Finding Nemo : There are 3.7 trillion fish in the ocean, they’re looking for one.

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Finding Nemo came out at a time when Pixar just couldn’t be beat, even though it was having lots of good competition from other computer animation companies. This fish tale came surfing in on a high wave of the success of Monsters, Inc. We all thought it just couldn’t get any better as far as family movies go, and then Pixar wowed us again with this amazing fish story.

A clown fish, Marlin (Albert Brooks), and his mate, Coral (Elizabeth Perkins), have set up the perfect nest for their brood in a patch of sea anemones with a small cave underneath. This is a home with a view to the open ocean, but Marlin feels safe with the stinging anemones to keep him, Coral, and their over four hundred little roes to hide them from predators. Sadly, having such a great view will not always keep the big fish out, and when a nasty predator comes calling suddenly all of Marlin’s efforts to keep Coral and the little ones safe fall flat as he is knocked out cold. When he wakes up, he finds Coral and all but one of the eggs gone. he makes a promise to keep the little fish safe always. This last little fish is his son, Nemo (Alexander Gould).

Fast forward, and we still find Marlin and Nemo living on the reef, but now Nemo is older, and ready to go to school. Marlin is over-protective, but Nemo wants to learn about the world around him, and convinces his dad it’s time to let him go. As luck would have it for Nemo, on his first day, his science class is going on a field trip to the drop-off. He meets with his teacher, Mr. Ray (Bob Peterson), and some other youngsters, and they head off to the drop-off. Marlin finds out where they are heading and follows them. He finds Nemo and a few kids checking out a boat that is floating in the open water, and the kids keep daring each other to go further and further towards it. When Marlin finds them, he freaks out, and tells Nemo he is big trouble, and Nemo is angry at Marlin for be so overbearing, but starts to come back over to the reef anyway. His journey is cut short when a human diver comes up from below and scoops him up in a little fishing net.

Thus begins an adventure the likes Marlin could never have dreamed of where he encounters a new friend, Dory (Ellen DeGeneres), a little fish with a big problem with short-term memory loss. He runs into sharks seeking to become vegans, but being very unsuccessful at it, a forest of jellyfish, whales, pelicans, seagulls, and even some ocean current surfing with some sea-turtles. Meanwhile, Nemo has a small adventure of his own attempting to escape the fish tank at P. Sherman’s dentist office at 227 Wallaby Way in Sydney. There is just so much trans-oceanic fun going on here, you can’t help but love all the fun this movie is going to give the whole family, and it is one they will never tire of. Musings rates this as a top-pick.

I give this film a Musing review of ★★★★★★