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The Reviews :: Finding Nemo
Reviewed by Georgette Tan

Crashing into the theatres just in time for Father's Day is Disney and Pixar's latest offering - Finding Nemo, a tale of a father's search for his fish-napped son, told in the ever-dazzling medium of 3D computer-generated animation.

The movie opens with an explanation of why Marlin the clown fish (he's not funny unlike his namesake) dotes on his only son Nemo. It also explains why Nemo is his only son, for a creature that can spawn hundreds of offspring at a go. The outcome is tragic and from there, Marlin gets his mantra for life - "The sea is not safe."

But the sea according to Disney & Pixar is breathtakingly beautiful. Set on Australia's Great Barrier Reef, Marlin (voiced by Albert Brooks) plays the overprotective father of Nemo (Alexander Gould), a young clown fish with a deformed fin. One fateful day, Nemo swims up to a boat to prove a point, and is captured by a diver who then brings him home. 'Home' being the diver's dental practice near the famous Sydney Opera House.

Clown fishes hate the open sea, but Marlin has to defy his nature and personal fears to find Nemo. His journey brings him in contact with an array of his fellow marine creatures, all injected with enough character and oddball-ness to make it a fun ride for the audience. His most constant companion comes in the form of Dory (Ellen DeGeneres), a Blue Regal Tang with a very short-termed memory. Together, they journey to Sydney - encountering deadly jellyfish and sharks on a 12-step no-eating-fish program, riding the EAC (Eastern Australian Current) with sea turtle Crush (Andrew Stanton) and crew, and suffering the indignity of Dory trying to talk to a whale. News of Marlin's journey spread across the sea, turning him into something of a legend amongst creatures above and below the water.

Meanwhile, Nemo adjusts to life in an aquarium after being officially initiated into the "tribe" by Gill (William Defoe) and his tank mates. Nemo finds a kindred spirit in the enterprising Gill, who is not only captured from the wild, but also has a crippled fin that didn't stop him from hatching all sorts of schemes to escape the tank. Nemo now has a desperate reason to escape - the dentist is giving him away to his small terror of a niece who killed the previous fish presented to her! The news of his father's journey kicked things into gear and Nemo gets roped into Gill's latest scheme, which almost turns deadly.

At the helm of the movie is Andrew Stanton - veteran of previous computer-animated movies like the "Toy Story", "A Bug's Life" and "Monsters Inc." - who wrote, directed and found some time to lend his voice to surfer-dude turtle Crush.

With its amazing visuals, it's not surprising that 'Finding Nemo' topped the box office in its first three days of release. You can tell how carefully every aspect of the animation was looked over with the very realistic details of water, fish skin and how everything moves. For those of you who are fond of things like this, a well-loved character from a previous Disney-Pixar effort makes a brief cameo in the dentist's office.

After fourteen years since The Little Mermaid, it is certainly good to return to the sea.


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Produced by: Disney and Pixar
Director: Andrew Stanton, Lee Unkrich
Voice Cast: Albert Brooks, Ellen DeGeneres, Alexander Gould, Willem Dafoe, Brad Garrett, Allison Janney, Austin Pendleton, Stephen Root, Vicki Lewis, Joe Ranft, Geoffrey Rush, Andrew Stanton, Nicholas Bird
Official Website: http://www.findingnemo.com



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