|Fig 1 - Finding Nemo Poster|
The film won Pixar it's first 'Best Animated Feature' award at the Oscars in 2004 and eventually became the best-selling DVD of all-time. All of which comes as no surprise to me, as the film is truly one of Pixar's greatest.
There is an episode of Futurama (1999-2013) entitled "Godfellas" in which a deity-like 'space cloud' ends the episode by saying "When you do things right, people won't be sure you did anything at all". I think about this quote a lot, particularly in the case of editing which can so easily become the detriment of an otherwise decent film. The quote feels particularly pertinent to the ease with which Finding Nemo plays out, as the foreign world and unusual gravity of marine life are so effortlessly exhibited here. In the documentary 'Making Nemo' it is shown just how in-depth the team at Pixar went to make the aquatic landscapes and wildlife authentic. More than anything, the doc outlines how crucial it was to imitate the various lighting techniques of subterranean atmospheres and even more so, to animate fish in a fluid and naturalistic way. Without this extensive research, the film would never have captured the true beauty of the ocean depths and for that reason alone deserves all of the acclaim it received.
|Fig 2 - Finding Nemo - Dory and Marlin|
Saying that, the film is actually full of sweetness and manages to give it's many characters enough dimension to find something to like in all of them. For my money, Ellen DeGeneres as Dory stands to be one of the best elements of the film. Unlike the relentless positivity of Inside Out's 'Joy', Dory comes across as naive in her vulnerability and makes up for what could have been 'annoying' optimism with the crutch of her memory affliction and it's genuinely humorous consequences. She alone has some of the best dialogue in the film and instantly rubbed off on popular culture in her efforts to "just keep swimming".
Overall, Finding Nemo is a timeless tale of devotion and emotion that has aged incredibly well animation-wise. With great voice talents and impeccable attention to detail, the film takes paternal dedication to another level and will either leave you itching to explore the briny depths or at least roll up your trousers for a paddle.
Fig. 1 Finding Nemo Poster (2003) From: Finding Nemo - Directed by: Andrew Stanton & Lee Unkrich
Fig. 2 Finding Nemo Screenshot (2003) From: Finding Nemo - Directed by: Andrew Stanton & Lee Unkrich
'Making Nemo' Documentary