Animation and Anime
FINDING NEMO review
I’ve been trying to think of the greatest FATHER-SON movies of all time. I’d have to say, that before tonight, my personal favorite was Wallace Beery and Jackie Cooper’s THE CHAMP. I think my love for that film goes with my deep adoration for Wallace Beery, one of the ‘lost’ actors of time… Seems nobody remembers him these days. But for my money, beginning with THE CHAMP – he had a run, that few can match. GRAND HOTEL, FLESH, TUGBOAT ANNIE, DINNER AT EIGHT, THE BOWERY, VIVA VILLA!, and TREASURE ISLAND. However, it began with THE CHAMP. Ol Andy Purcell was one of those imperfect fathers that is rough around the edges… probably not the model for the fathers of today, but he had character and love and trust… and he’d fight any man alive to protect his son. Hell, Andy loves his kid so much he’d even do what’s right for the kid, even if it meant giving him up. But that movie is magic. It’s been my favorite Father-Son film for ages now. Saw it when I was about 7 years old, back when they used to run movies after the News on regular Broadcast Television. And right after the movie, the Star Spangled Banner would play and America’s might would be displayed, and the station would have reached a close of another Broadcast day, good night… Deeeeeewwwwwwwwwwwwww….. COLOR BARS. Ahhhh, how I remember the moment where television ceased to have programming. No more.
Today… well today was a big day. It started with my Dad waking me up to go grab dinner with my nephew before we (Dad and I) went to go see FINDING NEMO. I kinda hated going to see FINDING NEMO without my nephew, for weeks now he’s plopped up on my bed and had me show him the FINDING NEMO trailer as he operated the keyboard to ask me what every type of fish in the film was. THANKS PIXAR – yeesh. So like every grown-up, I started making up names. Anyway, it was just gonna be Father Geek and I at the screening… well, us and about 500 families and kids and critics – such odd company eh?
When I got to the theater, the line already stretched outside. By the time everyone was in the screening room, Dad was complaining about how it was too hot, and he just sat back in his chair and shut his eyes. I started talking with assorted villains in Austin. As the numerous give-aways began to crowd the screening, I realized… THIS WAS OVERKILL -- The kids were sounding like a gaggle of geese clamoring for cracker crumbs.
Then the trailers began, but because this was CINEMARK – they don’t dial their lights down, so the colors on everything is bleached out. If you like trailers – NEVER GO TO A CINEMARK!
1. FREAKY FRIDAY remake. It literally feels like the coming of the end of mankind. Doing a straight remake of FREAKY FRIDAY seems just so damn lame. Everything just looks vapid, empty and not very well thought out.
2. THE INCREDIBLES!!!! Dear God. When I announced that Pixar was going to be attaching a teaser trailer for the second coming of BRAD BIRD – yes, all caps is required when writing His name. He, who doth made THE IRON GIANT doth make again! The teaser trailer begins with various memorabilia of Captain Incredible, hero for all and all around swell guy I take it. First thing you notice about Captain Incredible’s press photos is his physique… He is chiseled of stone like a steroid blonde Jay Leno with a two foot chin. A paragon of hero-hood. The music… think… ON HER MAJESTY’S SECRET SERVICE! Yeah baby! Gah-Roove! Then… without warning… The Incredible Phone, with the patented lit up Incredible Logo. The hand of a God lifts the receiver – There is an Emergency. Only Captain Incredible can save them. The call has been made! --- The rest. Well, I wouldn’t ruin the rest for all the tea in China. Not even for all the Dallas Cowboy Cheerlea… ok, I’d spill, but you don’t have that type of swing, so go see the damn trailer in a theater and feel the magic of… BRAD BIRD!
Ok, next came the classic old school Pixar Short… KNICK KNACK. A real classic. The thing that makes PIXAR such a wunder-factory is the attention to details… Not in the CG, but in the timing, the characters, the gags and the simple truths about the story being told. In KNICK KNACK – it’s the old story about the guy that is left indoors always looking at the happiness outside he can never have. Oh sure, it’s done with humor and joy, but the fact is… it’s a real tale of futility and unrequited desires and passions. My only complaint… THEY GAVE ALL THE WOMEN BREAST REDUCTIONS!!!!! Ok, I’m not the biggest breast fetish guy in the world, but they’ve made these gals – A-cups MAYBE. Ya probably wouldn’t notice it, had you not seen the original, but right now, I’m kinda curious as to the change. As if, by having large breasts – you’re somehow a derogatory image for others to see. Now, perhaps if one of the girls had the tiny breasts and the other larger ones, you could show that it wasn’t the breasts that floated this Snowman’s carrot, but the very concept of companionship itself? Not sure, but I’m not a big fan for changing classic cartoons for some misplaced sense of modern moralities. Ceasing Pecos Bill’s cigarette roll in Disney’s classic chaps my hide. And the numerous changes and tweaks that Disney and Warners has made to classic cartoons, well, it has gotten on my nerves, and to see PIXAR do it… well, it was the one thing this evening that wasn’t perfect. Still a great short though!
Back in October of 2002, the rather joyless and evil man named Mr. Beaks (I kid, he’s actually a sweet potato) had this to say about FINDING NEMO:
“FINDING NEMO, based on a rough work print screened for a very receptive recruited audience last night, appears to be shaping up as one of Pixar’s *less* wonderful efforts, meaning it might only make my Top Ten list for next year rather than cracking my Top Five.”
What a difference 8 months of fine tuning near perfection does within the Dream Factory that is PIXAR FILMS! The addition of Thomas Newman’s note perfect score. The layers after layers of sound design by man-god Gary Rydstrom. The tightening of the film by David Ian Salter, making all the gags hit, all the emotions land. Then you have the magic of Pixar. What’s the magic of Pixar? It’s their collective genius and their willingness to listen to and give advice to help the team accomplish magic. A team, that on this film is headed by Andrew Stanton, but includes the astonishingly hilarious story beats and gags of Joe Ranft. The gaze of John Lasseter, he knows story, knows magic by pushing pixels here or there. Then there’s all the layers of shadow and light that all the different render-folks bring to play. Yup, 8 months on a near perfect film with this team… well it achieves perfection, yet again.
Does FINDING NEMO take my personal crown from Wallace Beery and Jackie Cooper’s THE CHAMP as the best FATHER-SON film of all time? Well, at the very least, it shares it.
It is as if, Pixar stole my genetic coding and created films specifically to trigger each and every emotional impulse I have. I declared TOY STORY 2, best film of its year. MONSTERS, INC. I hailed as having more pure imagination and creation than perhaps any film of that year. FINDING NEMO truly has the potential to be my personal favorite PIXAR film thus far.
I won’t call it the Best Pixar film based upon a single viewing, that would be childish, but I do recognize the sheer overwhelming feeling of love I have with this film, as well as the personal resonance of the “Father-Son” story that played me like that Boba Fett doll I sent off for back in 1978… literally till I fell apart.
What about the film works? Everything.
The story on the surface would seem to be rather simple. In fact, you could say it is summed up best in the title, FINDING NEMO, but then you watch the film and all those layers begin to hit me… And that simple tale of a Father seeking a lost son, well… suddenly the title FINDING NEMO is no longer simple at all.
On a sheer physical level, the film is about FINDING NEMO, about Albert Brooks’ distraught father clownfish named Marlin finding his son, Nemo, who was captured by a diver and taken to parts unknown, for reasons unknown. A kidnapping story. However, I would hold that 30 seconds before Nemo was captured, Nemo was lost. When he said to Marlin, “I hate you,” that’s where this quest begins internally for these characters. Where Marlin has to come to grips with who he is as a father, why Nemo hated him, what is he doing wrong, if he finds his son, would his son even care? Then there’s Nemo. Nemo’s finding himself here too. He’s having to look within who he is, to see if he really loves his father, if he can admire him, wanna be like him. To find out for the first time in his life, who is Nemo without Dad? Is he a scared feeble handicapped fish without nerve? Is he a reckless disobedient brat deserving of the situation that he now finds himself in?
These are all questions to a large degree that we have to ask ourselves at various levels in our lives. Are we defined by the strengths and weaknesses of our parents? Who are we without them? If we hate our parents, how will we be any different when we have kids to raise of our own? The sorts of questions we ask about ourselves that give us our personal identity, our sense of family and ultimately the directions we choose in life.
Yeah, I know, these are fairly simple ideas we’re talking about, but then… if they’re so damn simple, why do so many in this world spend so much damn time in therapy trying to figure out basic things like resolving guilt regarding a feeling you have about a parent, child or whatnot?
For me, I saw the film as an allegory for the time in my life where I was kidnapped by my mother, forced to live an entire culture away from everything I knew and loved in Austin, and forced to come to grips with who I had to be without my father. The story of fighting to get back together spanned the most dramatic and traumatic period of my life. The point where I found my individual identity, my feelings about both parents and the direction I knew I wanted to take in life. How both I and my father fought to make that reality real, and the communal triumph we’ve shared in this enterprise known as life.
Everytime I travel without the old man, I get a sense that he’s worried about what’s gonna happen to me. None more so, than when I went to China on crutches for two weeks. He asked me not to do stupid things like attempt to climb 900 steps of a Ming Dynasty Temple just to see Gordon Liu do Kung Fu with Uma Thurman, but when I got to those steps, I swallowed my courage and against every better instinct and doctor’s warnings and the concern of all around me, I did it. And I got to the top, and I saw Gordon Liu do kung fu with Uma and I saw that view from the top of that temple, heard those cicadas and it was beautiful.
For Nemo, he’s been told his whole life that he’s not strong enough, that he’s got a deformed fin, that he’s not a good enough swimmer, that the ocean is a terrible place of death and carnage and you’ve got to be constantly aware or DIE! All that the boy has ever known has been protection and security and now… He’s completely on his own and there is nobody to watch out for him.
For Albert Brooks’ Marlin – he’s always been a doubter. He’s just a little clownfish in a big ocean. A safe home, family. That’s all he’s ever wanted and his life is so small now. Just him and Nemo. Nemo is all that keeps him from being alone in this world, that keeps his life from being pointless. He’s petrified by fear, fear of the unknown, fear of loss, fear of not being strong enough, smart enough, fun enough. As Kitty Farmer would point out on the wonderful Jim Cunningham’s patented Life Chart, Marlin’s life answers are in the negative FEAR side of the chart. And that’s Baaaad.
I get the idea that Marlin had very protective parents, he’s got all sorts of complexes due to never living life in the first place. Now, Albert Brooks is one of the funniest men on the planet, but his character here… it’s a dramatic performance. It is strange how the lack of arms or legs meant nothing to me here. Brooks’ voice and the animation of Marlin so perfectly meld and are sold that by 3 minutes in, fish talking at me just seemed like the most natural thing in the world. Brooks is tremendous here, he’s certainly always sold intellectual neuroticism right up there with Woody Allen for me, and here he nails it and personally I sensed more honesty in this character than in any of his live-action roles.
If I had my own paralyzing fear in this movie it had to do with the character of Dory. My general gut feeling about Ellen DeGeneres was that I loathed her. I’d never seen ELLEN, but I hated her in CONEHEADS, MR WRONG and EDTV. I remember once wishing she would just GO AWAY – during the height of all the business about her and Anne Heche’s relationship. Typically I don’t pay attention to celebrity relationship stuff, but it seemed everywhere I turned there it was. And everytime I heard her voice it grated me. I could discern Ellen’s voice within two words and could hit the mute button with my eyes closed. I never for a second wasted an ounce of thought that she could possibly one day play an absolutely perfect character that I would love completely… But then, I never could have imagined the character of Dory.
Dory is a lost person.. ok, strike that, Dory is a ditzy Blue fish, but is played like a lost person. Like Leonard Shelby, Dory has this condition. A condition of severe short term memory loss, and the film could have been a non-stop painful series of MEMENTO gags, but with every bit of the originality that Christopher Nolan envisioned that ingenious character, Andrew Stanton carved out Dory. She is desperate for direction in life. Unlike Leonard Shelby, she has no revenge scheme, no driving memory that forces her to adapt a discipline that gives her a life to live, for no other reason, but to serve that driving obsession. She’s seeking that obsession, but never knows it. She has never had direction, purpose or reason for being. She’s a lady out in the big ocean swimming in circles talking to herself wondering why she’s her, what has she forgotten and where she is going and why? She needs someone to live with, in the history of required co-dependents, she’s the model.
By the end of the film, she has a scene with Marlin that may very well be the best damn confession of love since Holden McNeil had Alyssa Jones at “I love you”. Those words are never spoken. Love is never uttered, but I’ll be damned to a pit of scalding coconut oil to baste and roast throughout eternity if that scene isn’t all about love. Absolutely beautiful. Two characters, drab backgrounds and one BLUE FISH acting the hell out of the moment.
The film is filled with absolutely brilliant characters that are always smarter and better realized than you’d ever assume at first glance. Always deeper than any cast you’ve ever met, and the resources they pull from making Eric Bana a Hammerhead shark or having Dame Edna Everage be the voice of Bruce (aka JAWS) is priceless. Willem Dafoe as a tough hard case dreaming of escape in a dentist’s aquarium… genius. Getting folks like Geoffrey Rush and Elizabeth Perkins to sell small but essential characters is key, but also having characters like Joe Ranft go crazy and even the director himself.
Which reminds me. Not only did Andrew Stanton conceive, write and direct FINDING NEMO, but he plays a character that… well, it’s just priceless. His Crush, the sea turtle… a character of great age, a thrill seeker and a father of many over many years, in many ways he’s the spirit animal for Jeffrey Lebowski, the Dude. If The Dude has a spirit animal, it is Crush, the Sea Turtle. I get the idea that Crush abides, as the Dude before him. I don’t know about you, but I wallow in that thought. The idea that out there in the currents of the world, blazing by the world there’s this turtle ya see, and he’s been there before you were born, before your father and your grand father and your great grand father, and he’s raising this new kid, that’ll be there in those waves swimming and thrilling to life after your great great grandkids go bald. There’s something about that just got me. Got me something fierce.
I think it is fitting that I’m ending this review talking about a Coen Brothers character, because there’s a lot in common with the films of Pixar and the films of the Coens. They’re peculiar movies, odd works of genius that skew the world at that perfect angle to make it all look so much better than the daily doldrums would have us believe. They both imagine and envision and enlighten and amuse all at once. The fact that PIXAR does it for a larger audience and that the Coens do it for a particular audience doesn’t worry me a bit. That both exist for us to enjoy is a blessing. Filmmakers that make perfect films, big… small… Perfect all the same. FINDING NEMO is absolutely perfect.
Take loved ones to see the film and talk afterwards. It’s all about the price of love and the lengths we go to preserve it. A film that is entirely artificial, but made with more soul, heart and care than any film that we ever get to see today. Absolutely precious. Our world is dangerous today, barracudas everywhere, but just because they’re out there, doesn’t mean we cease swimming.
OH! One last thing. The legend of father montage might be the single greatest edited and conceived sequence of film we see this year. Absolutely breathtaking. Wow!
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May 28, 2003, 5:58 a.m. CST
It must be late over there dude... you might as well get on the bed before your reviews start going funny again ^_^
May 28, 2003, 5:59 a.m. CST
We in little old Belgium will be able to enjoy Nemo in NOVEMBER! That's right, next winter. Glad you liked it Harry, I think Pixar will save the world eventually...
May 28, 2003, 6:07 a.m. CST
by drew mcweeny
... when Knowles slapped this up there and made it sort of pointless. How am I going to follow that? When Harry loves a movie, the boy can preach like he's got the SPIRIT!! I read that, and I don't really need to read about another movie today. All I know is I want Friday to get here, and I want to see FINDING NEMO. Now.
May 28, 2003, 6:08 a.m. CST
by Jon Lee Ander
A 'Dude' like turtle eh? Y'know, i was expecting this sort of rave review from Harry, but there just something about this one that doesn't grab me in the way the other Pixar films do. (A Bugs Life notwithstanding) Still, no way of knowing till i shell out my hard earned (or not so hard earned, considering i'm still on my student loan!)
May 28, 2003, 6:12 a.m. CST
by pogo on my own
I think Pixar has created all of my favorite Animated films since the first Toy Story. I wonder when the day comes that Pixar blows it with a toon, you know its gotta happen sooner or later, you can only shit gold for so long.
May 28, 2003, 6:16 a.m. CST
by KID AB
May 28, 2003, 6:17 a.m. CST
One with A better plot, that is. Seriously, Scrooge McDuck deserves A good theatrical movie. He is one of Disney's most overlooked, and underrated characters in my opinion. He definately deserves A good theatrical movie to make up for the last one.
May 28, 2003, 6:44 a.m. CST
this is not only your best review ever, harry, this is probably the best review ever printed on this site. want to see this NOW. then want to see 'the invincibles'. then want to see 'cars'. then want to see brad bird's 'ray gunn' (all i know about that one is the title, and i STILL want to see it). then want 'toy story 3'. then want anything else lasseter, bird and the rest of the pixar crew have to offer. and a previous poster was right as well: these family movies are really great but i'd love to see pixar's resources used to make a truly kickass, seminal animated sci-fi or action or horror flick. by the way, eric bana has a role in this? damn! boy gets around! great work, harry.
May 28, 2003, 7:14 a.m. CST
by Mister McClane
This has gotta come from the film studio, it's too good to be true. Since when have Pixar ever made a decent film. Errm, actually...
May 28, 2003, 7:30 a.m. CST
I love all the stuff about the nephew too =) I'm sure he will like the movie. This latest from Pixar proves to me that what once was Disney is now Pixar. Intelligent, enjoyable family entertainment. When was the last good movie from Disney? Live action or animated. I cant remember. Imagination, inovation, quality, excitement, fun, and family values all used to be the realm of Walt Disney Studios. Sadly, no longer. At least someone is still making them right.
May 28, 2003, 7:39 a.m. CST
So very true, I miss Duck Tales, will it come out on DVD?
May 28, 2003, 7:53 a.m. CST
Enormity, some people insist, is improperly used to denote large size. They insist on enormousness for this meaning, and would limit enormity to the meaning "great wickedness." Those who urge such a limitation may not recognize the subtlety with which enormity is actually used. It regularly denotes a considerable departure from the expected or normal <they awakened; they sat up; and then the enormity of their situation burst upon them. "How did the fire start?" -- John Steinbeck>. When used to denote large size, either literal or figurative, it usually suggests something so large as to seem overwhelming
May 28, 2003, 8:22 a.m. CST
I think there should be a Futurama movie, there. That's it, that's...I'm done..I don't..how do you turn this thing off?...Oh*
May 28, 2003, 8:34 a.m. CST
He's a great family movie music composer and I'm surprised Pixar hasn't stuck with him like they've been doing for so long. But Thomas Newman is a great replacement, though. He's a very talented composer who could give a very mature edge to Finding Nemo. At first I made it my mission to avoid this film, but now I'll admit I'm THINKING of seeing it. But I'm not making any promises!
May 28, 2003, 8:46 a.m. CST
All you your favorites in one neat little package, BROTHER! Oh, and Darlef. DuckTales still airs on Toon Disney (Mostly edited for violent content. Bastards.) And A 'Futurama' movie would kick ass! (Get the DVD set today!! It's worth every penny!) A 'Family Guy' movie would rock too!! (Again, get the DVD set NOW!! You'll be glad you did!!) Are they still working on this 'Simpsons' movie that was reported A while back?
May 28, 2003, 8:49 a.m. CST
by Dog Of Mystery
May 28, 2003, 8:53 a.m. CST
by Dog Of Mystery
As usual, the damn touchpad proves to be the death of me... Nice try being funny there, buddy. I had to get all Red Foreman on ya, because you had to drop the F bomb. See, we don't like first posters around here. Strange that everyone who numbers their posts in the TalkBack seems to have the IQ of sausage gravy, isn't it? And you're no acception. Why don't you do something more...constructive with your time? Like playing in traffic. There's all those pretty cars and trucks out there...play tag with 'em! See how many you can smack before one smacks you. Fuck first posters. Fuck them up their stupid asses.
May 28, 2003, 9:40 a.m. CST
by Led Gopher
I hate Cinemark theaters because they have to show godammed TV commercials before and mixed in with the trailers. Why? If I want to see 3 ads for Hot Bod, Nike, and whatever car company Tiger Woods works for, I'd stay at home and watch Baywatch reruns. This is a MOVIE THEATER for Christ's sake, I want MOVIE ADS, not cooperate America bull shit. Sadly, the theater itself is a lot closer to home than the other theater, and it's cleaner and in a better area. So I have no choice but to go to Cinemark all the time.
May 28, 2003, 9:49 a.m. CST
No, I'm not accusing anyone of ripping anything off, nor am I complaining that more than one property is exploring virtualy the same idea(gasp, what a shock). I just think it's cool that the Family of Superheroes idea is pushing forward. I've always thought it could be the perfect premise on screen, and it looks like it might get several chances in the near future. Actually, Crossovers isn't all about Superheroes. The Dad is a superhero, but the mother is a vampire hunter, the daughter is a princess who escapes to an alternate dimension where she fights fantasy warriors like an amazon, the son is the mastermind of a planned alien invasion of the earth, the dog is like a hotdog version of Lassie(a superhero all her(his) own), and slowly the family starts to discover each other's worlds as the plots all thicken. It'd make a great movie, but I have high hopes for The Incredibles, and I'm eager to see their approach to the concept as I know virtually nothing about it so far(is the WHOLE family superpowered like The Bionic Six, or is it something else). I'm sure it will be different from both The Crossovers and that other Superhero family, The Fantastic Four.
May 28, 2003, 9:49 a.m. CST
by Ray Garraty #47
The end of Field of Dreams, although heavy-handed and manipulative, is a great Father-Son moment in movie history. Until that MONKEY!!! comes out of the corn and starts sodomizing everyone.
May 28, 2003, 9:57 a.m. CST
Yes you are mothafucka! Listen to what ManFrmUncleFucka is saying but instead of walking into traffic and playing tag, i suggest laying down in front of traffic, but thats just me.... i'd ride by on a motorcycle while holding a bat in my hand and whip you striaght in your fucking nuts, and then i would go after all the other mothafucking first posters and let them feel misery.. ATTENTION FIRST POSTERS: YOU GUYS FUCKING SUCK DONKEY NUTS!
May 28, 2003, 10:08 a.m. CST
Love the donnie darko reference.
May 28, 2003, 10:33 a.m. CST
Sorry for the catchphrase-o'-the-month usage...ever so often, i need to stoop to a new low to keep a steady spiritual balance....but anyways...mbaker...any examples per se of what they take out of the typical Ducktales ep? I watch it whenever I manage to see it listed in TV Guide, and hadnt noticed (mostly because the last time I saw these episodes, I was 7 :p )....if its true, well, that just chafes ass.....and for the record, in a just world, John Lasseter would be running Disney.
May 28, 2003, 11:17 a.m. CST
Field of Dreams. How the heck did that one not make the list??
May 28, 2003, 11:24 a.m. CST
by TheGinger Twit
May 28, 2003, 11:24 a.m. CST
To answer your question, Most of the episodes that feature guns, and explosions have been edited since the show had moved to cable. In "Double-0-Duck" has the "Make My Tupe" scene trimmed down A bit, and the "Bottlecap" episode had an explosion scene removed. (?!?) At the moment, DuckTales hasen't ben brought to DVD yet.
May 28, 2003, 11:27 a.m. CST
Screw "The Incredibles", I want A "Darkwing Duck" movie instead!
May 28, 2003, 11:31 a.m. CST
Why do movie people feel it important to farm out voice talent to movie stars. Nobody pays because it is Brad Pitt's voice, they want to see his ass and his ass face. There are incredible talents working that are voice MASTERS and are super talented but don't get the work. Must we HEAR the beautiful people as well as SEE them? Why should ugly dudes not get voice work? We are missing out.
May 28, 2003, 11:31 a.m. CST
by The Grin
I saw it last night, and I yearned for a SLO-MO button on the remote control, so the film would slow down and I could just savor the environments through which we are led. Unfortunately, almost every spectacular underwater neighborhood is glimpsed only briefly because almost every scene in the movie is a BIG CHASE scene or a TOTAL PANIC scene. Don't get me wrong, I LOVED the film. But I just wish it had built to a big finale instead of run as one 90 minute finale, beginning to end.
May 28, 2003, 11:42 a.m. CST
I KNOW Harry sleeps in and I know he stays up all night, I mean, who of us doesn't? However, does anybody else think its more than a bit strange that his Dad woke him up to "GO GRAB DINNER?!" I sleep in but until dinner time? Really? Wake up for DINNER?!?!?! I wish we could assume Harry does something other than movies and internet and sleeping but I am just not sure. Have good dreams Harry?
May 28, 2003, 12:20 p.m. CST
Am I the only one who was wishing that the Incredibles would turn out to be a secret Fantastic Four movie. Imagine a Pixar FF! I am sure this will rule all, though. Strange no word on theanimation qualityu, which we had heard was supposed to be several levels above even Finding Nemo.
May 28, 2003, 12:22 p.m. CST
by Moriarity Report
It's funny how much fanboys can criticize Jar Jar in Episode I, but then go on and on about how great all the silly, inane, annoying, cliched characters in these Pixar and Disney films are. "Hahahaha, look it's Billy Crystal as a one eyed monster! Hahahaha!" "Hahahaha, it's a Surfer Dude turtle! Bwahahahaha! Genius!!" Personally, I take fantasy films too serious to enjoy this type of crap. I am looking forward to Sinbad. And I am looking forward to The Incredibles, the first FAMILY film from Pixar, as opposed to a kids film.
May 28, 2003, 12:39 p.m. CST
Why doesn't Harry have an alarm clock so his Dad doesn't need to wake him up? THey make these really cool new ones where they actually play the radio so the user doesn't need to feel the horror of waking up to an alarm. We should all chip in and buy Harry one.
May 28, 2003, 12:52 p.m. CST
May 28, 2003, 1 p.m. CST
Granted, MONSTERS INC is pretty kiddie. (It's GREAT kiddie, but I digress.) But the TOY STORY films are not just great FAMILY films, I'd have no problem putting them next to some of the best FILMS of all time. They are VERY family. Especially TOY STORY 2, a classic by any measure.
May 28, 2003, 1:03 p.m. CST
May 28, 2003, 1:26 p.m. CST
by Josef K
oops I used the wrong ad...I meant Sexy Beanpole!!! Dammit!
May 28, 2003, 2:08 p.m. CST
is "Cloak and Dagger". You can't mess with Dabney Coleman and Atari Catridges on the River Walk...
May 28, 2003, 2:14 p.m. CST
hey that`s even one more reason to anticipate this apparently glorious film.
May 28, 2003, 2:20 p.m. CST
Something tells me it's going to be GREAT. He's never dropped the ball yet and his episodes of the Simpsons are still unsurpassed. 'The Iron Giant' remains a benchmark for animated storytelling (Miyazaki excepted, of course).
May 28, 2003, 2:22 p.m. CST
It's all about him, his fat ass. So boring and vapid. Just give me the god damn movie review you obese freak!
May 28, 2003, 2:30 p.m. CST
The Lord of the Rings - The Musical. See http://www.whatsonstage.com/dl/page.php?page=greenroom&chan=wos&story=E8821054124150
May 28, 2003, 2:40 p.m. CST
Will it include the song "You're Getting to Be a Hobbit with me"?
May 28, 2003, 3:21 p.m. CST
Very clever indeed.
May 28, 2003, 3:21 p.m. CST
"I wonder when the day comes that Pixar blows it with a toon?". Never - or in 6 years. It will happen when Lassiter leaves ( I believe he is under contract for another 6) and the corporate culture changes from cooperation to compartmentalization. The magic of Pixar is you have a building full of super genius' who are always available to their fellow Pixarians to bounce an idea off of or discuss a story problem with. Andrew Stanton's name may be all over this, but every name you ever heard associated with Pixar (except maybe Jobs) and many you haven't, touched this (and every other Pixar) film to some degree. When Lassiter leaves (hopefully when he dies of very, very old age) and he's replaced with an Eisner-like demon who is all marketing data and bottom line, hiring 3 suits to every creative person, then the end comes quickly. Until then, the worst thing that could honestly be said about a Pixar film is "I liked A Bug's Life better", which is kind of like saying "Yes, I won the Lottery, but it was only $8 million." And - to those lamenting the use of "big stars" in current animated films. It's all about marketing. Luckily, the Pixar brand name - especially with them going on a one-a-year schedule has become more important than who does the talking. Look at this film's cast. Albert Brooks and Ellen Degeneres are known, but not well known actors in the Brad Pitt/Mike Myers ball park. More and more Pixar will be able to find the right voice for the role rather than worry about names on the poster. That's what happens when you don't feel it's necessary to bring the marketing guys in on the first rounds of production meetings. Oh -and great review Harry. I was as concerned as anyone from the early reports, but this (an dother positive - no, GLOWING reviews I've read just reinforces the mantra of the animation fan - "Trust the Pixar. Trust the Pixar."
May 28, 2003, 3:38 p.m. CST
after reading such kind of reviews by harry, i have to start some sort of anti-hype before i go see the film to calm down and be able to face a possible dissapointment. well...by the way: to the fact that dory is a model for co-dependent model. if one can`t live alone. he isn`t able to live in a relationship either. now that`s not very important for the movie but i just wanted to add my thoughts on this. great review harry!
May 28, 2003, 3:43 p.m. CST
Well - it was reported month ago that the "girls" in Knick Knack were receiving major breast reduction, but it's sad to see it actually come to pass. No, I'm not a freak that whacks off to cartoon chicks (well, OK, I could be persuaded to have a go with Cowboy Bebop's Faye...), but like Harry, I hate to see classic cartoons altered to be more PC. I mean - the snowman's unashamed lust is one of the films funniest jokes. I fully understand why they did it and accept that this will be the version playing on the DVD come Christmas - BUT - if anyone at Pixar is listening, in a few years when you gather all of the shorts onto a single DVD collection, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE use the original Knick Knack. Or, better yet - this would make one hell of an Easter Egg on the Nemo DVD...
May 28, 2003, 3:44 p.m. CST
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May 28, 2003, 4:46 p.m. CST
by Tao Of Dumbass
lay off it; they're just breasts, not magic circles.
May 28, 2003, 5:07 p.m. CST
by A Winner Is You
Giving the females breast reduction is akin to Spielberg digitally erasing every sign of a gun in his "re-imagined" E.T. When you scramble to be politically correct, you lose sight that minor touches can dramatically alter and mess up the original spirit of a work. The sooner Pixar severs ties with Disney, the better...
May 28, 2003, 5:58 p.m. CST
I don't care for the kiddie fare.
May 28, 2003, 6:10 p.m. CST
A Miyazaki(Ghibli)-Pixar collaboration. Actually, it would probably hinder both of them. But it SOUNDS like it would be great!
May 28, 2003, 7:19 p.m. CST
The fact that you don't like it that way doesn't change anything. Sorry, guy.
May 28, 2003, 7:21 p.m. CST
Great post, though at first I thought you were impersonating one of Harrys reviews. Took a minute or two before I twigged. Which is faintly troubling cos I like that film.
May 28, 2003, 7:42 p.m. CST
by Billy Talent
My personal favorite father/son film.
May 28, 2003, 7:47 p.m. CST
by Jack Burton
With the exception of a VERY few instances (the Balrog, Watto, and the Kaminos) CGI characters look fake in live action movies. That is why I can accept and marvel at how good Bug's Life, Finding Nemo, even Shrek look. Everything is CGI in those movies so it is all of the same standard. Live action ALWAYS looks more real then CGI so putting CGI characters in the mix for long scenes and close ups is jarring. The CGI stands out too much. "The Hulk" looks great, too bad the Hulk itself doesn't. And the constant bashing of Matrix for being a failure because it could not match it's opening of 90+ is ludicrous. It still made shy of 50M in it's second week which is more then most movies these days. Just because you hated it doesn't mean it sucked. It means you hated it. Try to get over yourself.
May 28, 2003, 7:56 p.m. CST
It's already made over $360M worldwide in just 13 days...that's more than half of what Clones made in it's entire run. Watch what you say, you'll be eating your words in a few weeks.
May 28, 2003, 7:59 p.m. CST
FUCK everything these people gotta say about movies, they dont know SHIT.
May 28, 2003, 8:30 p.m. CST
...after the farce of the Reloaded review, I find it hard to believe a single word that comes out of Harry's mouth. But I guess I'll just have to trust Pixar's record. Not a foot wrong. Respect. 101010101, your post is laughable. If Reloaded made $17 dollars at the BO, it would still be a masterpiece. Christ I feel desperately sorry for people who equate quality with reciepts. The Phantom Man-Ass was one of the most successful films of all time. It was also the single worst piece of anal fungus unleasehed on mankind since The Flinstones 2. Grow up my friend. Please.
May 28, 2003, 8:43 p.m. CST
Some "experts" overestimated some numbers. So how does that make the movie a financial failure?
May 28, 2003, 9:01 p.m. CST
It seems like so many people are chomping at the bit to debate each other into the ground on this site that they don't even realize they're not playing by the same rules. Maybe this doesn't apply to the guy who's at blows with Binary-Code Man right now, but as soon as people stop using a shitty box office take as proof that a movie sucks, I give you license to complain about the assumption that a good gross is proof of a movie's worth. Actually, you can do it whenever you want, but don't expect people to rally around your indignance. Although numbers are certainly a way of looking at a movie's success, it's not a given that one implies the other. Of course, there are some people here who think that a decent flick that makes no money is invariably a masterpiece.
May 28, 2003, 9:04 p.m. CST
keeps getting bigger and bigger. i thought this movie would be overly cheesy, and i'd give or take it. but i think i'll be pleasantly surprised. i'll have to think this out.
May 28, 2003, 10:13 p.m. CST
I know, I know - old world, old school etc. but the guy always, always made me laugh. Love the Road films, love his quips about Crosby etc. Love his ad libs, the many jokes he had written for him, love him when he plays the cowardly guy, love him as a guy who never took himself seriously. 100 years, eh? TFTM.
May 28, 2003, 11:04 p.m. CST
by user id indeed!
FAT MAN WITH HIS KIDS AND DOG... DROVE IN THROUGH THE MORNIN' FOG... HEY DERE, ROVER! COME ON OVER... RED HEADED LADY, REACHIN' FOR AN APPLE, GONNA TAKE A BITE, eh, NOPE, NOPE... SHE'S GONNA BREAVE ON IT FOIST!
May 29, 2003, 12:31 a.m. CST
by Lou C.
... the movie MIGHT struggle to hit $300 million? that's all ya got on its financial troubles? It dropped off so much the second week because it opened over a five-day span and shitloads of people went. It's second week opening is better than most films do the first week. I'm not going to argue with you about the quality of the film (even though I liked it quite a bit), but to say no one cares about Revolutions is patently ridiculous. ..... and I saw Finding Nemo on Tuesday. I liked it, but I don't put it in the same league as the "Toy Storys" and "Monsters, Inc." - which I still argue is absolutely brilliant.
May 29, 2003, 1:36 a.m. CST
by jules windex
Other new characters will include Brian O'Halloran as Gill Hicks, and Fisher Stevens as Harry Blowholes. Musical score by Elliott Goldfish.
May 29, 2003, 1:38 a.m. CST
Please cut down on the intro to reviews. The stories are way too long and not interesting to anyone who doesn't sit around reading blogs all day, which is what they are. My suggestion would be that if you are eager to put things like this on the net, just go to blogger.com create a new section on the site, and post there. It will make your reviews a lot more interesting. As for the Pixar debate, they make some great kids movies but hearing grown people talk about them like this is almost as disturbing as all the Anime based around 12 year olds in school girl outfits. IF monsters inc had been a regular movie you guys wouldn't have shut up about how boring the pace was for the first 45 minutes, and how unrealistic it was that there weren't vampires and werewolves in a movie about monsters.
May 29, 2003, 2:01 a.m. CST
i realise it's uncle sam's planet (and the rest of us just live in it) and all, but i'm not sure it's a global thing. isn't it mostly americans who spend so much damn time in therapy (or watching doctor phil) trying to figure out basic things? the rest of us kind of manage to figure out the simple things on our own.... oh, and is wingnut1a peter jackson?
May 29, 2003, 2:11 a.m. CST
by gRanDpA JoE
i think the pixar stuff is good and its definately better than the crap sandwiches that disney is laying, but i dont think they are as interesting and and as memorable as the late eighties early nineties disney fair like aladin and the lion king
May 29, 2003, 3:35 a.m. CST
Actually the word nazi is correct. Here we have Kingsley Amis on the subject: "Enormity, enormous. Centuries ago these two words must already have begun to drift apart and are now as separate as their respective meaninings, viz. great wickedness (noun) and very large (adjective). When Milton wrote of Nature in Paradise pouring forth 'enormous bliss' he was making a learned pun, giving a reminder of the Latin roots (ex- or e- = out of, norma = norm, the ordinary) while testifying to the sheer size or quantity of the bliss. But when Eliot (TS) wrote of 'the enormity of man's ignorance' he was just getting it wrong: by rights he should have written enormousness." Oh, and the Concise Oxford Dictionary in its listing for enormity does include the usage of the word to mean enormousness, but notes that the usage is disputed.
May 29, 2003, 4:20 a.m. CST
Can't wait to see this. Thought Toy Story 2 was possibly the best animated film of all time, with Monsters Inc not far behind. Really looking forward to this baby.
May 29, 2003, 5:05 a.m. CST
by Grammaton Cleric
The joke is this: The turtle has a "surfer dude" voice. You wax a surf board. Wow, Pixar's really mixing it up this time. I know this film isn't meant for me, but FUCK THAT SHIT. Those that write and enjoy this easy, base level humor can go titty fuck Chris Farley's corpse.
May 29, 2003, 5:41 a.m. CST
dammit, it still burns, ive seen it 3 times AND ive seen down with love. both good films. both deserve credit where the credit is due. the fact I can enjoy both films makes me a true unbiased fan of movies for movies sake, why cant they be?
May 29, 2003, 5:53 a.m. CST
by Grammaton Cleric
I can't truly enjoy Reloaded unless I get an ok from the big man. CAN'T YOU SEE YOU'RE RUINING MY LIFE?
May 29, 2003, 9:59 a.m. CST
The dictionary says you are wrong. End of story.
May 29, 2003, 10:08 a.m. CST
May 29, 2003, 12:54 p.m. CST
by Johnny Smith
I don't want to have to wait till December, 2004. Some of us have waited since Summer '99 for the next Bird film! Oh, and to all you yahoos out there: the best father/son film out there is STAR TREK II, followed by Fessenden's WENDIGO. Eat it, Stillson, I'm out of here. - JS.
May 29, 2003, 1:34 p.m. CST
by Sea Bass
Well I don't have kids, so don't drag me into your nightmare. Robin Williams, John Goodman and Billy Crystal aren't funny in real life, why would I think they'd be funny as magical frogs and turtles? Just because they throw you the occasional bone of an adult pop culture reference doesn't make it a clever film and it doesn't make you clever for getting it. It's a fucking cartoon. Enjoy it through the eyes of a kid but getting wet over it yourself? Jeebus, grow the hell up.
May 29, 2003, 1:47 p.m. CST
Sorry I can't rememeber that guys name right now... I have ADD, so sue me.
May 29, 2003, 1:51 p.m. CST
i....have to wait till NOVEMBER...to see this flick - - - - - 6 m o n t h s...
May 29, 2003, 2:26 p.m. CST
Disney is dead. Long live Pixar! "Finding Nemo" is absolutely and thoroughly fantastic -- my favorite film of the year so far, and maybe the best thing Pixar has ever done. (You can read my mini-review at robogeek.com.) P.S.: "Superman" was a pretty damn good father-son movie, too. ;-)
May 29, 2003, 3:21 p.m. CST
Amen, jbreen! And SHAME on you, Harry, for not having anything up for his birthday. For shame!
May 29, 2003, 4:48 p.m. CST
Is that what i read while trying to find out what the reviewer thought of the movie? Something is terribly wrong here. There has to be way to hold on our childhood without giving into this pixar stuff. They are clever, but aren't they also getting a little dull. I can enjoy a pixar cartoon but...I can only really enjoy it once. i just cant get over the "cuteness" factor in all of them.
May 29, 2003, 5:49 p.m. CST
by Mr. Belvedere
Or my Hohos? This is Lynne. Belvedere. Nice review, Wesley.
May 29, 2003, 6:44 p.m. CST
by Evil Chicken
Wallace Beery was/is something to behold. His "Champ" knocked John Voit's out of the ring. There has never been, to date, a finer Long John Silver. Speaking of father/son movies isn't Long John a substitute father for Jim Hawkins? Another good father/son flick is the original "Captain's Courageous," with Spencer Tracy. As for "Finding Nemo," I can't wait to take the kids! Pixar = quality.
May 29, 2003, 6:57 p.m. CST
Offer him some sandwiches dipped in batter and deep fried. Robogeek, dont you ever appear on regular AICN anymore?
May 29, 2003, 7:14 p.m. CST
Is there a site anywhere that has compiled all the known info to-date on "The Incredibles"? Once "The Return of the King" arrives, "The Incredibles" will take its place atop my list of the most-anticipated films...
May 29, 2003, 10:24 p.m. CST
My dictionary (the Concise Oxford, published by the Oxford University Press) tells me that Harry's use of the word ENORMITY is disputed. Check your own dictionary carefully: it will probably say the same thing (most dictionaries use abbreviations, look for a capital D for disputed). And, while we are on the subject, allow me to quote from Fowler's Modern English Usage, which, along with the COD and Roget, is one of the 3 reference books no professional writer should be without: "Enormous, enormity. The two words have drifted so far apart that the use of either in connexion with the limited sense of the other is unadvisable." The word nazi is correct. Get over it.
May 30, 2003, 8:09 a.m. CST
Full definition from Merriam-Webster, looks like Harry is right and you guys are wrong. In fact, it addresses your complaint and dismisses it. Sorry, if a major dictionary says it's OK, you look silly bitching that it's not. ***** Main Entry: enor
May 30, 2003, 1:47 p.m. CST
I'm sure Finding Nemo will be great as usual for Pixar, they know story and character... speaking of great characters(with apologies to mbaker): ATTENTION Disneyminions get this hint--"The Adventure$ of Scrooge McDuck" in 3D animation. Start now. That is all.
May 30, 2003, 2 p.m. CST
Yes yes yes we have all become painfully aware of the fact that YOU ARE SO MUCH SMARTER THAN US. Goodie for you. Now accept that the *rest* of us aren't living in 15th century Europe, and so will use ENORMITY as often as we damn well please. S'there! Now get back on topic like the rules say, ferchrissakes! Oh and Harry I *loved* your review. I'm taking my daughter tonight; I'm glad I won't be forced to sit through crap and instead have a good movie to look forward to.
May 30, 2003, 2:15 p.m. CST
by Jimmy Nostrils
Harry: you have excellent taste. Wallace Beery is one of the greatest character-actors of all time. Anyone that has watched "The Champ" & "The Big House"('30), or "Viva Villa!"('31) couldn't help but agree.
May 30, 2003, 7:22 p.m. CST
Harry...oh, fuck, Harry...did you honestly...honestly just compare The Fucking CHAMP with a talking fish cartoon? That fucking fish better make me cry, and Albert Brooks better be beaten to death, thats all I have to say. Sweet jesus, man...no, it just cant work.
May 30, 2003, 8:56 p.m. CST
I see you fuckers have been lulled back into submission by the Powers that Be... Rest assured, it is NOT OVER. I am back, and thefacer.net is following. Get the popcorn. It's gonna be a bumpy ride...
May 30, 2003, 11:11 p.m. CST
by DALTON IS 007
This fine film deserved a lush, sexy, score by John Barry that would have been reminiscent of 1965's THUNDERBALL. Also, I must add that Nemo is either the sexy tomboy beanpole on the planet, or I'll be sodomized by... of all things... A MONKEY THAT HATES A BROTHER BECAUSE A BROTHER IS A BROTHER, DAWG.
May 30, 2003, 11:22 p.m. CST
by DALTON IS 007
"COLONEL SUN" so he is right. Mirriam Webster just ahtes a brother because a brother is a brother, dawg.
May 30, 2003, 11:50 p.m. CST
May 31, 2003, 1:12 a.m. CST
by jules windex
I hate to agree with the idiot monkey boy name Harry, but this may be my new favorite Pixar effort. Of course, each film they do is better than the previous one. These guys are flat out geniuses.
May 31, 2003, 2:17 a.m. CST
It seems that what we have here is a transatlantic word-spat. Webster's Dictionary says one thing, the Oxford Dictionary says another. Both are correct for their respective languages (American English and English English, which are not the same thing). So, in their own ways and in their own languages, everyone is right. But we are not in England, so let me finish by again quoting Kingsley Amis: "It seems a bit much to scold Americans for using an Americanism in America". Minderbinder, sir, I believe the field this day is yours.
May 31, 2003, 2:20 a.m. CST
The final scene proves my case. "Dance, Billy, dance!"
May 31, 2003, 3:23 a.m. CST
I didn't like mr. limpet then and I don't like him now.
May 31, 2003, 4:54 a.m. CST
The whole Ellen Degeneres thing had me scared silly. Albert Brooks is amazing, but I was skepitcal about this movie from the first big trailer. I'm still not thrilled about the "surfer-dude" sea turtle shtick- that is so very, very tired. However, your review turned it around for me Harry. I'm still gnawed at from the inside about the sea turtle, but my skepticism in general has been laid to rest. I'm really, really, REALLY looking forward to this now. + for the record, "Monsters Inc." is a PERFECT movie. Ask yourself what you really want out of a good movie, + you will get it from "Monsters Inc." A PERFECT MOVIE. Out.
May 31, 2003, 5:35 p.m. CST
This is is the best movie this year. Even though Nemo's timeless story and rememberable characters didn't make me feel like a child again, it made me feel like I was in the movie. I felt I was learning a lesson and adventuring a long side with Marlin. This hasn't happened to me in a long time. Even though the message in this movie has been done before it is presented like true masters that can teach a craft. I can't imagine the high level design it took them to make this movie flow so well. This easily kills all movies released so farin 2003. ALLLLLL MOOVIES. Matrix still rocks though.
May 31, 2003, 11:23 p.m. CST
Just saw Nemo...it ended up being the worst or "least-good" Pixar movie yet. I can't really say it sucked, but it was just mildly entertaining and completely forgettable. It was a step below Monsters Inc which I thought was kind of clever and rather entertaining, but not in the same league as the Toy Story films. This one wasn't really clever at all and barely kept my interest. I cracked a smile once throughout the entire film and didn't laugh at all. The animation was pretty good, but there wasn't much to show except lots of fish for the most part. They must have finished this one fast because there are few backgrounds as when the are in the ocean, the screen is mainly murky blue. So I'm sure they were happy they could cut some corners there. Anyway, I wouldn't recommend going to see it unless you just feel like going to see a movie. It isn't painful to watch, but nor is it exciting.
June 1, 2003, 2:30 a.m. CST
"The joke is this: The turtle has a "surfer dude" voice. You wax a surf board. Wow, Pixar's really mixing it up this time. I know this film isn't meant for me, but FUCK THAT SHIT. Those that write and enjoy this easy, base level humor can go titty fuck Chris Farley's corpse. " Silly me. I thought it was a Turtle Wax reference. Still do.
June 1, 2003, 9:17 a.m. CST
by Anal Inflictor
I don't know what movie some of you people saw, but the only thing any parent I talked to wanted to find was the exit. This must have been the most unfunny cartoon I have ever watched. Each and every scene seemed blatantly derivitive of a better scene in a better movie - Nemo waking up his Dad a la Simba, the Bug's Lifish group in the fish tank, etc. There were many nice ocean scenes, but scenery does not a good movie make (The Real Cancun, anyone?). Very underwhelming. Oh, and any parents online here, please don't let your kids wear their birthday party hats during the movie.
June 1, 2003, 7:04 p.m. CST
by Oh Hell
The theater I attended erupted into applause at the end of the film and giggled all the way through the credits, so I guess different folks have different views of this film. Me, I wanna see it again.
June 1, 2003, 9:20 p.m. CST
Great movie overall, the only quibbles I'd have are that it's a tad episodic and they've got the "meeting a group of wacky assorted characters who don't really get developed that much" a la the circus bugs in Bugs Life. But those are microscopic complaints, overall it's got hilarious parts (Ellen steals most of the movie), and the "surfer" turtles actually turn out to be funny (and they turn around the stereotype to make a point).
June 1, 2003, 9:39 p.m. CST
I'm with Harry on this one. A movie you could watch on several levels. I cried at Dory's scene with Marlin (I'm a mushball at times). Just on storytelling form - I loved that little things came back into play and I loved the growth BOTH Nemo and Marlin had over the course of the movie. Of course, the animation was amazing ... the jellyfish scene was wild. And for the record, I *liked* Crush. For the deep meanings Harry saw - and for the surface just fun character.
June 1, 2003, 11:13 p.m. CST
This movie was kinda dull to me. All the kids were squirming in the theater I was in. I guess I was disappointed that we have the whole damn ocean to explore and instead of Nemo facing those dangers he's trapped in a frickin aquarium the entire movie??? Instead of seeing Nemo and his interesting schoolmates having an adventure we get stuck with Elen DeGeneres? What gives? I have to think that people love Pixar so much that they are overlooking a lot of bad things in this movie.
June 2, 2003, 8:58 a.m. CST
Wow, they did a number on this one...breast reduction? More like double masectomy. Way to go Pixar, help spread the message that women should be anorexic sticks with no breasts...
June 3, 2003, 12:29 a.m. CST
Everytime I think Pixar can't possibly equal their last movie, they always seem to do just that and push the envelope even further. Everything about this movie is absolutely incredible. The visuals: probably the most beautifully animated films from Pixar yet. The story: again, Pixar has demonstrated that they are masters of storytelling and that the story is the heart and soul of any good movie. The characters: I don't think there was a character in this movie that I didn't like, and the stars of this movie (Marlin, Dory and, of course, Nemo) are not cookie cutter characters. Thanks to some great voices characterizations we feel the depth of them. I can't wait for the DVD of this! This movie is another classic for certain!
June 3, 2003, 3:31 p.m. CST
Anyone who doesn't at least like this movie has no soul. Stop being such a fucking art student and try enjoying life for once! It was sweet and funny and who CARES if there were "derivative" scenes? Can't you fuckers just enjoy a movie for what it is...entertainment? Why (pant) does (pantpant) everything (hack) (INHALER!) have to be a "STATEMENT" with you people?! Just ENJOY THE DAMN SHOW. And yes, I thought it was Turtle Wax too.
June 3, 2003, 6:55 p.m. CST
http://us.imdb.com/Title?0322621 use the above link to read about a movie as cool as nemo! it is called HEY DJ! it stars charlotte lewis of the eddie murphy film the golden child. i love charlotte! hubba hubba! HEY DJ! a killer comedy!
June 4, 2003, 2:09 a.m. CST
it has no raped dead deer anywhere to be seen. c'mon pixar!
June 4, 2003, 2:53 p.m. CST
The movie was great and technically beautiful, but it left no lasting impression upon me. This is probably because I loved all of the characters except the father and the son - they were just ok, thus I had no emotional attachment. In contrast, Monsters Inc. left me with a lasting impression and I've seen it many times. Still, I definitely recommend seeing this movie and enjoying it for what it is.
June 4, 2003, 6:37 p.m. CST
by Darth Borgnine
Who are you people?
June 6, 2003, 12:39 p.m. CST
This time Pixar has gone too far with annoying character voices and predictable plot mulch. Marlin is a middle-aged, single-parent Jewish Clownfish who's entire family, including his wife was slaughtered by a shark, only one remains: little Nemo. I think you can guess the rest. I guess Pixar felt two orange Clownfish would be too boring and a big family would be too much trouble to animate so we have a blue fish instead. Albert Brooks is Marlin, and Ellen DeGeneres (famous for being a great comedian) is Dory. Like every other modern Disney/Pixar creation, it rests on sitcom comedians and other celebs providing voices for overly-neurotic characters in a surreal setting that is exactly like your cuddly suburb block where everyone goes around waving. That is the whole of the joke, and it never deviates to clever humor. I suspect John Lassetter is at least partly to blame for this big fat Greek fish movie. This recipe has become more and more trying with each attempt made at a full-length feature after Toy Story. So this movie is actually a step below 'Monsters, Inc.' Disney learned after Fantasia that it could simply pump out sentimental, obvious animation and still make profit, because kids appreciate more hyper-active, instant gags than they used to. Admittedly, I did enjoy the shark characters, and had fits of laughter over Marlin losing his entire family, the first time the Sea Turtle said 'Dude', I kind of enjoyed him, but that waned into disgust over time after 40 repetitions. I think the character expressions are the best look and focused on very heavily. Suprisingly though, their ocean looked as empty as my theater did, with lulls between visuals only there for fun, to talking that was only there because... it had to be. The animators clearly worked hard, why couldn't the writers be bothered to ? The journey Marlin makes is an tiresome afterthought, it could have benefitted from 30 minutes of editing, with deleted scenes in the DVD. I hope Pixar will concentrate on making something much more daring and worthwhile for it's talent, as well as a much more entertaining if it hopes to grow and someday give Disney a run - for it's MONEY.
June 8, 2003, 1:40 a.m. CST
I just want to say that I hate that motherfucker, Scott Stevens. What the fuck right did he have to try to kill Hunky Paul Kariya? What the Fuck? Arghhhh, I hope the Ducks win and they spear that donkey raping, Dan Ackroyd nut licking faggot!
June 10, 2003, 10:38 a.m. CST
You are not the only one, Corvette63. So many people hate Ellen Degeneres. Many people hate to watch figure skating. Many people hate anchovies on pizza. Many people love shimp. These are things that I cannot understand. It is not just Ellen's rocking performance of Dori but the chemistry between her and Brooks. This could be the greatest pairing of all time - greater than Martin and Lewis, greater than Laural and Hardy, greater than Burn and Allen. But it will not - they have separate careers and I doubt if we will ever see this magic again, but I can so glad that we did! The best of the them both us brought out for us. But I cannot go on without recognize the talent of the animators who made us believe that fish could be so expressive and made that magic happen. Neither Brooks or DeGeneres could sit down and explain how they do what they do with the honesty and credibility that these wizards achieved on the screen with this film! Harry, Harry, Harry - crank up Kazaa Lite and see if you can find any old Divx's of "Ellen" old sitcom. Not just for DeGeneres but what was one of the best collection of a comedic talent since "Your Show of Shows". While her coming out was TV herstory and a beautiful thing, there is so much good comedy that was overshawdowed by it. One of my favorites was when Audrey bought a new car (I don't recall if they actually used the word "Saturn") and ended up have to be deprogrammed from this cult of car owners. This cast was soo much more than just DeGeneres. Joely Fisher (Paige) and Clea Lewis (Audrey) I miss the most. David Anthony Higgins (Joe) has a new home on "Malcom in the Middle" and Jeremy Piven (Spence) has been getting some film work, but man, you gotta check the chemistry that was.
June 19, 2003, 6:03 p.m. CST
Comparing Nemo getting lost to his having to his sweaty rump up some stairs. Priceless. www.filmrot.com
June 28, 2003, 7:17 a.m. CST
Ellen DeGeneres is one of the greatest comedic talents of our time. All you haters have held back her career too long with your prejudice. When Dory is here and she will not be denied - and she is FUNNY!
July 3, 2003, 7:30 a.m. CST
She has absolutely no talent. She maybe should have spent more time learning to act than drinking from the furry cup...
July 25, 2003, 3:39 a.m. CST
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