Marlin (Albert Brooks), a clown fish, is overly cautious with his son, Nemo (Alexander Gould), who has a foreshortened fin. When Nemo swims too close to the surface to prove himself, he is caught by a diver, and horrified Marlin must set out to find him. A blue reef fish named Dory (Ellen DeGeneres) -- who has a really short memory -- joins Marlin and complicates the encounters with sharks, jellyfish, and a host of ocean dangers. Meanwhile, Nemo plots his escape from a dentist's fish tank.
Release Date: May 30, 2003
Runtime: 1 hr 40 min
Writer: David Reynolds, Andrew Stanton, Bob Peterson,
Director: Andrew Stanton
Producer: John Lasseter, Lee Unkrich, Graham Walters, Jinko Gotoh
Cast: Willem Dafoe, Ellen DeGeneres, Barry Humphries, Elizabeth Perkins, John Ratzenberger, Albert Brooks, Bruce Spence, Stephen Root, Geoffrey Rush, Allison Janney, Vicki Lewis, Austin Pendleton, Bill Hunter, Brad Garrett, Joe Ranft, Erik Sullivan, Andrew Stanton, Bob Peterson, Alexander Gould, Nicholas Bird, LuLu Ebeling, Eric Bana, Erica Beck, Jordy Ranft(less)
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"Finding Nemo" isn't the best Pixar animated film. It's not up there with the "Toy Story" movies, and isn't quite as well-done as "Monsters, Inc." It's more on a level with another Pixar flick, "A Bug's Life."
Mind you, that's still better than most everything else that tries to pass as family-friendly films. (Including those produced by Disney, which has been releasing Pixar's features, but whose own recent animated features pale in comparison.)
Even though "Finding Nemo" isn't Pixar's best, this animated comedy-adventure is still more imaginative and more clever in any five of its 100 minutes than most films manage in a full 90 minutes . . . or 120, for that matter.
There are times when the film is actually more suspenseful than funny, and there are at least three different scenes (showing attacks by sharks, jellyfish and a barracuda) that may be a little intense for really young ones. But it will still enthrall most of them and older audiences as well with its photorealistic look at underwater life.
The voices, however, are as cartoonish as the characters. Albert Brooks provides the voice of Marlin, a clownfish desperately trying to track down his son, Nemo (Alexander Gould). The two became separated in the Great Barrier Reef and then Nemo is captured by an Australian dentist hoping to give the fish as a present to his rather cruel niece.
So it becomes a race against time for Marlin to track him down before that happens. But to do so, he must overcome his mortal fear of the unknown and of everything in general. Fortunately, he's got a loyal ally in Dory (Ellen DeGeneres), a blue tang with short-term memory problems.
Meanwhile, Nemo has fallen in with "The Tank Gang," a group of similarly aquarium-bound fish trying to help him get free of the dentist's grasp and out of the dentist's office before it's too late.
The computer-generated artwork here represents another great leap forward for Pixar, especially in terms of its vivid colors and three-dimensional realism. And the character designs are spectacular, each bearing at least a slight resemblance to the actors who voice them.
Brooks' work here is some of his best on the big screen in a long time (especially a couple of bits in which he sounds like he's aping Bob Newhart's stuttered line delivery). But as good as he is and as good as the entire supporting cast is DeGeneres manages to steal the show with her endearingly goofy effort. Whenever the film starts to bog down or get too serious, she's there to help bail it out . . . so to speak.
As with all of the Disney-Pixar releases, this one is preceded by a short film. This time it's Pixar's early classic "Knick Knack," a hilarious, four-minute cartoon about a snowman desperately trying to get out of a snowglobe. (The 1989 short has been digitally cleaned up and includes one obvious bit of editing.)
"Finding Nemo" is rated G, though it does contain animated violence (aquatic attacks and explosive mayhem), scenes of peril and some vulgar humor (all of it relating to bodily functions). Running time: 104 minutes.
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My little brother is Andrew Stanton!! not this Andrew Stanton though... This was one of the few made for little kid movies that I actually liked watching with my kids! maybe watched it 20 times, even after the kids walked out I stayed to watch it!December 7th, 2012 · Details1 Thank ·
Even better than I remembered in the theater with the addition of 3-D. Finally a film that the 3-D makes a difference!September 25th, 2012 · Details
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Pure awesomenessSeptember 24th, 2012 · Details
It is kind of long for kids under 5, at least it was for mine way back when.September 19th, 2012 · Details
I never thought a movie made about the ocean and a fish could be so good, but Disney and Pixar did well with this film. It is appropriate for all ages and has a lot of good humor. It is well worth the watch.April 19th, 2013 · Details
yes ,a wonderful film to see with your child !!! and yes we adults vryed ,too!!!April 11th, 2013 · Details
Classic - loved the animation in this movieApril 10th, 2013 · Details