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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 11/11/2003 | bubblegum_princess
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"Somewhere beyond the sea..."

You may not know this, but deep under the ocean in the beautiful Great Barrier Reef lives Marlin, a Clownfish, and his only son, Nemo. Now, you’re probably thinking ‘A clownfish, he must be really funny’ but you’d be wrong. In fact, Marlin has a very sad story to tell… Just as Marlin and his wife were preparing to set up home in the idyllic Barrier Reef neighbourhood, a freak barracuda attack left Marlin without his beloved wife and all but one of his 400 children. Marlin named the one child who was saved in the attack Nemo and vowed that nothing would ever hurt him. Now Nemo has an underdeveloped fin, meaning he’s not always the strongest swimmer and, like many single parents, Marlin is a little over-protective of Nemo. Nemo’s first day at school proves too much for Marlin and he becomes ‘the parent that won’t leave’, following Nemo’s class everywhere they go. An understandably annoyed Nemo ends up swimming off on his own in an adolescent strop. Unfortunately at that moment poor little Nemo is snatched away by a diver and finds himself in a fish tank in a Sydney dentist’s surgery.

Understandably Marlin is devastated and resolves to find his son. But how can he know where to start looking? And can he overcome his fear of the great expanse of ocean that lies beyond the reef? Luckily Marlin bumps into Dory, a pretty blue fish who is bubbling with enthusiasm and more than willing to help him. And the fact that she can read proves very handy when they find the diver’s mask diligently labelled with his name and address. However, Dory suffers from short-term memory loss which proves more than a little frustrating to Marlin as they embark on the search for his son.

On the way they meet a host of hilarious characters, including three sharks who have formed a support group whose motto is ‘Fish are Friends not food!’, a huge humpback whale, a pelican with an interest in dentistry and a group of surfer dude turtles into serious thrill seeking!

But will they reach Nemo before he is given away to the dentist’s niece Darla, a notorious fish killer? Or can Nemo escape the dentist’s clutches with the help of his new-found fish tank friends? Come on guys, it’s a Disney film- what do you think?

Anyone who’s seen Toy Story or Monsters Inc. will be familiar with the Pixar style of 3D cartoon animation and Finding Nemo is quite possibly the most beautifully animated Pixar film yet! Compared to the other Pixar films, Finding Nemo has adopted a fantastic blend of cartoon (for the fish and other characters) and realism (for the sea and its plant life) which is stunning to look at. The film as a whole is an incredible expanse of beauty and colour and every piece of coral and each speck of sunlight on the ocean surface is drawn in such detail that you can’t help but gasp. I predict big rises in the Australian tourist trade! The characters themselves also have great emotional facial expression which is incredibly human-like and endearing!

The other most distinctive feature of a Pixar film is the fact that it works on so many levels. There is just enough slapstick (mainly provided by Dory) and even a few obligatory fart jokes to amuse the kids, and more than enough wry humour to bring a smile to any adult’s face! I saw it in a cinema full of adults and there were so many moments when the entire audience was laughing out loud! It’s the little touches which make this film- the ongoing rivalry between the pelicans and the seagulls, the cries of ‘Mine!’ as the seagulls dive for food, the dentist jokes, the spoof of The Shining- I could go on forever!

The characters are all beautifully drawn and are so human-like that at times you forget that they’re actually fish! The relationship between Marlin and Nemo was set up beautifully, ensuring that you really root for them to get back together and Nemo is possibly the cutest thing I’ve ever seen- vulnerable and appealing in equal measure! But without a doubt the most memorable character is Dory and Ellen DeGeneres makes her a really loveable character, investing her with a sense of naïve optimism and humour. I defy you not to laugh as she claims she can speak whale! In fact, all the characters are superbly voiced and it becomes quite fun playing spot the celebrity voice- Geoffrey Rush, Barry ‘Dame Edna’ Humphries, Willem Dafoe- even the director gets the chance to add his voice to the film, playing Crush, the surfing turtle.

In terms of plot this isn’t the most elaborate film ever made- it’s pretty standard Disney fare really. But it’s the way it’s been carried off which lifts this film above the rest- the dialogue in particular is spot on with cringey ‘Dad’ jokes mixed in with sharp humour. As with all Disney films we have the ‘believe in yourself and you can accomplish anything’ message but it’s not done in too much of a schmaltzy way. Pixar may have made more innovative films before (Toy Story was pretty cutting edge at the time) but with Finding Nemo they seem to have really succeeded in making a fantastic family film.

Even if Disney films aren’t your usual taste I urge you to see this film! Although it has more than enough appeal for its U audience- and the ‘scary’ bits are handled with such a sense of humour I can’t imagine anyone being truly scared by them- it is possibly the most adult orientated Disney film I’ve seen. This has even eclipsed The Lion King and become my favourite Disney film ever! And my friends (who were more up for Kill Bill) were surprised to enjoy this just as much as I did!

Running time- 105 minutes
Certificate- U

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED


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  • shazzaspannered published 07/08/2006
    Watched this film the other week, had been ages since I'd watched and I had forgotten just how good it is!
  • h_o_y_f_d published 09/02/2006
    Excellent review! I love this film after reading your review you've put me in the mood for it away 2 watch it :) keep up the good work!
  • happy_kitty published 24/10/2004
    excellent review, this sounds hilarious.
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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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