Finding Nemo Revisited: Pixar’s Best Movie?

Ladies and gentlemen! Welcome to another installment of Animation Movies Revisited for a look back at some of the greatest animated films and rediscover the reasons they’ve left a lasting impression throughout the years. In this episode, we’re going under the sea to the Great Barrier Reef and then riding the East Australian Current to Sydney to swim alongside Pixar‘s fifth CGI-animated motion picture, Finding Nemo.

Designed as a father-son tale in the guise of a grand underwater adventure, Finding Nemo swam into theaters in 2003. The film broke new ground as Pixar’s first emotionally-charged feature. The story revolves around Marlin, an overprotective clownfish who, after losing his partner and more than four hundred of his unborn children, vows to protect his only surviving son, Nemo, with every ounce of his being. After Nemo gets taken by a human dentist to give as a gift to his troubled niece, Darla, Marlin forces himself to go beyond the safety of his home to rescue his son.

Andrew Stanton directs Finding Nemo based on a screenplay he co-wrote with Bob Peterson and David Reynolds. Today’s video will explore the film’s imaginative origin, sink-or-swim approach to testing new technology, surprise success at the global box office, and more. Finding Nemo is the movie Pixar used to show the world what they were capable of and how they will defy expectations every chance they get. So, put on a scuba suit and join us as we dive into deep waters with this outstanding film.

Animation Movies Revisited is written and narrated by Steve Seigh and was edited by Jasmyn Evans-Samuels. Do you think Finding Nemo holds up? Let us know in the comments below.


About the Author

Born and raised in New York, then immigrated to Canada, Steve Seigh has been a editor, columnist, and critic since 2012. He started with Ink & Pixel, a column celebrating the magic and evolution of animation, before launching the companion YouTube series Animation Movies Revisited. He's also the host of the Talking Comics Podcast, a personality-driven audio show focusing on comic books, film, music, and more. You'll rarely catch him without headphones on his head and pancakes on his breath.