Finding Nemo - Excellent Movie, Excellent DVD
Finding Nemo is Pixar's fifth animated feature film and, arguably, their most succesful. It is the prime example of Pixar's method of blending story, comedy, technology and heart together to make a highly entertaining film.
The Film - 5 out of 5
Like all of Pixar's films, it is committed directly to DVD from the digital source. This shows in its crystal clear quality of imagery. The 5.1 Dolby Sound is amazing as well, almost making you feel like you're there. Thomas Newman shines as the film's composer, with exciting, funny and tender moments interlaced throughout the film.
The film tells the story of Marlin (Albert Brooks), a clownfish who is extremely overprotective of his only son Nemo (Alexander Gould), after his wife and all his other children are killed by a Barracuda. One day, Nemo is taken by a scuba diver and Marlin, despite his terror of it, swims out into the open sea to find him. He encounters Dory (Ellen DeGeneres), a fish with short term memory loss, and her happy-go-lucky nature, combined with the assortment of characters they meet, help Marlin understand what it takes to be a good father.
Pixar have once again made excellent choices with voice actors such as Barry Humphries, Brad Garrett, Eric Bana, Willem Defoe, Geoffry Rush, Elizabeth Perkins, John Ratzenberger and Joe Ranft, each of whom fit their character perfectly. The story is beautiful for children of all ages. Be sure to watch through all the credits, as you might spot an old friend.
DVD Extras - 5 out of 5
The Finding Nemo DVD is a textbook case of how to do a special edition disc. One of the most interesting features is a "Visual Commentary" on disc one. Like most films released these days, there is a commentary provided by some of the makers, in this case Andrew Stanton (Director, "Crush"), Lee Unkrich (Co-Director) and Bob Peterson (Story Supervisor, "Mr. Ray"). In this case, however, they will occasionally pause the film and go to a small clip, expanding on one of the productions issues such as technical simulation, animation, composition or even a deleted scene. As far as this reviewer knows, Finding Nemo is unique in this style of commentary, and I like it very much. The very last sub-clip is a moving tribute by John Lasseter (Toy Story, Cars) to Glenn McQueen, a Pixar animator who died of Melanoma in 2002, and to who Finding Nemo is dedicated.
Disc two is equally packed. First, Alexander Gould (The Voice of Nemo) takes a tour around Pixar Animation Studios, and learns about how the film is made. In "Making Nemo", there is an indepth documentary about the making of the film. "Beyond the Reef" is hosted by Dory, Marlin, Nemo and Jean-Michael Cousteau (Son of Jacques Cousteau), and shows what a real coral reef is like, and the threat pollution has on it. There is also the 1989 Academy Award Winning Pixar short "Knick Knack", which tells the story of a snowman trapped in a snow globe.
Mr. Ray shows you his encyclopedia, in which you can find out about all your favourite characters and how they live in real life. You can play charades with a school of moonfish, and you can view theatrical trailers for Finding Nemo (as well as a sneek peek at Pixar's next film, The Incredibles)
Finding Nemo is a film that should be part of any family's collection. The story is a classic, and the extra features will keep technical buffs entertained for hours. A must have!
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"Root canal, and it's a doozy!"
The main human in this story is a dentist who keeps an aquarium in his surgery. The inhabitants of this tank have acquired a detailed knowledge of dentistry and discuss their observations with great comic effect. Hence the title of my review, a line which makes me laugh every time I think of it.
This film is full of comedy, drama, adventure and some touching moments. It is for these that you can watch Finding Nemo again and again with undiminished pleasure. Knowing how the film ends does not matter! Actually, the first time I watched this DVD, I felt somewhat in agreement with a critical reviewer who didn't like its American fast pace. But when watching for the second time I quickly became accustomed to it.
Just a couple of nits to pick. The makers go to much trouble to get the physics of how objects move in water correct, but there is a lapse when a child fish falls off a sponge. Powered collisions and bounces are possible under water but not falls. Also, towards the end of the film, after Marlin has found Nemo apparently dead, he makes to go back home to The Great Barrier Reef but Dory wants to stay behind in Sydney. Thus is set the scene for an attempted break up of their friendship and Dory's touching appeal for this not to happen. But, it is not at all clear why Dory has to stay behind. It is a shame that such a carefully made and touching scene should be based on such a shaky premise. Oh! One more thing. Whales do NOT have uvulae! The uvula is unique to humans. Not even chimps have them!
But, how tiny these nits are! They matter not, which only emphasizes what a superb film this is.
I bought Finding Nemo as a laugh really. But I was very surprised how good it was. DVD is packed with great features like a virtual fish tank on your TV and Making of the Movie etc. Pixar movie done a stirling job and I found the computer animation spot on.
Finding Nemo is a fun loving story about life on the reef in Australia. That love and hope can pull us through in the worst of situations. We are taken on a journey of discovery under the sea and meet some amazing and funny characters. Finding Nemo is a funloving and very entertaining movie that suits any age. I do not have kids, but enjoyed it. If you like a good movie with plenty of excitement and laughs and the odd moment that makes you take a deep breath. This film is for you. Go on, treat your kids, or at least yourself,, Dudes .
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I love Disney films and had lots of titles on video that I bought for my children when they were young.I have begun a collection of titles on dvd now and looked to ebay for value and choice and boy did I find it.Finding Nemo is fab.Wonderful graphics and a great story.It tells the story of a young clown fish with a slight disability(one fin is smaller than the other)and his desire to be just like all the other kids.He gets caught and taken to an aquarium where he meets captive bred fish that know nothung about the ocean.He starts to plan his escape,meanwhile,
His Dad is searching for him helped (kinda)by a dopy Female Dory fish.
The film has you in tears of laughter and with a big lump in your throat by turn.You have to remind yourself that its only a kids story(wasted on them). Happy if unexpected ending. If you haven@t seen it DO. enjoy.
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Finding Nemo (DVD 2004)
Hilarious, exciting and endlessly inventive, Finding Nemo is an awesome aquatic animation which will exhaust the adjective store of even the most hyperbolic film hack (ahem). One word just about does the job: genius.
Somewhere, under the sea, weak-finned clown fish Nemo (Alexander Gould) lives with his fretful father, Marlin (Albert Brooks). Smothered by pop's paranoia, he ventures away from the reef, but his dad's dread is justified when a passing diver whisks him away.
Taken to a tank in a Sydney dentists, Nemo meets Gill (Willem Dafoe) and co - friendly fish who dream of escaping to the ocean. Meanwhile, Marlin bumps into a blue tang named Dory (Ellen DeGeneres), and sets out to save his son...
It's a familiar formula for the digi-drawn dynamics of Pixar, whose Toy Story and Monsters, Inc. have proved such critical and commercial hits. How increasingly impressive the achievement, then, that Finding Nemo feels so fresh.
There is beauty and brilliance in every frame. Tasked with creating an undersea environment, the animators have excelled themselves, capturing textures, light, shade and movement that could be photo-real, were it not for the clever way the makers have subtly caricatured landscapes, as well as characters, lending a warm cartoonish quality to the stunning visuals.
The splendour of natural history hit The Blue Planet is matched by the wit of the script and stars. Barry Humphries has a terrific cameo as a great white shark who's sworn off killing (Remember, fish are friends, not food!), while DeGeneres provides perfect timing and tone as Dory, whose short-term memory loss is a gag that never stops running.
Managing to move without falling into the jaws of sentimentality, the picture thrills and frightens too. A paean to parenthood and superb for sprogs, it's a perfect piece of storytelling. What a catch!/Reel it in!/You'll have a whale of a time!
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