director: andrew stanton (wall-e, john carter)
starring: albert brooks, ellen degeneres, willem dafoe, and geoffrey rush
REVIEWER: lyall carter
After his son is captured in the Great Barrier Reef and taken to Sydney, a timid clownfish sets out on a journey to bring him home.
Before Up and Inside Out came along Finding Nemo would have to be the most heartwarming and heartbreaking Pixar film - their very own Lion King. Who knew a story about a clown fish could make you cry oceans of tears?
Marlin (Albert Brooks), a clown fish, is overly cautious with his son, Nemo (Alexander Gould), who has a foreshortened fin. When Nemo swims too close to the surface to prove himself, he is caught by a diver, and horrified Marlin must set out to find him. A blue reef fish named Dory (Ellen DeGeneres) - who has a really short memory - joins Marlin and complicates the encounters with sharks, jellyfish, and a host of ocean dangers. Meanwhile, Nemo plots his escape from a dentist's fish tank.
Narratively there's so much to love in Finding Nemo. From Marlin’s heartstring tugging search for Nemo, to his friendship with Dory, and all the wonderful characters that we get to meet along the way, Finding Nemo is one of Pixar’s strongest films to date.
Not only a Pixar but an animated classic, Finding Nemo is a tale about a little clown fish and his search for his missing son that will leave you crying an ocean of tears.