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Ive just discovered Lovefilm.com, a service where you can rent DVDs online and they'll send them to your door. I'll be reviewing the service shortly however, this review is of the first movie Ive rented from them, Finding Nemo. As I write there there are 101 other reviews on finding Nemo, clearly I havent read them all. But my op has a wee twist. Im doing it as a watch! Ill watch a scene then report back! Clever me! FIRST THOUGH - THE DETAILS.... A father-son underwater adventure featuring Nemo, a boy clownfish, stolen from his coral reef home. His timid father must then search the ocean to find him with the help of the darling Dory. As its a childrens film, expect morals and values to be hidden deep in the core of the movie. Also expect cuteness and funnies! Heres a little breakdown of the major characters, and the actors... Albert Brooks .... Marlin Ellen DeGeneres .... Dory Alexander Gould .... Nemo Willem Dafoe .... Gill Brad Garrett .... Bloat Allison Janney .... Peach Austin Pendleton .... Gurgle Stephen Root .... Bubbles Vicki Lewis .... Deb/Flo Joe Ranft .... Jacques Geoffrey Rush .... Nigel Andrew Stanton .... Crush Elizabeth Perkins .... Coral Nicholas Bird .... Squirt Bob Peterson .... Mr. Ray The film was made by Pixar, and while Im talking about them....does anybody else really love their little animation at the start of movies where the cute little lamp bounces up and down on the I?...no?..just me then..... ANYWAY..... The film opens by introducing Marlin and Coral, who are the presently unborn Nemos parents. Sadly Coral and the 399 other little unborn Clown fish are scoffed by a mean and greedy swordfish type thing, luckily Marlin is left unharmed along with one tiny little solitary egg.... Cut to a few years down the line and its time for Nemos first day at school, Marlin is super protective of him after losing his wife and other children and doesnt want him to be alone without his father there to protect him. Also, Nemo has a deformed fin thats much smaller than his other fin, his dad calls it his 'lucky' fin - showing Nemo and any watching children that theres nothing wrong or different about disability. The other children in Nemos class have little things different about them such as allergies, showing that all children are different! Good stuff! Marlins constant lecturing of Nemo about how the ocean 'isnt safe' might help to bring home to watching kiddywinks what their parents have been trying to drum into them about keeping safe outside the house - "Hold my fin!" An act of definace against his fathers orders gets Nemo caught by some divers and taken out of the ocean. In his quest to find Nemo, Marlin meets a lovely little fishy with a short term memory problem. Shes called Dory and joins him in his quest. Along the way they meet a shark named Bruce whos part of an organisation of sharks who are trying to kick the habit of scoffing little fishies and being all round menaces of the ocean. Next we discover that Nemo has been placed in a little fish tank in a dentists surgery. He befriends the other members of the tank - which include a hilarious eccentric fish who is obsessed by bubbles and a seagull who makes flying visits. The prospect of being taken home by the dentists neice Darla - a notorious fish killer, is too much for Nemo and his new buddies to swallow so they hatch an escape plan. Meanwhile back in the ocean a mask dropped by a diver is providing Marlin and Dory with clues as to where they have to go to find Nemo. A few more close shaves and near death experienced lead them to the right place. Meanwhile, back in the tank, Nemo is having some near death experiences of his own as his first escape attemp fails miserably...time to hatch a new plan! So now weve had some scary and tense moments, its time for some cute ones! Marlin and Dory are hitching a ride with some smashing cool turtle dudes and their little cute turtle dude children. Ahh. Word of mouth spreads the news about the missing Nemo until it reaches the seagull who visits the dentists fish tank, he heads over to the surgery to tell Nemo that his dad is looking for him, just as hes convinced himself that nobody is coming to save him. Bless. Amazed by the tales of his fathers acts of heroism, Nemo is inspired to try and escape from the tank again. The fishies block the filter of the tank, to force the dentist to clean it, therefore removing the fishies from the tank in the process and enabling their escape. Only things dont go according to plan and the dentist just fits a smashing new tank cleaning system instead. Next comes one of my favourite bits - Dory attempting to 'speak Whale', its hilarious - really! You need to see this film! Anyway Marlin and Diry accidentally end up in the whales mouth - abit like in Pinocchio only less sad and depressing, and theres no lighting of fires to male the whale sneeze!..This is a nice whale and he takes Marlin and Dory to Sydney Harbour to where Nemo is being kept. Nemo is taken out of the tank and bagged up ready to be Darla's next gift and victim. And Marlin and Dory are swallowed by a seagul, noyl for Marlin to be struck with a new determination and so he lodges himself in the gull's throat and chokes him. This causes a fuss which the friendly seagull hears and is alrted to the arrival of Marlin and Dory. He rescues them from some reallllllly annoying birdies and whisks them off to the surgery. So in the end, after a few more close shaves and abit of drama - which I cant give away because then why would you buy the film? - Nemo is reunited with his dad...aww, bless. So then, I think we've established that Finding Nemo is a kickass film, even for the grownups! Buy it for your kids, like, now! Thanks for reading! Nat :o)
Disney/Pixar's Finding Nemo DVD Review Finding Nemo is about the lil' fish, Nemo, and his super-protective dad, Marlin. It's the first day of fish school for Nemo and his dad freaks about him heading out into the dangerous ocean. The next thing you know, Nemo is fish-napped and his dad must swim from one end of the ocean to the other to rescue the lil' guy! Finding Nemo's computer-generated ocean is full of animated characters that are an absolute blast. There is some real-world scenery, but the incredible graphics make it hard to tell what's real and what's not. They bring to life an ocean full of funny marine life, like forgetful Dory, Gill (Willem Dafoe, The Green Goblin,) and Bruce the shark with his buddies Chum and Anchor (Eric Bana, The Hulk.) Plus, there are these, like, totally hang ten turtles that are the raddest bunch of surfer dudes in the ocean. Whoa! Finding Nemo DVD - Fishy Features This DVD has more special features than the ocean has sharks! The Finding Nemo DVD will have you glued to the tube for hours with cool features like deleted scenes, virtual aquariums and a Behind-the-Scenes Tour of Pixar Studios - with Nemo as your host! And, if these type of animated films are your thing, be sure and check out the preview for The Incredibles, the next big animated movie from Pixar. Finding Nemo - The Bottom Line Finding Nemo is a solid flick from Disney and Pixar. It has laughs, adventure and one of the dudes from Monsters, Inc. running around in the credits. The DVD special features make this a must-own movie.
I am one of those people who gets distracted very easily, and during a vital point in the film, start rummaging through my popcorn, looking for the burnt, crunchy ones, completely lose track of what's going on, and end up watching the rest of the film in utter confusion. That is why I prefer the simplicity of childrens films! I count Monsters Inc and Shrek among my favourite films, so I couldn't wait to watch Pixar's latest film, Finding Nemo. My friend wanted to see Cabin Fever, but I stood my ground, and it paid off - I loved every minute of it! The film is centred around, obviously, Nemo. Before Nemo (Alexander Gould), a young clownfish, was born, his mother and siblings were eaten by a shark, and as a result, his father Marlin (Albert Brooks) is extremely protective of his only surviving son. On the first day of school, the pair argue over Nemo's safety, and to annoy his father, Nemo swims up to the ocean's surface, and is caught by a diver. In absolute horror, Marlin puts aside his fear of the ocean, and sets off to rescue his son. Dory (Ellen DeGeneres, the blue fish up in that picture accompanying this category!), a forgetful but kind-hearted girl, joins him on his search for Nemo, but is more of a hindrance than a help with her short term memory. Fortunately, she has the ability to read, and through a dropped pair of goggles, they discover the diver who caught Nemo lives in Australia, and begin their journey to Sydney. Nemo is alive and well, living in a fish tank in a dentist's surgery, overlooking the Sydney Harbour. The other tropical fish rally around the young, frightened clownfish, and plan to help Nemo escape, before he is given away to the dentist's niece, a murderous little brat named Darla. The 105 minutes that Finding Nemo lasts flies by in no time at all, because it's hugely enjoyable, and absolutely flawless. There wasn't any doubt that it wouldn't be, but nonetheless, the animation was faultless, and very realistic with the actions and movements of all the underwater animals. There is no way it could have been improved upon - how many films can you say that about? I would say this is suitable for all the family - older people will enjoy it as much as the kids. The storyline is very simple, not confusing at all, and works very well. It is 105 minutes of bright, colourful fun, and I had to resist going 'Aww!' every other minute. It is most definitely aimed at children, but appeals to everyone. The jokes make you smile rather than laugh, but they appeal to their main target audience, which is obviously children, and there are a few unexpectedly funny moments which made me choke on my popcorn! Being a U certificate, all the jokes are clean and there is no innuendo of any kind. The storyline is very simple, and even the youngest of children should grasp the basics without too much trouble - so you can avoid all the irritating questions! It is, summed up in one sentence, a heart-warming family film that has the ability to make you both laugh and cry (yes I cried!), without being patronising or schmaltzy! My favourite characters were Crush the hippy Aussie turtle, and Dori, the ditzy but sweet fish who reunites Nemo with his dad. Oh, and Bruce the shark and his friends who formed the 'Fish Eaters Anonymous' ('Fish are friends, not food!') type of group deserve a mention too! The story is well-written, with good characterisation. The three sharks and the greedy seagulls were unnecessary to the plot, but injected liveliness and humour! They gave you a break from the plight of Nemo, which could get tedious if the whole 105 minutes were concentrating soley on Nemo and his dad. There are little details which might seem unimportant, which really complete the film, such as the pink fish who inks herself when she is taken by surprise! As with most ch ildre ns films, there are morals about being thankful for what you have, and learning to believe in yourself, stuff like that, but they aren't in-your-face and patronising. In case you didn't notice, I really like this film! I loved it as much as Shrek (which is saying something), and I'm off to see it tomorrow again! I'd recommend it to anyone who wants a light-hearted, simple film to while away an hour and forty minutes. Definitely worth a watch, whether you're a fan of animations (I stress animations, not cartoons!) or not. It might seem slightly long for little children with short attention spans, but don't worry - they most likely be silent for the duration of the film, except when they're laughing! It is rated U, so is suitable for everybody.
Excellent film for both young and old. I took two of my grandsons to see it. The youngest is only 3 and he enjoyed it up until the point where the "friendly" shark appeared. Unfortunately I had to take him out of the cinema (I've since pre-ordered it so I can at least see the end). My husband stayed in the cinema with our eldest grandson and he couldn't stop talking about it afterwards. Even my husband enjoyed it said it was very entertaining. The basis of the film is about a couple of fish who move into an upmarket area to bring up their 400 babies. They are concerned that they won't fit in but the schools are very good in the area and the neighbourhood is pleasant. Unfortunately a couple of sharks enter the "city" and the mother and all but one of the babies are eaten. The one fish left is Nemo. Nemo lives with his father and grows up. Nemo has a fin which hasn't quite grown and his father is frightened to send him to school because he didn't want Nemo to be made fun of. Nemo eventually talks his father around and he starts his first day at school. There he finds other fish with disabilities so soon fits in. The fish all wait around for the "School Bus" to transport them. It arrives, they get on but when Nemo's father learns they are heading for the edge of the Ocean he follows and tries to warn Nemo to come home. By this time Nemo has found some friends and want to be one of them. They see a boat anchored high above them and try to swim to it. On the way back Nemo is caught by a deep sea diver and here starts the journey of Finding Nemo.