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Reviews Comments: Pixar's Magnum Opus Finding Nemo film/book review by Purple Dalek

Damn near everything about Finding Nemo is perfect. I shouldn't really need to mention the animation because dogs bark, birds fly and Pixar films have good animation. But I feel like I should mention it anyway as water is difficult to animate and yet 95% of the movie is set underwater, but it still looks incredible. The designs of the sea animals are cartoony but not to the point of being distracting and the humans glide straight over the Uncanny Valley and aren't creepy as hell (the humans in the first Toy Story have always creeped me out a bit.)

The story is a standard "hero and his quirky sidekick go on a quest" plot but it's very well paced, you never get bored and it's far more interesting than standard quest stories as Marlin isn't looking for buried tresure or the Holy Grail - he's looking for his son. That theme of parenthood and responsibilty is what makes Nemo entertaining and engaging for adults, as well as children. Marlin and Dory are both very likable and engaging characters and you WILL want they to suceed in their quest. The side characters (the Tank Gang, the turtles, Nigel the pelican) are also well written and likable.

Nemo is also a shining example of why not every story needs or requires a villain and it shall lead the charge in my great campaign to prove this to everyone. In conclusion, forget Ratatouille, screw The Incredibles; Finding Nemo is Pixar at their very best and it's a big shame that it often gets overlooked.


  • Spinosegnosaurus77
  • 17th Sep 12
  • Fireseed11
  • 17th Dec 12
While I agree with just about everything in this review, And I love Finding Nemo myself, I think Monster's Inc. Is Pixar's magnum opus, simply because of the vast imagination that was put into the creatures, the plot, and the world - while that's all true of Finding Nemo I think Monster's Inc. is the best Pixar's done. Not to say their other works are bad, they're all just about fantastic, but if I had to pick out a magnum opus I'd say Monsters. But either way, spot on review :D
  • TomWithNoNumbers
  • 17th Dec 12
Finding Nemo doesn't get overlooked =D There's a reason why their trailers start with 'from the maker of Finding Nemo' before moving onto their other films. Also I don#t think anyone really loves Ratatouille the most =D. I'm not going to try and decide between Toy Story, Finding Nemo, The Incredibles and Monsters Inc though :)
  • JobanGrayskull
  • 18th Dec 12
Finding Nemo gets overlooked? I never got that impression. I'm gonna agree with Fireseed, I think Monsters Inc. is the best...though Toy Story will always hold a special place in my heart.
  • kex
  • 16th Oct 13
I like Ratatouille most. ;)

But I wouldn't change a thing about Nemo. I'm not nearly as smart as the people who made it and if someone wanted a quick summary this is a really good one.
  • MrMallard
  • 17th Oct 13
Finding Nemo is still huge here in Aus. It's been huge since it came out.
  • son
  • 20th Oct 13
Finding Nemo does NOT get overlooked... at all. On "teh interwebz" Finding Nemo is usually in the top 5 favorite films.

Also, Incredibles is my favorite so....
  • TT454
  • 6th Aug 14
One of my favourites as well. Either my fourth or fifth favourite Pixar film. :D
  • Mr.Movie
  • 6th Aug 14
Toy Story is my favorite. So many moments that were great. Who knew one of my favorite badass quotes would come from a toy in a children's movie? Here it is:

Buzz: I just want you to know that even though you tried to terminate me, revenge is not an idea we promote on my planet. Woody: Oh, well, that's good. Buzz: But we're not on my planet. Are we? Woody: No.

  • Terrie
  • 6th Aug 14
I gotta disagree on the pacing being perfect. I found it to be too episodic and felt there were times where it became choppy. Like, I enjoyed the scene with the sharks, but it didn't really push the plot forward.
  • porschelemans
  • 8th Aug 14
I always felt that Nemo was one of Pixar's weaker films.
  • TT454
  • 18th Dec 14
"Forget Ratatouille, screw The Incredibles"? What? Those are both great Pixar movies!
  • JamesPicard
  • 18th Dec 14
Maybe it's just because I've seen it around 25 times, but I wouldn't call this PIXAR's Magnum Opus. It's a great movie, but I still love The Incredibles more.
  • son
  • 18th Dec 14
Finding Nemo is, objectively speaking, an exceptional film. Based on personal anecdotes, I don't believe it gets overlooked at all. It deserves all the praise it gets. That being said....

Personal Pixar Movies top 5 5. Finding Nemo 4. Monster's Inc 3. Monster's University 2. Toy Stories 1. The Incredibles

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