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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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published 27/07/2004 | jonesri
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Marlin and his wife have just moved into a new anemone and are expecting their first children to be born soon. Shortly after they move in a predator attacks leaving only Marlin and a single egg (Nemo).

In the years that follow Marlin is very protective of Nemo, desperate not to lose the only remaining member of his family. On the first day of school Marlin is nervous and scared about letting Nemo go. Nemo has a damaged fin and Marlin is worried he is not able to swim well enough. Nemo on the other hand is full of confidence and desperate to join the other ‘kids’ in school.

On Nemo’s first day at school he is taken on a field trip to the drop off. Caught up in a game of dare with some of the other ‘Kids’, Nemo swims out to touch a nearby boat. On his way back to the reef he is captured by a diver and taken away.

Desperate not to lose Nemo, Marlin sets off on a mission to rescue his son leading him away from the reef and into the unknown to face his fears. As his journey begins he meets Dory, an enthusiastic fish with a very short memory span, who helps and hinders him in his quest.

Marlin – voiced by Albert Brooks. Marlin is the over-protective father on a mission to rescue his son and prove to him that he loves him.

Dory – voiced by Ellen DeGeneres. Dory is an annoying but loveable fish who tags along with Marlin as she can’t remember what else she was doing. Probably my favourite character from this film, Dory is blindly optimistic and trusting.

Nemo – voiced by Alexander Gould. Nemo rebels against his fathers over protective ways and pays the price of being captured and displayed in an aquarium. Nemo joins in life in the tank but misses his dad and is thrilled when he learns of his fathers adventures.

Gill – voiced by William DeFoe. Gill is the leader of the fish in the aquarium where Nemo ends up. He gives the fish hope of escape from the tank and comes up with elaborate plans.

I first went to see this film in the cinema. It was the first weekend it was released and I think I was probably the oldest person in the cinema who was not accompanying a child. I think it is probably fair to say that I enjoyed this film more than anyone else in there. I got so into the film that I actually told some children to be quiet when they talked half way through the film. If they are reading this, then I am sorry and I hope you enjoyed the film.

Following up my enjoyment of the cinematic experience I have bought this film in DVD and have enjoyed it many times since. Anyway, back to the film.

The film opens with a lovely scene of Marlin showing his wife around their new house. It sets the scene of a loving family as they both gaze down at their soon to be children. The happy scene is cut short when a predator fish appears. The predator attack scene follows Marlin as he tries to save his wife and the eggs. Marlin is knocked unconscious in the attack and wakes some time later to find he is alone with a single egg. He vows, at that moment, never to let anything happen to Nemo. This opening sequence and pledge from Marlin was very touching and heart-felt. It is a fantastic opening to the film and leaves the viewer in no doubt about the motives Marlin has for protecting Nemo, and the reasons why Marlin would go to such lengths to get his son back.

Still being young enough to remember my childhood (just) I found myself sympathising with Nemo over his father’s cautious nature and feeling his frustration at not being able to do the same things that the other kids are doing. At the same time I am old enough to understand Marlin’s concerns about his sons safety. It all left me feeling a little torn over whose side I should be on.

Once Nemo has been taken, the story gathers pace and the adventure begins. From here on the film is split in two with the first part following Marlin’s journey and the second part showing Nemo’s adventures in the tank. The two stories run in parallel and offer a nice contrast. While Marlin’s adventure is fast paced and action packed, Nemo’s life in the tank is more relaxed and slow paced. This split in the story prevents the story becoming too action packed or too dull. A great mix.

The animation in this film is fantastic. The detail and colours, particularly in the reef, is fantastic. The sort of animated eye candy we have come to expect from modern films.

Now onto the humour. I must admit that I am a big fan of the animated movies that have been made, particularly when the humour is there for adults as well as for kids. This film did not disappoint me where the humour was concerned. I have already touched on the family values side of the film above and that really provides the grounding for the film. The humour just makes it a lighthearted take on things and makes it enjoyable for adults and kids.

Dory is a great example of this. Dory accompanies Marlin in his quest to find Nemo and proves to be very helpful and very unhelpful. One thing that always remains the same is that Dory is entertaining and funny. She is fearless where Marlin is scared. She is trusting where Marlin is cautious. One of the funniest parts of the film is when Dory talks to a whale (in whale). Fantastic!

Another good example of the humour in the film is the seagulls. All the animals in the film can speak (would be a pretty quiet film otherwise). Sadly for the gulls the only thing they can say is ‘Mine’ and they can only say this when they see something they want to eat.

As you will know by now, I am a big fan of this film and I expect most people to enjoy it too. If you have liked films like Toy Story, Monsters Inc etc then this film will not disappoint. It is great for kids (I am a big kid really) and there is plenty in it for adults.

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  • better_dan_u published 28/12/2004
    i love this film!! it is my favourite! i used to watch it all the time, but sadly i cant anymore bcos i lost the remote to my dvd player and you have to use the down button to play it!!! very annoying!! it is such a good film and no matter what people keep saying, it much better than shark tale!!! great review. lizzie
  • fnorth published 07/12/2004
    I loved this film, got it on DVD and watch it all the time. Fiona XX
  • PlaceboFan published 11/10/2004
    Exceptional review of an exceptional film PlaceboFan 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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