Pixar: Finding Nemo
Showing that kids films donÂ’t have to be dominated by the cheesy, the lame, the hackneyed, Pixar is turning out what looks to be an excellent and well-turned piece of film: Finding Nemo.
All three trailers display the wit and maturity that served to make Toy Story, Toy Story 2, A Bugs Life and especially Monsters Inc. the best of childrens fare and still fine cinema. With excellent stories and detailed craftsmanship, the art of Pixar has been astounding and high quality.
While I enjoyed all of these films, Monsters Inc. reached my list of top films: not the normal achievement for someone used to watching art films, inde films, and foreign films. Something like the soon-to-be-released (and watched by me) The Man on the Train is much more typical fare for me than a story about monster's and closets. Yet this delightful children's film was something I really appreciated.
No sensible person watching the animation of Sully's blue hair blowing all over in the snow while watching Monsters Inc didn't know we'd reached a new height in animation and art ostensibly pitched at children.
If for no other reason, I would praise Pixar for the return of the short, something they've played with delightfully. The For the Birds Birds short at the beginning of Monsters Inc. is hilarious, brilliant and enjoyable. Geri's Game is a lovely little piece that takes a simple joke and runs with it beautifully.
Looking at Finding Nemo, one has to scratch oneÂ’s head. I mean, fish are hard to anthropomorphize. They donÂ’t even have hands and DisneyÂ’s underwater adventure was awfully cheesy. Now Pixar wants brave the underwater with the story of a Dad trying to find his son in the vastness of the ocean.
And besides: A Dad? As a hero? Wow.
The fish look great. The humor looks funny. The story looks solid without going too mushy. The turtles and the birds in the trailers look delightful. The only question is can I afford tickets for all my brothers by opening day?