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Review | Finding Nemo – 2003

Disney Pixar’s animated film Finding Dory is finally out in cinemas! Reason enough for me to re-watch the 13 year-old film Finding Nemo. The prequel was Disney Pixar’s fifth film and was one of the most succesful films of 2003. Finding Nemo won over thirty prizes, including an Oscar for best animation film. Seeing the popularity, it’s odd we fans had to wait 13 years for a sequel, especially with this current trend of sequels, reboots and spin-offs.  

Finding Nemo tells the story of Nemo, an orange and white clownfish. He has a congenital defect in one of its fins, which is smaller than the other. When he was a breeze, he and his unborn brothers and sisters were attacked by a barracuda. Only Nemo survived the attack and that’s how he got his ‘lucky fin‘. Because he was the only survivor, his father is overly concerned about his son’s welfare. The first day at school immediately provides the necessary excitement, especially when Nemo and some classmates challenge each other to touch a boat. Shortly afterwards Nemo’s biggest enemy targets him: a human being. Nemo is captured and transferred to Sydney, where he meets other fish in an aquarium. Nemo’s father Marlin does everything to get his son back and goes on an unforgettable adventure, in which he makes new friends as well.

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Before Marlin starts his adventure to get Nemo back, everything seems to be alright. Marlin and his wife have 400 eggs and are very happy in their sea anemone, untill a vicious barracuda attacks them. A very dramatic event for the youngest, but luckily there’s one egg left: Nemo. Nemo’s first day at school consists of several recognizable aspects: overprotective parents, elated crowds authors, children who are ashamed of their parents and young bullies – taking away a one’s cochlea is not funny. All this takes place in a beautiful and colorful word of the coral reef. The animations and colors are excellent throughout the film. The scene in which the singing teacher takes Nemo and the rest of the class on a journey through the coral, is also for the viewers a breathtaking moment. Nemo stares his eyes out, as well does the viewers who see a beautiful sea.

At the so-called ‘drop-off’, the story takes a different turn and the colourful coral makes place for the big blue ocean. Nemo shows everybody, including his father, that even with one tiny fin he can swim, and so one touches the boat. One funny moment during this scene is when the young fish pronounce ‘boat’ wrong and say butt. “He touched the butt”. What follows is a mean diver who catches Nemo and so Marlin’s adventure is about to begin. This is the part of the film we finally meet Dory, the blue fish with amnesia, which provides the necessary funny moments. Together they go on a mission to find Nemo and in the meantime defend themselves against bigger fish, including three hilarious sharks: “Fish are friends, not food”. During their mission. Marlin and Dory get helped by the amazing Australian sea turtles and a bird called Nigel.

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In the meantime, somewhere in Sydney Nemo’s new place is an aquarium in a dentist’s office. This is where he meets other tropical fish, but only one is also from the big blue ocean. Together they try to free Nemo and get him back to where he belongs. Especially once they find out his future may not be very long. It’s clear the human being is the biggest threat to these colourful fish who belong in the open sea. 

Finding Nemo won’t be a true Disney Pixar-film if it didn’t have a happy end. Nemo and his father will reunite and their bond will be stronger than before. The film is a nice family film and both children and adults will love it. With the beautiful, colourful animations, a proper voice casting and lovely characters, the film is absolutely a success! For a limited time, Finding Nemo can be seen in cinemas previous to the new film Finding Dory. So what are you waiting for?!

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