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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 10/11/2003 | stuleg
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""I am a nice shark, not an eating machine....”"

Now it is fair to say that the good folk of Disney have been producing decent films for decades, usually they are fun to watch, well written and offer a broad appeal for all age groups. But these films pale when compared to the work Disney have produced since teaming up with Pixar. Disney/Pixar is behind the recent computer-animated classics Toy Story 1 and 2, a Bugs Life and Monsters Inc, and now they add another masterpiece to their collection in the form of Finding Nemo. Andrew Stanton is responsible for writing and directing Finding Nemo along with Bob Peterson and Dave Reynolds, and their work can only be described as beautiful. Every part of the 1 hour 41 minute adventure is brimming with sublime animated effects, and enriched by many colourful and loveable characters. Finding Nemo cost a reported $94 Million to make, but has already taken $340 Million at American Cinemas alone, it seems any film with the Disney/Pixar label attached is destined to be a momentous success and it is little wonder considering the artistry involved.

The film centres around three main characters; Nemo is a young clown fish with a disability in the form of a withered fin, which he refers to as his lucky fin. He is constantly looking for adventure and independence much to the alarm of his overprotective father Marlin. Marlin is a single parent fish, (If such a thing exists in the marine world), having lost his wife, Coral, and every piece of roe they were nurturing to a vicious shark attack. However, Marlin quickly discovers that a solitary fish egg survived the frenzied attack and he vows to care for the unborn fish with all his will. The film then jumps five years and we find ourselves at the morning of Nemos, (the soul surviving roe), first day of school. Having lost his wife, (do fish get married?), and nearly 200 of his unhatched children, Marlin is understandably nervous about Nemo`s foray into the big wide ocean. And it seems his fears are well founded when Nemo swims off from the school with a group of newly made friends to a place called the drop. The drop is the point in the ocean where the Great Barrier Reef ends and the deep, wide and menacing Pacific Ocean stretches deep and long. Not wishing to appear a wimp in front of his new found chums, Nemo accepts a dare to swim out into the ocean and touch the bottom of a boat; unfortunately he is captured by a deep sea diver and transported to live in an aquarium in a Dentists surgery overlooking Sydney harbour.

Marlin witnesses the abduction of his son but despite frenziedly chasing the boat he loose it and, he thinks, his son forever. It is at this point that Marlin, seemingly inconsolable, bumps into the third main character of the film, Dory. Dory is a gregarious Regal Blue Tang fish with short term memory loss, but an abundance of enthusiasm. She sees the distress Marlin is in and vows to help him find his son, a decision that turns out to be both a help and a hindrance in fairly equal measure. Marlin and Dory happen upon one of the divers’ masks which conveniently has an address attached, and so they set out on the long and treacherous journey to Sydney harbour in the hope of rescuing Nemo. Along the way they meet all kinds of nice and not so nice sea life including a group of sharks led by Bruce, (brilliantly voiced by Barry Humphries), who is determined not to fall off the wagon of an Alcoholics Anonymous type program to wean themselves off killing and eating fish. Marlin and Dory also get stranded in a field of pink jellyfish that look nice but pack a near fatal sting, and get a Jonah type ride in the stomach of a giant whale.

Meanwhile, in his new fish bowl existence, Nemo is befriended by his aquarium cohabiters who include a scarred black and white fish named Gill, a blowfish who is prone to inflate without warning and a French talking shrimp who is obsessed with cleanliness. Amongst them they devise intricate escape plans involving jamming the aquariums filter with a small stone, jumping out of an open window and flapping to the ocean or taking a ride on the porcelain express (the toilet). These plans take on renewed urgency when it is discovered that Nemo is destined to become the latest pet of the dentist’s notoriously heavy handed and fish killing niece. The escape is finally instigated with the help of a sympathetic pelican called Nigel, who creates a diversion in the dental surgery which gives Gill the time to flip Nemo into the dental rinse sink and thus down the plug hole.

Back in the Ocean, Marlin and Dory encounter a group of surfer style sea turtles led by a laid back dude named Crush who they join to ride the East Australian Current which takes them ever closer to finding Nemo. When they arrive in Sydney harbour they are nearly eaten by a pelican who just in time hears that they are searching for Nemo and, instead of consuming them, points them in the right direction. A group of hungry Seagulls are ever ready to eat any type of sea life with the shrill call of “Mine” accompanying their every move, and a couple of crabs with attitude guard the outlet pipe of the local water treatment works looking for treasures. Marlin is about to give up on his search for Nemo when the youngster pops out of the treatment works pipe to be reunited with his Dad, however their joy at finally seeing each other again is short lived when Nemo and Dory are captured in a huge fishing net, has all of Marlin and Dory’s hard work in tracking down Nemo been for nothing?, this is a children’s film so no prizes for guessing how it all turns out.

So a glorious film with a happy ending, but then what else would we expect from Disney? Finding Nemo is by far the best animated film I have seen, the Ocean floor looks and shimmers just like an Ocean floor should. The movement and behaviour of the fish is spot on and the voices match the characters to perfection. Ellen Degeneres is brilliant as the voice of ditsy Dory, especially the scene when she believes she can speak fluent whale, and Albert Brookes has just the right tone for the worried father, Marlin. Nemo is voiced by a young boy named Alexander Gould who gives the little clown fish that innocent childlike feel. Add to that the broad Australian accent of Bruce the shark and the shrill gull calls of “Mine” that sound just like real seagulls and it all adds up to a glorious family film for anyone aged between five and ninety-five to enjoy.

The next Disney/Pixar film is called “The Incredibles”, and I’m sure it will be, (Incredible that is), just like Finding Nemo. I for one can’t wait to see it.

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  • NURSE_BETTY published 09/09/2004
    this is my fav all time film now!! mair x x
  • cybersplat published 17/06/2004
    Good Review on a Great Film :)
  • jedi_kickass published 19/02/2004
    Nice op pal. jedi_kickass ( ' _ ' )
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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


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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