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Finding Nemo (Two-Disc Collector's Edition) (2003)

Kids & Family movie directed by Andrew Stanton and Lee Unkrich

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An Animation Classic

  • Jan 31, 2004
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As grandparents, my wife and I appreciate films such as this which really do offer "something for everyone," especially when our grandchildren urge us to see it with them again and again and again and again....The same is true of Antz, A Bug's Life, Shrek, Toy Story and Toy Story 2, and Monsters. All of these animated films offer an interesting story line and memorable characters, to be sure, but they also offer wholesome humor on several different levels of sophistication, humor which thus delights viewers of all ages.

Featuring the voices of Albert Brooks (Marlin), Ellen DeGeneres (Dory), and Alexander Gould (Nemo), it focuses on a father and son who are separated by circumstances best revealed in the film. Marlin (the father) sets out to find his son and is joined by Dory. Along the way, Marlin and Dory share life-threatening experiences in the vast ocean. Meanwhile, Nemo finds himself in a dentist's fish tank. Eventually -- after numerous adventures -- father and son are finally reunited.

This theme of separation also invests earlier animated classics with authentic tension, as in Dumbo and Pinocchio, to name but two. For me, Finding Nemo dramatizes a number of important lessons which even younger children seem to recognize. For example, be alert to the possible dangers around you. Respect your parents' concerns about protecting you from such dangers. Be a loyal friend. Help others in need. Keep the faith. Be persistent when you encounter difficulties. By no means is this a "preachy" film, however, even as it skillfully affirms certain values such as these.

Indeed, although appropriately serious at times, Finding Nemo is mostly a humorous film, in large measure because of the verbal skills of Brooks and DeGeneres. Other easily recognizable voices include those of Willem Dafoe (Gill), Allison Janney (Peach), John Ratzenberger (Fish School), and Geoffrey Rusch (Nigel). Andrew Stanton co-directed this film with Lee Unkich and co-authored the screenplay. He deserves special credit for matching a proper human voice with each fish character. In my opinion, also, the quality of animation is unsurpassed. For these and other reasons, Finding Nemo is among our family's favorites.

Although many of the DVD's special features will probably not be of much interest to younger children, older viewers will enjoy "Making Nemo" (a documentary), "The Art of Nemo" (narrated by the artists), "Exploring the Reef" (a new short with Jean-Michel Cousteau), Knick Knack (a Pixar short with commentary), a brief preview of the next Pixar film, The Incredibles, followed by a tour of the Pixar Studios.

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review by . April 08, 2007
Finding Nemo is probably one of the best movies ever produced by Pixar and Walt Disney. It was a hit at the theaters, and also a hit on the DVD release. This two-disc set features the same movie as the original theatrical release, plus lots of extra features. There are extra scenes and deleted scenes, but these are mainly sketches and hence are not included as part of the regular movie. The movie itself is worth buying this set; its bright and flashy with cool visuals and special effects that make …
review by . December 03, 2005
Finding Nemo is a great movie! It starts out a little scary perhaps for the really little ones, but once it gets going, the personalities of each character each take over. The story of how fearful Nemo's father is of letting anything happen to him prevents Anything happening to Nemo, so he rebels, and get's separated from his father. The lesson of letting go is loud and clear. My kids absolutely love's this movie and its one of there top favorite.  In this film, the characters are quite …
review by . March 08, 2004
Inevitably, computer animated films will be compared against each other. I don't normally like doing that, but here a small bunch of films vie for the same market with the same qualities (technical excellence, anthropomorphic comedy and adult/kid crossover appeal) so it is a very easy thing to do.  On that basis, Nemo ranks well down the tables; behind Shrek, Monsters Inc and either instalment of Toy Story.No quibbles technically. Extraordinary. But then again, the films in this bracket …
review by . November 10, 2003
"Finding Nemo" is an enjoyable film to watch. With characters like "Bruce" and "Dory," this story is sure to hold the attention of any young child. My two and one-half year old loves it, and not a day goes by when she wants to watch the "fish" show.   Like other Pixar movies, this story features great animation, although I noticed a couple of frames in the DVD looked rather "digitized" compared to others. The story isn't too violent, is geared towards younger audiences and has a few laughs …
review by . September 03, 2003
Pixar does it again! What sets their previous efforts apart from other computer animated films has been their equal emphasis between aesthetic quality and a quality story. And again they succeed on both counts.It's a multilayered set of themes that make this story so effective. There is the basic umbrella of a parent frantically trying to regain his son, while working against his own fears. Meanwhile the son strives to master his own potential and an independence thrust on him by his own rash action. …
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A delightful undersea world unfolds in Pixar's animated adventureFinding Nemo. When his son Nemo is captured by a scuba-diver, a nervous-nellie clownfish named Marlin (voiced by Albert Brooks) sets off into the vast--and astonishingly detailed--ocean to find him. Along the way he hooks up with a scatterbrained blue tang fish named Dory (Ellen DeGeneres), who's both helpful and a hindrance, sometimes at the same time. Faced with sharks, deep-sea anglers, fields of poisonous jellyfish, sea turtles, pelicans, and much more, Marlin rises above his neuroses in this wonderfully funny and nonstop thrill ride--rarely does more than 10 minutes pass without a sequence destined to become a theme park attraction. Pixar continues its run of impeccable artistic and economic success (their movies includeToy Story,A Bug's Life,Toy Story 2, andMonsters, Inc). Also featuring the voices of Willem Dafoe, Geoffrey Rush, and Allison Janney.--Bret Fetzer
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Genre: Family
DVD Release Date: November 4, 2003
Runtime: 100 minutes
Studio: Walt Disney Video
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