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Movie review: 'Finding Nemo 3D'

Posted 8:32pm on Saturday, Sep. 15, 2012

G; 100 min.

It's the details that stand out whenever a classic film is converted to 3-D.

With Finding Nemo, the shimmering sea surface, scratches on the lens of a diver's goggles, and smudge marks Nemo the clownfish makes when he mashes his face up against the glass wall of the aquarium that imprisons him all pop off the screen in the 3-D reissue of Pixar's undisputed masterpiece.

The fish seem to float in between the surface of the screen and the deep blue underwater backgrounds of the South Pacific, an effect even more pronounced in 3-D.

Perhaps it's not enough to warrant shelling out 3-D dollars to go see a movie that has long been one of the bestselling home videos. If you have kids, you already have this at home. But Finding Nemo, back in theaters nine years after its release, is a reminder that sometimes "instant" and "classic" can go together in a sentence describing a great movie.

And Finding Nemo is a great movie, one of the best animations for children ever made.

So don't think of Nemo as just another 3-D conversion. Think of this re-release as an encore, a handy touchstone for you and your kids. Finding Nemo was and remains the gold standard against which all other modern animated films are measured, a classic from the day it premiered.

( Nemo is preceded by the new Pixar Toy Story short Partysaurus Rex, a hilarious dinosaur-out-of-water 'toon about the mild-mannered T-rex toy, voiced by the ever-meek Wallace Shawn, that breaks out of his rut when he is picked to join the bath toys for a wild night of suds and excess.)

-- Roger Moore,

McClatchy-Tribune News Service

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