This gentle, warm-hearted comedy/fantasy earned director Ron Howard his first Saturn award.

ILM developed a series of unique shots for this film using a combination of matte paintings, miniatures, and optical effects, and were able to bring to life an alien mothership, stormy turbulence and an intimate scene between two aliens. As a result, the ILM team was honored with an Academy Award® for Best Visual Effects.

Ron Howard
ILM Visual Effects Supervisor
Ken Ralston
ILM Animation Supervisor
Charlie Mullen
ILM Visual Effects Producer
Mitch Suskin
ILM Visual Effects Art Director
Phillip Norwood