Finding Nemo

Finding Nemo

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Director: Andrew Stanton, Lee Unkrich

Cast: Andrew Stanton, Lee Unkrich, Albert Brooks, Ellen DeGeneres

     
 

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A stunning animated adventure for the whole family, Pixar's runaway box-office smash gets the top-shelf treatment on this Disney/Buena Vista release. Viewable in either original 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen or 1.33:1 pan-and-scan, either way you watch it, the transfer is absolutely stunning -- even if not viewed on the preferred high-definition television. Looking

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A stunning animated adventure for the whole family, Pixar's runaway box-office smash gets the top-shelf treatment on this Disney/Buena Vista release. Viewable in either original 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen or 1.33:1 pan-and-scan, either way you watch it, the transfer is absolutely stunning -- even if not viewed on the preferred high-definition television. Looking just about as perfect as a film can when transferred to DVD, the image is incredibly sharp and crystal clear. Likewise, the THX-mastered soundtrack, rendered in English, Spanish, or French Dolby Digital EX, surrounds the viewer with all of the sounds of the ocean to remarkable effect. As flawless as the presentation of the film is, though, it's hard to surpass this disc in terms of impressive extras as well. Starting with a brief introduction by director Andrew Stanton and co-director Lee Unkrich, the duo offers viewers a sensible plan of attack for viewing the somewhat intimidating amount of extras, encouraging viewers to watch the film, then the making-of documentary, and then the super-informative visual commentary track. Given all of the bonuses offered in the commentary track alone (which features Stanton, Unkrich and co-writer Bob Peterson), it seems somewhat unfair to simply label this incredibly detailed feature of the disc a "commentary" track, as it virtually redefines the boundaries of what can be accomplished in such a feature. The track is frequently interrupted to show footage of the actors performing the voice-overs, early production sketches, and deleted scenes -- future commentary tracks are bound to follow cue in including such detailed information. Clocking in at nearly a half-hour, and almost unnecessary after the commentary track, is an entertaining making-of featurette. Interviews with John Lasseter and the rest of the film crew show a marked dedication to getting details as authentic as possible, even going so far as to send the director and other crew members scuba diving in order to experience the coral reef firsthand. Subsequently addressing every detail from lighting to writing, there are few stones left unturned in the making-of featurette. The Design Gallery, separated into four categories -- Art Review (with optional commentary), Characters, Environments, and Color Scripts (which alone offers over 300 images) -- breaks down every visual aspect of the film in unparalleled detail. Rounding out the options of the first disc is the ability to turn your television into a virtual aquarium by utilizing looped footage of Finding Nemo's stunning underwater backgrounds. Once again beginning with a brief introduction by Stanton and Unkrich, a seven-minute featurette entitled "Exploring the Reef with Jean-Michel Cousteau" kicks off disc two with an informative and entertaining look at the sea. Humorous banter between Cousteau and Finding Nemo's scaly protagonists is sure to keep the kids laughing while they learn. Next up is an early Pixar short entitled Knick Knack, and Mr. Ray's Encyclopedia offers accurate information on every ocean dweller featured in the film. After the kids play a quick game of "Fisharades," a Storytime feature is sure to keep younger fans occupied. Wrapping things up on disc two, a behind-the-scenes feature is broken into three parts including "Character Interviews," "Studio Tour," and "Publicity." "Character Interviews" are sure to amuse the kiddies by offering a quick Q & A session with Marlin, Nemo, and, of course, Dory. The Studio Tour follows young Alexander Gould (the voice of Nemo) on a fun and not too educational adventure through the Pixar studios. Publicity materials consist of four trailers, fishy facts about three of the film's supporting players, and a print gallery of poster, bus shelter, and other promotional materials. After all of these things, it probably goes without saying that this exhausting release of Finding Nemo is sure to please viewers because, like the movie itself, this incredible disc includes something for everyone.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Donald Liebenson
Sebastian from The Little Mermaid was right: It is better under the sea! The No. 1 box office hit of 2003, Pixar's Finding Nemo makes a big home video splash, especially in the DVD edition, which is loaded with see-worthy features that will immerse viewers in Nemo's breathtakingly beautiful computer-animated undersea world. This instant family classic contains all the lures of a film by the creators of Toy Story, A Bug's Life, and Monsters, Inc.: state-of-the-art animation, sophisticated storytelling that doesn't treat the audience like minnows, vividly rendered characters, and impeccable voice work. Albert Brooks is well cast as Marlin, a neurotically overprotective clown fish, who embarks on a desperate search to find his young son, Nemo, plucked from the ocean and now languishing in a dentist's fish tank. As Marlin gets in over his head, he meets a variety of sea creatures, some friendly (Ellen DeGeneres's Dory, a cheerful blue tang with poor short-term memory), and others not (Barry Humphries as a self-improving great white shark striving to think of other fish as "friends, not food"). Other memorable additions to Pixar's gallery of classic characters include a turtle who converses in surfer dude speak (voiced by the film's director, Andrew Stanton), and a flock of single-minded seagulls who pounce on any potential foodstuff with the squawk, "Mine." As with Monsters, Inc., there won't be a dry eye in the house at the film's surprisingly emotional conclusion. This "Collector's Edition" offers lots of bait. In addition to segments that plunge animation enthusiasts into this film's production, this two-disc set also contains interactive games, the delightful Pixar short Knick Knack, the educational short film Exploring the Reef with Jean-Michel Cousteau, and a feature that transforms your TV into a virtual aquarium. Don't let this be the one that got away.
All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
Finding Nemo is a superb achievement on three distinct levels. First, the look of the film is gorgeous. The Pixar crew has created a fully realized underwater world. The colors are bright and entrancing, while the movement of the fish is so realistic that the viewer never for a second suspends belief. The story is beautifully structured. After establishing the relationship between Marlin (Albert Brooks) and Nemo (Alexander Gould), the film sets up the separate worlds they each inhabit (the ocean and the fish tank). The screenwriters have dreamed up creative plot points, formulating exciting obstacles (like the wrecking of a filtration system, a dangerous jellyfish zone, and a dentally challenged eight-year-old) that allow the film to maintain an exciting pace without sacrificing character or humor. Each member of the cast appears to have been hired for their skills as a performer more than for their name recognition. Brooks, DeGeneres, and Willem Dafoe all communicate real emotional truth in their characters, while such talented vocal performers as Stephen Root, Geoffrey Rush, and Barry Humphries lend pitch-perfect comedic support. Finding Nemo is an inventively written, gorgeously drawn, and perfectly acted animated film.
Rolling Stone
Leave it to a g-rated cartoon to give the live-action epics a lesson in action, fun and bracing originality. Peter Travers
Entertainment Weekly
You could trawl the seven seas and not net a funnier, more beautiful, and more original work of art and comedy than Finding Nemo. Lisa Schwarzbaum
San Francisco Chronicle
The visuals pop, the fish emote and the ocean comes alive. That's in the first two minutes. After that, they do some really cool stuff. C.W. Nevius

Product Details

Release Date:
11/04/2003
UPC:
0786936215595
Original Release:
2003
Rating:
G
Source:
Walt Disney Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame, Wide Screen]
Sound:
[THX-Supervised Mastering, Dolby Digital Surround EX]
Time:
1:40:00

Special Features

Disc 1: Wide-screen viewing presentation; filmmakers' visual commentary including deleted scenes and recording sessions; "Making Nemo" documentary; review of the art of Nemo, narrated by the artists; virtual aquarium feature with scenes from the movie.
Disc 2: Full-frame viewing presentation; "Exploring the Reef" with Jean-Michel Cousteau; Pixar Animation Studios short film "Knick Knack;" sneak peek at The Incredibles; "Fisharades" game; learning fun with Mr. Ray's Encyclopedia; Pixar Animation Studios behind-the-scenes tour; virtual aquarium feature with animation not included in the movie.
Both wide- and full-screen versions offer English, French, and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround EX.

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Albert Brooks Marlin
Ellen DeGeneres Dory
Alexander Gould Nemo the Clownfish
Willem Dafoe Gill
Brad Garrett Bloat
Allison Janney Peach the Starfish
Austin Pendleton Gurgle
Stephen Root Bubbles
Vicki Lewis Deb and Flo
Joe Ranft Jacques
Geoffrey Rush Nigel
Andrew Stanton Crush
Elizabeth Perkins Coral
Nicolas Bird Squirt
Bob Peterson Mr. Ray
Barry Humphries Bruce the Great White Shark
Eric Bana Anchor
Bruce Spence Chum
Bill Hunter Dentist
LuLu Ebeling Darla
Jordy Ranft Tad
Erica Beck Pearl
Erik Per Sullivan Sheldon the Seahorse
John Ratzenberger Fish School

Technical Credits
Andrew Stanton Director,Original Story,Screenwriter
Lee Unkrich Director
Matthew Jon Beck Casting
Randy Berrett Art Director
Bob Peterson Screenwriter
Sharon Calahan Cinematographer
Anthony Christov Art Director
Robin Cooper Art Director
Ralph Eggleston Production Designer
Jinko Gotoh Associate Producer
Mary Hidalgo Casting
Jeremy Lasky Cinematographer
John Lasseter Executive Producer
Thomas Newman Score Composer
Ricky Vega Nierva Art Director
Kevin Reher Casting
David Reynolds Screenwriter
Gary Rydstrom Sound/Sound Designer
David Ian Salter Editor
Michael Silvers Sound Editor
Graham Walters Producer

Scene Index

Side #1 -- Widescreen
1. New Parents
2. Main Titles
3. First Day of School
4. Field Trip
5. The Drop Off
6. Nemo Lost
7. Meeting Dory
8. Sharks
9. The Tank Gang
10. The Abyss
11. Anglerfish
12. Nemo's Initiation
13. Fish Impressions
14. Jellyfish
15. The Filter
16. Sea Turtles
17. News Travels
18. Off Ramp
19. Dory Speaks Whale
20. Algae
21. Inside the Whale
22. Sydney Harbour
23. The Aquascum
24. Pelicans
25. Darla!
26. Goodbye Dory
27. Nemo and Dory
28. Fishing Net
29. Reunion
30. Back on the Reef
31. Tank Escape
32. End Credits
Side #2 -- Full Frame
1. New Parents
2. Main Titles
3. First Day of School
4. Field Trip
5. The Drop Off
6. Nemo Lost
7. Meeting Dory
8. Sharks
9. The Tank Gang
10. The Abyss
11. Anglerfish
12. Nemo's Initiation
13. Fish Impressions
14. Jellyfish
15. The Filter
16. Sea Turtles
17. News Travels
18. Off Ramp
19. Dory Speaks Whale
20. Algae
21. Inside the Whale
22. Sydney Harbour
23. The Aquascum
24. Pelicans
25. Darla!
26. Goodbye Dory
27. Nemo and Dory
28. Fishing Net
29. Reunion
30. Back on the Reef
31. Tank Escape
32. End Credits

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Finding Nemo 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 161 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this movie so much, it was my favorite movie for a while. It was also kinda funny. Dory was hilarious. She constantly has amnesia attacks, much to the frustration of Nemo's dad, Marlin (a misnamed guy. This guy is a clownfish, ding-dong!). Also, the beginning is sad, but that doesn't stop the movie from being insanely awesome.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The movie Finding Nemo was about a clown fish whos son gets his son takein away from him. In the movie Marlin goes in search for his son Nemo. Marlin meets many new creatures under the sea such as Dory and bueatiful blue fish who as short term memory which makes things very interesting on Marlin. He also gets over many of his fears. After Marlin loseing his wife from a big scary fish he became a safty freak. In Finding Nemo you can watch a father face many of his fears to find his son. I really enjoyed the fun adventerous story line. With all the great charectors in Finding Nemo it makes it an easily likeable movie. It is a great movie for childern of all ages, im 15 and i thought that it was one of the gratest movies ever. It was a great movie and I think everyone should see it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I don't own this movie on DVD yet. We borrowed someone's DVD and watched it and returned it to them but I really liked Finding Nemo and thought it was adorable! It is a cute happy feel good movie that would be great to watch when you are sick or feeling down and need some cheering up! I'm definitely planning to buy the DVD!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Finding Neom is such a great movie. I love cartoon movies so this why this is one of my favorite movies of all times. It is about a little fish named Neom. He was being taken by these drivers then being put into a dentist's tank. His father, Marlin, does everything he could to get his son back. He deals with three sharks, birds, sea turtles, and jellyfish. He has to take certain trail to get to his son. Some of the trail he goes through are dangerous and can risk his own life. Marlin finally finds his son after several days later. This movie proves to always love those around you because you never know when they are going to leave your sight or your life. Marlin almost lost his son. This movie actually made me cry toward the end. You just have to see this movie!
Guest More than 1 year ago
In 1989, Disney made a great masterpiece: "The Little Mermaid". What a classic movie! Great animation, nice music, fun characters, and good humor for the whole family to laugh with. Now, about 15 years later, the best movie studio on the planet, Pixar, has come out with yet ANOTHER ocean movie. A movie that also has great animation, nice music, fun characters, and hilarious humor! "Finding Nemo" is about a young clownfish named Nemo who is just starting school. His dad, Marlin, is super over-protective and doesn't want anything to happen to his son. The reason behind this is because he lost nearly all of his family by a hungry shark. When Nemo rebels against his father's wishes, he finds himself kidnapped by a scuba diver and whisked off inside a fish tank in a dentist's office. Determined more than ever to get his son back, Marlin searches for his son, with the help of a forgetful fish named Dorey, 3 vegetarian sharks, and a group of cool sea turtles. Pixar is known for making great family classics ("Toy Story", "A Bug's Life", "Cars") and this one is no different. From the animation, to the score, to the plot developement... this movie is just really entertaining and will make you laugh-out-loud every 2 seconds. And every once in a while, you may want to grab a box of tissues (lol!). But, anyway, this is a really, really good movie! If you have not seen it, you should see it now. Like, right now. Like, this very second...
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've been watching Finding Nemo since I bought it for my son three years ago. Every time I watch I'm blown away by the incredible animation, the humour that keeps me laughing after all this time, the great story and wonderful delivery by Albert Brooks and Ellen De Generes. There is no other movie I could watch so often and still find something new to appreciate with every viewing. Great work!
BaeBeeGurl18 More than 1 year ago
Great movie for the family to watch. You will absolutely love this movie and something to watch over and over again. Great animation and great characters. A truly entertaining movie.
greentrees More than 1 year ago
Great DVD; new and promptly received; very, very happy with this transaction. This is a keepsake I wanted for my family, and I am so happy I purchased it!
hanabi33 More than 1 year ago
It is one of my rainy day movies. Don't need to think much, but still enjoyable when your 21. Good for kids but adults can enjoy it as well.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best Movie ever Cant stop watching it with my kids :) love this movie
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Guest More than 1 year ago
It was great!!!! I thought it was so good!!!! Now it's one of my very favorite movies!!! If you haven't seen this movie, then you must go sea it!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Obviously your reviewer Mark Deming didn't even bother to see the movie or even research his facts. Nemo's siblings and mother were not eaten by a shark, but another species of fish. (I'll let you research THAT one!)Marlin DOES see that Nemo is taken by a diver and Dory remembers the name on the mask that falls, leading them to the dentist's office. They are seperated not on the way to school but when Marlin follows along on Nemo's field trip during school out of worry.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought that this movie was great not only for kids but for parents also. Ellen D's character was by far my favorite character. A truly entertaining movie! :)
Guest More than 1 year ago
My daughter saw this movie, loved it and begged and begged and begged until she could see again. Two months later, she still talks about Bruce (the shark), and Dorie (the absent-minded blue fish). Her 5th birthday is in September and she's already asking for a Nemo themed party. This summer, she saw ''Finding Nemo'', ''Rugrats Go Wild'', and ''Sinbad''. While she loved them all, she said that she liked ''Rugrats Go Wild'' and ''Sinbad'', but ''not as much as Nemo''. She's even told friends at playdates that they've ''just GOT to see it!'' At the same time, I was telling her friend's parents that it was a very entertaining movie and that I liked it as well - the dialogue, the animation, the action were all exceptional (as you would expect from a Disney/Pixar collaboration). I will be purchasing this as soon as it comes out and I'm sure I will be watching it over and over and over and over....again.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Finding Nemo is the funniest and cutest and most entertaining movie I've ever seen! Anyone who sees this splish splashy cutsie disney movie will fall in love with Nemo! I give Nemo a thousand stars rating!