Finding Nemo (DVD)

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Finding Nemo (DVD)

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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Review of "Finding Nemo (DVD)"

published 28/10/2003 | JessL
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"With fronds like these, who needs anemones?"

I am one of those people who gets distracted very easily, and during a vital point in the film, start rummaging through my popcorn looking for the burnt, crunchy ones, completely lose track of what's going on, and end up watching the rest of the film in utter confusion. That is why I prefer the simplicity of childrens films! I count Monsters Inc and Shrek among my favourite films, so I couldn't wait to watch Pixar's latest film, Finding Nemo. My friend wanted to see Cabin Fever, but I stood my ground, and it paid off - I loved every minute of it!

The film is centred around, obviously, Nemo. Before Nemo (Alexander Gould), a young clownfish, was born, his mother and siblings were eaten by a shark, and as a result, his father Marlin (Albert Brooks) is extremely protective of his only surviving son. On the first day of school, the pair argue over Nemo's safety, and to annoy his father, Nemo swims up to the ocean's surface, and is caught by a diver.

In absolute horror, Marlin puts aside his fear of the ocean, and sets off to rescue his son. Dory (Ellen DeGeneres, the blue fish up in that picture accompanying this category!), a forgetful but kind-hearted girl, joins him on his search for Nemo, but is more of a hindrance than a help with her short term memory. Fortunately, she has the ability to read, and through a dropped pair of goggles, they discover the diver who caught Nemo lives in Australia, and begin their journey to Sydney.

Fortunately, Nemo is alive and well, living in a fish tank in a dentist's surgery overlooking the Sydney Harbour. The other tropical residents rally around the young, frightened clownfish, and plan to help Nemo escape and be reunited with his father, before he is given away to the dentist's niece, a murderous little brat named Darla, who has inadvertently killed all her previous pets.

The 105 minutes that Finding Nemo lasts flies by in no time at all, because it's hugely enjoyable, and absolutely flawless. There wasn't any doubt that it wouldn't be, but nonetheless, the animation was faultless, and very realistic with the actions and movements of all the underwater animals. There is no way it could have been improved upon - how many films can you say that about?

I would say this is suitable for all the family - older people will enjoy it as much as the kids, although obviously it's aimed mainly at kids. The storyline is very simple, not confusing at all, and works very well. It is 105 minutes of bright, colourful fun, and I had to resist going 'Aww!' every other minute. The storyline is very simple, and even the youngest of children should grasp the basics without too much trouble - so you can avoid all the irritating questions! It is, summed up in one sentence, a heart-warming family film that has the ability to make you both laugh and cry (yes I cried!), without being patronising or schmaltzy!

The jokes make you smile rather than laugh, but they appeal to their main target audience, which is obviously children, and there are a few unexpectedly funny moments which made me choke on my popcorn! The scene where Darla arrives to collect Nemo, set to the Psycho music, is hilarious and I ended up embarrassingly snorting away, dropping popcorn everywhere! Being a U certificate, all the jokes are clean and there is no innuendo of any kind.

The story is well-written, with good characterisation. The three sharks and the greedy seagulls were unnecessary to the plot, but injected liveliness and humour! They gave you a break from the plight of Nemo, which could get tedious if the whole 105 minutes were concentrating soley on Nemo and his dad. There are little details which might seem unimportant, which really complete the film, such as the pink fish who inks herself when she is surprised!

As with most childrens films, there are morals about being thankful for what you have, and learning to believe in yourself, stuff like that, but they aren't in-your-face and patronising. My favourite characters were Crush the hippy Aussie turtle, and Dori, the ditzy but sweet fish who reunites Nemo with his dad. Oh, and Bruce the shark and his friends who formed the 'Fish Eaters Anonymous' ('Fish are friends, not food!') type of group deserve a mention too!

In case you didn't notice, I really like this film! I loved it as much as Shrek (which is saying something), and I'm off to see it tomorrow again! I'd recommend it to anyone who wants a light-hearted, simple film to while away an hour and forty minutes. Definitely worth a watch, whether you're a fan of animations (I stress animations, not cartoons!) or not.

It might seem slightly long for little children with short attention spans, but don't worry - they most likely be silent for the duration of the film, except when they're laughing!

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  • jennybosson published 26/06/2004
    LIke you take on this film. I loved it too. Smashing review. Jen :o)
  • sarahpervin published 11/05/2004
    a great portrayal of a great film!
  • s_jones_2003 published 28/04/2004
    I've still not seen this, think it must just be me. The idea of a cartoon doesn't really appeal to me but so many people my age have loved it think I might have to give it a try! Sarah x
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Product Information : Finding Nemo (DVD)

Manufacturer's product description

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


Release date: 27/02/2004

No of Discs: 1, 2

Catalogue No: D 881232, BED 888895

Barcode: 5017188812320, 5017188888950


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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