When young clownfish Nemo is captured, his overprotective dad, Marlin (Albert Brooks), embarks on a perilous journey across the ocean to find him, accompanied by a good-hearted but forgetful blue tang fish named Dory (Ellen DeGeneres).
If you thought Finding Nemo was perfect before, just wait until you see it in 3D. The colors, depth, and details are so stunning, you'll swear you're snorkeling right next to the beloved characters. The classic story is as funny and touching as it was when the movie was originally released in 2003, and the 3D simply amplifies the whole experience. Add the fantastic new Pixar short, "Partysaurus Rex"--a bathtub-based Toy Story--and the special orange 3D goggles that come with each ticket, and it's worth splurging on a family afternoon at the multiplex even if you already own the DVD.
Babies and toddlers will be terrified right from the opening scene in which Nemo's mother and siblings are eaten by a predator. The lives of the fish are constantly in peril, and one razor-toothed smile from Bruce, the screen-filling shark, will have young viewers covering their eyes in horror--especially in 3D.
Although there are still scenes that may send them into your lap, most preschoolers will find themselves rapt in this underwater adventure. They'll love characters like Crush, a surfer-dude sea turtle, and the loyal but loopy Dory. They'll feel empowered by Nemo, who triumphs despite having one fin that's smaller than the other.
Old enough to know that Marlin and Nemo will ultimately be reunited, kids in this age group will enjoy the ride. They'll feel like they really are in the middle of the Great Barrier Reef and, thanks to the gorgeous 3D, will understand why it's considered one of the seven natural wonders of the world. They'll relate to Nemo's desire to prove he's a better swimmer than his dad thinks he is and to assert his independence, and hopefully they'll also learn that it's not a good idea to disobey your parents.
Even though, in general, they may be too old for this type of animated movie, tweens are likely to be curious about seeing one of their childhood favorites in 3D. They're the ones who will catch many of the clever lines that their younger siblings might miss, laughing when a frightened squid complains, "You guys made me ink," and when a fish calls a seahorse "pony boy." Older kids will also appreciate the teamwork of a school of fish that shape themselves into a variety of interesting objects.
The combo pack comes with Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, DVD and digital copies of the movie. The DVD includes an aquarium, a filmmakers' roundtable and the theatrical short film "Knick Knack." The Blu-ray adds deleted scenes, outtakes, an art review and segments about the making of the movie.