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Finding Nemo
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Starring: Voices of Erica Beck, Albert Brooks, Willem Dafoe, Ellen DeGeneres, Brad Garrett
MPAA Rated: G
Released By: Disney & Pixar
Kiddie Movie: You betcha!
Date Movie: You betcha!
Gratuitous Sex: Nope.
Gratuitous Violence: Some fish get eaten, but you don't directly see it.
Action: Some fish chase other fish.
Laughs: Lots.
Memorable Scene: The sharks in rehab.
Memorable Quote: Not really a quote, but a fish tank decoration: Mount Wannahockaloogey
Directed By: Andrew Stanton
Produced By: Graham Walters

Finding Nemo
A Movie Review

MPAA Rated - G

It's 1:44 Long

A Review by
The Dude on the Right
As a S.I.N.K. (Single Income No Kids) I must admit that I really donít know what is acceptable for little kids, whether in the age groups of under 5, 5 to 10, 10 to 13, or god forbid, teenagers, but I did discover something as I sat in a theater of mostly under 5ís and their moms Ė the under 5ís really arenít phased by cartoon violence nor sadness as long as something fun comes along quickly. My case in point, and I apologize for ruining a little bit of the movie, but at the beginning of "Finding Nemo" there is a scene where a barracuda attacks Marlin (the dad clownfish) and Coral (the mom clownfish). We see angry teeth, we see Marlin knocked unconscious, we see Coral go to defend her eggs, and then we see Marlin waking up, unable to find Coral and all of the eggs except one are gone. Dad holds the egg, calls him Nemo, and tells the egg heíll always take care of him. The little kids in the theater Ė didnít phase them. The moms Ė gasps of sadness. Such seems to be the resilience of children. Maybe the 5 to 10ís would be a little more moved, but the youngins just wanted fun things to happen and they got quite a few of them in "Finding Nemo," even if they didnít understand some of them.

Anyway, "Finding Nemo" gives us a child clownfish, Nemo (voiced by Alexander Gould), and an overprotective daddy clownfish, Marlin (voiced by Albert Brooks). Low and behold, following an argument, Nemo gets caught by a deep-sea diver who takes Nemo back to Sydney as a gift for his niece. Marlin is crushed, and sets out across the ocean to find his son. Unfortunately Marlin doesnít swim fast enough to keep up with the boat Nemo is now on, and begins questioning other fish if theyíve seen the boat. Enter Dory (voiced by Ellen DeGeneres), a blue tang who, unfortunately for Marlin, suffers from short term memory loss, but, fortunately for Marlin, can read English. So itís Marlin and Dory, swimming through the ocean, facing all kinds of perils, looking for a little clownfish who is now in a dentistís office fish tank. Now the movie switches back and forth from Nemo making some new friends in the dentistís office tank and Marlin and Doryís travels. Both have interesting tales to tell.

First you have Nemo. Heís the new kid in town and must go through an initiation to be accepted as a member of the tank. Thereís an issue, though, in that Nemo is destined to be given to the dentistís niece who killed the last fish her uncle gave her. Fearing for his, and all the other tank fishís futures, Gill (Willem Dafoe), the leader of the tank fish, hatches an escape plan. Meanwhile Marlin and Dory are facing troubles of their own. Theyíve got to deal with three sharks in rehab, trying not to eat fish and falling off the wagon, then thereís other fish with big teeth, a trip through jellyfish, a ride on an ocean current with some fun turtles, and a whale. You can guess that yes, Marlin and Nemo will be reunited, but it is the fun of seeing the events leading up to the reunion that the writers at Pixar always seem to great at.

Pixar has come a long way in terms of animation since the original "Toy Story," but as important as the strides in the look of the movies they make, if the story is lame, well, no one will care. Obviously the stories are exceptional because there is no better promotion at this point than saying "From the makers of "Toy Story" and "Monsters Inc. comesÖ". "Finding Nemo" does not disappoint, although I think it does lag a little behind the earlier Pixar films. The underwater characters and scenery is unbelievable, and the casting seems to be perfect for the voices. Albert Brooks is much better being Marlin than any real characters he has played recently, Ellen DeGeneres totally nails the scatterbrained Dory, and even Willem Dafoe comes across great as the leader of the fish tank. Again Pixar has put together a film that is fun for the kids, but just as important puts enough fun for the parents to keep interested. Let wrap this up with 4 Ĺ stars out of 5.

Thatís it for this one! Iím The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!!

 

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