Sunday, September 18, 2011

Pixar Animation: Part 5: Finding Nemo

Series Intro: In my purposeful retrospective of WDAS I couldn’t ignore it’s younger sister: PIXAR. This is Part 5 in the retrospective of PIXAR

Official Title: Finding Nemo
Release: May 30, 2003
Running Time: 100 minutes
Estimated Cost: $94 million
Estimated Revenue: $867.89 million
Overall Rating: 5 stars out of 5

Plot Summary
Nemo, an Australian clown fish, doesn’t like being controlled and reprimanded by his farther on the first day of school. Marlin, Nemo’s dad, is over protective of his only child because Nemo’s mom and all of the eggs were killed before Nemo’s birth.

Nemo, showing off to his new friends, goes to touch a boat, but is captured by “P. Sherman 42 Wallaby Way, Sydney. Scared for the fate of his son, Marlin sets out to find Nemo.

Along the way, he meets a regal tang named Dori, who has an incredibly short memory. Dori and Marlin have several misadventures while Nemo discovers a new group of adult fish friends in a dentist office. Nemo and his friends try to escape so Nemo doesn’t do home with the dentist’s fish-killing niece. After several failed attempts, they are able to free Nemo back to the ocean.

Dori and Marlin, after successfully avoiding sharks, jelly fish and being eaten by a whale, meet up with Nemo, only to be caught by a commercial fishing ship. Nemo takes what he learned with his friends “just swim down together” to save Dori.

Dori, Marlin and Nemo successfully make it back to the reef, and begin a new, less protective life.

A cut scene shows the fish from the dentist’s tank escaping, but soon they realize they are trapped in plastic bags.

Plot Rating: 5 stars out of 5

This movie has everything that one can ask for: comedy, drama, action, suspense and Ellen DeGeneres! From the moment the movie begins until it ends, I was actively engaged in the plot.

Animation Rating: 5 out of 5

The way the fish moved, the colors, the different ways the water moved/reflected. Once again, PIXAR uses 3D animation nearly flawlessly to tell a story.

The Test of Time:
Multiple theme park attractions – including the rethemed EPCOT pavilion, millions of dollars in merchandize, and my favorite reason to go to Animal Kingdom (Find Nemo the Musical) shows that Nemo is with us for the long hall!

Final Thoughts
Nemo was awesome!

Next Up:
The Incredibles









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