REVIEW: Finding Nemo

After their previous films involving toys, bugs and monsters, Pixar Animation Studios yet again take us on yet another adventure in their fifth animated feature film set in another world underneath ours. Just like pretty much every film that Pixar have made, Finding Nemo is another that truly does have everything that an animated film must require. Considering that the majority of Pixar films have all the positives worthy of animation, there is always at least one that every film from Pixar has the most. Finding Nemo is easily the most humorous and hilarious film they have done with some very clever modern-day jokes. The jokes that are told within the film are easy to deeply understand and they are creatively ingenious, so therefore it is very easy to laugh out loud while watching it.

Back in 2003, the animated effects in Finding Nemo were mesmerizing and jaw-dropping, but even now after almost a decade since its release, that is still their latest status in the effects. The effects in the underwater scenes with the fish, sharks, jellyfish etc is like filming the unfilmable because the animators managed to give us an exact image of what is underneath the water, and makes some of the fishes look like real fish. It has been a difficult task for Pixar to make human characters and although they have improvised and got better at it as more films have come out, some of the humans were brilliantly animated.

A clown fish named Marlin living in the Great Barrier Reef loses his son, Nemo, after he ventures into the open sea, despite his father’s constant warnings about many of the ocean’s dangers. Nemo is abducted by a boat and netted up and sent to a dentist’s office in Sydney. So, while Marlin ventures off to try to retrieve Nemo, Marlin meets a fish named Dory, a blue tang suffering from short-term memory loss. The companions travel a great distance, encountering various dangerous sea creatures such as sharks, anglerfish and jellyfish, in order to rescue Nemo from the dentist’s office, which is situated by Sydney Harbour. While the two are doing this, Nemo and the other sea animals in the dentist’s fish tank plot a way to return to Sydney Harbour to live their lives free again.

Albert Brooks provides the voice of Marlin with a great performance! Marlin is a perfect example of an overprotective parent, but all parents who are like that have their specific personal reasons for that behaviour. In Marlin’s case, it was his love’s (and Nemo’s mother) sudden death that led him to being protective over Nemo. Despite he is a well-intentioned fish, he is a rather insecure and dangerous one as well who becomes first off totally overprotective and then completely obsessed with finding Nemo and his rude attitude towards Dory. The quest to find Nemo is a lesson for Marlin, and it not only bonded him with Nemo, but it bought him and Dory together too. Ellen DeGeneres literally stole the show after her hilarious performance as the well-intentioned but forgetful Dory. She truly is one character of on her own that surprised us all with a whole new character, but at the same time a character that pretty much sums up Dory’s personality cannot be repeated at any time in the future. Her character is just so perfect for Marlin to be accompanied because her short term memory less on a serious quest simply do not match, but as the film progresses, they become as close as soul mates or maybe even closer than that. Dory is not only the funniest animated character of all time, but DeGeneres gives a perfect performance as Dory and is quite possibly the greatest performance from an actor/actress in any animated film.

There are more cast members within the film that give good performances too. First, we obviously hear Pixar favourites John Ratzenberger, Bob Peterson, Joe Ranft and Brad Garrett. in their respected roles. Willem Dafoe plays Gill, the leader of the fish in the fish tank at the Dentists in Sydney. Gill is someone who we knew well, but didn’t quite know enough about his history in the ocean and how he ended up in the fish tank, like Nemo. As for his relationship with Nemo, he wasn’t like a replacement father figure but he felt more like an uncle or a close mentor so to speak. Dafoe was a great choice for Gill because he is an extraordinary looking fish with quite an eerie personality, and that is Dafoe’s voice in a nutshell. Australian actor Geoffrey Rush somehow manages to pull off a very different kind of voice in comparison to the other films he has been in, as he is the voice of local Australian seagull Nigel, who happens to be a friend of the fish in the tank and helps Marlin find Nemo.

In their fifth animated feature film, Pixar select another new director for Finding Nemo – Andrew Stanton. This was his first animated feature film with Pixar, but has been a screenwriter and producer of some of Pixar’s previous films. However, he wasn’t alone. Lee Unkrich who went on to direct Toy Story 3 worked alongside Stanton as co-director. At the time, this was the most productive and constructive Pixar film and neither of them could have done it alone, so together they make one of the greatest animated feature films of all time. The most special quality about Finding Nemo is that it combines two different worlds on Earth together and expresses both of their natures. One of Pixar’s main specialties are writing scripts. Words just cannot describe how brilliantly written Finding Nemo really was. Stanton, Bob Peterson and David Reynolds, who wrote the films script made it feel emotional, hilarious and, quite frankly, a really cool film (especially the scenes with the turtles).

Overall, Finding Nemo is a visually beautiful and hilarious journey that is perfect for all adults and all children to enjoy! Finding Nemo is one of those rare animated comedies that not only make you chuckle a few times, but it is quite possibly the one film that mix both those genres together where you literally cry with laughter! It makes its mark as one of only a few animated films that pretty much every single person felt magically enchanted and charmed by back in 2003 and still remains to do just that at the present day.

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~ by SJMJ91 on 16/05/2012.

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