In order to power the city, monsters have to scare children so that they scream. However, the children are toxic to the monsters, and after a child gets through, 2 monsters realize things may not be what they think.
The toys are mistakenly delivered to a day-care center instead of the attic right before Andy leaves for college, and it's up to Woody to convince the other toys that they weren't abandoned and to return home.
A clown fish named Marlin lives in the Great Barrier Reef loses his son, Nemo. After he ventures into the open sea, despite his father's constant warnings about many of the ocean's dangers. Nemo is abducted by a boat and netted up and sent to a dentist's office in Sydney. So, while Marlin ventures off to try to retrieve Nemo, Marlin meets a fish named Dory, a blue tang suffering from short-term memory loss. The companions travel a great distance, encountering various dangerous sea creatures such as sharks, anglerfish and jellyfish, in order to rescue Nemo from the dentist's office, which is situated by Sydney Harbour. While the two are doing this, Nemo and the other sea animals in the dentist's fish tank plot a way to return to Sydney Harbour to live their lives free again. Written by
Pixar developed a very realistic look of the surface water, but had to make it look more fake so people wouldn't think it was real footage of the ocean surface. See more »
When Mr. Ray sings his "Let's Name the Species" song, he isn't
actually naming species. Porifera, Coelenterata, Ctenophora, Bryozoa, Arthropoda, Echinodermata, and Chordata are all phyla. Hydrozoa, Scyphozoa, and Anthozoa are classes in the phylum Cnidaria (Coelenterata), and Gastropoda is a class in the phylum Mollusca. The order of classification is: kingdom, phylum, class, order, family, genus, species. Phyla and classes are definitely not the same as species, although it is revealed, in the DVD, that Mr. Ray isn't an actual scientist, more that he just picks things up. In that case, it could very well be that he mistook the one for the other, not knowing that he was passing on incorrect information. See more »
Yes, Marlin. I... No, I see it. It's beautiful.
So, Coral, when you said you wanted an ocean view, you didn't think you were going to get the whole ocean, did you? Huh?
Oh, yeah. A fish can breathe out here. Did your man deliver, or did he deliver?
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During the end credits, Mike Wazowski (the one-eyed character from Monsters, Inc. (2001)) can be seen swimming across the screen while wearing scuba-diving equipment. See more »
I have enjoyed most of the computer-animated films made so far, ranging
from Pixar films like "Toy Story" and "The Incredibles" to DreamWorks
films like "Shrek." But "Finding Nemo" is the one that remains
unparalleled, not because of its comedy or creativity, both of which
are equaled in the "Toy Story" movies and in "Monsters Inc.," but
because it truly, more than any of the previous computer-animated
features, reinvents the genre of the children's animated film.
Humor in traditional animation is usually based on broad slapstick and
physical exaggeration. There are occasional nods to this brand of humor
in "Finding Nemo," as when a flock of seagulls ram into a boat and we
see their beaks crowing on the other side of the sail. But such
sequences only call attention to how far this movie generally departs
from old cartoon conventions. Instead, the movie invests its world of
sentient animals with a surprisingly scientific texture. All of the
animals are based on real species. The fish tank is constructed out of
real devices. There is a strong sense of locale, as Marlin (Albert
Brooks) travels across the Pacific to Australia, where even the animals
speak with an Australian accent. In a scene that I'm sure Gary Larson
of "Far Side" fame loved, a pelican discusses with a group of fish the
intricate details of dentistry. The fact that the animals talk and
understand what's going on is treated as though it were a natural
feature of the world. The realism is so striking that by the end of the
film, you'll almost believe it possible for fish to plot an escape from
Far from making the film pedantic, this approach results in an
intelligent but still entertaining picture. Most of the humor is based
on parodies of human behavior: repentant sharks start a club that's
like Alcoholics Anonymous, a school of fish act like obnoxious DJs
while forming themselves into spectacular patterns, and a four-year-old
girl behaves like most kids that age, oblivious and destructive. The
manner in which Marlin finds his way to his son is so inventive that we
can forgive the film for the number of coincidences involved.
The story employs the same basic formula used in "Toy Story," in which
two characters, one uptight and the other clueless, are thrown together
as they're forced to journey through a world populated by creatures
that are a lot more knowing than the humans realize. This movie,
however, creates a unique character in Dory (Ellen DeGeneres), a fish
with short-term memory loss. To give a cartoon character a real human
disorder is risky, to say the least, and I'm glad the filmmakers didn't
lose the nerve to include this ingenious device, which not only
generates some of the film's biggest laughs, but reinforces the
character interaction that is so central to the story. This is in fact
the only Pixar film to feature true character development. In the
course of his voyage, Marlin learns to be more adventurous, getting
parenting tips from a surfer-dude turtle voiced by the film's director
Andrew Stanton, while his son Nemo learns to be self-reliant.
Of course, none of the sharks, jellyfish, whales, gulls, pelicans,
lobsters, and humans that Marlin encounters along the way really mean
any harm. They're just doing what they do. As Nigel the Pelican tells
Nemo at one point, "Fish gotta swim, birds gotta eat." That's perhaps
the film's most interesting insight, that there are no true villains,
just creatures that act according to their nature, and a few that
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