Finding Nemo

Release Date: May 30, 2003

The food chain in action.

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An underwater adventure is about as natural a setting as possible for the folks at Pixar, the animation geniuses who have yet to have a film be considered a miss. So far, the studio's agreement with Walt Disney Pictures has been very lucrative, setting CGI as the new standard for animated movies with a successful line of films that includes Toy Story, A Bug's Life, Toy Story 2 and Monsters, Inc. Since those films have raised the bar both for quality animation and story, audiences have come to expect much more from their toon movies.

It's certainly good news that Finding Nemo is directed and written by Andrew Stanton, who previously directed A Bug's Life but also had at least a hand in writing all of the earlier Pixar films. John Lasseter, the genius who started things with his wonderful creation of the worlds in A Bug's Life and the Toy Story films, is also present as producer. A definite divergence from the other Pixar films is that Thomas Newman is doing the original music this time around instead of cousin Randy Newman (hey, he's got his Oscar now).

As is already evidenced from the delightful trailer, the movie is colorful and bright, set in the warm tropical waters of the Great Barrier Reef just outside of Australia. A Clownfish named Marlin (Albert Brooks) lives peacefully in these waters with his only son, Nemo. Marlin is afraid of the bigger expanse of the ocean and chooses to stay in a tiny cul-de-sac, but Nemo is young and adventuresome and goes off to explore. He is suddenly taken far away from home and put into a tank at a dentist's office, and Marlin goes on an epic journey to rescue his child. Marlin is joined by a Regal Blue Tang fish named Dory (Ellen DeGeneres) with horrible short-term memory and a huge heart. The two make their way through the dangerous ocean and find the courage to face their fears as they attempt their search-and-recovery mission.

In addition to the fine voices of Brooks and DeGeneres (who both sound perfect for their roles in the trailer), Finding Nemo features an outstanding voice cast with plenty of recognizable names. Willem Dafoe, Brad Garrett, Allison Janney, Vicki Lewis, Stephen Root, Geoffrey Rush, Erik Per Sullivan and Pixar veteran John Ratzenberger all have parts to play.

Finding Nemo will be released over the lucrative Memorial Day weekend, a time of year that propelled the similarly CGI-animated Shrek to huge heights during the summer of 2001. Pixar is as close to a trusted "brand" as can be found in the movie industry, and this new project is sure to benefit from a long-term summer audience. (Kim Hollis/BOP)




Vital statistics for Finding Nemo
Main Cast Albert Brooks, Ellen DeGeneres
Supporting Cast Erica Beck, Willem Dafoe, Brad Garrett, Allison Janney, Vicki Lewis, John Ratzenberger, Stephen Root, Geoffrey Rush, Erik Per Sullivan
Director Andrew Stanton
Screenwriter Andrew Stanton
Distributor Walt Disney Pictures
Trailer Click Here for Trailer
Official Site http://www.findingnemo.com/
Rating G
Running Time 100 minutes
Screen Count 3,374
Also see Finding Nemo
Awards Awards page for Finding Nemo
Talent in red has entry in The Big Picture



Comparison films for Finding Nemo
Title
Date
Opening
Adjusted Opening
Screens
PSA
Adj PSA
Total BO
Adjusted Total
Mult
Monsters, Inc. 11/2/0163.48 67.75 3237 19611.00 20131.6 255.87 273.09 4.03
Toy Story 2 11/24/9957.39 68.39 3236 17735.00 20248.6 245.82 292.94 3.05
Ice Age 3/15/0246.30 48.13 3316 13966.00 13966.0 176.39 183.39 3.81
Shrek 5/18/0142.35 45.20 3587 11805.00 12118.4 267.65 285.66 6.32
Lilo & Stitch 6/21/0235.26 36.65 3191 11049.00 11049.0 145.77 151.55 4.13
Bug's Life, A 11/25/9832.83 42.20 2686 12223.00 15115.9 162.79 209.29 3.56
Toy Story 11/24/9529.14 40.39 2457 11860.00 15813.3 191.78 265.84 4.90


     


 
 

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