It’s hard to believe it’s been nearly 10 years since Nemo, Dory and Marlin swam their way into our hearts in “Finding Nemo,” yet another innovative, fun-for-everyone animated adventure courtesy of the brilliant minds at Pixar. This week marks the re-release of the Oscar winner, but with the added visual bells and whistles of 3-D.
Unsurprisingly, critics are still delighted by the colorful undersea adventure that revolved around an overly protective father clownfish who goes on a life-changing journey to save his kidnapped son, and it has earned a 99 percent Fresh rating over at Rotten Tomatoes.
So let’s take a deeper dive and swim through the “Finding Nemo 3D” reviews!
The 3-D Enhancements
” ‘Finding Nemo’ (2003), Pixar’s best animated feature Oscar winner, is an ideal choice for a 3-D re-release. Its Pacific Ocean setting is majestic, immersive, not intrusive, in evoking the vast sweep of the water and bringing us into the world of the tiny fish characters. Digital and stop-motion animation give 3-D technicians more options and control in adapting the original material than live-action or hand-drawn animation. (That’s why the highlight of the recent 3-D re-release of ‘Beauty and the Beast’ was the ballroom scene, one of the earliest uses of digital technology in a hand-drawn animated feature.) Here they are brilliantly used to evoke the story’s emotional experience. As Marlin, the little clownfish (voice of Albert Brooks), looks for his young son, Nemo (Alexander Gould), we feel the bleakness of the ocean’s overwhelming size and power. And when Nemo is captured, we experience the claustrophobia of the small aquarium.” — Nell Minow, The Chicago Sun Times
The Pixar Pedigree
“By its very pedigree as a Pixar production, it pellets the viewer with perfectly round pearls of one-liners and visual gags, delivered at double speed. One of its best features is the voice cast, headed up by Brooks (a truly inspired piece of casting) and Ellen DeGeneres (ditto). It makes interesting use of underwater darkness and light, different aspects of aquatic physics, and provides a spirited answer to the question of how a tiny little clownfish will cross hundreds of miles to get from the Great Barrier Reef to downtown Sydney. As L.B. Jeffreys once said to Lisa Carol Fremont, with no small amount of wilted exasperation, it’s perfect.” — Jaime N. Christley, Slant
The Final Word
“Like most Pixar films, this one was made with extraordinary heart and craft. Enhanced by its new 3-D conversion, every visual detail amazes in the gorgeous underwater world (though, frustratingly, the 3-D glasses also make the vivid colors darker).Viewers of every age will be touched by the themes, which are handled with typical Pixarian dexterity. Love and loyalty, fear and frustration — these aren’t feelings limited to either children or adults. Like every great family classic, ‘Finding Nemo’ was made for everyone.” — Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
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