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Finding Nemo

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Can’t seem to make up my mind about what to post. hahah I ditched two drafts already; one topic was too rambly and the other too serious. I also wanted to make a blog post yesterday but was feeling rather under the weather with vaguely flu-like symptoms and so ended up not making any post.

Hmm… Well, I watched Finding Nemo again yesterday morning. :D And it’s sooooooooo good.

1. A warm little story at the core: baby clownfish Nemo is captured by a diver and ends up in an aquarium at a dentist’s office; daddy clownfish Marlin goes on a quest with an unlikely friend in the amnesiac regal tang, Dory, to find Nemo.
(Click thumbnails to see bigger.)
Marlin and Dory
Marlin and Dory.

2. It has maybe the most beautiful visuals of any 3D-animated film thus far. (Oh, I’m so biased :P ) I guess the fact that the setting is the big blue sea helps. The Great Barrier Reef is a gorgeous place in real life, after all. Pixar rendered it magnificently.
Reef 1 Reef 2

Reef 3 Reef 4

Nemo
Look at the detail on the scales! The light! The texture! *_*

The tank
The dentist’s very colourful fish tank.

Baby turtles!
Majorly adorable baby turtles. Look at the patterns on their shells!

3. Crazy cool characters: anxious Marlin and nutty Dory, Bruce, Chum and Anchor – the three sharks in therapy, the awesome and ultra-laidback Crush, Squirt the super-duper cute baby turtle, Bubbles the bubble-manic yellow tang, Deb the not-quite-there damselfish (she thinks her reflection in the fish tank is her sister), molysmophobic Gurgle, to name a few.
Bruce!
“Hello. My name’s Bruce.”
(I loved how Bruce’s accent was soooo Australian.)

4. Great sequences and scenes:
~ Dramatic opening with Marlin losing wife and all their eggs to a hungry barracuda – except for one little egg.
The last egg
Marlin holding his last remaining baby. =(

~ Sharks in abstinence therapy: “I am a nice shark, not a mindless eating machine. If I am to change this image, I must first change myself. Fish are friends, not food.”
Fish are friends...

~ Jellyfish swarm! Pink and poisonous.
Jellies!

~ Ridin’ the EAC (East Australian Current) with the coolest turtles everrr. (If only there were that many adult green turtles in one spot in reality…)
Crush EAC

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5. Incredibly memorable lines. (I remember that after watching this back in 2003, just about everyone went around quoting various lines to each other and using them in YM statuses… hahah)

“Fish are friends, not food.”

“Just keep swimming, just keep swimming, just keep swimming, swimming, swimming.”

*in surfer-dude twang* “First you were all like ‘whoa’, and we were like ‘whoa’, and you were like ‘whoaaa…'”
whoaaa whoaaa 2
(This scene just has to be watched to be appreciated. Here, from about 0:55-0:59.)

“Duuude!”

“Sweeeeeet.”
“Totallyyy.”
Offspring, Jellyman.

“Mine. Mine. Mine.”
Rats with wings

My bubbles.”
My bubbles!

“Sharkbait! Hoo ha ha!”
Sharkbait

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I took way too many screencaps, so let’s not waste them. :P

Nemo goes to school
Marlin takes Nemo to school.

Mr Ray gives a lesson
Mr. Ray the schoolteacher gives a lesson. (Ramble: Look at the coloursssssss! ♥)

Pretty light~
Ooh, pretty light… and a dangerous one too. The expressions on Dory and Marlin’s faces are so well done.

Gimme some fin
Squirt: That was SO cool! Hey, dad, did you see that? Did you see me? Did you see what I did?
Crush: You so totally rock, Squirt! So gimme some fin.
[They slap fins]
Crush: Noggin’.
[bump heads]
Crush, Squirt: Duuuude!

Storytime
Storytime!

Dory
Dory doesn’t want Marlin to leave: “Please don’t go away. Please? No one’s ever stuck with me for so long before. And if you leave… if you leave… I just, I remember things better with you. I do, look. P. Sherman, forty-two… forty-two… I remember it, I do. It’s there, I know it is, because when I look at you, I can feel it. And-and I look at you, and I… and I’m home. Please… I don’t want that to go away. I don’t want to forget.
If Pixar can make toys, fish and robots such touching characters, they can do anything. Totally~

Threat
I loved how this bit was staged. 8D

Exchange student
An exchange student from the EAC! “Sweeeeet.” “Totallyyy.

I love you, Dad
I love you, Dad.
*sniffs*

Sometimes I think part of the reason why Pixar’s films reach across the board and feel so warm and reach and heartfelt is because their directors are mostly people with families of their own.

Now what?
Bloat: Now what?

HAHAHAHAH. I love that little bit. Excellent question, Bloat. :))

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