Finding Nemo

Starring: Geoffrey Rush, Willem Dafoe, Albert Brooks, Ellen DeGeneres, Alexander Gould, Brad Garrett, Eric Bana

Directed by: Andrew Stanton, Lee Unkrich

Produced by: Walt Disney Productions, Pixar Animation Studios

Distributed by: Buena Vista

Genre: fantasy

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Review by Xibo Date seen: June 22, 2003
Viewing Location: AMC Empire 25, 42nd St., NYC Grade: B
Summary: Fairly straightforward and ordinary
Kid rebels against Dad, runs into trouble, Dad goes on major adventure trying to rescue Kid, develops new love interest to replace lost wife, and everyone learns to be a better family in the end. Yay! This could be any of a thousand disney flicks, 'cept this one is about computer-generated fish. The graphics are on par with Toy Story, mostly... a few scenes are better, but most of it is ordinary. This could have been a drawn animated feature pretty easily... go figure. I don't know, the movie just didn't seem a special as the Toy Story movies or Monsters, Inc. 

Review by Finrod Date seen: May 31, 2003
Viewing Location: Atlanta theater Grade: A
Summary: Decent
Excellent animation, good humor, but it just didn't grab me quite as much as Pixar's previous stuff. Raised expectations, perhaps.

Upon re-viewing on dvd, however, I raised my grade from A- to A.  

Review by Jigen Date seen: June 18, 2003
Viewing Location: Bellis Fair, Bellingham, WA Grade: A
Summary: Fun film and great animation
Pixar films tend to draw big names for voice talent, but this one used pretty much the hollywood JV squad by their standards. You would think that would be a bit of an warning sign, but the filmmakers show you can still do a good job even with the B team. Listen for Eric Bana (The Hulk) playing a shark. I found Finding Nemo to be the most fun I've had with a Pixar movie and, at this point, consider it to be their best effort to date. The animation is incredible and the characters are very well thought out. Kept me and my girlfriend laughing throughout. 

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