This week, Pixar’s Finding Dory will swim into theaters a mere 13 years after Finding Nemo became one of the biggest animated movies of all time. And to mark the occasion, the Honest Trailers team at Screen Junkies is looking back at the film that started it all.
By 2003, Pixar had hit its creative peak, which it has arguably maintained to the present. (We’re just gonna pretend that Cars 2 was a brief hiccup.) The team at Pixar has became masters of making the audience feel for their characters by way of just a few heart-wrenching minutes at the start of any film. As noted in this video, surviving the first 10 minutes of a Pixar movie without experiencing an emotional gut punch is a feat unto itself. Finding Nemo had an especially great emotional impact with its viewers, which may explain why it became such a huge hit.
Of course, no movie is without its faults, and the HT team takes aim at Dory herself as one of the problematic aspects of this film. As noted by the video, Marlin does kind of take advantage of Dory’s short term memory issues to find his son, which doesn’t make him look like a great father or even a good friend. The video also mocks Dory’s questionable singing voice, as provided by Ellen DeGeneres.
One of the video’s light critiques isn’t even really a mistake or a fault of the film itself. Finding Nemo presents the ocean and life on land as potentially lethal places for small sea creatures like Marlin and Dory, but we have to acknowledge that without the recurring sense of danger, Finding Nemo wouldn’t have been nearly as entertaining.
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