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Movie Review: Finding Nemo 3D

September 14, 2012

Finding Nemo 3D – A Walt Disney Pictures’ Release

Release Date: September 14th, 2012

Rated G

Running time: 100 minutes

Andrew Stanton (dir.)

Lee Unkrich (co-dir.)

Andrew Stanton (screenplay and original story)

Bob Peterson (screenplay)

David Reynolds (screenplay)

Thomas Newman (music)

Albert Brooks as Marlin (voice)

Ellen DeGeneres as Dory (voice)

Alexander Gould as Nemo (voice)

Willem Dafoe as Gill (voice)

Brad Garrett as Bloat (voice)

Joe Ranft as Jacques (voice)

Geoffrey Rush as Nigel (voice)

Andrew Stanton as Crush (voice)

Bob Peterson as Mr. Ray (voice)

Barry Humphries as Bruce (voice)

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Nemo (voice of Alexander Gould) and Marlin (Albert Brooks) in Finding Nemo 3D.

Our reviews below:


Finding Nemo 3D Review By John C.

**** (out of 4)

Watching Finding Nemo 3D, we are constantly reminded why the Pixar film from 2003 is regarded so highly as a classic in the world of animation.  After premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival last Sunday afternoon, the 3D release starts a limited engagement in theatres today and comes highly recommended, even for those of us who already have a copy of the film in their personal collections.

Following the 3D renderings that such classics like The Lion King and Beauty and the Beast got last September and January, Disney is continuing the tradition with this rerelease of Finding NemoThe story of a father clownfish, Marlin (voice of Albert Brooks) searching for his lost son Nemo (Alexander Gould) across the vastness of the ocean with the help of the lovably simple Dory (Ellen DeGeneres), the timeless messages of the film still hold up.  Filled with charming characters and excellent voice work from a top notch cast, Finding Nemo is a tenderly told and beautifully animated modern classic that looks spectacular back on the big screen and in 3D.

Playing before the film is the latest Toy Story Toon, Partysaurus Rex, a brightly colourful and very amusing little party film complete with bath toys and a great club beat.  These short films are great because they allow us to revisit the characters from the beloved trilogy, and this one is no exception.  


Finding Nemo 3D Review by Erin V.  

**** (out of 4)

In 2003, audiences were wowed by the underwater scenes of a film that was destined to join the ranks of Pixar classics that would be watched for years to come.  That film was Finding Nemo, and today, it is being rereleased for a limited time to theatres in 3D.

Back when the film initially came out, it thankfully wasn’t in 3D (although you could argue it has considerable depth regardless), as it was still red and blue glasses back then.  Now, with RealD digital 3D getting better and better, and being used more effectively, the time is right for some of these rereleases.  You can argue that it’s all a money ploy with the surcharges and such, but in all reality, it gives a reason for a wonderful film to be back on theatre screens and to be introduced to a whole new audience (while at the same time being revisited by those who loved it in the first place).

Finding Nemo, as I’m sure you know, is the story of Marlin (Albert Brooks), a clownfish whose son Nemo (Alexander Gould) goes missing, leading him on a chase across the sea to get him back.  It is a very simple but touching story that is timeless and will stand up for generations to come.

Attached to the rerelease of the film is a brand new Toy Story Toon, called Partysaurus Rex.  The short is hilarious and loads of fun to watch, while also fitting nicely with the water theme of Finding Nemo.

Despite the 3D price, this set of short and film are more than worth going to the theatre for.  Even nine years later, the underwater scenes and animation of Finding Nemo is stunning, and coupled with the stellar voice cast it really can’t be missed.  Enjoy!


Finding Nemo 3D Review by Nicole

**** (out of 4)

Finding Nemo is one of Pixar’s most visually stunning films.  The 3D never dulls the film, rather enhances it nicely by adding subtle depth to the underwater scenes.  The fish’s scales shine beautifully, the water sparkles, and little bits of particulate matter look especially 3D.  As an artist myself, I love how much realism there is in Finding Nemo‘s animation, while still creating cute and colourful characters that are as charming and loveable as the likes of Winnie the Pooh or The Muppets.  The story of a single father looking for his son, who has a physical challenge and is trying to find his way in the world, is timeless and quite touching.

The environmentally themed storyline is just as, if not particularly relevant today.  With growing concerns over the capture of wildlife for human entertainment, whether for the pet trade, amusement parks or public aquariums, the film is sure to spark important discussions and perhaps advocacy among people of all ages.  Finding Nemo is a classic that still holds up after several viewings.  It is a film that will continue to engage new fans, while entertaining the old ones.

When Rex’s friends call him a party pooper, Rexy decides to party with Bonny’s bath toys instead, in the Toy Story Toon, Partysaurus Rex.  But it turns out they party a little too hard, which leads to a very soapy and wet situation.  A hilarious little story that delves into the world of bath toys.  


Finding Nemo 3D Review by Maureen

**** (out of 4)

Some things just seem to get better over time.  Pixar’s 2003 animated film from director Andrew Stanton, Finding Nemo is one of those things.  A long time family favourite, the film is back in theatres for a limited run, this time in 3D.  Even if you or your kids have seen this brightly coloured gem dozens of times at home on DVD, Finding Nemo 3D in theatres is an absolute delight.

One of the worries with 3D is the possible dulling of colours.  Fortunately the colours in Finding Nemo 3D are as bright and rich as in the original release.  What the 3D adds is a wonderful sense of depth to the underwater world without having needless objects jutting out of the screen.

The story of bright orange clownfish Marlin (Albert Brooks) fearfully sending his differently-abled son Nemo (Alexander Gould) off to school and then having his worst nightmare come true – something bad happening to Nemo – is as heartwarming as ever.  The voice cast here is brilliant.  Ellen DeGeneres’ Dory never gets old and the many other characters are equally fun to watch.  Bruce (Barry Hemphries), the 12 step shark remains one of my favourites.

Yes, families could just watch Finding Nemo on disc at home but some movies just shine on the big screen.  Finding Nemo 3D is one of them.

Paired with Finding Nemo 3D is the latest Toy Story Toon, Partysaurus Rex.  This time big green dino Rex discovers his inner party guy when he is introduced to the world of bathtime toys.  Who knew that bathtime could be so much fun.  Pixar’s creativity when it comes to bringing ordinary toys to life never ceases to amaze.  


Finding Nemo 3D Review by Tony

**** (out of 4)

Finding Nemo (2003) is the latest Pixar feature re-released in 3D. If you are not already familiar with the story, it follows the widowed clown fish Marlin (Albert Brooks) on his journey from the Great Barrier Reef to Sydney to reunite with his only son Nemo (Alexander Gould) in a dentist’s (Bill Hunter) aquarium. Marlin is accompanied by Dory (Ellen DeGeneres), a blue tang fish with short term memory loss. Along the way they meet various characters including a shark (Barry Humphries) recovering from a carnivorous lifestyle, a helpful school of fish (John Ratzenberger), and a sea turtle dude (voice of director Andrew Stanton). Meanwhile, Nemo’s aquarium buddies include the battle-scarred Gill (Willem Dafoe) and a visiting pelican (Geoffrey Rush).

After nearly a decade, with the additional depth of 3D, Finding Nemo is more beautiful than ever. Among Pixar’s most child-friendly titles, its clever script provides solid entertainment for all ages. Ellen DeGeneres is particularly brilliant among the distinguished Australian and American voice cast. I am looking forward to the upcoming 3D Blu-ray disk.


Consensus: Adding a nice layer of depth to the stunning animation, this spectacular 3D rendering of Finding Nemo reminds us why the 2003 Pixar film is regarded so highly as a modern classic, with charming characters and timeless messages.  **** (Out of 4)

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