Capone has a few brief words about rediscovering the beauty of FINDING NEMO thanks to the big-screen 3D re-release!!!
Hey everyone. Capone in Chicago here.
Surprisingly enough, the 3D version of FINDING NEMO is remarkably similar to the 2003 masterpiece FINDING NEMO. But like the previously released converted Pixar movies, this transfer is pristine and adds a stunning element to the under-the-ocean views and the... holy shit, wait until you see Marlin and Dory get swallowed by the whale in 3D!!!
OK, sorry. But there are a handful of sequences in FINDING NEMO that look so damn good in 3D, it seems almost critical to see them that way just once. Traveling the East Australian Current with sea turtles (including Crush, voiced by director and co-writer Andrews Stanton) is stunning, and the sequence in which Marlin (Albert Brooks) and Dory (Ellen DeGeneres) are greeted by reformed man-eating sharks (Bruce Spence, Eric Bana and the magnificent Barry Humphries as the Great White Bruce) in an abandoned submarine is both breathtaking and terrifying.
And sometimes you just see an older movie in the theater to remind yourself how much you loved it the first time you saw it. For example, I sometime forget how much I adore the characters Nemo (Alexander Gould) meets in the dentist's aquarium. I think a live-action movie with the likes of Willem Dafoe, Allison Janney, Stephen Root ("Bubbles!"), Brad Garrett and Austin Pendleton would be kind of great, but their animated counterparts are so funny and smart. Add to that Geoffrey Rush's friendly pelican Nigel, and you remember that this is one of Pixar's finest collection of voice actors, second only the TOY STORY films.
But 3D or not, what still gets you every single time is the search and the bond that is formed between a single father and his son with the lucky fin, even though they are apart for most of the movie. FINDING NEMO is a film that celebrates and cherishes the kindness in its characters—Brooks as the neurotic, overprotective dad could not be any better cast, and DeGeneres is so full of goodness, you just want to go out and hug a stranger. Her memory-challenged character is a big blue smile of a creature.
I think the 3D is a great excuse to check out this movie one more time on the big screen; nothing could be finer. Is it necessary? Not really. Is it cool? Oh, yes. And I don't care what anybody says, between this film, WALL*E and JOHN CARTER, co-director Stanton (who made this film with Lee Unkrich) is a hell of a storyteller both as a screenwriter and a director. I hope the reports of him putting together a FINDING NEMO sequel are true.
-- Steve Prokopy
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Sept. 14, 2012, 3:57 a.m. CST
by Mr. Pricklepants
Sept. 14, 2012, 4:24 a.m. CST
Nemo is an anagram of the OMEN. That little fucking antichrist fish has 666 tatooed on his fin I guarantee it.
Sept. 14, 2012, 4:33 a.m. CST
by mick vance
Sept. 14, 2012, 4:44 a.m. CST
Cashing in with sequels and 3D conversions seems lazy and very hollywood like something with the early Pixar seemed to distance itself from...
Sept. 14, 2012, 5:19 a.m. CST
Cars 2 devastated me too, but I'm pretty sure they've learned their lesson from it. They did Toy Story - Toy Story 2 pretty early on and it was good. Toy Story 3 was beautiful. It's Pixar, we love it, let's not be so pessimistic, let's hope Monsters Inc. 2 etc. will be awesome and great and necessary.
Sept. 14, 2012, 5:34 a.m. CST
Do you really let them get that far away with you? I know why I love Finding Nemo because I was watching it last week.
Sept. 14, 2012, 7:22 a.m. CST
@maxs, toy story 3 was a huge shock, it was the best of the 3 and some damn intense happy/sad weird concoctions going on!!
by Balkin Flabgurter
Sept. 14, 2012, 8:04 a.m. CST
I was on the fence right up until the prison rape scene. What? Go back and watch Buzz getting reset with the screwdriver. It's practically out of Brubaker. Sorry if I've ruined it for you. "Toy Story" remains Pixar's finest work.
Sept. 14, 2012, 8:57 a.m. CST
All it needed was for Buzz to get a "phone call", and for Woody to discover a secret mass toy graveyard out back behind the daycare.
Sept. 14, 2012, 10:04 a.m. CST
by Anthony Torchia
My favorite fictional character, I get tears in my eyes just thinking of the last line in Warlord of Mars, and HE FUCKED IT UP let's say that again: HE FUCKED IT UP Thank Andy, and Nemo can suck my balls.
Sept. 14, 2012, 10:32 a.m. CST
And he owes the studio some coin after JCOM --which did suck.
Sept. 14, 2012, 11:10 a.m. CST
Sept. 14, 2012, 11:41 a.m. CST
I know they're also converting Monster Inc. into 3D, but I'd also like to see Wall-E, Robots, Dinosaur, A Bug's Life and The Incredibles in glorious 3D too.
Sept. 14, 2012, 11:59 a.m. CST
by Bouncy X
assuming 3D is still around years from now, the only way it'll happen is when the movie hits an anniversary. at this point disney is just re-releasing these movies in 3D to advertise the blu-ray that comes out shortly after. i think Lion King is the only one that hit blu-ray first before being re-released in theaters in 3D but i'm guessing the success of that re-release is what led them to start this in the first place. hell they're even doing it for 2D movies now with Raiders and the upcoming E.T. they're using the theatrical experience to advertise the home release....pretty funny when you think about it.
Sept. 14, 2012, 12:18 p.m. CST
They seem to be on a 3D re-release kick of their back catalog here which is A-OK with me. I wouldn't be surprised to see Bug's Life 3D a year from now and Incredibles 3D in 2014 for it's 10 year anniversary. Hopefully Incredibles 2 won't be far behind.
Sept. 14, 2012, 1:14 p.m. CST
Re-releases are an old Disney staple, I love them. As for "Pixar has always been anti-sequel", that's an exaggeration
What Pixar has consistently said was that they would only do a sequel if they could come up with a story for it just as good as the original. With Toy Story 3, they proved that true.
Sept. 14, 2012, 5:38 p.m. CST
Duck Tales, Gummi Bears, Darkwing Duck... all properties that would make for a wonderful 2D animated film, if anyone cared enough about the missing 2D animated films.... if Disney hadn't forgotten that human beings painting directly onto film cels was how they made their name
Sept. 14, 2012, 5:38 p.m. CST
Sept. 14, 2012, 8:18 p.m. CST
Careful with that hammer... sea monkey has my money... yes, I'm a natural blue.
Sept. 14, 2012, 10:51 p.m. CST
John Carter was in no way shape or form a good movie. please come to terms with this basic fact. its okay to like a bad movie, but failing to acknowledge reality makes you seem delusional.
Sept. 14, 2012, 10:53 p.m. CST
also its generic story and characterizations and enormous budget means it will NEVER be considered a cult classic.
Sept. 15, 2012, 1:07 p.m. CST
Should have been 3 characters in the tank, 4 at the maximum - includung Nemo - and one of them should have not spoken. Would have made being ion the tank worse for the characters and given Nemo more time to develop his character.
Sept. 16, 2012, 12:02 a.m. CST
Sea Monkeys?? Classic!!