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Synopsis: The crew from Pixar are back with an all-new animated buddy flick...for that is what Pixar does...excel at the animated buddy flick!
hacker ! STOp !: Andrew Stanton
hacker ! STOp !: Albert Brooks, John Ratzenberger, Stephen Root, Geoffrey Rush, Allison Janney
The film follows the comedic and eventful journeys of two fish - Marlin and his son Nemo - who become separated in the Great Barrier Reef when Nemo is unexpectedly taken far from home and thrust into a fish tank in a dentist's office overlooking Sydney harbor. Buoyed by the companionship of a friendly-but-forgetful fish named Dory, the overly cautious father embarks on a dangerous trek and finds himself the unlikely hero of an epic journey to rescue his son - who hatches a few daring plans of his own to return safely home.
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Review: When I first viewed the Finding Nemo trailer I thought, wow, did these guys blow it big time. An underwater fish comedy featuring the voice talents of Albert Brooks and Ellen Degeneres? Oh yeah, right…comedy gold. There wasn’t a thing in that trailer that made me laugh. Seriously.
And yet, it’s Pixar and they have that golden track record of 4 and 0. I have to go, even if it is going to be the first film that just crashes and burns for.
Not even close. Totally misjudged this one by its trailer.
Finding Nemo is a quirky, gorgeous looking film with some huge laughs. As for all that material in the trailer that didn’t make me laugh? It was all out of context. Once put in place with the characters and the storyline, the laughs were there alright. Another nice thing is, this is the kind of tale that only animation could tell, which is the kind of goal these companies should be striving for. What’s the point of doing a film live action could do just as well? Let live action do it then. Finding Nemo has talking fish, turtles, crabs, birds and one scary brace-faced child which all get their own share of laughs from actions and dialogue.
So far, in the scheme of things, I have to say The summer of 2003 is adding up to be a helluva lot better than 2002 what with the solid enough X2, Matrix: Reloaded, Bruce Almighty and The Italian Job. Finding Nemo is a worthy addition. In fact, out of all of them I place The Italian Job and Finding Nemo as the most money worthy of the flicks so far. They are both about entertainment, though they approach it from different directions, what they do have in common is the clever and fun factor that makes them stand out.
Although Pixar has yet to make an animated film that is not a buddy film in some way, the sheer fact that continually have a film that doesn’t leave you feeling ripped off should not be sneezed at.
For me, my personal favourite is the seagulls. They are the least detailed and least interesting but make for some solid laughs. They look like barely feathered bowling pins who only utter one word…’Mine!’ and I swear they just slayed me with their obsessive cries.
However, if your one of these film review readers who just want to read about the bad elements of the film, I have a couple. The first pertains more to the revisionist version of Knick Knack that played before the film. I understand that it is playing as a ‘Disney/Pixar’ film but to go back in and re-render the bikini girl and the mermaid is just, well, akin to taking the guns out of the agents hands in E.T. and replacing them with walkie-talkies. Bad, Bad Bad!
The second point is merely a whiney one…I would have really enjoyed seeing the fish trying to escape from the dentists office, crossing the road in their plastic baggies but I suppose one reason that may have been avoided is that it would instantly recall the same scenario with the characters from Toy Story 2.
This is family fun at its best…hell it’s just fun. Go see it, and hope that the summer of 2003 can keep up with these latest entries. I'm going with a very worthwhile 4 stars out of 5.
Copyright© Written By: Rob Paul
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Visual Commentary, Including Deleted Scenes
Making Nemo Documentary
The Art of Nemo Narrated by the Artists
Turn Your TV Into a Virtual Aquarium with Scenes from the Movie
Exploring The Reef with Jean-Michel Cousteau
Pixar Animation Studios Short Film Knick Knack
A Peek at the Next Pixar Animation Studios Film The Incredibles
Learning Fun With Mr. Ray's Encyclopedia
A Behind-The-Scenes Studio Tour
Video: Widescreen 1.78:1 Color
Standard 1.33:1 Color