teller of tall tales about his colorful life as a less than ordinary young man, when his wanderlust took him around the world and back again. His mythic exploits range from the delightful to the surreal, interweaving epic sagas about giants and werewolves, conjoined Korean lounge singers, a witch with a glass eye that can see the future--and of course, a big fish that refuses to be caught. Bloom's fabled stories charm everyone he encounters except his son Will, who has also left home but in this case to get out from under his father's considerable shadow. When Edward becomes ill and his wife, Sandra, tries to reconcile them, Will embarks on his own personal journey trying to separate the myth from the reality of his father's life and come to terms with the man's giant feats and great failings.

Crew

Harry Akst

Song

Victoria Alonso

Visual Effects Producer

Richard Alonzo

Makeup

Deborah Ambrosino

Costumer

Jason Anderson

Coordinator

Susan Antonelli

Costumer

Michael D Antunez

Transportation Captain

Meredith Apel

Assistant Editor

Christopher Arreola

Visual Effects

Jeff Atmajian

Original Music

Colleen Atwood

Costume Designer

John August

Screenplay

John August

Song

Maryellen Aviano-roberts

Extras Agent/Coordinator

Jean-pierre Avice

Unit Production Manager

James Babineaux

Chief Lighting Technician

Rick Baca

Accounting Assistant

Bob Badami

Music Supervisor

Christopher Baker

Storyboard Artist

Roy Barnes

Art Director

Pedro Barquin

Greensman

Steve Bartek

Original Music

Ludwig Van Beethoven

Music

Craig Berkey

Sound Effects

Dena Berman

Casting Associate

Scott Berri

Production Assistant

Brenda Berrisford

Assistant

Dickey Betts

Song

Jean Black

Makeup

Otis Blackwell

Song

Deborah 'cha' Blevins

Costume Supervisor

Rob Blue

Cgi Artist

Christine Bodelot

Production Accountant

Dock Boggs

Song

Dock Boggs

Song Performer

Chamonix Bosch

Production Assistant

Christian Boudman

Cgi Artist

Christian Bouyer

Modelmaker

Steve Bowen

Color Timer

Todd Boyce

Animator

Linda Boykin-williams

Hair Stylist

Max Bruce

Cgi Artist

Branch Marie Brunson

Lighting Technician

Ian Calip

Production Assistant

Ted Caplan

Sound Effects Editor

Dianne Chadwick

Graphic Designer

Denise Chamian

Casting

Rick Chavez

Assistant Property Master

John Cherevka

Puppeteer

Robin Citrin

Location Manager

Daniel Clancy

Assistant Set Decorator

Mitch Cockerham

Character Animation

Bruce Cohen

Producer

Xiomara Comrie

Assistant Camera

Jon Copley

Accounting Assistant

Sharyn Cordice

Makeup

Nicolle Cornute

Rotoscope Animator

Kelly Cornwell

Production Assistant

Stephanie Crompton

Assistant

Bing Crosby

Song Performer

Charlie Croughwell

Stunt Coordinator

Michelle Croughwell

Stunts

Chris Cummings

Art Department Coordinator

Sean Cunningham

Animator

Peter D'amato

Craft Service

James M Davies

Foreman

Robert Davis Oh

Visual Effects

Susan Schakelford Dawes

Dialogue Editor

Robert Dawson

Titles

Carlos De La Torre

Assistant Director

Linda Deandrea

Hair

Lisa Deaner

Cgi Artist

Bill Diaz

Character Animation

Brenda Donoho

Costumer

Teri E. Dorman

Dialogue Editor

Colin Drobnis

Digital Effects Artist

John Dugan

Plasterer

Michael Duhatschek

Modelmaker

Ezra Dweck

Sound Effects Editor

Ben Edelberg

Models

Louis Elbel

Song

Danny Elfman

Music Producer

Danny Elfman

Music

Danny Elfman

Song

Jack English

Chief Lighting Technician

Corey Eubanks

Stunts

Robert Fechtman

Art Director

Kerin Ferallo

Assistant Production Coordinator

John H. Findley

Assistant Location Manager

Carl Fischer

Boom Operator

Andrew Foote

Visual Effects

Doug Forrest

Cgi Artist

Adam Fox

Production Assistant

Katterli Frauenfelder

Assistant Director

Katterli Frauenfelder

Associate Producer

Derek Frey

Assistant

Julius Fucik

Song

Jenny Fulle

Visual Effects Producer

Daniel H George

Costumer

Jennifer German

Cgi Artist

Steven Eric Giesler

Background Painter

Daniel J Gillooly

Greensman

Dennis Glassner

Production Designer

Sean Graham

Stunts

Rick Grandy

Cgi Artist

Isobel Griffiths

Music Contractor

Michael A Grimes

Production Assistant

Nancy Haigh

Set Decorator

Mark Hall

Animator

Raine Hall

Assistant Location Manager

Josh Hancher

Loader

Tommy Harper

Assistant Director

Barbara Harris

Voice Casting

Kimberly Harris

Adr Editor

Matthew Harrison

Foley Editor

Wilbert Harrison

Song

David A Haynes

Coordinator

Gary Hecker

Foley Artist

Matt Heimlich

Mechanical Special Effects

Matt Heimlich

Puppeteer

Mo Henry

Negative Cutter

Richard L Hill

Special Effects Supervisor

Petur Hliddal

Sound Mixer

Buddy Holly

Song

Buddy Holly

Song Performer

Erica Hornung

Digital Effects Artist

Jean-michel Hugon

Art Director

Darryl Humber

Dolly Grip

Steve Humphrey

Transportation

Yoshio Iizuka

Stunts

Adrian Iler

Digital Effects Artist

Nick Ingman

Music Conductor

Michael Anthony Jackson

Illustrator

Debra James

Unit Production Manager

Jimmy Jay

Costumer

Dan Jinks

Producer

Jack Johnson

Art Director

Joan Johnson

Assistant

Richard L Johnson

Art Director

Creola Jones

Software Engineer

Michael Kaelin

Rotoscope Animator

Adam Kasper

Music Producer

Blaine Kennison

Digital Effects Artist

David Keslick

Visual Effects

Tracy Kilpatrick

Location Casting

Jennifer Jung Kim

Background Painter

Andrea Lackey Pace

Visual Effects

Lea Lambert

Rotoscope Animator

Richard Joseph Landon

Puppeteer

Chris Lebenzon

Editor

Paul Leblanc

Hair

John Leone

Foreman

Sam Lewis

Song

Skip Lievsay

Supervising Sound Editor

Christine J. Lo

Digital Effects Artist

Howard London

Adr

Dennis J Lootens

Lighting Technician

Robert E Loring

Greensman

Karen Lovell

Hair Stylist

Rhea Lowenthal

Costumer

Scott Lukowski

Models

Alfonzo Luna

Assistant

Annie Lynch

Production Assistant

Melissa Lytle

Assistant Sound Editor

Lindsay Macgowan

Digital Effects Supervisor

Lindsay Macgowan

Puppeteer

Kevin Mack

Visual Effects Supervisor

Shane Mahan

Puppeteer

Shane Mahan

Special Effects

Marc Mann

Music Engineer

Dawn Brown Manser

Set Designer

Warren Manser

Illustrator

Michel Markus

Assistant Editor

Elisa Marsh

Makeup

Victoria Martin

Foley Editor

Megan Mathews

Assistant Production Accountant

Quentin Matthys

On-Set Dresser

Seth Maury

Cg Supervisor

Craig Mccraw

Assistant Location Manager

Paul Mcghee

Color Timer

Jeremy Mcguire

Production Assistant

Hans Metz

Special Effects Supervisor

Kevin Metz

Special Effects Technician

Carla Meyer

Dialect Coach

Robert Miller

Production Accountant

Kari K Mills

Production Assistant

Daniel P Moore

Video

Kenneth J Moore

Transportation Co-Captain

William Morts

Stunts

Jerry Moss

Property Master

Adam Moura

Digital Effects Artist

Lutz Muller

Cgi Artist

Nadia Naimi

Assistant Editor

Jean Nakahara

Assistant Production Coordinator

Brian K Namanny

Puppeteer

Joel Negron

Editor

John Newton

Music Lyrics

Geraldine Niche

Production Coordinator

Jon Nicholson

Dresser

Neal Norton

Camera Operator

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Release Date
2003
Distribution Company
Sony Pictures Releasing
Location
Alabama, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 5m

Award Nominations

Best Score

2003

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States January 2004

Released in United States on Video April 27, 2004

Released in United States Winter December 10, 2003

Shown at Palm Springs International Festival (Opening Night) January 8-19, 2004.

Steven Spielberg was previously mentioned to direct, with Dreamworks co-distributing.

Kodak

Released in United States January 2004 (Shown at Palm Springs International Festival (Opening Night) January 8-19, 2004.)

Released in United States on Video April 27, 2004

Released in United States Winter December 10, 2003