Finding Nemo (2003)
Director: Andrew Stanton
Cast: Albert Brooks, Ellen DeGeneres, Alexander Gould, William Dafoe
Plot: A father-son underwater adventure featuring Nemo, a boy clownfish, stolen from his coral reef home. His timid father must then travel to Sydney Harbor to find Nemo.
Genre: Animation / Adventure / Comedy
Awards: Won 1 Oscar - Best Animated Feature. Nom. for 3 Oscars - Best Original Screenplay, Best Original Score, Best Sound Editing.
IN RETROSPECT (Spoilers: NO)
Whenever a Pixar film is just about to be released in theaters, there's this lively buzz around town. In every way redefining animated pictures, Pixar's films over the years have not only captured the wildest imagination of kids, but adults too.
The filmmakers clearly have worked out an incredible formula for producing flop-proof feature-length cartoons year after year. In the tradition of Pixar, Finding Nemo represents the industry leader's most family oriented work to date.
Finding Nemo is strong in content (a trait of Pixar films), offering a well-defined story with lovely characters that are incredibly well-personified. It's an animated feature with immense substance and quality that allows most viewers to be willingly absorbed into the colourful underwater world.
There's an exciting blend of form and movement on display which might just make any moviegoer go, "Boy, I wanna be a fish!" There will be debate whether Finding Nemo is still the best Pixar film to date. But there's a charming aspect to this sea adventure that's able to connect to viewers more than any other Pixar offerings.
While it may seem at times overly indulgent in terms of animation, and colour, Finding Nemo never loses sight of its focus and wittiness, telling a warm-hearted story that consistently touches our hearts.
There will be some who might develop a fetish for clownfishes after watching Nemo, but I wouldn't blame them at all. There will also be some who will be disappointed when they find out that their little pet fish can't mutter a single word. I wouldn't blame them either.
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