Film: Finding Nemo

Opened: May 30, 2003

Directed by: Andrew Stanton

Starring: Albert Brooks, Ellen DeGeneres, Alexander Gould, Willem Dafoe, Brad Garrett, Allison Janney, Stephen Root, Austin Pendleton, Vicki Lewis, Geoffrey Rush, Andrew Stanton, Elizabeth Perkins, Nicholas Bird, Bob Peterson, Barry Humphries, Eric Bana, Bruce Spence, Bill Hunter & John Ratzenberger

A beautiful story about discovering yourself and the world around you, Finding Nemo helped cement Pixar as the master storytelling studio that it is.

When Nemo (Alexander Gould) is captured by divers, his father Marlin (Albert Brooks) sets off on a journey to save him. He’s accompanied by Dory (Ellen DeGeneres) who has short-term memory loss while Nemo employs the help of new friends to escape the Dentist’s (Bill Hunter) office.

In true Disney/Pixar fashion, this film packs an emotional punch at the very start, which sets the tone for the rest of the film when it comes to character relationships. Marlin is a doting father though overly protective. Both his and Nemo’s journey help them grow in different ways and show them there’s more to the world than their home.

Final say: Entertaining to the end with true heart. ★★★★★

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