Graham Walters, John Lasseter (executive) for Pixar, Walt Disney Productions
directed by Andrew Stanton
starring the voices of Albert Brooks, Ellen DeGeneres, Alexander Gould, Willem Dafoe, Brad Garrett, Allison Janney, Austin Pendleton, Stephen Root, Vicky Lewis
story by Andrew Stanton, screenplay by Andrew Stanton, Bob Peterson, David Reynolds, music by Thomas Newman
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Clownfish Marlin (voiced by Albert Brooks) loses his wife and fish eggs
to sharks, all but little Nemo (Alexander Gould), who therefore becomes
the center of his life - but the ordeal has also made him a paranoid and
over-protective dad ... which causes Nemo to rebel at the first
opportunity - which in turn gets him captured by a diver, and he ends up
in a dentist's aquarium with a bunch of other psychotic fish - who have
spent all the time in their aquarium planning a prison break.
to save his son, Marlin overcomes his fears and paranoia and sets out to
Sydney, where Nemo was taken, soon to be accompanied by Dory (Ellen
DeGeneres), an over-optimistic fish with short term memory loss who trusts
Marlin implicitly - even though half the time she has no idea who he is.
Together, the two face many dangers of the sea, from sharks to jelly fish,
and against all odds make it to the dentist's office where Nemo is kept,
and when Nemo manages to escape through the sewers, nothing can prevent a
Finding Nemo is ... actually a pretty good
film and one of the best Pixar/Disney collaboration because
its makers have understood that making a family movie doesn't mean you
have to dumb it down for kids (which is usually not necessary anyways) or
fill up its story with streamlined characters only (apart from the rather
pale Nemo, everyone in the cast of characters seems to have some
psychological defect) or feelgood scenes (there aren't any apart from the
a-bit-too-happy ending). Instead a rather simplistic story is fattened up
by interesting and fleshed-out characters, poignant dialogue that seems to
work for all ages, and beautiful set designs and animation that don't try
to sell you toys at any price.
Pretty entertaining, actually.