Welcome back, Nemo!
Back with a 3D splash is Finding Nemo 3D. Whether you saw it the first time or not, this "classic" feel-good flick is worth revisiting. You think you've got an ocean of problems? Marlin, a very small clown fish has to leave his home to find his only surviving son in the endless deep blue, before the unthinkable happens. Accompanying his journey are his one and only clue, his countless fears and his mild amnesia suffering side kick.
This is one of my favorite animated films with many memorable highlights. Albert Brooks, who plays Marlin, renders such a heart felt performance as the sensitive and caring father. As Marlin pushes onward deeper and deeper into the unknown sea, you can't help but root for the little fella as he barely makes it through each calamity by the scales of his fins.
Dori, played by Ellen Degeneres, delivers an upbeat performance with her suitable for all ages comedy that's always popular. And, her lovable character is also rather charming despite her two minute long memory setback. Besides, Dori's "Just keep swimming" mantra is pretty catchy.
Another great quality that Finding Nemo has is its slew of memorable phrases. Some in particular include the "Mine Mine Mine" of the seagulls and the aquarium captives calling themselves the "WannaHockaLoogie" tribe. And, I love the way this film connects all living things as the message of Marlin's incredible quest, to save his wet-behind-the ears son, gets spread from the fish in the ocean, to the birds in the sky.
In regards to the movie being in 3D, I thought it was well done, meaning I could clearly see the difference, but not all together necessary. Overall, the visual effects seemed insignificant. It's a great film; so in that regard it stands on its own. With the exception of flicks with special effects like Avatar, lately, most 3D films seem to raise prices higher than they do eyebrows. But, it all boils down to your preference. And, let's face it: a lot of kids get excited about the fun in 3D.
It's a great film for parents and kids alike. If you haven't seen it in a while, it's a pleasant recap. Finding Nemo has a strong storyline of determination, forgiveness and courage. The actors do a wonderful voice-over job. And the animation is beautifully created. Plus, if your child is under the age of 10 and you don't have the DVD at home, it will be a new wave for them! I give it 4 out of 5 Skittles for What To See PG.com
In the spirit of empowerment and confidence for kids, the Huffington Post blogger, author/illustrator Ambre Anderson will be appearing on Fox Morning News in Baltimore, Maryland this Monday October the 29th at 9:30 am. She will be discussing her new children's book entitled, Qualities. Feel free to tune in if you'll be in the area and check her out. For more info on the author visit: ArtworkbyAmbre.com