Finding Nemo (2003)
It starts with a school of fish. Yupp, a school of fish! And from there on it just gets wittier and wittier.
It was better than I remembered it, and emotional right from the start, too - more like Finding Dory than I thought it would be. The animation's not quite on par with the latter, but considering it's been a decade and more it still feels surprisingly fresh, and the red line is easy to follow all the way through.
For those of you who don't know the story, it's about a dad (Marlin) and his kid (Nemo), and Nemo's willingness to prove himself - as well as his dad's refusal to let him go, and how this leads to him being swept away into a dentist's aquarium, and his father to roaming the seas searching for him. The further he gets, the crazier it gets - but the stories of his search that precede him get even crazier! Eventually, the stories even reach Nemo - who struggles to escape his watery cave.
Along the way Marlin meets Dory, who has a highly short-term memory, and yet as the journey moves onward she starts to remember more and more, until the crisis comes where she goes her way, and Marlin goes his - and all the while Nemo's facing a different kind of dilemma in his pool of water. The dentist's adorable daughter is about to be given him as a birthday gift, and she doesn't have the best hand with animals, to say the least.
It's a race against the clock, though Marlin doesn't know it. And it's a race against the mind, though Dory quickly forgets it. Overall it's a great movie; greater than I remembered! I do feel like the sequel's a few steps above this not only in terms of animation, but in much else, and in building up the mood in particular - but this does come close. And did you know Ellen DeGeneres voices Dory? Definitely the best voice actress in the bunch, though they're all good. And when it's all over: it's all good. It's a good movie and all.
rated 4/5: fo shizzle