Review: Finding Nemo

Series: Pixar: #5

Finding Nemo is a delightful children’s movie. It’s the story of a worrying dad (Marlin), a son (Nemo) trying to grow into his own self, the trouble that causes, and the lengths family can go through for one another.

A few particularly delightful things:

  • The entire Dory storyline. She’s a fish with no short term memory and she teams up with Marlin to help rescue Nemo. Voiced by Ellen DeGeneres, who does a surprisingly good job.

    Dory: I shall call him Squishy and he shall be mine and he shall be my Squishy. Come on, Squishy. Come on, little Squishy.

    [baby talk, the jellyfish stings her]

    Dory: Ow. Bad Squishy, bad Squishy.

    It’s just a cute role and an excellent counter to the overly worrysome Marlin.

  • The entire storyline with the surfer dude Turtles in the East Australian Current. It’s a little silly and overdone, but for a kids’ movie it works. And again, it serves to show Marlin another style of parenting and that it’s okay not to worry so much.

    Crush: Okay. Squirt here will now give you a rundown of proper exiting technique.

    Squirt: Good afternoon. We’re gonna have a great jump today. Okay, first crank a hard cutback as you hit the wall. There’s a screaming bottom curve, so watch out. Remember: rip it, roll it, and punch it.

    Marlin: It’s like he’s trying to speak to me, I know it.

  • The ‘found family’ storyline in the dentist’s tank. That’s a wonderfully weird bunch of fish and I enjoy the brotherhood / jailbrake scenes immensely.

    Gill: From this moment on, you shall now be known as Sharkbait.

    Bloat, Gurgle, Bubbles: Sharkbait! Hoo ha ha!

    Gill: Welcome, Brother Sharkbait!

    Bloat, Gurgle, Bubbles: Sharkbait! Hoo ha ha!

    Gill: Enough with the Sharkbait.

    Gurgle: Sharkbait! Hoo… bop pa doo.

    Especially with the whole mentor that also has an imperfect fin. It’s okay to be different!

So… basically the entire movie. :)

It’s a lot of good fun. Easily the best Pixar movie I’ve reviewed thus far 😄–although I do expect it can remain up there!

Wow. Finding Nemo first came out nearly 20 years ago… I feel old.