September 18, 2003

Finding Nemo

I finally see Nemo in a movie theater, just in the nick of time, too. And I'm glad I did- it's the best movie of the year so far. Pixar has made their best-looking, funniest, and most emotional movie yet. I didn't cry at the beginning- I was in denial that his whole family was wiped out. I was near tears at the end, though.finding

Casting: Geoffrey Rush as a pelican was perfect. The voice of Bruce the Shark was Barry Humphries, aka Dame Edna Everage; Who was so brilliant to think of asking Willem Dafoe to be a voice in a fish movie? Ellen Degeneres was delightful all the way through. Allison Janney (as the starfish bought on eBay): "That was the shortest red light I've ever seen!" I think they're overusing John Ratzenberger (Hamm in Toy Story, P.T. Flea in A Bug's Life, the Yeti in Monsters, Inc, and now the Fish School). Jacques reminds me of Muppet Pepe the Prawn, okay?

Favorite animation choice: Giving the sharks eyes with whites, UNTIL Bruce smells blood, then the pupil fills the whole eyeball. Very creepy!

Favorite Bit Part: Lobsters with a Boston accent! (Somerville Theater)