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Finding Nemo (2003)


Written by Tim Dirks

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Movie Title/Year and Scene Descriptions

Finding Nemo (2003)

In Pixar's-Disney's (their fifth collaboration) blockbuster CGI animated film and winner of the 2003 Oscar for Best Animated Feature Film - a comedy-drama adventure about an abducted young clown fish named Nemo:

  • the frightening pre-credits barracudas attack on clownfish parents Marlin (voice of Albert Brooks) and Coral (voice of Elizabeth Perkins) in the Great Barrier Reef - and the devastating aftermath in which Marlin was made a widower with just a single surviving egg named Nemo (voice of Alexander Gould)
  • the scene of little Nemo's scary kidnap/capture in a small net bag by an Australian mask-wearing scuba diver
  • overprotective, obsessively-worried, and neurotic Marlin's desperate and perilous quest to find Nemo by traveling through Australia's lengthy Great Barrier Reef
  • the brilliant, comedic performance by Ellen DeGeneres as Dory - a scatterbrained but well-intentioned blue tang with enormous eyes who suffered from severe short-term memory loss, and helped Marlin to search for his lost son
Three Memorable Characters
Dory - Blue Tang, with Marlin
Great White Shark Bruce
"Crush" - Turtle
  • the scene of Marlin and Dory's encounter with great white shark Bruce (voice of Barry Humphries) (an in-joke reference to Jaws (1975)), who ominously asked: "Name's Bruce. It's all right. I understand. Why trust a shark, right? So, what's a couple of bites like you doing out so late, hey?...Then how would you morsels like to come to a little get-together I'm havin'?"
  • Nemo's adventures after he was placed in dentist Phillip Sherman's salt-water aquarium tank in Sydney, with the wisecracking Tank Gang, including a wise old Moorish Idol Fish named Gill (voice of Willem Dafoe), Jacques (voice of Joe Ranft) - a cleaner shrimp, a Yellow Tang named Bubbles (voice of Stephen Root), Peach (voice of Allison Janney) - a pinkish-red star fish, a germaphobic and pessimistic royal gramma fish known as Gurgle (voice of Austin Pendleton), and a Pufferfish named Bloat (voice of Brad Garrett)
  • the threat of the braces-wearing niece Darla of the dentist (thought to be a "fish-killer" - accompanied by the sounds of the shower scene violins from Psycho (1960))
  • Marlin's and Dory's revelatory reading of the address on the lost mask of Nemo's kidnapper - P. Sherman 42 Wallaby Way, Sydney, where they knew they could locate Nemo
  • during Marlin's and Dory's adventures, their encounter with the wisecracking school of Moon-fish (voice of John Ratzenberger) and the elderly "surfer dude" turtle Crush (voice of co-writer/director Andrew Stanton)
  • the sequence of Marlin and Dory trapped inside a 'blue whale' (reminiscent of Pinocchio (1940))
  • the clever but foiled plot of the Tank fish to have Nemo clog the tank filter, forcing the dentist to manually clean it, and place the fish into baggies (set on the counter), where the fish could roll out the window to the street, and reach the harbor; in actuality, Nemo escaped via a sink drain and through piping systems to the ocean, while Marlin and Dory were assisted by Nigel (Geoffrey Rush) - a brown pelican who often perched in the dentist office's window
  • the scene of Marlin reunited with his son Nemo after escaping a huge fishing net
  • and during the end credits - the surprise appearance of Monster, Inc.'s (2001) one-eyed Mike Wazowski wearing scuba-diving equipment

Single Surviving Egg - Nemo

Nemo Captured

Dentist Office's Aquarium Tank

"Fish-Killer" Darla

Nigel Helping Marlin and Dory

Reunion of Marlin with Nemo

End Credits with Mike in Scuba Gear


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