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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published 19/04/2010 | pmcds
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"Fish are friends, not food!"

2003 saw Disney's magic brought us Finding Nemo, a brilliant tale about fish that wins me over for its characters as opposed to anything else. The plot itself is very good. It gives us an adventurous clownfish, Nemo, who gets captured by a diver who wants a present for his niece. Nemo's dad, Marlin, then sets off across the ocean to find his son.

Perhaps the two main characters, Nemo and Marlin don't have anything special about them. They are very much a generic Disney portrayal of a dad and his son. The fact that they are clownfish just means that the references are more towards marine life than that of humans. With the other characters, we get a bit of diversity and comedy. Marlin is accompanied by Dory, with short term memory loss, providing some hilarious moments as she becomes repetitive. Ellen DeGeneres voices Dory, and does a brilliant job.

There are also some well known voices where Nemo actually ends up, which is in a fish tank in a dentist's office, and the characters of the different fish and other tank dwellers that Nemo befriends are well interacted. In fact, the film has a number of good voices, such as Elizabeth Perkins, Geoffrey Rush, Allison Janney and Willem Dafoe. All voices used, whether they are famous or not, fit perfectly, and the effects these voices and characters have on the film is immense.

Disney are usually great at the characters anyway, but here it seems to be even better. You can add to this the various sea creatures that Marlin and Dory come across, such as a blue whale, angler fish and a whole bunch of jellyfish. The characteristics of these ocean dwellers are used to good effect within the confines of the plot, and as Marlin and Dory continue their trek through the deep, we get snippets of Nemo's attempts to integrate with the other fish in the tank and to try and find a way to escape.

All of this works brilliantly, to the point where the animation could be mediocre and the film would be great. The fact that Disney yet again give us some fantastic cartoon animation, often very clever, merely adds to the effects of it, making it one of the technically best Disney attempts I have ever seen. It's not necessarily my favourite Disney film, but some of the elements of it are completely brilliant, and you can't help but marvel at the way that some of the intricacies and movements of the fish are captured by the cartoonists and animators working on the film. Every flap of a fin, float of a tentacle or arc of a swish is captured brilliantly, be it clownfish, whale, turtle or anything else. There is even a school of fish that move around in formation to create different visual shapes, at the same time as conversing. It adds a little humour to the proceedings as well.

The fact that Nemo ends up in Sydney, Australia is also used to good effect, with not only some Australian humans coming into it with the dentist's office, but also some turtles (again brilliantly voiced) along with some seagulls who chant 'Mate' in an Aussie accent as opposed to the usual seagull noises we may be used to. Another point of the attention to detail that the film has.

I highly recommend this film. Disney have outdone the finesse elements here, with the animation of the sea creatures as good as I have seen them do. The intricacies and the characters in the film complement a great plot, and it's a great one to watch for adults and kids alike. Recommended!

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  • paulpry118 published 22/04/2010
    My daughter goes through stages of watching this film
  • KarenUK published 20/04/2010
    Such a cute film :-)
  • MEL0611 published 19/04/2010
    Great review x
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Product Information : Finding Nemo (DVD)

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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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