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Finding Nemo: Disney’s New Movie Makes a Big Splash
Tchaikovsky Cultural Center 
By Robert Lees
The producers of Toy Story and Monsters Inc have turned their attention to the sea to create a maritime adventure that will delight the whole family.
The hero of the film is Nemo, a little clown fish with an underdeveloped fin. He has been sheltered his whole life on the reef by his overprotective father, Marlin. On his first day at school, Nemo, tired of his dad’s suffocating attention, defiantly swims off into the open ocean where he is caught by an underwater diver and whisked off to a dentist’s aquarium in Sydney.
Marlin, desperate with worry, embarks upon an incredible journey to find his only son while at the same time Nemo, with the help of new friends, tries his utmost to escape from his aquarium prison.
While Finding Nemo is not as witty as Toy Story or as cute as Monsters Inc., it impresses in other ways.
Finding Nemo not only wins with its gorgeous animation but it also has some great comic characters that appeal to both children and adults alike.
Marlin is the anxious adult clown fish who for all his might is not funny despite being a ‘clown’ fish. His companion on his adventure is Dory, an excitable and naive fish who suffers from short-term memory loss. She constantly forgets what she is doing and why with comic results.
Barry Humphries – known to millions as Dame Edna Everidge – is the voice of the reformed Great White Shark, who has given up eating fish. With his ‘quit fish’ support group and their mantra ‘fish are friends not food’ he tries his best to resist his urges to eat his new best friends.
Sprinkled into the movie are the subtle jokes, visual puns and ingenious little touches that we have come to expect from Pixar. The farting seagull, the fish thinking dirty thoughts to pollute the tank and the Rush the pelican’s in-depth dental knowledge all provide light hearted moments.
However what will ultimately guarantee Finding Nemo success are the intense human emotions at the centre of the plot. The love of a parent for a child, a son’s adoration for his father and the desire to be free are all feelings we can all identify with. The touching sensitivity with which the directors handle these issues is what makes Finding Nemo a film not to be missed.

Directors: Andrew Stanton & Lee Unkrich

Stars: Albert Brooks, Ellen DeGeneres, Alexander Gould, Willem Dafoe, Barry Humphries, Geoffrey Rush, Eric Bana

Length: 100 min.

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