Predatory Fish in Finding Nemo

By Joe Vanourney

“Finding Nemo” has finally made its way into High Definition with the release of both a 3-Disc Collector’s Edition (2 Blu-rays and 1 DVD) and a 5-disc Ultimate Collector’s Edition (3D Blu-ray, 2 Blu-ray, DVD, and portable media copy) from Pixar/Walt Disney Pictures and Buena Vista Home Entertainment.

“Nemo” is an underwater adventure film that deals with the tragedy of a parent’s worst nightmare…losing their child. It also deals with overcoming one’s fear and of parents and children learning to grow on their own.

Marlin (Albert Brooks) is a clown fish and Nemo (Alexander Gould) is his son. Marlin, having suffered through the traumatic experience of losing his wife and all of their eggs (except Nemo’s) to a predator fish, is very overprotective and fearful of the ocean and the dangers that hide in the waters. One day, in a moment of rebellion, Nemo swims a little too far out past the coral reef they call home, and is captured by a diver who takes him to his new home—a fish tank in a dentist’s office. Marlin teams up with Dory (Ellen Degeneres), a blue tang fish with short term memory problems, and together the two begin a quest to find Nemo and bring him home. The two encounter everything from friendly sea turtles and reformed sharks, to a school of jellyfish and an underwater mine field. Nemo, meanwhile plots an escape from the fish tank with his tankmates. It is a fun, moving adventure, full of humor and emotion. It deservedly won an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film in 2003.

VIDEO: “Nemo” is presented in 1080p High Definition with a 1.78:1 aspect ratio and looks fantastic. The images are vibrant and colorful. The animation looks slightly aged in comparison to today’s animated fare, lending a somewhat softer look in some parts, but my issue with that is minimal. The film looks great.

AUDIO: The audio on this disc is perfect. The film is presented with a new 7.1 Dolby TrueHD audio track and sounds spectacular. I cannot say one negative thing about it. The dialogue is crystal clear, the music is loud and booming, and the underwater noises surround you. Fish swim by, bubbles rise to the surface, seagulls chirp, and whales sing in full surround sound glory.

BONUS FEATURES: Once again, Disney and Pixar deliver a plethora of bonus features that will entertain you for hours. Many of them appeared previously on the 2003 DVD release, but there are extensive new features as well.


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2008-09-23 06:43:39 by oikos

The article does not mention that the sea lamprey is not a native fish and that salmon were existing quite nicely without them, seals and sea lions notwithstanding. Further the article glosses over the fact that the adult sea lamprey is parasitic/predatory (the definition breaks down with them) on the adult salmon, negating the supposed benefit of providing alternate prey for the pinnipeds. There are, however, non-parasitic lampreys that would provide the benefits without the drawbacks.


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