Move over Lion King, Disney has a new No. 1 breaking both box office and DVD sales records. This new king is a fish named Nemo.
Finding Nemo, for the few that didn’t catch it in theaters, follows the story of Marlin and the clown fish’s search for his son Nemo, who was captured by scuba divers off the coast of Australia.
Along the way, Nemo gets himself into numerous predicaments.
His father and another fish, Dory, deal with the perils of the sea at every turn.
Not only was Nemo a standout amongst this summer’s bland choice of films, it was probably this year’s best film, animated or live.
A beautifully crafted script and flawless animation made Nemo a must for anyone seeking adventure this summer.
The film surprised industry insiders by outperforming much-hyped summer releases such as The Matrix: Reloaded, Hulk and Terminator 3: Rise Of The Machines.
Nemo has already become the highest grossing animated film of all-time and toppled Spider-Man’s superhuman sales of seven million units on its first day by more than a million more copies.
But is the two-disc set something to talk about?
This DVD is crammed with a few noticeable special features and a large amount of disposable ones.
The collector’s edition includes both the widescreen and full-screen transfers, giving viewers two ways to experience the film.
On “Disc One: Filmmaker’s World,” the best features are the deleted scenes (few, but enjoyable) and “Making Nemo,” a documentary which gives some decent insights and interviews. At the same time, “The Art of Nemo” plays as a Disney Channel short rather than a featurette worthy of inclusion onto such an anticipated DVD.
Disney may have marketed the movie to adults as well as children but the “Virtual Aquarium” proves this DVD is catered to a slightly younger audience.
“Disc Two: Family Fun” has only one good feature, which is just the trailer for an upcoming Pixar release, The Incredibles.
“Family Fun” includes: “Fisharades,” a game amusing for about 10 seconds, “Behind the Scenes: A Tour of Pixar Studios,” which is boring and pointless, and a “Read-along Storyline,” helpful for the hearing impaired.
More evidence that the Nemo DVD isn’t for everyone is the inclusion of virtual aquariums. Obviously, viewers just can’t get enough of that.
Finding Nemo was one of the year’s biggest highlights and arguably the best animated film since Shrek that appeals to adults.
Unfortunately, the two-disc treatment is less than flattering for anyone over the age of 12.