Animated, Adventure, Comedy
STARRING THE VOICE TALENTS OF:
Albert Brooks, Willem
Dafoe, Ellen DeGeneres, Alexander Gould, John Ratzenberger,
and Geoffrey Rush
DIRECTOR / WRITER:
Pixar/Walt Disney Pictues/Buena
Vista Distribution Co.
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By Ted Baehr
Publisher, MovieGuide Magazine
HOLLYWOOD, CA (ANS)
Finding Nemo is a whale of a tale about
a small clownfish and his son that catches the audience immediately hook,
line and sinker. It is a great fish story that captures your heart, your mind
and your soul and will hold viewers breathless until the fantastic fin-ish.
The movie starts with Coral and Marlin, voiced by Albert Brooks, lovingly
preparing their new anemone home among the beautiful coral reef off of Australia.
Coral asks why they need such a big home, which is obvious when they look
lovingly at the 400 eggs about to hatch. Marlin wants to name half of them
Marlin, and the other half Coral. Coral wants to name them Nemo, so Marlin
agrees to name one of them Nemo. Suddenly, a barracuda appears. Marlin and
Coral try to fight it off, but when Marlin wakes up, it is only Marlin and
one little egg left, whom he names Nemo (Alexander Gould).
Marlin says that he will never, ever let anything happen to Little Nemo,
who, it turns out, has a stunted fin. Sometime later, when Marlin takes Nemo
to school, Nemo disobeys and swims off to investigate a boat, which the other
little fish mis-pronounce as butt. A diver appears and captures
Nemo. Suddenly, Marlin has lost his son.
Nemo gets taken to a fish tank in the divers office. The diver is Doctor
Sherman in Sydney, Australia. Nemo finds out from the other fish that Dr.
Sherman is going to give him as a present to his hyperactive niece, who looks
awfully scary with her braces.
Meanwhile, Marlin determines to overcome his fear of the deep and to find
Nemo. He is helped by a fish with a short-term memory loss, named Dory, voiced
by comedienne Ellen DeGeneres. Together they outwit sharks, pass through minefields,
get caught in the great Australian current, get swallowed by a whale, and
finally end up in Sydney close to Marlins beloved Nemo. While
Nemo tries valiantly to escape, Marlin tries to rescue him.
Although one can never predict what an audience will do, Finding Nemo
is a great movie and should attract a very broad audience. Pixar has hit one
home run after another with Toy Story 1, Toy Story 2, A Bug's
Life, and Monsters, Inc. With Finding Nemo, they have hit
the ball out of the park!
Every second of Finding Nemo is beautifully animated, spectacularly
directed and written with such heart and precision that the script should
become required reading for any hopeful scriptwriters. The story and characters
are also filled with lots of family-friendly humor.
Best of all, the movie is full of great moral values. It is so pro-father
and his children that it could cause the most hard-hearted father to lighten
up and cry. There are no references to God, but there are redemptive allegories
and a lot of thank goodnesses. There is a slight off-color pronunciation
of the word boat by the little fish, but it is very slight. Also,
there is a mild, politically correct reference with the shark saying, Fish
are friends, not food at a Fish Eaters Anonymous meeting,
but it is such a funny takeoff of Alcoholics Anonymous, that its hard
to believe it would offend anyone.
Finding Nemo is the best Pixar movie ever. . . an instant classic.
See it on the big screen! Its that good.
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