Pixar serves a delicious plate of Surf and Turf
Directed by: Andrew Stanton
Featuring the voices of: Albert Brooks, Ellen DeGeneres, Alexander Gould, Willem Dafoe, Brad Garrett and Geoffrey Rush.
Pixar introduced the world their vast power of imagination and creative stories for families worldwide to laugh, cry and enjoy with a very pristine replay value. Their success dates back to the king of their product line: Toy Story. Since 1995, Pixar began leading the three dimensional animation world with unique and memorable characters followed by rich stories people of all ages can enjoy. The conception for this film dates back to when Andrew Stanton was fresh out of becoming a father and enjoying going to the aquarium. It also attributes to him being overly protective of his child that he nearly missed various father-son bonding. A few more details led to its creation that are one Google search away.
We follow the story of Marlin (Brooks) and Nemo (Gould); father and son clown fish. Marlin worries obsessively over his son's safety. With good reason, since the introduction gives you the background of why he does what he does. Amazing how Pixar can get away with an emotional yet adult content intro without deviating away from a G rating. When Nemo is dared swim far pass the safety line, his overprotective-father's obsession with safety drives Nemo to doing stuff on his own, getting caught by a scuba diver, and ending up in the fish tank of the local Sidney dentist office. Marlin, like any father would in real life sets out to find his son. He meets Dory (DeGeneres) a Blue Tang fish with one hell of a short-term memory loss, and companies Marlin in his expedition. They meet sharks, whales, jelly fish, a school of fish, crabs, krill, and pelicans with a touch of seagulls. Obviously a movie filled with 99% fish and the 1% humans. Suprrisingly enough, the fish are more humane than the homosapiens.
For adults who viewed this spectacular animated feature back in 2003, I would assume they were able to recognize the voices provided for the characters. You can tell they were carefully picked to embody how these surfs develop their relationships. Dory is the best thing about the movie. Just listening to her form full sentences while jumping off topic before finishing them was and still is a delight. I doubt anyone who left that theater had trouble remembering "P. Sherman, 42 Wallaby Way, Sydney". Then you have marlin just go berserk every time she proved to be unreliable when in fact, her lower intelligence was just what he needed.
The predominant plot point is that father-son bonding the movie doesn't necessarily shove down your throat, but what you take away from it after the credits begin to roll. It's funny because I remember back in that same year, my father and I went to see League of Extraordinary Gentlemen during our Six Flags/Disney vacation. It was a very rainy day, and my dad dropped some I.Q. points and decided to sneak into the nearest auditorium with the next movie ready to go. Much to our surprise, we were a couple of minutes just in time to watch Finding Nemo, a movie my dad was far more excited to see it than I was. I was more worried about getting caught. So, I gave in and we enjoyed the movie more than we expected. After that we tried it again and saw Tomb Raider: Cradle of Life. One of the very best moments I had with my father, and haven't had another quite like it since. Unless you count the day I turned 18 and we celebrated with a beer.
While the jokes, story and characters were marvelous, the real bonus is the work put into creating the world of Finding Nemo. It doesn't take an expert to know that creating CGI for water or anything below the surface line is not an easy task. The team does not cheat the audience in any shape or form. We see only as far one would when traveling underwater, and it adds to the effect that makes a person feel they are scuba diving or even want to try it out after in the near future. Let us not forget the 15 seconds of the majestic Blue Whale swimming about before the close up inside it's jaws. That there was beauty in the making and reminded me of one of my birthdays when I went to see Whales doc*mentary and Rugrats double feature. Good times that time forgot.
Finding Nemo is that rare magical film you will never be bored of. It fits any family occasion and a bond between a parent and his child that we can all appreciate. I m ay be late in saying this, but Happy Father's Day to all.
Written by: Bawnian©-Dexeus.