Corporate Line: The Academy Award®-winning creators of TOY STORY, A BUG’S LIFE, and MONSTERS, INC. dive into a whole new world with this underwater adventure. The film follows the comedic and eventful journeys of two fish – Marlin and his son Nemo – who become separated in the Great Barrier Reef when Nemo is unexpectedly taken far from home and thrust into a fish tank in a dentist’s office overlooking Sydney harbor. Buoyed by the companionship of a friendly-but-forgetful fish named Dory, the overly cautious father embarks on a dangerous trek and finds himself the unlikely hero of an epic journey to rescue his son – who hatches a few daring plans of his own to return safely home.
The Good: Do you have to ask? The graphics are astounding. It is absolute joy to see the shadows in the water. The depth of design is so great that you almost wish to dive in a swim with the fishes. I’m utterly amazed every time I see a new animated film. You have to wonder sometimes where the real ends and the pretend begins. Talking fish? Okay I guess that distinguishes it pretty quick.
The story is pure Disney. It’s rich with depth and a story embedded in a story. It has all the elements that captured us in the past and have held themselves to be timeless. Finding Nemo is sure to reign for many generations. Disney has the formula, sure it’s not entirely secret, but they know how to make it work time and again.
The DVD colors were impressive to say the least. There doesn’t seem to be a pixel out of place – colors so rich you can taste them. And the extras? Oh the lovely extras.
The two disc set gives you the film on both wide and full screen. Please do yourself a favor and watch it the right way; widescreen!
There is a neat screensaver that I found on accident when I left the disc running. It’s very cute.
Disc one offers a wonderful commentary on the film from the directors Andrew Stanton and Lee Unkrich and co-writer Bob Peterson. It’s a wonderful visual commentary and it appears they really enjoyed themselves.
There is also a nice documentary; Making Nemo that runs twenty-five minutes.
Disc Two offers a wide array of items.
Knick Knack (1989) is Pixar’s first animated short film along with the annoying Exploring the Reef with Jean-Michel Cousteau.
Fisharades and Storytime are fun for kids. And the behind the scenes seem more fun for adults. There is a cute interview with the cast that actually had my kids laughing pretty well.
The Bad: Egad!
Frankly: If you haven’t seen Finding Nemo, what are you waiting for? The DVD? Well it is out and by golly you really need to buy it. Even if you don’t have kids. No step lively.
+ Charlie Craine