It's the details that stand out whenever a classic film is converted to 3-D.
With "Finding Nemo 3D," the shimmering sea surface, scratches on the lens of a diver's goggles and smudge marks Nemo the clown fish makes when he mashes his face up against the glass wall of the aquarium that imprisons him all pop off the screen in the reissue of
The fish seem to float in between the surface of the screen and the deep blue underwater backgrounds of the South Pacific, an effect even more pronounced in 3-D.
Perhaps it's not enough to warrant shelling out 3-D dollars to go see a movie that's long been one of the best-selling home videos. If you have kids, you already have this at home. But
And "Finding Nemo" is a great movie, one of the best animations for children ever made.
A timid and overprotective single-dad clown fish (
Dad flees the comfort of his reefside sea anemone home, and with the help of a seriously absent-minded blue tang named Dory (
It's a simple story, perfectly executed. Especially when it comes to the voices.
Dory — all halting, self-interrupting comical kvetching, written specifically for DeGeneres and animated around her gestures — steals the movie. "I suffer from short-term memory loss. It runs in my family. … At least I think it does … hmm. Where are they?"
It's a grand quest filled with funny, broadly drawn but wise characters — sea turtles that speak "surfer dude," Australian sharks trying to turn vegetarian (
And what wonderful messages. No matter what, "just keep swimming." "Trust, it's what friends do." And kids: "You can't hold on to them forever."
So don't think of "Nemo" as just another 3-D conversion. Think of this rerelease as an encore, a handy touchstone for you and your kids. "Finding Nemo" was and remains the gold standard against which all other modern animated films are measured, a classic from the day it premiered.
("Nemo" is preceded by the new Pixar
'Finding Nemo 3-D' -- 4 stars
MPAA rating: G
Running time: 1:40