“Fish are our friends, not food”
Disney/Pixar Studios achieved another great success with this heartfelt story that helped filmmakers win an Academy Award® for Best Animated Feature. Albert Brooks voices Marlin, a cautious clownfish who, as the title says, needs to find his son Nemo, well voiced by Alexander Gould, amid an enormous marine environment.
Marlin encounters some friends, most notably a forgetful blue fish named Dory, voiced by Ellen DeGeneres, and a pelican named Nigel, voiced by Geoffrey Rush, plus some sharks and some hilariously possessive seagulls.
Brad Garrett (TV’s Everyone Loves Raymond) provides some great comedic scenes as a fish named Bloat, while another fist named Gill, well voiced by Willem Dafoe, has a great impact in the second half of the story as Nemo finds himself in an aquarium.
The rich, colorful animation impresses as filmmakers weave heartfelt life lessons into a great story. Filmmakers present character perspectives from both sides, especially Nemo’s initial separation from his father, which can prompt audience to consider their own perspectives about sea life and life in general.
The meaningful drama and Marlin’s unrelenting love culminate nicely in a memorable revelation from a supporting character. The father/son relationship between Marlin and Nemo, affected by a previous tragedy that changed their lives forever, gradually learn a lot about each other by the end of the film.
Directed by Pixar veterans Andrew Stanton and Lee Unkrich, this one hour and 40 minute film comes highly recommended (***1/2 out of four stars) and is rated G – some moments may be scary or dramatic for young children. Look for the 3D home video release on December 4 in 3-Disc and 5-Disc sets.
Copyright © Michael Siebenaler