Finding Nemo
Finding Nemo is the new treasure from Pixar Animation Studios, following Monsters, Inc., A Bug’s Life, and the two Toy Story movies. Directed by Andrew Stanton and co-written with Bob Peterson and David Reynolds, this may be the most accomplished Pixar movie yet, and further proof that the palette of computer-animated visuals can be as radiant and subtle as much of the best hand-drawn work. Set in Australia, mostly around the Great Barrier Reef, the film is about Marlin, a widowed clown fish (wonderfully voiced by Albert Brooks) who goes to feverish lengths to reclaim his sole surviving son, Nemo, who has been caught and deposited in a dentist’s fish tank. Teaming up with Marlin is Dory (Ellen DeGeneres), a highly forgetful blue tang who, in perhaps the film’s loveliest, and scariest, moment, finds herself drifting helplessly through a swarm of pink jellyfish. Numerous other memorable scenes include an AA-style meeting of sharks trying to control their appetite for fish (their motto: “Fish are friends, not food”) and a wonderful interlude with giant sea turtles who hurtle through the East Australian Current as if they were surfer dudes. Finding Nemo is distributed by Disney, and it has what the most heartfelt Disney animated features used to have: rapturous imagery matched with real wit. (1 hr. 44 mins.; G) — PETER RAINER

Opens May 30
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