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From the Academy Award(R)-winning creators of TOY STORY and MONSTERS, INC. (2001, Best Animated Short Film, FOR THE BIRDS), it's FINDING NEMO, a hilarious adventure where you'll meet colorful characters that take you into the breathtaking underwater world of Australia's Great Barrier Reef. Nemo, an adventurous young clownfish, is unexpectedly taken to a dentist's office aquarium. It's up to Marlin (Albert Brooks), his worrisome father, and Dory (Ellen DeGeneres), a friendly but forgetful regal blue tang fish, to make the epic journey to bring Nemo home. Their adventure brings them face-to-face with vegetarian sharks, surfer dude turtles, hypnotic jellyfish, hungry seagulls, and more. Marlin discovers a bravery he never knew, but will he be able to find his son? FINDING NEMO's breakthrough computer animation takes you into a whole new world with this undersea adventure about family, courage, and challenges. Take the plunge into FINDING NEMO, a "spectacularly beautiful animated adventure for everyone" -- David Sheehan, CBS-TV
It's not that the folks at Pixar are geniuses when it comes to DVDs... well, come to think of it, their fifth DVD set shows these folks are wizards. It's not just that the two discs are packed with watchable extras that hardly reiterate the same information; it's how they are handled--funny, inventive, with a light touch--unlike many PR-driven discs. A good place to start is the filmmakers' jolly commentary track, which branches off into 31 minutes of behind-the-scene stuff, deleted scenes, and curious anecdotes (they can also be watched separately). Pixar's first making-of documentary is a most concise and interesting 25-minute examination that also sheds light on how the company works. With a digital-to-digital transfer, the film looks great and is available in widescreen or reformatted to full screen. The "Family Fun" disc includes another Pixar made-for-the-DVD gem, the 7-minute "Exploring the Reef" with Jean-Michel Cousteau (Jacques's son) being upstaged by Dori and Marlin; it's a hoot and teaches a fact or two you will remember about reefs. Both discs feature lovely menus that can be turned into virtual aquariums for your TV (by removing the text) featuring the knockout colors of the film's settings. Watch long enough for some shenanigans from the film's characters and vocal talent. Genius, pure genius. --Doug ThomasSee all Editorial Reviews
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Well when it came out on blu-ray (and 3D!) I didn’t hesitate to pick it up for my own young one. It’s aged extremely well, and actually looks really great in hi-def. It has, as expected, become one of my kid’s favorite animated movies. It looks pretty cool in 3D too, in case you’re considering replacing an older copy for an updated one.
The basic plot is that Marlin is an overprotective father who lost his wife and most of his children in a barracuda attack. His only surviving child is a little clownfish named Nemo, who happens to also have a bad fin. On the first day of school Nemo's class goes to the dropoff (where the reef stops and the ocean gets deep), where Nemo and his new friends see a boatand decide to have a competition to see who can swim closer. Marlin shows up, becomes overprotective and Nemo rebells. He gets caught by a diver and put in a fishtank. The remainder of the story is how scaredy cat (er, fish) Marlin goes on a fantastic journey to find his son.
I saw some reviewers complaining that the story isn't realistic - but is it supposed to be? It's supposed to be entertaining and fun, which is it. The characters are all funny, likeably and interesting. Dory, who Marlin befriends on his journey, is hilarious throughout the whole movie ("Yes, I'm a natural blue!").
The graphics are amazing as well - Pixar keeps raising the bar with each movie they make. The bottom line is, this movie is visually stunning, the story is wonderful, the characters are great.. its one of the best movies of the year - no question in my mind! The DVD is also a great buy - it has tons of features including some behind the scenes stuff that is really interesting. I especially liked the special which basically went through the entire process of making the movie (albeit condensed - the movie took like 3 years to make!). Another especially neat feature was how they watched real fish and tried to make all the computerized fish as realistic as possible.
It's a great buy - I highly recommend it. You won't be disappointed!
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