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Finding Nemo

A 2003 American computer-animated film by Pixar.

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Finding Nemo

  • Mar 16, 2011
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One may find it hard to believe, but up until now I hadn't seen Finding Nemo all the way through. I saw it when it first came out on DVD, but that was only a quarter in and even then, I was seven, maybe eight at the time. Anyway, Finding Nemo is a wonderful movie, my fourth favourite Pixar film. Finding Nemo has everything that makes a Pixar film great, it has stellar animation, a wonderful voice cast, and great humour with a deeper emotional context. It's a story that most parents can relate to while still having enough fun and jokes for the kiddies.

For those of you who haven't seen this movie, Finding Nemo is a story about Marlin, a clownfish who loses his wife and 399 of his kids to an evil sea creature and raised the surviving one, the titular Nemo. He is now an overprotective dad who fears leaving the anemone and letting Nemo go to school and play with other kids. Nemo gets kidnapped by divers and Marlin, accompanied by a forgetful blue fish named Dory, goes on a journey to rescue him. There's also a subplot about Nemo and the "Tank Gang" trying to escape from the tank where they are held in an homage to prison break films (well...kinda).

The moral of the story is pretty much that Marlin has to let Nemo have fun and not be so overprotective, but Nemo has to listen to his dad and know that he's out for his best interests. There may also be a romance thing going on between Marlin and Dory, but I'm not sure. The story is very creative, as is Pixar standard, and it was backed by a superb screenplay. In fact, it amazes me how well-written Pixar's films are. Normally an animation company would either focus on the jokes and not the animation, or focus on the animation and not the jokes. But no, not Pixar, they can do everything, perfect animating gods that they are. The jokes are wonderful and I found myself laughing but also feeling for the characters and wanting Marlin to find Nemo.

The animation quality is also stellar. However, this is Pixar, so that's no surprise. The ocean and the coral reef where Marlin and Nemo live was animated beautifully, and they got the species of fish and other ocean creature down perfectly. Their animation of people has also further been improved upon since Monsters Inc. and it only gets better with The Incredibles, their following feature film. In the Toy Story films, their animation of people was still pretty good, but they looked a bit like big plastic puppets and not so much people. However, I digress. The animation was stunning, now on to the voice cast.

This film has a great voice cast, and their voices matched their characters perfectly. Of course the best was Ellen DeGeneres as Dory, but the rest of the cast like Albert Brooks as Marlin, Alexander Gould as Nemo, and Willem Dafoe as Gill (the leader of the Tank Gang). The characters in this were also pretty memorable and some of the best that Pixar has created, like the hilarious Dory or even auxiliary characters like Bruce the shark. I loved the scene with Bruce and the other sharks at their meeting (a la Alcoholics Anonymous), but for "fish are friends, not food". Needless to say, the voice cast was awesome and so were their characters.

If you haven't seen Finding Nemo, then I would recommend you do so to view one of Pixar's finest entries into their collection. Great vocal work, great animation, memorable characters (like that awesome sea turtle), and a great story make for a great movie. Let's just say that if Toy Story 3 had never gotten made, then this would be third on my list of favourite Pixar films. All in all, a fantastic movie, one of the greatest animated films ever

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Quick Tip by . July 21, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
Down right funny and a little sad but the movie was a hit I do not care who hated it because the people who hated it have no humor what so ever and should be forced to watch it over and over again until they find it some what funny. It might be harsh but some times people need a push. So how did every one else find the movie and rated it or even better if you did not like it then say why. But if you say it was to childish then get the point it is a kid movie. I want to tell every one if you do not …
Quick Tip by . July 20, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
Another example of Pixar genius, Finding Nemo proves a parent will do anything to protect their children, no matter what the cost. Ellen DeGeneres is hilarious.
Quick Tip by . July 20, 2010
one of the best movies that has come out recently and some of the best visuals. also very scientifically accurate
Quick Tip by . July 17, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
Good movie to show the kids great graphics and I love the colors so much
review by . May 28, 2003
Pros: Great Graphics and laughs     Cons: Some scenes may be to scary for younger viewers     The Bottom Line: A true family classic that is easily the best work at Pixar.     The technical magicians at Pixar are back with the new animated film “Finding Nemo” that tells the story of a loving but overprotective Clownfish named Marlin (Albert Brooks), as he ventures out into the deep ocean to save his son Nemo (Alexander Gould), who …
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Finding Nemo is a 2003 American computer-animated film written by Andrew Stanton, directed by Stanton and Lee Unkrich and produced by Pixar Animation Studios for Walt Disney Pictures. It tells the story of the overly protective clownfish Marlin, voiced by Albert Brooks, who along with a regal tang called Dory, voiced by Ellen DeGeneres, searches for his son Nemo, voiced by Alexander Gould. Along the way he learns to take risks and that his son is capable of taking care of himself.

The film received overwhelmingly positive reviews and won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. It was a financial blockbuster as it grossed over $864 million worldwide. It is the best-selling DVD of all time, with over 40 million copies sold as of 2006and is the highest grossing G-rated movie of all time. In 2008, the American Film Institute named it the tenth greatest animated film ever made during their 10 Top 10. It was also the first Pixar animations studio film not to be released in November.
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