It's never easy being a small fish in a big
sea. Just when Marlin (Albert Brooks), a beautiful orange
and white clown fish, feels hes found a comfortable
home where his wife can await the birth of a few hundred children,
along comes a neighborhood predator. His little body being
no match for the huge shark, Marlin is left unconscious. Upon
awakening, he discovers the terrible truth. His entire family
is wiped out save for one little fish egg from which
will hatch his son Nemo (Alexander Gould).
If he was previously over protective, the father's attitude
now borders on paranoia. But his habitual nagging leaves Nemo
feeling he doesnt need Dad telling him what to do. On
his first day of school, the headstrong child swims off from
the crowd to demonstrate his independence, completely neglecting
to look for danger. In short order, hes captured in
the net of an eager scuba diving dentist, and placed within
a dental office aquarium in Sydney, Australia.
Back in the ocean, Marlins fear turns into desperation.
The only answer to his pleas for help is a sincere but memory-challenged
blue tang fish named Dory (Ellen DeGeneres). While at first
unimpressed with Dory's non-stop nattering, Marlin changes
his opinion after she demonstrates her exceptional talent:
When the divers lost goggles are discovered, Dory can
read the dentists name and address.
With this information, the pair determines first to find Sydney,
and then look for Nemo. Of course the long trip is anything
but smooth sailing, and chance meetings with sharks, jellyfish,
and hungry birds often leave the duo swimming for their lives.
Nemo should have no trouble finding success as it rides the
wave of Pixar's solid reputation for family movies. Yet the
studio that created both Toy Story films has not crafted the
comedy in this movie with its usual panache. Adults may be
disappointed at the lack of dual layered jokes
those laughs which work on different levels for both
young and old. However, the same children this script is aimed
at may be alarmed by the constant peril the characters find
What parents will appreciate most about Finding Nemo is a
storyline where kids dont always know best. Both junior
and senior fish come to realize their attitudes were contributing
factors in creating a much bigger problem.
Undoubtedly, audiences of all ages will feel compelled to
say, Youve never seen computer animation like
this. At times nearly photographic, every detail down
to the buffeting of the waves and movement of the fishes
anatomy is included in stunning detail, making this a movie
thats certainly worth going to sea.