Finding Nemo (2003)

2009-09-18 16:57
Finding Nemo

Before the mega success of Up, the world dived into the ocean for the Pixar creation, Finding Nemo. This movie made animation history by being created and produced by a crew of 180 people working at the Pixar Animation Studios' newly built, state-of-the-art facility in Emeryville, California.

When a barracuda kills clown fish Marlin’s (Albert Brooks) wife and family, he is left to look after his only surviving baby son, Nemo (Alexander Gould). Immediately his over-protective ways are upped so that he can ensure Nemo’s safety at all costs; especially since Nemo has one smaller fin than the other. Nemo’s inquisitive mind and need to explore don't make Marlin’s job easy at all.

When Nemo is captured by humans, Marlin does what every parent would do and travels till the ends of the earth to save his kid; even if it means that Marlin has to get out of his comfort zone. Finding Nemo is one of those movies that can be enjoyed by both adults and children alike. It’s captivating from start to finish. Pixar, as in true Pixar-style, showcases a visual joyride as you delve deep into the barriers of the ocean and endure the colourful array of the fish and plant life down below.

On his desperate rescue mission, Marlin meets some rather peculiar characters. Dory (Ellen DeGeneres) joins Marlin in his search for Nemo, but with her annoying nature and poor short-term memory, she hinders Marlin more than she helps him. But their relationship grows as Dory teaches Marlin that he needs to let go and take care of himself as well. The turtle Crush (Andrew Stanton) teaches Marlin that kids need to explore and have fun, and parents should encourage their playfulness; something many parents tend to forget.

The movie explores the complexities of the father-son relationship, while keeping the mood light and entertaining. It’s a story often experienced in real life but when told in animation and to a younger generation, it really hits home hard for adults.

The story is as fresh and sweet as it is heartfelt. And while each new Disney-Pixar release will excite cinemagoers, it's Finding Nemo that each of them will be compared to.

A bit of trivia: [from]

- Darla is named after Pixar producer Darla K. Anderson.

- The scatterbrained Dory manages to refer to Nemo as Fabio, Elmo, Bingo, Chico, and Harpo.

- In the dentist's office, there is a Buzz Lightyear action figure lying on the floor.

- The boy in the dentist's waiting room is reading a "Mr. Incredible" comic book, a reference to another Pixar film, The Incredibles.

Memorable quotes:

Crush: Dude? Dude? Focus dude... Dude?
[Marlin wakes up]
Crush: Oh, he lives. Hey, dude!
Marlin: Oh... What happened?
Crush: Saw the whole thing, dude. First you were all like "whoa", and we were like "whoa", and you were like "whoa..."
Marlin: What are you talking about?
Crush: You, Mini-Man, takin' on the jellies. You've got serious thrill issues, dude. Awesome.
Marlin: Oh, my stomach. Ohh.
Crush: Oh, man. Hey, no hurling on the shell, dude, ok? Just waxed it.
Marlin: So, Mr. Turtle?
Crush: Whoa, Dude. Mister Turtle is my father. The name's Crush.
Marlin: Crush, really? OK, Crush. I need to get to the East Australian Current. EAC?
Crush: [Laughing] Oh, dude. You're ridin' it, dude! Check it out!

Marlin: [inside the whale as it starts to swallow] What's going on?
Dory: I'll ask. Whaaaa...
Marlin: No, no more whale! You can't speak whale!
Dory: Yes I can!
Marlin: No, you can't! You think you can do these things, but you can't, Nemo!
Get ready for the oceanic joyride as we explore the reefs in the Pixar classic, Finding Nemo.

PRESHEN GOVENDER 2009/09/22 7:42 AM
  • Rating:
After this movie i will never want to eat a fish again
PRESHEN GOVENDER 2009/09/22 7:45 AM
  • Rating:
After this movie I don’t want to eat a fish again
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