Finding Nemo
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     OK, this is definitely not my kind of movie. I'll admit that.  And since I have no young children, I don't see every movie of this genre. In fact, I still haven't seen Toy Story 2 or Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron.  But I did see Monsters Inc. and Ice Age.  Monsters Inc. had a good plot and was not bad, although it got a bit snoozy in the middle.  On the other hand, Ice Age seemed to last as long as its name implied.  I thought they'd never get that damn baby back to its parents. Unfortunately, Finding Nemo is much more like Ice Age.  I thought they'd never get that damn baby back to its parent.  The plot, such as it is, follows a clownfish (voiced by Albert Brooks) whose wife and all but one of her eggs were eaten by a shark.  He is understandably protective of his only surviving progeny, Nemo (Alexander Gould).  Despite this, Nemo is netted by a diver and ends up in an aquarium in a dentists's office.  The clownfish sets off to find his son.  zzzzzzzzzzzzz.  Oh sorry, I fell asleep while I was describing the plot.  Anyway, the clownfish has many adventures, picks up a sidekick ( Ellen DeGeneres)  and, well, you don't want me to spoil the ending. I'm sure you can't guess what happens.
     It's all supposed to be very heartwarming and amusing.  The audience didn't laugh much but they seemed rapt. And they did applaud at the end.  I actually smiled at the last scene where the fish escape from the aquarium.  Since this is a Pixar movie, the animation is great, although like other studios, they spend millions on the nice effects and about two bucks on the script. Would it kill them to put in a few jokes for the adults in the audience? Other cartoons like Shrek and Rocky & Bullwinkle had no problem writing for young and old simultaneously. Finding Nemo is written for 8 year olds and only 8 year olds.  So repetition is very big.  They have two running jokes.  One is that the clownfish isn't funny and the second is that his sidekick has short-term memory loss.  This way they can repeat everything that happens endlessly.  Well, you get the idea.  I'm sure you'll like it much better than I did.