ON THE BIG SCREEN // FILM SPECIAL // SUMMER FREE FOR ALL SERIES
Devoted dad Marlin braves sharks and jellyfish to find his plucky son with the help of the forgetful Dory.
From the creators of Toy Story and Monsters, Inc. comes a heartfelt and hilarious adventure on the high seas. This Oscar winner for Best Animated Film splashes off the screen with brilliant digital picture, high definition sound and unforgettable characters.
In the depths of the Great Barrier Reef, Marlin (Albert Brooks), an overly protective clownfish, embarks on a daring rescue mission when his beloved son, Nemo, gets scooped up by a diver. With his unforgettable friend Dory (Ellen DeGeneres) by his side, Marlin encounters an ocean full of memorable comedic characters from sharks (“Fish are friends, not food.”) to ravenous seagulls (“Mine!”) on his momentous journey to find Nemo.
D: Andrew Stanton & Lee Unkrich, US, 2003, 100m
When did you first get the idea for Finding Nemo?
AS: Way back during the first beginnings of Toy Story, believe it or not. I was at an aquarium, and I was new to computer graphics, and I remember just looking at the underwater environment and thinking we could mimic this exactly in computer graphics.
So that was on the back burner of my brain all through Toy Story and A Bug's Life and Toy Story 2. I kept thinking about what story I'd want to tell in an underwater setting, and I remembered this dentist's office that I went to as a kid. It had a tank in the lobby, and I used to think about whether those fish wanted to go home, and what it must be like to be in this tacky little tank with a treasure chest, and a scuba diver. All those kind of things.
And then at the end of A Bug's Life I was very, very busy, and I wasn't seeing my family much. I felt like I needed to spend some special time with my son, who was five at the time, and just take a walk to the park. During that walk to the park I spent the whole time going, Don't touch that! Watch out for cars! You're going to poke your eye out! You don't know where that's been! I just sort of stopped myself and realised that I was so afraid of something bad happening that I was eclipsing any chance to connect with him in the moment.
I was struck by that and I came up the premise that fear can deny a good parent from being one. And then I thought about how vast and unpredictable the ocean is, and how just to enter it is a risk, and that was really when things gelled together. So it was a long gestation period, practically ten years.