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FINDING NEMO, directed by Andrew Stanton and Lee Unkrich, follows Marlin (voiced by Albert Brooks), an overprotective clown fish father, as he despera...

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published 15/10/2003 | tallpaul1983
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Pro Funny, well acted, animated, scripted etc.
Cons Robbie Williams song to finish it off.
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"I'M FOND OF FINDING NEMO"

The other day I saw this making of ‘mockumentary’ on CBBC or something about this film and I was so impressed that I went to it later that afternoon. I’m very happy to tell you that I was not in any way disappointed by the finished article! Finding Nemo is, as with all Pixar offerings, exceptionally well drawn, animated and directed so I will leave the ‘ooohs’ and ‘aaaahhs’ about all that stuff until later on (as they were worth commenting on!). Aside from that this was a classic film from the new wave of Disney films sweeping across the cinema landscape. The traditional basic moral of the story type thing is heavy-handedly hammered home to the audience but it manages to do this without losing any of the humour that made the film so appealing. The script writing and characters are superb. Andrew Stanton is to be congratulated for writing and excellent story and screenplay. Anyway before I lose myself in a big structureless rant about the good points of this film let me break it down for all concerned!


THE PLOT

I’m sure you’ve all seen the trailer but never mind. Marlin (the father fish who despite being a Clown fish isn’t very funny wait I digress) buys a house at the Drop Off (the edge of the reef they call home) for his wife and millions of eggs. Unfortunately disaster in form of a predator calls and despite his best effort only one damaged egg is left! The result is Nemo a small fish with an underdeveloped fin that Marlin over-protects as he is so cut up his loss earlier on. Nemo goes to school with Marlin very unhappy about it. Marlin finds out they are going to the drop off and chases Nemo to tell him that he can’t swim out into open water because of his fin. Nemo tries to prove him wrong and does but is soon taken by divers. Marlin gives chase but he cannot catch them. He bumps into a fish with no short term memory called Dory and off they set on an adventure to find Nemo meeting loads of characters on the way like surfer turtles Crush and Squirt (expect a spin off film about these guys in the near future!), veggie sharks (kind of), Nigel the pelican and many more besides. Nemo meanwhile is in a fish tank with an equally odd bunch all trying to escape from the tank. Nemo in particular needs to get away to prevent being given to Darla the horrible child (just think the kid from Toy Story). Anyway Marlins story of heroism gets all the way top Sydney and the two face another batch of adventures to be reunited! I won’t say any more than that but it had me laughing out loud at the stupid gags and slap stick stuff.

THE MORAL OF THE STORY

Oh dear it must be done. Marlin doesn’t believe in his son. Nemo realises this. While apart they find a substitute to work through their issues on (Dory and Gill respectively) and in the end learn to love, trust and believe in each other! Walt would have been proud of that one!

ANIMATION

This needs a mention. The crew that worked on this spent years working out how to do this and it comes together beautifully. Particularly impressive is the range of expression they have despite having no limbs to speak of (except Jacques the shrimp). Apparently they had a tank with all the main species in it at the studio (even the great white) and studied them for how to make each of the characters move realistically. The voice actors could also look for inspiration on tone of voice and attitude etc. Excellent!

DIRECTION

Normally I would comment a lot on this but I was so wrapped up in the plot that I realy didn’t notice the work of the Director in the film. In my opinion that is one of the highest compliments that could be given for a film like this so well done to Andrew Stanton and Lee Unkrich for that!


CAST/ VOICES

Marlin: Albert Brooks

Good performance as the doting father who learns to trust in his sons ability. Voice was full of character and fitted very well. Really there for the pathos not the comedy it seemed.

Dory: Ellen DeGeneres

Hilarious throughout. Helped by some good dialogue but undoubtedly connected with her fish character in a way I’ve not heard her do with any human one.

Nemo: Alexander Gould

Good performance from a child actor. Sounded believable and was still young enough to have the women in the audience melting.

Gill: Willem Dafoe

Probably the most appropriate voice as the surrogate father figure for Nemo in the tank and the guy behind all the escape plans. Excellent.

Tank Gang: Brad Garrett, Stephen Root, Vicki Lewis, Joe Ranft

All played their characters well and added some nice comic touches to the tank. A bit like the Toy Story non-main characters they weren’t key to the plot but were pretty funny

Crush and Squirt: Andrew Stanton and Nicholas Bird

He was involved in everything it seems! Great stuff from these two and as I said probably going to be the most popular characters going. We’ll be seeing these again soon.

Bruce and his mates: Barry Humphries, Eric Bana and Bruce Spence

All great but ex Dame Edna Mr Humphries steals the show and is one of the most surprising vocal performances in the film. Very deep bassy Australian veggie shark called Bruce, hmmm. Who to cast? Dame Edna? Yeah sorted!

Special Mentions

Nigel the Pelican : Geoffrey Rush
Mr Ray: Bob Peterson
Fish School: John Ratzenburger


IS IT ANY GOOD?

Yeah it’s fantastic. Go and see it now. Go on. Stop reading this and leave.

Still here? Ok you want more. Well its sharp, beautifully animated, funny and even squeezes in morals for the kids about trust and togetherness. How much more do you need in a family film. The cast are excellent and the script great as well. I love this film and will be buying the DVD soon enough! I would recommend this to anyone but a cynical genX freak who can’t enjoy anything at all! Even the little bonus film you see before the film (Pixars first film short) is really good so don’t plan on missing the trailers and miss that. Go early its worth seeing a few poxy U trailers! Even when you've found Nemo you'll want to keep looking.Thanks for reading!

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  • loula6 published 12/08/2009
    great film, great review
  • jedi_kickass published 19/02/2004
    Nice op pal. jedi_kickass ( ' _ ' )
  • vicamy published 04/11/2003
    I have seen this movie. It's really a good one as you guys said.
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FINDING NEMO, directed by Andrew Stanton and Lee Unkrich, follows Marlin (voiced by Albert Brooks), an overprotective clown fish father, as he desperately searches the sea for his missing son, Nemo (Alexander Gould). Marlin's journey leads him beyond the Great Barrier Reef into deeper and darker waters, where he meets Dory (Ellen DeGeneres), a forgetful yet optimistic blue tang, and a number of not-so-friendly--and often very hungry--aquatic creatures. Meanwhile, little Nemo finds himself in a dentist's fish tank in Sydney, Australia, along with other underwater captives, including Gill (Willem Dafoe), the group's scarred Moorish idol leader. As Nemo works with his new friends on a plan to escape their tank, Marlin and Dory swim closer, but they'll need more than just fins to get into the dentist's office.<BR>This fifth computer-animated outing by Pixar continues the company's remarkable winning streak that began with TOY STORY. Like other Pixar films, FINDING NEMO features a story with heart--this time, a father-and-son tale--and thoroughly charming leads--in this case, Marlin, Nemo, and Dory. And, of course, there's an army of fascinating supporting characters, including Bruce (Barry Humphries), a great white shark on a no-fish diet; Crush (director/screenwriter Stanton), a surfer-dude sea turtle; Peach (Allison Janney), a stuck-to-the-aquarium starfish; and Nigel (Geoffrey Rush), a bold pelican. However, what truly distinguishes NEMO from even its CGI cousins is its stunning depiction of aquatic life, from the colourful creatures on a coral reef to a blue whale on the vast expanse of the open ocean. By combining the aesthetic of a National Geographic marine life documentary with clever jokes and Hitchcock references, NEMO succeeds in its bid to up the ante for animated films yet again. And be sure to watch the credits or you just might miss something!

Release Details

DVD Region: DVD

Studio(s): WALT DISNEY HOME VIDEO; WALT DISNEY STUDIOS HOME ENTERTAINM

Release date: 27/02/2004

No of Discs: 1, 2

Catalogue No: D 881232, BED 888895

Barcode: 5017188812320, 5017188888950

Languages

Main Language: English

Technical Information

Animated: Animated

Dubbing Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo English French Spanish

Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby Digital Stereo 2.0

Special Features: Audio Commentary, Behind The Scenes, Unseen Footage, Interviews

Professional Reviews

Review: A sparkling treasure trove of snappy comedy, lush visuals and breakneck action. (Entertainment Weekly, 2011-04-11)<br><br>A thing of beauty, hugely entertaining and way cool (Rolling Stone, 2011-04-11)<br><br>NEMO creates an awe-inducing sense of the infinite in its watery visuals (Sight and Sound, 2011-04-11)<br><br>A buoyant adventure [...] Notable first for its spectacularly colorful underwater setting, which gives the picture one of the most striking visual backdrops ever seen in an animated film (Variety, 2011-04-11)<br><br>

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