The following is a review of the movie Finding Nemo. If you have not seen the greatest animated movie of all time, dont worry; there are no spoilers.
On the 30th of May in 2003, G-rated Finding Nemo was released and can be described as nothing short of the movie that reinvented childrens animated-films. With a budget of ninety-four million United States dollars, a well rounded cast, and Pixars exemplary ability to tell a world-class narrative; this film exceeded the limits of education, emotional appeal, and humor with various themes. Under the direction of Andrew Brooks and Lee Unkrich, voice-actors such as Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks, and Alexander Gould did an excellent job bringing the sentimental story and its characters to life.
While the physical aspects of the project commenced in 2000, work for Finding Nemo actually began in 1997. Starting in the Coral Reef, making its way to the East Australian Current and eventually in Sydney, Finding Nemo was the first Pixar film to take place outside of the United States. The film appealed to the masses with family humor as well as dramatic effect with sorrowful and joyful themes aroused by the experiences and relationships of the characters.
The animated movie was incredibly educational as it incorporated facts relating to the zones of the ocean, and the organisms that inhabit it. The film did not portray any true villains, as they wanted children to understand the natural being of organisms. For example the pelican, voiced by Geoffrey Rush, shared the quote Fish gotta swim, birds gotta eat. Pixar truthfully depicted the dangerous jungle known as the ocean, while still focusing in on its sublimity and excitement.
In addition to its educational value, Finding Nemo provided a plethora of themes throughout the film. Between Dory, who is characterized with memory loss, and Nemo, who has a small finn, the movie introduces a theme of overcoming disability. Despite their problems, Dory was able to practice her individual abilities to read and speak whale, while Nemo used his size to the aid of his newfound friends. Friendship was depicted by all of the encounters Marlin made on his journey and the fish Nemo came to know during his capture.
The biggest theme would have to be the overall adventure Marlin and Dory took, as it illustrated the overcoming of fear. The film followed the literary narrative development of the Heros Journey. The archetypes of the child, the hero, the devil, the guide, and the mentor are all provided by the characters of the movie. The child represented by Nemo, the hero by Marlin, the devil being any obstacle, the guide being Dory, and the mentor being Crush.
The Hero, portrayed by the nervous father Marlin, experienced his call to adventure when his son gets taken. He swallowed his fear and made the unstoppably courageous effort to save his son, a theme most parents could recognize. His character proved to be dynamic and round, as he grew out of his overprotective fear deriving from his past experiences, and became more lenient and understanding of the ocean around him.
Finding Nemos Box Office Revenue racked in over 38-million dollars, and held the highest grossing release weekend for animated films. It was also recognized as the top-selling DVD of all time. Pixar rose above their child-targeted audience and fell into the hearts of parents everywhere who deeply admired the animated-film. Characterized by its tender emotion and fresh bubbly humor, the movie proves itself a captivating family feature. Personally, Finding Nemo was an amazing cinematic experience that allowed me to achieve my admiration for films as a young child. It also instilled many key themes to live by such as Dorys optimism, Marlins adventure, and Crushs free-spirit. Finding Nemo today continues to teach the audience about the centrality of fear and how perseverance to overcome it is a key necessity to living a fulfilling life.