For anyone who has never seen this film, I highly recommend it. It is the mark of great cinema when you can watch and re-watch a film, not get bored and still find new things every time you watch it. Finding Nemo is one of those films.
The makers of this film wanted to transport the viewer to a magical underwater playground, where anything seems possible, and they succeeded! The time and hard work that clearly went into producing this piece of work makes it nothing short of spectacular. The colourful backdrop to the story is just a joy to behold.
The casting was clearly inspired as there is not a bad performance to be found, in particular Albert Brooks who plays Marlin (Nemos dad), doing a wonderful turn as a loving/concerned/slightly over-protective parent. Ellen DeGeneres as the adorable Dory, the fish with a very short memory, is fantastic, and has some great comedy moments throughout. However, for me, the show stealer has to be Bruce, the great white shark, played immacculately by Barry Humphries (AKA Dame Edna Everage). The voice he uses for the role fits the character perfectly. Also, a special mention to Willem Dafoe and Geoffrey Rush who both excel with the roles they are given.
Plot wise, it is a very simple but effective and touching story of a single parent who loves his son (a son who wants to experience everything the underwater world has to offer) and wants to protect from getting hurt, but when Nemo is captured Marlin starts off on an adventure that will take him halfway round the world, and shows how much courage he has and just how much he loves his son.
An animated epic!