Finding Nemo is a 2003 computer-animated comedy-drama adventure film produced by Pixar Animation Studios, released by Walt Disney Pictures, and directed by Andrew Stanton. It centers on Marlin (voiced by Albert Brooks), who, upon discovering that his son Nemo (voiced by Alexander Gould) has been caught by a scubadiver revealed to be a dentist, has to go all across the Australian ocean with the help of Dory (voiced by Ellen DeGeneres), while encountering three friendly sharks -- Bruce, Anchor, and Chum --, a vicious anglerfish, a group of moonfish (voiced by John Ratzenberger), dangerous jellyfish, comical turtles, a friendly whale, pelicans and seagulls. Meanwhile, Nemo tries to escape a fish tank, with help from the tank gang -- Gill (Willem Dafoe), Bloat (Brad Garrett), Peach (Allison Janney), Gurgle (Austin Pendleton), Bubbles (Stephen Root), Deb (Vicki Lewis), and Jacques (the late Joe Ranft).
- Alexander Gould: Nemo, a young clownfish, Marlin's son, and the tritagonist.
- Albert Brooks: Marlin, Nemo's dad, Coral's husband, and the main protagonist, although Nemo is the title character.
- Ellen DeGeneres: Dory, a friendly-but-forgetful Blue Tang, the comic relief, and the deuteragonist.
- Willem Dafoe: Gill, a Moorish Idol, the leader of the Tank Gang, and the secondary tritagonist.
- Brad Garrett: Bloat, a blowfish who bloats up whenever he gets agitated.
- Allison Janney: Peach, a pink-red starfish who can read human (just like Dory).
- Austin Pendleton: Gurgle, a germophobic and pessimistic purple gramma fish who doubts the possibility of Gill's escape plans, and even often argues with Bloat.
- Stephen Root: Bubbles, a yellow tang with a peculiar enjoyment over bubbles.
- Vicki Lewis: Deb/Flo, a blue and white striped damselfish, who thinks her reflection is her sister, Flo.
- Joe Ranft: Jacques, a hygenic, French-accented cleaner shrimp, who "cleans" any newcomer who arrives in the tank.
- Geoffrey Rush: Nigel, a brown pelican who is a friend of the Tank Gang's.
- Andrew Stanton: Crush, a green sea turtle who greatly cares for his son, Squirt.
- Elizabeth Perkins: Coral, Nemo's mom and Marlin's wife.
- Nicholas Bird: Squirt, a young sea turtle and Crush's son.
- Bob Peterson: Mr. Ray, a manta ray and Nemo's teacher.
- Barry Humpries: Bruce, a great white shark.
- Eric Bana: Anchor, a hammerhead shark.
- Bruce Spence: Chum, a mako shark.
- Bill Hunter: Phillip Sherman, the dentist and the one responsible for Nemo seperated from his dad.
- LuLu Ebeling: Darla, the dentist's spoiled niece.
- Jordy Ranft: Tad, a butterfly fish fingerling, and one of Nemo's school friends.
- Erica Beck: Pearl, a young flapjack octopus, and one of Nemo's school friends.
- Erik Per Sullivan: Sheldon, a young seahorse and one of Nemo's school friends.
- John Ratzenberger: A school of moonfish.
The movie got critical acclaim, and went on to be one of the best animated movies of 2003. It received a 99% "Certified Fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and a 90 out of 100 on Metacritic, meaning "universal acclaim". I also liked the film, praising the animation, humor, emotional appeal, voice acting, story, and characters, with 9.5 out of 10.
Why I Love It
- The animation looks really stunning and beautiful, even for the time of its release, even the water which looks lifelike.
- Likable and relatable characters. Kids can relate to Nemo, while adults can relate to Marlin. They are also well developed, and even the tank gang is well developed.
- The moral is more directed towards adults, which is a unique twist as most family or kids films have morals centered towards kids.
- Awesome action scenes.
- Great voice acting.
- Funny humor.
- Unforgettable quotes, like Fish are friends, Not food; Just keep swimming, THE RING OF FIRE, P. Sherman 42 Wallaby Way, Sydney, and of course, MINE! MINE! MINE!
- An interesting plot that even kids can get invested in, and it also has plenty of heartwarming moments and it manages to play out like a grand adventure.
- It once again shows how creative Pixar is; the story focuses on fish.
- Great score by Thomas Newman.
- The sequel (as mentioned below) is just as good.
A sequel to the movie, Finding Dory, was released on June 17, 2016, thirteen years after the original film's release, with Andrew Stanton once again in the director’s chair. It follows Dory who has lost her parents for years and has to find them, with help from Nemo and Marlin, but unexpectedly gets caught and goes to the MLI, where she meets Hank, Bailey, and Destiny, and she enlists their help to get to the Jewel of Morro Bay, California. Much like the first movie, the sequel received critical acclaim, with praise directed towards the animation, humor, emotional story, vocal performances, and characters.