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Youth Film Critic Reviews Finding Nemo 3D

By Ranny Levy

Finding Nemo, the 2003 film that captured hearts and won the Best Animated Feature Oscar in 2004, has gotten a studio makeover and has been filling movie theaters in its 3-D version. This is a perfect film for you to share with your youngest grandchildren although you should be aware that there are some frightening scenes that 2 and 3-year-olds may find disconcerting. Here is what our KIDS FIRST! Film Critics had to share about the film:

“I thought the 3-D was cool,” says KIDS FIRST! youth film critic Anthony Aranda, age 10, who goes on to say there wasn’t enough of it: “… but they needed to add more 3-D parts to the movie.”

Fellow youth film critic Cheyenne Nguyen, age 8, was captivated by the cinematography and visual effects, sharing, “The clear and crisp color with 3-D is magical.  It feels like I am snorkeling and ready to touch these sea creatures.”

Morgan Bertsch, age 7, thought that the 3-D makes all the characters really come to life. “It was amazing. It made you feel like you were really in the ocean. Just keep swimming, just keep swimming.”

The father’s long journey from the safety of his coral reef home through the vastness of the ocean to where Nemo had been taken inAustraliais fraught with danger and even earns him fame among the other creatures of the sea. He gains a sidekick early on his quest whose short-term memory loss balances the mood with heavy doses of humor.

Finding Nemo 3D
Reviewed by Cheyenne Nguyen and Morgan Bertsch
(See their full review on video.) 

Watching Finding Nemo 3D by Disney-Pixar is like you are snorkeling and looking through your goggles and enjoying the colorful fish and sea life.

This story is about Marlin (voiced by Albert Brooks), an overprotective father of Nemo (voiced by Alexander Gould), a clown fish with a defective fin.

It all starts with Coral and Marlin, Nemo’s mom and dad looking at all 400 eggs and trying to determine names for each of the eggs.  Suddenly, a barracuda comes to the coral and knocks Marlin unconscious.  When Marlin wakes up, the reef is empty; with no fish around, the only egg left under the coral is Nemo.  Marlin becomes a very protective dad and will not let Nemo out of his sight.  However, Nemo is the opposite of his dad.  He always wants to swim into the unknown.

On the first day of school, Nemo wanders off outside the reef and is captured by a dentist.  This starts Marlin’s journey to find his son.  He swims as fast as he can and asks for help finding Nemo.  The only fish that stops to help Marlin is Dory (voice by Ellen DeGeneres).  Dory has a big heart and always positive.  The only problem is she has short-term memory loss.

The story line is the father and son love, unpredictable and very funny.  There are so many punch lines in this movie that will keep you laughing throughout the movie.

The clear and crisp color with 3-D is magical.  It feels like I am snorkeling and ready to touch these sea creatures.  I can see the layers of rainbow coral reef, several rows of teeth in the mouth of Bruce the shark, the pelican’s beak, and jellyfish seem so soft and real.  The best 3-D part is with the whale and the krill swimming toward the audience.

I love how production and design make Dory velvety, Marlin and Nemo soft and gummy.  The rest of the fish are metallic, typical scaly fish.  This makes Dory, Marlin and Nemo more lovable. The sound effects of water sloshing and crashing are very realistic.

The only part I did not like is what happens to Nemo’s mom.  Will Disney come back with Nemo reunited with his mom?

The lessons in this movie are Marlin deals with his fear and swims all the way toAustraliato find his son, Nemo, and he learns to have faith.

My favorite character is Dory with her big heart and Crush the laid-back father turtle and his children.

The message of this movie is listens to your parents — they only try to protect you and give you good advice.  Parents are alive longer so they know a lot more than their children.

I rank this movie five out of five stars.

I give this film an age range of 3 and up.

Finding Nemo 3D
Reviewed by Anthony Aranda
(See his full review on video.)  

I just finished watching a new twist on an all-time favorite Disney classic movie called Finding Nemo 3D. This movie is all about a fish named Nemo whose dad is bringing him to school. His dad gets too worried, though, and goes after Nemo. This makes Nemo mad, so he goes to open water, touches a boat and gets captured by divers. Then his dad has to go on a big adventure to save him.

The main characters in this movie are Nemo, Dory, and Marlin.  My favorite character is Dory because she is a really funny character and she helps Marlin go toSydneyto find his son. She also loves meeting new people but a second later she forgets them, which makes her really funny.

My favorite part in this movie is when Dory sees a little jellyfish and names it Squishy and she gets stung and says, “Ouch! Bad Squishy, bad!” and then a big bunch of jellyfish come out and she bounces on the top so Marlin gets an idea so he says whoever gets to the end of the jellyfish wins. So they race through the jellyfish, but Dory gets stung so Marlin has to go save her. Luckily, he does, but that makes him pass out.

If I were to rate this movie with stars, I would give it seven out of 10 because I thought the 3-D was cool but they needed to add more 3-D parts to the movie. I’ve seen this movie too many times, so the fact that it didn’t have a lot of 3-D made it kind of boring to me.

I would recommend this movie for all ages, because it is a good classic movie that everyone is able to watch. Go out and see this movie when it comes out in theaters on September 14th.

Ranny Levy – Founder and President

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About the author

Christine is the co-founder and editorial director for GRAND Magazine. She is the grandmother of five and great-grandmom (aka Grandmere) to one. She makes her home in St. Petersburg, Florida.

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