September 24, 2012
Family Film Blogging: Finding Nemo 3D
Posted by Christine Hurt

No one can argue that the folks at Disney aren't brilliant.  Starting about a year ago, Disney began re-releasing "classic" (i.e., 10-20 year old) animated films in 3D, making new millions from an asset that had already peaked.  We have done our part and have hit all of them.  This month, Disney released Finding Nemo 3D, hoping to entice kids/teens who loved it 10 years ago and also new kids that may only know it from video.

However, Finding Nemo is one of those Disney movies that parents love as much or more than kids.  The central character is really not Nemo, but his dad, Marlin.  Marlin goes on a journey of self-discovery during his literal journey from his comfortable reef "across the ocean" to Sidney, Australia to find his son.  Nemo is more or less the same at the end, though he has renewed respect for his dad (but mostly because his dad overcame his fears and embarked on this ocean journey).  so, most parents I know love the movie because it's aimed at us -- child gets in danger, parent must rescue, at the same time learning how to let go.  My all-time favorite quote from the movie:

Marlin: I promised I'd never let anything happen to him.

Dory: Hmm. That's a funny thing to promise.

Marlin: What?

Dory: Well, you can't never let anything happen to him. Then nothing would ever happen to him.

The big question with these retro-fitted 3D movies is whether the 3D adds anything.  That's really hard to say.  Finding Nemo was already a visually beautiful movie.  So, I'm not sure if side by side the versions would be that different.  As an added attraction, a new Toy Story "short," Partysaurus Rex, played at the beginning of the movie.  Once this was known, my youngest decided to overcome his shark fear in order to see the Toy Story short, which was cunningly designed to have as little dialogue from the high-dollar actors (Woody and Buzz) as possible.

This movie is pretty meaningful for me because we took our two oldest (then 4 and 1.5) to see the movie the night before we moved from Houston to Milwaukee in 2003.  We were heading on our own journey off our reef into the great wide ocean.  So I enjoyed going back to see the movie with our three kids, from 13, 10 and 5.  (We also saw two 15 year-olds we knew there on a "date.")  So, that may be my definition of a great movie -- one that all 5 of us really enjoy and can watch together.

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