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Director/co-writer Wes Anderson's (The Royal Tenenbaums) new comedy stars Bill Murray as eccentric oceanographer Steve Zissou, who finds himself in troubled waters when he attempts to track down the mysterious "jaguar shark" that ate his partner while filming a documentary of their latest adventure. Zissou must also contend with a journalist (Cate Blanchett) assigned to write his profile, and a new member of his team who may be his long-lost son (Owen Wilson). Co-starring Anjelica Huston, Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum, Michael Gambon and Bud Cort.

 The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou

For creature design in The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou, director Wes Anderson had the interesting idea of taking something you know, then adding one strong new element to it: golden barracuda; sugar crabs; jaguar shark. He believed the resulting creature would be something the audience would want to believe existed (I know I wish they existed). In the case of the Crayon Pony fish, I went for a slight variation from reality in anatomical design, but–as you see in my sketch–used actual crayon colors that Wes picked for the body. In bringing the creature to life, we gave it a carefully and beautifully animated horse-like mane with some equine head motions while having it look like it was floating in water.