Finding Nemo
Dir: Andrew Stanton, Lee Unkrich
Star: (voices) Albert Brooks, Ellen DeGeneres, Alexander Gould, Willem Dafoe
Cert / Year: U - G / 2003
Format: DVD R1

Nemo is a small clown fish that, along with his overprotective dad Marlon, lives in a reef off Australia. On his first day of school he ventures off the reef and is captured by a diver for his aquarium. Totally distraught his dad sets off to rescue his son, with help from a Dory a fish with memory retention problems. This is going to be an epic fun filled journey if he is to find Nemo.

Pixar have to be the most consistent of film studios in the recent years. They practically rule the animation market with such quality output from Toy Story to A Bug's Life. I'm sure that Disney would have to admit that their output is definitely overshadowed by their off shoot. Monsters Inc. was last year’s movie and while it wasn't quite as good as the earlier work technically it was brilliant and was a whole heap of fun for all the family. I must admit that my hopes were sky high for Finding Nemo, and for once I have not been disappointed.

Finding Nemo is superb. It is the most complete film that Pixar have produced and easily surpasses their previous work. What do I mean about it being a complete film? The answer is down to the story. It is no longer about a series of comically excellent characters given things to do in a somewhat lightweight plot. It does have the excellent characters but this time they are carefully woven into a story containing tension and emotion, a sort of underwater road movie. Don't worry the humor hasn't been sacrificed it anything this film is funnier than ever before.

These characters do generate much of the humor. From sharks with a self help group to give up eating fish, to scavenging seagulls that yell 'Mine, mine' all the time, each of the creatures has their funniest traits exploited to maximum comic effect. This is of course helped by the top quality voice talent employed from heavyweight actors Willam Dafoe, Geoffrey Rush, to comedians Barry Humphries, Ellen DeGeneres. There are so many stand out moments that it is hard to pick any favorites. However Bruce the shark, Crush the surfer dude turtle, and all of the aquarium inhabitants are simply excellent.

Technically Pixar have gone one better again. After managing to realistically render fur in Monsters Inc.. This time they have mastered that trickiest of substances in computer terms, water. The results are simply stunning, when for example you view Sydney harbor. Each of the shots are packed full of detail and movement. Outstanding effects are then added to give a realistic under water experience. This is a technical capability that places Pixar at the top of the league of computer animation.

Finding Nemo is a shinning pearl in this year’s seabed of releases. It is both beautiful to look at and vastly entertaining. It is hilarious from start right until the end of the credits. There are so many jokes packed in it is impossible to appreciate them all with only one viewing. Anybody of any age will enjoy this film. All I can recommend is that if you watch only one film this year then Finding Nemo is it.


Grab shell dude!


Chum: You know for a clown fish, he's not that funny.

Bubbles: Bubbles! Bubbles! My bubbles!

Crush: We were like "Woah!" and you were like "Woah!" and I was like "Woah."

Sharks: Fish are friends, Not food!

Dory: Maybe he only speaks "whale". (speaking slowly and deeply) Mmmmoooooowaaaaah...
Marlin: Dory. Dory, this is not "whale". You're speaking like "upset stomach".

Rating: 5 out of 5

Picture 16:9 Anamorphic Digital master so flawless picture
Audio 5.1 Dolby Digital Very impreesive sound mix.
Features Main Feature (Widescreen)
Visual commentary with storyboard deleted scenes and recording seesion footage
Picture 4 : 3 Fullscreen Digital master so cropped and chopped flawless picture
Features Main Feature (Fullscreen)
Knick Knack an excellent Pixar short
Making Nemo Featurette
Exploring the Reef with Jean Michel Cousteau and Characters from the movie
Review The Art of Nemo with living galleries narrated by the artists themselves
Some fun kids games
Verdict Superb film transfer is let down with rather spare bonus features. Way too much space is wasted by the fullscreen version of the film. Plus where are the hilarious Pixar outtakes. I know there is probably going to be a collectors editon but this version is a little disapointing

Rating: 3 out of 5

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