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). Read more...(551 words, 85 images, estimated 2:12 mins reading time)
Family fun can’t get any more intense than this. Back in 1869, some boys are burying a chest, and it locked tight. This burden they are trying to get rid of seems to be cursed, and they hope no one ever finds it again. One hundred years later, in Brantford, New Hampshire, a boy of about 12-13 is being chased by some other boys. Alan Parrish (Adam Hann-Byrd) is the son of the town’s wealthiest family, and one very popular boy, Billy Jessup (Gary Joseph Thorup), does not like the fact that not only is Alan a Parrish, but that he thinks he can be friends with Sarah Whittle (Laura Bell Bundy), the cute blond girl at school that Billy has claimed to be his girlfriend. Alan escapes into the Parrish Shoe Works, and is chastised by his father, Sam Parrish (Jonathan Hyde) about Billy. What Sam does not know is that Billy has a gang of bullies outside waiting to beat up Alan. Sam declines Alan’s request for a ride home, and goes back outside. He gets roughed up by Billy and his gang. When the bullies leave, he hears a noise that sounds like jungle drums. He follows the drums and finds the source of the sound buried in the construction site where Parrish Shoes is having an annex built. In the chest, he finds a beautiful African-themed game board marked “Jumanji”. He takes the game home, and he still is at odds with his father, even though Sam apologises for not know that Billy had a gang set to beat Alan up. Alan’s parents go out for some kind of formal outing, and Alan decides that night that he is going to run away, because he is tired of being a Parrish, and living up to all the hype that comes with the name. As he is about to run out the door, Sarah comes over to return with Alan’s bicycle. She hears the Jumanji drums, and she and Alan start to play the game, but they did not read all the instructions. Some odd things start to happen. In one turn, Sarah unknowingly summons some bats. On Alan’s turn “In the jungle you must wait, until you roll a five or eight”, he gets sucked into the game board, and Sarah freaks out. The bats come out and attack her, and she runs out of the house screaming. Read more...(803 words, 59 images, estimated 3:13 mins reading time)