Finding Nemo

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Pixar Animation Studios Released 2003

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Director:
Andrew Stanton
Released:
2003
Rating:
G

Finding Nemo is a 2003 animated comedy about a clownfish searching for his missing son. Marlin (Albert Brooks) and Coral (Elizabeth Perkins) are two clownfish preparing to start a family when they are attacked by a barracuda. During the fight, Coral and all but one egg are killed and eaten. Horrified by what happened, Marlin takes the lone remaining egg and hides it. It eventually hatches and becomes his son, Nemo (Alexander Gould). Owing to the circumstances of his wife's death, Marlin becomes an extremely overprotective father. Naturally, Nemo longs to break away from his father's constant close supervision. On his first day of school, Nemo swims away from his group and is captured by a scuba diver. Panicked, Marlin sets out to find his son and bring him home safely. With the assistance of the kind but foolish fish, Dory (Ellen DeGeneres), he races against time and space to bring Nemo home, but how will he ever find him in such a huge ocean?

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  • 90

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    The humor bubbling through Finding Nemo is so fresh, sure of itself and devoid of the cutesy, saccharine condescension that drips through so many family comedies that you have to w...

  • 80

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    The best break of all is that Pixar's traditionally untethered imagination can't be kept under wraps forever, and "Nemo" erupts with sea creatures that showcase Stanton and company...

  • 80

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    Very clever and imaginative indeed, and its pictures are so gorgeous that they alone could warrant a second viewing.

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unlikely friendships, animal antics, family tragedy, facing danger, epic adventure