First off, I cannot stand DVD companies who release separate DVD's
for widescreen and full screen versions of the film. That's
just plain greedy and ridiculous. Thank you Finding Nemo, for both
versions of the film in one box, so your many fans don't get
ripped like they do from other movies.
There's too much to talk about with special features to
go in depth on the plot without making you read a six-page review.
Also, with a box office of $338 million, who didn't see
this movie by now? Anyhow, here is a brief overview.
Marlin (Albert Brooks), a clownfish, has his life turned upside
down one unfortunate night. His lone remaining family is his son
with one deformed flipper, Nemo. This leaves Marlin a very overprotective
father. Finally convincing his father to allow him to go to school,
disaster happens on the first day. Nemo is unexpectedly caught
by scuba divers and later ends up in an aquarium at a dentist's
office. Marlin is now hot on the trail of finding his lost son.
He runs into a forgetful blue tang fish, Dory (Ellen Degeneres),
who has nowhere else to go and nothing else to do so she asks
to join him. At first Marlin is reluctant to her tagging along,
but realizes he will need her help to find his lost son. Their
journey takes them through sharks, jellyfish, a group of helpful
turtles and much more. Nemo himself has his own adventures as
he attempts to escape from the aquarium and get back to the ocean
and his father.
I understand that's a rather brief, weak summary that does
the movie no justice, but like I said before, everyone saw this
movie, so I want to focus on what they haven't seen. You
guessed it, special features. With a 2-disc set, Finding Nemo
is more than packed. So here you go:
- "Filmmakers' Visual Commentary Including Deleted
Scenes and Recording Sessions": The one thing I don't
like about animated movies is that the deleted scenes are unfinished
and not spoken by the actors. I said this in my Lion King review,
and again it holds true for Finding Nemo. If these scenes were
finished, they could have been included in one of the versions
and I feel this would have made an already spectacular DVD that
- "Making Nemo: A Special Documentary Featuring Footage
On The Creation Of The Film": Wow, I couldn't have
explained it better than the title, so I wont.
- "Turn your TV into a virtual aquarium": also found
on disc-2 with different backgrounds. While the backgrounds look
amazing, I couldn't imagine anyone actually doing this...it's
- "Review the Art of Nemo": Exactly what it says,
narrated by the artists of the film.
- "Exploring the Reef with Jean Michel Cousteau and all
Your Nemo Friends": I thought this was incredibly funny,
and it even teaches us all about conserving energy to save the
beauty of underwater reefs.
- "Play "Fisharades" with your Favorite School
of Fish": Much like they do in the film, a school of fish
slowly form a shape and you must guess it, but there's a
- "Learning Fun with Mr. Ray's Encyclopedia":
not much learning, not much fun, one of the few aspects of this
2-disc set I didn't find intriguing.
- "Behind the Scenes Tour": Another, shortened look
at the making of Finding Nemo.
- "Storytime Fun for the Young": A short story featuring
Nemo and Marlin. It's not animated, and has picture boards
instead. You can also choose to have a narrator read the story.
Just like a nighttime story we all heard when we were kids.
- "Pixar Animation Short: Kick Knack": Made in 1989,
well before even Toy Story, the animation isn't quite what
it is today, but for the time, quite impressive.
- Other disc 2 features include "Sneak Peaks", and
more "Virtual Aquarium".
When I first saw this movie, I was making instant comparisons
to the other CGI movies I have recently seen. Finding Nemo easily
holds its own. One amazing thing I noticed about the movie was
that I actually enjoyed the performances by Brooks and Degeneres.
Two comics I normally can't even stand to watch. However,
in Finding Nemo, both of these comics shine, especially Degeneres,
turning what easily could have been a very annoying role into
an overall lovable character.
What else can I say? Finding Nemo is an unbelievable movie. Who
would have known it would beat The Matrix Reloaded for the summer
box office title, then go onto become the biggest grossing animation
of all time? The DVD is incredible, with both widescreen and full
screen editions to go along with a superb array of special features.
My final verdict: The DVD for Finding Nemo will be a smash just
like the film was in the theatre, and rightfully so. Don't
miss your chance to be a part of history, and go pick up the DVD!