Film: Finding Nemo

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Finding Nemo

Director: Andrew Stanton
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Distributor: Walt Disney Video

A delightful undersea world unfolds in Pixar’s animated adventure Finding Nemo. When his son Nemo is captured by a scuba-diver, a nervous-nellie clownfish named Marlin (voiced by Albert Brooks) sets off into the vast—and astonishingly detailed—ocean to find him. Along the way he hooks up with a scatterbrained blue tang fish named Dory (Ellen DeGeneres), who’s both helpful and a hindrance, sometimes at the same time. Faced with sharks, deep-sea anglers, fields of poisonous jellyfish, sea turtles, pelicans, and much more, Marlin rises above his neuroses in…

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A delightful undersea world unfolds in Pixar’s animated adventure Finding Nemo. When his son Nemo is captured by a scuba-diver, a nervous-nellie clownfish named Marlin (voiced by Albert Brooks) sets off into the vast—and astonishingly detailed—ocean to find him. Along the way he hooks up with a scatterbrained blue tang fish named Dory (Ellen DeGeneres), who’s both helpful and a hindrance, sometimes at the same time. Faced with sharks, deep-sea anglers, fields of poisonous jellyfish, sea turtles, pelicans, and much more, Marlin rises above his neuroses in this wonderfully funny and nonstop thrill ride—rarely does more than 10 minutes pass without a sequence destined to become a theme park attraction. Pixar continues its run of impeccable artistic and economic success (their movies include Toy Story, A Bug’s Life, Toy Story 2, and Monsters, Inc). Also featuring the voices of Willem Dafoe, Geoffrey Rush, and Allison Janney. —Bret Fetzer

Barnes and Noble

Sebastian from The Little Mermaid was right: It is better under the sea! The No. 1 box office hit of 2003, Pixar’s Finding Nemo makes a big home video splash, especially in the DVD edition, which is loaded with see-worthy features that will immerse viewers in Nemo’s breathtakingly beautiful computer-animated undersea world. This instant family classic contains all the lures of a film by the creators of Toy Story, A Bug’s Life, and Monsters, Inc.: state-of-the-art animation, sophisticated storytelling that doesn’t treat the audience like minnows, vividly rendered characters, and impeccable voice work. Albert Brooks is well cast as Marlin, a neurotically overprotective clown fish, who embarks on a desperate search to find his young son, Nemo, plucked from the ocean and now languishing in a dentist’s fish tank. As Marlin gets in over his head, he meets a variety of sea creatures, some friendly (Ellen DeGeneres’s Dory, a cheerful blue tang with poor short-term memory), and others not (Barry Humphries as a self-improving great white shark striving to think of other fish as “friends, not food”). Other memorable additions to Pixar’s gallery of classic characters include a turtle who converses in surfer dude speak (voiced by the film’s director, Andrew Stanton), and a flock of single-minded seagulls who pounce on any potential foodstuff with the squawk, “Mine.” As with Monsters, Inc., there won’t be a dry eye in the house at the film’s surprisingly emotional conclusion. This “Collector’s Edition” offers lots of bait. In addition to segments that plunge animation enthusiasts into this film’s production, this two-disc set also contains interactive games, the delightful Pixar short Knick Knack, the educational short film Exploring the Reef with Jean-Michel Cousteau, and a feature that transforms your TV into a virtual aquarium. Don’t let this be the one that got away. Donald Liebenson

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Album:Finding Nemo: Music from the Motion Picture

Finding Nemo: Music from the Motion Picture

Thomas Newman

Will it become another rich Newman family tradition? Picking up the baton his cousin Randy carried so skillfully on Disney/Pixar’s four previous pioneering computer animation features, composer Thomas Newman was undaunted, bringing his own highly original scoring sensibility to the studio’s latest digital daydream—an effort that’s also the younger Newman’s own debut score for an animated feature. Tom’s consistently unique approach to matters of rhythm and percussion are as forceful and inventive as ever in this undersea adventure, while his passages for orchestra…

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