BY PETER W. SHEEHAN
FINDING NEMO 3D. Voiced by Albert Brooks, Ellen DeGeneres, Alexander Gould, and LuLu Ebeling. Directed by Andrew Stanton and Lee Unkrich. Rated G (Some scenes may frighten young children). 107 min.
This is a return of the same film that was released almost ten years ago. It is the latest movie that Disney has brought back to cinemas in 3D form, and it is the first 3D movie released by Pixar which produced the original version.
The original film won the Academy Award in 2003 for Best Animated Feature, and was the second highest grossing film that year, behind “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King”. It is also the fifth highest-grossing animated film ever made.
It tells the story of an overprotective clownfish, Marlin (Albert Brooks), who sets up home with his wife Coral in the Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Their brood is attacked, and all but one of his children-to-be, along with Coral, are killed by a marauding Barracuda. The sole-surviving egg is Nemo, who as a young fish (Alexander Gould) rebels against his father’s caring sternness.
This film combines the nostalgia effects of seeing a wonderful movie again with the extra realism that the 3D format provides. The movie as a whole is a veritable cascade of different adventures with colourful characters, lively action, and wonderful reef scenery, all vividly enhanced by the depth-of-field that the 3D process provides.
– Peter W Sheehan is associate of the Australian Catholic Office for Film and Broadcasting
Finding Nemo 3D (Australian Catholic Office for Film and Broadcasting)