#138 / 365 – ‘Finding Nemo’ (2003) – 100 mins
IMDb Challenge #84 / 250 – Ranked #166 – Via DVD Collection
Life in the Great Barrier Reef is full of dangers when you are a tiny fish. When Marlin (Albert Brooks), an overly cautious clown fish, watches his son get scooped up by a diver, he must put aside his fears of the ocean and leave the safety of his coral enclave to find Nemo (Alexander Gould). Buoyed by the companionship of Dory (Ellen DeGeneres), a forgetful but relentlessly optimistic fish, Marlin finds himself an unlikely hero in a seemingly impossible land-and-sea rescue.
For their fourth animated feature Pixar have served up a comedy, a love story, an escape movie and an adventure all in one which is endlessly inventive. In time honoured tradition Pixar have stuck with that Disney sentimentality of simplistic storytelling which is guaranteed to brighten up anyones day, and at the same time give you a rollercoaster of emotions in between.
Yet again the animation is superlative to anything other studio had produced at the time of 2003, where is everything is awash in a wonderland of exquisite visuals, the photo-realistic ocean-bed floor, the multi-textured corals and rocks and then of course the abundance of brightly coloured fish in Nemo’s tank.