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Analysis Date: May 30, 2003
CAP Score: 94 out of 100
CAP Influence Density: 0.11
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(2003), G -- In spite of a few issues...
Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Walt Disney Pictures, Pixar Animation Studios
Distribution (US): Buena Vista Pictures Walt Disney Pictures
Director(s): Andrew Stanton
Producer(s): John Lasseter, Graham Walters
Written by/Screenplay: Andrew Stanton
Visual Effects:: Sam 'Penguin' Black, Damir Frkovic, Andrew Jimenez, Suzanne Slatcher
Music: Thomas Newman
Sound: Mark Eshelman, Jason Lloyd, Stuart McCowan, Adam Michalak, Gary Rydstrom, Gary Rydstrom, Dennis S. Sands, Dee Selby, Pat Weber
Film Editing: David Ian Salter
Production Design: Ralph Eggleston
Animation/Systems Admin: Animation: Brett Coderre, Angus MacLane. Systems Admin: BoB Morgan, Andy Thomas
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6
After the loss of his entire family consisting of a wife and more than 400 children still in their eggs to the belly of what appeared to be a gar fish or a Moray eel, clownfish Marlin (voice of Albert Brooks) has become what some would call over protective of his only remaining son, Nemo (voice of Alexander Gould). But as we are taught by the entertainment industry, all adolescents are defiant in potentially lethal ways. Nemo dares his father and defies his father's protective commands by, among other things, swimming off to a forbidden area where he is caught as game fish by a diver who is also an Australian dentist [Eph. 6:1; Col. 3:20; Heb. 13:17]. The writers also have Nemo telling his father "I hate you." [Exod. 20:12; Eph. 6:4; Prov. 20:20 If a man curses his father or mother, his lamp will be snuffed out in pitch darkness.] Nemo is to become a gift for the dentist's young relative who killed the previous gift fish by shaking it unmercifully while still in the gift bag. Marlin is bound and determined to find his only remaining son. Enlisting the aid of an absent-minded hippotang, Dory (voice of Ellen DeGeneres), the pair embark on a dangerous and frightful journey of hundreds of miles through treacherous waters to find Nemo.
Along the way, Marlin and Dory meet with several characters. Some good. Some not-so-good. One of the good guys is sea turtle Crush (voice of Andrew Stanton). Crush is the "Whoa, dude" turtle. Of interest is that Stanton is also the director and writer for this film. Some of the bad guys came as a trio. Three vegetarian wannabe sharks, which I believe were Bruce (voice of Barry Humphries), Anchor (voice of Eric Bana) and Chum (voice of Bruce Spence), entertain Marlin and Dory with their self-imposed conversion to no-fish eaters. But the no-fish diet lasts only so long. Once Dory gets hit in the face by Marlin and has what appears to be the equivalent of a nosebleed and once Bruce gets a whiff of the blood, he loses control. But that is enough of the plot.
In spite of a few issues of programming which may be uncomfortable for mom/dad, *Finding Nemo* is a visual delight with great attention to detail in many instances. *Findings Nemo* is bound to be one to be watched more than once by anyone under 13. I will not belabor this Summary /Commentary with any more of the findings. The list is so short hey could all be shown herein in one paragraph.
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Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
Offense to God (O)
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