After a few very successful 3D theater releases, Disney is at it again. Tomorrow, September 14th Finding Nemo will be hitting the big screen in 3D. Here’s a synopsis: Teeming with memorable comedic characters and heartfelt emotion, this stunning underwater adventure follows the momentous journey of an overprotective clownfish named Marlin (voiced by Albert Brooks) and his young son Nemo (voiced by Alexander Gould)––who become separated in the Great Barrier Reef when Nemo is unexpectedly taken far from his ocean home to a fish tank in a dentist’s office. Buoyed by the companionship of Dory (voiced by Ellen DeGeneres), a friendly-but-forgetful blue tang fish, Marlin embarks on a dangerous trek and finds himself the unlikely hero of an epic effort to rescue his son––who hatches a few daring plans of his own to return safely home. I was fortunate enough to be invited to LA to experience the movie in Disney Toon Studios! Just that enhances any film 10 fold. It’s been a number of years since I’ve seen Nemo. The original release was in 2003 and even without kids, I sill made sure to watch the film. As an adult, I really appreciate this movie, it’s a lesson in letting go, independence, encouragement and pushing yourself further than you thought you can go, and of course we can’t forget the strength of a father’s love. The movie is funny, Dory (played by Ellen Degeneres) is hilarious. Being pregnant I can relate to Dory’s forgetfulness.
While I really enjoyed the movie, I think there are a few scary parts for the kids. First, Nemo’s Mom dies in the opening scene. Although it’s not scary as in frightening, it can leave kids with fear that their parents are going to die. There are also a number of sharks – despite them being “friendly” they will most likely scare younger kids. As for the 3D effects, don’t go expecting your kids to be reaching in the sky to try and catch krill. It’s more like an enhanced crisp version of the original. Before the show, there is a special new Pixar short Partysaurus Rex. This is a tubby time party with Rex from Toy Story. Expect your kids to be rocking out and having a fun next time they jump into the tub! The beginning of the short might be a little too scary for smaller kids when a young boy is playing make believe in the tub with his toys, but it’s short and then it’s all fun! I was even bopping around and didn’t want the party to end. Watch out cause all your kids toys are going to want to be a part of tub time after watching Partysaurus Rex.