What is it: Marlin, a clown fish, is overly cautious with his son, Nemo, 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 -- 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.
Why I should watch it: Gorgeous to look at and utterly adorable, Finding Nemo sets the standard for how animated movies should being terms of entertainment value as well as story and themes – ending with the touching, thought-provoking message of how too much protectiveness on the parent's side will repel, but, no matter how independent a child (or fish) believes themselves to be, they'll always need their parents.
What's in it: "Finding Nemo" is rated G and appropriate for all ages. Parents should keep in mind, though, that some scenes with the barracuda and the sharks can be a little frightening for little ones. The comedy is great for both kids and adults, and the story is as heart-warming and Disney and Pixar can get.
Fun tidbit: Andrew Stanton pitched his idea and story to Pixar head John Lasseter in an hour-long session, using elaborate visual aids and character voices. At the end of it, the exhausted Stanton asked Lasseter what he thought, to which Lasseter replied, "You had me at 'fish'."
What reviewers say: "Finding Nemo is a great story about love and what it can do to someone- make them better. I love the foreshadowing in the movie and little things that Pixar is always able to do. It is full of laughs and has some good serious moments. Another good one for the whole family and opens up several topics for conversation including: death, disability, courage, making friends, and more." -cmlgill9131
Where can I find it: You can find this under water adventure on Amazon Instant Video and iTunes for $2.99 to rent or $19.99 to buy.